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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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  • 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.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Justice Minister Simon Hughes has warned that introducing a Snoopers' Charter is a step too far in tackling terrorism.

    His comments come after the Conservatives announced plans to introduce a Snooper's Charter if they are elected to govern following the General Election.

    The charter would require internet companies to keep a record of all websites visited by every single member of the public.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2015

    Today the House of Lords considers another in a series of proposed laws designed to keep us date form terrorism. We have seen from events last week in Paris the potential danger from terrorists. More and more impressionable and disaffected young people are being brainwashed into travelling abroad to join groups such as the so-called 'Islamic State' where they are further indoctrinated, radicalised, trained and brutalised by the barbaric activities of such organisations. There is a real danger that some of these British citizens may be sent back to the UK to carry out the sort of attacks we saw in Paris last week and that we saw in London on 7 July 2005.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Stephen Williams today (Thursday 8 January) set out new measures that will make it easier for community groups to set up a town or parish council.

    The measures include cutting red tape and removing bureaucratic burdens, people will have a greater say over what happens in their neighbourhood.

  • 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.