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About James Flanagan

James Flanagan at Westminster

James was born and raised in Canterbury, and joined the party in 1991 when he heard of the Liberal Democrat goal to lower the voting age to 16. After University, and a brief period of working outside Canterbury, James returned to his roots and began campaigning for the local Liberal Democrats.

James was the Liberal Democrat candidate for Canterbury and Whitstable at the General election in May 2015.

James adds:

"Canterbury is my home town. I grew up and went to school in the City and now live with my family in Whitstable. Between 2007 and 2015 I served as a councillor for Westgate ward on Canterbury City Council.

Campaigns I have been involved in include:

- Campaigning with residents to end the flawed Westgate traffic trial;
- Working with residents to save Kingsmead Field from development;
- Stopping the closure of the Roman and Westgate museums in Canterbury;
- Working with residents to save Whitstable's Crown Post Office;
- Campaigning with residents to stop Network Rail cutting down trees in Whitstable;
- Calling on the City Council in 2010 to let a community trust take over the Westgate Hall, rather than knocking it down for parking spaces;
- Campaigning with fellow Lib Dems against the building of 4,000 houses in South Canterbury.

I am known for speaking out against NHS reforms and the bedroom tax. I am also committed to liberal principles of protecting the most vulnerable in society, the environment, and respect for international law.

Please feel free to write to me at if you have any questions, or would like to help with my campaign."

How do I contact James?


Telephone: 07807 379 289

Postal address:11 Fitzroy Road, Whitstable, CT5 2LG

What has James been up to?

  • C&C LD Logo
    Article: Mar 23, 2017

    This morning James Flanagan spoke on BBC Radio Kent's Breakfast show about the plans for the council merger and put our position forward. Segment starts from 1:32:20 here.

  • surgeon hospital doctor medical medicine
    Article: Mar 21, 2017
    Canterbury Liberal Democrats have slammed the Government's failure to provide enough extra cash for the NHS in the Spring budget, warning that local services - such as the K&C - will struggle to cope with growing demand.
    Ahead of the budget the Liberal Democrats called for a £4 billion funding boost for NHS and care services this year. That would amount to an extra £7 million for local NHS services in the Canterbury and Coastal area, and £52 million for social care across Kent. The Budget announced by the Government will instead see the share of national income spent on the NHS fall in the coming years.
  • Europe Day of Action March 2017
    Article: Mar 12, 2017

    The Government urgently needs to rein in its attempts to use the thousands of EU citizens living across the UK as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations.

    People from the EU make a huge contribution to our local economy and society. Recent figures have shown that EU citizens across Kent, Surrey and Sussex include over 800 doctors and 5,500 nurses. Across the South East, over 8,000 EU nationals work in social care.

  • James Flanagan at Westminster
    Article: Feb 23, 2017

    Responding to today's reports that the Urgent Care Centre at Kent & Canterbury Hospital is to close, James Flanagan said, "The threat of closure to this much needed service is very worrying - especially as our area is growing."

    "Canterbury District already has a population of 157,000. Over the next 15 years, 15,000 houses will be built under the local plan, which could see a further 30,000 people across the district."

  • James Flanagan and Mike Sole - Calais Camp
    Article: Feb 16, 2017

    The decision to backtrack on providing sanctuary for 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children is shameful.

    Last year, Save the Children estimated there were 26,000 lone child refugees in Europe. Some had been separated from their parents by war, others had been orphaned, and all of them were at serious risk of exploitation, violence and disease.

  • James Flanagan at Westminster
    Article: Feb 11, 2017

    My letter in the Kentish Gazette this week in response to MP Julian Brazier's article last week:

    Julian Brazier paints a very rosy picture of our future outside the European Union ("Time to fulfil our promises", February 2nd). This view is not only far from certain, but one that puts him at odds with his constituents, the majority of whom voted to remain.

  • enhanced care photo
    Article: Jan 5, 2017

    Canterbury Liberal Democrats have revealed that the Government's plan to allow Kent County Council to raise council tax will only raise a small proportion of the council's social care budget - just 1.2%.

    This means that older and disabled people will still face a massive shortfall in funding needed.

  • Traffic South Canterbury Dec 2016
    Article: Dec 14, 2016

    Tonight the Canterbury City Council planning committee approved the application by Corinthian to build 4,000 houses on green fields on South Canterbury.

    Ida Linfield, Lib Dem campaigner said "The committee heard many good and honest reasons to reject this but the majority chose to ignore them. They also ignored the valid arguments of residents' associations from all over the city, from Bekesbourne and Bridge Parish Council and from The Canterbury Society".

  • James Flanagan and Tim Farron
    Article: Dec 8, 2016

    Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, James Flanagan, would win Canterbury and Whitstable if the party repeats the swing it achieved in the recent Richmond Park by-election.

    Lib Dem Sarah Olney overturned a 23,000 Conservative majority with one of the largest swings to the party in its history - which would hand over 150 Conservative seats to the Lib Dems. This prompted the party's leader, Tim Farron, to declare to Conservative MPs: "We are coming for you."

  • C&C logo
    Article: Dec 2, 2016

    It is extremely concerning that the £35million deficit faced by East Kent Hospitals Trust could mean further downgrading at Kent and Canterbury Hospital. It is equally concerning that the chancellor did not address the financial crisis faced by the NHS in his Autumn Statement last week.

    Whilst the Trust faces an unenviable task in trying to balance the books, it is essential that Canterbury is not overlooked as a major centre for specialist services in East Kent.