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Spelthorne Council Elections 2nd May 2019

Manifesto 2019

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  • Angela Goodwin
    Article: Apr 22, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have condemned the Conservative Government for slashing Surrey County Council budget for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £4,403.72 per pupil in real terms since 2015, resulting in a loss of specialist provision.

    The National Education Union, which published these statistics on 15 April, has warned that local authorities have now reached crisis point.

    Although children with the highest special educational needs and disabilities have a legal right to extra support, the National Education Union has warned that funding under the Conservative Government has failed to keep up with increasing costs and rising pupil numbers.

    The Liberal Democrats are campaigning for more money for these pupils who possess an Education, Health and Care Plan, saving schools and councils hundreds of millions of pounds.

    Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson, Layla Moran MP, said:

    "Everyone deserves the best start in life, and education can be the make or break difference. It is therefore heartbreaking, particularly as a teacher, that Conservative Ministers are failing the children most in need.

    "It doesn't need to be this way. Young people deserve better, and the Liberal Democrats demand better. That's why we would invest millions more to support children with an Education, Health and Care Plan, freeing up money in the schools budget to provide tailored in-school support for children with less complex additional needs such as dyslexia."

    Cllr Angela Goodwin, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Guildford North, said:

    "SEND funding is an investment in a child's future. It can help someone with a learning difficulty or disability secure a higher paid job, security and independence in later life.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2019

    Five reasons to vote for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections on 23rd May.

    1. To vote against Brexit

    The Liberal Democrats are the only nation-wide party to have been fighting Brexit since the very beginning.

    We've spent three years campaigning for a People's Vote with an option to remain in the EU.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2019

    The Spelthorne Council elections are taking place on May 2nd and all the Liberal Democrat candidates are focused on the local issues that have an impact on everyones day-to-day lives.

    See below for examples of how Liberal Democrats want to make a difference if elected as your local counillors.

    Protect open spaces and local services in Staines South

  • Article: Mar 28, 2019

    Many of these private members' bills simply fell off the parliamentary order paper this week - the Tory government failed to give us to debate these vital issues. Others were outright blocked. We must demand better than this broken government, distracted by their Brexit mess.

    Here are our 14 progressive private members' bills the government doesn't want you to know about.

  • Article: Mar 28, 2019

    After months of deadlock, on Monday night Parliament voted to take control of Brexit away from the Government.

    Today we will be going through a process of "indicative votes". This might be a normal way of doing things in just about any other walk of life but in Parliament it is novel and I wanted to share with you a few thoughts about how we shall approach these votes and what we want to achieve.

  • Sandra Dunn
    Page: Mar 25, 2019

    Candidates for Spelthorne Borough Council elections on 2nd May 2019

    Halliford & Sunbury West

    Sandra Dunn, Tom Fidler and Lawrence Nichols

    Sandra Dunn, a resident of Sunbury since 1975, has been a Councillor for this Ward since 2007. She has brought up her family locally and has worked hard to ensure that Sunbury & Halliford is safe and welcoming for all to enjoy.

    She is particularly passionate about the local environment and wants to encourage a greener Sunbury by maintaining footpaths and making the River Thames even more of an asset to the area. Sandra was recently appointed to the River Thames Task group.

    Tom Fidler is a life-long Sunbury resident who is completing a PhD with the University of Exeter, where he occasionally teaches. He has been an Election Observer, ensuring democratic values are upheld internationally.

    He has volunteered with a number of local community groups and on local events having worked in a number of roles at the local leisure centres. He also appeared on an episode of BBC's Eggheads in 2017. He believes in opportunities for young people and supporting community groups in Spelthorne.

    Lawrence Nichols has lived in Sunbury since 1984 and was a Councillor for Halliford & Sunbury West between 2007 and 2011. During this time on the Council he served on Planning, Overview & Scrutiny and Audit committees.

    Recently retired, he worked as an IT Director in both the public and private sectors, specialising in financial systems. He is committed to ensuring the financial management of the Council is effective and operating in the best interests of local residents.

    Laleham and Shepperton Green

    John Thesiger and Alan Mockford

    John is a history graduate and qualified social worker. The Metropolitan Police formally commended him for work against child abuse. He is a member of the Patients' Participation Group at Shepperton Health Centre, and of the Ashford and St. Peter's Hospital Trust. He is campaigning for continuing close ties between the UK and the EU.

    Alan has lived in the borough all his life. He worked as a teacher & university lecturer before retirement. He is a neighbourhood watch street & area co-ordinator & a volunteer tree warden.

    Staines South

    Chris Bateson and Nicola Cornes

    Chris has lived in Witheygate Avenue for 34 years. He is a senior manager of a large bus company & has a wealth of experience of managing both people & large financial budgets.

    He has campaigned on a wide range of local issues, such as opposing the Staines Park development, Crime and Anti social behaviour problems and road Improvements notably the re-surfacing of Woodthorpe Road.

    Local mother Nichola Cornes has lived and worked in Staines for 15 years. She currently lives in Nursery Gardens. Her children attend local schools.

    She has been active in many recent campaigns including those to save Staines Fire Station from closure and opposing development in Staines Park.

    Her priorities are; more community policing, improving air quality, better local child care provision, and improved road safety especially around schools. Nichola believes more of the housing we build should meet the needs of local people, while protecting our vital green space.

    Sunbury Common

    Richard Dunn, Bernie Spoor and John Turner

    Richard has lived in the Sunbury area for 40 years and his children went to Kenyngton Manor and Bishop Wand schools. He is married and semi-retired after having a success career working in the Film Industry as a special effects Engineer. He has been an activist and campaigner for the Liberal Democrats for many years as well as a Borough Councillor for Spelthorne. He is currently the Chairman of Spelthorne's Neighbourhood Watch along with being a Spelthorne Tree Warden

    He is very concerned about the future of the Borough as it copes with the funding cuts made by central government and the pressure this puts upon Council services. He is also worried about the anticipated over development and loss of green belt as Spelthorne could become part of the urban sprawl of London.

    Bernie Spoor has lived in Sunbury for more than 40 years and has been a Councillor in Sunbury Common for the last 5 years.

    Starting off in Engineering on the London Underground he then moved into computing, becoming a director in a company supporting computer networks in trading houses. Going on from there he ran his own company specialising in computer support. Now that he is retired, Bernie supplies voluntary computer help and advice to charities and similar organisations. He has two daughters and grandchildren, all living locally, and when relaxing Bernie takes to the water and he has his own boat.

    Bernie is especially concerned about the on-going over-development of Sunbury with apparently no concern for its residents. He feels that in many ways this overdevelopment is one of the big divisions between the parties.

    Having lived most of his life in Sunbury he has serious concerns for the local community and its environment. As an active member of Neighbourhood Watch. Bernie is also concerned about crime and disorder issues but is pleased that more is starting to be done for young people.

    John has lived in Sunbury for 13 years and joined the Liberal Democrats because he believes the local and national policies are the best way forward for the country.

    He graduated in Zoology and has taught science for many years. His experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds has informed his belief in valuing diversity and equal opportunities, and a commitment to protecting all aspects of the environment from cleaning up polluted air to saving Kempton Park and other green spaces for future generations to enjoy.

    He joined the Spelthorne Tree Wardens to make a small contribution to redressing the loss of trees in the borough from over development and disease. He believes in openness and transparency in politics at local and national level and will work to ensure this happens in Spelthorne.

    Sunbury East

    Kathy Grant

    Kathy has lived in the Sunbury East Ward since 1985. Until recently she held an administrative post at St Mary's University in Twickenham.

    She has been active UNISON member and is currently Chair of the Association of Liberal Democrat Trade Unionists.

    Ashford Common

    Ian Clench

    Ashford East

    Michael Alexiou and Alexandra Dare

    Riverside and Laleham

    Terry Lewis and Gerald Dare

    Shepperton Town

    Robert Johnson

    If you have any questions or would like to help us to get Liberal Democrats elected please contact us either via email at info@spelthornelibdems.org.uk or call us on 01932-787854

  • Better together in the EU
    Article: Mar 24, 2019

    More than one million people turned out to march through London to demand another vote on Brexit. This would not be a rerun of the referendum held in June 2016, but one based on knowing what Brexit would look like in detail. It would be a vote where the electorate could make a genuine informed choice without the lies and spin which characterised the first ill-thought-out ballot.

  • Will & Chris
    Article: Mar 21, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats today saw success when their motion aimed at cutting the costs spent on interim staff at Surrey County Council was adopted. The motion, proposed by Cllr Chris Botten, and seconded by Cllr Will Forster was produced in reaction to recent news that Surrey was recruiting for another interim manager on a £90,000+ annual salary.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2019

    Across Britain, you can't have failed to notice that our high streets and town centres are run down.

    Local businesses are closing, leaving our high streets empty of anything bar charity and betting shops.

    People have to travel further for necessities like groceries, needlessly adding more cars to our busy roads.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2019

    Liberal politics for the age of identity

    In a wide-ranging set of essays on Britain's future, Vince Cable casts his party not at the centre of the tranditional left-right axis, but as the leading proponent of a values-based politics, which is open, inclusive and outward-looking, not closed or narrow-minded.

    He examines how liberals should respond to the 'age of identity' and proposes an ambitious program of radical reform.

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