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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

  • Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Tuesday 11th October was an important day for local government in Surrey and Mole Valley because it provided the opportunity for Councillors on Surrey County Council and Mole Valley District Council to make their views known on the proposal from the government for a 4-year revenue support deal which required an acceptance or rejection by October 14th. The deal covers the next four years from 2016/2017 to 2019/2020.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    After months of pressure from Liberal Democrats, and a consistent refusal from the Conservative administration to accept that there was a problem, Mole Valley Council is at last proposing to take some action to restrict the uncontrolled conversion of offices into residential units. Following initial discussion at Scrutiny Committee, the Executive is expected to be asked to approve a policy for the limited use of Article 4 Directions to require developers to apply for planning permission in some unspecified circumstances.

  • Refugees at Pippbrook
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    A Lib Dem motion calling for greater support to tackle the problem of refugees was scheduled to be debated at the meeting of Mole Valley Council on 11th October but at the last minute the Conservative majority refused to debate the proposal without giving any reason or pre-warning. Councillor Margaret Cooksey who proposed the motion was angry and appalled at the refusal to debate the issue as were Liberal Democrat and Independent members who believed that debating the issue at this time was critical and necessary.

  • Stephen street lights
    Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have criticised Tory-run Surrey County Council after it was revealed that residents who are set to lose their street lighting at night were not formally consulted on the proposal.

    At a meeting of the Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 18th October, the ruling Conservative administration agreed proposals that would see 44,000 lights switched off between midnight and 5am. However a consultation which was carried out in August that boasted a 75% approval figure for the plan, was actually conducted through the Council's residents' panels, drawn from people all over the county, rather than those specifically affected by the turning off of street lights.

  • HAzel at MAlthouse
    Article: Oct 10, 2016

    Questioning by Lib Dem councillors has uncovered that Surrey County Council youth centres are only open for a very limited number of hours, with one centre in the county that is only open for just over ONE hour per week. In a response to a question by Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, it was revealed that a total of 23 youth centres across the county were open for 5 or fewer hours per week, making it difficult to meet the needs of young people in Surrey. The Tory-run County Council also admitted that 254 hours a week of youth work is not being provided due to vacancies within the youth service.

  • Lord Stoneham
    Event: Nov 21, 2016 7:30 PM
    Leatherhead Institute, High St., Leatherhead

    Your Liberal Britain

    This policy debate with Lord Stoneham is part of the Party's process for developing our manifesto for the next election.

    The debate will cover the three proposed statements which will define a future Liberal Britain that have been developed from the consultation with members over the Summer. It will be led by Lord Stoneham who was Operations Director for the Party under the leadership of Charles Kennedy and Nick CLegg between 2003 and 2010. He is currently the Party's spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills.

  • Freewheelers ((C) Freewheelers Theatre Co)
    Event: Nov 9, 2016 5:30 PM
    Dinner at 87 Copthorne Rd, Leatherhead

    Join us for a trip to Leatherhead Theatre to enjoy "Destiny Betrayed" by the Free Wheelers.

    Meet up at Bridget Carr's house (87 Copthorne Rd, Leatherhead) at 5:30 for a 2-course dinner with wine and coffee. Then we'll head along to the Leatherhead Theatre to enjoy the performance.

    £28 ticket cost includes, dinner, a glass of wine, coffee and your theatre ticket. Please contact Janet Baker at janet@compostworks.org.uk or phone 01372 376642

  • Fly tipping
    Article: Sep 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrat councillors are warning that the Conservative-run County Council's plans to charge the public for using Community Recycling Centres and reduce their opening hours, could lead to even bigger increases in fly-tipping across Surrey. Recent figures show that fly-tipping across the county has doubled in the last two years, from 2093 tonnes in 2013/14 to 4441 tonnes in 2015/16.

  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Sep 28, 2016

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have revealed almost £67m of public money has been spent on buying properties outside the county, using a council-owned property company called Halsey Garton Property Limited. The properties purchased with funding from the Conservative-run Council were mainly warehouses situated in locations such as Wiltshire, Bristol, Worksop and Salford. The most expensive acquisition was an office in Bristol, at the cost of just under £20m.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Sep 24, 2016

    The rush to convert offices into flats has hit a new level with the announcement that the ground and first floors of Blackbrook House in Dorking Business Park are to be turned into 17 residential units. This follows decisions earlier in the year to turn the major office centres at Kuoni House and Regent House into residential units but it is the first time that a dedicated Business Park building has been threatened. The most serious question is whether this is just the start of a plan to turn more and more business park units into residences thereby turning the business park into a housing estate? Under government regulations these changes can be carried out through permitted development rights without requiring planning permission for change of use.