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    Manifesto for Marian Morrison in by-election West Ewell July 2022

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    Article: Jun 9, 2022
    By Keith Melton

    The world we know is in serious trouble and needs our help.

    We are at A Turning Point.

    Green Liberal Democrats take the view that we need to tackle all the problems we face with a sense of vigour. But also with a different, more holistic approach than politicians will usually take.

    Just look at some of the most significant threats we face:

    • Putin's war of aggression on Ukraine
    • Crushing cost of living increases
    • Deepening concerns about Climate Change
    • The speed with which tipping points are likely to be breached
    • Devastating biodiversity loss
    • Air and water quality
    • Waste management and the problems of plastics
    • 'Forever chemicals' polluting our environment
    There are many linkages between these, making it difficult to resolve one without another.

    We seek, as environmentally concerned politicians, to find ways of allowing and encouraging people and communities to thrive.

    We need to set ourselves some targets to communicate how we propose to tackle these problems.

    And that is what provides the framework for our Summer School and Conference this coming weekend.

  • Group of young climate change protestors (Li-An Lim @ unsplash.com)
    Article: Jun 9, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have criticised Michael Gove for giving the go ahead to gas drilling in Surrey.

    In a decision published yesterday, the Conservative government announced it will grant planning permission to explore for gas in Dunsfold, by the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It comes despite concerns raised by the local community and environmental campaigners about the damage the drilling could do to the countryside and the UK's climate ambitions.

  • Young girl sitting at table eating
    Article: Jun 6, 2022

    The government has slashed funding for free school meals for 4-7-year-olds in Surrey by £940,756.00 in real terms, shocking new figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats have revealed.

    The party said it is another example of the Conservatives "short-changing our children."

    Universal Infant Free School Meals were introduced by the Liberal Democrats, to provide free school meals to all pupils in reception, Year 1 and Year 2. However, since the policy was introduced seven years ago, the Conservatives have increased funding per pupil by just 4 pence, from £2.30 to £2.34, or an increase of 1.7%.

  • Article: Jun 2, 2022

    Dear friends, we hope you are having an enjoyable long Jubilee weekend - including some of the events in the Borough and more widely. Here is our update on local and "not-so-local-but-relevant" developments during May.

    Council updates:

    • The main news is that the Chief Executive of the Council, Kathryn Beldon, is leaving, with her last day in the office being Monday 6 June. This was only announced on 26 May. We shall see whether the ruling RA Group are able to manage the disruption this will cause.
    • That news may have been the cause for many of the planned Committee meetings during May being cancelled or having very light agendas.
    • The main item of interest to residents is the approval of a timetable and process for drafting the very important Local Plan. A Local Plan gives us our own policies concerning development, heights, renewable energy requirements etc. Without this, our current status, we can have limited ability to refuse inappropriate planning applications. The periods for consultation are very short (and can go over school holidays) but despite our request for extensions these were not accepted. Details of the agreed timetable and process can be read in the papers for this meeting, but should eventually be on the Council's website in a more user-friendly format (at least, that is what we have asked to happen).
    • One aspect of the papers supporting the Local Plan covers how residents are consulted about planning applications. The Council's approach is to do the bare minimum (eg only contacting the immediate neighbours for non-major applications) although we pressed for a more common sense, and wider, approach to be taken - referencing several recent cases that you have brought to our attention.
    • We are keeping an eye on how the Council is processing the Council Tax Energy Rebate scheme. If you are aware of people who should have benefited but have not please let us know.
    • We have three bids going forward for the Infrastructure Levy fund charged to developers. New notice boards for all the allotment sites, new playground equipment and some refurbishment works to 9 tennis courts.
    • It is now less than a year before the next Borough-wide Council elections in May 2023. If you would like to stand, please contact one of us for more information about what it involves.
  • Save the Date Header
    Article: Jun 1, 2022
    By Green Liberal Democrats

    Next Saturday, 11th June, the Green Liberal Democrats are running our 2022 Summer School & Conference!

    Come along for the day in Nottingham! Or - join us online!

    Here's what you'll be missing if you don't save the date:

    • 'Green Debut' training sessions for new and experienced councillors
    • Keynote speeches from our MPs.
    • Panel discussions on topics ranging from windfall taxes to 'no-mow' policies.
    • Special Interest Groups to draft conference motions.
    • Campaign planning.
    • Networking opportunities.
    • A vegan lunch!
  • 20:22 deal
    Article: May 30, 2022
    By Keith Melton

    Get your colleagues to sign up for the 20:22 Deal!

    You're fortunate to be a Green Liberal Democrat. It gives you exclusive access to our resources, campaign packs, message briefings, and Special Interest Groups.

    It also gets you the member's rate to A Turning Point, our Summer School and Conference.

    However, we don't want to limit the opportunity to those of us who are already in the fold.

    That's why we're offering the 20:22 deal - a conference ticket and membership bundle - one year of £20 GLD membership and £22 entry to our Nottingham Summer School.

    Share this email now!

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    Here's what you'll get with your ticket:

    • 'Green Debut' training sessions.
    • Keynote speeches.
    • Panel discussions.
    • Special Interest Groups.
    • Campaign planning.
    • Networking opportunities.
    • A vegan lunch!
    Get the 20:22 deal!

    Warm regards,


    Keith Melton

    Chair, 2022
    chair@greenlibdems.org.uk

    P.S: That's only £22 for access to our Nottingham Summer School!
    Book here
  • ALDC Conf
    Article: May 30, 2022
    By ALDC

    The Green Liberal Democrats Summer School & Conference - A Turning Point is now a hybrid event!

    In light of those unable to join us in Nottingham still wanting to attend training, policy discussions, and campaign planning, the Green Liberal Democrat events team have worked to make their Summer School & Conference fully hybrid.

  • Online Launch
    Article: May 30, 2022
    By Keith Melton

    Summer School & Conference Online Tickets Launched!

    Dear Members,

    Our Green Liberal Democrats Summer School & Conference - A Turning Point is now a hybrid event!

    In light of many of you unable to join us in Nottingham but wanting to attend training, policy discussions and campaigning panels, we have worked with the conference team to make our Summer School and Conference a fully hybrid event.

    Our online-only ticket costs just £10 and provides access to participate in the virtual Summer School & Conference, attending training, watching keynote speeches, responding and contributing to discussions.

    Get your online Summer School ticket now!

    Here's what you'll be able to attend with your ticket:

    • 'Green Debut' training sessions.
    • Keynote speeches.
    • Panel discussions.
    • Special Interest Groups.
    • Campaign planning.

    Warm regards,


    Keith Melton

    Chair, 2022
    chair@greenlibdems.org.uk

    P.S: We know that the best value you can gain from our Summer School & Conference is if you join us in Nottingham, and I hope you can make it.

    But if not, we're pleased to provide an alternative!
  • Levy Briefing
    Article: May 26, 2022
    By Francis Thomas

    On the 26th May 2022, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a new tax on the profits of oil and gas companies operating in the UK and the UK Continental Shelf.

    At 25%, the so-called 'Energy Profits Levy' is positioned as similar to the Windfall Tax that the Liberal Democrats first called for on October the 24th of last year.

    Great news, right? The Conservatives bowed to our pressure, recognising that we had won the argument?

    Well.

    Not all is as it seems.

    Rather, the Levy finances the increased production and dependence on fossil fuels.

    Christine Jardine MP, our Treasury spokesperson, said:

    "This is more a levy lite than a windfall tax. The Chancellor could have raised double the cash from oil and gas companies if he had the bottle."


    In this Green Liberal Democrat Briefing, we will cover all you need to know about today's 'Energy Profits Levy'.

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