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  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have pressed for more funding and action by the county council to prevent flooding since long before the floods of last winter.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson at Surrey County Council said: "Obviously the Conservative administration at County Hall has no control over the weather and the amount of rainfall, but it could do so much more to prevent flooding in Surrey when heavy rain occurs.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have welcomed the decision made yesterday by the Conservative administration at County Hall to re-think undemocratic proposals to change the council's constitution.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "The ruling Conservative administration at County Hall have been attempting to force through undemocratic changes to the County Council's constitution to cap the number of motions to full Council to a maximum of 3, to prevent altogether any motions to the Budget meeting or the Annual meeting of the Council. They have also sought to reduce the time allowed for speeches at Council meetings. The plans also included a proposal to reduce the number of signatures required on a petition to trigger a debate at full council from a ridiculously high number of 20,000 to a still excessively high number of 10,000 signatures."

  • Paul Kennedy
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The basic state pension will rise by at least £2.85 a week from April 2015 thanks to the Liberal Democrats' triple lock promise. It means roughly 15,000 pensioners in Mole Valley will benefit from another increase in their pension.

    This rise will bring the level of the single person state pension to at least £115.95 and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more each week than in 2010 when the Liberal Democrats entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

  • Article: Oct 7, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrats are calling for more decision making powers and funding to be devolved from central government to the regions, counties, boroughs & districts and cities of England.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "The time has arrived for Surrey to be freed from central government's shackles. Following the Scottish Independence Referendum vote there is a real opportunity for the regions, counties, boroughs & districts and cities of England to gain more decision making powers and more control over finance.

  • Gatwick airport
    Article: Oct 7, 2014

    Mole Valley Liberal Democrats succeeded in maintaining the national party's opposition to an additional runway at Gatwick. In a vote at the National Conference in Glasgow, party members voted decisively to maintain the policy of opposing any new runways in London & the South East. Three local members - Councillors David Preedy and Paul Elderton and activist Mike Ward - spoke in the debate and argued for the retention of the existing policy.

  • Gatwick airport
    Article: Oct 7, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision by the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow to oppose expansion of Gatwick Airport.
    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "I am delighted at the decision to continue to oppose the expansion of Gatwick. Surrey residents are constantly telling me how the impact on Surrey's natural environment as well as increased noise, traffic, building and parking problems are a massive concern to them, and therefore how strongly they are opposed to any expansion of Gatwick.
    "A possible policy change for the Liberal Democrats to support Gatwick expansion was defeated by a comfortable margin, and I am delighted that this has confirmed that opposing the expansion of Gatwick will definitely go into the Liberal Democrats national General Election manifesto."

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014

    Congratulations to Guildford Liberal Democrats who stormed to victory in last night's by-election.

    New Councillor Colin Cross gained the seat on Guildford Borough Council and overturned the Conservatives 55 per cent majority.

    Guildford Liberal Democrats now have a 330 vote majority. This is fantastic result for Colin and the team.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Within hours of the momentous decision by the Scottish people to remain in the UK, Westminster found itself once again bogged down in conventional party political point scoring.

    I have seen for myself the way in which the vested interests in the two old parties can conspire to block reform - scuppering elections to the House of Lords and a clean up of party funding in recent years.

  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    After a momentous day, the Liberal Democrats are delighted that Scotland has decided to remain in the UK. This is an exciting time as now we can start delivering more powers to Scotland.

    Commenting on the results, Nick Clegg said:

    "I'm absolutely delighted the Scottish people have taken this momentous decision to safeguard our family of nations for future generations.

  • Brockham flooding
    Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrats have called for an extension for households affected by last Winter's floods to apply for the Government's Repair & renew grant. The grant provides up to £5,000 to cover the costs of work to provide better defences against future floods. However only 9 households in Mole Valley have applied for the grants and the deadline for applications is 30th September.