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 at school

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Kent are set for a £1,134, 861 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low-income families have often fallen behind better off classmates before they even start school.​

    But from April 2015 the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

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

    As forecast by local Lib Dems earlier this year, despite the Conservative Cabinet removing Fant Farm from the Local Plan, developers are poised to re-submit an application to build 270 dwellings.

    Regardless of the fact that there are brownfield sites in the Borough with potential to be developed before our green fields and farmland are sacrificed, Gleeson Developments are so keen to obtain approval to build on Fant Farm they are inviting local residents to a public exhibition where their draft proposals will be displayed.

    Local Lib Dem County Councillor Rob Bird said: "The developer hopes to jam 270 houses into a pretty tight area with the prospect of an additional c. 1500 car movements in Gatland Lane. And how are the extra cars going to get out of Gatland Lane, especially eastbound motorists? Nor will the landscape buffers be much benefit; quite simply the 270 houses are in the wrong place.

    "Sadly, the Conservatives who claimed to have 'Saved Fant Farm' have actually opened the door to this proposal because of their call for sites."

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

    The exhibition takes place at Fant Hall, Fant Lane ME16 8NN on:

    Friday, 31st October 4pm - 8pm

    Saturday 1st November 2pm - 5pm

    If you would like to join our picket outside to Save Fant Farm, please get in touch.

    Article / Oct 23, 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

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  • Jasper at school

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Kent are set for a £1,134, 861 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low-income families have often fallen behind better off classmates before they even start school.​

    But from April 2015 the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

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

    As forecast by local Lib Dems earlier this year, despite the Conservative Cabinet removing Fant Farm from the Local Plan, developers are poised to re-submit an application to build 270 dwellings.

    Regardless of the fact that there are brownfield sites in the Borough with potential to be developed before our green fields and farmland are sacrificed, Gleeson Developments are so keen to obtain approval to build on Fant Farm they are inviting local residents to a public exhibition where their draft proposals will be displayed.

    Local Lib Dem County Councillor Rob Bird said: "The developer hopes to jam 270 houses into a pretty tight area with the prospect of an additional c. 1500 car movements in Gatland Lane. And how are the extra cars going to get out of Gatland Lane, especially eastbound motorists? Nor will the landscape buffers be much benefit; quite simply the 270 houses are in the wrong place.

    "Sadly, the Conservatives who claimed to have 'Saved Fant Farm' have actually opened the door to this proposal because of their call for sites."

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

    The exhibition takes place at Fant Hall, Fant Lane ME16 8NN on:

    Friday, 31st October 4pm - 8pm

    Saturday 1st November 2pm - 5pm

    If you would like to join our picket outside to Save Fant Farm, please get in touch.

    Article / Oct 23, 2014
  • 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