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The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

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The Liberal Democrats work hard to keep in touch with local people right across the Ashford and Tenterden area.

  • Article: May 23, 2016
    By Tim Farron in Kent on Sunday

    Kent is Britain's Gateway to Europe. Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron, has written exclusively to Kent News about the forthcoming referendum on Britain's EU membership. Tim provides a strong and compelling argument for Kent residents to vote to remain in the EU.

    To read Tim's article click here.

  • Article: May 22, 2016

    "How many Kent County Council employees and how many councillors have had their emails monitored in each of the past 3 years and for what purpose?"

    Answer

    To ensure the security and safety of the KCC network, there is continual electronic monitoring of the e-mail system.

    In terms of individuals' accounts, between 2013 and 2015, over the past 3 years, KCC has monitored 108 employee accounts. There have been no requests to monitor any Members' email accounts.

  • Article: May 22, 2016

    According to the Safer Maidstone Partnership there were 709 reported road crashes in the borough for the year ending June 2015, almost 3% up on the previous year. It is recognised that the majority of these 'accidents' can be attributed to driver error; KCC's Road Safety Team continue to have a vital role.

  • Article: May 22, 2016

    Will the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport agree to come to Canterbury with relevant senior Highways officers to meet with representatives of the residents' associations of urban Canterbury to discuss their concerns about the traffic implications of the major expansion of the built area of Canterbury, and to explain the County Council's ongoing strategy to mitigate the pressure on the urban highways network that will cause?

  • Article: May 22, 2016

    Over 100 acres of the former Aylesford Newsprint site is currently in receivership and a master plan for its development is being consulted upon. Can the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport confirm that KCC is engaged with this process and in his reply can he confirm that KCC will use its influence to gain much needed infrastructure improvements including

  • Article: May 18, 2016

    Commenting on the Queen's Speech, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron said:



    "Only one year in and this Conservative majority is running out of steam.



    "30 announcements, but 28 have been made before. Weekend prisoners, announced by a weakened Government.



    "The Queen's Speech is a stop-gap to give the warring factions of the Tory party a couple of day's respite from the referendum. It does nothing to address the key issues at stake.



    "This country's challenges on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment are either ignored, or offered nothing more than empty rhetoric.



    "The Conservatives are continuing their dogmatic assault on civil liberties with the ongoing threat of the snooper's charter and an obsession to tear up the human rights act. We will fight them every step of the way.



    "There are enough re-runs on BBC without having to get the Queen to do her own."

  • Cllr David Rendel
    Article: May 17, 2016

    Paying tribute to David Rendel, former Liberal Democrat MP for Newbury who passed away last night, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

    "I am hugely saddened by the loss of David Rendel. He was a committed, selfless individual who I will remember particularly for his unyielding campaigning over so many years. I will miss him.

  • Article: May 13, 2016

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

    Because there is much more to this Referendum than the economy, crucial though that is.

  • Article: May 12, 2016

    Read Tim Farron's speech on June 11, 2016 on why he's voting to remain on June 23rd

    So much of the debate around Europe has been about financial projections, trading complex cost benefit analyses about what will happen if we stay or leave. And fascinating though that all is, my hunch is that it might not, on its own, clinch the right result.

  • Article: May 11, 2016

    Commenting ahead of the publication of reformed EU refugee laws, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said



    "Any proposals to strengthen Dublin regulations are welcome but do not alone do enough to confront the humanitarian crisis in Europe.



    "It will take time to make Dublin more effective and efficient and this is something we simply don't have. That is why the PM must act now and offer safety to 3,000 vulnerable refugee children who are unaccompanied in Europe. Many Conservative MPs are u-turning on their vote against this last week, and it is time for the PM to join them."