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If you care about the place you live in and want to get involved with local issues, we'd be glad to hear from you and discuss how you could play a part in building an even better community.

Tim Murphy (Chairman)

  • Article: Aug 10, 2015

    Just over a year ago, in the letter to all Whitehall departments, Danny Alexander, then Lib Dem Chief Secretary to the Treasury, wrote that trying to abolish check-off (the process by which employers deduct union subscriptions directly from wages for union members in the public sector) ,is not only unjustified, but also likely to backfire. Danny wrote:

  • Article: Aug 10, 2015

    Episode 2 of Dan Snow's superb programme: "Locomotion: the history of the railways" drew our attention to the railway mania by investors once railways ceased to be confined to the North of England and reached London.

    In May 1866 the Overend Gurney Bank, which had massively overstretched itself by fancy investing & financial instruments, a lot relating to railways, collapsed which led to a catstrophic banking crisis, a massive flight from stocks and the financial ruin of thousands of investors.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2015

    New figures released by the Department of Health show the Conservative Government is planning a £2.2m cut to the public health budget across Surrey.

    The public health budget pays to relieve pressure on local NHS hospitals and clinics by helping people to solve their own potential health problems before they become more serious. The budget includes work to help people to exercise more, give up smoking and tackle drug addiction.

  • Article: Aug 10, 2015

    In 2013 Liberal Democrats opposed the Tories plans for changes to cut the cost of legal aid but were not able to stop it. Our 2015 manifesto also proposed to undo some of the coalition measures.

    New Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, in his first speech talked about a dangerous inequality at the heart of our justice system with gold plated justice available to the wealthy and a creaking outdated system available to others. That is a good start when compared to the disaster of his predecessor, Chris Grayling, whose hostility to the legal profession and on occasion to the legal process itself was unhelpful (to use a word beloved by lawyers).

  • The Langdale Valley Association have completed and handed in the required forms to begin the process of registering Stickle Tarn as a community asset. They have been backed by local councillor Heidi Halliday and South Lakes MP Tim Farron. (http://old.leaney.org/)
    Article: Aug 10, 2015

    The Tories' 2015 Election Manifesto (P55) says:" We will put in place further protections for our natural landscape so that this remains the most beautiful country in the world".

    What could be more protective than a National Park designation?

    The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DeFRA) has been run by a Tory Secretary of State since 2010 & continues so to be. Following a public enquiry into a proposal to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks so that they become joined, the report was delivered to Government over two years ago.

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Aug 10, 2015

    Just a few months after the Lib Dems left office, the Conservatives have:

    • Scrapped subsidies for onshore wind and commercial solar - the two cheapest forms of clean energy
    • Slashed the energy efficiency budget
    • Ended the tax break for clean cars
    • Abolished rules on zero carbon housing
    • Lowered taxes on polluting firms
    • Introduced a tax on clean energy
  • Article: Aug 10, 2015

    As President Obama's announcement of a clean power plan was hailed as the strongest action on climate change by a US president, Tim Farron has found the Conservatives' plans regressive.

    Commenting on President Obama's clean energy plan, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "We have seen today how President Obama is committed to bringing in measures to tackle climate change, yet David Cameron is insistent on setting about dismantling the Coalition's green legacy.

    "Our own Prime Minister seems intent on rolling back the green agenda championed by Liberal Democrats in Coalition and it reflects his arrogant and lackadaisical attitude to climate change.

    "In America they are seeking to boost investment in wind and solar technology, but in the UK the Government is slashing support for these very same renewable energy sources.

    "Liberal Democrats will fight tooth and nail against these short sighted, ideological cuts to the programmes that we fought for in Government."

  • Lib Dems Winning Here
    Article: Jul 24, 2015

    Congratulations to newly elected councillor Neil Houston and the Lib Dem team in Long Ditton ward, Elmbridge, who held the seat by taking more than half the total votes cast with a 9% swing from Tory to Lib Dem since May.

    This part of Surrey adjoins Greater London. Coming on the tail of significant Lib Dem wins in nearby Sutton, Kingston, Richmond, Mole Valley and Croydon, this win represents a key defence against the Tories in the Greater London area,

  • Article: Jul 23, 2015
    In SCC Local Committee for Epsom & Ewell http://tinyurl.com/pbjzcmm

    For many years, the possibility of building a lay-by outside the parade of shops on East Street next to Chuters Grove has been discussed. Residents have complained, that parking on the highway and also on the pavement has delayed traffic wanting to travel into Epsom and also made it difficult to see oncoming traffic from vehicles turning onto East Street. Officers had been reluctant to build a lay-by as it would be very expensive due to the pipes and cables under the pavement which would have to be lowered.

  • Lib Dems Winning Here
    Article: Jul 20, 2015

    There was a stunning result in last week's by-election in Grove Ward, Kingston, where Lib Dem Jon Tolley was elected with a with a greatly increased majority majority of 889 votes over the Conservative candidate.

    This represents a remarkable surge in support for the Liberal Democrats, as In the previous by-election in this ward, held on the same day as the General Election, the Lib Dem candidate had won by just 18 votes.

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