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  • Cllr Anne Roberts and Byfleet campaigner Andy Grimshaw
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    The local Lib Dems in Byfleet have launched a campaign to protect the Green Belt from large scale housing developments in Byfleet and West Byfleet.

    Conservative-run Woking Borough Council recently announced the results of its Green Belt Boundary Review, which recommended building around 500 homes in the Borough's Green Belt and is targeting areas in Brookwood, Byfleet, Hook Heath, Mayford, Pyrford and West Byfleet.

  • Arthritis Research UK
    Article: Nov 24, 2014

    Chris Took has today agreed to become an 'Arthritis Champion', supporting Arthritis Research UK in their efforts to find a cure for arthritis while calling for policy change to prevent its onset and transform the lives of people that have musculoskeletal conditions.

    Musculoskeletal conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis. People with these conditions often experience a great deal of pain and a loss of mobility. Over 10 million people in the UK have a musculoskeletal condition.

  • Pupil Premium
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Surrey are set to receive a £240,000 grant to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

    The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.

    It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

  • Chris Took joining the Men United Team
    Article: Oct 24, 2014
    By Chris Took

    Chris Took, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Woking has pledged to help eradicate the inequalities men with prostate cancer face after speaking with campaigners at the Liberal Democrat Party conference in Glasgow last month.

    Despite being the most common cancer in men, those affected by or at risk of prostate cancer continue to face a number of injustices, particularly when it comes to access to the best treatments and aftercare support for their condition.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2014
    Liberal Democrat Colin Cross stormed to victory in Thursday's by-election for Lovelace ward that includes Ripley, Wisley and Ockham.
    Lovelace is usually one of the safest Conservative wards in Guildford Borough Council, it had not been held by a Lib Dem Councillor since the re-organisation of Guildford Borough in 1974.
  • Article: Sep 20, 2014
    Woking Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson, Chris Took has called the positive labour market figures published on 17th September "no accident" and said Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government were delivering the recovery fairly.
    Official figures show the number of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in Woking fell in the three months to the end of July. While total UK unemployment fell 146,000 to 2.02 million with the unemployment rate falling to 6.2% - its lowest since the last full quarter in 2008.
  • 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.