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  • Article: Sep 24, 2015

    Tim Farron delivered his first speech to a Lib Dem Conference as leader of the party.

    In it he called on the millions of liberals in Britain to become Liberal Democrats and join the party.

    Full text of the speech

    When I was growing up my school didn't have a sixth form. I guess that's because most of us didn't do A levels. So I went to a separate sixth form college - Runshaw in Leyland - and, in my first week, I joined the Liberal Party.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2015

    The Children's Improvement Plan 2015 to improve Surrey's inadequate Children's Services was today published by the County Council. The plan was required following the Ofsted inspection report published in June 2015 that rated Surrey's Children's Service as "inadequate". Inspectors concluded that there were "widespread and serious failures that potentially leave children at risk of harm."

  • Article: Sep 23, 2015

    New figures released by the Department of Health show the Conservative Government is planning a £2.2m cut to the public health budget across Surrey.

    The public health budget pays to relieve pressure on local NHS hospitals and clinics by helping people to solve their own potential health problems before they become more serious. The budget includes work to help people to exercise more, give up smoking and tackle drug addiction.

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    Article: Sep 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrats vowed to 'step up to the plate' and tackle the humanitarian crisis across Europe as thousands of refugees flee Syria.

    At the party's Autumn Conference, the Liberal Democrats laid out a comprehensive plan to deal with the humanitarian crisis facing Europe.

    Members proposed to create safe and legal routes for refugees fleeing war or persecution. They agreed to:

  • Former Councillor Tina Liddington during her time as Woking Mayor (Brooklands Radio)
    Article: Sep 11, 2015

    Tina Liddington is a well established member of the local community and lives in Knaphill. Tina works at the Goldsworth Park Health Centre where she meets local residents regularly.

    Tina Liddington was a Lib Dem Councillor for 13 years and a former Mayor of Woking. Whilst she was a Councillor, Tina was a strong supporter of neighbourhood watch groups and neighbourly care in the community schemes. Tina was a founder member of St Johns Care.

  • James Sanderson - defending a 103 vote majority
    Article: Sep 11, 2015

    James Sanderson grew up in Woking and has lived here most of his life. James is married to Alison and they have four children that attend or have attended Goldsworth Primary School. James is a qualified chartered accountant and works for a financial services company in London.

    James Sanderson has previously served as a local councillor for a London Borough and also has had experience as a primary school governor, treasurer of a bereavement and homeless charity and director of a housing association.

  • New Member every 39 seconds
    Article: May 12, 2015
    By Chris Took

    Membership of the Liberal Democrats is now at more than 55,800

    Since polls closed on Thursday more than 10,000 new members have joined the Liberal Democrats.

    People are joining right across the country, and these are not just people who've been members before.

    We're recruiting people who have never joined a party in the past but want to stand together against the things this Conservative government is already promising to do.

  • Article: May 10, 2015

    Following the agreement of the Federal Executive and the Liberal Democrats' returning officer, the timetable below has been set out ahead of the election of a new leader.

    Opening of nominations

    13th of May 2015

    Close of nominations

    3rd of June 2015

    Dispatch of ballot papers

    24th of June 2015

    Deadline for ballot papers to be returned

    15th of July 2015

    Count and declaration of the winner

    16th of July 2015

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    Article: May 8, 2015
    By Nick Clegg in Email to members

    I always expected this election to be exceptionally difficult for the Liberal Democrats, given the heavy responsibilities we have had to bear in government in the most challenging of circumstances.

    But clearly the results have been immeasurably more crushing and unkind than I could ever have feared.

    For that, of course, I must take responsibility and therefore I announce that I will be resigning as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: May 8, 2015
    To the 6,047 people who voted for me on Thursday, thank you. I'm sorry that we could not win over enough people to overcome the Conservative dominance that has engulfed Woking since 1950.

    Many more thousands voted for our local council candidates and I am sorry that we lost such tremendous local councillors in Tina Liddington and Louise Morales. Happily Will Forster was re-elected and will continue as our group leader.