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Welcome to Reigate Liberal Democrats

Layout of Reigate and Banstead Borough with major towns and roads.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Map

Reigate Liberal Democrats are the constituency party of Reigate.

This covers the towns of Banstead, Redhill and Reigate, as well as the villages of Burgh Heath, Chipstead, Earlswood, Kingswood, Lower Kingswood, Merstham, Salfords, Southpark and Meadvale, Tadworth, Walton on the hill Woodhatch and Woodmansterne.

The constituency is divided into the wards of Banstead Village, Chipstead Hooley & Woodmansterne, Earlswood & Whitebushes, Kingswood & Burgh Heath, Meadvale & St. Johns, Merstham, Preston, Redhill East, Redhill West, Reigate Central, Reigate Hill, Salfords & Sidlow, Southpark & Woodhatch, and Tadworth & Walton.

Reigate Liberal Democrats always work hard to keep in touch with local people with local news.

Along with the FOCUS leaflets, this website is part of that ongoing work.

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  • Article: Feb 19, 2017
    By Ann-Marie Barker

    A Lib Dem councillor was surprised and shocked when local Conservatives refused to back her plea to support the rights of Europeans from other countries living in Woking.

    Cllr. Ann-Marie Barker had asked that the Leader of the Council write to the Prime Minister supporting the right of EU citizens to stay in a post-BREXIT Woking.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Feb 13, 2017

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their concern as new figures were released that reveal poor levels of public satisfaction with Conservative-run Surrey County Council.

    According to the latest figures from the county council's own survey, just 39% of residents agreed that the county council provided value for money. The poor figures follow the Tory-run council's decision to cancel a 15% council tax rise after a public outcry from Surrey residents.

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    Article: Feb 8, 2017

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat County Councillors in Surrey, said today:

    "The text messages sent by the Leader of the Council, referred to in PMQs today, mention "numbers", "proposals" and "killing off the R [referendum]" - but none of this information was shared with Surrey County Councillors at our budget meeting yesterday.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Feb 7, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Surrey today claimed victory as the Conservatives cancelled their planned 15% tax rise in the face of overwhelming opposition from Liberal Democrat councillors and Surrey residents. However, Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat County Councillors, condemned the Conservative county council's budget as a charade, as the Tory administration pushed through £123 MILLION of unspecified cuts to council services.

  • Article: Feb 7, 2017

    Faced with predictions of certain defeat in the refendum necessary to approve their planned 15% increase in council tax, after postponing the council meeting to approve the budget until the afternoon, Surrey County Council's ruling conservatives have swapped horses in mid-gallop and agreed to reduce the tax rise to 5%.

  • Article: Feb 4, 2017

    SURREY CONSERVATIVES want to increase your council tax by a whopping 15%. The Financial mess they have got us into is now so bad that this is the only way they can see of preventing even more huge cuts across the board. In simple terms, we don't have enough money to pay for the services we deserve.

    THIS TORY GOVERNMENT has to take some of the blame. They have slashed government funding coming into the county by a huge amount. What is really infuriating is that Spelthorne, like the rest of Surrey, puts far more money into the National Economy than it takes out. Now they are taking even more and, if we want the services we need, then as far as the Tories are concerned we can pay extra. Remember, along with the other Surrey MPs, YOUR MP voted for this. Why didn't he stand up for Spelthorne instead?

  • Norman Lamb MP
    Article: Feb 3, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in Surrey have written to the county's 11 Conservative Members of Parliament, asking them to back a cross party initiative on the future of social care and how to fund it.

    In the letter, Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, has asked the 11 Surrey MPs to back plans by Norman Lamb MP, the Liberal Democrat Care Minister in the previous Coalition Government. He is calling on the government to establish an NHS & Care Convention, which will look for a long-term solution to the crisis in health and social care funding. The plan is backed by 25 MPs from all parties, and the supporting statement was also signed by Dr Dan Poulter MP, former Conservative Health Minister, and Liz Kendall MP, Labour's former shadow care minister. The Prime Minister has now met with Norman Lamb and a group of cross party MPs to discuss the proposal further.

  • County Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Jan 31, 2017

    Today at County Hall Surrey's Conservative Cabinet approved proposals for a 15% council tax rise, a referendum on the council tax on 4 May and cuts of £93 million to services in Surrey.

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

    "The Conservative administration at County Hall is asking Surrey residents to pay more for less - an unreasonable and unaffordable 15% council tax increase and £93 million of unspecified cuts in council services.

    "It is time for the Tories at County Hall to end their secrecy and to spill the beans about the £93 million of cuts which are coming down the pipeline. Councillors who have to vote on the County Council budget next week and Surrey residents who pay council tax and are served by the County Council should not be kept in the dark and have a right to know now about the cuts which are on the way.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2017

    The Tories promised that at the very least we would have a second part time Fire Engine in Spelthorne are on the verge of breaking that promise.

    Tory controlled Surrey County Council are proposing to shut Staines Fire Station next April and leave us with just one Fire Engine in Spelthorne. Initially the fire engine would be based at Sunbury, but would move the Fordbridge site when they eventually manage to undo the mess they have made and build the new station.

  • Hazel Watson
    Article: Jan 23, 2017

    Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have today launched a petition against the 15% increase in council tax being proposed by the Conservative administration, the largest in the country and 9 times the rate of inflation.

    If approved, this unprecedented increase would trigger a county-wide referendum on the proposals, with voters going to the polls on the same day as the county council elections in May of this year. A yes vote would add a 15% increase a year to bills for Band D properties and would still result in millions of pounds worth of cuts to essential services. A no vote would result in even more damaging cuts which is why Liberal Democrats have consistently called for a more appropriate level of funding from central government to the county council to help avoid large cuts to vital services for Surrey residents.