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)

  • Flooding in North Ward

    County Cllr. Ian Chittenden and Borough Councillor Tony Harwood are working with their respective Councils to tackle surface water flooding hotspots in North Ward (pictured).

    Highway drainage gullies have been cleaned and leaf-litter and other detritus cleared from flooding prone roads and footways in North Maidstone.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Superb new pond

    Local Lib Dem Councillors are working with Maidstone Council and contractor Clancy to ensure that no long-lasting damage results from the sewer collapse, blown manholes and subsequent sewage leak into the River Len Nature Reserve, Maidstone.

    Following an intervention by Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood (Chair of the River Len nature reserve management committee), a superb new pond has been excavated by Clancy (pictured top) to replace that lost when a new ring-main was installed. This complements another new pond Tony has recently hand-dug in the western part of the nature reserve (pictured bottom). Much of the re-instatement work on site was carried out using hand tools rather than machinery - to prevent further damage to the soft marshy ground.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Cllr. Tony Harwood and Tommy Long at Cuckoo Wood

    North Ward Liberal Democrats have reached an agreement with a local family wood-cutting business to deliver the next phase of coppice management at this much-loved Maidstone ancient woodland -which was initiated last winter.

    The return of woodland management to Cuckoo Wood has already brought benefits for the local landscape and wildlife, and is helping to keep Kentish coppicing skills alive.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Flooding at the exit of the Fremlin Walk car park

    As we move into winter the risk from severe weather events and other emergencies increases significantly.

    It is therefore vital that individuals, families and community groups do everything they can to become better prepared and more resilient to emergencies.

    The Kent Resilience Forum (a partnership made up of the emergency services, local authorities and utilities) has now produced an informative booklet entitled 'What Should I do in an Emergency' to help us all become more resilient.

    The booklet and lots of other valuable advice on keeping you and your community safe from flooding and other risks can be found on the Kent Prepared website www.kentprepared.org.uk.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Sam Roach with local campaigners at Fant Farm

    As Liberal Democrats warned, Fant Farm faces its greatest threat yet. Developers are poised to re-submit an application to build 270 houses on the famous beauty spot, despite Conservative boasts to have "saved Fant Farm".

    By initially putting Fant Farm in the Local Plan and by voting down a Lib Dem proposal to protect open spaces, the Conservatives sent a green light to developers.

    Lib Dem campaigner Fran Smith led residents in a picket outside the public exhibition hosted by Gleeson Developments recently. Far from persuading Fant residents that the rolling farmland should be concreted over, hundreds emerged from the Fant Hall exhibition to sign Fran's petition.

    "There are brown-field sites in the Borough with potential to be developed before our green fields and farmland are sacrificed," says Fran.

    Lib Dem County Councillor Rob Bird agreed: "The developer hopes to jam 270 houses into a tight area producing an extra 1500 car movements in Gatland Lane. How are cars going to exit Gatland Lane, especially eastbound? Nor will landscape buffers be much benefit; quite simply, the 270 houses are in the wrong place."

    This was endorsed by parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard: "Sadly, the Conservatives who claimed to have 'Saved Fant Farm' have actually let in the bulldozers because of their call for sites."

    Labour supports Conservative plans to build 18,600 houses in the borough, putting Fant Farm at grave risk.

    Please sign our petition to Save Fant Farm.

    Article / Nov 20, 2014
  • Local Councillors Rob Bird, Cynthia Robertson and Dan Daley at Bridge Nursery

    The votes of the Conservative Members of Maidstone's Planning Committee saw permission granted for 140 houses on the green field Bridge Nursery at Allington last Thursday - all despite a 1,200 signature petition raised in the local areas opposing the scheme. None of the Planning Committee members from the other political parties voted in favour of the scheme.

    Local Lib Dem County Councillor Rob Bird addressed the meeting setting out his concerns regarding traffic generation and the likely impact upon the already congested A20 and M20 junction 5 from such a large new green field housing project. Cllr. Dan Daley also spoke passionately of the importance of the site to local people and the rare (and supposedly legally protected) wildlife, including birds, reptiles, invertebrates and wildflowers to be found there.

    Local Lib Dems had long campaigned to see this wildlife-rich green field site removed from Maidstone Council's list of Local Plan housing allocations, but the Conservative leadership at Maidstone Council refused and instead confirmed their support for housing at Bridge Nursery

    Lib Dem planning spokesman Cllr. Tony Harwood, who spoke and voted against the application, told the committee "Bridge Nursery with its WWII pill box and abundant wildlife is one of the most defining areas of countryside in the whole of Maidstone, with its location on the route of the Maidstone to London railway line making it a key landmark on arrival to and departure from the County Town."

    Local Allington Ward Lib Dem Councillor Cynthia Robertson sought to achieve some damage limitation when she successfully argued that Maidstone Council must work with neighbouring Tonbridge and Malling Council to safeguard the last relic fragments of countryside that adjoin the application site by designating them as a Local Nature Reserve. However, there remained a real concern amongst Lib Dem Councillors present at the meeting that the extent of habitat that will be lost and the inevitable disturbance and predation of small animals by domestic cats would devastate the special flora and fauna of the area.

    Article / Nov 10, 2014

Latest News (view all news)

  • Flooding in North Ward

    County Cllr. Ian Chittenden and Borough Councillor Tony Harwood are working with their respective Councils to tackle surface water flooding hotspots in North Ward (pictured).

    Highway drainage gullies have been cleaned and leaf-litter and other detritus cleared from flooding prone roads and footways in North Maidstone.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Superb new pond

    Local Lib Dem Councillors are working with Maidstone Council and contractor Clancy to ensure that no long-lasting damage results from the sewer collapse, blown manholes and subsequent sewage leak into the River Len Nature Reserve, Maidstone.

    Following an intervention by Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood (Chair of the River Len nature reserve management committee), a superb new pond has been excavated by Clancy (pictured top) to replace that lost when a new ring-main was installed. This complements another new pond Tony has recently hand-dug in the western part of the nature reserve (pictured bottom). Much of the re-instatement work on site was carried out using hand tools rather than machinery - to prevent further damage to the soft marshy ground.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Cllr. Tony Harwood and Tommy Long at Cuckoo Wood

    North Ward Liberal Democrats have reached an agreement with a local family wood-cutting business to deliver the next phase of coppice management at this much-loved Maidstone ancient woodland -which was initiated last winter.

    The return of woodland management to Cuckoo Wood has already brought benefits for the local landscape and wildlife, and is helping to keep Kentish coppicing skills alive.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Flooding at the exit of the Fremlin Walk car park

    As we move into winter the risk from severe weather events and other emergencies increases significantly.

    It is therefore vital that individuals, families and community groups do everything they can to become better prepared and more resilient to emergencies.

    The Kent Resilience Forum (a partnership made up of the emergency services, local authorities and utilities) has now produced an informative booklet entitled 'What Should I do in an Emergency' to help us all become more resilient.

    The booklet and lots of other valuable advice on keeping you and your community safe from flooding and other risks can be found on the Kent Prepared website www.kentprepared.org.uk.

    Article / Nov 23, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Sam Roach with local campaigners at Fant Farm

    As Liberal Democrats warned, Fant Farm faces its greatest threat yet. Developers are poised to re-submit an application to build 270 houses on the famous beauty spot, despite Conservative boasts to have "saved Fant Farm".

    By initially putting Fant Farm in the Local Plan and by voting down a Lib Dem proposal to protect open spaces, the Conservatives sent a green light to developers.

    Lib Dem campaigner Fran Smith led residents in a picket outside the public exhibition hosted by Gleeson Developments recently. Far from persuading Fant residents that the rolling farmland should be concreted over, hundreds emerged from the Fant Hall exhibition to sign Fran's petition.

    "There are brown-field sites in the Borough with potential to be developed before our green fields and farmland are sacrificed," says Fran.

    Lib Dem County Councillor Rob Bird agreed: "The developer hopes to jam 270 houses into a tight area producing an extra 1500 car movements in Gatland Lane. How are cars going to exit Gatland Lane, especially eastbound? Nor will landscape buffers be much benefit; quite simply, the 270 houses are in the wrong place."

    This was endorsed by parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard: "Sadly, the Conservatives who claimed to have 'Saved Fant Farm' have actually let in the bulldozers because of their call for sites."

    Labour supports Conservative plans to build 18,600 houses in the borough, putting Fant Farm at grave risk.

    Please sign our petition to Save Fant Farm.

    Article / Nov 20, 2014
  • Local Councillors Rob Bird, Cynthia Robertson and Dan Daley at Bridge Nursery

    The votes of the Conservative Members of Maidstone's Planning Committee saw permission granted for 140 houses on the green field Bridge Nursery at Allington last Thursday - all despite a 1,200 signature petition raised in the local areas opposing the scheme. None of the Planning Committee members from the other political parties voted in favour of the scheme.

    Local Lib Dem County Councillor Rob Bird addressed the meeting setting out his concerns regarding traffic generation and the likely impact upon the already congested A20 and M20 junction 5 from such a large new green field housing project. Cllr. Dan Daley also spoke passionately of the importance of the site to local people and the rare (and supposedly legally protected) wildlife, including birds, reptiles, invertebrates and wildflowers to be found there.

    Local Lib Dems had long campaigned to see this wildlife-rich green field site removed from Maidstone Council's list of Local Plan housing allocations, but the Conservative leadership at Maidstone Council refused and instead confirmed their support for housing at Bridge Nursery

    Lib Dem planning spokesman Cllr. Tony Harwood, who spoke and voted against the application, told the committee "Bridge Nursery with its WWII pill box and abundant wildlife is one of the most defining areas of countryside in the whole of Maidstone, with its location on the route of the Maidstone to London railway line making it a key landmark on arrival to and departure from the County Town."

    Local Allington Ward Lib Dem Councillor Cynthia Robertson sought to achieve some damage limitation when she successfully argued that Maidstone Council must work with neighbouring Tonbridge and Malling Council to safeguard the last relic fragments of countryside that adjoin the application site by designating them as a Local Nature Reserve. However, there remained a real concern amongst Lib Dem Councillors present at the meeting that the extent of habitat that will be lost and the inevitable disturbance and predation of small animals by domestic cats would devastate the special flora and fauna of the area.

    Article / Nov 10, 2014