Woking and Surrey local news

  • Will Forster GE 2019 Campaign
    Article: Jan 23, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster


    The Lib Dems have launched a national lobbying campaign urging Conservative MP's to restore public faith in politics and back amendments in the House of Commons to protect the rights of EU citizens and child refugees in the UK.


    As part of the campaign, Will Forster - the Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Woking - has written to Woking's MP, Jonathan Lord, asking him to support local European nationals and honour Woking's proud history of helping refugees by voting for the amendments.

  • Will Forster Poster
    Article: Jan 23, 2020
    By Cllr Will Forster

    I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the 16,629 people who voted for me to become Woking's MP in December's General Election.

    Although I did not get over the line in Woking this time, the Lib Dems achieved our best result in a decade. We increased our vote share by 13%, slashed the Conservative majority to less than 10,000 votes, and secured 31% of the vote in Woking.

  • 6. Environment
    Article: Dec 10, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems on Woking Council last week secured agreement to look at incentives for those driving the most environment friendly vehicles.

    "With new flexible pricing systems coming to town centre car parks it is an ideal opportunity to encourage use of less polluting vehicles" said Lib Dem Leader Ann-Marie Barker.

  • Will Forster GE 2019
    Article: Dec 10, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster


    Lib Dems Stop Conservative Council loaning £21 million to a private school

    Liberal Democrats on Woking Council have succeeded in halting Conservative proposals to bankroll a private school.

    Woking's Conservative Executive recommended to all councillors that a £21 million loan be given to Greenfield School. The school, which recently moved from Brooklyn Road to the old International School site on Old Woking Road, was seeking a loan to expand and add extra classrooms, arts, music and sports facilities.

  • Will Forster GE 2019
    Article: Dec 8, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dem Candidate for Woking, Will Forster, has today challenged the local Conservative candidate to rule out a No-Deal Brexit in December 2020.


    The challenge, just a few days before polling day, follows Boris Johnson refusing to rule out a No-Deal exit from the EU.


    Under the Tory Party's plan, the UK will have until December 2020 to deliver the second phase of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the EU. However, the plans also say Boris Johnson will not seek any extension despite overwhelming evidence showing that the time-frame is near impossible.

  • work computer business
    Article: Dec 7, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster


    The Lib Dems have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 1,860 businesses in Woking have closed over the last three years.

    The Lib Dems today unveiled a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost local firms, to mark Small Business Saturday. Recent figures show that 1,860 have closed in Woking Borough between 2016 and 2018, a 22% increase in closures compared to the previous three years. Across the UK one million businesses have closed their doors between 2016 and 2018, an increase of almost a third compared to 2013- 2015.

  • Police officer
    Article: Dec 6, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    The Lib Dems have announced plans to fund at least 24 police officers across Woking Constituency as part of an extra £1 billion nationwide investment into community policing.

    This commitment amounts to 20,000 more police officers across England and Wales, enough for an extra two officers per Woking ward. The Lib Dems will also fund an immediate 2% pay-rise for serving police officers.

  • doctor, surgeon, hospital, ward, surgery, operation
    Article: Dec 5, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

    The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there was 6,180 vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the South East in July to September 2019. This means that over 13% of posts were unfilled, showing the NHS staff shortage crisis continues to get worse.

    The Conservatives have presided over a staffing crisis in our health service, failing to adequately ensure the NHS has the workforce it needs to care for our loved ones.

  • Woking Train Station
    Article: Dec 2, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems: 2.7% rail fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for commuters in Woking


    The Liberal Democrats have said the news that rail fares will rise by 2.7% in 2020 is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers in Woking. The increase will leave commuters in Woking paying almost £100 more for an annual season ticket to London.

    Under Liberal Democrat plans, the 2.7% increase in 2020 would be cancelled and commuter rail fares would be frozen for the next five years. This would save season ticket holders from Woking to London almost £1,500 over the next five years.

    The Liberal Democrats would also overhaul ticketing by simplifying the system, creating season tickets for part-time commuters and introducing early-bird fares. The party would ensure that all rail franchises apply 'delay repay compensation' for delays of 15 minutes or more.

  • EU - Research and Education
    Article: Dec 2, 2019
    By Cllr Will Forster

    Lib Dems: 1,225 EU academics quit London and Surrey in three years in "Brexit brain drain"


    46 EU academics from the University of Surrey, and 1,179 from universities in London, have quit in the three years since the Brexit vote, research by the Lib Dems has revealed.


    23 academics from the EU left the University of Surrey in 2018/19 alone, the figures show.