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local elections 2021

On Thursday 6th May voters across Surrey will have the chance to cast their votes and have their say in the local elections. In Guildford and Cranleigh you will be able to vote in two elections;

  1. The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
  2. The Surrey County Council Elections

There are also Guildford Borough Council by-elections in the following wards:

  • Friary & St Nicolas (FSN)
  • Pirbright
  • Send

You can find out more about our candidates for the County and FSN elections, and our plan for Surrey County Council by clicking the links below.

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Guildford Liberal Democrats are not standing candidates in Pirbright or Send - click here to find out more.


  • Carla Morson 2021 Graphic
    Article: Mar 16, 2021

    Guildford Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce our Guildford Borough area candidates for the Surrey County Council Elections on 6th May.

    We have been able to build a strong team of candidates for May, with some very talented and dedicated individuals putting their names forward.

    Many of the candidates are experienced County and Borough Councillors, who want to continue working hard for their communities. The other candidates are experienced community activists keen to take their knowledge and experience to County Hall.

  • Julia McShane
    Article: Mar 14, 2021

    Following the retirement of Caroline Reeves after many years of public service, the Liberal Democrat group at Guildford Borough Council are pleased to announce that their new Group Leader is Cllr Julia McShane (Westborough).

    Julia was born in Guildford. She grew up, went to school and still lives in Park Barn, and has been representing her community as a borough councillor since 2011. She was already the Lead Member for Community on Guildford Borough Council Executive and will be taking on responsibility for Housing as part of her expanded portfolio.

  • Jan Can Launch
    Article: Mar 12, 2021

    In his latest blog, Jan discusses what we can do to stop a climate emergency.

    But Jan, all you do is complain! Give us the answers, what do we do?

    To that I say, I cannot convey my ideas until we speak the same language. I want to give you instructions on how to bake a cake together, but first we must agree on our units of measurement. Are we using kilograms or ounces, and perhaps more importantly, what is the conversion rate so that we are both free to pursue our preferred option with confidence that the end objectives are the same? I am attempting to convey my principles and philosophy so that instead of prescribing you a set of exact actions, we can agree on an approach. Here is the real kicker; I do not have all the answers. Perhaps even more importantly, I am not capable of enacting the solutions even if I had them. My role here is one of recipe book author and not head patisserie chef. It is an important distinction. I collate and communicate the information. I can tell you, for example, the right quantity of flour for this cake we are baking together is somewhere between 800 and 1500 grams… I based this on observation and study of many chefs (or climate scientists) who are experts who have tried different options.

  • Paul Kennedy outside Guildford Police Station
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Cllr Paul Kennedy, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, is calling on Priti Patel not to impose centralised crime targets on local police forces, warning it "would be a grave mistake" that "risks seriously undermining" police officers.

    In a letter to the Home Secretary, Paul Kennedy, alongside the party's Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael and 26 other candidates for Mayor or Police and Crime Commissioner, writes that "the police need to be responsive and accountable to their local communities, not micromanaged by Ministers in Whitehall."

  • Caroline stands down
    Article: Mar 5, 2021

    Popular and well-respected Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Friary & St Nicolas ward, and Deputy Leader of Guildford Borough Council, has announced that she is standing down on 12th March.

    Speaking of her decision Cllr Reeves said:

    "I am sure that living through a pandemic has made many of us reassess where we are in our lives. A combination of turning 70 last year, coronavirus and the enjoyment I've found in my daughter, her partner and their newborn coming to live with me for a month as part of my 'bubble' has given me cause to think differently about my life. It has been a real honour to serve my local community and Guildford as one of the councillors for Friary & St Nicolas ward, and more recently Leader and Deputy Leader of Guildford Borough Council. However, it is time for a change and I am standing down from the council with immediate effect to pursue a new adventure running a glamping business with my daughter and her partner in another part of the country.

  • Jan Can Launch
    Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Sarcasm and humour are a good outlet for anger and frustration. We all cope in different ways. However, the real challenge is to funnel that anger and frustration into constructive action. It is easy to tear an idea down or to advocate for it, but it is much harder to build an idea from the ground up or have a clear and credible vision to replace an idea you reject. Humour me for a moment. I am going to put forward an assertion, and then I'm going to try and demonstrate the point through examples and finally tie it all together at the end… something about taking the science out of the scientist.

  • Paul Kennedy outside Guildford Police Station
    Article: Mar 3, 2021

    An estimated 1,647 care home residents - 17% of Surrey's care home population - have tested positive for COVID-19 since the Government lifted the last national lockdown on 2 December 2020.

    This distressing information came in response to a public question - to Surrey County Council's Adults and Health Select Committee - from Cllr Paul Kennedy, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner, and Mole Valley District Councillor for Fetcham West.

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