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EU Parliament election results: South East Region Lib Dems have won THREE out of the 10 seats. 4 seats were won by the Brexit Party, with 1 each to the Greens, Tories and Labour. Well done re-elected Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder and the two new Lib Dem MEPs, Antony Hook and Judith Bunting.

Nationally there are now 16 Liberal Democrat MEPs plus an Alliance Party MEP for Northern Ireland in the same ALDE group.

  • Climate Changes
    Article: Jul 16, 2019

    You are invited to join our fledgling social media sites - it's a great way to keep in touch with what's going on at the moment.

    Facebook public group COLLEGE WARD FOCUS has lots of info on environmental issues and doesn't just relate to College ward, although the administrators are your College ward Focus team which includes your Borough Councillors.

  • Article: Jun 14, 2019
    By First published by Lambeth Lib Dems

    Lambeth Lib Dems are delighted to announce that Chuka Umunna has today joined the Liberal Democrats and will now represent Streatham constituency as a Lib Dem MP.

    Chuka is the first Member of Parliament to cross the floor of the House of Commons to join the Liberal Democrats since 2001. He has been the MP for Streatham since 2010 and won 68.5 percent of the vote when re-elected in the 2017 General Election.

  • Green Liberal Democrats ()
    Article: Jun 6, 2019
    By Jess Clayton

    For World Environment Day, Liberal Democrat Climate Change spokesperson Wera Hobhouse tabled a bill to give local authorities more powers to issue fines to idling vehicles.

    The Bill will increase penalties for stationary vehicle idling offences, as well as increasing fines for those who repeatedly offend.

    World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. This year the focus is on tackling air pollution.

    Speaking ahead of tabling her bill, Wera Hobhouse said:

    "For far too long this Conservative Government has failed to take air pollution seriously. They have lost numerous court cases over their inability to tackle the toxic fumes that Britain breathes every day. Liberal Democrats demand better.

    "This is a major crisis, with emissions from vehicles responsible for a myriad of health problems, many terminal. Research shows that 800,000 people die every year across Europe due to air pollution.

    "Yet the Conservative Government do nothing.

    "The legislation that I have tabled is crucial step in tackling our air pollution crisis. It will allow local authorities to clamp down on idling without the need to apply to the Government first, and it will enable them to increase fines on repeat offenders.

    "We must do more to tackle both the climate emergency and the air pollution crisis. The Tories must stop wilfully ignoring the problem and back my Bill."

  • Catherine Bearder MEP
    Article: May 29, 2019

    The Liberal Democrat MEPs have elected Catherine Bearder MEP as the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament following the first meeting of the MEP group today.

    Following the best ever European Election result in the party's history, Catherine Bearder MEP will lead a group of 16 Liberal Democrat MEPs as the party continues to campaign to stop Brexit.

    Speaking after the announcement, Catherine Bearder MEP said:

    "I am delighted to be elected as the leader for the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament.

    "Our main priority will be to stop Brexit and with 16 MEPs we will ensure our message is heard loud and clear in Brussels.

    "We will also fight for those EU and UK citizens who were denied a vote on this election."

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable MP added:

    "Catherine led the charge for British liberalism in Brussels during a difficult five years for the party.

    "She has consistently kept the Remain flame alight, as well as being a leading voice on environmental protection and the fight against wildlife trafficking.

    "With a firm grasp of how the EU institutions work, and how to get things done, I know she will lead our new team of 16 with distinction. She has a group with an impressive body of experience in the European Parliament to complement the talent of our many new MEPs.

    "We are now the second largest liberal delegation in the European Parliament, and I look forward to our MEPs making a real mark as the Union sets its agenda and chooses a new Commission for the coming five years."

  • Hero - EU flags
    Article: May 9, 2019
    By Vince Cable

    We launched our EU manifest today. Read the Liberal Democrat plan to stop Brexit and reunite Britain today.

    Today, we're launching our EU manifesto. We're running our campaign on a clear message - a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit.

    We were the first to call for a People's Vote in 2016 - and we haven't stopped fighting for it, nearly 3 years later. We want Britain to remain in the EU because it's best for our economy, our public services and best for the environment.

  • Guildford Fire Station
    Article: May 9, 2019

    Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was recently inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, with a disappointingly overwhelming rating of 'inadequate' and 'needs improvement' across the board . As a result of this, Surrey County Council are currently consulting on their 'Making Surrey Safer' plan which aims to improve the standing of the service. The consultation is open to the public until 30th May 2019.

  • Andre, Julie and David
    Article: May 8, 2019

    The Focus team in College Ward ran a successful campaign in the borough elections 2019 with David Gulland and Julie Morris both elected as councillors and André Kubicek missing out by a mere 11 votes. The election result was not an unusual one, but the number of "split" votes was most definitely unusual. There were hundreds. Some residents had voted for one Lib Dem, one RA and one Conservative. Does this voting pattern reflect a desire on the part of residents for all the parties to work together? Most certainly the candidates being listed on the ballot paper in the alphabetical order of their surname influenced the result. With the Euro elections upon us, there is just one X required on the ballot paper on 23rd May, not three as there were in the borough elections.

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: May 8, 2019

    Surrey County Council own a broad range of land and property assets both in and outside of the County, with a total value of around £1.5bn. At the Cabinet meeting last week it was revealed that Surrey will be 'pausing' investment out of county for the time being whilst they evaluate the use of existing properties.

  • Surrey 2019
    Article: May 7, 2019

    The 2nd May 2019 saw one of the largest quantities of local elections across the country for a long time, and Surrey was no exception. People turned out to elect their new local councillors, and it was a great success for the Liberal Democrats in Surrey.

    There were 110 Liberal Democrat Councillors elected across the 11 boroughs and districts, and the Liberal Democrats gained control of the Council in Mole Valley.

  • Fiona White
    Article: Apr 26, 2019

    Surrey County Council has a statutory duty to publicise the equalities and diversity profile of its workforce annually, at a minimum, as per The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011*. Unfortunately Surrey County Council have failed to do so.

    The Council last publicised these statistics on its website in February 2016 - over 3 years ago now. This is why Fiona White has submitted a question for the Cabinet meeting taking place on Tuesday 30th April to find out why.

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