Will Forster

Lib Dem Councillor for South Woking and Leader of the Lib Dems on Surrey County Council Learn more

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About Me

I am the Lib Dem Borough Councillor for Hoe Valley and County Councillor for Woking South. I also lead the Lib Dem Group on Surrey County Council.

I grew up in Goldsworth Park and Horsell, where I attended local schools including Horsell Church of England Middle School, Woking High School and Woking College. I lived in Westfield for many years and I now live by Woking Park with my partner Hannah and our sausage dog Toffee.

I was first elected to serve my local community as a Councillor in 2009. I am now in my fourth term as a Borough and County Councillor, having been re-elected with increased majorities in the May 2021 elections.

On the Borough Council, I am the Council’s Armed Forces Champion and on the Lib Dem Shadow Executive with responsibility for community grants. On the County Council, as well as leading the Lib Dem Group, I am also is Vice Chairman of the Resources and Performance Select Committee, on the People, Performance and Development Committee and a member of the Woking Joint Committee.

In 2018 to 2019, I was delight to serve as the Mayor of Woking, during which time I strongly supported the Borough’s voluntary sector and raised tens of thousands of pounds for my Mayoral Charity, the York Road Project, which helps local homeless people.

I stood to be Woking’s Lib Dem MP in the 2019 General Election. Although I did not get over the line in Woking, I led the Lib Dems to our best result in a decade. We finished a strong second with 31% of the vote, increased our vote share by 13% and slashed the Conservative majority to around 9,000 votes.