Lib Dems celebrate huge vote surge in Southborough North by-election

Liberal Democrat campaigners in Tunbridge Wells and Southborough are celebrating a massive surge in support in Thursday’s by-election. The seat is one of the Conservatives’ safest in the Borough where they polled 60% of the vote this May. However, they hung on by just 49 votes from a strong Lib Dem campaign led by candidate Trevor Poile.

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Lib Dems want street lighting answers

Kent County Council has announced that it has plans to end its unpopular part-time lighting scheme introduced recently in our streets.

However, there is uncertainty as to when this will actually happen as the plan requires £40m to convert the street lights to low energy bulbs.

The Council does not yet have this money and it may take years to secure.

“Why didn’t the Council focus on getting the funding for these improvements earlier,” says Trevor Poile.

“With the money in place the street lights could have been upgraded without the need to switch off our lights after midnight.”

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Getting serious about mental health services

One in four of us experience mental health problems at some point in our lives. But for too long it has been neglected by the NHS.

Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Tunbridge Wells, James MacCleary said, “It’s so important that mental health should not be ignored or stigmatised. It should be taken as seriously as physical health.”

The Lib Dems are using £400 million to help people with mental health problems get the right support early on, such as talking or psychological therapies, and are introducing waiting times so people will know for the first time when they can expect treatment.

James added, “It’s great that the Lib Dems are introducing the first ever waiting times for mental health services, but there is more to do to ensure the essential changes needed in mental health care happen.

“That’s why we are pledging an extra £8 billion a year for the NHS in the next Parliament, including half a billion dedicated to improving mental health care.”

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