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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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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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Questioning of the Leader of the County Council by my colleague, Liberal Democrat County Councillor Hazel Watson(Dorking Hills), has revealed that Surrey’s council taxpayers have provided £381,250 to The Tour of Britain Ltd which organises the Tour of Britain Road race. She said, “Despite the Conservative Cabinet Member responsible for the cycling events (Helyn Clack, also […]

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Gatwick announces second runway plan

by Mike Ward on 29 July, 2013

On 23 July Gatwick Airport announced its plan for a second runway to the south (Crawley side) of the existing runway. This plan will be submitted to the Commission set up by the Government to consider the need for a new runway in the South East and to report on options. No decision will be […]

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Campaigning on Jobs and Apprentices

by Mike Ward on 18 June, 2013

The Liberal Democrats have announced that our number 1 priority for campaigning over the next year will be about jobs. Jobs and employment are a top priority for ordinary people. Britain is creating jobs, but it doesn’t always feel like it. But since the Liberal Democrats came into government in 2010, we’ve helped British businesses […]

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County Council Election Result

by Mike Ward on 3 May, 2013

Unfortunately I didn’t quite make it on to the County Council. The full result was: Helyn Clack (Conservative)      1810 Mike Ward (Lib Dem)              1527 Leigh Jones (UKIP)                  935 Malcolm Ward (Labour)           261 Turnout 41.5% – not great but equal highest in Mole Valley Thanks very much to everyone who supported me and especially […]

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Delivering on Pensions

by Mike Ward on 9 April, 2013

April 8th: State Pension “Triple Lock” On Monday the full basic State Pension was increased by 2.5%, or £2.70 a week, to £110.15 per week. This is in addition to last year when the triple lock ensured pensioners benefited from the largest ever increase to the basic State Pension of £5.30 per week. As a […]

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