Tories mismanagement slammed by independent report
It has emerged that Conservative Run Surrey County Council supressed a damning assessment of the financial health of the Council conducted by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The report cost the council £25,000 and was commissioned in December, but was only released to councillors on March 21st, six weeks after the budget decision.
David Lee to stand for Caterham Valley and Whyteleafe
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.
Lib Dems call for Surrey CC leader to quit
Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have called for the Leader of the Council, Councillor David Hodge, to resign or face a motion of "No Confidence" following the release of emails last night which revealed he had written to the Prime Minister asking for more cash "so that Surrey will continue to be a heartland for the Conservatives". In another email he bemoaned the fact that the Conservative Government "ties my hands and fails to support...(the)...largest Conservative group in the UK".
Today's Budget does nothing to address the Brexit squeeze. This is caused by a falling pound and rising inflation, meaning people have less money to spend. With the pound dropping in value by 17%, the cost of imports have gone up, which is starting to push up prices in the shops.
EU doctors and nurses in East Surrey must be given right to stay
The Liberal Democrats have called on Sam Gyimah to ensure thousands EU nationals living in East Surrey are guaranteed the right to remain in Britain, as figures have revealed the extent to which local NHS services rely on EU nationals.
The news comes after the government was defeated in a historic vote in the House of Lords this week, after peers voted for an amendment to guarantee the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK. The issue will now be voted on by MPs, as pressure mounts on the government to change position.