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Welcome to the website of the Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats

We are a group of local residents, not professional politicians. We work together to promote a fair, free and open society. Our funds are raised through the efforts of our own members, without any subsidy by government, unions or businesses.

We believe that the role of national governments, and of local councils, should be to provide those services that their citizens require, without seeking to impose unnecessary limits or to needlessly restrict individual freedoms.

If you agree with this philosophy, you would be welcome to join us. Contact FOCUS@epsom-ewell-libdems.org.uk

  • Article: Jun 24, 2016

    Tim Farron has said that this "self-inflicted wound" will be David Cameron's legacy as he commented on the Prime Minister's resignation.

    12 months ago David Cameron had the best result of his career. Today, the worst.

    I was honoured to share a platform with the Prime Minster on this campaign, but this result, this self-inflicted wound, will be his legacy.

    There have been many things I did not agree with the Prime Minister on, but I must thank him for his stewardship of the country and for the way he took the very bold decision to create a Coalition Government in 2010. It was an incredible act of bi-partisan cooperation.

    The result of the referendum has left him with no choice. In this immediate period, the Government must act quickly to steady the economy, reassure the markets, and immediately set a new course.

    Greater instability will lead to job uncertainty, falling investment, and greater pressure on public services.

    There is no doubt this is going to be an incredibly testing, difficult and fractious time.

    David Cameron has become the latest Conservative leader to fall victim to his party's dangerous obsession with Europe. The Conservative's political maneuvering has taken our country to the brink, and today we have toppled over the edge.

  • Article: Jun 24, 2016

    Remain: 23,596 52.0%

    Leave: 21,747 48.0%

    Turnout: 80.4%

  • EU Flag
    Article: Jun 19, 2016

    What use is the EU?

    Here are some practical benefits:

    • Right to live anywhere in the EU.
    • Right to work anywhere in the EU.
    • Free healthcare within the EU.
    • Equal pay for men and women.
    • Right to maternity leave.
    • Parental leave for men and women.
    • Equal rights for temps and part-timers.
    • Limit to required working hours.
    • Right to work breaks for all.
    • Protection from discrimination.
    • Four weeks paid leave.
    • No loss of leave rights due to ill health.
    • Recognition of professional qualifications.
    • More jobs due to the common market.
    • Fighting exploitation of labour.
    • Safety in the workplace.
    • Tackling violence against women.
    • Fighting human trafficking.
    • Tackling female genital mutilation FGM.
    • No roaming charges for mobile phones.
    • Cheaper air travel by banning price fixing.
    • Compensation for delayed flights.
    • Lower common market food prices.
    • Electrical appliances that cost less to use.
    • UK criminals face arrest throughout the EU.
    • Crime victims protected throughout the EU.
    • Standing up to multi-national corporations.
    • Clean water standards.
    • Food quality standards.
    • Pollution limits for trucks and buses.
    • Blue flag scheme for beaches.
    • Control of "bucket shop" travel agents.
  • Confused?
    Article: Jun 19, 2016

    "Billion", "Percent", "Better", "Worse", "Leave", "Remain".

    Confused? We're not surprised!

    "Unrealistic", "Scaremonger", "Right", "Wrong", "Stay in", "Get out".

    Which are the real experts? Who should we believe?

    Could Britain be more prosperous outside the EU?

    • Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Justice, says Yes
    • Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, says No
  • Holiday Money
    Article: Jun 19, 2016

    Have you bought any holiday money lately? No doubt you always aim to get the best deal available. But will you get a good deal this year, though?

    Unless you always stick to UK holidays, you have probably bought yourself some Dollars or Euros. Have you noticed how badly the current rates of exchange compare with last year's rates?

  • 4 Crowns flag
    Article: Jun 19, 2016
    • 1000 years ago the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Britain joined together.
    • This formed a united country with shared sovereignty, now called England.
    • 400 years ago, Elizabeth 1 made King James of Scotland her heir.
    • James formed a united kingdom with shared sovereignty, now called Great Britain.
    • 25 years ago, the government of Elizabeth 2 joined the United Kingdom to a domain with shared sovereignty, known as the European Economic Community or "Common Market".
    • This is now called the European Union.
  • EU Flag
    Article: Jun 19, 2016

    We believe passionately in the value of the European Union.

    Its parliament, with elected MEPs from each of 28 countries, safeguards the rights of ordinary citizens against the possible abuse of power by national governments or multinational corporations.

    The EU remains in need of reform, although much has already been achieved, largely through the initiative of British MEPs. The common agricultural policy and the fisheries policy are often quoted.

  • Question Mark
    Article: Jun 19, 2016

    On Thursday 23rd June we will be asked to decide: "Should the United Kingdom:

    • Remain a member of the European Union?
    • Leave the European Union?"

    This will also affect our children's and grandchildren's inheritance.

    All across Europe, old rivalries and conflicts are being gradually replaced by economic cooperation and peaceful competition.

  • Nigel Farage
    Article: Jun 19, 2016

    Myth 1:

    The Myth: Free trade with Europe need not mean paying EU fees.

    The Facts: Only for EFTA countries like Norway and Switzerland - and they have to pay more per head than the UK does.

    Myth 2:

    The Myth: We could avoid EU rules by joining EFTA, like Norway and Switzerland.

    The Facts: In return, they allow unlimited immigration from EU members - and apply EU rules that they have no control over.

  • David Cameron MP
    Article: Jun 19, 2016

    How should local residents vote?

    IN or OUT?

    The PM says "IN"

    The MP says "OUT"

    Both are from the same party.

    They are both Conservatives.

    So how can a Conservative voter decide who to support?

    They could try comparing those who would agree with them:

    either: Vote "Leave" - like:

    • Neil Hamilton
    • Vladimir Putin
    • Donald Trump
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