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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.

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)

  • Holmwoods celebrations
    Article: Jun 22, 2015

    The Mole Valley Liberal Democrats have taken both seats in the Holmwoods by election. Previously one of these seats was held by UKIP.

    The Holmwoods is the area of Surrey just south of Dorking.

    Claire Malcomson came top of the poll with 804 votes, followed by Clayton Wellman with 768. The Conservatives got 492 and 458, followed by UKIP (201 & 180) and Greens (105 & 78).

  • Bench for newts pond (Lower Mole Countryside Trust)
    Article: Jun 22, 2015
    By Epsom & Ewell Local Committee in Surrey County Council website

    Lower Mole Countryside Trust sought funding to create a dog free area to protect great crested newts.

    Field Pond in Horton Country Park is home to a population of the European protected species, the great crested newt. Unfortunately they are under threat due to disturbance from dogs so a wooden post and rail fence, with netting, has now been erected to create a dog free area, gates have also been installed to allow the continuation of public access for the quiet enjoyment of the pond. Overhanging vegetation has been cleared back to allow in more light which has improved the pond for the newts. A bench has also been installed beside the pond.

  • Article: Jun 13, 2015

    The Carshalton and Wallington Lib Dems have achieved a brilliant win in the Wallington South by election.

    Steve Cook, the new Lib Dem councillor, ran a fantastic campaign resulting in a 7% increase in our vote.

    Congratulations to the whole team!

    Article: Jun 4, 2015

    OFSTED carried out an inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers in Surrey in October and November 2014. Today it published its inspection report with the overall judgment that Surrey County Council's Children's Services are "inadequate".

    In the report, OFSTED inspectors found "widespread and serious failures that potentially leave children at risk of harm." They were particularly critical of the inadequate leadership, management and governance of Children's Services in Surrey.

    The Inspectors found that a reorganisation of Children's Services in March 2014 had resulted in a significant number of children in need not receiving an adequate service. For example, the service for children who go missing from home or care was judged inadequate because the children do not always have a return interview to ensure that they are safe.

    The County Council also had failed to demonstrate the impact for neglected children with child protection plans. Many case records for children were not up to date and lacked enough detail to show sufficient support to help children.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council, Cllr Hazel Watson, said: "This report is a shocking wake up call for the Conservative administration at County Hall."

    She continued, "Protecting vulnerable children from harm should be the top priority for the County Council. Sadly the leadership and management in Surrey have been severely lacking, which has put such vulnerable children at risk of harm."

    Cllr Hazel Watson added: "The County Council has already started work to implement all of the recommendations made by the Inspectors. These include improved training for social workers, better assessment and planning for looked after children and more support for care leavers. I am pleased that the work to put things right is already underway."

    Cllr Hazel Watson will be continuing to work with the Conservative administration and representatives of other Political Groups to ensure that the report's recommendations are fully implemented. She is also pressing the County Council to do much more to recruit and retain social workers in Surrey so that there are enough experienced social workers to provide the best service possible for Surrey's children.

    Cllr Hazel Watson concluded: "Surrey's Conservative administration has to make significant improvements in Children's Services as it has brushed the problems under the carpet for far too long. I hope that following the recent change in the Cabinet member responsible for Children's Services in Surrey that this new leadership will result in rapid improvement."

  • Hazel Watson
    Article: May 18, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council are calling for the threshold number of signatures on a petition to be reduced from 10,000 to 3,000 to allow a petition to be debated at full Council meetings.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council, said:" The Conservative administration at County Hall is setting the threshold for the number of signatures on a petition to allow it to be debated at full Council far too high at 10,000. It should be drastically reduced to 3,000 signatures to give residents a realistic chance of presenting a petition for debate at full Council."

  • Lib Dem logo
    Article: May 15, 2015

    Perhaps the most surprising thing since polling day last week has been the unprecedented surge in membership of the Liberal Democrats, both nationally and locally.

    So much so that any figures quoted become out-dated almost immediately - but within a week we passed 12,000 new members nationally, with a similar percentage increase locally.

  • Epsom Town Hall
    Article: May 14, 2015

    The new Epsom & Ewell borough council will look very different.

    For one thing, half the members are new. We wish them all well. We trust they will find being an elected councillor an interesting and rewarding experience - and bear in mind they were elected to serve the interests of all the residents of this great borough.

  • Another Tory cut.
    Article: May 4, 2015

    Surrey County Council plans to save money by closing 7 of its 58 children's centres, including Meadow Sure Start centre in Stoneleigh.

    A decision to launch a "consultation" on this is due to be taken shortly by the county council's Cabinet, consiting entirely of Conservative councillors. Lib Dem and other opposition councillors may be allowed to speak at this meeting, but only Conservatives can vote.

  • Epsom Hospital Demo 1
    Article: May 4, 2015

    Local Liberal Democrats joined the recent cross-party demonstration outside Epsom Hospital arranged by the GMB and the Epsom Guardian.

    There were also Conservative, Labour, Green and UKIP representatives. Including the two Independent candidates, five of Epsom & Ewell's seven parliamentary candidates took part. The Residents Association were not represented. (We don't know if they were invited, though.)

  • Lib Dem logo
    Article: Apr 26, 2015

    Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats have published their 2015 Manifesto for the Borough Council Elections.

    It is included in the April editions of FOCUS and can be downloaded here.

    This is in addition to the 2015 Local Government Manifesto and the 2015 General Election Manifesto.

    They can all be downloaded using the links above or below:

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