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Health

Helping the community during COVID-19 and useful links

As people self isolate there’s a growing need for help in our communities with the delivery of food, medicines, and even taking pets for a walk. Helping locally in our communities is an important element of being a Liberal Democrat. We’d encourage any members to either sign-post others to, or take part themselves with some […]

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Representation Surrey government

Elmbridge Liberal Democrats object to ‘one monster council across Surrey’

“The current ineffective and uneconomic two-tier system of local government needs reforming and streamlining. We must, however, beware the creation of one monster-council for the whole of Surrey, which would need to serve 1.2 million people who currently live here. This would make it distant from residents and impossible to manage efficiently”,  says Gill Smith, […]

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Esher Planning Representation

Raab responds to chair’s letter about Sandown but fails to answer key questions

Dominic Raab has responded to the Chair of Elmbridge Liberal Democrat, Gill Smith’s, letter posing questions about the proposed development on green belt land at Sandown Park Racecourse. He responded as follows: Having not answered the questions previously posed to him, Gill has sent the following letter to him to seek clarity. You can read […]

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Esher Planning Representation

Open letter to Dominic Raab questioning Walton Connect Club and Sandown development

Chair of Elmbridge Liberal Democrats, Gillian Smith, has sent a letter to Dominic Raab MP raising questions and concerns of Elmbridge residents about a planning application for 318 homes on Green Belt land at Sandown Park Racecourse. You can read this as a PDF, or read the version below. Dominic Raab MPHouse of CommonsLondonSW1A 0AA […]

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Member blogs

Helping refugees on World Refugee Day

When Nicki Winton helped thousands of children to escape persecution in Europe from 1938, he saved the life of a man I later thought of as my god father. So in 2018 when I heard Lord Dubbs, who shared a train with Tommy Leden (my best friend’s father), call for support for Syrian child refugees […]

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Civil rights

#BlackLivesMatter

As a local organisation we’ve been spending time listening, learning, and exploring how best we can contribute to this emotive discussion. First of all we should be clear. Liberal Democrats firmly believe that Black Lives do Matter and that there are still many prejudices and injustices that continue to exist within society that humanity hasn’t yet managed […]

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Member blogs

Witnessing racism in our community

Being the administrator for a Facebook community group is normally quite a thankless task. You are mainly moderating the amount of advertising from local businesses. You rarely have to be the tough police person of the group, removing hateful or rude comments or blocking someone from the group. Since the Covid-19 pandemic these community Facebook […]

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Member blogs

Celebrating Pride as a Gay Lib Dem

I first helped the Liberal Democrats at Soho Pride in 2008 when I was approached by a very good friend who is a staunch Liberal Democrat (PPC for Hackney – Dave Raval). He was running a stall for the pride event and getting signatures for a petition on homophobic bullying at schools. As I had […]

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Elmbridge government Representation

Elmbridge Liberal Democrats elect new Group Leader

Elmbridge Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce the election of Councillor Mary Marshall as their new group leader on Elmbridge Borough Council. Following the group’s annual leadership election on Thursday 7th May 2020, Mary won the support of her fellow Liberal Democrat councillors and will now assume the role of Deputy Leader of Elmbridge Borough […]

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Elmbridge government Environment

Climate Emergency – EBC Carbon Footprint audit complete

Elmbridge Borough Council (EBC) has completed an important step on its journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 – EBC now knows its “Carbon Footprint”. Following a comprehensive audit, EBC now has the baseline data on the location and volume of the carbon emissions across the council’s operations. This is an essential measurement to ensure […]

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Well being Weybridge

PPE for Care Homes – a personal account

On the second Thursday of “clapping for carers” it was encouraging to see so many venture on to the street and cheer and clap near our local care home. The co-owner of Heath Lodge reached out and explained they had a confirmed case of Covid-19 within one of their homes and were seriously short of PPE. I’m […]

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