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    Article: Aug 24, 2021

    Surrey Lib Dems are calling on the Government to make a more ambitious commitment to resettle refugees fleeing the Taliban, and to give Surrey's Borough and District Councils, as well as the County Council, extra funding to house and support them here.

    The Lib Dems have slammed the Government's commitment to resettle just 5,000 Afghan refugees across the UK over the next year, saying it "falls woefully short" of what is needed in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2021

    Responding to an open letter to local borough councils from Guildford's MP, Cllr Julia McShane (Lib Dem Councillor for Westborough and Guildford Borough Council Group Leader) explains how Guildford is responding to the Afghan crisis:

    "Like so many of us, I am heartbroken as I watch the events unfolding in Afghanistan, hearing the stories of people, and especially many women, who have already felt that they have needed to take radical action to protect themselves and loved ones.

  • Zoe By Bridge
    Page: Aug 10, 2021

    Last week the Guildford Dragon published a piece on post-16 education which includes some comments from me on the issue - you can read it via this link https://www.guildford-dragon.com/2021/08/03/most-businesses-say-a-university-degree-is-unimportant/. These are just a snippet of the full comment that I shared with the author (I appreciate space is at a premium in news articles) so I thought it worth sharing them in full.

  • Liz Townsend
    Article: Aug 6, 2021

    Last week I referred to proposed changes to the Official Secrets Act and the damning impact this could have on our free press. Guardian editor of 20 years Alan Rusbridger, amongst other journalists and media organisations, has again highlighted the 'chilling effect' this would have on investigative journalism in the public interest. However, the government is digging its heels firmly in and dismissed pleas for a 'public interest' defence recommended by the Law Commission. The Home Office argued this did not "strike the right balance" between press freedom and the "serious harm" that could be caused by leaks. Whilst I completely understand that the government would want to protect itself from journalists digging around in their dirty laundry, this is far more important than 'snog-gate', this undermines a fundamental right of the British people to know what their elected representatives are getting up to in their name and criminalises reporting journalists and whistle-blowers.

  • Armed Forces Covenant graphic
    Article: Aug 3, 2021
    By Cllr Tom Hunt

    Tom Hunt, Lib Dem Councillor for Friary & St Nicolas is Armed Forces Champion for Guildford Borough Council. Here he reports on the wonderful news that GBC has been awarded Silver in the MOD's Employer's Recognition Scheme.

    "The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives. It was launched by the Coalition government in 2012 and focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

  • Small teddy bear with red bow (Sandy Millar on unsplash.com)
    Article: Jul 29, 2021

    Surrey Lib Dem members who sit on the select committee for Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture have responded to news that the Good Law Project is taking legal action against Surrey County Council.

    Fiona White (Guildford West) said:

    "It comes as no surprise to me and my Surrey Lib Dem colleagues, who have challenged Surrey County Council on its delivery of services to vulnerable children over many years, that it is now facing a legal challenge for failing in its statutory duty.

  • Javid Tweet
    Article: Jul 29, 2021

    Last week in politics….

    After facing a furore on Twitter Sajid Javid deleted his tweet which stated that people had to learn to live with Covid rather than 'cower' from the virus. This is one of the most dangerous and ill-informed tweets I've seen from a serving government minister and the health minister at that! The backlash was swift and powerful from the Twitterati and Javid had to issue a quick apology. However, the damage and hurt have been done to the many families and friends who have lost loved ones and for those who are immunocompromised and continue to live with the fear of growing Covid numbers, together with those who are living with long Covid. Whilst the insensitivity of the tweet was clear for all to see, what was equally concerning was the bravado with which it was delivered, belittling the efforts of all those who have done the right thing, who have followed the rules and who continue to choose to protect themselves and others by wearing masks and keeping their distance. This throwaway comment branded them as cowards and Javid might do well to remember that whilst his tweet and all those who responded to it may be gone, it is certainly not forgotten.

  • Photo of a Conservative leaflet distributed across Guildford
    Article: Jul 28, 2021
    By Cllr Tom Hunt

    The library in Guildford has been hard hit during the pandemic, and is facing a continual threat of cuts from the Tory run County Council. However, it's good to see that there is a strong supply of fiction to stock our libraries shelves with, the most recent addition being a Tory leaflet that has been distributed across Guildford.

  • rear view of unknown persons in field (Dim Hou on unsplash.com)
    Article: Jul 27, 2021

    Lib Dems have secured support for measures that will result in all care leavers in Surrey being exempt from paying council tax from next April.

    In 2018, Surrey Lib Dems won unanimous backing at Surrey County Council for a motion to exempt care leavers from paying tax until they are 25. Ten of Surrey's eleven borough and district councils have also already taken this step, but under Conservative administration, Tandridge District Council had been holding out against the exemption, however a change in the power balance there has now created an opportunity for the District to move into line with the rest of the county.

  • Piles of plastic bottles for recycling (Nick Fewings on Unsplash)
    Article: Jul 23, 2021

    The local Lib Dems created a petition calling on Surrey County Council to increase the opening times and allow pedestrian access at the Community Recycling Centres in Caterham and Warlingham.

    Lib Dem County Councillor for Caterham Valley, Jeffrey Gray, said:

    "Local residents have become increasingly frustrated by the long queues outside the recycling centres on Bond Road in Warlingham and Chaldon Road in Caterham. The local tips' opening hours have been cut back so that when they are open, the demand is greater than ever, causing congestion in local roads."

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