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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.

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.

General Election 7 May - Candidate: Steve Gee

Visit Steve Gee's website at Steve4Epsom.com

  • 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.)

  • Epsom town centre
    Article: Apr 26, 2015

    Residents Association councillors are proud to have run Epsom & Ewell Borough Council throughout its entire 78 year history. It's certainly a unique achievement - but why has no-one else copied it?

    A council with no Leader, no unifying political philosophy, sounds utopian but causes timidity when bold plans are needed, a lack of decisiveness when a clear lead is required. As a result, Epsom has to suffer having a trunk road running through its High Street. Every scheme for a bypass has come to nothing. Lack of a bold vision when formulating "Plan E" has now missed the opportunity to get the A24 out of the Market Square.

  • Cllr Alison Kelly
    Article: Apr 26, 2015

    Most people never need to contact their local councillors, but when:

    • the road needs a good clean or the weeds and leaves removed
    • your children need attractive places to play that are safe
    • the bins don't get emptied or left miles down the street
    • you can't park near your home because of commuters
    • neighbours from hell play loud music late every night
    • graffiti and rubbish are spoiling your neighbourhood
    • dogs keep fouling the pavements near your home
    • you have a problem with a Planning Application
    • your car gets a ticket you didn't deserve

    that's when you need someone who:

    • can give sound helpful advice
    • will listen, any day, any time, anywhere
    • will speak to the authorities on your behalf
    • gets things done

    that's when you're glad you have Liberal Democrat councillors.

  • 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:

  • Lib Dem logo
    Article: Apr 26, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have published a 2015 Local Government Manifesto.

    This is in addition to the 2015 Manifesto for Epsom & Ewell and the 2015 General Election Manifesto.

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

  • Lib Dem logo
    Article: Apr 25, 2015

    This is a link to the Liberal Democrats 2015 General Election Manifesto.

    There is also a 2015 Local Government Manifesto and a 2015 Manifesto for Epsom & Ewell.

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

  • Stamford team 2015
    Article: Apr 25, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat candidates for Stamford ward are David Buxton, Tim Murphy and Colin Taylor.

    David Buxton has lived in Epsom since 2005. He has been a borough councillor in Epsom and London for 8 years.

    David is Director of Campaigns and Communications for the British Deaf Association. He campaigns for full legal status for British Sign Language BSL. He is the first born-deaf BSL user ever to stand twice for Parliament and the first elected twice as a borough councillor.

  • Town team 2015
    Article: Apr 25, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat candidates for Town ward are Trevor Barker, Steve Dixon and Charles Wood.

    Trevor Barker has a background in business and media, where he developed management skills in a commercial environment. His experience includes policy formulation, strategic planning, budgeting, financial control, administration and organisation.

  • Free Childcare
    Article: Apr 21, 2015

    Almost one-third of Surrey parents are unable to take up childcare places with most failing to take up the childcare places because it is too expensive according to a recent report published by Surrey County Council. Instead, they have to rely on other family members, particularly grandparents, to help with all or some of their childcare needs if they want to return to work or study.

    Cllr Hazel Watson Leader of the Liberal Democrat Opposition on Surrey County Council said: "Childcare costs in Surrey are so expensive that many parents just cannot use the childcare that is available as it leaves them in a pay-neutral or pay-negative position."

    This arises where the cost of childcare plus the cost of travel wipe out someone's entire net of tax earnings, preventing many parents from going out to work and from earning a living to support their families.

    It is also stopping those parents from contributing their skills to the Surrey economy.

    Hazel Watson continued, "The cost of childcare should not be a barrier to parents taking up childcare and going to work. Childcare is a necessity for working parents, not a luxury, and should be available, at an affordable price, to all and especially to those on low incomes.

    Hazel Watson added, "In order to meet this need, the County Council has to ensure that there are enough childcare places at affordable prices in Surrey to meet demand."

    Hazel Watson concluded, "It is no good having childcare places on offer to parents if they are too expensive and unaffordable to parents who want to go out to work to support their families."

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