• Will Forster outside Quadrant Court
    Article: Sep 22, 2021

    The Lib Dems have criticised the Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council for unilaterally writing to the Government asking for a County Deal for Surrey.

    On 10th August, Councillor Tim Oliver wrote to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, formally registering Surrey County Council's interest in more powers from Central Government as part of a County Deal for Surrey.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2021

    This coming Sunday will be a traffic-free experience in Guildford town centre thanks to a Guildford Borough Council initiative.

    Leave your gas or electric four-wheeled guzzler at home and take the bus, train, bicycle, wheelchair, scooter or your own two feet into Guildford and enjoy some of the activities that are taking place, such as

  • Pensions1
    Article: Sep 22, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats have published figures showing that 17,951 of state pensioners in Guildford and Cranleigh are set to be impacted by the government breaking its manifesto promise and suspending the triple lock on pensions.

    The state pension triple lock is a rule that means the state pension must rise each year in line with the highest of three possible figures, inflation, average earnings or 2.5%.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2021

    The public consultation on new drilling in Albury will close today and is seen as the last chance to stop Surrey Hills from being used as a source for polluting gases.

    Conservative-run Surrey County Council plans to allow companies to drill for greenhouse gases in Albury, just a short distance from Guildford town centre. The drilling would be used for grey hydrogen, which uses harmful greenhouse gases to create hydrogen.

  • Pride
    Article: Sep 17, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats have called for a total ban of conversion therapy in the UK, with no exemptions for religious practices.

    The party also wants to see a criminal ban on referrals, transportation of minors overseas, and advertising and promotion of any conversion practices as well as a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of conversion therapy.

  • Article: Sep 11, 2021

    Guildford & Cranleigh's Liberal Democrats have slammed local Conservative MP Angela Richardson's choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance.

    The changes, which go against the Conservatives' manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of pounds more in tax each year.

  • Universal Credit
    Article: Sep 3, 2021

    As many as 10% of hard-pressed families across Guildford face being left worse off when the government ends the uplift to Universal Credit next month.

    New data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation exposes the true nature of how badly some areas will be hit by the £20 Universal Credit cut, which is opposed by Zöe Franklin and Guildford Liberal Democrats.

  • Zöe Franklin 2021
    Article: Aug 26, 2021

    Guildford Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that they have reselected local campaigner, Zöe Franklin, to be the Prospective Parliamentary candidate for Guildford. Zöe becomes the first Blue Wall election candidate in the country to be selected by the party.

    Zöe has lived in Guildford for over 20 years, first moving to the town to study at University of Surrey, and has been a local governor, charity trustee and borough councillor. She stood for the Liberal Democrats in the last election where she increased the party's vote share by 15% and slashed the Conservative majority to just 6%. Zöe's top campaign priorities ahead of the next general election are:

    • Fighting the Conservative's damaging planning reforms that threaten Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages with even more inappropriate developer-led schemes lacking in the homes we need locally and proper infrastructure.
    • Working with local people and our councillors for a greener, more sustainable future for our communities including better public transport and more electric vehicle charging points so people can realistically choose to go green.
    • Campaigning to support local businesses who have been left behind by the Government and need extra support to survive.

    In recent months, the Liberal Democrats have made major gains in the Blue Wall area of Surrey. During May's Local Elections, the party gained five seats from the Conservatives on Surrey County Council and ended neck and neck on popular vote share in Guildford.

    The results in Surrey follow the Liberal Democrats winning the Blue Wall constituency of Chesham and Amersham in June with a 25% swing from the Conservatives.

  • Tom Sharp CBE
    Survey: Aug 26, 2021
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    If you would like to add a comment to the condolences page for Tom Sharp, a stalwart of Liberal Democracy, a gentleman and a tireless servant of the people of Guildford, who has sadly passed away, then please leave your comment below.

    Once comments have been reviewed they will be added to the condolences page.

  • Tom Sharp CBE
    Article: Aug 26, 2021

    Tom Sharp CBE: 19th June 1931 to 20th August 2021

    It is with great sadness that Guildford Liberal Democrats announce the death of our friend and colleague, Tom Sharp.

    Tom was a generous, compassionate and intelligent man who cared deeply for the people of Guildford serving them tirelessly, first as a Surrey County Councillor from 1989 to 2005 and then also as a Guildford Borough Councillor from 1991 to 1999.

    Prior to his involvement in Guildford politics, Tom had a career as a civil servant working at the Board of Trade (subsequently Department of Trade, Department of Industry and the DTI) from 1954-87. From 1973-76 he was seconded to the Foreign Office as Commercial Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington DC. He was awarded a CBE in 1987 for the prime role he played in the privatisation of British Telecom. From 1987-91 he worked briefly for Lloyds, the insurance market.

    Tom's absolute dedication to the cause of Liberal Democracy, the people of Guildford and the game of bridge will be greatly missed.

    Our thoughts go out to all of his family and friends.

    Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Guildford and Cranleigh
    Catherine Houston, Chair of Guildford Liberal Democrats

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