• 372534 Sewages Dumps
    Article: May 13, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    The practice of discharging raw sewage into our rivers, lakes and coastal waters was not one that the public was really aware of until late last year. However, once they were their anger and disgust at the practice was clear.

    Shortly after it hit the news, the Guildford Lib Dem team and I organised a public protest to enable local people to show the strength of their anger and concern about the issue. It was attended by nearly 100 people despite having just a few days' notice. These residents came together with us to make it clear to Guildford's Conservative MP and Thames Water that enough is enough and that they would not stand for raw sewage flowing into the River Wey and its tributaries that flow through our communities; waterways on which people live, kayak, paddle, walk alongside, allow their dogs to swim in and use for many other leisure activities.

  • Police Car parked across road
    Article: May 3, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative Government for being soft on crime, as they reveal that 83.8% of burglaries in Surrey went unsolved by the police last year.

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of new Home Office figures show that 3265 burglary cases were closed by Surrey in 2021, but in 2735 of them no suspect was identified. That equates to 53 unsolved local burglaries every week.

  • Ballot box
    Article: Apr 26, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    Recently local residents have contacted me about the deeply concerning decisions by the Conservative Government when it comes to our rights. Many of these are not well known but all have either been slipped through under the radar or pushed through Parliament with the full support of Guildford and Cranleigh's Conservative MP. In contrast, Liberal Democrat MPs have voted to stop these changes.

  • Environment Solar Panels
    Article: Apr 22, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    We are far from meeting the climate change targets set by both our government and international agreements such as COP26. We must urgently decarbonise our power grid, and reduce the influence of fluctuating overseas fossil fuel prices.

    A key way to tackle this is through community-scale renewables. They provide green, clean, energy that stimulates local economies and reduces our dependence on skyrocketing overseas fuels. The problem is that unfair regulations and disproportionate costs are stifling opportunity.

  • 10 times PM told the UK to follow lockdown rules
    Article: Apr 20, 2022

    Tuesday the Speaker of the House of Commons confirmed MPs will vote on Thursday over whether Boris Johnson should be investigated for lying to Parliament over attending lockdown parties.

    Responding to the vote being called, Zöe Franklin, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages said:

  • Otter
    Article: Apr 18, 2022

    On Tuesday 19th April, MPs will hear a new Sewage Discharges Bill as it is revealed that water companies are responsible for discharging raw sewage into waterways over 750,000 times over the last two years.

    The new bill would ban water companies from dumping sewage into rivers and legislate to name and shame the companies found to poison animals. Under the new bill, water companies would be forced to publish quarterly figures of how many animals have been forced to swim in sewage polluted rivers.

  • Year of Green Insulation Quote
    Article: Apr 15, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    In the battle to solve the climate emergency and safeguard the future of our planet, a hidden but essential partner is insulation. Why, because UK homes are some of the worst insulated in Europe.

    The UK's poor insulation results in the average home with an indoor temperature of 20°c and an outside temperature of 0°c losing 3°c after five hours. This of course means that not only is more energy required to keep the home at a constant temperature but also that the resident is losing money in the process.

  • open letter PM Out
    Article: Apr 12, 2022

    Guildford Liberal Democrats Contact: Zöe Franklin or office@guildfordlibdems.org.uk
    EMBARGO: Immediate

    The Liberal Democrats are calling for Parliament to be recalled immediately so MPs can hold a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, following the revelation that both he and Rishi Sunak are to be fined over lockdown-breaking parties at Number 10.

  • The Future of Energy has to be Green
    Article: Apr 9, 2022
    By Zoe Franklin

    We have known for a long time that humanity's choices in the way we live our lives is destroying our planet and our children's futures. But we have failed to act. In particular, we have failed to act on the need to shift and end our reliance on fossil fuels and that failure lies firmly at the feet of politicians across the globe. I recognise that the shift away from fossils is not an easy one, especially for those in developing countries, so my comments in this article are primarily targeted at western political leaders and particularly successive UK governments who are in a far better position to act and yet have failed to do so.

  • Lance Spencer and others at bus stop
    Article: Apr 8, 2022

    Surrey County Council's plans for a greener future took a major step backwards when it failed to get any financial support from the government for its Bus Service Improvement Plan.

    Boris Johnson announced funding for his Bus Back Better scheme in March 2021 with £3 billion available to help transform bus services across England.

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