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

Top News (view all news)

  • Local Councillors, Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at the polluted Wheatsheaf junction

    Air pollution in the is set to high levels today, prompting health warnings from the government. Those with heart or lung problems and the elderly are being told to completely avoid strenuous physical activity, while even healthy people are being warned to cut down on the amount of physical exertion they do outside.

    Article / Apr 12, 2015
  • For years Liberal Democrat Councillors have argued that the Borough Council should not allow development without adaquete car parking spaces, because of the serious problems this causes to local residents and businesses.

    Finally we have begun to win the argument and the Council has decided to adopt Kent County Council's parking standards to assist in determining planning applications. On March 17th The Planning, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee, led by Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Chittenden, voted to recommend to the Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport that he proceed to adopt the Standards immediately.

    Article / Apr 7, 2015
  • Street Lights

    Following last months Lib Dem budget amendment to restore full night lighting in Kent Liberal Democrat County Councillor Brian Clark was back again this month to try seek clarification on this troubled policy, due to be shelved after LED lamp conversion following pressure from the Lib Dem group and local residents.

    Article / Apr 2, 2015
  • Heath

    Heath Ward Lib Dem councillors Bryan Vizzard and James Willis have worked hard with local residents to protect Oakwood Road and the surrounding area from more traffic blight. The Tory-led Borough Council wanted to open the door to building 60 houses on land off of Oakwood Road and behind Bower Mount Road, adding traffic to what is already a very busy route. Lib Dem councillors, working with local residents, have forced a rethink and it has been agreed that this site will be removed from the Local Plan.

    Article / Mar 31, 2015
  • 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

Latest News (view all news)

  • Local Councillors, Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at the polluted Wheatsheaf junction

    Air pollution in the is set to high levels today, prompting health warnings from the government. Those with heart or lung problems and the elderly are being told to completely avoid strenuous physical activity, while even healthy people are being warned to cut down on the amount of physical exertion they do outside.

    Article / Apr 12, 2015
  • Dear resident

    As my second year as County Councillor for Maidstone South draws to a close I would like to share some of the interesting challenges I have faced and some of the successes I have achieved over the last two years

    It is clear to me that local residents have a real interest in improving our area and are especially keen to save our countryside and open space from development. With so much new housing proposed in Maidstone, traffic congestion and and air pollution have become two of our biggest issues. I have continued to challenge inappropriate housing development in South Maidstone especially where this would overwhelm local roads infrastructure. It has been a pleasure to be able to work with such hard working local organisations such as the North Loose Residents association, Valley Conservation Society, Tovil Parish Council and the SMART group, and with Lib Dem Borough Councillors Derek Mortimer and Ian Chittenden who are all dedicated to maintaining and improving the area where we live.

    Article / Apr 8, 2015
  • For years Liberal Democrat Councillors have argued that the Borough Council should not allow development without adaquete car parking spaces, because of the serious problems this causes to local residents and businesses.

    Finally we have begun to win the argument and the Council has decided to adopt Kent County Council's parking standards to assist in determining planning applications. On March 17th The Planning, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee, led by Liberal Democrat Councillor Ian Chittenden, voted to recommend to the Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport that he proceed to adopt the Standards immediately.

    Article / Apr 7, 2015
  • Street Lights

    Following last months Lib Dem budget amendment to restore full night lighting in Kent Liberal Democrat County Councillor Brian Clark was back again this month to try seek clarification on this troubled policy, due to be shelved after LED lamp conversion following pressure from the Lib Dem group and local residents.

    Article / Apr 2, 2015
  • Heath

    Heath Ward Lib Dem councillors Bryan Vizzard and James Willis have worked hard with local residents to protect Oakwood Road and the surrounding area from more traffic blight. The Tory-led Borough Council wanted to open the door to building 60 houses on land off of Oakwood Road and behind Bower Mount Road, adding traffic to what is already a very busy route. Lib Dem councillors, working with local residents, have forced a rethink and it has been agreed that this site will be removed from the Local Plan.

    Article / Mar 31, 2015
  • 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