Demanding Better for Guildford and the Villages

  • Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Last night the Liberal Democrats and MPs from across the House of Commons defeated the government by a majority of 27 to take control of the parliamentary order paper and begin a process of preventing a deeply damaging No Deal Brexit under the Conservative government.

    This came after a single Tory MP defection to the Liberal Democrats caused the government to lose its majority in parliament and marked the beginning of a defining moment in the Brexit debacle.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2019

    Yesterday the Queen agreed Boris Johnson's demand to suspend Parliament and thereby deny democratic debate at one of the most critical times in our country's history.

    Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Guildford, responded:

    "Shutting Parliament to force through a No Deal Brexit is an absolutely unacceptable course of action that I and the Liberal Democrats strongly oppose. This action shows that Boris Johnson and the Conservative government have no respect for the people of the UK, the sovereignty of parliament or the democracy they claim to serve.

  • 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:

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