• EU citizens deserve indefinite leave to remain graphic
    Article: May 28, 2021

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for all EU citizens in the UK to be given the automatic right to stay, as new figures reveal that 3,580 living in Surrey are still waiting for the Home Office to process their applications - with just five weeks to go before the Government's deadline.

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme statistics show that, as of the end of March, there have been 80,8880 applications from people living in Surrey, with 77,300 of these having been concluded.

  • Julia with cake
    Article: May 26, 2021
    By Julia McShane in Contact Point (Guildford Borough Council Tenant Magazine)

    Many of the enquiries I get from residents are housing-related so I was delighted to be given the opportunity in March to add Housing to my Executive portfolio and become Lead Member for Community & Housing.

    In the years I have been a ward councillor I have always encouraged council tenants to raise the housing issues they have with the council but noticed that many were concerned that their tenancy might be affected if they complained too much! Although there was no evidence to suggest that was the case it seemed that tenants felt the council was remote and not helping them to feel that they were important or valued as customers. As Lead Member I want our tenants to feel that our service to them is excellent and that begins by improving the relationship between the council and tenants and between the tenants and me, as their Lead Councillor for Housing.

  • Will Forster with Lib Dem sign
    Article: May 18, 2021

    The Lib Dem Group on Surrey County Council has elected Will Forster as its new Group Leader.

    Will Forster, County Councillor for Woking South, was chosen as the new Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Surrey County Council at a meeting between members this morning. He succeeds Councillor Chris Botten, who narrowly lost his seat in the recent election.

  • Elected Lib Dem councillors in Waverley
    Article: May 18, 2021

    The Lib Dems gained 5 seats on Surrey County Council in the elections held on Thursday 6th May, resulting in the largest Lib Dem Group at County Hall since 1997.

    After gaining 5 seats, the Lib Dems now have 14 County Councillors in Surrey. Although the Conservatives still control Surrey County Council, they have a reduced majority, notably down from before the election.

  • Parliament (Photo by Marcin Nowak on Unsplash)
    Article: May 11, 2021

    Responding to the Queen's Speech, Zöe Franklin, Lib Dem Spokesperson for Guildford and Cranleigh commented:

    "It's been clear from residents during the recent local election campaign that people want a more green, caring, competent and community-focused country in the aftermath of Covid. So it is crushingly disappointing that the Government's plans announced in the Queen's Speech fail to deliver on every account.

  • Guildford's successful cllrs 2021
    Article: May 10, 2021

    Guildford Liberal Democrats are delighted to have held our three county council seats in Guildford North, Guildford South West and Guildford West. We want to thank the residents who voted for our candidates Julia McShane (Guildford North), Angela Goodwin (Guildford South West) and Fiona White (Guildford West) and all of the people who worked so hard to help them in their campaign.

  • Young person with bruised eye (Photo by cottonbro from Pexels)
    Article: Apr 24, 2021
    By Zoe Franklin

    Yesterday the news broke that the verdict of Ofsted's most recent monitoring visit to Surrey County Council's Children's Services would not be published until after the election on Thursday 6th May. The explanation for this from the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills is that "it is normal practice to delay publication until after an election so as not to influence the result".

  • Paul Kennedy with Lib Dem stake board
    Article: Apr 23, 2021

    Paul Kennedy, Liberal Democrat candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, has challenged the Conservative candidate's claims that her links with Conservative Ministers will somehow deliver more police funding for Surrey. Experience shows that Ministers just take Surrey Conservatives for granted, preferring to channel extra funding to "red wall" seats in the North.

  • Chris Botten
    Article: Apr 21, 2021

    The Lib Dems have called for an ambitious package of £48 billion for local authorities to tackle the climate emergency, of which an extra £140 million would be invested directly in our local community in Surrey.

    This new funding would go directly to Surrey County Council to fund green infrastructure, and improve the local environment.

  • Paul Kennedy with Lib Dem stake board
    Article: Apr 16, 2021

    Local Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Paul Kennedy is calling for a return to proper community policing, as half of all people say they never see police patrols in their local area.

    New analysis by the Liberal Democrats reveals that 32229 crimes reported to Surrey Police last year were closed without a suspect being identified - including 4419 burglaries, 1162 car thefts and 183 robberies.

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