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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: Oct 27, 2016

    Zac Goldsmith claimed Brexit has nothing to do with this by-election. The very public endorsement he has picked up from the party of Nigel Farage nails that lie.

    Zac Goldsmith was already the Conservative Party candidate. Now he is also the UKIP candidate. His campaign is the Nigel and Zac show.

    UKIP's website expressly states that it is vital for supporters of Hard Brexit to defeat the Liberal Democrats in Richmond Park, and praises Zac Goldsmith for being 'fully committed to getting Britain out of the European Union'.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2016

    The 'No Ifs, No Buts' pledge from the Conservatives has been thrown by the wayside in the rush to bulldoze homes and build a new runway.

    Zac Goldsmith has failed Richmond Park on Heathrow and betrayed them on Brexit.

    The turbulence in the Conservative Party is nothing compared to the anger felt by those they have betrayed by giving up their commitment to the environment and communities in West London.

    Theresa May used to make this case, now she has ripped those words down from her website and scrubbed them from history.

    Boris once said he would lay down in front of the bulldozer. Now he will find himself on the slow boat to China - anywhere to avoid having to stand up for his principles - or stand down from his seat at the cabinet table.

  • Article: Oct 27, 2016

    Over the next five weeks, we'll be fighting a Parliamentary by-election caused by Zac Goldsmith's resignation - the Liberal Democrats held this seat until 2015 and we're the clear challengers to Zac.

    Electing a Lib Dem MP in Richmond Park will send a strong message to the Tory Government not just on Heathrow, but on Brexit too. It's a tremendous opportunity for people to give their verdict on the direction Theresa May's new government is taking our country.
  • Rob Bird
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Rob Bird, Member for Maidstone Central, asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:

    "Up to now the works on the Maidstone Bridges Gyratory have progressed well and traffic flows have generally been well managed. Unfortunately, on Saturday 24th September scores of motorists spe nt 2 hours queuing to get out of the Fremlin Walk car-park because of congestion caused by the roadworks. We have recently learnt that this situation was exacerbated and prolonged because the Kent Highways Management Centre at Aylesford was not manned at week-ends.

  • Ian Chittenden
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Ian Chittenden, Member for Maidstone North-East asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:

    "The number of sawn-off streetlight columns around th e County seems to be on the increase, most have been taped and left for many months. Not only are they a blot on the landscape, but the lack of light in localised areas increases safety risk for both motorists and pedestrians.

  • Kent County Councillor Trudy Dean
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Trudy Dean, Member for Malling Central and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council asked Matthew Balfour, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, the following question:

    "Would the Cabinet Member for E nvironment and Transport please say what the Government's current policy is with regard to assessing submissions from Local Authorities and individuals to Planning Applications on the basis of the impact of traffic generation?

  • Trudy Dean
    Article: Oct 23, 2016

    Liberal Democrats warn of potential disaster if cuts continue

    KCC has taken an unusual step of producing a mid-term 'budget' which outlines some potential cut-backs, including 400 job losses, but provides little detail on the cuts or reassurance for Kent's residents. The report was debated at the Council meeting on 20th October.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2016

    Last night saw the results of the Witney by-election - we started the campaign in 4th place as 50/1 outsiders and thanks to the relentless, positive campaign we ran, dented the Conservative majority and secured one of our best by-election results in decades. This is what you need to know:

    1: If this result was repeated across the UK, the Tories would lose their majority

  • Article: Oct 20, 2016

    Liberal Democrat peer, John Sharkey, whose Private Member's Bill was instrumental in securing a pardon for Alan Turing, has reached an agreement with the Government which will grant a posthumous pardon to thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted under long abolished sexual offence laws.

    Those similarly convicted but still alive will also receive pardons if they have successfully applied for a disregard or in future successfully apply for a disregard under the Protection of Freedoms Act.

  • Rob Bird
    Article: Oct 19, 2016

    KCC has spent £6,877.6 on just 200 copies of an 'Annual Strategic Statement' and an executive summary, 84 each of which were to go to County Members, the rest to 'key partners' and MPs. The cost, which equates to over £34 each, includes £3,430 for graphic design alone. The information was obtained by Lib Dem County Councillor Rob Bird.