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  • Munira Wilson
    Article: Mar 16, 2020

    Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson MP has called for all social care workers to be tested for coronavirus, alongside NHS staff, and has asked the Health Secretary for clarity on the issue of testing for the virus.

    After raising the question of coronavirus testing in the House of Commons, Munira Wilson said:

    "Some of the most vulnerable in our society live in care homes. Shortages in the care workforce are already a problem. That's why staff at care homes must be supported to the same level as staff in the NHS.

    "It is essential that front-line NHS staff are tested for coronavirus. It is also critical that front-line social care workers are tested. That is why I raised this issue with the Secretary of State for Health in the House of Commons today.

    "At present, the Secretary of State is not providing sufficient detail about how this will be achieved and the timeframe for this. We need urgent answers.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have called on the Health Secretary to announce the public health grant amidst the Coronavirus crisis.

    Ed Davey, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Munira Wilson , Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson, have written to Matt Hancock calling on him to announce the funding to ensure councils could fulfil their role as a "key part" in containing the virus.

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:

    "Having failed to tell local councils how much the public health grant will be, the Tories have made it all but impossible for councils to ensure our communities have proper healthcare.

    "Even if it was business as usual this would be shameful, but with the Coronavirus it is nothing short of an abdication of duty.

    "Public health information is vital to lowering the Coronavirus peak, but even more alarming is the inability for local councils to try and address the inevitable gaps in our social care sector getting worse.

    "Whilst the Prime Minister and Health Secretary are happily touring the TV studios, they are utterly failing at the most basic level to support councils in their vital work."

    The full text of the letter is as follows:

    'Dear Secretary of State,

    I am writing to urge you to immediately announce the public health grant for local authorities for 2020/21.

    The unacceptable delay has made it extremely difficult for local government to plan health services in the community such as sexual health services, the NHS Health Check programme and public health advice to NHS Commissioners.

    With the coronavirus, this delay has become even more serious.

    Public Health funding is a crucial component for ensuring public services work together to issue advice and information, but also plan for knock on effects on the social care workforce for example.

    The delay has also compounded the severe reductions in local authorities' public health grant funding - over £700 million in real terms between 2015/16 and 2019/20 - which has left councils under incredible pressure to deliver vital community health services.

    The Government has said on various occasions that the best way to reduce the peak of Coronavirus is to contain and delay it - public health information is a key part of that strategy and it must not be neglected by this government.

    Yours sincerely,

    Ed Davey MP, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats
    Munira Wilson MP, Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats'

  • Article: Mar 2, 2020

    "Today's report of Kent's first case of coronavirus in Maidstone will concern many. Our thoughts are obviously for the patient, his or her family, work colleagues and friends.

    We now know that it is highly likely that Covid-19 will have a major impact on Maidstone and the rest of Kent. We are liaising with officers at both County and Borough level to ensure that everything is being done to get Kent prepared for any emergency.

  • Layla Moran
    Article: Feb 27, 2020

    Earlier today, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran slammed the Conservatives for "failing the most vulnerable", as analysis of new rough sleeping statistics shows that the Government is significantly off track on its target of eliminating rough sleeping by 2024.

    The Conservatives announced the revised target, which was previously 2027, after the election in December.

    The latest Rough sleeping snapshot, published today by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, shows that there were an estimated 4,266 rough sleepers in England on any given night in Autumn 2019, a reduction of just 411 people (8.8%) on 2018's figure. The figures are still a massive 141% up on 2010.

    According to Government figures, the South-East has some 900 rough sleepers on a typical night, the biggest number outside London.

  • Rob at CH
    Article: Feb 12, 2020

    The disabled bus pass and companion pass are currently only valid from 9:30 am onwards. Last September Kent County Council unanimously approved a Liberal Democrat proposal to make the pass valid for travel in Kent before 9:30am. KCC should get the new arrangements put in place straight away.

    KCC has set aside £200,000 in its proposed budget for 2020-21 to cover the additional costs. But, 5 months after agreeing to the proposal, KCC has yet to work out how best to implement the new arrangements. That's not good enough.

  • Ian Chittenden
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    At the County Council budget meeting on the 13th February the Liberal Democrats will be calling on KCC to provide Kent's parish and town councils and community groups with the support needed to get electric vehicle (EV) charging points in their areas.

    The Lib Dems will be asking for a ringfenced fund of £500,000 to be spread over the next two years to help fund the procurement and installation of publicly accessible charging points in car-parks owned by the parishes and local community groups.

  • Transport Costs
    Article: Feb 11, 2020
    By Rob Bird, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group at Kent County Council

    The Prime Minister has announced £5 billion of new funding to overhaul bus and cycle links for every region outside London. This should result in well over £100 million being allocated to Kent. It is very welcome but much more will be needed.

    Bus services outside London are in crisis, with less and less people taking the bus and consequently more and more people relying upon their cars. The vast majority of bus users are concessionary pass-holders - either young people going to school or college or 'senior citizens' who are eligible to free bus travel.

  • Puffin Crossing
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    Ida Linfield presses for vital new pedestrian crossing near Canterbury school.

    "I can think of nothing worse in the whole world than arranging for your child to walk safely to school with friends and then getting someone at the door saying he had been knocked down", said Ida Linfield, Lib Dem County Councillor in Canterbury.

  • Ida Linfield
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    At this Thursday's budget meeting at Kent CC Ida Linfield (Lib Dem county councillor in Canterbury) is proposing the allocation of £250,000 to fund a Befriending service to support elderly residents in Kent. The funds would be drawn from a special £3.5 million unallocated reserve which KCC are proposing for future initiatives.

  • Trudy
    Article: Feb 11, 2020

    Two thirds of Kent school children who are the main person looking after a sick or disabled parent may not be getting the support they need.

    Lib Dem Councillor Trudy Dean will be proposing an addition of £250,000 to KCC's budget to train teachers to spot young carers, and then provide the children with the necessary support and advice they need to help them with this huge task.

  • Munira Wilson
    Article: Feb 6, 2020

    Mental health services for children and adolescents are at breaking point - and the government's plan to fix them isn't enough. We're pushing the Tories to do more.

    By Munira Wilson MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care

    Week in, week out, either at my constituency surgery, in my inbox or just through conversations with friends and acquaintances, I hear yet another tragic story of a child or young person struggling with their mental health. They're having to battle to get any sort of help.

  • Iwade Lorry
    Article: Jan 24, 2020

    At a Kent County Council meeting this week councillors endorsed a KCC proposal to implement a trial lorry control area aimed to substantially reduce inappropriate HGV movements. The trial area is likely to be to the south of Maidstone.

    The County Council is already in advanced discussions with the Government about obtaining the necessary legal powers to permit KCC officers to undertake the enforcement. A similar scheme is already in place in London. Up to now, most HGV restrictions in Kent have tended to be flouted by lorry drivers.

  • Extinction Rebellion at County Hall 210120
    Article: Jan 21, 2020

    About 20 climate protesters interrupted a Budget meeting with loud hailers and whistles at County Hall today causing the meeting to be suspended whilst they made their statement to the largely empty chamber. Only Liberal Democrat and Labour Councillors stayed to hear what they had to say.

    The protesters said that the County Council had failed to explain the urgency of the climate change situation to Kent residents, failed to agree effective emission targets, failed to set aside money to carry out the necessary changes and failed to set up Citizens Assemblies which could discuss residents views on the environmental impact of KCC policies.

  • Article: Dec 18, 2019
    In The Times

    Britain's network of buses is faltering, leaving many people isolated and unable to get to work. A radical government would consider making bus travel free

    The great story of the British bus, which arrived in 1824 and by 1950 accounted for 42 per cent of all journeys, is running into difficulties. Use in this country is at its lowest level since records began 50 years ago. Only 4 per cent of all journeys made last year were by bus. Outside London there were nine million fewer journeys in Britain in 2018-19 compared with the previous year, a result of higher fares and cancelled routes. The inconvenience caused has not been evenly spread. Most cuts have fallen on less populated and rural regions. Some busy places have only two bus rides a day. Smaller villages might see a bus perhaps twice a week, while others are cut off entirely.

  • Kent & Medway General Election Results - December 2019
    Article: Dec 16, 2019

    No Liberal Democrat breakthrough in Kent and Medway but good progress throughout region.

    The Liberal Democrat share of the votes cast in Kent & Medway for the December 2019 Election was 10.3%. This was a notabable improvement on 2017, with the number of Liberal Democrat votes 4.8% higher than in the previous General Election. This increase was slightly better than the 4.6% recorded in England and the 4.2% recorded across the United Kingdom. The Liberal Democrat share of the vote increased in every Kent & Medway constituency apart from Canterbury - which was sucessfully defended by the remain-supporting Labour MP, Rosie Duffield.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2019

    Alan Bullion is the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Gillingham and Rainham

    In response to speculation that Boris Johnson might try to revive the failed 'Boris Island' airport project in the Thames Estuary, Alan Bullion said: "I spoke up against the potential destruction of farmland and bird and wildlife sanctuaries on the peninsula in 2014 during the Euro election at a public meeting organised by the RSPB and Kent Wildlife Trust. We will continue to oppose any such move at all costs in order to protect our precious Kent countryside and its food production and rare species."

  • Wheres my bus
    Article: Dec 3, 2019

    By Hannah Perkin, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Faversham & Mid Kent

    Our roads are jammed, our towns are choked with fumes. But hardly anyone takes the bus these days. Why?

    In the past few weeks I have visited many areas in the Faversham & Mid Kent constituency. I have usually had to travel by car. It is just impossible to get around by bus or other public transport. Lenham is just 10 miles from my home in Faversham but it can take almost 1 ½ hours to get there by public transport. It takes me over an hour to travel the 20 miles to our county town, Maidstone.

  • Broadway Shopping Ctr.
    Article: Nov 18, 2019

    Broadway Scheme rejected

    At the recent meeting of the Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee, Councillors discussed a number of development proposals in the Town Centre, including a controversial multi-story housing and retail plan at Broadway shopping Centre. The committee had agreed to defer the decision on the plan in September, to allow consideration of detailed points raised by the Lib Dem and Independent Councillors.

  • Hannah Perkin, Liberal Democrat candidate for Faversham & Mid Kent
    Article: Nov 18, 2019


    Hannah is a passionate, popular and dedicated community campaigner. She became involved in local politics after feeling that the voices of women and parents were being left out of conversations about issues that directly affected them. She is keen to diversify politics and to encourage everyone to have their say.

  • James at Maidstone West Station
    Article: Nov 15, 2019
    By Agent - Barry Standen

    James Willis - Working hard for Maidstone and The Weald

    James has lived and worked in Kent most of his life. He cares about people and relates quickly and effortlessly to everyone he meets. He was elected to Maidstone Borough Council in 2014 and rapidly established a reputation as a fearless and effective representative. He has become an energetic campaigner, particularly on environmental and transport issues, and he believes in working with community groups to get results. James has led several campaigns to support local public services and to protect green spaces, and has helped many local residents with individual issues and concerns.

    As a family man, he is well aware of the problems facing both young families and the wider community. He would be a truly local champion for everyone, young and old and would devote himself tirelessly to serving the area he loves.

    JAMES SAYS:

    We are very fortunate to call The Garden of England our home but there are problems in Maidstone and The Weald, of these traffic congestion and the resulting air pollution, are probably the most pressing.

    The Conservative Government and their chaotic mishandling of Brexit have cost taxpayers here in Maidstone and The Weald millions of pounds. It has also brought chaos to our roads. Remember Operation Stack? The Tory Brexit 'solution' Operation Brock, proved to be even more shambolic for the few days it was in operation! Imagine what it will be like if Brexit goes ahead.

    It is time to repair the damage caused by years of Tory austerity by major increases in funding for our children's education, our health services and the police, and to take the action needed to deal with the threat posed by climate change. .

    I promise to work tirelessly for the residents of Maidstone and The Weald.