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Housing is top priorty for Lib Dems

by Mike Ward on 3 October, 2015

The Lib Dem fight back is in full force and it was on show at Conference. Our membership has grown by more than a third since the election and it was the first Conference speech from our new Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron MP. Tim spoke passionately about his main priority – housing. Stating that […]

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Tim Farron elected Leader

by Mike Ward on 21 July, 2015

I welcome the election of Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. Tim Farron said that under his leadership, the party would oppose the cuts to tax credits and other benefits in the Conservative’s budget and push for greater spending on infrastructure such as transport and broadband. […]

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Some thoughts on the summer budget

by Mike Ward on 10 July, 2015

Anyone interested in the details of summer budget can find some useful briefings and information here: BBC Local Government Association Liberal Democrats Our party spent five years preventing the Conservatives from implementing policies that we felt were unfair, as well as introducing distinctive Liberal Democrat policies that made our recovery fairer and more sustainable. Sadly, […]

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All school children under the age of 11 will be entitled to free school meals under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans announced today (29 April). Extending free school meals for seven to 11 year olds will benefit 1.9 million children and save parents around £400 per child a year. key_FSM-Nick These plans will more than double […]

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Gatwick groups in Downing Street

by Mike Ward on 27 March, 2015

On Monday protest groups from all around Gatwick airport came together to present their agreed  demands to the Prime Minister and I was privileged to be one of those attending. The demands include no departure routes outside the NPR and a return to the previous pattern of dispersal of flights. Longer term aims include an […]

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Flood Grant Deadline Extended

by Mike Ward on 15 February, 2015

The County Council has extended the deadline for applying for grants to protect homes against future flooding to 20 March 2015. The grants are available to people who were flooded between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014. They are for measures to contain or reduce the impact of future flooding and the maximum is […]

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Liberal Democrat Roger Abbott is calling for Surrey County Council to carry out a full geological survey to understand the sources of groundwater flooding threats to Brockham & Betchworth. Please sign his petition. He says, “The risk of flooding continues to be a major concern in parts of our villages. A large element of this […]

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Tough regulation of fracking

by Mike Ward on 8 February, 2015

Liberal Democrat MP’s are working hard to ensure that if fracking is allowed, it is done only under the tightest possible conditions and with full regard for the environment and the safety of water supplies. It’s a complex subject which makes it all the more important that people are prepared to go into the necessary […]

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Mole Valley set to drop Green Belt review?

by Mike Ward on 27 October, 2014

Mole Valley District Council’s Green Belt review looks set to be dropped following a recent debate on a motion to stop it. The motion itself was withdrawn but the Executive member responsible indicated that he was minded to cease work on it, saying “the potential requirement for Green Belt land appeared to be less than […]

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Gatwick noise increased? New campaign group formed

by Mike Ward on 21 October, 2014

A new campaign group, PlaneWrong, has been  formed to campaign against the changes in Gatwick departure routes to the north of the airport. People across a wide area from Capel to Beare Green and Coldharbour and then across the Holmwoods, Brockham, Betchworth & Leigh to Reigate and Redhill and beyond are being affected for the […]

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