I am devastated and I am angry. Today we woke to a deeply divided country.
Nigel Farage’s vision for Britain has won this vote, but it is not a vision I accept.
An institution that we built, that delivered peace, that promoted equality, kept us safe and opened the doors of opportunity, will no longer play part of Britain’s future.
With this vote, the very fabric of our country has changed.
The whole fabric of Europe has been changed.
Back in December, Labour councillor John Fahy was replaced as Cabinet Member for Children's Services. No reasons were given, the council claiming that the change of personnel in such a key post came under “internal matters”. His replacement, Charlton Labour councillor Miranda Williams, was equally tight-lipped, merely updating her Twitter bio and taking the reins.
Liberal Democrats have warned the closure of Greenwich Magistrates' Court and Woolwich County Court threatens to undermine access to justice for local people in Greenwich Borough.
Victims and witnesses will have to travel up to an hour and a half away to Bromley in order to attend their nearest court or tribunal proceedings rather than going to their local magistrates' court.
Greenwich Liberal Democrats support any attempts to upgrade our legal system but this should be done while maintaining a high functioning and local justice system.
Greenwich Borough Lib Dems condemn local Labour MPs Clive Efford, Teresa Pearce and Matt Pennycook for absenting themselves on a vote to give every family the stability and dignity of a decent home.
A Liberal Democrat motion on February 9th called for a series of reasonable, common sense solutions to the housing crisis to increase the availability of quality housing. Sadly our local Labour MPs refused to put partisan politics aside to support working families.
Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have put their name to a letter which calls on the Prime Minister to ‘fulfil his moral duty to accept 3,000 orphaned child refugees.’
This being my first conference I was worried and concerned about how I would get on with lots of people I did not know, a lot of paperwork and being disabled. However these worries were instantly put to rest as I was greeted by very helpful security guards who told me where to go to get the mobility scooter I had ordered before I came.
When I was growing up my school didn’t have a sixth form. I guess that’s because most of us didn’t do A levels. So I went to a separate sixth form college - Runshaw in Leyland - and, in my first week, I joined the Liberal Party.
I also joined a band.
I’m assuming you may have seen the photos.
The only good thing I can say is that because the photos are pre-digital they are so low resolution that you can’t make out the eye-liner.
Local member Soomin Leong recently went along to a donation drive organised by CalAid in support of the Refugee Crisis. Soomin got in touch to ask if anyone knew of other local initiatives (we knew a few) so we've put a page together - called Refugee Crisis: How we can help - with all the different positive actions we know of to date.
'A week is a long time in politics' is one of the most hackneyed phrases in politics, but I couldn't think of another way to start this post. Moving on...
Last Monday saw the second reading of the Tories’ Welfare Reform and Work Bill, a bill that contained more cruel and unusual punishments on young people than the 50 Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Lowering the benefit cap, scrapping the automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18–21-year-olds and cutting employment support allowance were just some of the measures that the Lib Dems blocked in coalition and that Osborne is now unleashing gleefully in his first pure Tory budget.
It is unlikely that anyone even vaguely interested in the fortunes of the Liberal Democrats would have missed it, but on Friday, a day after Tim Farron was elected leader, the party got its first juicy post-election controversy: in an interview with Channel 4, Farron was asked (repeatedly, as the numerous think pieces already dedicated to the subject are keen to point out) whether he, as a Christian, believes that gay sex is a sin. His answer, delivered articulately if not entirely confidently, was deemed evasive and unsuitable for a self-congratulatory liberal media culture increasingly averse to any nuance or ambiguity.