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Reigate Liberal Democrats

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.

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: Nov 28, 2018
    By Will Forster

    Lib Dems urge Surrey local authorities to take young care leavers out of Council Tax


    Earlier this year, Lib Dem County Councillor Will Forster persuaded Woking Borough Council to exempt young people who have recently left the care system from paying Council Tax until their 25th birthday. Surrey County Council also agreed a package of measures to support care leavers, including plans to take young care leavers out of Council Tax, at the start of the year as well.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2018
    By Will Forster

    Lib Dems urge residents to respond to Surrey County Council's Five consultations on cuts

    On the same day as the Conservative Chancellor said that austerity is coming to an end, Tory-run Surrey County Council announced that it will consult the public on plans to cut bus passes, Children's Centres, Community Recycling Centres, libraries and services for people with special education needs and disabilities.

  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Nov 27, 2018

    "Things fall apart- the centre cannot hold
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world……….."

    These words of WB Yeats resonate.

    The bizarre nature of our current politics degenerates still further and nothing seems to be co-ordinated or connected. Like some high risk Mad Hatter's Tea Party each silo sits in a puddle of its own illogical absurdity.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2018
    By Will Forster, RH.
    Lib Dems 'exasperated' by Woking's train service
    The local Lib Dems have stated they are 'exasperated' by the regular failings on the South Western Railway network that serves Woking, following Monday's overrunning engineering works.
    Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South, Will Forster, said:
    "Commuters are rightly angry and exasperated that after 18 months of appalling services, Woking Train Station was completely closed on Monday morning due to overrunning engineering works. The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail and South Western Railway need to take responsibility for not just the mismanagement of the engineering work, but the chaos that followed. They cannot expect passengers to keep putting up with such a poor service."
  • Crispin Blunt at Reigate College
    Article: Nov 23, 2018
    By David Ross

    Reigate College held an event recently titled "Will Brexit be a disaster for young people". MP for Reigate, Crispin Blunt, was invited to defend his support of a hard Brexit to an audience of students and the general public. The evening started with a short talk from Mr Blunt followed by questions from the audience.

    While we applaud Crispins willingness to come and speak, we feel it necessary to correct most of the claims he made, and challenge the narratives he was trying to promote.

    As pointed out by one of the Reigate College students, Crispin's talk was filled with vague meanderings. He explained (in slightly more fluffy language) that British people didn't like the EU as much because the Germans didn't invade us. He went on to speak about how we need to leave the EU to become a more global Britain. At one point he even claimed that on 29th March, we will have all the aces (a claim the generated some laughter from the audience). We were also told that poor people were struggling, not because of ongoing austerity, but because foreign people were taking all the jobs.

    Questions from the audience were far more thought out (and heated at times). He was chastised repeatedly for his apparent ignorance about global trade and basic economics.

    Like many Brexiteers, he leaned heavily on Donald Trumps narrative that the EU is a protectionist state, a claim which is just not true. He also failed to understand that our current economic strength relies on our unique position as an access point into the EU and close ally of the USA. He even argued that the vibrant modern economy we have developed since joining the EU somehow isn't a good fit for Europe (he failed to explain why).

    While not for lack of effort, Crispin's arguments failed to hold water. The dissatisfaction in the audience was palpable. All the arguments for leaving the EU just don't hold up well in the cold hard light of reality. Like everyone else, Brexiteers thought they would lose the referendum. Pro Brexit MPs never thought anyone would have to deliver on the many promises they made while campaigning. The champions of Brexit are now scrambling to avoid responsibility while defending their pre-referendum views, and this showed in Crispin's talk. Crispin was keen to tell us how he could negotiate a much better deal, but alas, he is not in a position to do so.

    The simple facts are that distancing ourselves from the countries we trade with the most will not benefit our economy. We will not become a more global country by abandoning our valued position as an access point into the EU. We will not be better off having fewer people coming to the UK to work and pay taxes. And while the UK may not have been invaded in WW2, our DNA is very much European!

    The limits of time meant there were plenty of questions that were left unanswered. Here are some that we would like to have asked:

    • By supporting Brexit, Jacob Rees Mogg, Liam Fox, Micheal Gove and many others have had a significant boost to their career prospects. How has supporting Brexit impacted Crispin's political future?
    • Many prominent Brexit voting areas are also places that traditionally feel ignored by London. How did our EU membership prevent our government from doing anything to solve this issue?
    • Many young people see humanities future prosperity coming from closer co-operation between nations and see Brexit as a step in the wrong direction. How does Crispin feel a more divided Europe will impact the future of humankind?
    • In recent years, Putin's Russia has shown itself to be a severe threat to western stability. What impact will Brexit have on Russia?
    • Much of our environmental protection legislation in recent years has come from the EU. Can you guarantee us that environmental protection will still be a priority post Brexit?
    • According to the register of Members' interests, Crispin receives considerable amounts of money for consulting work regarding UK exports to middle eastern markets. Does Crispin stand to gain financially from a no-deal Brexit?

    Crispin came to the event with the patronising intention of "opening a few minds" about Brexit, but if anyone was opening minds it was the students. Unfortunately, the challenging questions and rational arguments had no effect. Crispin's mind remained firmly closed. He wants a reckless hard Brexit and doesn't appear to care what it costs his constituents.

    It was a great event, and all credit goes to Reigate College for putting it on. The most impressive part of the evening was the quality of the questions from students. While we may have lost faith in the old guard of Crispin Blunt's era, rest assured that there are some very bright young people coming to take his place.

  • Dove
    Article: Nov 11, 2018

    There will be peace:

    when attitudes change;

    when self-interest is seen as part of common interest;

    when old wrongs, old scores, old mistakes

    are deleted from the account;

    when the aim becomes cooperation and mutual benefit

    rather than revenge or seizing maximum personal or group gain;

    when justice and equality before the law

  • Article: Nov 10, 2018

    Reigate & Banstead Local Elections 2019

    On 2 May 2019, you have the chance to change Reigate & Banstead for good.

    We are Liberal Democrats and we believe that we must put the environment centre stage in these local elections. We need to preserve the natural world on which our society and economy depends for its health and well-being. Here is our local manifesto. No other group of council candidates can offer such a complete approach to the challenges that face us. The choice is in your hands. Make this a Liberal Democrat Council and we will deliver these policies.

    A Green place to live

    A Liberal Democrat run Reigate and Banstead Council will:

    Deliver a low Carbon and environmental sustainability Borough;

    Climate change is not going away. We believe in investing in our local environment.

    We will work to create a carbon neutral Borough. This will not happen overnight, but significant steps need to be taken now. It works for all and ensures our local economy is sustainable in the long-term.

    That means, cutting air pollution, more charging points for electric vehicles and the replacement of older technologies.

    A place to call home

    A Liberal Democrat run Reigate and Banstead council will:

    Invest in social housing;

    We live in a beautiful Borough, but that opportunity is being denied many local people as prices rise and incomes stagnate. The planning system needs to serve the people. Protecting our historic areas but encouraging house building where it supports local people.

    That means involving local people in local decision-making, more energy efficiency in buildings and making sure homes are provided at a reasonable cost.

    A safe community

    A Liberal Democrat run Reigate and Banstead council will:

    Protect our Communities;

    We suffer cut backs from central Government across schools, hospitals and all public services. Local taxes should be spent locally. We believe people should be given a real say over major projects and services. Local incentives can help to stimulate local business and create jobs.

    That means shifting resources to serve local people not central bureaucrats, focusing on neighbourhoods each with their own character and needs and using discretionary powers to boost the local economy.

  • Article: Nov 3, 2018

    The latest edition of the Sunbury Common Focus is hitting the streets now and includes articles on:

    • How local residents make sure that developers don't always win
    • Tories in Central government are taking your local Council tax out of Spelthorne
    • Protecting local parks
    • Surrey County Council threat to Children's centre
    • Small changes that have improved a Sunbury shopping parade
  • Article: Nov 3, 2018

    The latest edition of the Upper Halliford and Sunbury West Focus has been released and includes articles on:

    • Results of a local survey on local issues
    • Update on the so-called Eco Park development at Charlton
    • Cedar's Rec improvements
    • Campaign to make sure School Walk right of way is preserved

    Link to latest Focus

  • Accompanying photo shows Cllr Ian Johson (left of photo) and Cllr Liam Lyons (right of photo) at the car park.
    Article: Oct 26, 2018
    By Ian Johnson. RH.

    Scrap expansion of Heathside Crescent Car Park

    Liberal Democrat councillors for Mount Hermon Ian Johnson and Liam Lyons have called for the expansion of Heathside Crescent car park to be scrapped.

    The planning application by the council to redevelop the three storey Heathside Crescent car park and extend it to six storeys has been roundly criticised by local residents. The planning committee deferred the application in September due to concerns about design, highway safety and air pollution.