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Anne Milton MP ignores calls to support Local Pubs

Guildford MP Anne Milton demonstrated her lack of support for local pubs and breweries by voting against the Small Business Bill amendment that ensures local pubs can get market-rate rent. Local residents actively asked Milton MP to support the Bill.

 

Alongside CAMRA and Fair Deal for Your Local Activists in Guildford, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Kelly-Marie Blundell wrote to Anne Milton, expressing the need to support the amendment to stop small pubs being forced out of business by extortionate rents and beer barrel prices.

 

Parliament heard the amendment on Tuesday 18th November 2014 and Milton, who replied to emails saying ”Pubs are vital” tweeted about the debate taking place. Her vote against Guildford and all local pubs was not similarly promoted.

 

With local pubs a key community hub in Guildford and surrounding villages, the Small Business Bill will ensure that landlords are not priced out of the market and risking the closure of local public houses. The bill will be heard on Tuesday 18th November 2014 in the House of Commons.

Kelly-Marie Blundell, who is a supporter of Campaign for Real Ale and “Fair Deal for Your Local” has backed the campaign to protect pubs and breweries, commented;

“With local pubs a critical part of village and town life around Guildford, Anne Milton MP paints herself as a local MP, has failed to stand up for those small businesses. This was her opportunity to put her money where her mouth is and support the amendment. Quite simply, she has failed to do this.

Local pubs are a vital part of our community, and the risk was that large companies could charge above market-rate rent, forcing many landlords out of business. I’m delighted the campaign, headed up by Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, has succeeded in protecting our small pubs. No thanks to our own MP.

We need to have confidence that our MP will stand up for the local businesses in Guildford and deliver on those promises. And quite simply, we are not seeing this.”

 

Kelly-Marie Blundell calls on MP to stand up for local pubs in Parliament

Kelly-Marie Blundell is calling on Conservative MP Anne Milton to put her money where her mouth is and support local businesses in the Small Business Bill this Tuesday.

With local pubs a key community hub in Guildford and surrounding villages, the Small Business Bill will ensure that landlords are not priced out of the market and risking the closure of local public houses. The bill will be heard on Tuesday 18th November 2014 in the House of Commons.

Kelly-Marie Blundell, who is a supporter of Campaign for Real Ale and “Fair Deal for Your Local” has backed the campaign to protect pubs and breweries, commented;

“Anne Milton MP paints herself as a local MP with a desire to protect local businesses and industry. This is her opportunity to put her money where her mouth is and stand up for local businesses by supporting the amendment to the Small Business Bill which will protect our local pubs.

Standing up for local pubs will retain this vital part of our community, by ensuring landlords in pubs run by large companies can get a market-rate rent and ensure their pubs stay in business.

No one wants to see pubs like The Harrow in Compton, The Queen Victoria in Shalford or even The Cranley Hotel in Cranleigh close down because they are forced out of the market by large pub companies. And without support for this vital amendment, we may be leaving these local businesses to the mercy of large, multinational ‘PubCos’ who value profit over people.

We need to have confidence that our MP will stand up for the local businesses in Guildford and deliver on those promises.”

What’s happening with Stoughton Road?

The resurfacing of Stoughton Road has once again been delayed.

County Councillor Pauline Searle commented, “On the 6th October I e-mailed Surrey County Highways because I had not been given advance notice of the start date for the resurfacing of Stoughton Road, which was on the Surrey County Council Horizon List to be completed by early November 2014.”

The reply from Highways saying, “Unfortunately due to on-going design issues the scheme is now scheduled for early March 2015. The coring on site investigation confirmed it is a very complex scheme with a mixture of both concrete and tarmac surface, there are major issues with underlying structure of the road and it therefore needs careful planning and design. Surrey Highways will have the detailed design complete for early November.”

However as the scheme will be disruptive and long in duration, Surrey Highways say they want to be able to give residents the certainty of a planned start date. Highways feel that if they aimed for December or January the risk would be that bad weather could lead to further delays and frustration to residents. Therefore early March is a safer start date! Due to Stoughton Road being a very busy road, advance road closure signs should be issued and in place after the Christmas Holidays.

Pauline added, “I find the whole situation very frustrating as I am sure you all do too. At every meeting with Highways over the last year I have highlighted the the worsening condition of Stoughton Rd and have been assured that the resurfacing was on track.
I will keep you all informed of any progress.

Disadvantaged Surrey primary school pupils to receive £26.8million boost

Kelly-Marie Blundell with a Guildford primary school pupil

Kelly-Marie Blundell with a Guildford primary school pupil

Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Surrey are set to receive a £26.8 million to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.

It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

Evidence shows raising the attainment of pupils by the end of primary schools has a direct impact on future exam results.

Guildford’s Lib Dem Parliamentary Campaigner Kelly-Marie Blundell said:

“Every child should be able to reach their full potential, whatever their background.

“The pupil premium will get extra money to schools in Surrey, targeted at the children who need it most.  The whole class benefits when fewer children are struggling.

“Teachers in Surrey do a great job, and I can’t wait to see how they use this additional funding to help all our children and young people succeed.”

Liberal Democrat Schools Minister David Laws said:

“In government, Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society, with opportunity for everyone.

“We have already protected school budgets, introduced the pupil premium and expanded early years education for the very youngest children.

“This additional funding is another boost for schools in Surrey.  Liberal Democrats are determined that teachers will continue to have the resources they need to give all pupils the best possible start in life, regardless of their background.”

Kelly-Marie Blundell in Two Horse Race in NUS Twitter debate

IMG_0383During an Online debate, Kelly-Marie Blundell and Anne Milton made it clear Guildford is a two-horse race in the 2015 General Election. The National Union of Students hosted a Twitter debate between Parliamentary Candidates online, covering key issues such as student fees, youth unemployment and relations between town and students.

The debate is open for anyone to view and can be seen with the hashtag #generationvote

The candidates were sent ten questions covering topical issues including the NHS, youth unemployment, size of student loans and housing supply in the South East.

Kelly-Marie Blundell made it clear that the Lib Dems in Government had increased apprenticeships and, when Anne Milton tried to claim this for Conservatives, pointed out it was in the Lib Dem 2010 Manifesto and was Buisness Secretary Vince Cable MP’s brainchild.

Kelly-Marie Blundell welcomed the NUS campaign;

With more people than ever attending university, and communicating through social media, this has been a great way for candidates to engage with younger voterss.

I’m delighted Vince Cable has ensured more people from disadvantaged backgrounds can attend university, ensuring a fairer society for many more and Surrey is one of the top universities they can choose.

The University of Surrey brings a lot of business to Guildford, and many students continue to live here as they join employment in the town, with our thriving Science and Research Park as well as a proud Computer Games industry.

Technological engagement is a great way to start the debate about who will be the next MP in Guildford, as a Conservative and Liberal Democrat Marginal.”

Kelly-Marie Blundell is a keen user of Twitter, having joined the site in 2009 and been shortlisted for awards on online campaigning.

The Parliamentary seat in Guildford has long been a Conservative Liberal Democrat Marginal, with Liberal Democrat Sue Doughty holding the seat until 2005. The Liberal Democrats hold the Guildford Borough Council seats around the University, the wards of Onslow, Friary and St Nicolas, Stoughton and Westborough, and expect to take control of Guildford Borough Council in 2015 as the main opposition.