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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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  • Green Belt field Paul, Roger
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    Conservative-controlled Mole Valley District Council is asking developers to submit proposals for sites including in the Green Belt.

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have strongly criticised Mole Valley Council for its decision to invite developers to submit proposed sites for house building in the Green Belt. Group Leader, Councillor Stephen Cooksey, says, "The Council is doing this because it has adopted a housing target that is simply too high. They are giving too much weight to assumed demand from outside the area, including London. A more modest target would avoid damaging the Green Belt.

  • Meadowbank Park
    Petition: Jan 1, 2018

    We, the undersigned, call on Surrey County Council and Mole Valley District Council to work together to resurface and to widen the existing footpaths on Meadowbank from Archway Place / Chalkpit Lane to Ashcombe Road (around the football ground and below and alongside Parkway) and for all paths on Meadowbank to be better lit in the morning and early evening in Winter to assist pedestrians using the footpaths and enhance safety.

  • Image result for the thrill of love
    Event: Feb 17, 2018 5:45 PM
    4 Elmer Cottages, Guildford Road, Fetcham, KT22 9DH

    Our annual theatre evening will be to see the Fetcham Players' production of "The Thrill of Love" by Amanda Whittington - based on the true story of Ruth Ellis - the last woman to be hanged in the UK.

    We'll meet at 4 Elmer Cottages, Guildford Road, Fetcham, KT22 9DH for a two-course meal, followed by the trip to the performance.

  • Event: Mar 1, 2018 7:00 PM
    Green Room Theatre, Reigate Road, Dorking, RH4 1SG

    Reserve the date for our election launch meeting with a speech from Sir Ed Davey, MP.

    Official portrait of Sir Edward Davey crop 2.jpg

    More details, including how to get tickets, will be issued nearer the time.

  • NHS
    Article: Dec 21, 2017

    Lib Dems call for scrutiny investigation over Surrey County Council pay off to Virgin Care

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have called for a scrutiny investigation following the disclosure that Surrey County Council have paid an undisclosed sum to Virgin Care, following legal proceedings over the awarding of a health contract.

  • Dene Street
    Article: Dec 21, 2017

    Council plan to sell off properties still shrouded in secrecy say Surrey Lib Dems

    On Thursday 14 December 2017 the Conservative Cabinet of Surrey County Council is expected to agree to enter into a Joint Venture with an external company to redevelop the Council's own land and buildings for housing for sale and rent.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Dec 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have criticised Surrey County Council's plan to set aside income derived from property acquisitions into further property speculation rather than investing in services. According to the latest budget figures, the County Council is facing an overspend of £19 million in the current financial year but is planning to set aside £3.8m of income generated from property to invest in more property, rather than take the pressure off council services which are facing cuts of £104 million pounds this year.

  • Surrey signs
    Article: Dec 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors on Surrey County Council are calling for an end to the council relying on members of the public to report missing or damaged road signs and instead are calling for a sign inspection policy to be developed and implemented.

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

  • Angela Goodwin & Chris Botten
    Article: Dec 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors celebrated today after Surrey County Council unanimously backed their call to increase the level of places for pupils with Special Educational Needs within Surrey. A motion, tabled by Liberal Democrat county councillors, was accepted unanimously by all council members at a meeting today at County Hall. The County Council spends a total of £237 million on SEND services for children and young people, educates 822 SEND students outside of the county, and spends nearly £27 million on travel costs for SEND students.

  • Paul Kennedt police
    Article: Dec 21, 2017

    Police in Surrey are facing a real-terms cut of £1.9m next year, the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    Today the government announced that core funding for police budgets will remain exactly the same as the current year. With inflation now running at 3.1% due to Brexit, that means Surrey Police will fall a real-terms cut in Government funding of £1.9m in 2018/19.

    The additional £270m of funding the government claims to be investing in the police nationally depends entirely on local Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) raising the police precept in their areas, which the Liberal Democrats have branded a "stealth council tax rise."

    Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (and former PCC candidate for Surrey) Mole Valley District Councillor Paul Kennedy commented:

    "The Conservatives are ignoring calls from senior officers to increase investment in our police. The impact of this cut in police budgets will be felt in our communities and in our streets.

    "With crime rising, the government should have increased police budgets in real terms. Even the Conservatives' attempt at a stealth council tax rise won't be enough to protect local police forces.

    "I'm genuinely shocked that Ministers are ignoring the alarming rise in serious crime with this short-sighted decision, while spending billions on Brexit."