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APRIL 2022

Dear Friend

This monthly newsletter is designed to keep you in touch with what I'm campaigning on locally and how I am linking in with colleagues in Westminster on national issues. Thank you to everyone who's been in touch having read it and do continue to send me your comments. Please do share this email with friends and family who might be interested.

If you want to get involved yourself - whether by attending an event, signing a petition, helping out in the office, delivering leaflets or joining me on the campaign trail - I'll include links to help you do just that. If not, that's also fine.

In this edition:


Ukraine

The invasion of Ukraine is now in its third month and news reports continue to be devastating. However, the generosity of people living across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages is a source of positivity and hope. Local residents are continuing to welcome Ukrainian refugees into their homes, fundraise and collect and distribute donations. A heartfelt thank you to you all. It was also good to be able to join the vigil held in Cranleigh to mark the second month of the war and show support for the people of Ukraine.

Sadly, I wish I could be as positive about the Government's response. My Lib Dem council colleagues and I are all receiving contact from local residents trying to host refugees and finding the process frustrating and upsetting.

For example, one resident shared with me how the family she is hosting were all set to come with their two children on their mother's passport. However, three weeks after having submitted their application they were then told that actually, they needed visas for the children requiring two separate visits to a Visa Application Centre (VAC). There are no VACs open in Ukraine so the family is having to travel a minimum of five hours each way to do so, and that is after they manage to secure an appointment.

It is clear that the Government still does not have a handle on the process and I am grateful to my colleagues in Parliament for continuing to raise the issue with the Government and Home Office. One example of this is Daisy Cooper MP who accused Ministers of running a 'computer says no' Government. You can watch a short version of her question using the link.

Partygate and the MP pornography scandal

Everything that's going on in the world right now brings home the importance of trust. And I'm afraid we currently have a Prime Minister who isn't trustworthy. He's the first-ever sitting PM to receive a criminal sanction (and no, it's not the same as a parking ticket) and the first-ever to be referred to the Privileges Committee.

What that boils down to is that it's now accepted that he misled Parliament; the question now is, did he know he was doing it? Where this will end I do not know: it's in the hands of Conservative MPs. I hope enough of them realise what the right thing to do is, including Guildford's current MP who has so far failed to act at any point.

In the final week of the Parliamentary session (Parliament has been prorogued until after the next Queen's Speech), it was reported that two female Conservative MPs had reported a male MP colleague for watching pornography on his mobile device in the House of Commons chamber. In any other workplace, this would constitute gross misconduct and Parliament should be no different. I provided an extended comment to the Guildford Dragon about sexism and misogyny in the workplace (for this is what this MP's behaviour demonstrates) which is published here.

Lib Dem Cost of Living HelpCost of Living Crisis

The cost of living continues to be a big worry for many families across Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages. Every time the team and I are out speaking to people on the doorstep people are sharing their struggles with us. Even those who are doing ok for themselves can see energy and food bills rocketing.

In Parliament, Liberal Democrat MPs continue to call for a windfall tax on the big energy companies which could be spent on reducing the heating bills for those on the lowest incomes, including pensioners and those who are severely disabled. We also continue to argue for a VAT cut from 20% to 17.5% across the board on all relevant goods and services: this latter policy would help everyone, would be especially important for those on the lowest incomes who spend more of their disposable income, and would also help to tackle inflation. It would also encourage more spending in local high streets and shops which would benefit local businesses who are still reeling from Covid lockdowns.

Locally, I am about to launch a cost of living survey to help identify the extent of the problem across Guildford constituency and do as much as I can to highlight the issue publicly - there are still some who fail to see that there is an issue. More details to follow.

Building Safety Bill post-Grenfell

Many of you will be aware that I have spoken out on this issue alongside Parliamentary colleagues due to the impact it is having directly on residents here in Guildford. The Building Safety Bill has now been finalised but many issues that are still outstanding will be subject to various government consultations. In particular, the final version of the Bill fails to protect leaseholders from ALL costs for remediation work which will be deeply worrying for anyone affected.

Working for Residents ZF JM at Hive

April has been slightly quieter due to the Easter holidays (I even managed to take a short break with my family!) and as Guildford Lib Dem colleagues and I have been helping neighbouring Lib Dems who have elections this week. But, I have still found time to (amongst other things):

If you'd like to invite me to a community event, or you would like me to visit a local business or other organisation so that I can see the great work you and your group are doing for the community, then please do get in touch.

Of course, this is just a snapshot of the work that I do - the best way to keep up-to-date with everything is to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and via the Guildford Liberal Democrat website.

Very best wishes and do take care of yourself and others at this time of increased anxiety. As always, please do get in touch if you have any questions for me or need support with local issues from myself and/or our councillor team.

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Zöe Franklin
Liberal Democrat Candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages


MARCH 2022

Dear Friend

Welcome to the second month of my e-newsletter and thank you to everyone who's been in touch having read it - I really appreciate your feedback. Do continue to send me your comments, and please do share this email with friends and family who might be interested.

If you want to get involved yourself, whether by attending an event, signing a petition, helping out in the office, delivering leaflets or joining me on the campaign trail, I'll include links to help you do just that. If not, that's not a problem…..

In this edition:

Ukraine

The news over these last few weeks has been very difficult to watch and read. Shocking images of destroyed cities, millions displaced, thousands injured or killed. The destruction and cost to human life is devastating: I know that many people are struggling with anxiety about this, and for some, this revives old traumas. If you are experiencing difficulties, please seek support.

The government has moved to give Ukraine what military aid is possible and I am fully behind that. But they have been slow on sanctions in comparison with the EU and appallingly lacking in any sense of urgency or compassion in supporting refugees to get to Britain. This has to change.

It has been heartwarming to see the people of Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages actively respond to the needs of the Ukrainian people through generous donations and registering to open their homes as hosts. One question I have been asked is, once you have registered, how can you be matched with a family/individual. There are many ways to do this, including through individuals and local organisations who are sharing on Facebook, but in terms of national organisations providing this help there are:

Cost of Living

Out and about in Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages

March has been another busy month as I have been continuing to knock on doors regularly, including in Westborough, Holy Trinity and Friary & St Nicolas to talk to local people and keep in touch with their hopes and concerns. I also joined colleagues in Woking to help with their local elections.

It's always a privilege to visit and meet with residents or local organisations; this month this has included:

  • Visiting South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Service to learn more about the important work they do supporting people experiencing domestic abuse and raising public awareness.
  • Met with Guildford Bike Project to discuss the project and its future.

If you'd like to invite me to one or would like me to visit a local business or other organisation please do get in touch.

I also hosted my first advice surgery where residents could meet with me in-person or via Zoom to discuss issues or ask for advice/support. The next surgery will be on Saturday 7th May 2-4pm so if you'd like to book an appointment please email zoe@guildfordlibdems.org.uk with your name, address and a short summary of what you'd like to discuss.

You can, of course, continue to contact me about issues anytime by sending me an email.

ZF in FSN

Supporting Residents

Working to support local residents is a crucial part of the work that I do alongside the Guildford and Waverley Borough Council's Liberal Democrat teams. In March this has included:

Of course, this is just a snapshot of the work that I do - the best way to keep up-to-date with everything is to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and via the Guildford Liberal Democrat website.

Very best wishes and do take care of yourself and others at this time of increased anxiety. As always, please do get in touch if you have any questions for me or need support with local issues from myself and/or our councillor team.

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Zöe Franklin
Liberal Democrat Candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages


February 2022

Dear Friend

This new monthly newsletter is designed to keep you in touch with what I'm campaigning on, here in our constituency of Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages.

If you want to get involved yourself - whether by attending an event, signing a petition, helping out in the office, delivering leaflets or joining me on the campaign trail - I'll include links to help you do just that. If not, that's also fine. I hope you enjoy reading this - and please forward it to a friend or neighbour!

In this edition:

Rightly, the situation in Ukraine is currently dominating the news. I have been shocked and angered by the way that President Putin has shown a complete disregard for international law, the value of human life and democracy.

I have also been upset by the way that the Conservative Government has been reticent to make a real commitment to supporting the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing the country. I am grateful to our Liberal Democrat MPs and others for pushing the Government daily to open a fast and simple refugee scheme. The UK has a proud history of providing sanctuary to people fleeing war and persecution. We must not abandon Ukrainian refugees in their hour of need.

Ukraine

Since Putin's invasion of Ukraine, I have been clear in my opposition and what our response as a country should be. You can read more on this here and watch a clip of my interview with That's TV on the issue.

It is easy to feel helpless in the face of endless news reports and social media information on the invasion. However, we can help and I encourage you, if you can afford to, to make a donation to the Red Cross appeal for Ukraine or take a look at these articles from The Guardian and TimeOut which have information on other ways to help.

I also encourage you to sign our petition calling on the Government to do more to support Ukrainian refugees - https://www.libdems.org.uk/ukraine-refugees.

ZF Ukraine Quote Mar 2022

End of Covid Restrictions

February saw the end of Covid restrictions in England and while we have all longed for this moment I am concerned by Boris Johnson's all-or-nothing approach. The reality is that Covid has not gone away and while we must learn to live with it we also need to ensure that we are protecting the most vulnerable in our communities. We also need to have an early warning system for emerging, more serious strains of the virus. The most effective way to do this is through continuing to provide free lateral flow tests.

Ending the free tests is effectively a tax on caring and doing the right thing. In Guildford Borough alone, ending free testing will leave as many as 14,622 people facing costs of over £500 a year to take regular tests and visit vulnerable relatives.

You can read more from me on this here.

Cost of Living

Another issue that I know is on so many people's minds is the soaring cost of living. Rising energy costs, food prices and the planned increase in National Insurance are putting very real pressure on family finances. I am clear that the Conservative Government should be doing more to help people with this.

Alongside rising living costs energy companies are making outrageous profits. Liberal Democrat MPs have been speaking out in Parliament about this and calling for a windfall tax. You can watch an interview with Ed Davey on this here.

Out and about in Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages

February has been another busy month as I have been continuing to knock on doors regularly, including in Holy Trinity ward, Shalford and Cranleigh to talk to local people and keep in touch with their hopes and concerns.

Each month I also have the privilege of attending community events and spending time working with Lib Dem colleagues to support our communities. A few of my visits this month have been:

  • Attending a Green Salon Collective event at Zero Carbon Guildford organised by local hair salon owner Julia Lampard. The event was focused on supporting and encouraging local salon teams to recycle more and take a more environmentally sustainable approach to hairdressing.
  • Attending Zero Carbon Guildford's #ShowtheLove
  • Meeting with Cranleigh's Lib Dem Councillor team to catch up with their work with Cranleigh residents.

I'm always delighted to attend local events, and if you'd like to invite me to one or would like me to visit a local business or other organisation please do get in touch.

Cranleigh and ZF

Supporting Residents

Working to support local residents is a crucial part of the work that I do alongside the Guildford and Waverley Borough Council's Liberal Democrat teams. In February this has included:

Of course, this is just a snapshot of the work that I do - the best way to keep up-to-date with everything is to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and via the Guildford Liberal Democrat website.

Very best wishes and do take care of yourself and others at this time of increased anxiety. As always, please do get in touch if you have any questions for me or need support with local issues from myself and/or our councillor team.

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Zöe Franklin
Liberal Democrat Candidate for Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages

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