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  • Jasper Gerard with executive head Lorna Priddle and pupils
    Article: Sep 4, 2014

    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."

  • Jasper Gerard and Vince Cable MP
    Article: Sep 3, 2014

    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.

  • Canterbury Goes Green
    Article: Sep 1, 2014

    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!

  • Jasper Gerard and Cllr. Fran Wilson
    Article: Aug 29, 2014

    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.

  • Jasper Gerard and Vince Cable MP
    Article: Aug 28, 2014

    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.

  • Jasper Gerard and Catherine Bearder MEP at YMCA nursery
    Article: Aug 26, 2014

    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.

  • Jasper Gerard and Ann Barnes a local Policing conference
    Article: Aug 12, 2014

    A dedicated team of rural police officers has been promised for the Weald after Jasper Gerard, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner, raised the problem of rural crime at a conference near Maidstone on Monday.

    Jasper, speaking on a platform with Ann Barnes, told the Police and Crime Commissioner that many local people and small businesses had raised with him the lack of police presence in rural areas.

  • Maidstone now has over 2,000 apprentices
    Article: Aug 11, 2014

    The number of local people getting a better start in life through an apprenticeship has topped 2,000 - thanks to a partnership between the Liberal Democrats in government and local businesses.

    PLEASE SIGN OUR PETITION FOR MORE APPRENTICESHIPS NOW

    Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard, who has long been pushing for more local apprenticeships, has celebrated the news by visiting apprentices at Mid Kent College.

  • Paulina Watson listens to a concerned local resident
    Article: Aug 7, 2014

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    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.

  • Cyclers
    Article: Aug 7, 2014

    Following their success in persuading the Borough Council's Planning, Transportation and Development Scrutiny Committee to undertake a major review of Transport Provision in Maidstone Liberal Democrat Members of the Committee have been pushing for improvements for cyclists.

    At the instigation of councillors Clive English, Ian Chittenden and James Willis the Committee at its meeting on 22nd July voted:

  • Jasper Gerard with Cllr. Brian Mortimer and local protestors in Coxheath
    Article: Aug 7, 2014

    A large group of villagers in Coxheath opposing plans to build on a beautiful field with celebrated views across to the North Downs were joined by Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard on Tuesday evening.

    The protest, with popular Coxheath and Hunton councillor Brian Mortimer, was called as the Conservative-run council looks to build 410 houses in the village, a 23% increase. There is also the possibility of a further 200 on top.

  • Petition: Jul 31, 2014
  • New gates at Mote Park boundary
    Article: Jul 28, 2014

    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.

  • Paulina Watson listens to a concerned local resident
    Article: Jul 25, 2014

    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.

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

    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.

  • Jasper Gerard with executive head Lorna Priddle and pupils
    Article: Jul 21, 2014

    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.

  • Jasper Gerard meets local apprentices
    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    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.

  • Cleggy
    Article: Jul 17, 2014

    Nick Clegg has singled out Maidstone Lib Dems for particular praise in a speech to activists.

    At a recent training weekend for parliamentary candidates and key volunteers, the deputy Prime Minister said that results in Maidstone and the Weald showed that where Liberal Democrats get out on the doorstep, they can persuade people of the good work the Lib Dems are doing in government.

  • House of Fraser on Fairmeadow in Maidstone, severely flooded
    Article: Jul 9, 2014

    As the Woodland Trust launches its new report 'Stemming the flow' here is a timely guest blog from one of their Councillor Tree Champions, Cllr Tony Harwood:

    "Almost 1000 properties were affected by flooding from rivers across Kent earlier this year.

    However, against this backdrop there were small glimmers of hope. A local success story involves the River Len, a small and heavily urbanised tributary of the River Medway in Maidstone. In autumn 2000, under similar rainfall conditions, the Len had flooded commercial and residential property in Maidstone town centre.

  • Cllr. David Pickett and Cllr. Tommy Long at Buckland Hill/London Road junction
    Article: Jul 8, 2014

    Local Lib Dems moved quickly to reduce the damage to residents' quality of life that will inevitably result from the Inspector's decision.

    Lib Dem planning spokesman Tony Harwood, Planning Committee Chairman Clive English and local ward councillor David Pickett have demanded an urgent meeting with Maidstone planners, KCC Highways and Transportation and the applicants, in order to agree a blueprint to avoid the need for the most environmentally destructive of the proposed off-site highways works, and reduce local traffic increases to a minimum (by encouraging pedestrian visits for example). Current plans include road widening at the junction of Buckland Hill with London Road and the removal of a cycle path and footway on the bridge gyratory system.