We caught up with Mike Dent who recently joined the party to see how he found his first Lib Dem Conference.
Why did you join Lib Dems recently?
Well for the last few years I have become more and more disillusioned with the national direction and I thought it was politics in general. However, when I gave it more and deeper thought it was clear that I was an anti Tory at heart. So I resolved to try and do something proactive, I looked at my local constituency and saw that Guildford was ripe for removing the incumbent Tory MP, but only by supporting the Lib Dems - from that moment it was clear I needed to get involved and join the party. It was a good decision given that the Lib Dems are aligned with my own political feelings on not just the anti Tory platform, but also on issues of fairness, opportunity, democracy, collaboration and protecting the vulnerable.
Pride in Surrey: Surrey Liberal Democrats call for an immediate and complete Ban on Conversion Therapy.
Liberal Democrats from across Surrey came together on Saturday last week to join in Pride in Surrey celebrations in Godalming. Led by local Parliamentary Spokespeople Zöe Franklin (Guildford and Cranleigh), Alasdair Pinkerton (Surrey Heath) and Paul Follows (South West Surrey), councillors and activists took part in the parade and hosted a stall at the event.
The Lib Dems have questioned Surrey County Council's process of selecting a new highways maintenance contractor which has resulted in the three final bids coming from companies all with a history of failing Surrey residents.
The Council's Cabinet met yesterday and agreed to award the contract to either Amey, Kier or Ringway. Initially the contract will be for 10 years, but a possible extension could take it to 21 years with a total value of about £2.5bn.
Liberal Democrats from across Surrey came together on Saturday last week to join in Pride in Surrey celebrations in Godalming.Led by local Parliamentary Spokespeople Zöe Franklin, Alasdair Pinkerton and Paul Follows, councillors and activists took part in the parade and hosted a stall at the event.
The Lib Dems have called Surrey County Council's draft County Deal for Surrey bid a 'power grab'.
The County Council is currently putting together a bid for more powers from central government as part of a County Deal for Surrey. However, there is growing concern that the County Deal bid is a simple power grab to enable the Council to become a unitary authority by the back door.
Last week Lib Dem MPs and I spoke out against the Conservative Government who, including Guildford and Cranleigh's own MP, voted through a 1.25% National Insurance tax hike for individuals and employers. Today I want to share an update to this sorry saga with you.
New research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has revealed that nurses, care home staff and other health and social care workers will pay over £900 million more in tax as a result.
This means that the NHS and care staff who have been on the frontline of the pandemic will pay a whopping 12% of the £7.4 billion expected to be raised from employees through the tax rise. The number may be even higher too as the estimate doesn't include those working in health and social care who are self-employed. The research also shows the real terms cost of the tax hike faced by those working in the NHS and social care. A nurse or midwife on an average salary will see their tax bill rise by £310 next year, care home workers will pay around £140 more and ambulance staff will see a £420 increase. The average NHS worker across all staff groups will pay £315 more a year.
The Lib Dems have criticised the Conservative Leader of Surrey County Council for unilaterally writing to the Government asking for a County Deal for Surrey.
On 10th August, Councillor Tim Oliver wrote to the Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, formally registering Surrey County Council's interest in more powers from Central Government as part of a County Deal for Surrey.
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