Demanding Better for Guildford and the Villages

  • Zöe Franklin, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh & the Villages
    Article: Aug 9, 2019

    Parliamentary Candidate Zöe Franklin to join Pride in Surrey celebrations in Woking

    Guildford's Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Zöe Franklin will join thousands from across the county to celebrate the first ever Pride in Surrey event which is taking place in Woking on Saturday 10th August.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2019

    Following the Guildford Conservative Association's press release 'warmly welcoming' the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Zöe Franklin (Guildford Liberal Democrat's Parliamentary Candidate) has issued the following statement:

    Guildford Conservative Association's glowing praise of Boris Johnson is appalling and shows a total lack of understanding of the views of local people.

    Their deputy chair mistakenly believes that local residents will be pleased by Boris' pledge to honour the EU referendum result and leave the EU by 31st October despite Guildford firmly voting in favour of staying in the EU in 2016; voting enthusiastically pro-European in the recent European elections; and, based on all of my conversations over the past 3 years, being more firm on it's desire to stay in the EU than ever before. Their chairman continues by praising Mr Johnson's record as Mayor of London - a record widely discredited by experts.

    Boris Johnson's track record disgraceful comments about the LGBT+ and Muslim communities and total failure to support a British citizen languishing in an Iranian jail to name just two is deeply concerning. Just as those of many of his top cabinet appointments are too.

    It is clear that Guildford Conservative Association are completely out of touch with the community they seek to represent and are happy to get on board with the party line as their party lurches dangerously to the right.

    I want everyone in Guildford, Cranleigh and the Villages that if they want ensure a progressive, tolerant and thriving society that they can be proud of, they can turn the Liberal Democrats and me. We will always stand up for our friends, neighbours, colleagues and communities in the face of backwards looking, intolerant views.

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    Article: Jul 27, 2019
    By Zoe Franklin

    "Resignation from the Front Bench isn't enough."

    Dear Anne

    With the installation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister yesterday and his subsequent cabinet appointments it is clear that the Conservative Party has taken a dangerous lurch to the right.

    In your resignation as Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills on Tuesday you stated "I have grave concerns about leaving the EU without a deal" and "it is important for me to be free to do what I feel is right for the country and my constituents".

    Resignation is not enough - you have simply moved to the back benches to watch a home secretary who favours the death penalty and a Foreign Secretary who was surprised to find where Dover was located. Of course the list of inappropriate appointments does not end there. Are you really going to sit and watch the extreme right take over your party?

    If you truly want to represent your residents, I urge you to:

  • Delcaring a climate emergency graphic
    Article: Jul 23, 2019
    By George Potter

    Climate breakdown is an imminent threat. It's time to treat it like one.

    Global temperature has already risen by 1 degree from pre-industrial levels. If that increase reaches 2 degrees then we will have reached a deadly tipping point. At 2 degrees 99% of coral reefs will die, thousands of species will face extinction and we will see huge areas of land made uninhabitable by flooding or drought, creating tens of millions of climate refugees.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2019

    Guildford Liberal Democrats propose Climate Emergency motion at Guildford Borough Council.

    "Action across all parts of Guildford Borough Council and its partners is a matter of urgency", says Cllr George Potter, proposer of this motion. "Following the motion passed in December 2018 this new motion emphasises the urgency of the situation, highlighting the need for immediate action. We acknowledge that the Council has already been proactive in identifying and delivering projects that save energy and carbon but we must now formally declare a Climate Emergency to engage urgent action across all parts of the council"

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