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British government

Open Letter to Dominic Raab – what happened to the ‘oven ready’ Brexit deal?

Monica Harding, Parliamentary Spokesperson for Elmbridge Liberal Democrats, has today written to Dominic Raab about the Internal Markets Bill published this week. You can read the letter below, or download the PDF here. Rt Hon Dominic Raab MPHouse of CommonsLondonSW1A 0AA 10 September 2020 Dear Dominic,  At the General Election last year, your campaign literature […]

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Elmbridge government Planning

Conservative Government’s proposals threaten Elmbridge’s Green Belt – even Tories call them ‘contemptuous’

Residents across Elmbridge have reacted with horror at Government plans to reform the planning system, which could result in hundreds of new homes being built in Elmbridge including on our Green Belt. The Conservative Government’s Planning White Paper proposes new nationally set housing requirements for every local area, as well as taking away Councillor and […]

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Surrey government

Five good reasons why the Tories’ ‘Monster Surrey’ plan must be opposed – and a better alternative created

The Tory administration at Surrey County Council have proposed to Boris Johnson’s government the creation of one single ‘Monster Surrey’ local authority in Surrey. The idea is described as ‘revolutionary’ (their language) by the Tories and it would be the end of all eleven borough/district councils, including Elmbridge Borough Council. Instead they would be merged […]

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Representation

Ed Davey, MP for Surbiton and Kingston becomes new Liberal Democrat Leader

Ed Davey has been elected as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. As the MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Ed already knows Elmbridge very well. Having increased his majority in the 2019 election over the Conservatives, Ed is perfectly placed to know the challenges and opportunities we face to get a Liberal Democrat candidate […]

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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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