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  • Article: Jul 23, 2020

    Young Liberal Democrat activists in Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham are setting up the only Young Liberal group in Kent outside the universities.

    Sharan Virk from Gravesend, who, at only 23 has already stood a few times in local elections over the past 4 years, says, "One thing we can all agree upon is that politics is more often than not, considered a passion of those much older than us - no wonder we're always met with delight when we turn up to organised events!"

  • Graham Colley, Lib Dem candidate for Kent PCC
    Article: Jul 2, 2020
    By Alan Wells, Medway Liberal Democrats

    Liberal Democrats back Graham Colley to stand for Kent Police & Crime Commissioner election

    Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Graham Colley has been selected as their candidate at the next Police and Crime Commissioner election, due to take place in May 2021. Graham has been a vocal supporter of Kent Police and will campaign for more frontline officers, community policing and improved visibility of police, especially in rural areas of the county.

    Graham Colley represented the Party in the Rochester and Strood Constituency in the 2019 General Election and has previously been involved in Party and charitable bodies on behalf of the public.He is offering a fresh approach to policing in Kent.

    A Party member since university, Graham Colley knows Kent well and lives in Rochester, having campaigned in many Kent elections. Graham has been a Parliamentary candidate previously for Mid-Kent (twice) and a former Kent County Councillor for Medway South and co-chair of the Kent Fire & Public Protection committee.

    Graham Colley said: "I feel privileged and honoured to have been selected for the PCC, and want to focus on caring for our community, our neighbourhoods, and our Police. I want to bring back community policing, get drugs off our streets and deliver a fairer deal for Kent."

    "As a Liberal Democrat in Kent, I have seen at first hand the impact of withdrawing community policing, and increasing lawlessness on our streets. These have been exacerbated by Conservative cuts to youth services, mental health and road safety at Kent County Council. We need a new partnership with Kent Police and a fairer deal for the men and women who put their lives at risk to keep us all safe."

    For more information please contact pcccandidate@grahamcolley.org

  • Stag
    Article: Jun 28, 2020
    By Tony Clayton

    All Sevenoaks Town Councillors are committed for Stag to reopen and to succeed . We've been working for a plan to make it happen.We have to save Stag as a going concern not just for a few months then have to close it. We need to be clear on business-like plans to make it self supporting again.

    We know the next few months are very hard to predict, and the Town Council has very little spare cash to give. So we suggested a three stage plan:

  • Article: Jun 27, 2020
    By John Death

    The Liberal Democrats in Sevenoaks, Dartford and Gravesham are currently looking for candidates to stand in the Kent county council electoral divisions in May 2021. If you would like more details, please contact us here.

    The pandemic has shown how important it is that social care, schools, public health, libraries, transport and our roads are well managed. That's what KCC do. The 81 Kent county councillors - with, currently, 7 Liberal Democrats - manage local spending of £1.5 billion a year. Covid-19 and Brexit are creating huge challenges for local government which Conservative Councillors will seek to solve by cuts. It is essential that local Liberal Democrats like us can stop this by standing for election or helping in the campaigns.

  • 20mph Hollybush
    Article: Jun 13, 2020

    Campaigners for safer streets on the way to school are nearly there asfter a long campaign.

    This week plans went up for a 20mph zone all round St Johns School, incluing Hollybush Lane, Bayham Road, Quakers Hall Lane, Serpentine Road and the Harslands ara

    School parents led the petition, backed by gheir local councillors. Most local residents put upposters in support and - finally - Kent County came up with a comrehensive plan which will protect most of the walking routes to St Johns. A similar zone is planeed around Sevenoaks Primary.

  • Govt in Chaos (by Liberal Democrats)
    Article: Jun 7, 2020
    By Tony Clayton

    If you wondered what all the fuss on ''level playing field" is about in the EU trade negotiations, here's what he actually signed:


    Given the Union and the United Kingdom's geographic proximity and economic interdependence, the future relationship must ensure open and fair competition, encompassing robust commitments to ensure a level playing field. The precise nature of commitments should be commensurate with the scope and depth of the future relationship and the economic connectedness of the Parties. These commitments should prevent distortions of trade and unfair competitive advantages. To that end, the Parties should uphold the common high standards applicable in the Union and the United Kingdom at the end of the transition period in the areas of state aid, competition, social and employment standards, environment, climate change, and relevant tax matters. The Parties should in particular maintain a robust and comprehensive framework for competition and state aid control that prevents undue distortion of trade and competition; commit to the principles of good governance in the area of taxation and to the curbing of harmful tax practices; and maintain environmental, social and employment standards at the current high levels provided by the existing common standards.

    Did he read it?

  • Sevenoaks sign
    Article: Jun 6, 2020
    By Tony Clayton

    In the battle for recovery of Sevenoaks as a market town, the Town Council has made a vital first step.

    On Friday 5th June it backed a plan which will make the town centre safer and more attractive to walk round, so that residents and vistors can reach shops, cafes, and all the other service businesses which make it worth coming to.

  • Sevenoaks pedestrian plan
    Article: Jun 4, 2020
    By Tony Clayton

    Sevenoaks District Council's plan for Sevenoaks recovery will kill the town. That's the verdict of shoppers and business people on the District Leader's plan to march people up one side of High Street and London Road and down the other, published today for a decision tonight.

    Instead of creating more space for shoppers to queue outside shops, to pass each other and for visitors to feel safe, anyone on foot will be crammed onto existing narrow pavements in order to allow traffic to flow freely, on its way to out of town retail parks.

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