Steve Darling, John Dudley and Swithin Long are your local Lib Dem councillors for Barton-with-Watcombe.

This ward covers the Barton, Watcombe and Willows areas.

Please do get in contact if you have any questions for the team or want to raise any issues with them.


Steve_Darling_circle.jpgSteve Darling has served the people of Torbay for 24 years as a Councillor on Torbay Council and for 18 years as a caseworker for Adrian Sanders, former Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay. He and his wife Mandy have raised their two sons in the Bay, with both attending Torquay schools. Steve has a passion for helping those most in need in our community by turning the tide on poverty in Torbay. He also has a strong track record of protecting green spaces that our community values, such as Steps Cross playing fields, King George V playing fields, Barton Downs and, more recently, Nightingale Park. What's more, he regularly supports charity fundraising events for Guide Dogs for the Blind. 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07736 658666



john_dudley_circle_web.pngJohn Dudley was born in Torquay and has lived here for nearly all of his life. He worked at the local job centre for over 20 years and has more recently worked as a benefits adviser for a number of local organisations. As such, John has massive concerns over issues such as child poverty, homelessness, and other aspects of social welfare. He wants to be part of a team that has a positive and forward-thinking approach to such vital issues - he is positive that a Liberal Democrat council will deliver on these key aspects that will so help to improve our community.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07483 228267


swithin_long_circle_web.pngSwithin Long was first elected as Barton-with-Watcombe's Liberal Democrat Councillor in December 2017, having won a landslide by-election victory with 57% of the vote. Swithin lives in Torquay with his partner and two dogs - they are often found to be walking in Brunel Woods in the ward - and works for the respected charity Age UK. Since being elected, Swithin has worked on a number of issues including: saving Nightingale Park for community use; putting pressure on the Council to tackle speeding on Great Hill Road and fixing the speed sign; getting a number of street lights fixed and getting a motion passed to make Torbay plastic-free.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07419 111618


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