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  • Pride flag over County Hall, Kent
    Article: Jun 11, 2021

    The rainbow Pride flag, celebrating equality for LGBTQ+ people is flying over County Hall for the whole of June.

    This is a Liberal Democrat achievement having been proposed by the Liberal Democrat Group four years ago.

    It was accepted by the then Council Chairman on the advice of the council's equalities officer.

  • Article: Jun 3, 2021
    By Kent Liberal Democrats

    Antony Hook has made his first speech to Kent County Counci in his role as Leader of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    In his four-minute speech Antony:

    • Congratulated members elected to Kent County Council
    • Introduced new Liberal Democrats members Mike Sole and Richard Streatfeild
    • Called on the council to work together to achieve recovery after the pandemic
    • Highlighted the gulf between seats allocated to the Conservatives versus the much smaller share of votes they received from Kent's people
    • Set out liberal values that will guide the Liberal Democrat Group - such as belief in the open society with equal opportunity for all
    • Called for people to be "liberated from poverty, ignorance and conformity"
    • Said he is optimistic about Kent's future
    • Called on Kent to become the leading council in the UK for embracing new technology
  • Antony Hook
    Article: Jun 2, 2021
    By Kent Liberal Democrats

    Antony Hook has been elected as new Leader of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    He will lead the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall and was elected unaniously by Liberal Democrat county councillors.

    Antony Hook is 41, married with two daughters and represents Faversham on Kent County Council.

    He is fomer Member of the European Parliament for South East England.

  • Article: May 7, 2021
    By Antony Hook

    Following the Kent County Council election on 6 May 2021, the following Liberal Democrats were elected:

    Ian Chittenden - Maidstone North East

    Dan Daley - Maidstone Central

    Trudy Dean - Malling Central

    Antony Hook - Faversham

    Richard Streatfeild - Sevenoaks Town

    Mike Sole - Canterbury South

    Antony Hook said,

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Apr 30, 2021

    Trudy Dean sets out some of the challenges which Kent County Council needs to address to help all children and young persons get the best start in life.

    The Liberal Democrats believe that the financing of Education in the UK is too heavily skewed toward Secondary Education at the expense of the all-important formative Early Years and argue for greater funding of Early Years settings. There is a particular need for greater focus on speech development and creative play for children from poorer backgrounds to try to ensure that their life chances are not limited from the start.

  • Penelope James
    Article: Mar 29, 2021

    Liberal Democrat County Council Candidate for Deal and Walmer, Penelope James, backs the six priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    "Caring for our community, our environment and our residents are key priorities for Kent Liberal Democrats. They have never been more important than now as we emerge from the pandemic.

  • Disabled person on bus
    Article: Mar 28, 2021

    Bus Passes are no longer valid before 9:30am despite commitments made 18 months ago.

    Travelling by bus is a lifeline for many people with disabilities. The Disabled Persons Bus Pass and, where needed, the Companion Pass provide invaluable free bus travel for disabled people needing to get to the shops, to the doctors or to work. Earlier this month, Kent County Council stopped disabled persons from using their passes before 9:30am.

  • Jenny Randerson
    Article: Mar 24, 2021

    "The Government's Bus Strategy is long overdue but very welcome", writes Baroness Jenny Randerson

    "First promised in 2019, since then the crisis in our bus services has worsened, because for the last year the Government has actively discouraged bus travel, seen as unsafe in the pandemic. This came on top of decades of decline, when there has been no strategy for bus services, left to the power of the market.

  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Mar 12, 2021

    Ida Linfield, Liberal Democrat candidate for Canterbury City South, is pressing for better support and respite breaks for Kent's carers.

    The pressures of lockdown last year have been immense for all of us but especially for the carers in our community, many of whom are wives, husbands and school-aged children. Many of whom are not in the best state of health themselves.

  • BrianClarkHaylePark
    Article: Mar 11, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Maidstone South, Brian Clark, backs the six key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    "Our priorities highlight urgent areas of focus which will help residents recover from this devastating pandemic. Our natural environment, so beneficial for wellbeing, needs to be central in our thinking.

  • ChrisPassmore
    Article: Mar 10, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Maidstone Central, Chris Passmore, extols the Medway River Path's contribution to good mental health.

    The Covid pandemic and its social and economic impacts will negatively impact on many of our lives, being unable to manage the additional day to day pressures caused by changing relationships and employment. This can impact on our mental health and can lead to depression, substance abuse, family breakdown and even as a last resort suicide.

  • TrudyandNickStapleton
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Malling Central, Trudy Dean, continues to work to make our streets safer.

    A large section of Larkfield's 4,000. homes will be getting a 20mph limit on their roads after KCC and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Councillors last night (8th March) jointly approved the scheme.

  • UkonoObasi
    Article: Mar 9, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Gravesham East, Ukono Obasi, is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

    "In Kent, our children and young people measure poorly against the national averages for children in care, immunisation, prevalence of obesity and young people not in education, employment, or training. These factors have a huge impact on their physical and mental health and is also a huge cost on our economy with all serious impact it has on wider society.

  • Anne Sullivan
    Article: Mar 6, 2021

    Anne Sullivan is standing for the Liberal Democrats in Tunbridge Wells South at May's County Council Elections.

    "The Liberal Democrats are the party that supports residents take care of their mental and physical wellbeing.

    The pandemic has taken its toll on the mental and physical health of so many people and the Liberal Democrats are committed to making sure that those most adversely affected are given the support they need.

  • RichardStreatfeildTrinity
    Article: Mar 6, 2021

    Richard Streatfeild is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Sevenoaks Town at May's County Council Elections.

    The Liberal Democrats are working to help ensure that every child can go to a good school, pre-school or college. We will campaign for every child to have access to a good nursery. We will give schools the help they need, so every child can thrive in the classroom and get a good start in life. We will make special needs assessments easier and quicker.

  • David Osborne
    Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Tunbridge Wells West, David Osborne, sets out the importance of nurturing and maintaining valuable open space within Tunbridge Wells.

    "At the heart of the West Division lies 250 acres of Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall Commons, the lungs of the town. I'm a Freehold Tenant of the Manor of Rusthall. That sounds a bit pompous, but just means that I have a house that fronts onto the Common and was once able to graze my sheep!

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Mar 4, 2021

    Liberal Democrats respond to Kent & Medway's suicide rates.

    Kent and Medway Liberal Democrats are responding to the NHS report which shows that Kent and Medway are one of eight communities singled out by the Government as "worst affected by suicide". The report found "that while suicide rates have fallen since 2014-2016, they remain above the national average".

  • Mile Sole - flytipping
    Article: Mar 2, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Canterbury South, Mike Sole, gives his backing to the key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats.

    Mike Sole is a passionate environmental campaigner. He was the councillor who first demanded that Canterbury City Council declare a Climate Emergency.

    "I have a record of standing up to protect the countryside, in particular the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from unwelcome development.

  • Tim with the new Shorncliffe Road / Folkestone West Zebra Crossing
    Article: Mar 2, 2021

    The Liberal Democrat County Council candidate for Cheriton, Sandgate and Hythe East, Tim Prater, gives his backing to the key priorities of Kent Liberal Democrats:

    "These priorities give a clear idea of what the Liberal Democrats seek to do at County Hall: to help our County build back together from Covid. We both need to ensure we have both a caring community, and care for our community.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Mar 1, 2021
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    Last month's Conservative budget was not good enough for the people of Kent, and not good enough for Kent.

    The Liberal Democrats demand better.

    Covid-19 has highlighted the value of caring for each other. Now, as we begin to emerge from the lockdown, we need to help those most affected by the pandemic and lockdown. At the same time, we need a better quality of life for all, with clean air and green space that everyone can appreciate.