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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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  • CM Fetcham stall
    Article: Mar 23, 2017

    On Monday 20th March, Surrey County Council announced the last minute postponement of key parts of its controversial decision to change the provision of sexual health clinics throughout the county. These clinics provide advice and services around sexually-transmitted infections, genito-urinary medicine and contraception. The changes are planned to take effect from 1st April.

  • CM Fetcham stall
    Article: Mar 13, 2017

    Following the launch of the Liberal Democrat petition calling for proper consultation on the future of sexual health clinics in Surrey and for retention of the clinic in Leatherhead, the local press has joined our calls for better information.

    Claire Malcomson, the Lib Dem spokesperson on Well-being at Mole Valley District Council, said: "Despite pursuing contacts in the Health Service and in both Mole Valley and Surrey Councils, it has taken me a month to build up a picture of what seems to be proposed. The uncertainty is unsettling for patients and for staff working in these clinics - and it is now only three weeks before the new provider takes over the services.

  • Article: Mar 6, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have expressed their anger as the Conservative County Council was forced to reveal cuts of £346K to library resources over the next two years.

    The Conservative-administration plans to reduce the county's library resources budget, used to buy items such as books and DVDs, by £346K which amounts to a cut of 22% by 2019. The reduction in the resources budget for libraries follows significant cuts in the amount of library stock owned by the county council, which has dropped from 1,597,830 items in December 2013 to 1,386,752 items in March 2016 - a reduction of 211,078 items (13%).

  • Petition: Mar 3, 2017

    Surrey's Sexual Health clinics provide vital services covering sexually transmitted infection, genito-urinary medicine and contraception. They limit the spread of sexually transmitted infections, such as HIV, protect young people's health and reduce teenage pregnancies, significantly cutting the costs of our local health and care services. Most of these, including those at Leatherhead and Epsom, are now facing closure leaving just 3 clinics for the whole of Surrey.

  • Claire at LHead Hosp
    Article: Mar 3, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have launched a campaign to prevent the closure of many Sexual Health, Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) and HIV clinics in Surrey.

    It is understood that most of the clinics in Surrey are planned to close on, or shortly after, the transfer of the services to a new provider - the Central & North-West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) - on April 1st 2017.

  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors on Surrey County Council have called for the release of a list of 103 properties and parcels of land owned by the County Council and described as "assets" but details of which the council is refusing to share with councillors and residents. The 103 assets are "not in operational use" and were first referred to in council papers in December 2016 and despite repeated assurances from the county council that the information would be provided, the list has still not been shared with councillors.

  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors on Surrey County Council have called for the release of a list of 103 properties and parcels of land owned by the County Council and described as "assets" but details of which the council is refusing to share with councillors and residents. The 103 assets are "not in operational use" and were first referred to in council papers in December 2016 and despite repeated assurances from the county council that the information would be provided, the list has still not been shared with councillors.

  • Paul Kennedy headshot
    Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Plans to change business rates that will see massive rises for Mole Valley shops, offices and other small businesses while going easy on offshore multinational internet giants have been slammed by the Liberal Democrats.

    Official government figures show that Mole Valley District will see business rates rise on average by 10.1 per cent in April. However, independent experts say these figures have been adjusted downwards to exclude the effect of 2% inflation and have then been arbitrarily reduced by 5% to allow for possible reductions on appeal, so that the actual increase firms are facing will average nearly 18%.

  • Hazel Watson
    Article: Feb 15, 2017

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their concern as new figures were released that reveal poor levels of public satisfaction with Conservative-run Surrey County Council.

    According to the latest figures from the county council's own survey, just 39% of residents agreed that the county council provided value for money. The poor figures follow the Tory-run council's decision to cancel a 15% council tax rise after a public outcry from Surrey residents.

  • Hazel at County Hall
    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Surrey today claimed victory as the Conservatives cancelled their planned 15% tax rise in the face of overwhelming opposition from Liberal Democrat councillors and Surrey residents. However, Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat County Councillors, condemned the Conservative county council's budget as a charade, as the Tory administration pushed through £123 MILLION of unspecified cuts to council services.