Woking and Surrey local news

  • Will Forster
    Article: Jun 19, 2021

    The Lib Dems shock triumph in the Chesham and Amersham by-election would see some 154 seats across the country flip to the party after they sent shockwaves through the Tory blue wall.

    The Lib Dems gained a 25% swing in Chesham and Amersham electing their 12th MP Sarah Green.

    Woking would be one of 154 constituencies that would turn Lib Dem at an election. The 25% swing in Chesham and Amersham has put blue wall seats like Woking "on notice" with Lib Dems locally being the leading opposition to the Conservatives.

  • School children
    Article: Jun 9, 2021

    Schools across Surrey are set to lose £1.1 million in funding for the most disadvantaged pupils in the county following the Government's decision to alter the method of calculating pupil premium funding.

    The pupil premium, which aims to close the attainment gap by providing extra money to pupils eligible for free school meals, was a flagship reform introduced by the Lib Dems in Government in 2011.

  • Hand holding by various people
    Article: Jun 9, 2021

    This Carers Week, the Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to provide emergency funding to give carers a break from dramatically increased caring responsibilities during the Covid pandemic.
    More than 108,400 people in Surrey are looking after elderly, disabled or vulnerable people. Data from Carers UK shows 64% of carers have not been able to take any sort of a break during the pandemic.

  • Will Forster class of 2021
    Article: Jun 3, 2021

    Lib Dem Will Forster has written to Jonathan Lord, Woking's Conservative MP, urging them not to break their election commitment on international development spending by voting to abandon the UK's 0.7% of GNI target in a potential vote on 7th June.

    In the 2019 General Election, Tory MPs including Woking's MP stood on a manifesto promise to "proudly maintain our commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of GNI on development".

  • Will Forster class of 2021
    Article: May 29, 2021


    The Lib Dems are calling for all EU citizens in the UK to be given the automatic right to stay as new figures reveal that 3,580 living in Surrey and 540 in Woking are still waiting for the Home Office to process their applications - with just five weeks to go before the Government's deadline.

    The latest EU Settlement Scheme statistics show that as of the end of March, there have been 80,8880 applications from people living in Surrey, with 77,300 of these having been concluded.

  • Will Forster class of 2021
    Article: May 29, 2021

    The Lib Dem Group on Surrey County Council has elected Will Forster as its new Group Leader.

    Will Forster, County Councillor for Woking South, was recently chosen as the new Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Surrey County Council at a meeting between members. He succeeds Councillor Chris Botten, who narrowly lost his seat in the recent election.

  • Ann-Marie Barker
    Article: May 27, 2021

    Liberal Democrats confirm view that largest group should run the Council, willingness to take on responsibility of committee chairs and to work with all parties

    Cllr Barker describes the increasing frenzy of Conservative overtures to join administration

    Following a frenzy of overtures to join with the Conservatives, Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Ann-Marie Barker confirmed her group's position at a Council meeting on Monday 24 May.

  • Class of 2021 - WBC and SCC councillors
    Article: May 27, 2021
    Across Woking, Liberal Democrats had an amazing election result this May. We gained 3 seats on Woking Borough Council and 1 seat on Surrey County Council, from the Conservatives.

    Lance Spencer gained the Goldsworth East and Horsell Village County seat, defeating the Deputy Leader of the County Council in the process.

    On the Borough Council, Will Forster held his seat in Hoe Valley, Ann-Marie Barker held her Goldsworth Park seat and Liberal Democrats gained the Horsell, Mount Hermon and St John's wards. Congratulations to newly elected Councillors Adam Kirby, Ellen Nicholson and Dale Roberts. The new councillors join a strong Liberal Democrat team, with a fantastic mix of experience and skills. It was disappointing to lose Cllr Chrystie who had contributed so much to both the Council

    Liberal Democrats won 5 out of the 10 seats up for election, to the Conservatives' 4 and 1 for Labour. Following the election, Woking Council is now on a knife-edge, with 13 Tories, 12 Lib Dems, 3 Labour and 2 Independents. Liberal Democrats have made gains in every local election since 2018. If these results are repeated at next year's election, the Liberal Democrats will become the largest party.

    On Surrey County Council Liberal Democrats made 5 gains, resulting in the largest Lib Dem Group there since the 1997 elections. Although the Tories still have a majority, it is a majority of 6, notably reduced.

    In the Police and Crime Commissioner election Liberal Democrat Paul Kennedy came a good second to the Conservative.

  • Summer Draw May 2021
    Article: May 21, 2021

  • Thameswey Ltd Overdue Accounts
    Article: Apr 27, 2021
    By Cllr Graham Chrystie

    According to the official records at Companies House Thameswey Ltd, a property development company owned 100% by Woking Borough Council, has still not filed annual accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019. Even allowing for the Covid related extension to the filing deadline these accounts are now nearly 4 months overdue.