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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.

  • 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%.

  • Money
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council wrote to the Secretary of State asking him to investigate the excessive increases in councillor allowances and the excessive number of special responsibility allowances pushed through by the Conservative administration at County Hall. She also asked him to check whether the Government's own regulations had been followed by the County Council.

  • Pothole
    Article: Jul 7, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have called for Surrey County Council to improve the speed and quality of pothole repair in Surrey.

    Councillor Ian Beardsmore said "Surrey has received less additional government funding for pothole repair and weather repair compared with other neighbouring councils such as Hampshire and Kent. Kent received over £8 million more than Surrey in total additional funding and Hampshire received over £5 million more than Surrey. Other councils that have been successful at obtaining more money have invested in new technology and initiatives to repair their roads.

    "Surrey desperately needs this extra money. The county's roads are riddled with potholes, it is very disappointing that Surrey roads will not benefit from the extra cash that other councils will receive.

    "The County Council needs to learn from the best practice of other councils to increase the speed of pothole repair in Surrey. Also the Conservative administration at County Hall must do more to get its message across to central government that Surrey needs more money to repair its crumbling roads."

    ENDS


    NOTES

    Department for Transport Press Release:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/councils-given-168-million-to-fix-local-roads

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    South East MEP Catherine Bearder has today been elected to a top job in the European Parliament.

    Catherine was voted in as a 'Quaestor' a position that means she will be responsible for helping to manage the day-to-day running of the Parliament.

    Catherine has said she will use the position to increase transparency in the European parliament, making more information available to MEPs and to the people they represent.

  • European Parliament, Strasbourg
    Article: Jul 1, 2014
    By Catherine Bearder MEP in Liberal Democrat Voice

    In May's European elections, it was liberals across the EU who stood up against the growing tide of nationalists, anti-Europeans and populists. Today, the newly elected MEPs met for the first time in Strasbourg to officially open the 8th European Parliament.

    The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), the political group with which Liberal Democrats sit in the European Parliament, took a big hit when we lost all of my hardworking Lib Dem colleagues and nine German FDP MEPs. But it is not all doom and gloom. Liberals topped the polls in the Netherlands, and our numbers have been boosted by new liberal parties from Spain, Portugal and the Czech Republic, meaning we are still the fourth largest group with 68 MEPs.

  • Cty Cllr Stella Lallement
    Article: Jun 27, 2014

    The expansion of Stamford Green Primary School has already been approved. However Cllr Stella Lallement is concerned that more needs to be done to improve road safety for children en route to the school as part of the expansion plans.

    Her on-line petition on the Surrey County Council website is steadily attracting signatures and this Thursday she was interviewed about it on BBC Surrey. Her interview will be on their website here until 3 July. It starts 01:40:13 one hour, forty minutes and thirteen seconds into the recording.

  • Malden Rushett junction
    Article: Jun 26, 2014

    Epsom residents have been hoping for many years that the Malden Rushett road junction will be improved. For many of them it is on their most direct route to the A3 or the M25 and thence to the rest of the country.

    However, joy at the long-awaited news that Transport for London (TfL) plan to start work in Rushett Lane on 22 September 2014 was marred by their announcement that this will involve closing Rushett Lane from 27 October 2014 until the end of the year and Fairoak Lane from 9 February 2015 until 20 March 2015.

  • Article: Jun 25, 2014

    At the request of local residents living on the recently developed housing estate at Noble Park, Epsom, County Councillor Stella Lallement funded the purchase of 2 special signs from her individual member allocation.

    These large signs match those at other developments in the Epsom Hospital Cluster area. They have been installed near the estate entrance, to warn drivers to drive carefully and to be aware that children may be playing close to the road.

  • Eric Pickles MP
    Article: May 13, 2014

    At the meeting of the Surrey County Council on 6 May the Conservative administration pushed through excessive increases in allowances for councillors, including 60% increases for both the Leader of the Council and the Deputy Leader. The Liberal Democrats voted against the proposed increases.

    Councillor Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said:

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