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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  • Local Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed the development of Fant Farm and argued that it should not be allocated for housing within the Conservative-led Council's Draft Local Plan.

    At the meeting of the Council's Planning, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 20TH January Liberal Democrat Councillor Clive English proposed and the Committee agreed to recommend to the Council's Cabinet that Fant Farm should not be allocated for housing due to the adverse impact on the countryside, particularly the Medway Valley, the loss of agricultural land, the encroachment into the countryside of Maidstone's urban boundary and serious traffic issues.

    Article / Jan 24, 2015
  • At a Business briefing organised by Town Centre Management Business Leaders condemned serious problems in the Town Centre resulting from the closure by the Conservatives of Town Centre Toilets. Several businesses complained about drug abuse, begging and shop doorways being used as toilets, and numerous examples of anti social behaviour.

    Article / Jan 24, 2015
  • Litter

    These shocking images of litter-strewn verges on one short stretch of Pilgrim's Way at Boxley, in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, provide yet more evidence that Maidstone is losing the battle with the litter louts. These photographs were taken in the very week that Keep Britain Tidy published research indicating that streets with rubbish strewn across them could have between 2.7 and 11.8% wiped off the value of local homes.

    Article / Jan 24, 2015
  • River Len

    Nestling amongst a brutal concrete and tarmac townscape of supermarket car parks, loading bays, tower blocks and a dual carriage-way fly-over in the heart of the County Town lays one of Kent's best kept wildlife secrets. The River Len Local Nature Reserve is small (just under 3 hectares), yet very well connected, linked to surrounding urban green space and back gardens, council allotments, the wooded embankment of the main London to Ashford railway line and Mote Park.

    Article / Jan 10, 2015
  • A woman's work in Maidstone has been recognised by the Queen.

    Dorothy Weedon received an MBE in the New Year's Honours List for her services to politics in the town.

    The Liberal Democrat campaigner has been a key local party figure since 1961, and was twice chairman of the local branch.

    Now vice-president, the 85-year-old of Bower Mount Road reckons she has delivered a leaflet or knocked on virtually every door in the constituency over five decades.

    Article / Jan 9, 2015
  • High Street Ward Environment

    Maidstone Council Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Fran Wilson has expressed despair at the rapidly declining environmental quality across her High Street Ward. The photographs featured show just one small area of her ward, namely Blythe Road, Sunningdale Court and Square Hill Road, where litter and damaged street furniture is disfiguring a very pleasant residential neighbourhood.

    Article / Jan 8, 2015

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  • Local Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed the development of Fant Farm and argued that it should not be allocated for housing within the Conservative-led Council's Draft Local Plan.

    At the meeting of the Council's Planning, Transport and Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday 20TH January Liberal Democrat Councillor Clive English proposed and the Committee agreed to recommend to the Council's Cabinet that Fant Farm should not be allocated for housing due to the adverse impact on the countryside, particularly the Medway Valley, the loss of agricultural land, the encroachment into the countryside of Maidstone's urban boundary and serious traffic issues.

    Article / Jan 24, 2015
  • At a Business briefing organised by Town Centre Management Business Leaders condemned serious problems in the Town Centre resulting from the closure by the Conservatives of Town Centre Toilets. Several businesses complained about drug abuse, begging and shop doorways being used as toilets, and numerous examples of anti social behaviour.

    Article / Jan 24, 2015
  • Litter

    These shocking images of litter-strewn verges on one short stretch of Pilgrim's Way at Boxley, in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, provide yet more evidence that Maidstone is losing the battle with the litter louts. These photographs were taken in the very week that Keep Britain Tidy published research indicating that streets with rubbish strewn across them could have between 2.7 and 11.8% wiped off the value of local homes.

    Article / Jan 24, 2015
  • Liberal Democrats are determined to get to grips with the poor air quality in many areas of Maidstone despite the lack of enthusiasm of the current Conservative Administration of the Borough Council.

    Councillor Clive English attended the meeting of the Council's Cabinet on 14th January and sucessfully spoke against themove by the Conservative Administrationto defer the consideration of air quality management policies. Councillor English argued in favour of tightening the proposed policy within the draft local plan to take account of the cummulative impact of development on air quality.

    Article / Jan 22, 2015
  • Accident

    Following another bad car accident in Lower Road, West Farleigh, local resident Roy Plommer, who is a member of West Farleigh Road Action Group organised, with others, a petition demanding urgent action to reduce speed along Lower Road and to reduce the risk of injury to local residents.

    The petition asking for speed limits along Lower Road to be reduced from 50mph down to 30mph was signed by more than 1000 local residents and was presented to Kent County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at County Hall.

    Article / Jan 22, 2015
  • River Len

    Nestling amongst a brutal concrete and tarmac townscape of supermarket car parks, loading bays, tower blocks and a dual carriage-way fly-over in the heart of the County Town lays one of Kent's best kept wildlife secrets. The River Len Local Nature Reserve is small (just under 3 hectares), yet very well connected, linked to surrounding urban green space and back gardens, council allotments, the wooded embankment of the main London to Ashford railway line and Mote Park.

    Article / Jan 10, 2015