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.


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    98 Nork Way,
    Surrey SM7 1HP.
    01737 362810

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Apprentice training

Posted by Steve Gee on Wednesday 17 May 2017

Tim Farron with apprentices

We need to grow the country’s skills base, especially in the technologies and industries that are most important to Britain’s economic future. We want it to become the norm for businesses to take on and train up young people as apprentices in every sector of our economy, and for higher-level apprenticeships to be understood as a respected alternative to university education.

We will:

  • Aim to double the number of businesses which hire apprentices, including by extending apprenticeships to new sectors of our economy such as creative and digital industries.
  • Develop national colleges as national centres of expertise for key sectors, such as renewable energy, to deliver the high-level vocational skills that businesses need.
  • Work with the Apprenticeship Advisory Group to increase the number of apprentices from BAME backgrounds, ensure gender balance across industry sectors and encourage under-represented groups to apply.
  • Ensure that all the receipts from the Apprenticeship Levy in England are spent on training, aiming to fund a wider range of types of training.

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Lib Dem General Election Manifesto 2017 published

Posted by Steve Gee on Wednesday 17 May 2017

The Lib Dem General Election Manifesto 2017 was published this morning.

Read the full contents here.

At a glance:

Tim Farron

1. Standing up for Britain’s place in Europe

The choices Theresa May is making will affect your life – your job, your weekly shop, your environment, your safety – for decades. That’s why we think you should have the final say, via a referendum, on any Brexit deal.

And if you don’t like how the deal shapes up, you should have the choice to remain in the EU.

2. Proper funding for our NHS and social care

Our National Health Service is on the brink of collapse and Theresa May doesn’t care.

The Lib Dems will save the NHS from crisis.

We will spend 1p in the pound of Income Tax on NHS and social care services, prioritising mental health care and limiting care costs for the elderly.

Tim Farron

3. Equality in education

Conservative school cuts mean that children’s chances are too often determined by their parents’ income.

We will support our young people by investing an extra £7.5bn in education, by opposing new grammar schools, and by ensuring that per-pupil budgets grow if class sizes do.

4. A prosperous and fair economy

Britain needs an economy that creates jobs and opportunities.

We will boost the economy with a major programme of capital investment aimed at stimulating growth across the UK.

We’ll also double innovation and research spending, ensuring Britain is a global business leader, now and in the future.

Tim Farron

5. A green Britain

Climate change and air pollution threaten our future.

We will invest to find new ways to protect the planet and boost the economy at the same time.

We will prevent 40,000 premature deaths a year by cutting air pollution and more than double the production of green electricity to 60% by 2030.

6. Standing up for families and communities

We believe that society as a whole is better when families flourish economically and socially.

We will reach a house-building target of 300,000 homes a year by 2022, extend free childcare to all two-year-olds, and reduce the price of bus travel for the 16 to 21 year olds by two-thirds.

Tim Farron

7. Standing up for human rights and justice

We believe that every person is entitled to the same opportunity to succeed in life.

We aim to reduce inequality, fight discrimination and protect freedom.

We will oppose any attempts to leave the European Convention on Human Rights and offer a sanctuary to 3000 unaccompanied refugee children by 2022.

8. An internationalist, progressive world

We will continue to work with our global partners to champion human rights, help the poorest people, and protect our citizens.

We will focus on fighting the rising tides of nationalism and isolationism, and suspending arms sales to countries with poor human rights records.

9. A fair, open electoral system

People should have power over their own lives and how their country is run. We would give 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in elections and referendums, and introduce proportional representation for Westminster and local elections.

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Abolishing the 1% pay cap

Posted by Steve Gee on Tuesday 16 May 2017

Tim Farron

The Lib Dems want to abolish the Conservatives’ pay cap on the public sector, which limits pay rises for nurses and teachers to 1% per year.

Party leader Tim Farron accused the Tories of treating health workers like dirt. Speaking to the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool, Mr Farron said his party would give the health service the funding it needed by adding a penny to income tax in order to raise an extra £6 billion.

Promising to restore bursaries for student nurses, Mr Farron said that some nurses had been forced to use food banks. He went on: “And you find a prime minister who thinks that’s somehow not an issue, it feeds into a narrative of this Conservative government treating nurses like dirt and I will not have it.”

The end of pay restraint would result in an average additional pay rise of £779 for hospital staff by 2021, whereas if the Tories’ pay cap remains,  a new nurse will be £530 a year worse off by 2021, thanks to rising inflation, while a primary school teacher would lose £550 and an army sergeant £830.

Vince Cable

Former business secretary Sir Vince Cable said: “Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation.

“Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need. Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks – but Theresa May doesn’t care.

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Helping small businesses to grow

Posted by Steve Gee on Tuesday 16 May 2017

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By pursuing a so-called “hard Brexit”, in which the UK would leave the EU’s single market and customs union, the Conservatives have lost the right to call themselves the party of business.

Unlike Labour and the Conservatives, we would stay in the single market. The Conservatives have lost the right to call themselves the party of business. The Liberal Democrats are now.

While the Conservatives focus on giving tax cuts to giant corporations, our focus is on small businesses seeking to grow.

A Lib Dem government would expand the state-owned British Business Bank to make it easier for firms to borrow. It would also review the system of business rates in England and Wales, whose revaluation earlier this year angered many businesses which were left facing bill rises of more than £1,000.

Many firms are struggling to borrow to invest and that is suffocating an economy being propped up on consumer spending.

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Lib Dems’ penny for NHS would raise over £124 million extra for Surrey

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 12 May 2017

The Lib Dems have announced we would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in our first major manifesto commitment of the General Election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £124.7 million for Surrey, with £76 million for the NHS and £48.7 million for social care each year.

This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election.  The Lib Dems manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in the manifesto.

At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October.

Right across Surrey we are seeing patients lying on trolleys in hospital corridors, urgent operations being cancelled and the elderly being denied the care they need.  The Lib Dems are prepared to be honest with people and say that to secure the future of the NHS we will all need to chip in a little more.

A penny in the pound would allow us to invest in improving local NHS services and ensuring the elderly receive the care they deserve.  This Conservative Government has left our health and care services chronically underfunded – and while the crisis gets worse they just do not seem to care.  We cannot continue asking the system to deliver more and more, without giving it the resources to do so.

The NHS was once the envy of the world and this pledge is the first step in restoring it to where it should be.  A penny in the pound to save the NHS is money well spent in our view.  However, simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that is why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services in the long term.

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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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Steve Gee – ready for the snap General Election

Posted by Steve Gee on Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Steve Gee

Epsom & Ewell Lib Dems have confirmed me as their 2017 parliamentary candidate.

The Epsom & Ewell seat at Westminster covers a larger area than the borough of Epsom & Ewell, but the neighbouring parties covering Ashtead and the Nork & Tattenhams area have agreed.

I will be fighting against Hard Brexit and in favour of continued access to the customs union and the EEA single market, to protect the economy and jobs. Above all, I will campaign for the British people to be given the final say on any deal.

I will also fight to protect the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK and for the rights of those UK citizens who currently live elsewhere in the EU.

The Liberal Democrats will be fighting for an open, tolerant and united Britain, promoting distinctive Liberal Democrat policies on Schools, Social Care and the NHS in the light of Tory austerity cuts and broken promises.

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U-turn snap election leads to unprecedented growth

Posted by Steve Gee on Sunday 7 May 2017

Tim Farron

Theresa May’s U-turn and snap election may have taken most people by surprise, but even more surprising has been the effect on Lib Dem party membership.

Applications from new members have come in so thick and fast that it has sometimes been a struggle to keep up with them all.

Nevertheless, numerous new members have got stuck straight in, helping with the county council elections on May 4 in preparation for the General Election on 8 June.

In the local Epsom & Ewell party our numbers have more than doubled since the last General Election and a similar trend nationally has led to the announcement that our membership is now at its highest ever since the party was founded.

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Another spurt of growth in our numbers

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 1 July 2016

Amidst all the dis-belief and horror at the Referendum result, one very marked if surprising feature has been another enormous spurt in Lib Dem membership.

It seems that the shock has spurred a whole new wave of forward-looking young people to stand up and be counted, in a variety of ways, through demonstrations and meetings – and also more practically by taking the plunge and committing their support as Lib Dem party members.

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“Self-inflicted wound”

Posted by Steve Gee on Friday 24 June 2016

Tim Farron has said that this “self-inflicted wound” will be David Cameron’s legacy as he commented on the Prime Minister’s resignation.

12 months ago David Cameron had the best result of his career. Today, the worst.

I was honoured to share a platform with the Prime Minster on this campaign, but this result, this self-inflicted wound, will be his legacy.

There have been many things I did not agree with the Prime Minister on, but I must thank him for his stewardship of the country and for the way he took the very bold decision to create a Coalition Government in 2010. It was an incredible act of bi-partisan cooperation.

The result of the referendum has left him with no choice. In this immediate period, the Government must act quickly to steady the economy, reassure the markets, and immediately set a new course.

Greater instability will lead to job uncertainty, falling investment, and greater pressure on public services.

There is no doubt this is going to be an incredibly testing, difficult and fractious time.

David Cameron has become the latest Conservative leader to fall victim to his party’s dangerous obsession with Europe. The Conservatives’ political maneuvering has taken our country to the brink, and today we have toppled over the edge.

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