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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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  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors on Surrey County Council have called for the release of a list of 103 properties and parcels of land owned by the County Council and described as "assets" but details of which the council is refusing to share with councillors and residents. The 103 assets are "not in operational use" and were first referred to in council papers in December 2016 and despite repeated assurances from the county council that the information would be provided, the list has still not been shared with councillors.

  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors on Surrey County Council have called for the release of a list of 103 properties and parcels of land owned by the County Council and described as "assets" but details of which the council is refusing to share with councillors and residents. The 103 assets are "not in operational use" and were first referred to in council papers in December 2016 and despite repeated assurances from the county council that the information would be provided, the list has still not been shared with councillors.

  • Paul Kennedy headshot
    Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Plans to change business rates that will see massive rises for Mole Valley shops, offices and other small businesses while going easy on offshore multinational internet giants have been slammed by the Liberal Democrats.

    Official government figures show that Mole Valley District will see business rates rise on average by 10.1 per cent in April. However, independent experts say these figures have been adjusted downwards to exclude the effect of 2% inflation and have then been arbitrarily reduced by 5% to allow for possible reductions on appeal, so that the actual increase firms are facing will average nearly 18%.

  • Hazel Watson
    Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their concern as new figures were released that reveal poor levels of public satisfaction with Conservative-run Surrey County Council.

    According to the latest figures from the county council's own survey, just 39% of residents agreed that the county council provided value for money. The poor figures follow the Tory-run council's decision to cancel a 15% council tax rise after a public outcry from Surrey residents.

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  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Surrey today claimed victory as the Conservatives cancelled their planned 15% tax rise in the face of overwhelming opposition from Liberal Democrat councillors and Surrey residents. However, Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat County Councillors, condemned the Conservative county council's budget as a charade, as the Tory administration pushed through £123 MILLION of unspecified cuts to council services.

  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Feb 2, 2017

    This week at County Hall Surrey's Conservative Cabinet approved proposals for a 15% council tax rise, a referendum on the council tax on 4 May and cuts of £93 million to services in Surrey.

    Councillor Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council said:

    "The Conservative administration at County Hall is asking Surrey residents to pay more for less - an unreasonable and unaffordable 15% council tax increase and £93 million of unspecified cuts in council services.

    "It is time for the Tories at County Hall to end their secrecy and to spill the beans about the £93 million of cuts which are coming down the pipeline. Councillors who have to vote on the County Council budget next week and Surrey residents who pay council tax and are served by the County Council should not be kept in the dark and have a right to know now about the cuts which are on the way.

  • Paul Kennedy headshot
    Article: Jan 31, 2017

    Sir Paul Beresford was elected in 2015 on a Conservative Party manifesto of 'We say: yes to the Single Market … We will safeguard Britain's interests in the Single Market.'

    The people of Mole Valley voted by 53% to 47% to remain in the EU, and Guildford residents (some of whom live in Mole Valley constituency) voted remain by 56% to 44%. It would be a betrayal of Mole Valley residents for our MP to give the Government a blank cheque to leave the Single Market as well as the EU.

  • Bombshell
    Article: Jan 24, 2017

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have today launched a petition against the 15% increase in council tax being proposed by the Conservative administration, the largest in the country and 9 times the rate of inflation.

    If approved, this unprecedented increase would trigger a county-wide referendum on the proposals, with voters going to the polls on the same day as the county council elections in May of this year.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have condemned the Conservative-run county council which has today published its proposals to hike council tax by a massive 15% - the largest increase in the country and 9 times the rate of inflation.

    If approved, this unprecedented increase would trigger a county-wide referendum on the proposals, with voters going to the polls on the same day as the county council elections in May of this year. A yes vote would add a 15% increase a year to bills for Band D properties and would still result in millions of pounds worth of cuts to essential services. A no vote would result in even more damaging cuts which is why Liberal Democrats have consistently called for a more appropriate level of funding from central government to the county council to help avoid large cuts to vital services for Surrey residents.