Zöe Franklin is a leading member of Guildford Liberal Democrats, a former Guildford borough councilor and parliamentary candidate for the Guildford constituency in the forthcoming general election.
Originally from Farnham, Zöe moved to Guildford in 1999 to study at the University of Surrey. Zöe and her husband Chris have two children and live in the Bellfields area of Guildford. Since graduating, she has worked in several publishing and administration roles, and currently manages a local charity.
In 2008 Zöe was elected to represent the Stoke ward on Guildford Borough Council is proud of her achievements helping and supporting residents across the community. She is closely involved in a range of local community activities including the position of vice-chair of a local school governing body, co-founded Bellfields Greenspace Project and is part of the team that organises the highly popular annual Stoke Fun Day.
In the 2016 EU referendum Zöe was actively involved in the Remain campaign and is passionate about Britain avoiding a hard and destructive Brexit.
Zöe’s top priorities for Guildford and Cranleigh are:
1. Ensuring a strong and sustainable economic future for Guildford and Cranleigh.
The town is a thriving economic hub where global firms such as Siemens, Allianz and Linde thrive alongside entrepreneurs and small to medium businesses too. However economic sustainability is only possible when a community has the right transport infrastructure, housing and available skills to meet its needs and support growth. Zöe is committed to working alongside business, community leaders and the local councils to ensure that these three pillars are present and maintained at the right level as the town continues to move forward. Zöe is also passionate about ensuring that everyone in the community benefits from Guildford and Cranleigh’s success rather than some residents feeling as though they have been left behind.
2. Engaging with residents, building community
Another defining feature of successful communities is having a strong and cohesive identity. Zöe will bring will bring a new and vibrant reconnection with local residents and businesses. Being a great MP means regularly dedicating time to listening to and dealing with the concerns and issues of all the people of Guildford.
3. A positive future for everyone
Zöe is passionate about empowering individuals to reach their full potential particularly through excellent education at school, social justice issues, and greater integrity and transparency in politics.