Steve Gee

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Epsom & Ewell

  • Steve Gee

    I am your Liberal Democrat Candidate for the General Election.

    This blog gives you my views on current political issues.

    It also covers some Lib Dem
    policies that I think are particularly important.

    Steve

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    98 Nork Way,
    Banstead,
    Surrey SM7 1HP.
    01737 362810
    steve@steve4epsom.com

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Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Some good questions for the conservatives to answer

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 2 June 2017

Security

  • 1. Why are the Conservatives insisting on a Brexit negotiation strategy that will automatically prevent access to the vital EU Schengen Information System – used 16 times a second by UK police forces to track terrorists and criminals?
  • 2. Why has only one individual out of hundreds who have travelled to fight for ISIS in Syria been subject to the Temporary Exclusion Order powers introduced by the Coalition?
  • 3. How will the Conservatives ‘ban encryption’ without weakening internet banking security for millions of British citizens?

Schools

  • 4. How many children will lose their free school lunches?
  • 5. How much money will the Conservatives spend on providing free school breakfasts instead of lunches?
  • 6. Exactly how much money will the Conservatives give to schools to plug the hole in their budgets, and why is their pledge unfunded?

Health and social care

  • 7. How many people risk losing their house as a result of their social care policy?
  • 8. At what level will losses be capped for people with long-term degenerative conditions like dementia?
  • 9. How will the NHS cope with the loss of 26,000 EU staff who are planning to leave because of Brexit?

Welfare

  • 10. How many people will lose their winter fuel payments?
  • 11. How many lives will be lost as a result?
  • 12. Will the coldest areas of England and Wales be exempted, as Scotland has been?

How will they pay for their manifesto policies?

  • 13. Why should anyone vote for a manifesto without costings?
  • 14. How many billions will be lost to the public finances as a result of the Conservatives’ plan to reduce net immigration to the tens of thousands?
  • 15. How much will they raise taxes and national insurance by in order to pay for their pledges?

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Lib Dems want to invest an extra £38 million in Surrey schools and colleges

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 12 May 2017

The Lib Dems have announced that we would invest an additional £38 million in schools and colleges across Surrey over the next Parliament.

This funding for Surrey would reverse cuts to front-line school and college budgets, protect funding per pupil in real terms and ensure that no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

£1.25 million of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Lib Dems to help the most disadvantaged children.

Children in Surrey are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers – but Theresa May does not care. Under the Conservatives, funding per pupil is set for the biggest cuts in a generation, while billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand selective grammar schools and “free” schools.

This extra £38 million of funding would ensure that no school and no child loses out. We would reverse crippling Tory cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed. School funding cuts are a huge issue In Surrey. Despite political differences, Surrey County Council’s conservative administration recently unanimously agreed a Lib Dem motion to oppose these cuts and wrote to the Government highlighting the damaging impact they will have on children’s education in Surrey.

A landslide victory for the Conservatives in the General Election would allow Theresa May to take parents across the country for granted and cut our schools to the bone. Only the Liberal Democrats can provide the strong opposition that Britain needs to stand up for Surrey’s schools.

Vote for the Liberal Democrats on 8th June and help to Change Britain’s Future for good.

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The Liberal Democrats’ five priorities for the next five years

Posted by Steve Gee on Thursday 12 February 2015

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The Liberal Democrats have unveiled the party’s five priorities for the next five years.

These five priorities set out the Liberal Democrat agenda for government of building a stronger economy and a fairer society, creating opportunity for everyone.

1. Prosperity for all 

Creating a stronger economy is about more than just clearing the deficit that’s why we will balance the budget fairly and invest in building a high skill low-carbon economy. To build a strong, green, innovative economy we need to invest in upgrading our national infrastructure and producing the clean renewable energy that will power our future prosperity.

2. Fair taxes 

Creating a fairer society by cutting income tax by an additional £400 by raising the tax-free allowance to £12,500.

3. Quality healthcare for all

Creating a fairer society by properly funding our world-class public services by investing in them as the economy grows. This means making sure the NHS has the extra £8bn a year it needs by 2020. Ending the stigma around mental health and putting it on equal footing with physical is vital to building a fairer society.

4. Opportunity for every child

Protecting the education budget from cradle to college, so that every child and young person has the opportunity to fulfill their potential, from nursery school to higher education. Giving children the best start in life by making sure there is a qualified teacher in every class.

5. Our environment protected

Protecting the environment so that future generations are not left paying for the mistakes of the generations before them. Fighting climate change with five Green Laws.

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Labour’s cheek at criticising apprenticeships

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 6 February 2015

Labour’s stance on apprenticeships once again prove they cannot be trusted to build a stronger economy.

Today (Friday 6 February) they criticised the coalition’s record on creating apprenticeships, even though there are now more apprentices than ever before.

In fact there are more than 85 per cent more apprentices in schemes in England than there were under Labour.
Labour's stance on apprenticeshi

What’s more is that last March Labour called Intermediate (level 2) Apprenticeships “deadweight” and proposed scrapping the scheme.

In government Liberal Democrats have created 2m apprenticeships, enabling young people boost their skills and gain valuable work experience.

Jordan is one of the many apprentices to have benefited from the scheme.

Liberal Democrats care about giving people alternative routes to skills and education and this means ending the false apartheid between higher education and vocational education.

Vince Cable has fought hard to prevent decimating cuts from the further education budget which the Conservatives would have been happy to slash.

Only the Liberal Democrats are working towards a stronger economy and a fairer society.

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