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    Article: Mar 13, 2015

    Chris Took, Woking Liberal Democrats Parliamentary candidate has today signed up to Cifas' Fraud Manifesto, asking for the next government to act on three simple measures, which will help cut fraud against people, charities, and businesses in Woking.

    Chris said:

    "This is an important campaign and I am glad to support it. Fraud affects everyone in Woking in some way - either as direct victims, or through higher taxes and fees as a result of the huge losses. Last year alone there were 32,757 cases of fraud in the South East costing over £113m, according to Cifas' own figures.

  • Parliamentary Candidate for Woking, Chris Took, discussing Lib Dem childcare plans with new mum Lisa (and Maya-Lily)
    Article: Feb 21, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has set out the Liberal Democrat vision for a world-class early years education system.

    In a speech to the Pre-School Learning Alliance, Nick outlined Liberal Democrat plans to provide 15 hours a week of free childcare to all children of working parents aged between 9 months and two years.

    This would save the average family £2,670 over the course of a year.

    Nick also set out plans to give all two-year olds 15 hours free childcare per week, saving the average family £2,450 over a year.

    In his speech Nick restated the Liberal Democrats long-term ambition to increase the provision of free childcare to 20 hours a week for all two, three and four year olds and for children of working parents aged between 9 months and two years.

    Nick's comments come as the Family and Childcare Trust survey confirms that with demand increasing, the cost of childcare is rising.

    Liberal Democrats recognise that pressure on working parents to budget for their childcare costs doesn't just start when their child is two years old which is why we plan to introduce measures that will save families money.

    Nick also discussed the Liberal Democrat commitment to increase the Early Years Pupil Premium from £300 to £1,000 per child.

    The party's ambition is to have a member of staff who holds Qualified Teacher Status in every childcare setting by 2020.

    Nick said:

    "Over the last five years, we've made it one of our biggest priorities in this Government to ensure that every child - whatever their background or circumstances - gets an equal shot at the successful future they deserve.

    "We want to build on that progress. So, in the next parliament, the Liberal Democrats will start by providing 15 hours a week of free early years education to every family with a two year old.

    "We will increase the Early Years Pupil Premium from £300 to £1,000 per child, per year - boosting the support you can give to these children.

    "The Liberal Democrats will make 15 hours of free early years education available to all working parents from the end of their paid parental leave at 9 months right through until their child is 2, and the existing provision begins.

    "We are the only party with the clear commitment and plan, backed with the funding needed, to make it happen. We want a stronger economy and fairer society for Britain, where every child - whatever their circumstances or background - gets the best possible start in life.

    "So, keep working with us, and I and my party will continue to do everything we can to build a more successful and more family friendly country fit for our children to grow up in."

  • Article: Feb 19, 2015

    Almost half a million people in the UK are set to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year this evening (Thursday February 19th).

    The celebrations are widely viewed as the most important holiday for Chinese people worldwide and festivities continue until the famous Lantern Festival in early March.

    Commenting, Woking Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Chris Took stated:

  • Chris Took at Bridgewell House
    Article: Feb 9, 2015

    Woking Liberal Democrats parliamentary candidate Chris Took has backed calls for better provision of support for local people in mental health crisis. Mind, the mental health charity, is calling for local services to deliver on their promise to improve the support for people who are suicidal, self-harming or in psychosis.

  • LGBT Liberal Democrats
    Article: Feb 1, 2015
    By Chris Took

    Sunday 1st February marks the start of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month.

    The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public as well as celebrate the lives and achievements of individuals from the LGBT community.

    Chris Took, Woking Liberal Democrat's Parliamentary Candidate stated:

  • CAMRA Pledge
    Article: Jan 30, 2015
    By Chris Took

    Chris Took, local Liberal Democrat General Election candidate for Woking has today pledged his support for local pubs and breweries.

    The three pledges are highlighted in the Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, which sets out a package of reforms they are seeking from the next Government. These important pledges are to:

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2015
    Article: Jan 27, 2015

    Tuesday 27th January marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

    Seventy candles will be lit across the UK to mark the occasion and this year's theme is "Keep the memory alive".

    Chris Took, Woking Liberal Democrats Parliamentary spokesman stated:

  • chris took
    Article: Jan 10, 2015

    Today, Woking Liberal Democrat's Chris Took has signed up to show his support for Mencap's Hear my voice campaign.

    The newcampaign is about empowering people with a learning disability and their families to have their voices heard by their local MPs and candidates in the lead up to the May 2015 General Election.

  • Chris and Josie Took outside St Roberts Catholic Church
    Article: Dec 24, 2014
    By Chris Took

    Chris Took has urged places of worship, including churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and synagogues serving Woking to apply for a new £15million fund available for the repair of roofs and guttering.

    The Coalition announced the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund in the Autumn Statement and grants between £10,000 and £100,000 will be available to listed places of worship of all faiths and denominations across the UK, where roof repairs are deemed to be urgent and necessary.

  • Woking Lib Dem campaigner Chris Took with Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP at the Eastern and Oriental in Woking
    Article: Dec 18, 2014
    By Chris Took

    A crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Woking thanks to a major Government contract.

    The deal, unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb, offers support to disabled people and the elderly while also helping to protect the future of the post office network.

    It guarantees until 2022 the future of the Post Office Card Account system, which ensures people without a bank account can receive benefits and tax credits.