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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

  • 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.

  • Joe at NLCC
    Article: May 26, 2016

    Joe Crome has been selected as the Lib Dem candidate for the forthcoming by-election in Leatherhead North. Joe was educated at Therfield School and lives in the ward with his wife and twin baby daughters. He manages a local charity and is passionate about helping young people get a better start in life. Recently, he has also been serving on the interim committee managing the improvements at the North Leatherhead Community Centre.

  • A24
    Petition: May 17, 2016

    The A24 Leatherhead By-Pass between the Beaverbrook and Givons Grove Roundabouts was surfaced with proprietary road material in 2006 which resulted in the lowest possible levels of noise pollution from traffic using the road. The By-Pass was then surface dressed to prolong the life of the road surface in Summer 2015 with large stones implanted in the surface dressing, a road surface which results in some of the highest levels of noise pollution from traffic using the road.

  • Stephen Cooksey - mugshot
    Article: Apr 16, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their campaign for the 2016 elections for Mole Valley District Council under the theme of Building a Caring Community. Ten Liberal Democrat candidates are standing for seats in Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Dorking, Westcott and The Holmwoods.

    The Liberal Democrat programme includes a carefully-considered set of policies covering all aspects of the District Council's activities.

  • PK at NCA
    Article: Mar 22, 2016

    Paul Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, has set himself a target of increasing the number of Special Constables in Surrey to 500 by 2020 as part of his campaign to bring back community policing. He has challenged other PCC candidates to do the same.

    Paul Kennedy said: "One of the most striking police cuts in Surrey we haven't heard about over the past four years of 'zero tolerance policing' has been the 63% reduction in the number of Special Constables from 345 in 2012 to just 130 this year. If elected I'm determined to reverse that to bring back real community policing in our county.

  • Paul Kennedy at Guildford
    Article: Mar 22, 2016

    Paul Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, has issued a statement in response to official crime figures showing that the number of violent crimes recorded in Surrey increased by 48% in 2015.

    Paul Kennedy said: "People will be incredibly concerned to learn of this massive rise in violent crime. In just two years recorded violent crimes have risen by 80% in Surrey. The rise is far too big to be entirely explained away by claims that the police have got better at recording crime. What's absolutely disgraceful about this is that our current Police and Crime Commissioner only recently publicly celebrated what he called 'another really good year'. He must be on another planet. And this is on top of a series of critical reports recently that have slammed both Surrey police and Surrey county council for their failure to properly safeguard vulnerable people, including children and victims of rape and sexual assault."

  • In Together
    Article: Mar 14, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling on the Leader of the Council to write to the Prime Minister to give the support of the Council to achieving his objective of remaining within the EU.

    Cllr Hazel Watson Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council said: "On 23 June the country will be voting on whether or not to remain within the European Union. This EU Referendum vote will be a once in a lifetime momentous decision that will profoundly impact on the future of the country as a whole, including Surrey's residents and businesses.

  • Leatherhead Hospital petition
    Article: Feb 9, 2016

    Surrey Downs CCG's latest consultation on changes to community hospitals presents a false choice, say Mole Valley Liberal Democrats. The consultation, which closes on 5 May, requires residents to choose between four options, all of which involve permanent closure of inpatient beds at Leatherhead Hospital. Two of the options would make it easier to downgrade Epsom Hospital to a community hospital.

  • Surrey LDs
    Article: Feb 9, 2016

    At the Budget meeting of Surrey County Council on Tuesday 9 February, the Liberal Democrats will be calling on the Conservative administration to protect vital services for Surrey residents.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, Cllr Hazel Watson said: "Whilst I support the level of Council Tax proposed by the Conservative administration at County Hall, I oppose their Budget as it does not do enough to protect vital services for Surrey residents. Clearly the top priority is the funding of care for vulnerable adults and I support the 2% part of the Council Tax increase for that purpose. The County Council has repeatedly overspent the Adult Social Care budget because there was insufficient money to meet the growing demand for services. This additional money for vulnerable adults will be a life line to help meet this growing demand."

    Cllr Watson continued: "However there are other vital services which are being under funded by the Conservative administration. These include, the youth service, bus services, Community Recycling Centres (refuse tips), road safety and drainage.

  • Prospective Lib Dem MP for Mole Valley Paul Kennedy
    Article: Feb 3, 2016

    Paul Kennedy has been selected by Surrey Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in May.

    Sue Doughty, Chair of Surrey Lib Dems, said, "Paul is a first-rate candidate who is well placed to understand the issues facing our police, and the things that matter to Surrey residents. With a background in criminal and regulatory law together with strong experience in financial and strategic management and supervision he brings together the qualities needed for the job."