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About the Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats:

We are local residents, not career 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 the services that their citizens require, without seeking to impose unnecessary limits or to needlessly restrict individual freedoms.

If you agree with this philosophy, you are welcome to join us.For further information, contact FOCUS@epsom-ewell-libdems.org.uk.

News updates

  • Tim Farron
    Article: May 17, 2017

    The Lib Dem General Election Manifesto 2017 was published this morning.

    Read the full contents here.

    Tim Farron

    1. Standing up for Britain's place in Europe

    The choices Theresa May is making will affect your life - your job, your weekly shop, your environment, your safety - for decades. That's why we think you should have the final say, via a referendum, on any Brexit deal.

    And if you don't like how the deal shapes up, you should have the choice to remain in the EU.

    2. Proper funding for our NHS and social care

    Our National Health Service is on the brink of collapse and Theresa May doesn't care.

    The Lib Dems will save the NHS from crisis.

    We will spend 1p in the pound of Income Tax on NHS and social care services, prioritising mental health care and limiting care costs for the elderly.

    Tim Farron

    3. Equality in education

    Conservative school cuts mean that children's chances are too often determined by their parents' income.

    We will support our young people by investing an extra £7.5bn in education, by opposing new grammar schools, and by ensuring that per-pupil budgets grow if class sizes do.

    4. A prosperous and fair economy

    Britain needs an economy that creates jobs and opportunities.

    We will boost the economy with a major programme of capital investment aimed at stimulating growth across the UK.

    We'll also double innovation and research spending, ensuring Britain is a global business leader, now and in the future.

    5. A green Britain

    Climate change and air pollution threaten our future.

    We will invest to find new ways to protect the planet and boost the economy at the same time.

    We will prevent 40,000 premature deaths a year by cutting air pollution and more than double the production of green electricity to 60% by 2030.

    6. Standing up for families and communities

    We believe that society as a whole is better when families flourish economically and socially.

    We will reach a house-building target of 300,000 homes a year by 2022, extend free childcare to all two-year-olds, and reduce the price of bus travel for the 16- to 21-year-olds by two thirds.

    Tim Farron

    7. Standing up for human rights and justice

    We believe that every person is entitled to the same opportunity to succeed in life.

    We aim to reduce inequality, fight discrimination and protect freedom.

    We will oppose any attempts to leave the European Convention on Human Rights and offer a sanctuary to 3000 unaccompanied refugee children by 2022.

    8. An internationalist, progressive world

    We will continue to work with our global partners to champion human rights, help the poorest people, and protect our citizens.

    We will focus on fighting the rising tides of nationalism and isolationism, and suspending arms sales to countries with poor human rights records.

    9. A fair, open electoral system

    People should have power over their own lives and how their country is run. We would give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in elections and referendums, and introduce proportional representation for Westminster and local elections.

  • Epsom General Hospital
    Article: May 12, 2017
    By Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have announced we would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in our first major manifesto commitment of the General Election campaign.

    The tax would raise an additional £124.7 million for Surrey, with £76 million for the NHS and £48.7 million for social care each year.

  • Money down drain
    Article: May 11, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have welcomed the news that the Conservative-administration at County Hall has finally agreed to scrap the 4 Cabinet Associate posts which have so far cost the tax payer nearly two hundred thousand pounds since they were introduced.

    Liberal Democrats have consistently called for these posts to be scrapped and for the money saved to be used on front line services, rather than on excessive allowances for Conservative county councillors. The roles that will end are:

  • School children
    Article: May 10, 2017
    By Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have announced that we would invest an additional £38 million in schools and colleges across Surrey over the next Parliament.

    This funding for Surrey would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect funding per pupil in real terms and ensure that no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

  • Liberal Democrat logo large
    Article: May 9, 2017

    Lib Dems and others in Britain and right across the continent have marked Europe Day today, 9th May. And in Britain we have been calling on voters to support the Lib Dems in standing up to Theresa May's plans for a hard, destructive Brexit.

    On Europe Day we remember that the European Union was created to end centuries of war in Europe and bring prosperity to all European countries. Sadly it seems that Theresa May is willing to scrap free trade with the rest of Europe, in order to pander to UKIP and the far-right of her own party.

  • Cllr Christine Elmer
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Conservative councillor for Walton South, Christine Elmer leaves the Conservative Party and switches her allegiance to the Liberal Democrats

    Having spent 11 years working for the Conservatives, Walton South councillor Christine Elmer, has joined the Liberal Democrats party today. She announced her departure on Twitter saying:

  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Apr 21, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed their dismay at the news that Sajid Javid MP, the Conservative Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, has delayed the pilot scheme that would have allowed Surrey County Council to retain 100% of its business rates next year.

    The Government had previously agreed to allow Surrey County Council to apply to become a pilot for the scheme in 2018/19 but the sudden announcement of a general election has meant that the parliamentary process to confirm this has been interrupted and the pilot scheme delayed.

  • Money going down a drain
    Article: Apr 19, 2017

    Liberal Democrat councillors have welcomed the decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to cease the publication of its unpopular "Surrey Matters" magazine.

    The magazine, which has cost council tax payers over £1.2m since 2011, was axed following a meeting of the County Council's Cabinet at the end of March. The last edition was published in January 2017 and the cancellation will save the County Council approximately £250K a year.

  • Tory Tip Tax
    Article: Apr 12, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have written to the Conservative Cabinet Member for the Environment asking him to name the date that the controversial "Tip Tax" will be scrapped.

    Following guidance issued by the Government earlier this week, Cllr Stephen Cooksey, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for the Environment on Surrey County Council, has written to Cllr Mike Goodman, Cabinet Member for the Environment, asking him for further assurances that the charges will be dropped.

  • Success you can see
    Article: Apr 11, 2017

    Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision of Surrey County Council to write to the 11 MPs that represent the county, asking them to lobby government over the funding shortfall for Surrey schools.

    Last month, the county council unanimously adopted a Liberal Democrat motion calling for the county council to recognise the shortfall in the government's funding offer and calling for more resources for Surrey schools.

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