I want to represent the area I’ve chosen to call my home. I’ll stand up for my friends and neighbours and challenge the Labour council when they get it wrong. I’ll also help residents to navigate the bureaucracy of local government to get problems solved. I have been a Charlton resident since 2010, and am a proud stay-at-home father to a talkative toddler. As a newcomer to the political scene I became more interested in local politics in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Once I understood the lack of representation that residents had, especially when it came to planning, I decided I had to act.
l-r: Edmond Rose, Rhian O'Connor and Anthony Austin
The Liberal Democrats have selected candidates for the May local elections in Greenwich West ward. This ward has been a closely fought contest in the past, with the Liberal Democrats coming as close as 83 votes away from beating Labour prior to the Coalition. No other party has ever been anywhere near to beating Labour in Greenwich West.
The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest more than £53 million more in schools and colleges in Greenwich borough over the next parliament.
The funding for Greenwich borough would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.
As political parties and the media gear up for the General Election on 8 June, talk has turned – as always with our first-past-the-post electoral system – to the issue of tactical alliances.
This is particularly the case in this extraordinary General Election, with the threat of Theresa May’s hard Brexit looming and the Labour Party trailing something like 20 points behind the Tories.
Our Liberal Democrat champion in south-east London, Simon Hughes, is standing for election again! Some of us still remember the Bermondsey by-election in 1983, pounding the streets, delivering Good Morning leaflets ludicrously early on Polling Day, and other tasks from the campaign HQ in St James church hall.
It was amazing to go canvassing with Simon then, and it remains so now because he knows so many people. For 32 years they knew him too, as a superb MP who would always go the extra mile to help.
70 young people in Greenwich and Woolwich to be stripped of housing benefit
Over 120 young people in constituencies covered by Greenwich Borough will be affected by the Conservative government’s decision to strip 18-21 year olds of housing benefit, research by the House of Commons library commissioned by the Liberal Democrats has shown.
In total 18,000 young people across the country expected to be affected. The Liberal Democrats have committed to reverse the cuts, which came into force at the beginning of this month.
When it comes to the EU, for me, standing up against Brexit isn't just about policy, it's about identity.
People care passionately about Britain’s membership of the EU. It’s an issue which has struck to the core of many peoples’ identity – not just dual nationals or EU citizens living in Britain.
For me it’s even more personal. I am proudly French, as well as proudly British. I am the child of two nations which have been at war for most of the last millennium. The European Union has bound us together. Its purpose was to link our nations together – make us so inter-dependent – that war would be impossible.
Theresa May has today called for Parliament to vote for a General Election to be held on 8 June 2017.
Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, has attacked the Brexit squeeze budget, saying the government’s decision to take us out of the Single Market will cost the average UK household over £700 a year. Meanwhile, the Chancellor has clobbered “white van man” with a £193 increase by next year in National Insurance charges.
Liberal Democrats calculate households will be £744 pounds a year worse off. Average disposable incomes are forecast to be £29,465 a year by 2020 but they would have been £30,209 without Brexit.
Our parliamentary democracy is based on the principle of representation of local areas by their MPs. Our MPs are our direct link to parliament. They are elected to represent their constituencies, particularly on issues where constituents have made their views clear. They may make decisions contrary to their constituents' wishes, but these are almost exclusively restricted to points of principle which they made clear prior to their election.