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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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  • Article: Dec 16, 2014

    A Conservative majority Government would cut the education budget by more than a quarter - or £13.3bn a year - by 2020, Liberal Democrat analysis has found.

    The analysis is based on the spending, tax and borrowing commitments made by David Cameron and George Osborne.

    Unlike the Liberal Democrats, the Conservatives have not committed to protecting funding for schools, nurseries and colleges in the next parliament.

  • Lorry design
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    An agreement was reached late last night in Brussels over a new EU law that will allow life-saving changes to lorry designs.

    Under the compromise the new cab designs are to be delayed until 2019 and implemented by 2022.

    This is two years later than the original implementation date of 2017, but much sooner than the ten-year delay that had been pushed for by some countries including France and Sweden.

  • Peanuts
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Restaurants, takeaways and ready-meals will all be required to show allergy information on their menus under a new EU law which came into force this week (Saturday 13th December).

    Customers must now be informed if their food contains any of 14 ingredients that cause severe allergies including nuts, milk, celery, gluten, soya and wheat.

  • Classroom
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Conservatives will cut the education budget by £253 million in Surrey by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official research shows.

    The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne's drastic spending cuts plan.

    It means £252,700,000would be wiped of the education budget in Surrey - hitting children's life chances.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Figures revealed to the Liberal Democrats at today's meeting of Surrey County Council have shown that a third of the county's footways are 'functionally or structurally impaired' and at the current rate of progress it will take 167 years to replace them.

    An answer to a written question from Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson Cllr Stephen Cooksey states:

  • Superfast Braodband fibre box
    Article: Dec 16, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrat opposition is calling for action to be taken to close the gaps in Superfast Broadband coverage across the county.

    The actions demanded include reviewing the contracts with the commercial operators providing Superfast Broadband, identifying the gaps in coverage and deveoping solutions.

  • key_uk-aid.jpg
    Article: Dec 7, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have defeated Conservative opposition to Michael Moore's private members bill to enshrine the UK aid target of 0.7 per cent in law.

    Thanks to Michael's bill the UK is now one step closer to enshrining the UK aid target of 0.7 per cent in law.

    Liberal Democrats believe in helping the world's poorest but a group of right-wing Conservatives wanted to block Michael's bill from passing to appease a view on the right.

  • key_elephant.jpg
    Article: Dec 7, 2014

    Following a campaign led by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, the EU's Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella has agreed to step up the fight against wildlife crime.

    You can support Catherine in her campaign to stamp out the illegal wildlife trade here.

    In November Catherine wrote a letter co-signed by 81 MEPs calling for an EU Action Plan against Wildlife Crime.

  • Article: Dec 7, 2014

    The Autumn Statement this week is packed with Liberal Democrat policies, and has our priorities at its core. Read on for 13 wins which are helping to build a stronger economy in a fairer society.

    1. Our economic plan is working

    Our economic plan is working and the economy is recovering faster than forecast and the UK is the fastest growing major advanced economy. Thanks to Liberal Democrats in Government, we are restoring the public finances to a sustainable path and delivering economic security. The deficit is forecast to have halved from its 2009/10 peak in 2014/15 as a share of GDP. Inflation is low, supporting households and businesses, and a record number of people - 30.8 million - are in work. By 2018/19, the Government is forecast to run the first surplus for 18 years. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said, "After many difficult decisions and with the hard work of people up and down the country, the British economy is doing well. As the economy continues to grow stronger, we are making sure that it does so in a society that is fairer."

  • Cherkley Court works
    Article: Dec 4, 2014

    Liberal Democrats in Mole Valley have expressed concern at the Supreme Court's decision, announced last week, not to review the Appeal Court ruling in May which restored planning permission for the hotel and golf complex at Cherkley Court. They believe it leaves in place a ruling which will undermine policies in planning and other areas and amounts to a developers' charter.