Will Forster

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

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Three years on since the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Lib Dems have warned Brexit must be stopped to avoid “a decade lost to political crisis and economic trouble”. Today, the 23rd of June, marks three years since the referendum. Despite this, the Conservative Government has been unable to negotiate […]

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I was delighted that a fortnight ago, the Lib Dems achieved our best ever European election result in the party’s history and topped the poll in Woking Borough. Nationally, the Lib Dems got over 20% of the vote and we beat both Labour and the Conservatives for the first time since 1906. We now have […]

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The Lib Dems have today announced their list of MEP candidates in the South East of England Constituency for the European Parliament elections on the 23rd May. The diverse list of candidates includes our current Member of the European Parliament, Catherine Bearder, as well as Councillors and other hard working community activists. The Libs Dems […]

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The Lib Dems have today called on Conservative Ministers to invest in local services to tackle childhood obesity following fresh official figures reveal 16% of children aged 10 to 11 across Woking are obese. According to the figures published by Public Health England, 20% children aged 10 – 11 across England are obese. The publication […]

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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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Surrey County Council has agreed to my request to help its European Union (EU) staff and children in care apply for ‘settled status’ post-Brexit. Earlier this year, the Government announced that EU nationals would have to apply and pay for settled status post-Brexit, though they have recently waived the application fees.  This ‘pay to stay’ […]

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I have today called on Surrey County Council to support European Union (EU) nationals living locally from the damaging effects of Brexit. Before Christmas, the Government announced that EU citizens would have to apply and pay for ‘settled status’ post-Brexit, causing fears that some European workers will leave the UK post Brexit.  Surrey County Council, […]

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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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The NHS 10-year plan has serious shortcomings

by willforster on 9 January, 2019

Although it has now been forgotten as a result of the Government’s Brexit woes, earlier this week a 10-year plan for the NHS was unveiled – and like Brexit, I think it has some serious shortcomings. Talk of moving money towards prevention is welcome, but hollow given that the Government has removed £80 million from this […]

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I am pleased to see that Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will pay fees for European Union (EU) citizens wishing to apply for ‘settled status’ post-Brexit, but has slammed the Conservative Government for putting EU nationals’ rights and NHS staffing in Surrey and Woking at risk. Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS […]

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