North Dorset's New LD Councillors on Dorset Council

Dorset Council came into existence on the 1st April and it replaced many former councils in the county of Dorset.

Following the Dorset Council elections on the 2nd May 2019, the following Liberal Democrat candidates from North Dorset were elected to serve as Liberal Democrat councillors on the Dorset Council:

Cranborne & Alderholt Ward: Cllr David Tooke

Shaftesbury Town Ward: Cllr Derek Beer and Cllr Tim Cook

Here is some more detail about these new LD councillors: 

Dave Tooke

I’m heavily involved in fighting the appalling proposals to treble the size of Alderholt and the knock-on consequences across the surrounding area. I also want to improve public transport facilities, social care provision for our vulnerable, and local maintenance across the new Cranborne and Alderholt Ward.

This corner of North-East Dorset has been home to my family and myself for over half my life, and I’ve been active within the village for most of that time. I’ve been involved in the scout movement, Alderholt Rugby Club, and have served on the local parish council for several years, including as its chairman.

I was the chairman of the group that set up the multi-use game area (MUGA) in the wonderful local 'Amanda Harris Memorial Ground' and, more recently, was largely responsible for installing the outdoor gym and table tennis table there.

I will continue working hard for everyone here.


Derek Beer

I have totally immersed myself in all manner of Shaftesbury life over many years has this has helped me serve you as a local councillor with a massive understanding of local needs. I've led or supported groups ranging from Shaftesbury Carnival to St John Ambulance. I was a founder member of Shaftesbury in Bloom, and have helped our sports clubs and volunteer groups through challenging times.

As your county councillor, I specialised in improving mental health provision and dealing with social isolation, and passionately worked with rail and bus companies to maintain and improve services.

Shaftesbury needs a strong and knowledgeable local voice to demand better for our residents against the larger urban areas in the south of the Dorset Council area. I am working to be that voice on your behalf.


Tim Cook

I moved from Buckinghamshire to Shaftesbury with my young family in 1999.  A couple of years later I felt that I wanted to do something to contribute to the town and community I was living in and the opportunity arose in 2003 when I elected as Shaftesbury’s County Councillor in 2005.  Three years later I joined the Shaftesbury TC and I served a year as its mayor in 2011/12. 

We live in a unique and beautiful market town and I am doing what I can to preserve the assets we have, whilst making sure that our employment and social infrastructure needs keep pace with our growing population.  Both Derek Beer and I believe that homelessness and mental health services, especially for young people, are priorities that need addressing across Dorset. Another concern is housing over-development without the infra-structure to support it.

I am working to make sure Shaftesbury’s voice is heard on Dorset Council and that any of its decisions that affect our community will complement the town council’s five year plan.

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