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  • 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)

  • New gates at Mote Park boundary

    A successful bid for grant funding by Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood has delivered a real improvement to the boundary between historic Mote Park and the beautiful River Len Local Nature Reserve.

    The new farm style gates have increase security and smartened-up a previously ramshackle but high profile boundary between two popular public open spaces.

    Article / Jul 28, 2014
  • Paulina Watson listens to a concerned local resident

    Yesterday's hard-fought victory for Lib Dem Paulina Watson in the Staplehurst by-election may bring about changes to Maidstone's draft Local Plan that can save the beautiful Low Weald from the bulldozers. The balance of power on Maidstone Borough Council has now shifted decisively towards the Lib Dem conviction that Maidstone's countryside, and especially our urban-sprawl threatened Low Weald villages, must be protected. Further, the local Conservatives must now see that local residents will not allow our irreplaceable Kentish landscape to be concreted-over, while so many urban areas cry out for regeneration.

    Article / Jul 25, 2014
  • Cllrs. Brian Clark and Derek Mortimer

    In a packed Town Hall last night (Thursday 24th July) local Lib Dem Councillors defeated a destructive plan for a high density housing estate on school playing fields in Boughton Lane, Loose. The 220 unit estate if permitted would have led to fragmentation and direct destruction of part of ancient Five Acre Wood, contrary to national planning policy.

    Article / Jul 25, 2014
  • 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

Latest News (view all news)

  • Petition / Jul 31, 2014
  • New gates at Mote Park boundary

    A successful bid for grant funding by Lib Dem Councillor Tony Harwood has delivered a real improvement to the boundary between historic Mote Park and the beautiful River Len Local Nature Reserve.

    The new farm style gates have increase security and smartened-up a previously ramshackle but high profile boundary between two popular public open spaces.

    Article / Jul 28, 2014
  • Paulina Watson listens to a concerned local resident

    Yesterday's hard-fought victory for Lib Dem Paulina Watson in the Staplehurst by-election may bring about changes to Maidstone's draft Local Plan that can save the beautiful Low Weald from the bulldozers. The balance of power on Maidstone Borough Council has now shifted decisively towards the Lib Dem conviction that Maidstone's countryside, and especially our urban-sprawl threatened Low Weald villages, must be protected. Further, the local Conservatives must now see that local residents will not allow our irreplaceable Kentish landscape to be concreted-over, while so many urban areas cry out for regeneration.

    Article / Jul 25, 2014
  • Cllrs. Brian Clark and Derek Mortimer

    In a packed Town Hall last night (Thursday 24th July) local Lib Dem Councillors defeated a destructive plan for a high density housing estate on school playing fields in Boughton Lane, Loose. The 220 unit estate if permitted would have led to fragmentation and direct destruction of part of ancient Five Acre Wood, contrary to national planning policy.

    Article / Jul 25, 2014
  • 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