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

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  • Jasper Gerard with executive head Lorna Priddle and pupils

    A campaign to allow one of Maidstone's most successful infant schools to expand has been launched by Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard.

    Jasper visited St Michael's Church of England Infant School earlier this week and was given a tour by Mrs Lorna Priddle, executive head teacher, and other senior staff. With a 27% increase in the birth rate in Maidstone and plans by the Conservative Borough Council to increase the number of houses by almost 20,000, the area faces a massive crisis over school spaces.

    Article / Jul 21, 2014
  • Paulina Watson listens to a concerned local resident

    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 / Jul 17, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard meets local apprentices

    The number of people in work in the UK has equalled a record high showing we are on the road to recovery, Jasper Gerard said today.

    The employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1 per cent only hit once before in 2005.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said between March and May 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February and 929,000 more than a year earlier.

    Article / Jul 17, 2014
  • Cleggy

    Nick Clegg has singled out Maidstone Lib Dems for particular praise in a speech to activists.

    At a recent training weekend for parliamentary candidates and key volunteers, the deputy Prime Minister said that results in Maidstone and the Weald showed that where Liberal Democrats get out on the doorstep, they can persuade people of the good work the Lib Dems are doing in government.

    Article / Jul 17, 2014
  • House of Fraser on Fairmeadow in Maidstone, severely flooded

    As the Woodland Trust launches its new report 'Stemming the flow' here is a timely guest blog from one of their Councillor Tree Champions, Cllr Tony Harwood:

    "Almost 1000 properties were affected by flooding from rivers across Kent earlier this year.

    However, against this backdrop there were small glimmers of hope. A local success story involves the River Len, a small and heavily urbanised tributary of the River Medway in Maidstone. In autumn 2000, under similar rainfall conditions, the Len had flooded commercial and residential property in Maidstone town centre.

    Article / Jul 9, 2014
  • Cllr. David Pickett and Cllr. Tommy Long at Buckland Hill/London Road junction

    Local Lib Dems moved quickly to reduce the damage to residents' quality of life that will inevitably result from the Inspector's decision.

    Lib Dem planning spokesman Tony Harwood, Planning Committee Chairman Clive English and local ward councillor David Pickett have demanded an urgent meeting with Maidstone planners, KCC Highways and Transportation and the applicants, in order to agree a blueprint to avoid the need for the most environmentally destructive of the proposed off-site highways works, and reduce local traffic increases to a minimum (by encouraging pedestrian visits for example). Current plans include road widening at the junction of Buckland Hill with London Road and the removal of a cycle path and footway on the bridge gyratory system.

    Article / Jul 8, 2014

Latest News (view all news)

  • Jasper Gerard with executive head Lorna Priddle and pupils

    A campaign to allow one of Maidstone's most successful infant schools to expand has been launched by Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard.

    Jasper visited St Michael's Church of England Infant School earlier this week and was given a tour by Mrs Lorna Priddle, executive head teacher, and other senior staff. With a 27% increase in the birth rate in Maidstone and plans by the Conservative Borough Council to increase the number of houses by almost 20,000, the area faces a massive crisis over school spaces.

    Article / Jul 21, 2014
  • Paulina Watson listens to a concerned local resident

    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 / Jul 17, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard meets local apprentices

    The number of people in work in the UK has equalled a record high showing we are on the road to recovery, Jasper Gerard said today.

    The employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1 per cent only hit once before in 2005.

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said between March and May 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February and 929,000 more than a year earlier.

    Article / Jul 17, 2014
  • Cleggy

    Nick Clegg has singled out Maidstone Lib Dems for particular praise in a speech to activists.

    At a recent training weekend for parliamentary candidates and key volunteers, the deputy Prime Minister said that results in Maidstone and the Weald showed that where Liberal Democrats get out on the doorstep, they can persuade people of the good work the Lib Dems are doing in government.

    Article / Jul 17, 2014
  • House of Fraser on Fairmeadow in Maidstone, severely flooded

    As the Woodland Trust launches its new report 'Stemming the flow' here is a timely guest blog from one of their Councillor Tree Champions, Cllr Tony Harwood:

    "Almost 1000 properties were affected by flooding from rivers across Kent earlier this year.

    However, against this backdrop there were small glimmers of hope. A local success story involves the River Len, a small and heavily urbanised tributary of the River Medway in Maidstone. In autumn 2000, under similar rainfall conditions, the Len had flooded commercial and residential property in Maidstone town centre.

    Article / Jul 9, 2014
  • Cllr. David Pickett and Cllr. Tommy Long at Buckland Hill/London Road junction

    Local Lib Dems moved quickly to reduce the damage to residents' quality of life that will inevitably result from the Inspector's decision.

    Lib Dem planning spokesman Tony Harwood, Planning Committee Chairman Clive English and local ward councillor David Pickett have demanded an urgent meeting with Maidstone planners, KCC Highways and Transportation and the applicants, in order to agree a blueprint to avoid the need for the most environmentally destructive of the proposed off-site highways works, and reduce local traffic increases to a minimum (by encouraging pedestrian visits for example). Current plans include road widening at the junction of Buckland Hill with London Road and the removal of a cycle path and footway on the bridge gyratory system.

    Article / Jul 8, 2014