We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

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: Dec 4, 2016

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling for the council to urgently address the lack of key worker housing available to its staff, which could save it millions of pounds each year.

    In 2015/16, the county council spent £14.9 million on agency staff and have so far spent £7.4 million in this current financial year from 1st April. The council's over reliance on costly agency staff is a result of the difficulty the council has had in recruiting and retaining key staff to work for the organisation. These include social workers, planners and highway engineers. The council currently has 510 vacancies, 378 of which are for social care staff. The lack of affordable housing and the high cost of living in Surrey makes it difficult to attract the skilled staff that the council needs to provide vital services for Surrey residents.

  • Hazel Watson
    Article: Dec 4, 2016

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed their concern after it was revealed that Surrey County Council's spending on consultants has increased by over 40% from the previous year.

    Following a question tabled by Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, at the Cabinet meeting on 22nd November, it was revealed that spending on consultants has risen from £305,000 in 2015/16 to £431,000 so far in 2016/17, with the bill set to rise further before the end of the financial year. Day rates ranged from £350 to a shocking £1800 per day - meaning that some consultants working for the Tory administration were earning the equivalent of £468,000 a year. The council also admitted that it cannot supply figures for spending on consultants before 2015 and did not release information as to whom the county council had paid to do the work.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2016

    Figures released by the respected Leonard Cheshire charity have revealed that Surrey County Council has turned down thousands of requests for social care in the last year.

    In 2015/16, the county council turned down 78% of requests for social care which means that out of 35,565 requests, only 7,995 were successful. Leonard Cheshire also shone a light on the declining number of people that Surrey has provided adult social care to in recent years. In 2009, Surrey County Council provided 31,095 people with social care but by 2014 it had reduced to 29,650 - a fall of 5%.

  • Adult SS
    Article: Dec 4, 2016

    Liberal Democrats in Surrey have written to the Equality & Human Rights Commission asking them to investigate the Tory council's policy that has increased adult social care charges for disabled residents by over one million pounds a year.

    In July this year, the Conservative cabinet agreed changes to the way in which it calculates adult social care charges for those on benefits such as Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance. The changes mean that the council will be charging disabled people over one million pounds a year extra for their care.

  • Randalls Rd recycling centre
    Article: Oct 31, 2016

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their surprise and anger after it was revealed that Surrey's unpopular "Tory Tip Tax", where residents are charged to use local Community Recycling Centres (CRCs), could be illegal.

    Legislation was passed in March 2015 by the then coalition government which prevented councils from charging residents to use household waste recycling centres, either at the point of entry, exit or disposal. The government guidance makes it clear that residents should not be charged for disposing of any waste from DIY, as it considers DIY waste from households as a type of household waste. But Tory-run Surrey County Council last month introduced charges for people disposing of household waste from DIY, despite opposition from the Liberal Democrats and local residents, and a consultation which resulted in massive opposition to the scheme.

  • Headley bus route in snow
    Article: Oct 31, 2016

    Surrey Liberal Democrat County Councillors have welcomed the decision by Surrey's Cabinet to reject proposed cuts to the Winter Maintenance budget which could have put Surrey residents at serious risk of harm.

    Earlier this year, Liberal Democrat Highways spokesperson Cllr Stephen Cooksey chaired a Winter Maintenance Task Group which was requested to consider proposals to make budget savings of £340,000 including reducing the salting network, not filling the network of grit bins and scrapping one of the County's mini salting vehicles.

  • Petition: Oct 27, 2016

    We, the undersigned, welcome Surrey County Council bringing forward the proposal for a controlled pedestrian crossing on Chalkpit Lane near Triangle Stores where pupils making their way to St Martins School and to The Ashcombe School both cross Chalkpit Lane (the A2003) following the "Road Safety Outside Schools" Meeting held on 14 September 2016 and request that the County Council allocates funding in its Integrated Transport Scheme budget for the Mole Valley District to enable this pedestrian crossing to be installed in the next financial year (2017/8).

  • low flying aircraft
    Article: Oct 27, 2016

    The Conservatives have broken their promise to Surrey residents not to build a 3rd runway at Heathrow, after the government backed the option recommended by the Davies Report. The Tory U-turn is in direct contradiction to promises made by David Cameron, the former Prime Minister, who said in 2009 that "The third runway at Heathrow is not going ahead - no ifs, no buts." The Conservative manifesto of 2010 promised no third runway at Heathrow, and Surrey residents have been clear in their opposition to airport expansion at both Heathrow and Gatwick.

  • 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.