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  • Article: Jan 17, 2019

    This open letter to Sir Paul Beresford, MP for Mole Valley, was written by Bob Vance, Chair Mole Valley Liberal Democrats, and printed in the current version of the Dorking Advertiser:

    Dear Sir Paul,


    Over the next few weeks you will make the most important decisions of your political career on behalf of the residents of your constituents of Mole Valley. We are members of different political parties but I believe we have more things which unite us than divide us. We both campaigned for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union. Based on the information available in 2016 and campaign arguments the majority of the Mole Valley voters agreed with us. However by a small margin the majority of voters in the United Kingdom did not.

    I have two major concerns.

    Firstly, that the UK will crash out of the EU by accident, which almost no one wants. I therefore implore you to do all you can in Parliament to remove the "No Deal" option from being possible. Secondly, that while the agreement negotiated by the Prime Minister may be a more logical and safer option than crashing out, many people are of the view that it will have damaging social and economic consequences which the electorate do not feel they have voted for. Therefore, in the interests of the cohesion of the nation, I ask you to put the good of the nation ahead of party loyalty and support a Peoples Vote, where we ask the electorate to confirm that, based on the terms of the Brexit withdrawal agreement which the Prime Minister considers is the best that can be negotiated, that a majority still supports leaving the EU, and if not that we should remain in the EU.

    Bob Vance
    Chair Mole Valley Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Jan 15, 2019

    There is still time to change course - here's what's at stake.

  • Humble Boy
    Event: Feb 23, 2019 5:30 PM
    4 Elmer Colltages, Guildford Rd., Fetcham

    Come and join us to see the Fetcham Players' production of "Humble Boy" at Fetcham Village Hall, preceded by dinner with Janet & Hugh Baker. We will meet at 5:30pm for a 6pm dinner at 4 Elmer Cottages, Guildord Rd., Fetcham, KT22 9DH.

    "Humble Boy" is a comedy by Charlotte Jones, loosely based on Hamlet, where Felix Humble comes home for his father's funeral - make a comedy out of that!!

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Jan 7, 2019

    Responding to the publication of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services report into Surrey Fire and Rescue, Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Surrey County Council said:

    "Yet again we read of a Surrey Service which has been judged Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Perhaps the report's most troubling criticism is that the service doesn't have a robust operational model and needs to ensure it has enough resources, (people and equipment) available to respond to risk in line with its risk management plan.

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Jan 7, 2019

    A recent Guardian article titled 'Disabled woman evicted before Christmas…for highlighting the damp' has exposed issues in the way that Landlords are able to evict tenants, and the suffering that this can cause those who are most vulnerable.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Surrey County Council, Councillor Chris Botten has said:

  • David Goodwin
    Article: Jan 7, 2019

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors in Surrey have today voted against proposals put forward by the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP). The report published by the IRP recommended that a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) of £10,000 be allocated to Deputy Cabinet Members, a set of roles only introduced to Surrey County Council in May this year.

  • Paul Kennedy headshot
    Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Dear Sir Paul,

    In the 23rd June 2016 referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, you and I campaigned for Britain to remain a fully autonomous voting member of the European Union with all the influence, economic and cultural benefits, security, environmental safeguards and personal freedoms we now enjoy. The majority of Mole Valley residents agreed with us, voting for Remain by 53% to 47% in Mole Valley District and 56% to 44% in Guildford Borough, to say nothing of the thousands of young people and EU citizens living here who were denied a vote.

  • Joe with mural
    Article: Dec 6, 2018

    At the December meeting of Mole Valley District Council, a Liberal Democrat motion supporting more help for Care Leavers was supported overwhelmingly. As a result the Council has agreed to adopt a Children's Society recommendation and to exempt Care Leavers under the age of 25 from Council Tax from April 2019 and to look at other ways to support them to fulfil their potential.

  • ranmore road tip
    Article: Dec 6, 2018

    At the December meeting of Mole Valley District Council, a Liberal Democrat motion opposing Surrey's plan to close the Dorking Recycling Centre was passed unanimously. As a result the Council has committed to take various steps to oppose the closure, including replying in the strongest terms to the consultation, and working with the County Council to discuss positive options to keep the Dorking tip open.

  • Lhead Childrens centre
    Article: Dec 6, 2018

    At the December meeting of Mole Valley District Council, a Liberal Democrat motion opposing Surrey's plan to close the Leatherhead Children's Centre and reduce the funding for the Dorking Centre was passed unanimously. As a result the Council has committed to take various steps to oppose the plans, including replying in the strongest terms to the consultation, and working with the County Council to consider options to reverse their proposals.