Will Forster

Former Mayor of Woking and Lib Dem Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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Surrey County Council own a broad range of land and property assets both in and outside of Surrey, with a total value of around £1.5 billion. At the last Council Cabinet meeting, it was revealed that the County Council will be ‘pausing’ investment out of Surrey for the time being whilst they evaluate the use […]

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The Lib Dems and I have slammed the Conservative Government for their “hapless treatment” of European Union (EU) citizens after the Home Office released guidance on the new EU Settlement Scheme. The Home Office has confirmed that for the duration of the trial period, EU nationals applying to stay in the UK must either use […]

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Theresa May’s Brexit deal is dead

by willforster on 16 January, 2019

The Conservatives’ Brexit Deal is definitely dead.  Yesterday’s vote in the House of Commons was a resounding defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal – the biggest defeat in Parliament ever. After months of incompetence, indecision and ineptitude, Theresa May’s Brexit Deal is dead.  It is also clear that Jeremy Corbyn’s bids to oust her are […]

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Public must have option to reject botched Brexit

by willforster on 9 December, 2018

I fear the Conservatives’ botched Brexit will leave people poorer and MPs need to give the public the final say on the deal. During the debate on Tuesday, the Lib Dem MPs will be arguing for people to be given a final say, including the option to remain in the European Union (EU). The Lib […]

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Heathrow expansion disappointing yet predictable

by willforster on 29 June, 2018

On Monday evening, the House of Commons voted in favour of Heathrow expansion.  For Surrey, the South East of England and the environment, this result is disappointing yet predictable and represents another broken promise to local people from this Conservative Government. The Lib Dems and I are opposed to further airport expansion in the South East […]

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The Government has published proposals calling on local authorities, including Surrey County Council, to be more open and transparent about their purchases of commercial properties for investment purposes. The consultation, which closed on December 22nd, states that local authorities need to “demonstrate more transparency and openness and to make it easier for informed observers to […]

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The Lib Dems and I are calling on Woking’s Member of Parliament, Jonathan Lord, to back amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill to stop a Hard Brexit. As a party, we are encouraging members of the public to contact their MP to ask them to support four amendments ahead of next week’s debate and vote. […]

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1,860 3-4 year-olds in Surrey would benefit from Lib Dem plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, with gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The cash would triple the funding to £1,000 per pupil per year – up from £302 in […]

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Yesterday, the Lib Dems have announced we would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in Woking by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and increases wages in line with inflation. Under Lib Dem plans, the 9,539 teachers working in Surrey schools would get an average pay rise of £903 by 2021, while […]

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The Lib Dems and I are marking Europe Day today by calling on voters in Woking to support the Lib Dems in standing up to Theresa May’s plans for a hard, destructive Brexit. On Europe Day it is important to remember that the European Union was created to end centuries of war in Europe and […]

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