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  • Survey: Sep 17, 2018
    18 questions

    Dear Resident,
    I have resided in the ward since 1985 and care deeply about the area and community I live in.
    Having fought the Surrey County Election in both 2016 and 2017, many issues were raised with me that you felt needed acting upon. I was able to bring pressure to bear and continue to highlight and pursue many of the issues raised.
    Your filling in this survey will help us to ensure that we continue to address and focus on the issues that matter to you and your families. Please leave blank anything you are not comfortable answering.
    Thank you for your help and time in completing the survey.
    Your opinion is very much valued by us and I look forward to being in touch and speaking to you all over the coming months.

  • Cllr Chris Botten
    Article: Sep 15, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have expressed concerns for the future of the County's Children's Centre provision in the light of the sudden departure of one of their leading champions and advocates from the senior team at County Hall. The departure comes after plans to reduce provision were announced by the Conservative-administration earlier this year but with no detail as to which of the County's 58 Children's Centres would close.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2018

    The party expects these reforms to raise an additional £15 billion per year, though this is likely to grow as the rate of wealth passed down increases in the coming years.

    Liberal Democrat members will debate and vote on the proposals at the party's Autumn Conference in Brighton next week.

    Proposals include:

  • Article: Sep 15, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are opposing Government proposals to:

    • criminalise "reckless" speech,
    • make it a crime just to travel to certain places,
    • criminalise what you read on the internet,
    • give police more power to hold innocent people's DNA, and
    • allow officers to detain people at airports without suspicion.
  • Vince Cable in Twickenham
    Article: Sep 15, 2018
    By Liberal Democrats

    The report - "Taxing Land, Not Investment" - calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL). The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses in nine out of ten English local authorities.

  • Event: Sep 21, 2018 7:30 PM
    Staines Methodist Church Hall, Thames St, Staines TW18 4SD

    Evening with Bill Newton Dunn - Friday 21st September 2018

    Spelthorne and Runnymede Liberal Democrats have the pleasure of inviting you to an evening in conversation with Bill Newton Dunn, Richmond Borough Councillor and former MEP.

    Where: Staines Methodist Church Hall, Thames St, Staines TW18 4SD
    When: Friday 21st September at 7.30pm

    Bill Newton Dunn is a British politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament for Lincolnshire from 1979 to 1994 and for the East Midlands from 1999 to 2014. A member of the Conservative Party until 2000, he defected to the Liberal Democrats over the Conservatives' Euroscepticism. He was more recently elected as a Liberal Democrat councillor for the South Richmond ward in May 2018.

    Open to all Liberal Democrat members and guests.
    Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Staines Park
    Article: Jul 24, 2018

    Spelthorne Liberal Democrats are delighted to see that investment is finally being made to provide high quality leisure facilities in the Borough. However, we are very concerned by the current plans proposed by Conservative run Spelthorne Borough Council, to build a new leisure centre on the Staines Park site.

  • County Hall
    Article: Jul 13, 2018

    County Councillors in Surrey have agreed that children's mental health and special needs provision should be the subject of detailed study in partnership with universities and others so that current and future demand for these services can be met. Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Lib Dems at SCC moved an amended motion at yesterday's Council meeting, which was passed unanimously, calling for future needs to be understood in the context of current unacceptable waiting lists for CAMHS treatment and a severe shortage of SEND places in the County.

  • Angela Goodwin & Chris Botten
    Article: Jul 11, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors are calling for urgent improvements to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, known as CAMHS, in the county. Surrey County Council currently commissions these services from Surrey & Borders NHS Trust but there has been strong criticism of the long waiting times for routine assessments and appointments. Liberal Democrat county councillors have tabled a motion on CAMHS to be discussed at Council next week.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Jun 23, 2018

    On 18th June 2018, the Home Office issued a letter to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, regarding Ahmed Hassan's interaction with the police and Home Office, prior to the Parsons Green bombing incident in September 2017. Commenting on the letter, Cllr Hazel Watson (Liberal Democrat, Dorking Hills) said today:

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