Your Local Lib Dems

We cover the towns of Banstead, Redhill, Horley 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.

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What do we Stand for locally?

We stand for -

  • Delivering a Carbon Neutral area with environmental sustainability;
  • Investing in social housing.
  • Protecting our Borough. From cuts to services, police and healthcare
  • Making sure that new development is integrated with public transport and services
  • Creating new recreational spaces and maintaining the existing ones.
  • Supporting pro-active community housing groups and new builds

What do we stand for Nationally?

  • Staying in the EU. We believe Britain will be stronger,
    better off and safer if we stay in
    the European Union
  • Saving our NHS and care services. Asking people to pay a bit more tax (1p)
    for every pound they earn. The money
    will go to the NHS and care services. Making sure people don't wait longer
    for mental health care than for
    other healthcare.
  • Put children first.
    Every child should have the best start
    in life. Spending £7 billion extra on education.
  • Britain needs an economy that gives
    people jobs and the chance to do well.
    We will build an economy that is strong,
    fair and works well now and in the future.

Recent updates

  • Article: Jul 21, 2019
    By Councillor Will Forster

    Surrey County Council agrees not to charge Council Tax to young people leaving care.

    Following a Lib Dem motion, Surrey County Council has agreed to exempt vulnerable young people leaving care from paying its share of Council Tax.

    The County Council's ruling Cabinet yesterday decided to give young people who used to be in the care system a discount of 75% on their Council Tax, which is the Surrey Council portion of Council Tax bills. Around 600 young people under 25 who have left the care of the Council will no longer have to pay full Council Tax from next April.

  • Article: Jul 19, 2019

    The first formal meeting of the Spelthorne Joint Committee since the Spelthorne Borough Council Elections was held on Monday 15th July,

    More information on the Joint Committee can be found here -

    Present at the Committee were the seven County Councillors representing Spelthorne at Surrey, 4 Conservative Borough Councillors, 2 Lib Dem Borough Councillors and 1 Labour Councillor. The meetings are chaired for 2 years alternating between Richard Walsh, representing Surrey County Councillors and Ian Harvey on behalf of Spelthorne Borough Council.

  • Climate Changes
    Article: Jul 16, 2019

    You are invited to join our fledgling social media sites - it's a great way to keep in touch with what's going on at the moment.

    Facebook public group COLLEGE WARD FOCUS has lots of info on environmental issues and doesn't just relate to College ward, although the administrators are your College ward Focus team which includes your Borough Councillors.

  • Will Forster by Woking Borough Council
    Article: Jul 15, 2019
    By Councillor Will Forster.

    Lib Dems question Council priorities over £100,000 Wisley grant

    The Lib Dems have criticised the priorities of the Conservatives running Woking Borough Council after they recommended giving RHS Wisley £100,000 for a new facility outside of Woking Borough.

    Yesterday, the Council's ruling Executive voted to recommend that Woking Full Council grant £100,000 to RHS Wisley to help them build a new Centre for Horticultural Science and Learning, despite the organisation having £16.9 million of funds.

  • Police officer
    Article: Jul 10, 2019
    By Councillor Will Forster.

    Lib Dems reveal extent of 'criminal' Tory police cuts

    Lib Dem analysis of new Home Office figures, published this week, has revealed that the Conservative Government cut funding to Surrey Police by 5.8% in real terms between the year 2015-16 and 2019-20.

    According to Lib Dem analysis, total Government funding to all 43 forces (in 2019-20 prices) fell from £8.48 billion in 2015-16 to £7.99 billion in 2019-20. 32 of the 43 forces across the country experienced cuts of 6% or more.

    Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

    "Across the country, we are seeing rising crime and falling police. Far too many people now feel unsafe walking down their own streets."

    "Taking 5,000 police off our streets in the last four years and cutting funding in real-terms by £490 million from 2015-16 to 2019-20 are big Tory crimes."

    Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Woking, Will Forster added:

  • Will Forster Quadrant Court Surrey County Council (Woking Lib Dems)
    Article: Jul 10, 2019
    By Councillor Will Forster.

    Surrey County Council declares a climate emergency

    On Tuesday 9th July 2019, Surrey County Council unanimously agreed to declare a climate emergency.

    Local environment campaigners were out in force at the County Hall meeting, and reacted with applause and cheers to the supportive speeches and declaration of the climate emergency.

  • Woking Victoria Square Skyscrapers
    Article: Jun 28, 2019
    By Councillor Ann-Marie Barker

    As developer Cortland applies for planning permission to build a 39 storey skyscraper on the site of the former BHS, in Commercial Way, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Woking Council Ann-Marie Barker said

    "Skyscrapers are not the answer for Woking's future".

    "Concentrating development in the town centre makes sense and protects our green belt but that does not mean we need a town centre full of skyscrapers" fumed Cllr. Barker "Fifteen storeys, the height of the 'ship' development behind the station, would be more appropriate for a town the size of Woking".

  • Vote LibDem in the European Elections
    Article: Jun 24, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster.

    Brexit would result in a decade lost to political crisis and economic trouble

    Three years on since the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union, the Liberal Democrats have warned Brexit must be stopped to avoid "a decade lost to political crisis and economic trouble".

    Sunday, the 23rd of June, marked three years since the referendum. Despite this, the Conservative Government has been unable to negotiate a Brexit deal that can be agreed by Parliament.

  • Lib Dems winning
    Article: Jun 21, 2019

    In light of the increased representations of Liberal Democrats on Spelthorne Borough Council, the Lib Dem Group of councillors have decided to shadow portfolios as part of their ongoing commitment to scrutinise council proceedings. Sandra Dunn has been duly selected to lead the team as the Group Leader of Liberal Democrat Councillors and has announced that as well as the 6 portfolios, she has requested a dedicated Communications & Social Media responsibility. The responsibilities have been allocated as follows:

  • Will Forster by Victoria Arch Woking
    Article: Jun 16, 2019
    By Councillor Ann-Marie Barker

    Liberal Democrats welcome Government investment in Woking

    Local Lib Dems have welcomed the Government's decision to spent £95 million on Woking's infrastructure.

    On Tuesday 11th June, the Government announced that £95 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund would be invested in Woking to revamp Victoria Arch and the A320 highway network south of railway bridge.

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Woking South, Will Forster said:

    "Since being elected as County Councillor for Woking South in 2009, I have been pushing for better access to the town centre and railway station from the south side of Woking. Victoria Arch and the roads leading up to it are inadequate for motorists, dangerous for cyclists and unpleasant for pedestrians. That is why the Liberal Democrats and I fully welcome the decision to spend £95 million on Woking's transport system."