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  • Paul Kennedy
    Article: Apr 25, 2015

    On Tuesday 21 April Lib Dem candidate for Mole Valley Paul Kennedy spoke at The Grange in Bookham, which helps people with disabilities to achieve their potential and live independent and fulfilling lives.

    For his talk Paul used the Liberal Democrats' "Easy Read" manifesto which has been produced with help from MenCap, the charity for people with learning difficulties:

  • Free Childcare
    Article: Apr 25, 2015

    Almost one-third of Surrey parents are unable to take up childcare places with most failing to take up the childcare places because it is too expensive according to a recent report published by Surrey County Council. Instead, they have to rely on other family members, particularly grandparents, to help with all or some of their childcare needs if they want to return to work or study.

    Cllr Hazel Watson Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council said: "Childcare costs in Surrey are so expensive that many parents just cannot use the childcare that is available as it leaves them in a pay-neutral or pay-negative position."

    This arises where the cost of childcare plus the cost of travel wipe out someone's entire net of tax earnings, preventing many parents from going out to work and from earning a living to support their families.

    It is also stopping those parents from contributing their skills to the Surrey economy.

    Hazel Watson continued, "The cost of childcare should not be a barrier to parents taking up childcare and going to work. Childcare is a necessity for working parents, not a luxury, and should be available, at an affordable price, to all and especially to those on low incomes.

    Hazel Watson added, "In order to meet this need, the County Council has to ensure that there are enough childcare places at affordable prices in Surrey to meet demand."

    Hazel Watson concluded, "It is no good having childcare places on offer to parents if they are too expensive and unaffordable to parents who want to go out to work to support their families."

  • Leatherhead Hospital petition
    Article: Apr 17, 2015

    Earlier this morning Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate Paul Kennedy, accompanied by Disrtict Councillors Bridget Lewis-Carr, Raj Haque and David Preedy, handed in the first set of signatures on our petition to protect services at Leatherhead Hospital in the current review of services at local community hospitals. The petition was handed over to the Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group who are undertaking the review.

  • David Preedy 2015
    Article: Apr 17, 2015

    Mole Valley Liberal Democrats have nominated candidates in all the seats being contested in the 2015 District Council elections.

    David Preedy, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on the Council said:

    "Liberal Democrat candidates in this year's District Council elections are standing on our programme to create a Fairer, Greener, More Effective Mole Valley.

  • Fiona White
    Article: Mar 18, 2015

    One privately owned residential care home in Surrey has recently been closed by Care Quality Commission meaning that older people had to be moved at short notice. Another home close to Surrey's borders which the council has used for care packages was also closed down. A check of Care Quality Commission's website shows that there are 5 privately owned homes within 13 miles of Guildford where they have been found to be inadequate in one or more categories.

  • heathrow plane noise
    Article: Mar 18, 2015

    Calls by Liberal Democrats for no more runways at Heathrow and Gatwick were voted down by the Conservatives at County Hall yesterday.

    Cllr Ian Beardsmore, (Sunbury Common and Ashford Common) said: "With Heathrow claiming that expansion there would mean 120,000 new jobs, there is deep concern as to where these people will live and the consequent impact on the green belt. The local councils near to Heathrow are already struggling to meet housing demand. A similar threat remains should Gatwick be chosen over Heathrow with large areas of countryside in the southern part of Surrey at risk of being destroyed. The Conservatives refused to face up to or to answer these concerns."

  • Leatherhead Hospital
    Petition: Feb 28, 2015

    Petition to: Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group

    Leatherhead Hospital is a vital and much-loved facility serving our local community, supporting our local GPs, and relieving pressure on acute care facilities including the A&E Department at Epsom Hospital. We call on the review to recommend reopening Leach Ward, and continuation of outpatient services at Leatherhead Hospital to include expanded diagnostic services. We further call for proper funding and staffing of Leatherhead Hospital in order to prevent future nursing shortages.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2015
    Paul Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Mole Valley, has backed local residents in criticising plans to build 295 houses in Effingham - in order to fund the expansion of Howard of Effingham School.
    Paul Kennedy, who lives in nearby Bookham, says many residents have raised concerns about the proposals. In his response to the application which closed on 16 January 2015, he said there was "no justification" for building 295 extra houses in a village of just 1,000 homes, attacking our precious Green Belt, closing the gap between Effingham and Little Bookham, and threatening the character of Effingham as a separate village. He noted that children applying from within the school's catchment area are already assured of a place; and that heavily congested roads could not cope with an expanded school and village during the morning rush hour.
  • Article: Jan 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrat manifesto plans will include a commitment to end child illiteracy by 2025, Nick Clegg has announced today (Sunday 18 January).

    The plans mean that every child born in 2014, who will leave primary school in 2025 will be able to read and write at a standard identified to lead to success in secondary school and beyond.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb is calling on the Conservatives and Labour to match his commitment to invest an extra £8bn a year in the NHS by 2020.