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Paul Kennedy

Mole Valley Constituency has Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, historic market towns and beautiful villages.

Liberal Democrats took control of both councils in May this year, with residents' support, after voters decisively rejected Conservative plans for massive Green Belt development in our area. Liberal Democrats also topped the poll here in the European elections.

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  • Vince in Latherhead
    Article: May 3, 2019

    On the eve of the local elections, Lib Dem leader Vince Cable spent a couple of hours supporting some of the candidates standing in the following day's elections for Mole Valley District Council.

    After a well-attended rally in Leatherhead High Street, Vince went out canvassing in Leatherhead North with Keira Vyvyan-Robinson and then moved on to Bookham South with Nancy Goodacre.

  • Box Hill sign 2
    Petition: Apr 11, 2019

    The postal address for properties in Box Hill village is Tadworth - 5 miles away. This causes problems, especially for delivery drivers who do not know the area. Also it denies our community the identity that comes from having its own postal address.

    We call on the Royal Mail to recognise the identity of Box Hill as a village by including it as a non-madatory location in the postal addresses for properties in the village.

  • Norbury Car Park
    Article: Apr 2, 2019

    The County Council admitted in its Cabinet meeting, on the 26th March 2019, that the car park charges introduced last year at the Norbury Park car parks has resulted in substantially fewer vehicles being parked in the car parks than anticipated.


    This admission came as Liberal Democrat County Councillor Hazel Watson (Dorking Hills) questioned the Cabinet Member responsible for introducing the charges at the Cabinet Meeting held at County Hall.

  • Will & Chris
    Article: Mar 22, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats today saw success when their motion aimed at cutting the costs spent on interim staff at Surrey County Council was adopted. The motion, proposed by Cllr Chris Botten, and seconded by Cllr Will Forster was produced in reaction to recent news that Surrey was recruiting for another interim manager on a £90,000+ annual salary.

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Mar 8, 2019

    Much of the depth of Surrey's financial crisis can be tracked back to the chaotic introduction of computer systems which an audit has revealed, among other things:

    • The audit team were "unable to find the business case or any supporting paperwork for the Cabinet Member decision to purchase" [the IT system in question]
    • The system is not fully utilised which shows an "inefficient use of public money to purchase and pay annual costs for a system that is not fully implemented"
    • The improper use of the system "frequently results in parents arranging private support, followed by judicial review in the parents' favour. This in turn leads to increased costs of provision for the council"
    • There have been instances of the Council paying a foster carer, or a school, for a child that is no longer being seen to by that specific service.

  • Health Checks Table
    Article: Mar 8, 2019

    The Lib Dems have warned of a 'postcode lottery' as official figures reveal that only 30% of people in Surrey have been offered a health check over the last 5 years, significantly below the national average of 85.21% - the lowest in the country.

    Lib Dem Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly blamed "swingeing Conservative cuts" and her party has called for "a transformational investment in public health with a penny on income tax."

    Health check-ups for adults in England are available to everyone aged 40-74. According to the NHS, these checks are designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

    However, figures published by Public Health England have revealed 22 local authority areas in England, including Surrey, have failed to offer more than 60% of people a health check.

  • Paul with stakeboard
    Article: Mar 4, 2019

    Following the hustings meeting in Dorking on Saturday 2nd March, it was announced that the Mole Valley Liberal Democrat members had re-selected Paul Kennedy as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate. Paul has stood for the Mole Valley constituency in both the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.

    Following the announcement, Paul said: "I'm thrilled and honoured to have the continuing support of Liberal Democrat members. We are united in our ambition to get a better deal for Mole Valley residents than the disastrous Conservative diet of cuts, green belt development, and Brexit. Liberal Democrats demand better."

  • Newdigate earthquake
    Petition: Mar 3, 2019

    In light of recent earthquakes in Newdigate, we call upon Surrey County Council to refuse permission to extend the Horsehill wells to allow the drilling of four new hydrocarbon wells, one water reinjection well and side-track drilling (Application SCC Ref 2018/0152).

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  • Cllr Fiona White outside Surrey County Hall
    Article: Mar 3, 2019

    News released today has revealed that the University of Surrey are planning to cut their staff, with all staff being given the option of voluntary redundancy*. The University has released a letter, sent to all staff, which highlights that one of the key factors influencing this decision is the uncertainty surrounding the UK's position in the EU, and how this may affect the University's financial position.

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: Mar 3, 2019

    Surrey County Council is advertising yet again for temporary staff with salaries in excess of £90k. The latest is for a Programme Manager to oversee the move from County Hall.


    Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Surrey County Council, said:

    "The use of temporary staff runs the risk that if they fail to deliver long term solutions to the problems set, they are long gone before the problems come to light but are enriched by their generous salary.