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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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    Almost 1 in 5 patients attending A&E in England were not treated or admitted within four hours. This is the worst performance ever recorded since the target was introduced in 2004.

    Meanwhile, just 76.9% of cancer patients are starting their treatment within target waiting times. And only 85% of patients referred for non-urgent treatment were seen within 18 weeks.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    The election campaign has started in earnest, and we're delighted about how it's going.

    Jo Swinson has introduced herself to the country as a potential Prime Minister.

    We've released our ambitious plan to change Britain for the better, and ensure a brighter future for all.

    We've even put Jo on the side of a bus.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2019

    Hate crimes against trans people have gone up by 81% in the UK.

    This Transgender Awareness Week, we must reflect on how much further we must go.

    The profile of trans issues is higher than it ever has been, yet we are no closer to trans people being treated as equals.

    Our system is ill-equipped to meet the needs of those who are transitioning. It is a long, arduous and expensive process.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2019

    A Liberal Democrat government will plant 60 million trees every year, increasing UK forest cover by 1 million hectares by 2045.

    The climate emergency is destroying our natural environment and threatening our children's futures. It's clear that the Conservative Party doesn't take climate change seriously.

  • Article: Nov 16, 2019

    It was a pleasure to be in Leeds today to give my keynote speech as Lib Dem Shadow Chancellor.

    Things need to change. Too many people can't live a secure, happy and fulfilling life. And too many businesses face crippling uncertainty over their future.

    The economic debate in this election has been between two fantasies. Between Conservative fantasies of the days of empire or Labour fantasies of failed '70s socialism. Both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn will only take our country backwards.

  • Article: Nov 15, 2019

    The climate crisis is doing irreversible damage to our planet, and our country deserves a government that has a clear, ambitious plan to tackle the climate emergency. That's the Liberal Democrats.

    We previously announced our bold green plan to build a brighter future, and today we go a step further as Ed Davey unveils the Liberal Democrats' latest economic pledge in taking urgent climate action.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2019
    By Chuka Umunna

    We have always been fierce advocates for human rights. We believe in a Britain where nobody has to fear discrimination. A Liberal Democrat government will put equality at the heart of society and the workplace.

    We've announced a huge raft of policies on rights and equalities. They are our blueprint for a government that respects the rights of the individual. This will be our foundation for a society where dignity, privacy and equality are valued.

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    No one should live in fear of harassment or physical violence.

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    It is also an important opportunity. We must bring attention to the continued injustices and inequalities faced by trans people today

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