Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate in Woking, Deputy Mayor of Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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The Conservative Government’s £1 billion deal with the DUP could have paid for at least one extra teacher for every secondary school across the UK, including 59 more teachers in Surrey, research by the Lib Dems has revealed. Official figures show there are 4,169 state-funded secondary schools in the UK and that the average cost […]

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Up to 354 children living in poverty across Woking Constituency will have their lunches taken away under Theresa May’s plans to abolish universal free school lunches for infants, Lib Dem research has revealed.  In total 6,125 children in Surrey are set to lose out under the plans. Those families losing out are expected to have […]

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Plans by Theresa May to axe free school lunches would waste the £1.96 million invested in Surrey school kitchens, according to the Lib Dems.  It comes after figures revealed 31,178 children in Surrey are set to lose out under the Conservative proposals. When in Government, the Lib Dems invested £160 million upgrading school kitchen facilities to enable them to prepare hot lunches, including […]

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The Lib Dems have launched our manifesto plans yesterday for a brighter future, with pledges to reverse Conservative cuts and increase funding for the NHS, schools and police. The Party’s landmark policy would give the people the final say on the Brexit deal which would include the option to remain in the EU. The Lib Dems […]

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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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My Lib Dem colleagues at County Hall and I have welcomed the news that the Conservative administration on Surrey County Council has finally agreed to scrap the 4 Cabinet Associate posts which have so far cost the taxpayer nearly two hundred thousand pounds since they were introduced. The Lib Dems have consistently called for these posts […]

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The Lib Dems will announce today that we will invest £38,135,022 more in schools and colleges across the Surrey County Council area over the next Parliament. This funding for Surrey would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements. £1,247,513 […]

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Why I am running to be Woking’s MP

by willforster on 7 May, 2017

I love Woking.  I have lived in the town for more than 20 years, been a Councillor for 8 years and led the Lib Dem opposition on Woking Borough Council since 2014. I know so many people, including lifelong Conservatives, who are unhappy with our current MP for backing the Government’s Hard Brexit agenda, despite the […]

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I am very pleased that Surrey County Council has now written to the 11 Members of Parliament that represent the county, asking them to lobby government over the funding shortfall for Surrey schools. Last month, the County Council unanimously adopted a motion from me calling for the Council to oppose the Government’s funding offer and calling […]

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