Will Forster

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Woking, Opposition Leader on Woking Borough Council and Councillor for South Woking Learn more

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The Lib Dems have announced we would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in our first major manifesto commitment of the General Election campaign. The tax would raise an additional £124.7 million for Surrey, with £76 million for the NHS and £48.7 million for social care […]

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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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The Lib Dems and I are marking Europe Day today by calling on voters in Woking to support the Lib Dems in standing up to Theresa May’s plans for a hard, destructive Brexit. On Europe Day it is important to remember that the European Union was created to end centuries of war in Europe and […]

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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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Re-elected – Thank You!

by willforster on 7 May, 2017

I was delighted to have been re-elected as South Woking’s County Councillor on 4th May – I want to say a big thank you to all the voters of South Woking for continuing to place their faith in me and sending me back to County Hall with an increased majority. I received 2271 votes (54%) […]

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The Lib Dems in Woking have seen a surge in new members over the past two weeks, with membership up 18% since the General Election was called. Nationally, the Lib Dems have the highest membership ever, with over 101,768 members.  It is reported the Conservatives have only 130,000 members – so we are well on the […]

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Lib Dems commit to ending rough sleeping in Woking

by willforster on 27 April, 2017

The Lib Dems have become the first major party to commit to ending the ‘national scandal’ of rough sleeping across Britain, including in Woking. The latest figures show there were at least 12 people regularly sleeping rough in Woking in 2016, up from 2 only a few years ago.  Meanwhile new research has revealed that 19 homes in the possession […]

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On behalf of the local Lib Dems, I have written to Woking’s Member of Parliament urging him to reject Theresa May’s Hard Brexit manifesto and instead pledge to protect the local economy by keeping Britain in the Single Market. Theresa May is expected to include her Brexit negotiating priorities in the Conservative snap election manifesto […]

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A Conservative Councillor for Walton South in Elmbridge, Christine Elmer, has left the Tory Party and has switched her allegiance to the Lib Dems. Despite working for the Conservatives for 11 years, Christine Elmer has said she can no longer be a Tory due to this Government’s Hard Brexit. I understand Councillor Elmer has been unhappy for some time with the […]

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Ever since Theresa May announced that were would be a snap General Election on June 8th, I have been asked lots of times about what the Lib Dems will do in the event of another hung Parliament.  Yesterday – the Lib Dem Leader, Tim Farron, ruled out doing any Coalition deals with Theresa May’s Conservatives or Jeremy […]

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