Ben Chapelard Listening to Local People, Standing Up for Our Borough, Fighting to Remain

Hard-working and well-respected local Liberal Democrat Councillor, Ben Chapelard, is standing to become the new MP for Tunbridge Wells.

Councillor Chapelard is a true local champion whose motivation for entering politics is simple: To serve the community he loves. First elected to Tunbridge Wells Council in 2010, Ben has led countless local campaigns to improve our area -- from convincing the Council to introduce doorstep glass recycling -- to leading efforts to stop a Tory plan to spend more than £100 million on a new town hall and theatre complex.

Now Ben is taking the fight for Tunbridge Wells to the next level by fighting to stop Brexit and put the interests of Tunbridge Wells first. Ben said, "Brexit will be an absolute disaster for local people and businesses. I am committed to stopping it.

Please support Ben and your local Liberal Democrats by voting for him or by donating your time or money during the election.

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Annual General Meeting


The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Local Party will commence at 8 p.m. on TUESDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2019

at The Camden Centre, Market Square, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2SW. 


Members may make a nomination for as many positions as they wish. It would be helpful if this is done in advance, using my email address at

We have invited Antony Hook MEP, as a guest speaker and we do ask all members to be as brief as possible – many thanks in advance for this! 

Eligibility to vote requires you to be in your second continuous year of membership. Please bring with you anyone willing to join upon entry. If your own membership needs renewing you can take this opportunity to do so.

Together with our Chairman and the other Officers, I look forward to seeing you on the 12th November and hope especially to welcome new members.

Please help and support the local party by attending this year’s Annual General Meeting.

Refreshments will be available at the bar.

Thank you.

Marguerita Morton, Secretary, Tunbridge Wells Liberal Democrats

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Justine Rutland stands for the Liberal Democrats in Culverden

Justine Rutland has announced her intention to stand for the Liberal Democrats in Culverden ward in the upcoming bye election on Thursday, November 14th. Justine works from home as a copywriter for a marketing agency in Langton Green and also as marketing manager for the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival.

Justine grew up in Culverden, on Byng Road, and attended St John’s primary school then Bennett Memorial. She moved back to Tunbridge Wells in 2004 with her husband after having their first child. Seven years ago, they settled in Culverden. Their three children attend local schools. A trustee of King Charles the Martyr church, Justine says that she adores Tunbridge Wells. Her priorities are:

Pedestrian safety - reduce congestion and improve air quality

Local Plan – promote sustainable and genuinely affordable housing; protect green spaces; and encourage sustainable travel

Support retail via markets, events and making the town centre a more attractive destination; evaluate parking charges; boost tourism.

Justine promises openness and transparency, and will work hard to preserve, enhance and revitalise the town, and to represent the views of Culverden residents on the council. She would be very happy to hear Culverden residents' thoughts and concerns on local issues. If you would like to contact Justine or to help the campaign, please contact the Liberal Democrats by emailing

The Culverden by-election will take place on 14 November. Justine would appreciate your vote.

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