Representing Liberal Democrats in Havering, including Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster.
Havering Liberal Democrats News
- Exit From Brexit
This week has been an incredible one – Tuesday’s vote in Parliament takes us a step closer to an exit from Brexit – with a resounding defeat of Theresa May’s Brexit deal – the biggest defeat in Parliament ever.
That was followed by the failed No Confidence vote in Parliament in Wednesday, showing that there is no viable opposition to the Government.
What’s left of the Conservative Government is in crisis and Labour are still failing to provide any opposition. Now, more than ever, we need a strong local Liberal Democrat voice to stand up for a better future for Havering.
Please share our video today, helping us ramp up the message that we are on the side of local people in demanding a final say.
Brexit is the most important issue that has faced our country for decades. Its impact will have devastating consequences, hitting our NHS and local jobs.
I’m proud that the Liberal Democrats have been leading the fight since day one – and I’m not going to stop now.
Havering Liberal Democrats Membership Development Officer
- Why I went on my first march to support the People’s Vote
I joined the Liberal Democrats in the days following the Brexit Referendum in 2016.
It was following the dramatic result and the campaigning that had occurred around the vote that I realised I wanted to try and make a difference in the area where I lived – an area that had overwhelmingly voted to leave the European Union.
During the campaign the Brexiteers built their vote on lies, fear, hatred and racism and it was just something I could not just let stand by and watch happen.
As a father whose son was born in March 2016 it was not the atmosphere or beliefs I wanted him to grow up with.
In the months and years that have passed it is clear that for many of the big names in British politics the EU Referendum was nothing but a way to push their own agenda and to try and increase the value of their own stock.
The People’s Vote March was the chance for individuals to get together to tell those in power that we will not just stand by and let egos ruin this great country for future generations.
I have never been on a march before and when I travelled down to London I soon realised I was not the only one – there were thousands upon thousands of people who had never attended a gathering like this before, but had decided to put their time and energy into spending the day standing next to other people with the same beliefs – for the good of the country and future generations.
Havering Liberal Democrats travelling down to the march as a group and witnessed the historic scenes in London – there were stickers given out galore, humorous placards, speeches from political figures all under a bright blue sky in our capital. It was incredible.
It was a day that I will never forget, and one that gives me hope for the future in our country, and it was great to share it with people from the local Lib Dem party.
Over the past week I have looked back at the march and feel now even stronger that there should be a People’s Vote. The Government with Theresa May’s Brexit Deal has been crushed, while the opposition under Jeremy Corbyn have failed to get a no confidence proposal in the government accepted. The only way to stop this deadlock is to give the people of UK the choice again.
If you feel like joining the fight against Brexit or just want to support the Liberal Democrats both Nationally and in you local area then sign up at https://www.libdems.org.uk/join-local
Havering Liberal Democrats Membership Development Officer
- Period Poverty
Last week Labour MP Danielle Rowley spoke on Period Poverty in parliament, shocking some with her announcement that she was currently on her period and with how much it had cost her that month. The reaction to that has mainly been disbelief that anyone could possibly spend £25 on a period.
Like most things women will experience periods in different ways. There are those lucky enough for it to be a mere blip on their radar, a minor inconvenience. Some will suffer but get along fine with some basic sanitary protection products and painkillers. Plus everything in between and up to those for whom a period can be horrendous and stop day to day activity.
I belonged to the last group, and was someone who easily spent more than £25 per period every time. This isn’t about gold plated sanitary protection, more than half that cost was on prescriptions to lessen the symptoms. A simple packet of sanitary towels or tampons was not enough, I’d easily go through two or three large packs of tampons and another two of towels. The extra washing of clothing and linens adds up too. I’ve not even factored in the costs of replacing ruined items, nor the days of work I lost as leaving the house was impossible whether through flow or pain.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise that some people are forced to spend more than others, yet it seems it has. The debate about whether the figure quoted was reasonable has also drowned out the fact that Period Poverty exists. For anyone struggling, even those who can get by on minimum sanitary protection products, the extra costs can be too much. Period Poverty will affect 1 in 10 girls in Britain and can be eased by providing free sanitary protection products in schools.
- Sick Hedgehog Taken to Wildlife Hospital from Romford Town Polling Station
Thanks go to the sharp eyes of a nature-spotting couple who were coming to vote at the Gidea Park Primary School polling station earlier today in the Havering local elections. They spotted a hedgehog in the school grounds who didn’t seem to be doing too well and brought it to our attention.
Before moving the hedgehog, local Romford Town candidate Thomas Clarke spoke to the helpful staff at South Essex Wildlife Hospital to confirm what the best thing was to do. The staff at the wildlife hospital said it should be brought in. Tom and a colleague safely transported the sick hedgehog to the wildlife hospital.
The hedgehog was rushed straight through when Tom got to the wildlife hospital and he was thanked for bringing it in. It appeared to have damage to an eye and breathing difficulties.
Thanks very much to the staff at South Essex Wildlife Hospital. Hedgehogs are a vital part of our natural wildlife and are beautiful creatures. We don’t yet know the full extent of the hedgehog’s illness, but we hope it has a speedy recovery and we know it’s in safe hands.
- Backing a More Liveable London
Shouldn’t we all be able to breath fresh air? According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report launched on 2nd May, London is reported as one of the UK’s most polluted cities where residents are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed levels set by WHO. Find the report on WHO’s website at www.who.int/airpollution/data/cities/en/
We feel so strongly about the My Liveable London campaign points that we have included in in our local Havering Manifesto – A Better Deal for Havering.
You can read more about the joint My Liveable London campaign at www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaigns/my-liveable-london
Find us on the London Cycling Campaign list of pledges at lcc.org.uk/pages/my-liveable-london-pledges
- Protecting our Environment for Now and Our Future
We understand how important our natural environment is and we always call out for its protection. Being high on the list of London Boroughs in terms of natural green space, our wonderful local parks and public spaces are under constant threat from over-development.
The natural environment should be a key concern for all of us, all of the time, not just at election time.
Access to and the quality of our natural environment is important for our physical and mental health, as well as biodiversity and wildlife.
There is a high demand for new local, genuinely affordable, housing, and we call upon the Council and developers to ensure that wherever possible, new developments make use of current brownfield sites before considering the permanent conversion of more of our beautiful green spaces in to concrete structures.
Ian Sanderson, candidate for Romford Town spoke to Romford Recorder’s Jon King and called for London to be awarded National Park City status to further protect our green spaces. Read the full article on Romford Recorder’s site at www.romfordrecorder.co.uk/news/environment/local-elections-2018-parties-vow-protect-green-belt-havering-after-warning-from-campaign-to-protect-rural-england-1-5474330
Further to a email from a concerned local resident, we are running a survey to discover more about the our rubbish and recycling awareness and habits. There are some worrying insights showing already. Please spend 2 minutes completing our survey.
You can read more about CPRE London’s campaign to help make more parks more beautiful and tranquil here: www.cprelondon.org.uk/news/item/2389-local-elections-in-may-help-make-parks-more-beautiful-and-tranquil
- Douze points goes to…? Yay for Eurovision Lisbon 2018
Eurovision Lisbon 2018 is only days away! Not just one, but two voting opportunities in May.
First it’s the local Havering Town Hall elections on Thursday 3rd May.
And then it’s the Eurovision Lisbon 2018 final on Saturday 12th May.
We caught up with the local Romford Town Liberal Democrat candidates in between campaigning to find out who they’re backing this year.
Thomas Clarke has loved watching Eurovision since childhood and fondly remember Terry Wogan’s dry wit, saying “the reason I love the Eurovision Song Contest is that it is loads of countries coming together to put all differences aside and just enjoy themselves.” Tom will be supporting SuRie for the United Kingdom,
The Eurovision song contest is one of Kerrie Sait‘s favourite nights of the year; “A true showcase of the best, and sometimes worst musical offerings around Europe, it’s often complete bonkersness and totally gripping. While there is some rivalry especially in scoring, there is also a lot of cross-country celebration. One of the few events I can get away with proudly supporting both sides of my heritage – the UK and Ireland – at the same time.”
For all of those refreshing their Eurovision history knowledge, Ian Sanderson has some great memories of the Eurovision and fondly remembers Katie Boyle presenting the song contest. Ian’s enthusiasm for this year’s competition, and his family ties, has led him to “start with Czech, France, Ireland and the UK. Personally, the Czech one isn’t for me (a bit rappy and in English). Ireland wasn’t bad. UK was a great effort, but for me, I preferred France with their interesting visuals. So I’ll go for France.”
Who will get your douze points? Find all of the Eurovision Lisbon 2018 entries at eurovision.tv/participants
Make your choice and then drop us a line to tell us who you’re supporting!
Good luck Team United Kingdom and SuRie!!
- Havering Liberal Democrats Launch Manifesto for 2018 – A Better Deal for Havering
Today we are proud to announce the launch of our manifesto for Havering 2018 – A Better Deal for Havering.
For too long we have been forced to endure continued cuts to our vital local services. These are services from schools to social care, roads to policing, and business to housing. We continue to fight for a better deal for all local Havering residents.
We all deserve access to consistently great local services across the Borough, those services for which we pay amongst the highest Council Tax in London. If elected to represent you in the Council, we will immediately ensure that the money collected from us all in Council Tax is spent well, and spent in the areas we need it spent in. Unlike the current administration, we won’t ignore and brush aside local residents’ concerns on what services are important to them. We will ensure that access to the services we deserve and the funding they require is fair and balanced for us all.
Vote for your local Liberal Democrat candidate on Thursday 3rd May for a better deal for Havering
We need your support and action for a few minutes on Thursday 3rd May – vote for your local Havering Liberal Democrat candidates on 3rd May so that we can continue to fight for a better deal for Havering, something that we all deserve.
Our manifesto is a considered, sensible and fair set of policies to deliver a better deal for Havering, including the following policy areas:
- Police and crime
- Youth and community services
- Local democracy and accountability
- Household waste
- Council Tax
- Roads and paths
- Social care
- Jobs and business
- Respect for the individual
- Is our rubbish going where you think it should be?
Just like you, we passionately care about our environment – for us to be able to use and enjoy right now, and to protect for the benefit of our children and future generations.
We have all seen news stories and images of ever-increasing waste levels reaching our oceans. But the problems are closer to home too.
We’d love to gauge the current level of awareness of local recycling opportunities in Havering.
We’ll put the responses together in to an action plan to improve things for us all!
Please do share the survey on social media and with your friends, family and colleagues who live in Havering.
- Romford Recorder Facebook Live Hustings for the Havering Local Elections 2018
On Thursday 12th April, our local candidate Thomas Clarke for Romford Town did a fantastic job of representing the view of our local Liberal Democrat candidates across Havering at Romford Recorder’s Facebook Live Hustings event. This is what Thomas said about the event:
It was great to attend the Hustings organised by the Recorder on Thursday evening, it was an hour-long debate between some of the candidates from around the borough ahead of the local elections on May 3rd.
I would like to say thank you to the other candidates who attended the event, and turned it into such an insightful evening. It was particularly disappointing that the Conservatives, once again, failed to turn up and support the event, blaming a transport issue.
The party failed to appear in any debates before last year’s general election and to once again miss out and dodge being asked questions by the people of Havering was a big disappointment.
I really enjoyed being given the chance to answer questions from the public, who sent them in on the Recorder’s Twitter and Facebook channels, and hope that I was able to get across a little bit more about the Havering Liberal Democrats and myself.
We’d like to extend our thanks as a group to Romford Recorder for hosting this valuable opportunity for local residents to hear directly from some of their candidates.
You can watch the Hustings from Romford Recorder’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RomfordRecorder/videos/1688221561247244/
National and Regional Liberal Democrat News
- Local Elections in MayVince Cable discusses the upcoming local elections this Spring1 day ago
- Sal Speaks!In February, Party President Sal Brinton catches you up on the local elections, the Supporter Scheme proposals and Brexit.1 day ago
- Share your storyStories have power. Do you have a story about how Brexit is affecting you? 1 day ago
- It’s not too late. Brexit can still be stoppedWe are making a difference - and it's still all to play for. 2 days ago
- Winning in HullHear from Mike Ross, the Liberal Democrat Council Group Leader in Hull, how they pulled off a massive win in last year's local elections, and how you can help do the same wherever you are ➡️2 days ago
- Caroline Pidgeon calls for Charity Commission investigation into the Garden Bridge project3 days ago
- The Leader – vol 3Catch up on the latest news in the Brexit crisis and other news with the Lib Dem Leader3 days ago
- The government needs to act on female genital mutilationAfter a private members' bill against female genital mutilation was shouted down last week, I've tabled an urgent question asking the government what they're going to do next.4 days ago
- Two big wins 🙌🎉🎉🎉We have been fighting to change the law on upskirting and tenancy fees – to improve the lives of those living in Britain. Tomorrow these two bills receive Royal Assent – ie they become law!!5 days ago
- Another Corbyn Brexit BetrayalJeremy Corbyn's missed yet another opportunity to oppose this incompetent Government. We're demanding better for the millions of voters who want the final say on Brexit.5 days ago