Will Forster

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Almost 17,000 pensioners in Woking left out in the cold as broken triple lock promise creates cost of living black hole. The Lib Dems and I have accused the Conservatives of leaving pensioners in Woking with a hole in their pocket after breaking a manifesto promise to protect the state pension. In the wake of […]

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Boris Johnson’s promise to provide 85% of homes and businesses in Woking with high-speed broadband by 2025 is set to be broken. Analysis of House of Commons Library data by the Lib Dems has found that just 3.9% of premises in Woking Constituency had gigabit broadband availability in 2021. At the current rate of progress, […]

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The Lib Dems and have slammed the Conservatives running Surrey County Council’s budget as one that fails residents by making them ‘pay twice’ for social care reforms whilst mismanagement sees money wasted, services cut and £200 million held in reserve. People in Surrey will now be faced with ‘paying twice’ for social care reforms thanks […]

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Surrey Tories’ ‘power grab’ fails

by willforster on 3 February, 2022

Surrey County Council’s hopes of getting more powers from central government as part of a County Deal lie in ruins following the publication of the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper. Yesterday, the Government has unveiled their plans which include the promotion of regional mayors and give several areas County Deals – however Surrey was not […]

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The Lib Dems are on track to win seats across the country at the next General Election, including here in Woking, following the historic by-election victory overnight in North Shropshire. The Lib Dems won the once safe Conservative seat of North Shropshire, overturning the Conservatives majority of almost 23,000 votes. It is the second parliamentary […]

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Small and medium-sized businesses, from tech start-ups to hairdressers and cafes, in Woking will pay an extra £4 million a year due to the rise in national insurance, research commissioned by the Lib Dems has found. Boris Johnson broke his 2019 manifesto promise by raising employer National Insurance Contributions by 1.25%, impacting small businesses in […]

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The Lib Dems have published figures showing that 16,872 of State Pensioners in Woking are set to be impacted by the Government breaking its manifesto promise and suspending the triple lock on pensions. The state pension triple lock is a rule that means the state pension must rise each year in line with the highest […]

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MP for Woking breaks promise over unfair tax hike

by willforster on 9 September, 2021

The local Lib Dems have slammed local Conservative MP Jonathan Lord’s choice to break their promise to the electorate and vote for a 1.25% rise in National Insurance. The changes, which go against the Tories’ manifesto promise not to raise taxes, will mean hard-pressed local families and small businesses will be left paying hundreds of […]

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Yesterday, Woking’s Conservative MP, voted in the House of Commons to support the Government’s cut to foreign aid, breaking a manifesto promise. MPs were given the option to vote between restoring the Government’s commitment to spending 0.7% of Gross National Income on foreign aid, and a so-called compromise that would see the commitment return only […]

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I have written to Woking’s Conservative MP, Jonathan Lord, urging them not to break their election commitment on international development spending by voting to abandon the UK’s 0.7% of GNI target in a potential vote on 7th June. In the 2019 General Election, Tory MPs including Woking’s MP stood on a manifesto promise to “proudly […]

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