Caterham Valley and Whyteleafe Liberal Democrats have unanimously selected Caterham Valley resident David Lee to stand in the upcoming County Council seat for the Caterham Valley and Whyteleafe Division. This seat is vacant as the sitting Tory is retiring.
David has represented Whyteleafe since 2010 with a short break from 2012 to 2015. In the most recent election David won his seat in 2016 with 52% of the vote. He is also Vice Chair of Whyteleafe Village Council.
David says “It is an honour to have been selected to represent the Liberal Democrats in the upcoming election. It is the most important County Council election in recent years. The Hodge Bodge Budget led by Conservative Leader of the County Council highlights the shocking lack of transparency at County Hall.”
David goes on to say “Residents in our area are going to face £123 million of cuts in the next year because of the Tory mismanagement of finances. As a resident faced with such unfair cuts, I want to know why the Tories thought it appropriate to spend £106 million on properties outside of Surrey including nearly £20 million on an office block in Bristol and a similar amount on a shopping centre in Loughborough. This is money that should be spent on clearing out the drains, maintaining our roads and keeping our libraries open. ”
Dorinda Cooper, recently elected District Councillor for Caterham Valley says “This election is so important. Based on the 2016 District Council Elections there are only 60 votes in it between David winning or another Tory who will tow the party line at County Hall. At the most recent vote on the budget, they all voted to support the £123 million of cuts without even asking where the axe will fall. We need to be challenging these blind decisions”