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Lib Dem councillor calls on Surrey MPs to demand an extra £1.1bn over the next 2 years (£100m each) to match DUP sweetheart deal

June 27, 2017 11:13 AM

Paul Kennedy headshotFollowing news that the Conservatives have agreed to give 10 DUP MPs an extra £1bn for Northern Ireland as part of a sweetheart deal to deliver Theresa May's hard Brexit plans over the next two years, a Liberal Democrat councillor has called on Surrey's 11 Conservative MPs to demand that an equivalent sum (£100m per MP) be returned to Surrey.

Extra funding is desperately needed in Surrey as over the last few weeks Conservative-controlled Surrey County Council has announced a series of swingeing cuts to services, on top of cuts in Government funding for schools and NHS services, as part of the crisis in Surrey's financial position.

Liberal Democrat District Councillor Paul Kennedy, who represents Fetcham West on Mole Valley District Council, and came second to Conservative MP Sir Paul Beresford in the general election in Mole Valley, said:

"Surrey residents are counting the cost of electing Conservative MPs who are prepared to back a damaging hard Brexit and swingeing cuts to public services in areas like Mole Valley, while giving away taxpayers' money as part of a deal with the sectarian Democratic Unionist Party.

"Here in Mole Valley those cuts will mean the total closure of our busy recycling centre in Dorking and the partial closure of our centre in Leatherhead. Those cuts will mean huge reductions in the budgets for highways, children's services, sexual health services and social care, in addition to Government cuts to schools and NHS services.

"Surrey's Conservative MPs should be demanding equivalent compensation for the people of Surrey. By backing Theresa May's Hard Brexit DUP Government, they are selling us all short."