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WELCOME TO TRURO & FALMOUTH LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

We are the Liberal Democrat Local Party for the Parliamentary Constituency of Truro & Falmouth. Our objective is to promote Liberal Democrat values, particularly by gaining democratic power in Parliamentary and local council seats.

Truro and Falmouth Constituency is one of six Parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall. It runs diagonally across central Cornwall, from St Agnes and Perranporth on the north coast to Falmouth and St Mawes on the south.

The constituency was created for the 2010 General Election by combining parts of two existing ones - Falmouth & Camborne and Truro & St Austell. Although the latter had a long history of Liberal and Lib Dem representation, the new seat is currently held by the Conservatives.

Cornwall Council is the unitary authority operating all major council services. It is currently run by a Lib Dem/Independent coalition.

Beneath the unitary council, sit Truro City Council, the Town Councils of Falmouth and Penryn, and a number of parish councils. Only the first two have councillors representing political parties.

If you are interested in joining us, please follow the link on the side bar to Join the Party. This will take you to the national website, and your details will be forwarded to us.

If you are a Liberal Democrat supporter in the Truro/Falmouth Constituency and wish to become more involved, please get in touch; you can e-mail your interest to info@trurofalmouth-libdems.org.uk.

You can also follow us on Twitter: @TruroFalLibDems

or Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TruroFalLibDems

Our parliamentary candidate is Ruth Gripper.

Ruth Gripper

Ruth Gripper was born and raised in Cornwall. She grew up in Perranwell in the heart of the constituency and went to the village school along with her brothers and older sister. Her dad was a GP in Devoran and Chacewater for thirty years, and her mum was also a GP and later worked at St Julia's Hospice.

Ruth has a track record of public and community service through her career in the charity sector. At the NHS Confederation she worked with hospital trusts, charities and patient groups on issues facing the health service. She went on to work in a range of roles in the charity sector, working with charities and funders to help improve what they do.

Ruth lives in Perranwell and works for the university, based at the Knowledge Spa at Treliske Hospital. Her role involves bringing small businesses together with university researchers to support innovation, particularly around issues affecting work and health.

Ruth has been interested in politics for a long time, but it was only recently that she decided to stand for election.

"The UK is at a crossroads and what happens in the next few weeks and months will affect all of us and how our country is seen around the world.

"Three quarters of people think that our political system is broken. Too many people feel that they have no way of making themselves heard and no real representation in Westminster where all the major decisions affecting our lives are made.

"I want to change that. Cornwall has been let down by its Conservative representatives. I think things can be better, and that's why I'm standing as a Liberal Democrat to represent my home constituency."

Ruth's priorities are:

  • averting a disastrous No Deal Brexit
  • tackling the climate crisis for future generations
  • working for a fairer funding deal for Cornwall

We're proud to have her standing for us in the upcoming December election, you can see more on her website by clicking here





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  • Article: Feb 15, 2020

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  • Article: Feb 13, 2020

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  • Article: Feb 13, 2020

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  • Article: Feb 6, 2020

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