The latest from Paul's campaign for Mole Valley

  • Paul Kennedy in Leatherhead
    Article: Dec 9, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 1645 businesses in the area have closed over the last three years.

It comes as the Liberal Democrats have unveiled a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost local firms, to mark Small Business Saturday.

Recent figures show that 1645 have closed in Mole Valley between 2016 and 2018, a 13.8% increase compared to the previous three years.

Across the UK one million businesses have closed their doors between 2016 and 2018, an increase of almost a third compared to 2013- 2015.

The Federation of Small Businesses has warned that a no deal Brexit, which Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to rule out, would mean more damage to firms. Firms are also being held back by the Conservative government's failure to reform business rates, and by new taxes on the self-employed that business groups have described as "disastrous".

Liberal Democrats have said that they will Stop Brexit and invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in improving public services and tackling inequality. The party would also put in place a package of measures to support small businesses and boost high streets in Mole Valley, including:

  • Paul Kennedy ()
    Article: Dec 3, 2019

    Brexit negatively impacts staff retention at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, the Liberal Democrats have warned.

Figures published by the Liberal Democrats reveal that 78 EU staff working at Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust have already left the health service this year including 21 nurses and midwives. 

In the three years since the Brexit vote, 301 NHS staff from the EU have left the local trust. Staff departures from Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust are part of a worrying national trend: over 3,250 NHS staff from the EU have left the health service so far this year, including 1,116 nurses. The data, based on responses to Freedom of Information requests across 50 NHS hospital trusts, reveals that:

  • Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Paul Kennedy's statement on the Liberal Democrats policy:

    "We need more trees, not more drilling in the Weald or runways at Gatwick and Heathrow. 🌲🌳🌴🌲🌳
    That's why I'm backing Lib Dem plans to plant 60,000,000 trees every year. These will help improve environmental health, air pollution levels, give opportunities to improve mental health, reduce hillside run-off and flooding... the list goes on.

  • Paul Kennedy with Margaret Cooksey ()
    Article: Nov 14, 2019
    At the recent Mole Valley Scrutiny Committee, Liberal Democrat councillors defeated an attempt by the Conservatives to delay the implementation of the much-needed Opportunity Dorking regeneration initiative to promote the culture and economy of Dorking. The proposal had already been considered by Scrutiny Committee in October, but none of the Conservative councillors (apart from the Chairman of Scrutiny to give his formal report) had attended or asked any questions at the subsequent Cabinet meeting which approved it.

    Paul Kennedy said: "I don't know what exactly the Conservatives have got against Dorking. Government policies such as discriminatory high business rates, local government cuts and of course Brexit are killing our high streets. So it is vital that we use our earmarked regeneration funding to support all of Mole Valley's High Streets - in Dorking, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham and Ashtead as well as our rural villages. Most important of all we need to get rid of Boris Johnson's anti-business Conservative Government."
  • Paul Kennedy and representatives of the Friends of Ripley Primary School (FoRPS) ()
    Article: Nov 12, 2019

    Paul Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mole Valley, is backing the Friends of Ripley Primary School (FoRPS) campaign to reopen Ripley School, which was controversially closed by Conservative Surrey County Council last year. If elected as Mole Valley's MP, Paul will strongly oppose any attempt to sell off the land for housing.

  • Lib Dem ()
    Article: Nov 1, 2019

    Thanks to everyone who backed the successful Mole Valley Liberal Democrats' 2-year campaign against the Conservatives' plans to close Dorking's busy community recycling centre from 31 October:…/surrey-recycling-centres-set-…

    We always said closure would be a false economy, and we will keep up the pressure on Surrey County Council to open both our recycling centres 7 days a week so we can maximise recycling in Mole Valley.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2019

    "We're lucky to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, but we have seen a decline in the viability of our high streets in recent years years", says local councillor and campaigner, Paul Kennedy.

    "The underlying causes of this decline are numerous and complex but closures of local businesses, shops and pubs can be related to high business rates, a lack of infrastructure and Brexit." He added, "If we are to have vibrant town and village centres we need good local services such as schools, medical facilities and bus services."


Paul Kennedy ()

A local champion to stand up for us in Mole Valley

The Local Magazine caught up with Paul Kennedy:

Q: Paul, tell us why do you want to be Mole Valley's next MP?

Paul: I have enjoyed representing Mole Valley residents as a local councillor for the last three and a half years. Now I want to tackle the national issues which affect us here. So many problems have been brushed under the carpet while the Government tears itself apart over Brexit. I want to be an MP who will stand up for Mole Valley, and not just follow the Conservative party line.

I am worried about the extremes we have seen in our politics over the last few years and the divisions these have created. Following the Liberal Democrats' clear wins here in the local and European elections in May, one thing is certain - Mole Valley residents want a party and an MP who will look after all our interests and not just the views of right-wing Conservatives.

Q: What makes you the best candidate ?

Paul: I have the experience of a varied career, with scientific, financial and legal backgrounds, working for over 30 years in both the private and public sectors. Now that my children are grown up, I also have time to give something back to the community.

Mole Valley needs an independent-minded MP committed to serving residents wherever they live and whatever their political views.

Q: What do you see as the main issues here in Mole Valley?

Paul: Mole Valley is a beautiful constituency, but we face a climate emergency and our precious Green Belt is under threat from the Conservative government's housing targets. Our high streets, too, are under threat from high business rates, on-line shopping and, of course, Brexit.

Public services are struggling as a result of inadequate funding which our current MP voted for. We have seen the withdrawal of community policing, and closures of schools and GP surgeries. And, of course, Surrey has the worst roads in the country.

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