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  • Article: Sep 7, 2014
    More than 37,500 children in Surrey and 1.5 million infants across the country are now benefiting from a free school meal.
    Every child in reception, year 1 and year 2 in state-funded schools are now able to sit down to a free school lunch, saving parents who currently pay for a school lunch over £400 a year per child.
  • Article: Jun 23, 2014

    Former Horsell Lib Dem councillor Ann-Marie Barker is seeking answers on the chaos that has engulfed Well Lane and neighbouring roads in Horsell over the last 3 months.

    Residents were initially pleased when twice delayed road resurfacing started in April but their pleasure was short lived when mountains of machinery rolled into the road, they were trapped in their homes and many only learnt from contractors that speed humps on the road were not to be replaced as part of the resurfacing work. The situation got worse with a burst water main, leaking sewers, unauthorised late night working and an unexplained white dust covering everything and exacerbating existing chest problems suffered by residents.

  • Liam and Will
    Article: Jun 5, 2014

    Councillor Will Forster has been elected as the new Group Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Woking Borough Council, and Councillor Liam Lyons has been elected to serve as their new Deputy Leader.

    Will Forster is a Borough Councillor for Kingfield and Westfield ward, and also serves as a County Councillor for South Woking. Liam Lyons is one of the two Lib Dem Borough Councillors for Mount Hermon West, having been re-elected in last month's elections. Liam Lyons has been Chairman of the Council's influential Overview and Scrutiny Committee for the last two years.

    Councillor Will Forster said, "I am delighted and honoured to have been elected by the Woking Lib Dem Group as Leader for the next year."

    Will Forster added, "I plan to continue the good work of our former Group Leader, Councillor Ann-Marie Barker. Woking Lib Dems will hold the Conservative administration to account on the level of Council Tax, plans to raise parking charges and with the possible redevelopments in Woking town centre and Sheerwater."

    Councillor Liam Lyons added, "With the current state of the Council's finances, it will be a tough year ahead. On the Council, we will provide the effective opposition that Woking needs, scrutinising the Conservatives' decisions, and challenging them where appropriate."

  • Article: Jun 2, 2014

    Following the re-election of Catherine Bearder MEP, the Lib Dem member of the European parliament for South East England, commented:

    "I'm delighted to be elected to represent the people of the South East once again.

    "It was a disappointing night and a bad result for the party but we knew that this election would be difficult. I'm truly sorry to have lost some excellent Lib Dem colleagues.

  • Article: May 15, 2014

    After promising to monitor the repair of Bampton Way in his last Focus newsletter, Denzil was disappointed to find that only half the road had been repaired when he visited the area in early March.

    Only one side of the road has been resurfaced leaving gaping potholes on the other. Denzil says:

    "I cannot understand why Surrey Highways only do half a job. If you travel towards the Goldsworth shopping centre from Lockfield Drive, your car will be hit by potholes but you will have a smooth uninterrupted journey going back.

  • Article: May 14, 2014

    James Sanderson and the Lib Dems have welcomed a review of Surrey County Council's road safety policy in Woking that could allow 20 mph areas be introduced in Goldsworth East. Local campaigner and father of 4 young children, James Sanderson said, "In May 2006 and again in 2012, Libs Dems called for Surrey County Council to reduce speeds where necessary on the County's roads. This includes the introduction of 20 mph speed limits where evidence."

  • denzil
    Article: May 14, 2014

    Denzil was appalled to hear from residents about the poor repairs and customer service that New Vision Homes has been giving council tenants. These range from waiting for months for repairs to be done to poor customer service when residents contact the 24/7 call centre.

    Denzil says: "As Housing Task Group chairman, I requested an independent survey of the problems faced by residents. Please let me know of any cases so that I can forward this information to the investigating officers concerned.

  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Giles 2
    Article: Apr 19, 2014

    The damage to the Sussex economy if Britain leaves the EU was one of the top issues discussed in a meeting at Shoreham Port in West Sussex on Friday.

    Giles Goodall, Liberal Democrat European candidate for South East England and Jemima Bland, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for East Worthing & Shoreham met Rodney Lunn, Shoreham Port's chief executive. David Edey, chairman of Eastbrook Liberal Democrats, also joined the meeting.

  • Single Seat
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Giles Goodall, Lib Dem MEP candidate for South East England, has today pledged to campaign for an end to the European Parliament's travelling circus by backing a Single Seat for the institution.

    The duplication of European Parliament buildings and facilities in Brussels and Strasbourg is a huge drain on the EU's resources. The Parliament's travelling circus means MEPs, their staff and thousands of journalists, lobbyists and others have to shuttle from Brussels to Strasbourg for one week every month.