Ed Davey's school places pledge

Ed Davey has launched a campaign to build four new primary schools across Chessington, Kingston, New Malden and Surbiton over the next five years.

His plan follows on from Kingston's largest ever primary school expansion completed under the last Liberal Democrat Council, which saw 315 new permanent places created and a new school, with over £68 million invested.

Who can we trust to continue fighting for our local NHS in Kingston & Surbiton?

The National Health Service is dear to all our hearts. It’s where our family members were looked after when they were at their most vulnerable and where our children were born.
No wonder it’s emerged as the key issue facing voters as we approach the election to choose Kingston’s next MP in May.
With his record of fighting for Kingston and Surbiton’s NHS, from leading the campaign to save A&E and maternity units at Kingston Hospital to his efforts to secure the funding to build the new Surbiton Health Centre, there’s no doubt that local Lib Dem Ed Davey has established his credentials as a champion for NHS services.

Green energy auction paves way for 27 new renewables projects and thousands of green jobs across the UK

This article first appeared in Liberal Democrat Voice:

This morning I announced the results of the first auction for green energy generation. The results are impressive – more clean energy at lower costs.

Thanks to this first renewable electricity competition of its kind, I have offered contracts to 27 renewable energy projects across the UK.  Enough to power 1.4 million homes and save the equivalent carbon emissions of taking 2 million cars off the road.

The projects include offshore wind and onshore wind and solar, and will create thousands of green jobs.

A better deal for commuters

Like thousands of local people, I travel on the train from Surbiton to Waterloo several times a week. And when you add in the other nine train stations in the Royal Borough – from Berrylands to Tolworth, Kingston to Malden Manor – you can understand why I campaign on so many rail commuter issues.

Kingston College is an “exemplar” of the Liberal Democrat focus on apprentices, says Ed Davey

On a visit to Kingston College on Monday 26 January 2015 Ed was given a guided tour of some of the excellent workshops within the college and had a chance to meet some of the eager and driven young apprentices on various schemes.

The importance of Pupil Premium

On a recent visit to two schools in the constituency, I was very pleased to hear once again that the Liberal Democrat initiative of ‘Pupil Premium’ payments were making such a key difference to schools and the children who attend them.

Save our weekly recycling

Your recycling may be about to change – from weekly collection to fortnightly. Kingston Council has surprised residents with proposals to require them to store all their recycling, except food, for two weeks. One week you’ll have to put out your glass and tins, the next week your paper and cardboard.

Christmas greetings

In wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, I hope your 2014 was as happy as mine when Emily and I were blessed with the birth of our daughter Eleanor: I'll always be grateful to the wonderful staff at Kingston Hospital's maternity unit.

Live from Lima

This article first appeared in Liberal Democrat Voice:

I’m half way through my third day at the Lima UN climate change talks and the negotiations look set to go to the wire this weekend.

But that’s not because there’s some crisis in the global talks – it’s because these are the most technically complex and politically challenging global negotiations ever. To make global agreements on how we move our carbon world to a low carbon world is an extraordinary task.

An Autumn Statement for more green energy and more help to keep energy bills down

This article first appeared in Liberal Democrat Voice:

Liberal Democrats in Government already have a record of green energy delivery to be proud of.  Renewable electricity generation and investment have both more than doubled since 2010 and our reforms will create 250,000 low carbon jobs by the end of the decade.  Britain is ranked No.1 in the world for offshore wind investment, onshore wind now produces around 5% of the UK’s electricity and solar generating capacity increased by 60% last year.

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