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Welcome to the website of the Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats

As the main opposition party on both Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and Surrey County Council, we see our role as standing up for what YOU the local residents want, rather than what THEY the people calling the shots think you ought to be satisfied with.

We are involved in campaigns for Residents Parking Schemes (where the majority of residents want them), keeping paid staff in all libraries, ensuring Epsom town centre and our other shopping parades thrive, retaining both Epsom's fire engines, developing Upper High Street and above all saving Epsom Hospital.

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.

  • Kevin Hurley - Surrey PCC
    Article: Oct 19, 2014

    Epsom & Ewell residents are warmly invited to the Borough's second Crime Summit, which takes place between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at the Longmead Centre in Epsom.

    The Crime Summit will see senior people from Surrey Police and Epsom & Ewell Borough Council join the Police and Crime Commissioner, Kevin Hurley, to talk about their work and hear from local people about the issues that matter to them in their communities.

  • Malden Rushett junction
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Transport for London (TfL) have issued a revised timetable for the Malden Rushett roadworks. This shows closure of the Epsom road starting earlier on 20 October, no closures during December and the work finishing by the end of March 2015.

    They list the following key dates:

    • 20 October to 14 November: Closed to or from Epsom. No right turn to or from Esher.
    • 17 to 28 November: Closed to or from Esher. No right turn to or from Epsom.
    • 29 November to 4 January 2015: All directions open.
    • 5 January to 20 February: Closed to or from Epsom. No right turn to or from Esher.
    • 23 February to 20 March: Closed to or from Esher. No right turn to or from Epsom.
    • 23 to 27 March: Four-way temporary traffic signals.
    • 28 March 2015: New junction open.
  • Nigel Farage
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    UKIP's group in the European Parliament, the EFDD, has collapsed following the departure of Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule.

    Parliamentary groups must have over 25 MEPs from at least seven different countries, and Ms Grigule's departure means the EFDD now only represent six countries. The loss of group status will mean less funding and less speaking time for UKIP MEPs, especially for former group leader Nigel Farage.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have welcomed the decision made yesterday by the Conservative administration at County Hall to re-think undemocratic proposals to change the council's constitution.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "The ruling Conservative administration at County Hall have been attempting to force through undemocratic changes to the County Council's constitution to cap the number of motions to full Council to a maximum of 3, to prevent altogether any motions to the Budget meeting or the Annual meeting of the Council. They have also sought to reduce the time allowed for speeches at Council meetings. The plans also included a proposal to reduce the number of signatures required on a petition to trigger a debate at full council from a ridiculously high number of 20,000 to a still excessively high number of 10,000 signatures."

  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have pressed for more funding and action by the county council to prevent flooding since long before the floods of last winter.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson at Surrey County Council said: "Obviously the Conservative administration at County Hall has no control over the weather and the amount of rainfall, but it could do so much more to prevent flooding in Surrey when heavy rain occurs.

  • Gatwick airport
    Article: Oct 7, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision by the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow to oppose expansion of Gatwick Airport.
    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "I am delighted at the decision to continue to oppose the expansion of Gatwick. Surrey residents are constantly telling me how the impact on Surrey's natural environment as well as increased noise, traffic, building and parking problems are a massive concern to them, and therefore how strongly they are opposed to any expansion of Gatwick.
    "A possible policy change for the Liberal Democrats to support Gatwick expansion was defeated by a comfortable margin, and I am delighted that this has confirmed that opposing the expansion of Gatwick will definitely go into the Liberal Democrats national General Election manifesto."

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrats are calling for more decision making powers and funding to be devolved from central government to the regions, counties, boroughs & districts and cities of England.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "The time has arrived for Surrey to be freed from central government's shackles. Following the Scottish Independence Referendum vote there is a real opportunity for the regions, counties, boroughs & districts and cities of England to gain more decision making powers and more control over finance.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014
    In UK Liberal Democrats

    Congratulations to Guildford Liberal Democrats who stormed to victory in last night's by-election.

    New Councillor Colin Cross gained the seat on Guildford Borough Council and overturned the Conservatives 55 per cent majority.

    Guildford Liberal Democrats now have a 330 vote majority. This is fantastic result for Colin and the team.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg unveiled a "manifesto for the next generation" launching the party's pre-manifesto, an 80-page document that will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election platform.

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have welcomed the announcement in the pre-manifesto that the party will continue to oppose the expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick at a national level.

  • Steve Gee
    Article: Jul 28, 2014

    Steve Gee has been unanimously selected by the Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for the 2015 General Election, at a hustings meeting at Bourne Hall.

    Steve Gee is the managing partner of a large multi-national construction consultancy. He has lived in the Epsom & Ewell constituency for twenty four years and is a former Chair of the Epsom & Ewell Party. Steve stood as Liberal Democrat PPC in the 2005 General Election in Wimbledon where he increased the Liberal Democrats' share of the vote of by 40%.

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