Liberal Democrats

Ben Chapelard

Tunbridge Wells

A local campaigner for the Borough of Tunbridge Wells

Ben, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate and well-known local campaigner has an impressive track record of standing up for Tunbridge Wells. First elected to the Borough Council in 2010, he is now the leader of the opposition and a thorn in the side of the ruling Conservatives.

Ben prides himself on acting on residents’ concerns. He led the local Lib Dem campaign to get the derelict former cinema site in Tunbridge Wells demolished. 15,000 residents signed the Lib Dem petition forcing the council to take action. Ben and local Lib Dems campaigned for doorstep glass recycling which was recently introduced. He is currently campaigning against the proposed ill-thought out, overpriced new theatre.


Ben, an enthusiastic pro-european, was born in France to a British mother and French father. Ben is bilingual and grew up near Paris. He moved to the UK when he was 13 years old.

Ben went to secondary school in Sandwich (Kent) before studying French at the University of Kent in Canterbury. After completing teacher training at the University of Cambridge, he started his teaching career in a secondary school in Tunbridge Wells as a French teacher. Ben is passionate about education and currently teaches Spanish and French at a Kent school.

Ben was first elected councillor on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for St James’ ward - where he lives - in a by-election in 2010. He was re-elected in 2012 and 2016 and is the leader of the opposition on the borough council. Ben most enjoys spending time knocking on doors to find out the issues that matter to residents.

Before becoming a councillor, in his free time, Ben was a national league rugby union referee.

Ben lives with his wife, Jane, and their 2 young football- mad boys.

Email: [email protected]
Facebook: @benchapelard
Instagram: @ben_chapelard
Twitter: @benchapelard

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