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  • Chris Took outside St Peter's Hospital
    Article: Apr 29, 2015

    Research published by VoteSmart has shown that Chris Took of the Liberal Democrats has become the only left of centre candidate who can win in Woking.

    With the election in Woking being one of the closest fought in history it has become crucial that voters unite behind a progressive candidate who can defeat the reactionary candidates from UKIP and the Conservative Party.

  • Article: Apr 26, 2015

    Chris Took, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Woking, has today pledged a commitment to support Women in Prison's Manifesto which calls for a new approach to criminal justice, where the abuse, marginalisation and poverty at the root of so much of women's offending is addressed and custodial sentencing is used as a last resort.

  • Chris Took at Swimathon 2015 - Woking
    Article: Apr 19, 2015
    By Chris Took

    Chris Took, Woking Liberal Democrat's Parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming General Election, took a break from his campaign activity to swim 100 pool lengths (2.5km) in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

    Held over the weekend of 17-19 April, Swimathon 2015 welcomed thousands of swimmers to take on the challenge and go that extra length to help support Marie Curie provide care for people with terminal illnesses across the UK with hours of health care and professionals to support themselves and their families go through those tough times.

  • Fracking
    Article: Apr 10, 2015

    Chris Took, the Liberal Democrats candidate for Woking, has promised that he will oppose any future attempts to carry out fracking in his constituency if elected.

    Chris has joined hundreds of election candidates from nearly all the UK's political parties who have pledged to oppose the controversial industry in their constituencies.

  • Chris with Debt Poster
    Article: Apr 8, 2015

    Debt charity receives more than 300 calls from people in Woking since 2013

    Candidates standing to become the MP for Woking in May's General Election are facing calls to make promoting free debt advice a priority, after a debt charity revealed it has received more than 300 calls for help from people with debt problems in the constituency since 2013.

  • Cllr Will Forster and Woking Lib Dem Candidate Chris Took
    Article: Mar 30, 2015
    The election has now been called - there are just a few weeks until voters in Woking will decide who they want to their MP, and who they want to be their local Councillors.

    Chris and our local council candidates (including me) need your help! We want to give Chris Took and our Council candidates the best start possible to the campaign.

    We have thousands of tabloids still to deliver and more leaflets on the way. We also need to knock on as many doors as possible.

    We need volunteers to spread the message and let Woking residents know exactly why the Lib Dems are the best placed to represent them.
    If you have an hour or two free in the next few weeks and are able to help - please get in touch me with and help our candidates get a flying start. Let's show everyone that the Liberal Democrats in Woking are here to win.
    Contact number:
    07980 971078
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  • CIFAS Logo (www.cifas.org.uk)
    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.