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.

To get in touch you can email us at info@reigatelibdems.org.uk

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

  • Will Forster Woking Town Square May 2019 Headshot.
    Article: Oct 4, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Will Forster selected as Woking's prospective Lib Dem MP

    The Lib Dems are delighted to announce that local Borough and County Councillor, former Mayor and life-long resident Will Forster has been selected as the Lib Dem candidate to be Woking Constituency's new MP.

    Will Forster is an experienced Lib Dem Councillor, representing Hoe Valley on Woking Borough Council and Woking South on Surrey County Council. Until May this year, he was Mayor of Woking, during which time he strongly supported the Borough's voluntary sector and raised tens of thousands of pounds for his Mayor's Charity, the York Road Project. Will grew up in Goldsworth Park and Horsell, where he attended local schools including Horsell Church of England Middle School, Woking High School and Woking College. He lived in Westfield for many years and now lives near Woking Park with his partner Hannah and their sausage dog, Toffee.

    Will Forster: "It is a huge honour to have been chosen as the Lib Dems' candidate to be Woking's MP. As a Councillor and Mayor, I have always worked my hardest to support Woking and its residents. I want to be Woking's strong, local and liberal voice in Parliament."

    "We face a critical point in our country's history and with a General Election looking likely before the end of the year, this is our chance to change the future of our country. The Lib Dems and I want to stop Brexit, invest in public services like our NHS and take action to fight climate change."

  • Article: Oct 3, 2019

    What a few weeks it has been!

    The proroguing of Parliament has been overturned by the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision, and no amount of equivocation and obfuscation by Boris Johnson and his group of Brexiteers can hide the fact that they acted unlawfully. This was a proud moment for the country as it established that we are ALL bound by the Rule of Law, even Prime Ministers. Parliament was duly set to work again, only to see the bizarre spectacle of the Government's chief law officer, the Attorney General, berating the Judges for having had the temerity to do their job and, on top of that, denigrating Parliament itself for not doing as it was told by the government. A government led by a prime minister who, only a few weeks before, had assured the monarch that he could form a government with a majority of one, courtesy of the DUP.

  • doctor, surgeon, hospital, ward, surgery, operation
    Article: Sep 30, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Tories starve Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust of £910,381

    The Lib Dems have slammed the Conservatives as "heartless" for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing that the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust paid £910,381 in interest on outstanding debt over the last five years.

    Former Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron, warned taxpayers money being spent "lining the Government's coffers instead of training more doctors and nurses" was "an absolute slap in the face to all of us that rely on the NHS".

  • Houses of Parliament skyline
    Article: Sep 27, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have criticised Boris Johnson for breaking the law and lying to the Queen to stop MPs scrutinising his Government.

    The Supreme Court has made their ruling - the prorogation of Parliament was illegal. MPs should be allowed to scrutinise the Government without having their voices silenced, that is the basis for our democracy.

  • Sam Gyimah and Jo Swinson conference 2019
    Article: Sep 27, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Surrey now has a Lib Dem MP, as Sam Gyimah, former Conservative MP for East Surrey joined the party on the first day of the Party Conference.

    Sam Gyimah feels the two old parties have moved to the edges of the political spectrum - each with their own brand of intolerance and division - leaving millions political homeless. Whereas, Jo Swinson and the Lib Dems are a real movement that can unite the centre, bringing together liberal-minded people to offer a real alternative.

  • Stop Brexit march Lib Dems
    Article: Sep 26, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    During the recent Lib Dem Party Conference, members voted to commit the party to revoking Article 50 in the event of a Lib Dem majority Government.

    The Lib Dems are crystal clear: if they win the next election, they will stop Brexit by revoking Article 50 and remaining in the European Union.

    People deserve better than Boris Johnson's No Deal Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Brexit. At the next election, voters can instead choose the Lib Dems, and the party's clear and unequivocal policy to Stop Brexit.

  • John Vincent
    Article: Sep 21, 2019
    By Steve Kulka

    Reigate Liberal Democrats have selected John Vincent, an aviation safety expert, as their candidate in the next general election.
    Mr Vincent beat four other candidates in a vote of local party members at a hustings held on Friday evening at Reigate College.
    Speaking after his success, John Vincent said:
    "I'm thrilled to be selected for Reigate. People here deserve so much better than the current set-up. We need to move from despair to hope. We need to build a better future for everyone in our community."
    On the national political situation Mr Vincent said:
    "We are in a fight for the heart and soul of the country. Entitled Etonians and Seventies socialists cannot be allowed to tear-away at all that we value. As the old parties divide and fall, the centre ground is vacant and the Liberal Democrats are eager to fill it."
    Mr Vincent's selection comes as incumbent MP Crispin Blunt admits he could now lose his seat if Boris Johnson's government crashes the UK out of the EU. A year ago Mr Blunt held that 'no deal' would not be a problem.
    Recent poll projections show Lib Dems already a close second to Tories in this area and thus best placed to unite voters who want to stop Brexit. The party recently agreed it would cancel EU withdrawal if after the election it forms a majority government.
    Graham Burr, local party chair, added:
    "We are delighted to have selected John for the upcoming general election. He offers local voters a highly experienced, motivated and credible alternative. While other parties are in disarray, we are united. We have clear policies on stopping Brexit, the climate emergency and right across the board. An early election? We're ready, bring it on!"

    About John Vincent
    John was born and grew-up on a family farm in Somerset. After gaining a degree in engineering, he built a successful career in aerospace, including working for 11 years in Germany on improving air safety.
    John joined the Liberal Democrats in the mid 1980s inspired by the then leader Paddy Ashdown. During the 1990s he was a councillor for Reigate for six years and has continued to be active with the party ever since.
    John also stood in this year's European elections which saw the party win three seats in the Southeast region and 16 seats nationwide.

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Sep 18, 2019
    By Jo Swinson

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    Read the full text here

    Twenty-one years on from my first Liberal Democrat conference, I am thrilled to stand before you today as your leader. I'm delighted to see so many old friends who have kept the torch of liberalism burning bright through troubled times. And I'm excited to welcome thousands of new members to our cause, flocking to the Liberal Democrats as the clear rallying point for a movement to create an open, fair, inclusive society.

  • David Campanale PPC
    Article: Sep 12, 2019

    With a call to Remain supporters from every party to come together as a snap General Election approaches, David Campanale has been chosen by the Liberal Democrats as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Spelthorne. At a well-attended hustings in Staines on Friday, he told activists his campaign would reach out beyond the party to all people of goodwill wanting to stop a No Deal Brexit.

  • Stop the Coup protest in Woking
    Article: Sep 11, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    On Thursday evening, around two hundred local people came together to protest in Woking town centre against the Prime Minister's recent attack on parliamentary democracy.

    Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision last week to suspend Parliament to force through a No Deal Brexit, there have been widespread protests throughout the country. People have expressed shock and anger, deeming his move to be a 'Coup'. Woking's 'Stop the Coup' protest took place on the 5th September, when about two hundred people protested in Gloucester Square and Jubilee Square in the town centre.