Will Forster

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The Lib Dems have launched a national lobbying campaign urging Conservative MP’s to restore public faith in politics and back amendments in the House of Commons to protect the rights of EU citizens and child refugees in the UK. As part of the campaign, I have written to Woking’s MP, Jonathan Lord, asking him to […]

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Thank you for your support

by willforster on 16 December, 2019

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the 16,629 people who voted for me to become Woking’s MP in last week’s General Election. Although I did not get over the line in Woking this time, the Lib Dems achieved our best result in a decade. We increased our vote […]

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Challenging my opponent to reject no-deal

by willforster on 8 December, 2019

I have today challenged the local Conservative candidate to rule out a no-deal Brexit in December 2020. The challenge, just a few days before polling day, follows Boris Johnson refusing to rule out a no-deal exit from the EU.  Under the Tory Party’s plan, the UK will have until December 2020 to deliver the second phase […]

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The Lib Dems have accused the Conservatives of failing to protect local small businesses, after figures revealed that 1,860 businesses in Woking have closed over the last three years. It comes as the Lib Dems today unveil a series of measures to reverse this decline and boost local firms, to mark Small Business Saturday. Recent figures […]

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Lib Dems to fund 24 more police officers across Woking

by willforster on 6 December, 2019

The Lib Dems have announced plans to fund at least 24 police officers across Woking Constituency as part of an extra £1 billion nationwide investment into community policing. This commitment amounts to 20,000 more police officers across England and Wales, enough for an extra two officers per ward.  The Lib Dems will also fund an […]

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NHS staff shortages worsen under Tories

by willforster on 5 December, 2019

The latest figures on NHS vacancies reveal that there was 6,180 vacancies for nurses in the NHS in the South East in July to September 2019.  This means that over 13% of posts were unfilled, showing the NHS staff shortage crisis to get worse. The Conservatives have presided over a staffing crisis in our health service, failing to […]

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The Lib Dems and I have said the news that rail fares will rise by 2.7% in 2020 is a “kick in the teeth” for rail passengers in Woking.  The increase will leave commuters in Woking paying almost £100 more for an annual season ticket to London.  Under Lib Dem plans, the 2.7% increase in 2020 […]

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46 EU academics from the University of Surrey, and 1179 from universities in London, have quit in the three years since the Brexit vote, research by the Lib Dems has revealed. 23 academics from the EU left the University of Surrey in 2018/19 alone, the figures show. The analysis, based on Freedom of Information responses from […]

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The Lib Dems have announced we will freeze rail fare increases for Woking commuters and season ticket holders for the next five years, while fixing the broken fares and ticketing system. A Lib Dem Government would cancel the 2.8% RPI rail fare increase planned for December 2019 and freeze Woking commuter fares and season tickets […]

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Figures reveal exodus of EU NHS staff in local hospitals

by willforster on 26 November, 2019

Brexit is making the staffing crisis at St Peter’s and Royal Surrey NHS Trusts even worse, the Lib Dems have warned. Figures published by the Lib Dems reveal that 78 EU staff working at the Royal Surrey NHS Trust and 63 at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital have already left the health service this year. […]

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