Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Woking and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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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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Petition against December’s Rail Strikes

by willforster on 25 November, 2019

Following the news that there are 27 days of planned rail strikes in December, the Lib Dems and I have launched a petition against the strikes. Members of the RMT will walk out for 27 days throughout December, causing chaos to commuters, to businesses and to people traveling for Christmas. I am urging commuters to […]

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The Lib Dems have announced plans to scrap business rates and replace them with a landowner levy, to “breathe new life” into high streets in Woking. The party would replace business rates with a commercial landowner levy, based on the value of the land only.  This would take the cost off businesses and help support high streets. By […]

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Lib Dems will reverse schools cuts in Woking

by willforster on 20 November, 2019

The Lib Dems have announced that we will spend £10 billion a year more on schools and hire 20,000 more teachers by the end of the next Parliament. Figures from the National Education Union show that next year (2020/21), schools in Woking will have seen their budgets cut by well over £2 million – £2,381,781 […]

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The Lib Dems have announced today that they would allow Woking Council to increase Council Tax by up to 500% on empty homes that are left empty long-term. The latest Government statistics show that there were 346 homes left empty long-term in Woking Borough in 2018. In response, and as part of its plan to […]

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