• Wisley Junction Map
    Article: Nov 19, 2020

    Guildford Liberal Democrats

    Contact: Caroline Reeves caroliner.libdem@gmail.com

    EMBARGO: 11am Tuesday 17th November 2020

    Guildford Lib Dems welcome question to Parliament regarding local concerns about proposed new A3/M25 Junction at Wisley

    Guildford Liberal Democrats have welcomed the Early Day Motion tabled by Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans Daisy Cooper which raises concerns regarding the proposed new M25/A3 junction alongside RHS Wisley.

  • Fortnite
    Article: Nov 12, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin

    Globally the value of the gaming industry is approximately $150 billion. It is an industry that has seen huge growth over the last decade and this year, with Covid having resulted in so many more of us working from home and increasing our gaming and spending, the increase in value will likely be more significant. Here in the UK, the industry's value is estimated to be £5.4 billion.

  • Gov has let UK farming down
    Article: Nov 5, 2020

    Yesterday, Conservative MPs rejected amendments to the Agriculture Bill which would have forced the UK Government to ensure that British food and animal welfare standards are maintained in any trade deals.

    MP for Guildford and Cranleigh Angela Richardson, as expected, failed to back these measures, despite over a million people signing an NFU petition calling for the UK Government to put laws in place that prevent imports of food that is produced in ways that are illegal here in the UK.

  • Back British Farming Quote
    Article: Nov 3, 2020

    Guildford & Cranleigh Liberal Democrats have called on Angela Richardson to this week back British farming and vote to protect our high environmental and animal welfare standards.

    In a letter to Angela Richardson, Liberal Democrat spokesperson Zöe Franklin for Guildford, Cranleigh and our Villages warned the Tories must not "risk farmers' livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump."

  • Surrey's 11 Districts/Boroughs
    Article: Oct 27, 2020
    By Zoe Franklin

    I read the recent Get Surrey article about Surrey County Council's idea to set up community networks across Surrey to aid 'closer resident engagement' with interest. Personally, I am committed to empowering local decision making and enabling local people to get more involved with the decisions made that impact on their communities and lives. However, I am unconvinced that this new idea is really about enabling the engagement it says it is. Let me explain why...

  • Free School Meals 1
    Article: Oct 27, 2020

    Last week the Conservative Government voted against extending free school meals for children in need during the holidays, including Angela Richardson, MP for Guildford, Cranleigh and our Villages. This means that during October half term, the Christmas holidays and beyond, there will be many parents struggling to feed their children.
    Not only have the Conservative Government taken this action, which has shocked many, but they have also been condemned by many members of the public for their response to the criticism. Just one reaction was that of Paul Scully, who is a Conservative minister, was to say "Children have been going hungry for years".
    In Surrey, 9% of children live in poverty, despite one or more of their parents being in work and Surrey Lib Dems argue that free school meals are an essential lifeline for many, especially with the further difficulties faced by all due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Liberal Democrat County group leader, Chris Botten said:
    " Suggesting that families need support because their parent(s) spend their money on non-essential items is dangerous and harmful. It is clear the Conservatives are out of touch and hold great contempt for large sections of our communities, this is unacceptable. We cannot allow children to suffer as a result."
    "That is why Liberal Democrats across Surrey are calling on the County Council to use their powers to show compassion, take responsibility and step in."
    Surrey residents can sign the petition calling for an extension to free school meals in Surrey here: http://bit.ly/PetitionSCCFreeSchoolMeals
    Zöe Franklin, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages backed the petition and added:
    "This Conservative Government are failing Surrey's Children's and their parents with their vote last week. That is why we are calling on the County Council to step up and fill the gap left by their colleagues in Westminster.
    However, there are so many determined to help families at this time. As well as congratulating the brilliant campaigning by Marcus Rashford, we would also like to take this opportunity to thank those businesses and members of the community who have come forward to help ensure as many children as possible have access to free meals during half term."

  • Free School Meals 1
    Article: Oct 27, 2020

    PRESS RELEASE: Surrey Liberal Democrats call on the County Council to step in and provide help with Free School meals.

    Last week the Conservative Government voted against extending free school meals for children in need during the holidays, including Angela Richardson, MP for Guildford, Cranleigh and our Villages. This means that during October half term, the Christmas holidays and beyond, there will be many parents struggling to feed their children.

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