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)

  • Jasper Gerard and Cllr. Fran Wilson

    Maidstone Liberal Democrats have been arguing that new trends for household growth from the Office of National Statistics should be used to reduce Maidstone's housing numbers in the new Local Plan. At the meeting on Tuesday 19th August of the Planning, Transport and Development Scrutiny Committee the housing need figure was duly reduced from 19,600 to 18,600.

    Article / Aug 29, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Vince Cable MP

    YOUR INVITATON TO MEET RT HON VINCE CABLE MP, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS AND PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE

    Since Jasper Gerard, former chief interviewer for The Sunday Times, was selected as Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone and the Weald in March 2013 he has made a huge local impact. It is now his intention to give businesses the opportunity to gain the inside track on the plans of the coalition government by arranging a visit to Maidstone from the Business Secretary.

    Article / Aug 28, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at YMCA nursery

    Every infant in Kent will receive free lunches when they return to school, the Lib Dems can reveal.

    There had been claims that schools could not provide the catering facilities. However, Nick Clegg, who pioneered the free school lunch programme, has persuaded the Treasury to chip in additional cash to ensure every school in Kent would be able to provide local youngsters with a decent meal in the middle of the day.

    Article / Aug 26, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Ann Barnes a local Policing conference

    A dedicated team of rural police officers has been promised for the Weald after Jasper Gerard, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner, raised the problem of rural crime at a conference near Maidstone on Monday.

    Jasper, speaking on a platform with Ann Barnes, told the Police and Crime Commissioner that many local people and small businesses had raised with him the lack of police presence in rural areas.

    Article / Aug 12, 2014
  • Maidstone now has over 2,000 apprentices

    The number of local people getting a better start in life through an apprenticeship has topped 2,000 - thanks to a partnership between the Liberal Democrats in government and local businesses.

    PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION FOR MORE APPRENTICESHIPS NOW

    Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard, who has long been pushing for more local apprenticeships, has celebrated the news by visiting apprentices at Mid Kent College.

    Article / Aug 11, 2014
  • Paulina Watson listens to a concerned local resident

    PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION NOW

    Lib Dems are tackling dangerous speeding on the A229 on the outskirts of Staplehurst, as well as in Sissinghurst and Cranbrook.

    A local man reported to Jasper Gerard and Staplehurst campaigner Paulina Watson this week how he just managed to jump out of the way of a Range Rover speeding at "over 70 mph" out of Staplehurst on the straight road by The Quarter. A near neighbour reported another near miss when a speeding car mounted the pavement.

    Article / Aug 7, 2014

Latest News (view all news)

  • Jasper Gerard and Cllr. Fran Wilson

    Maidstone Liberal Democrats have been arguing that new trends for household growth from the Office of National Statistics should be used to reduce Maidstone's housing numbers in the new Local Plan. At the meeting on Tuesday 19th August of the Planning, Transport and Development Scrutiny Committee the housing need figure was duly reduced from 19,600 to 18,600.

    Article / Aug 29, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Vince Cable MP

    YOUR INVITATON TO MEET RT HON VINCE CABLE MP, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BUSINESS, INNOVATION AND SKILLS AND PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF TRADE

    Since Jasper Gerard, former chief interviewer for The Sunday Times, was selected as Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone and the Weald in March 2013 he has made a huge local impact. It is now his intention to give businesses the opportunity to gain the inside track on the plans of the coalition government by arranging a visit to Maidstone from the Business Secretary.

    Article / Aug 28, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at YMCA nursery

    Every infant in Kent will receive free lunches when they return to school, the Lib Dems can reveal.

    There had been claims that schools could not provide the catering facilities. However, Nick Clegg, who pioneered the free school lunch programme, has persuaded the Treasury to chip in additional cash to ensure every school in Kent would be able to provide local youngsters with a decent meal in the middle of the day.

    Article / Aug 26, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Ann Barnes a local Policing conference

    A dedicated team of rural police officers has been promised for the Weald after Jasper Gerard, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner, raised the problem of rural crime at a conference near Maidstone on Monday.

    Jasper, speaking on a platform with Ann Barnes, told the Police and Crime Commissioner that many local people and small businesses had raised with him the lack of police presence in rural areas.

    Article / Aug 12, 2014
  • Maidstone now has over 2,000 apprentices

    The number of local people getting a better start in life through an apprenticeship has topped 2,000 - thanks to a partnership between the Liberal Democrats in government and local businesses.

    PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION FOR MORE APPRENTICESHIPS NOW

    Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard, who has long been pushing for more local apprenticeships, has celebrated the news by visiting apprentices at Mid Kent College.

    Article / Aug 11, 2014
  • Paulina Watson listens to a concerned local resident

    PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION NOW

    Lib Dems are tackling dangerous speeding on the A229 on the outskirts of Staplehurst, as well as in Sissinghurst and Cranbrook.

    A local man reported to Jasper Gerard and Staplehurst campaigner Paulina Watson this week how he just managed to jump out of the way of a Range Rover speeding at "over 70 mph" out of Staplehurst on the straight road by The Quarter. A near neighbour reported another near miss when a speeding car mounted the pavement.

    Article / Aug 7, 2014