• Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    On 18th June 2018, the Home Office issued a letter to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, regarding Ahmed Hassan's interaction with the police and Home Office, prior to the Parsons Green bombing incident in September 2017. Commenting on the letter, Cllr Hazel Watson (Liberal Democrat, Dorking Hills) said today:

  • Tory allowances
    Article: Jun 7, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have launched a petition calling for the recent increase in allowances for Conservative councillors to be reversed. The increase was voted through by Conservative Councillors with four new positions of "Deputy Cabinet Member" created, each at a cost to the taxpayer of £10,000, despite the County Council planning millions of pounds of cuts to services over the next year. The Conservatives also voted to reinstate allowances for vice-chairs of committees, contradicting a report from the Independent Remuneration Panel which concluded that allowances for vice-chairs were not necessary.

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    Article: Jun 4, 2018
    By Zöe Franklin
    Did you know that it's National Volunteers Week 1st - 7th June?
    Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our society. The voluntary sector has always been really important - they help maintain the country's historic buildings, coach amateur sport, teach people new skills, run school fairs, staff charity shops plus everything in between and so much more!
  • Article: May 24, 2018

    I've been a school governor since 2010 - first at a Sure Start Children's Centre and currently at my sons' primary school. It is a challenging and rewarding role that I would encourage more people to take up. Throughout my time there have been difficult decisions to make regarding allocation of resources but since 2015 these decisions have become much harder.

  • County Hall
    Article: May 23, 2018

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors in Surrey have heavily criticised the Conservative-administration at County Hall after Conservative Councillors awarded themselves thousands of pounds of extra allowances in a vote at Council yesterday. The vote means that 4 new Deputy Cabinet positions will be created, at a cost of £40K a year, as well as extra allowances for committee vice-chairs. Liberal Democrat County Councillors opposed these increases and voted against them at County Hall.

    Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Surrey County Council, said:

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