Statement from Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

“Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country. We will always be grateful for his amazing service, not least the powerful legacy he leaves to millions of young people who have taken part in his unique Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

“His quiet and steadfast counsel and support of The Queen, is perhaps his greatest if unquantifiable contribution to our nation’s history.

“At this sad time for millions, we should never forget Prince Philip was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. So our thoughts must be with the whole Royal Family, but in particular with The Queen at this difficult time.”

The Liberal Democrats have launched their campaign for the local elections in England on 6 May.

Vote Liberal Democrat on 6 May and you’ll get a local champion who will get things done in your community. You’ll get a cleaner, greener neighbourhood where recovery comes first and local people are listened to.

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Sutton Liberal Democrat councillors

Hear from Ruth Dombey, leader of Liberal Democrat-run Sutton Council, where Liberal Democrats have been running the council for 35 years.

All over the country, there are hundreds of thousands of people living in areas where Liberal Democrats are running the council and are in charge of public money and budgets of more than £2bn.

From Cumbria to Cornwall, from York to Eastbourne, to Bath to Bedford. In Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, in Devon and the Midlands, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Hampshire and London, and many many more places as well.

Last week Tandridge District Council submitted proposals to upgrade Quadrant House in Caterham Valley. The plans form part of a £4.9m investment from Coast to Capital local enterprise partnership to support economic growth and development in Caterham Valley. The proposals include a complete revamp to the outside of the building, signage update, the addition of a roof terrace with landscaping, and the introduction of a living wall.

Statement from Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats:

“This is the public health policy the Prime Minister should have announced before Christmas, but yet again, Boris Johnson ducked the difficult decisions, failed to listen to experts and acted too late.

"Just yesterday morning Johnson was telling parents that schools were safe and children should definitely go. Today he is telling us that they must all move to remote learning but without any proper future plan.

“The Prime Minister’s failure to act earlier means we are seeing record numbers of new infections, a rising death rate, hospitals overwhelmed and NHS and care staff exhausted.

John Orrick

1950-2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Councillor John Orrick. After many months’ valiantly fighting leukaemia, he died peacefully of an infection on Tuesday, 10 November 2020. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Annie and family.

First elected to Tandridge Council in 1997 John has represented the people of Queens Park and Caterham Hill on the Parish, District and County Councils.

There are few councillors who instinctively attracted such warmth of feeling across party divisions as John Orrick. A naturally good humoured man liked by both political friend and opponent. His passions and dedication right up to the very last to the people he represented will be his testament.

John’s family has asked for privacy at this time and we ask that this is respected. Arrangements and memorials will be advised.

 

You can support a local charity in memory of John by visiting John Orrick's Memory Christmas Tree website. All proceeds go to the 'Christmas at Home' scheme, run by The Westway Centre.

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