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  • 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)

  • Loose Valley

    Lib Dems continue to fight against urbanisation of the County Town with another stunning victory.

    In a packed town hall on Thursday evening the planning application for 36 homes on a green field in Cripple Street was refused by the planning committee. A huge number of residents attended along with representatives from the North Loose Residents Association.

    Article / Mar 23, 2015
  • Litter in Maidstone

    These shocking images were taken on the same day on different sides of Maidstone town centre, and underlines how much the cleanliness of the County Town has declined under the Conservatives.

    Maidstone Borough was once a by-word for tough environmental enforcement, with a county-wide and even national reputation for innovation and leadership in the fight against litter and fly-tipping.

    Article / Mar 8, 2015
  • Local Lib Dems

    Local Lib Dem Councillors Jenni Paterson and Tony Harwood were joined by local residents in a big spring clean on Saturday 7th March, centred upon Chatham Road in north Maidstone.

    A monster haul of litter and fly-tipping, which included a discarded wheel-barrow and a toilet seat, was collected from verges and woodland flanking Chatham Road on a sunny Saturday morning. The clean-up was so appreciated by locals that passers-by actually took photographs and stopped to chat and thank the intrepid litter pickers. At the end of the spring clean the volunteers dropped into St. Faith's Hall for tea and pancakes!

    Article / Mar 8, 2015
  • A Maidstone council budget strategy for the coming year, including a 1.99% council tax increase, was finally approved by councillors after a long and often heated debate on Wednesday night (25th February).

    Maidstone Lib Dems succeeded in getting three common sense amendments agreed by the Conservative-led Council.

    Article / Mar 2, 2015
  • Litter

    North Ward Councillors Jenni Paterson and Tony Harwood, ably assisted by a good turnout of local residents, led a big community clean-up on a drizzly Saturday 28th February.

    The litter and fly-tipping blitz covered Sandling Lane, Sandling Park, The Chestnuts and Cuckoo Wood and the resultant haul included asbestos boards, tyres, bottles, cans and other detritus.

    It was clear that the unsightly strand-line of litter so disfiguring Sandling Lane had been thrown from vehicles. This point was not lost on Tony who stated: "It is clear that ever since Maidstone Council stopped enforcing against littering from cars that the problem has intensified. We now have a crazy situation in Maidstone whereby pedestrians are regularly fined while litter can be thrown from a vehicle with absolute impunity."

    An unpleasant feature of the Saturday clean-up was the danger for the volunteers from speeding traffic on Sandling Lane. The impact of such reckless driving was vividly underlined by the fact that no less than three foxes had been killed by cars on this one short stretch of Sandling Lane.

    Article / Mar 2, 2015
  • Cllr. Tony Harwood and Tommy Long at Springfield Mill

    Local Lib Dems are working alongside Maidstone residents and Maidstone Council's Principal Conservation Officer to achieve a comprehensive listing of the historic Springfield Mill complex by English Heritage.

    The original layout and architecture at the Mill remains almost completely intact and is a remarkable survival.

    Article / Mar 1, 2015

Latest News (view all news)

  • Loose Valley

    Lib Dems continue to fight against urbanisation of the County Town with another stunning victory.

    In a packed town hall on Thursday evening the planning application for 36 homes on a green field in Cripple Street was refused by the planning committee. A huge number of residents attended along with representatives from the North Loose Residents Association.

    Article / Mar 23, 2015
  • Litter in Maidstone

    These shocking images were taken on the same day on different sides of Maidstone town centre, and underlines how much the cleanliness of the County Town has declined under the Conservatives.

    Maidstone Borough was once a by-word for tough environmental enforcement, with a county-wide and even national reputation for innovation and leadership in the fight against litter and fly-tipping.

    Article / Mar 8, 2015
  • Local Lib Dems

    Local Lib Dem Councillors Jenni Paterson and Tony Harwood were joined by local residents in a big spring clean on Saturday 7th March, centred upon Chatham Road in north Maidstone.

    A monster haul of litter and fly-tipping, which included a discarded wheel-barrow and a toilet seat, was collected from verges and woodland flanking Chatham Road on a sunny Saturday morning. The clean-up was so appreciated by locals that passers-by actually took photographs and stopped to chat and thank the intrepid litter pickers. At the end of the spring clean the volunteers dropped into St. Faith's Hall for tea and pancakes!

    Article / Mar 8, 2015
  • A Maidstone council budget strategy for the coming year, including a 1.99% council tax increase, was finally approved by councillors after a long and often heated debate on Wednesday night (25th February).

    Maidstone Lib Dems succeeded in getting three common sense amendments agreed by the Conservative-led Council.

    Article / Mar 2, 2015
  • Litter

    North Ward Councillors Jenni Paterson and Tony Harwood, ably assisted by a good turnout of local residents, led a big community clean-up on a drizzly Saturday 28th February.

    The litter and fly-tipping blitz covered Sandling Lane, Sandling Park, The Chestnuts and Cuckoo Wood and the resultant haul included asbestos boards, tyres, bottles, cans and other detritus.

    It was clear that the unsightly strand-line of litter so disfiguring Sandling Lane had been thrown from vehicles. This point was not lost on Tony who stated: "It is clear that ever since Maidstone Council stopped enforcing against littering from cars that the problem has intensified. We now have a crazy situation in Maidstone whereby pedestrians are regularly fined while litter can be thrown from a vehicle with absolute impunity."

    An unpleasant feature of the Saturday clean-up was the danger for the volunteers from speeding traffic on Sandling Lane. The impact of such reckless driving was vividly underlined by the fact that no less than three foxes had been killed by cars on this one short stretch of Sandling Lane.

    Article / Mar 2, 2015
  • Cllr. Tony Harwood and Tommy Long at Springfield Mill

    Local Lib Dems are working alongside Maidstone residents and Maidstone Council's Principal Conservation Officer to achieve a comprehensive listing of the historic Springfield Mill complex by English Heritage.

    The original layout and architecture at the Mill remains almost completely intact and is a remarkable survival.

    Article / Mar 1, 2015