What do we stand for?

  • More JobsMore Jobs

  • Protecting Our Open SpacesProtecting Green Spaces

  • Better SchoolsBetter Schools

  • Supporting Jobs Locally to Create a Stronger Economy

    Thanks to a brilliant partnership between local firms and Liberal Democrat ministers, 1,600 apprenticeships have been created in our area. This splits the cost between government and the company and gives young people a first step on the career ladder.

    Since the election 1.4m jobs have been created nationally and the number claiming unemployment benefit in Maidstone is down to below 2%. This is in part due to Liberal Democrats insisting on investment in infrastructure along with green and high tech research.

    Tax cuts pushed through by the Liberal Democrats have ensured that an average two-earner family pays £1,400 less in income tax every year. This has encouraged more people off benefit and into work and has benefited over 70,000 thousand local people.

    Defending our role in Europe: 6,000 jobs in this constituency depend on trade with the continent.

    Jasper Gerard with apprentices

Top News (view all news)

  • Junction 8

    A planning application for a huge industrial estate at a green field site in the picturesque Len valley, close to Leeds Castle and M20 J8, at Hollingbourne was refused by Maidstone Council's planning committee on Thursday night.

    Only the Tories voted in favour. Having viewed all the evidence both for and against on this re-submitted application everyone else at planning committee including all of the Liberal Democrat members of the committee voted to refuse the application, with Lib Dem planning spokesman Tony Harwood proposing the motion for refusal, which was seconded by South Ward Councillor Ian Chittenden.

    Article / Oct 21, 2014
  • Tony Harwood

    The following is a letter published in last week's Kent Messenger by Maidstone Lib Dem Planning Spokesman, Cllr. Tony Harwood:

    Contrary to the assertion of your anonymous correspondent (Letters 10th October 2014) local Liberal Democrats do not believe that countryside protection and quality jobs are mutually exclusive. Indeed, we are convinced that the opposite is true.

    Article / Oct 20, 2014
  • The basic state pensions will rise by at least £2.85 a week thanks to the Liberal Democrats triple lock. It means 262,306 pensioners in Kent will benefit from an increase in their pension.

    This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95 and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Liberal Democrats entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

    Article / Oct 18, 2014
  • "It's a rip off," says Jasper Gerard after shock study

    A study of commuter fares by local Liberal Democrats shows that Maidstone commuters pay more for their train journey to work than any comparable commuter town in the South East.

    Maidstone commuters have to pay over £4,000 a year for the privilege of trundling up to London on trains slower than in the age of steam. And this is £1,000 a year MORE than commuters pay from Tonbridge, which is on a much faster line with regular services to the City and West End - and fares from West Kent are themselves 20% more expensive than from other Home Counties commuter belts.

    Article / Oct 17, 2014
  • A record fall in unemployment shows Britain is the "job creation capital" of the developed world, Danny Alexander said.

    In the year to August unemployment dropped 538,000 - the largest annual fall on record.

    The drop took the unemployment rate to 6%, its lowest level since late 2008, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Article / Oct 16, 2014
  • Having taken NINE MONTHS to produce a report on the Christmas floods, Maidstone Conservatives refused to debate their own conclusions on live radio.

    It was left to Jasper Gerard, standing here at the general election for the Liberal Democrats, to assess the findings on BBC Radio Kent.

    "The report completely fails to address big questions, such as whether flooding will be worse if the Conservatives pursue plans to allow up to 19,600 houses to be built in our borough," says Jasper "This potentially includes a large number in Yalding.

    Article / Oct 15, 2014

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  • Jasper at train station

    Following a campaign by Jasper Gerard to win a fair deal for Maidstone commuters, local Lib Dems have produced a value for money table showing those who travel to London from the County town receive the worst deal in the entire South East commuter belt.

    Maidstone commuters pay the highest annual season ticket for one of the very slowest commutes into the capital. They pay £4080 a year - without tube fares -for a journey that takes an hour and ten minutes.

    Article / Oct 22, 2014
  • Junction 8

    A planning application for a huge industrial estate at a green field site in the picturesque Len valley, close to Leeds Castle and M20 J8, at Hollingbourne was refused by Maidstone Council's planning committee on Thursday night.

    Only the Tories voted in favour. Having viewed all the evidence both for and against on this re-submitted application everyone else at planning committee including all of the Liberal Democrat members of the committee voted to refuse the application, with Lib Dem planning spokesman Tony Harwood proposing the motion for refusal, which was seconded by South Ward Councillor Ian Chittenden.

    Article / Oct 21, 2014
  • Tony Harwood

    The following is a letter published in last week's Kent Messenger by Maidstone Lib Dem Planning Spokesman, Cllr. Tony Harwood:

    Contrary to the assertion of your anonymous correspondent (Letters 10th October 2014) local Liberal Democrats do not believe that countryside protection and quality jobs are mutually exclusive. Indeed, we are convinced that the opposite is true.

    Article / Oct 20, 2014
  • The basic state pensions will rise by at least £2.85 a week thanks to the Liberal Democrats triple lock. It means 262,306 pensioners in Kent will benefit from an increase in their pension.

    This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95 and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Liberal Democrats entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

    Article / Oct 18, 2014
  • "It's a rip off," says Jasper Gerard after shock study

    A study of commuter fares by local Liberal Democrats shows that Maidstone commuters pay more for their train journey to work than any comparable commuter town in the South East.

    Maidstone commuters have to pay over £4,000 a year for the privilege of trundling up to London on trains slower than in the age of steam. And this is £1,000 a year MORE than commuters pay from Tonbridge, which is on a much faster line with regular services to the City and West End - and fares from West Kent are themselves 20% more expensive than from other Home Counties commuter belts.

    Article / Oct 17, 2014
  • A record fall in unemployment shows Britain is the "job creation capital" of the developed world, Danny Alexander said.

    In the year to August unemployment dropped 538,000 - the largest annual fall on record.

    The drop took the unemployment rate to 6%, its lowest level since late 2008, according to the Office for National Statistics.

    Article / Oct 16, 2014