Harvey's campaign up and running
PROTECTING local services and incomes in the face of challenging times to come is the aim of North Devon Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Nick Harvey - MP for the constituency since 1992 - as he began his General Election campaign. Bi
PROTECTING local services and incomes in the face of challenging times to come is the aim of North Devon Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Nick Harvey - MP for the constituency since 1992 - as he began his General Election campaign.
Bidding for a fifth term, he was officially launching his campaign yesterday (Tuesday), as Gordon Brown was calling the election for May 6.
Mr Harvey said he wanted to defend local people from the worst of the cutbacks expected in the months following the election, as whoever is in power deals with the effects of the recession.
"In these difficult times it's more important than ever that we have an emphasis on fairness," he said.
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"At the best of times we have low incomes in North Devon, so it's absolutely vital the core services and benefit levels are kept up during these difficult times.
"We know it's going to be difficult in the next few years, with tax rises and service cuts, but I want to be sure they do not fall on those at the bottom of the pile and with the lowest incomes.
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"I want to upset the Conservative county council's plans to close care homes and lay off care workers.
"I will also continue to campaign for fairer water bills in the South West. The Lib Dems are also calling for the abolition of council tax and its replacement with something based on ability to pay."
Mr Harvey has also been a leading campaigner to prevent Government proposals to cut operational search and rescue hours at Chivenor.
"I'm very pleased we have managed to drag a final decision on Chivenor past the election, which means a new minister and a new government can look at it afresh," he added.
Tomorrow (Thursday) Liberal Democrat peer, Paddy Ashdown, will be campaigning on behalf of Mr Harvey's election campaign with an event being held at Pilton College.