• 10 times PM told the UK to follow lockdown rules
    Article: Apr 20, 2022

    Tuesday the Speaker of the House of Commons confirmed MPs will vote on Thursday over whether Boris Johnson should be investigated for lying to Parliament over attending lockdown parties.

    Responding to the vote being called, Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages said:

  • Otter
    Article: Apr 18, 2022

    On Tuesday 19th April, MPs will hear a new Sewage Discharges Bill as it is revealed that water companies are responsible for discharging raw sewage into waterways over 750,000 times over the last two years.

    The new bill would ban water companies from dumping sewage into rivers and legislate to name and shame the companies found to poison animals. Under the new bill, water companies would be forced to publish quarterly figures of how many animals have been forced to swim in sewage polluted rivers.

  • Year of Green Insulation Quote
    Article: Apr 15, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    In the battle to solve the climate emergency and safeguard the future of our planet, a hidden but essential partner is insulation. Why, because UK homes are some of the worst insulated in Europe.

    The UK's poor insulation results in the average home with an indoor temperature of 20°c and an outside temperature of 0°c losing 3°c after five hours. This of course means that not only is more energy required to keep the home at a constant temperature but also that the resident is losing money in the process.

  • open letter PM Out
    Article: Apr 12, 2022

    Guildford Liberal Democrats Contact: Zöe Franklin or office@guildfordlibdems.org.uk
    EMBARGO: Immediate

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for Parliament to be recalled immediately so MPs can hold a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, following the revelation that both he and Rishi Sunak are to be fined over lockdown-breaking parties at Number 10.

  • The Future of Energy has to be Green
    Article: Apr 9, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    We have known for a long time that humanity's choices in the way we live our lives is destroying our planet and our children's futures. But we have failed to act. In particular, we have failed to act on the need to shift and end our reliance on fossil fuels and that failure lies firmly at the feet of politicians across the globe. I recognise that the shift away from fossils is not an easy one, especially for those in developing countries, so my comments in this article are primarily targeted at western political leaders and particularly successive UK governments who are in a far better position to act and yet have failed to do so.

  • Lance Spencer and others at bus stop
    Article: Apr 8, 2022

    Surrey County Council's plans for a greener future took a major step backwards when it failed to get any financial support from the government for its Bus Service Improvement Plan.

    Boris Johnson announced funding for his Bus Back Better scheme in March 2021 with £3 billion available to help transform bus services across England.

  • Hands with mittens holding a white cup of coffee - Alex Padurariu @unsplash.com ()
    Article: Apr 8, 2022

    Families in Surrey are paying over £240m more a year for their energy bills because they are living in poorly insulated homes, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    Surrey Liberal Democrats are demanding that the government urgently invest in fixing leaky homes in the area and cutting people's energy bills in the long term.
    The analysis shows almost 350,000 households in Surrey have received poor energy efficiency ratings (EPC Bands D-G), making up between 57% (Mole Valley) and 71% (Reigate) of homes in the county. It comes despite a government target to upgrade all homes to Band C by 2035.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2022

    Guildford Liberal Democrats
    Contact: Guildford Lib Dem Office
    EMBARGO: Immediate

    At Tuesday night's meeting of Guildford Borough Council, the Liberal Democrats presented a motion calling for the Council, Surrey Police and other stakeholders to work together to end violence against women and girls by taking practical actions across Guildford Borough.

  • Bj Broekn Promise
    Article: Apr 6, 2022

    Guildford Liberal Democrats
    Contact: Guildford Liberal Democrats - office@guildfordlibdems.org.uk
    EMBARGO: Immediate

    • Typical family in Guildford Borough set to pay an extra £242.80 in national insurance contributions (NICs) this year as cost of living crunch hits.

    • Local businesses are also set to feel the squeeze with £21,232,739 tax hit.

  • Sign designating permit holder parking only 1-2pm Mon-Fri.
    Article: Apr 5, 2022

    Surrey County Council has launched a public consultation on increases to on-street parking charges including those for residents' parking permits, with the aim of increasing parking revenue by £334,000 per year across the range of measures.

    Notably the cost of parking permits is set to rise over 60% for the first vehicle in a household, increasing from £50 to £80. Additional household permits will go up from £75 to £100 for the second permit and to £130 for subsequent ones.

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