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Guildford Liberal Democrats

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  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have seen their membership surge to 87,000 on the same day Article 50 is triggered.

    Over 5,000 members have joined the party since the beginning of February, when Jeremy Corbyn ordered his MPs to vote in favour of triggering Article 50.

    This comes amid reports that the Labour Party's membership has fallen by almost 11,000 over the last four weeks.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    As the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, the Liberal Democrats have emphasised that it is still possible for people to stop a Hard Brexit and that the by-election in Manchester Gorton will be a chance to force Labour and the Government to "change course."

    The date for the Manchester Gorton by-election has been set for the 4th May. The Liberal Democrats are mounting a strong campaign as the only challengers to Labour in the seat.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    Theresa May has delivered a "blatant threat" to the EU 27 by threatening to withdraw security co-operation if we do not receive a favourable trade deal, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has said.

    The letter comes as a European Parliament text outlining the EU's position has warned the UK not to seek a trade-off between security and trade in the Brexit negotiations.

  • Article: Mar 29, 2017

    MEPs will tell the UK that it can change its mind about leaving the EU even after Theresa May triggers Article 50 tomorrow.

    The European Parliament resolution, set to be voted on next week, will stress the Government could still halt the process during the next two years of Brexit talks.

    Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary Tom Brake commented:

  • County Hall
    Article: Mar 28, 2017

    Commenting on the news that Cllr David Hodge has unilaterally given notice for Surrey County Council to leave the Local Government Association (LGA) in a year's time, Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, said today: 

    "I am appalled by this decision. The Local Government Association is the key organisation within local government which enables the county council to lobby central government and make its case for resources and funding. The LGA has helped Surrey to save money, enabling the county council to recover millions of pounds back after the Icelandic banking crash. The county council needs a voice at the top table and this short sighted move takes that voice away. Only three councils in the country are not members of the LGA, so we are moving from the membership of a large and influential group to an isolated position on the fringes.

  • Article: Mar 27, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have highlighted six tests that the Labour party have already failed on Brexit, in response to Keir Starmer's speech today.

    These include failing to oppose the Government's hard Brexit plans, stand up for Britain's membership of the Single Market or give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal.

  • Is your Local School Losing Out?
    Article: Mar 27, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors have successfully called for Surrey County Council to oppose the Government's funding proposals which could leave schools in Surrey with a £37m hole in their budgets by 2019/20.

    It follows the release of a letter from a Surrey Headteacher warning his local Conservative MP that schools in Surrey may be forced to implement a 4-day week.

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    Article: Mar 27, 2017

    Conservative-run Surrey County Council has been forced to release a damaging financial report which warned in December 2016 that a 15% council tax referendum was "highly likely to fail". The report, produced by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA), cost nearly £25,000 and was commissioned in December but was only released to councillors on March 21st 2017, six weeks after the Council's budget meeting.

  • Article: Mar 22, 2017

    Commenting on today's attack in Westminster, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "These were horrific and deeply tragic events and my thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of those who lost their lives today and the many more who are injured.

    "The bravery and professionalism of the police and emergency services has been truly humbling."

  • Article: Mar 21, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have today published a paper setting out the challenges facing the UK's creative industries.

    The Power of Creativity and Brexit paints a testing picture for the industry, with potentially huge impacts from changes to freedom of movement, loss of investment and funding and less access to markets after Brexit.

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