Vince Cable’s New Year message: 2018 is the time to fight for affordable housing, the NHS and an Exit from Brexit

Vince Cable 2Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has released his New Year message, emphasising his ambition to mobilise the strength of the party’s 100,000 membership to win the arguments on the major issues facing the country.

He highlights

  • the need to convince the government to build thousands of affordable homes so that younger generations are no longer cut off from the housing market
  • the urgency of properly funding a woefully underinvested NHS – the Liberal Democrats argue for a penny in the pound on income tax for the NHS and social care;
  • the need to win the argument for an Exit from Brexit, but democratically, through a public vote on the terms of the divorce and any EU trade deal.

Nationwide: Lib Dem clean sweep with four out of four by-election wins

P1010472 smFour council by-elections were contested across England on the same night as Caterham Hill. They came with the neat simplicity of one defence each for Conservatives,  Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP. A neat simplicity of results too: all won by the Liberal Democrats in the party’s best council by-election night for a long time.

David Gosling

daveWe are very sad to announce the death of former Councillor David Gosling who served the Westway Ward as a District and Parish Councillor between 2008 and 2016.
He was a great servant of the Ward and a fine Councillor. He died prematurely of a heart attack at 47, and we miss him very much.

Helen Rujbally wins Westway By-election

P1010493 smLast night Helen Rujbally won a decisive victory in the Westway by-election for the Liberal Democrats, called following the resignation of popular Caterham councillor Caroline Warner.
Helen won both the District and Parish council seats that she contested, winning the District Council seat with over 50% of the vote, and beating local Conservative Councillor Eithne Webster to win the Parish Council seat.

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P1010525 smBut Surrey Tories grant £400k to Guildford Art Gallery

There was outrage last week as the Tory administration of Surrey County Council gave a grant of £400,000 to an art gallery in Guildford that has £37million in the bank!

Hardworking Helen says, “Surrey needs to save money - we understand this. But to cut vital services like streetlights, opening hours of recycling centres and important support for the elderly whilst giving money away to profitable organisations is stupid.”