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Hazel Watson Stephen Cooksey Fiona White John Orrick Stella Lallement Ian Beardsmore Pauline Searle Will Forster David Goodwin
  • Plane landing at Heathrow
    Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg unveiled a "manifesto for the next generation" launching the party's pre-manifesto, an 80-page document that will form the backbone of the party's 2015 election platform.

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have welcomed the announcement in the pre-manifesto that the party will continue to oppose the expansion of Heathrow and Gatwick at a national level.

  • Money
    Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council wrote to the Secretary of State asking him to investigate the excessive increases in councillor allowances and the excessive number of special responsibility allowances pushed through by the Conservative administration at County Hall. She also asked him to check whether the Government's own regulations had been followed by the County Council.

  • Pothole
    Article: Jul 7, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have called for Surrey County Council to improve the speed and quality of pothole repair in Surrey.

    Councillor Ian Beardsmore said "Surrey has received less additional government funding for pothole repair and weather repair compared with other neighbouring councils such as Hampshire and Kent. Kent received over £8 million more than Surrey in total additional funding and Hampshire received over £5 million more than Surrey. Other councils that have been successful at obtaining more money have invested in new technology and initiatives to repair their roads.

    "Surrey desperately needs this extra money. The county's roads are riddled with potholes, it is very disappointing that Surrey roads will not benefit from the extra cash that other councils will receive.

    "The County Council needs to learn from the best practice of other councils to increase the speed of pothole repair in Surrey. Also the Conservative administration at County Hall must do more to get its message across to central government that Surrey needs more money to repair its crumbling roads."



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  • Eric Pickles MP
    Article: May 13, 2014

    At the meeting of the Surrey County Council on 6 May the Conservative administration pushed through excessive increases in allowances for councillors, including 60% increases for both the Leader of the Council and the Deputy Leader. The Liberal Democrats voted against the proposed increases.

    Councillor Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said:

  • Young carer helping her mother
    Article: May 8, 2014

    Surrey County Council is to look at what support can be given to young carers following a motion by Lib Dem councillor Will Forster.

    Speaking at this week's meeting of the County Council, Cllr Will Forster said "We must ensure Young Carers receive support to enable them reach their full potential in life.

  • Money in your pocket
    Article: May 6, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have condemned a massive increase in Special Responsibility Allowances paid to mainly Conservatives on Surrey County Council and pushed through by the Conservative administration this morning .

    Councillor Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said:

  • Hazel Watson
    Article: Apr 28, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrats are calling on the County Council to make it easier for Surrey residents to complain about the services that the council provides.

    This follows the recent publication of the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee Report More Complaints Please!

  • Money
    Article: Mar 25, 2014

    Commenting on the announcement that £15.5 million of projected savings in Surrey County Council's Adult Social Care budget is being written off, Liberal Democrat Adult Social Care Spokesperson Fiona White said "This is Tory financial incompetence of the highest order.

    "It was clear from the beginning of this project that the proposed savings could not be made instantly and it would take several years to see the full effect of changes come through. I warned of problems at the time.

  • A Classroom
    Article: Mar 19, 2014

    Surrey Liberal Democrats have warmly welcomed proposals which will see the county receive nearly £25 million more in school funding than under the current system. This comes as part of an extra £350million boost to schools in the least fairly funded areas in the country.

    The proposals announced in Parliament by Liberal Democrat Education Minister David Laws will mean that funding will be allocated to local areas on the basis of the actual characteristics of their pupils and schools, rather than simply on the basis of historic levels of spending.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Mar 18, 2014

    The Conservative administration at Surrey County Council have today refused to debate a motion from the Liberal Democrats which highlighted failings by the County Council in preparing for flooding, while agreeing to debate a motion discussing an "anodyne approach" to tackling flooding .

    Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment and Transportation spokesperson at County Hall said: "The motion was submitted some three weeks ago and followed some days later by the second motion proposed by the Conservative administration. There are many similarities between the two motions - the main difference being that the motion that I proposed sets out some criticisms of the preparedness of the Conservative administration for severe weather and provides some suggestions for the urgent action that in our view is required in order to repair the damage and prepare for similar future situations. The administration motion in effect removes the criticism and the suggested action and provides an anodyne approach which adds nothing to what we already know.