The new Chair of the Tunbridge Wells Liberal Democrats for 2019 is Andrew Hickey with Gillian Douglass as Vice Chair. Gillian has worked as local party Chair for the past three years.
Andrew said: “We start the year in great shape as the official opposition in Tunbridge Wells, with four Liberal Democrat members of the borough council, all of whom are active and vocal on behalf of their constituents. They are David Neve (St. James’), Ben Chapelard (St. James’), Peter Lidstone (St. John’s) and Mark Ellis (St. John’s).
There are 48 seats on the Borough Council so we will work to take more control of the council this May in order to help local constituents on a range of topics from infrastructure like our roads and pavements, developments like the planned civic centre, the Southborough Hub, social matters like affordable housing and homelessness, economic matters like our town centre retail space, and environmental matters such as air quality and congestion. We are active and passionate about our town and borough and we also think that the current Conservative majority needs to be overturned in order to take the town forward.
The Lib Dems will also continue to campaign hard on national issues, particularly for a People’s Vote on Brexit. Tunbridge Wells was a Remain constituency in the 2016 referendum and we will be fighting to defend the will of the majority of local electors, and many others who have since changed their minds on leaving the EU over the past two and a half years as the political and economic damage mounts. We are equally prepared for a snap General Election if one is called, with Cllr Ben Chapelard, our General Election Candidate already in place, up and ready for the fight to win this seat from the Tory MP Greg Cla