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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.

Joe Crome wins in Leatherhead North by-election

Joe after count

Bridget Kendrick congratulates Joe after the result was announced

Residents of Leatherhead North gave Joe Crome and the Liberal Democrats a massive endorsement at the by-election on June 30th. In a ward with a long record of close results, Joe secured over 55% of the total votes and was returned with a majority of over 500. Joe ran a positive campaign based on his life-long links to the area and his proven commitment to the local community.

The result means that the Lib Dems now have 13 members on Mole Valley District Council and reduces the Conservative majority there to three.

Fulldetails of the result.

Recent updates

  • Fly tipping
    Article: Sep 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrat councillors are warning that the Conservative-run County Council's plans to charge the public for using Community Recycling Centres and reduce their opening hours, could lead to even bigger increases in fly-tipping across Surrey. Recent figures show that fly-tipping across the county has doubled in the last two years, from 2093 tonnes in 2013/14 to 4441 tonnes in 2015/16.

  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Sep 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have revealed almost £67m of public money has been spent on buying properties outside the county, using a council-owned property company called Halsey Garton Property Limited. The properties purchased with funding from the Conservative-run Council were mainly warehouses situated in locations such as Wiltshire, Bristol, Worksop and Salford. The most expensive acquisition was an office in Bristol, at the cost of just under £20m.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    The rush to convert offices into flats has hit a new level with the announcement that the ground and first floors of Blackbrook House in Dorking Business Park are to be turned into 17 residential units. This follows decisions earlier in the year to turn the major office centres at Kuoni House and Regent House into residential units but it is the first time that a dedicated Business Park building has been threatened. The most serious question is whether this is just the start of a plan to turn more and more business park units into residences thereby turning the business park into a housing estate? Under government regulations these changes can be carried out through permitted development rights without requiring planning permission for change of use.

  • Stephen street lights
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have criticised Tory-run Surrey County Council after discovering that residents have still not been informed about plans to turn off thousands off street lights at night.

    In response to a question at the July County Council meeting from Councillor Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Highways & Environment, the Council stated that it was planning to permanently turn off 45,000 street lamps from midnight until 5.00am. The first phase of 33,000 lights was scheduled for 1st October 2016 and the second, of 12,000 lights, for December or January. But Surrey County Council have admitted that the process has been delayed and that they cannot give a date as to when residents will find out if they will be left in the dark by these proposals or not.

  • Paul RAj Bookham Library
    Article: Aug 29, 2016

    Bookham and Fetcham West Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to persuade Surrey County Council to reverse a decision to close Bookham Library from 1 to 2pm during weekdays, following complaints from local residents.

    The changes, which were announced in the middle of August, take effect from Monday 5 September, and will result in the closure of vital lunchtime literacy classes.

  • Paul RAj Bookham Library
    Petition: Aug 29, 2016

    Petition to: Surrey County Council

    Bookham Library is a vital and much-loved facility serving our local community, especially the young, elderly and those with learning difficulties. We call on the Council to reverse its short-sighted decision to close the Library at lunchtimes, and to work with community groups to maximise the Library's revenue and contribution to Bookham life.

  • Clayton on scooter
    Article: Aug 27, 2016

    Lib Dem District Councillors Claire Malcomson and Clayton Wellman have recently become involved in trying to remedy some of the challenges faced by the elderly or infirm in accessing local services. Specifically they have been looking at how to help residents affected by the clorure of the Hampstead Road Alzheimer's Cemtre and the problems using mobility scooters on many of our pavements.

  • Stephen Cooksey - mugshot
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    In response to a question at the July County Council meeting from Stephen Cooksey, Surrey County Council was informed that it was planning permanently to turn off 45,000 street lamps from Midnight to 5.00am. The first phase of 33,000 lights is scheduled for 1st October and the second, of 12,000 lights, for December or January. Currently lists of the affected residential areas are unavailable but we are promised that they will made available to Councillors in August and published for residents in September.

  • Prospective Lib Dem MP for Mole Valley Paul Kennedy
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    Paul Kennedy has been re-selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mole Valley constituency, comprising the whole of Mole Valley District excluding Ashtead plus the five Eastern wards of Guildford Borough (Effingham, Lovelace,

    Send, Tillingbourne, Horsleys and Clandons). The Liberal Democrats are now ready for a general election, having selected candidates in key seats such as Mole Valley where they are the main challengers to the Conservatives.

  • Joe after count
    Article: Jul 1, 2016

    Joe Crome was declared the new Lib Dem councillor for Leatherhead North winning the seat from the Conservatives. He joins Bridget Kendrick who was elected for the same ward in May. The result means the Liberal Democrats now have 13 councillors at Mole Valley and reduces the Conservatives overall majority to three.