Tandridge Tories abandon damaging sell-offs in face of public outcry

simonIn order to help address the substantial budget shortfall caused by ongoing Government cuts to local government, the Tandridge Tory administration had decided to initiate a programme of selling council property to raise £2milion a year, which would be invested to generate income. However at a meeting of the Resources Committee on 7 February this programme was withdrawn mainly due to opposition to the sale of many of the sites proposed, which included parks, car parks and allotments.

Tim Farron responding to Tony Blair's speech today on Brexit

Tim Farron: Blair's speech shows how badly Corbyn’s Labour has failed as an Opposition.

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Thousands of deaths linked to social care cuts a "national scandal"

elderlyTens of thousands of deaths could be linked to cuts to health and social care, a new research paper by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Oxford has found.

Theresa May, where is the justice in abandoning child refugees?

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Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has renewed calls on Theresa May not to abandon child refugees by scrapping the Dubs scheme.

Tories U-turn on 15% Council Tax rise thanks to residents pressure

david council tax smThe leader of Conservative run Surrey County Council made a spectacular U-turn yesterday abandoning plans to hold a referendum to increase council tax by 15% because of Lib Dem and resident pressure.

David Hodge, Leader of the Council and County Councillor for Warlingham said that he is prepared to “take a risk” with the people who need adult social care. He is confident that a solution to the funding crisis will be found but added no detail.Even more spectacularly, today it emerged that David Hodge had been texting members of the government in an attempt to “Kill off the R [referendum]” and there have been accusations of a cover up.

David Lee, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary candidate for East Surrey says, “The Conservatives seems to be flailing from one self-induced crisis to another. Only a few weeks ago we were told that there would be a referendum on a proposed 15% hike with £93million of unspecified cuts, then 20 minutes before the decision the Conservatives suddenly u-turn. Now Surrey will increase tax by 4.99% at the same time slash budgets by £93million with a further £30 million black hole. It seems to be finger in the air planning via text messages. Do they know what they are doing?”