Sarah Olney has won the Richmond Park by-election, following a swing of 21.7%. This overturns Zac Goldsmith's majority of over 20,000 votes at the last General Election. Party members from all over Surrey, and from the whole country, helped to deliver this amazing result.
The Conservatives have broken their promise to Surrey residents not to build a third runway at Heathrow, after the government backed the option recommended by the Davies Report today. The Tory U-turn is in direct contradiction to promises made by David Cameron, the former Prime Minister, who said in 2009 that “The third runway at Heathrow is not going ahead, no ifs, no buts.” The Conservative manifesto of 2010 promised no third runway at Heathrow, and Surrey residents have been clear in their opposition to airport expansion at both Heathrow and Gatwick.
Many of us joined (or re-joined) the Party in the aftermath of 2015's disastrous General Election result. Party numbers grew by about 20,000 at that time. Now, following on from the referendum result, our numbers have swelled again, by a further 17500 new members.
In 2003 the then leader of the Liberal Democrats, the late, great Charles Kennedy was one of only a few voices in Parliament speaking out against the Iraq war. He said:
"The big fear that many of us have is that the action will simply breed further generations of suicide bombers."
He was attacked and vilified, with a particularly horrible Sun front page comparing him to a snake. With the release of the Chilcot report this week he was proved right beyond doubt, if the last thirteen years hadn't proven it enough already.
Tim Farron made a speech to Parliament in response to the Chilcot report, in which he asked MPs to apologise to him as well as to our servicemen and women, our country and the people of Iraq.
The full text of his speech:
"Today, we stand alongside the families of the 179 British servicemen and women and 24 British civilians who died in the Iraq war. We also stand beside the many more who continue to live with injuries sustained while serving their country in Iraq. We are proud of them and we honour them.
Waverley Borough Council has published Part 1 of its new Local Plan, in draft form. Part 1 covers strategic sites such as specific plots of land adjacent to existing towns, and the proposed development of Dunsfold Park.
In response to Waverley’s long Awaited Local Plan proposals, Stewart Edge, Chairman of Waverley LibDems, has accused Waverley Council of ignoring the clear results of their own consultation in 2014.
Some Waverley residents, concerned about the poor quality of communications coming from BOTH sides of the EU referendum campaigns, have organised and paid for out of their own pockets, a "town hall" meeting with guest speakers.
This will be on TUESDAY 14 JUNE 7:30pm, at the WILFRID NOYCE Centre in Godalming, next to the Crown Court car park.
Ollie Purkiss, the Godalming Town Councillor for Central and Ockford, went today to speak to the Cabinet of Surrey County Council about the proposed cuts to buses.
Click here to see a video of Ollie's question.
After submitting a successful petition with the signatures of over 300 concerned residents, the Council had softened their proposals and agreed to keep the vital 72 bus, but still propose to reduce the service to once an hour during the day.
Godalming has recently issued a full-colour A3 Focus edition, specifically aimed at the Central & Ockford ward where we achieved a town council by-election win earlier this year.
We have been asked to post the Focus online, and are happy to do so.