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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.

Holmwoods by-election - 18th June - Lib Dems win

Holmwoods celebrations

Lib Dem supporters celebrate with Claire Malcomson & Clayton Wellman

Recent updates

  • Article: Nov 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrats are calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to ditch their controversial plans for changes to Surrey's tips as they would increase fly tipping across the county.

    Cllr John Orrick, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council, said:

    "The County Council's recent consultation about Surrey's tips angered many residents because the changes would increase fly-tipping. The proposed changes included charging for disposing of DIY waste at the tips, reducing their opening hours or even closing some of them.

    "The wording of the consultation only gave unacceptable options that would make it more difficult for residents to recycle or dispose of waste at Surrey's tips. It gave no opportunity for residents to say that the tips should stay the same or improve.

    "Fly-tipping is already a big problem in Surrey with rubbish being dumped on land and roads. Not only is it a blight on Surrey's beautiful countryside, but it is hugely costly for landowners such as the National Trust, as well as district and borough councils, to clear up the mess. These so-called 'savings' would just push the costs onto others.

    "Surrey residents should send a message to the County Council telling them to ditch these unacceptable changes to the tips. Residents can show their opposition by signing the online petition on the County Council's website."

    Cllr Orrick concluded:

    "I hope that the Conservative administration will listen to Surrey residents and drop these misguided changes."

  • Paul Elderton in Church St
    Article: Nov 23, 2015

    Cllr Paul Elderton (Lib Dem - Dorking North) has tabled a motion to the District Council (24 November) to bring the charges for the District Council's Residents' Parking Scheme in Church St and North St into line with the charges for the County Council's Residents' Parking Scheme in nearby roads. At present, the cost of the parking permits for residents in these roads under the District Council's parking scheme is £350 a year. This compares with the County Council charges for on-street residents' parking permits of £50 a year.

  • Puppy farm
    Article: Nov 10, 2015

    An ineffective system for licensing dog breeding should be reformed and fines introduced to clamp down on puppy farms. Paul Kennedy, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Mole Valley, has branded the lack of action 'scandalous' and said standards must improve after it emerged only 1 in 10 puppies in the UK comes from a licensed breeder.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2015

    Thousands of properties across Surrey could be sold off under government plans to reduce the number of council and housing association homes.

    Liberal Democrats have criticised the move as 'irresponsible' and said it would ramp up demand for housing and increase rents for the most vulnerable, while also damaging council finances. It comes despite figures from homeless charity Shelter which show there are 17,067 families on the housing across Surrey.

  • Article: Oct 23, 2015

    The Lib Dems in the House of Lords are planning to spike the Government's tax credit plans by tabling a "fatal motion".

    The peers have decided to take this step as the tax credit plans are deeply unfair and would leave three million low income people £1,000 worse off.

    Zahida Manzoor, the party's Work and Pensions spokesperson, will table the motion which would decline to approve the regulations and, if passed, the Government will have to come up with a revised version of its proposals.

  • Solar panel installation
    Article: Oct 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and former Energy Secretary Ed Davey have written to Amber Rudd to call for the end of the Tories' "ideological assault" on green energy. The pair are deeply alarmed with the "systematic unravelling" of the renewable industries since May 8 and believe Conservative policies fatally undermine the UK's climate change commitments.

  • Prospective Lib Dem MP for Mole Valley Paul Kennedy
    Article: Oct 23, 2015

    2,200 families in Mole Valley constituency will lose out under Conservative plans to cut tax credits. Figures produced by the House of Commons Library show over three million low-income working families currently in receipt of tax credits will see their entitlement reduced, as part of the Government's proposals.

  • 477 bus
    Petition: Oct 21, 2015

    We are very disappointed by the decision of Buses Excetera to withdraw the 477 bus service, and the failure of Surrey County Council to take any action to protect bus services. We are concerned that the decision will mean:

    • a) longer journey times - the journey from Epsom to Guildford will increase by 15 minutes to more than an hour, and many residents will be forced to walk and wait longer for a bus at all;
    • b) more congestion on the roads, particularly during peak periods, and more pressure on parking in towns, as commuters, students, the elderly and disabled are forced to abandon public transport;
    • c) fewer visits to local shops and increased costs for health services in transporting patients who are unable to travel by public transport.
  • Article: Oct 5, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling for urgent action to tackle the sharp rise in the number of people killed and seriously injured on Surrey's roads. This follows the recently released figures for 2014 showing that Surrey had the third largest increase in people killed and seriously injured in England and Wales. The number of deaths on Surrey roads more than doubled, increasing from 18 to 38 deaths.

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Will Forster (Woking South) said: "The number of people killed and seriously injured on Surrey's roads is unacceptable. Each person killed is a tragic loss and impacts severely on their family and friends. This cannot be allowed to continue. The Conservative administration at County Hall has clearly taken its eye off the ball and not given road safety the attention it deserves.

    "I am calling on the Conservative administration to give much higher priority to road safety. This must include more funding for road safety education such as through Drive SMART, road safety outside schools and highways improvements. Much more could be done to make Surrey's roads safer, for example by making sure that all roads have appropriate speed limits, warning signs and road markings to alert drivers to hazards, pedestrians crossings to help pedestrians cross the road safely, cycle lanes and junction improvements."

    Cllr Forster concluded: "This is a wake-up call to urgently improve road safety to save lives on Surrey's roads."

  • Article: Sep 10, 2015

    The Children's Improvement Plan 2015 to improve Surrey's inadequate Children's Services was today published by the County Council. The plan was required following the Ofsted inspection report published in June 2015 that rated Surrey's Children's Service as "inadequate". Inspectors concluded that there were "widespread and serious failures that potentially leave children at risk of harm."