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British government

Raab must apologise for Chevening party as Afghanistan fell

The Liberal Democrats have today called upon Deputy PM Dominic Raab to apologise for hosting a party at Chevening House for local Conservative activists as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban. Raab is reported to have held the party for 50 association colleagues on the 4th of September – the same time at which MPs, their […]

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British government Tax

Small businesses in Surrey to be hit with £47 million tax bombshell after Conservative broken promise

Originally published by Surrey County Council Lib Dems Small and medium-sized businesses, from tech start-ups to hairdressers and cafes, in Surrey will pay an extra £47 million a year due to the rise in national insurance, research commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has found. Boris Johnson broke his 2019 manifesto promise by raising employer National Insurance […]

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Elmbridge government

One-off garden waste collection announced

Elmbridge Borough Council has announced that a one off garden waste collection is being arranged for the first two weeks of November so bins can be emptied. Over the next few days subscribers to the garden waste service are receiving an email or letter letting them know the date of their collection. It will either […]

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Elmbridge government

Garden Waste Latest

Here’s the latest on the impact of the HGV Driver shortage on our Garden Waste Service. We are finding our residents know what’s causing shortages and queues at petrol stations and who is responsible for it. However we think residents don’t want to see their Councillors engaging in argy bargy and blame shifting. They expect us to […]

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Elmbridge government

Garden Waste Service – the impact of national HGV driver shortage

You can hardly move without hearing about the national shortage of qualified HGV drivers. The Road Haulage Association estimates that we have a shortfall of some 100,000 drivers at the moment (nearly 20% reduction on pre-2020 figures.) They put this down to: Covid exodus: many EU drivers returned home during the pandemic and the vast […]

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Member blogs

David Bellchamber 1947 – 2021

Sadly our fellow party member and dear friend David died July 28th. He was in hospital and caught Covid whilst there.  His death was a shock to us all – just hours before he died he phoned me about routine administrative matters. David was our Elmbridge Branch Secretary for the last 20 years and a […]

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British government Representation

Have your say on the boundary commission proposals

We accept this proposal as a sensible way to achieve the Commission’s objectives. Our communities have changed since the last boundary review.  The Elmbridge Liberal Democrats cover two Constituencies, the majority being in the Esher and Walton constituency, and the Weybridge area being in the Runnymede and Weybridge Constituency.  The  Esher and Walton Constituency electorate has grown significantly in the last 10 years, […]

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Cobham Representation

Lib Dem Robin Stephens gains seat from the Conservatives!

Thank you to the residents in Cobham & Downside who voted in the 1st July Elmbridge by-election. Robin knocked on thousands of doors and heard from voters who wanted a local councillor who listens to them and puts residents first. Robin has taken another brick out of the ‘blue wall’ following Lib Dems gains from […]

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Elmbridge government Planning

New Local Plan is put back to officers for further work

Elmbridge Borough Council’s RA/Lib Dem Administration and the cross party Local Plan Working Group have asked officers to carry out further work on the Local Plan so that it better represents the views and aspirations of the Borough’s councillors. The Local Plan sets out the Council’s ‘Place Shaping’ vision for the next 10 to 15 […]

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Cobham Elmbridge government

Lib Dems select Robin Stephens to contest Cobham & Downside

A strong local voice for Cobham & Downside Robin Stephens has been chosen as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Cobham and Downside by-election on 1st July and is the only candidate who can defeat the Conservatives. Robin, who lives in Cobham with his wife and two young children, is a tech entrepreneur who has […]

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