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

    As infants go back to school where they will enjoy free school dinners, £77,000 has been provided to upgrade Maidstone school kitchens.

    The money has been provided by Liberal Democrat ministers to help local schools ensure that every child has at least one proper meal a day.

    "I will be visiting schools to ensure the free school meal programme has a successful start," says Jasper Gerard, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner. "School meals not only ensure children are not going hungry, they also boost attainment of all our children."

    Article / Sep 4, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Vince Cable MP

    Vince Cable, one of Britain's most powerful and outspoken politicians, is coming to Maidstone.

    The Business Secretary will speak in Maidstone on the 23rd September at a business forum as a guest of Jasper Gerard, parliamentary candidate for Maidstone and the Weald.

    The forum, at the Maidstone Hilton, will be attended by local businesses who will learn about the Coalition government's economic plans for the rest of this parliament. It will also be a showcase for innovative local companies to put their achievements in the shop window.

    Article / Sep 3, 2014
  • Canterbury Goes Green

    Stuart Jeffrey, the Green Party's former parliamentary candidate and frequent candidate for Maidstone Borough Council has announced he will not be standing for Maidstone and the Weald in the next general election, but will stand in Canterbury instead.

    This move is a recognition that in Maidstone is the Liberal Democrats which is recognised as the party which is standing up for the environment, and unlike the Greens, have been defeating the Conservatives in elections. It is the Liberal Democrats who have consistently fought Conservative plans to concrete over our green spaces whilst the Green Party has offered ever more bizarre policies, such as "moving" Yalding!

    Article / Sep 1, 2014
  • 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

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  • Jasper Gerard with executive head Lorna Priddle and pupils

    As infants go back to school where they will enjoy free school dinners, £77,000 has been provided to upgrade Maidstone school kitchens.

    The money has been provided by Liberal Democrat ministers to help local schools ensure that every child has at least one proper meal a day.

    "I will be visiting schools to ensure the free school meal programme has a successful start," says Jasper Gerard, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner. "School meals not only ensure children are not going hungry, they also boost attainment of all our children."

    Article / Sep 4, 2014
  • Jasper Gerard and Vince Cable MP

    Vince Cable, one of Britain's most powerful and outspoken politicians, is coming to Maidstone.

    The Business Secretary will speak in Maidstone on the 23rd September at a business forum as a guest of Jasper Gerard, parliamentary candidate for Maidstone and the Weald.

    The forum, at the Maidstone Hilton, will be attended by local businesses who will learn about the Coalition government's economic plans for the rest of this parliament. It will also be a showcase for innovative local companies to put their achievements in the shop window.

    Article / Sep 3, 2014
  • Canterbury Goes Green

    Stuart Jeffrey, the Green Party's former parliamentary candidate and frequent candidate for Maidstone Borough Council has announced he will not be standing for Maidstone and the Weald in the next general election, but will stand in Canterbury instead.

    This move is a recognition that in Maidstone is the Liberal Democrats which is recognised as the party which is standing up for the environment, and unlike the Greens, have been defeating the Conservatives in elections. It is the Liberal Democrats who have consistently fought Conservative plans to concrete over our green spaces whilst the Green Party has offered ever more bizarre policies, such as "moving" Yalding!

    Article / Sep 1, 2014
  • 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