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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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  • SPA library
    Article: Nov 16, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have handed in a petition with over 2,000 signatures calling for Surrey's Performing Arts Library to be retained. It follows a consultation held by Surrey County Council which outlined 3 options for the Library - closure, fragmentation of the service across other libraries or the service by being provided by another organisation. The Library, which is currently based near Dorking at Denbies Wine Estate, houses a unique collection of music, theatre, orchestral and dance materials available for public loan.

  • Dene Street
    Article: Nov 16, 2017

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their dismay after it was revealed, in response to a Freedom of Information Act Request, that Conservative-run Surrey County Council has left 20 buildings empty for a cumulative total of 112 years, with one building in Warlingham left empty for a shocking 18 years. The County Council spent £307,464 in just one year in 2016/17 maintaining its 20 vacant buildings.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Margaret Cooksey
    Article: Nov 5, 2017

    The following statement has been issued by Margaret Cooksey, the Lib Dem Planning spokesperson on Mole Valley District Council:

    The somewhat flawed but very important first consultation process for the new Local Plan has now concluded and the results are being analysed. The consultation, based on the disputed requirement to build nearly 6,000 additional new houses, has, as expected, raised significant and controversial proposals and suggestions and the conclusions are awaited with great anticipation and concern.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Nov 5, 2017

    Surrey County Council has been ordered to pay £18,400 in compensation to the family of a severely autistic child after a highly critical report from the Local Government Ombudsman. The report criticised all aspects of the County Council's handling of the case, which concluded that there was fault by the County Council and that an injustice had taken place.

  • Surrey Performing Arts Library
    Article: Oct 25, 2017

    The following resolution proposed by Councillor Margaret Cooksey and seconded by Councillor Paul Kennedy was unanimously approved at the meeting of Mole Valley District Council last week. As a consequence Councillor Cooksey has been invited to participate in discussions with the County Council about the future of the Library along with the Administration's Portfolio Holder for Wellbeing

  • Penny Rivers
    Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have condemned a decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to award a £400K grant to an art gallery which has £38m of funds and an income of £1.2m a year.

    The Watts Gallery in Compton, Guildford, was awarded the money following a decision by the Leader of the Council at a meeting on 12th September 2017. In the papers produced, the County Council's Chief Finance Officer warns that the County Council's financial position is extremely serious, that the proposed expenditure has not been budgeted for and that the gallery was already "financially viable".

  • CRC
    Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed disappointment after Conservatives in Surrey voted to rubber stamp their unpopular cuts to Community Recycling Centres across the county.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson, tabled a "call-in" request alongside other opposition councillors which, if successful, would have forced the Conservative Cabinet to consider the matter again.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Oct 9, 2017

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to stop further investment in commercial property outside of Surrey and to instead prioritise County Council owned vacant buildings to either be used to provide services or to be sold or let.

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