Welcome to Havering Liberal Democrats

Representing Liberal Democrats in Havering, including Romford, Hornchurch, Harold Wood, Harold Hill and Upminster.

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Havering Liberal Democrats News

  • Are you eligible for a COVID Vaccine in Group 6?

    Last week Asthma UK made an announcement that they were seeking clarification from the Government on changes to priority group 6 for the COVID vaccine.  Initially flu jab eligible asthmatics were in that group.  On Saturday it was confirmed the new criteria on asthmatics means the vast majority will no longer be.  See here for Asthma UK’s tweets on the subject.

    This is a real kick in the teeth for asthmatics like myself who have been told they are clinically vulnerable all the way through and followed Government advice on being extra cautious.  Many asthmatics have relayed their dismay that their asthma seems more controlled now as social distancing has meant triggers have been avoided.  Anyone who may be straddling the borderline faces a potential battle to have this recognised.  The way we have been quietly dropped means that many will not realise they aren’t eligible.  NHS staff may see their time wasted having to field queries as to why an invite hasn’t gone out.

    It is not the only change – some conditions have been newly added in whereas others like ME have also been removed.  Some of those conditions were not considered a factor for vulnerability before.

    You can check here for information from Havering or here for information from the Government website to see if you still are or are now eligible for group 6.


    Kerrie Sait 

  • Palms Hotel Where Has The Kindness Gone?

    No sooner did the news break that asylum seekers were to be temporarily housed at the Palms Hotel on the A127 then the leader of the council Damien White and MPs Julia Lopez and Andrew Rosindell were on the front foot to shut this scheme down.

      Asylum seekers are some of our most vulnerable members of society, having had to flee atrocities and persecution from their own country to try and start afresh in our fine land. We should be helping to welcome and care for these people and not starting petitions or lobbying the cabinet to chase them out of “our town”.

       As was reported by the Romford Recorder website on Monday the asylum seekers were going to be temporarily housed at the Hornchurch hotel to help curb the spread of coronavirus part of a nationwide programme to help reduce infections. It appears that in our fight to stop the spread of coronavirus we are happy to stroll to the end of our driveways to applaud the NHS and key workers, happy to stay locked up in our homes, but unwilling to help those most vulnerable members of our society – these people have now been simply moved on to become someone else’s “problem”.

     The actions from our Conservative council leader and MPs are, in my opinion, at best NIMBYist and worst racist.

    This post was written by Thomas Clarke Liberal Democrat GLA Candidate For Havering and Redbridge

    Contact him by emailing thomas.clarke@haveringlibdems.org.uk or Tweet him @tpc1981

  • One in four wait over four hours in Havering A&E CORONAVIRUS – WE ARE HERE TO HELP


    Whether you need help with

    • Getting some shopping
    • Picking up prescriptions
    • Taking the dog for a walk
    • Just want a chat
    • Anything else that you may struggle to get done

    **LET US KNOW**

    Havering Liberal Democrats are here to help the community in this time of crisis.

    Simply contact Thomas Clarke and let him know what you need.

    Thomas is the Membership Development Officer of the organisation and was also recently the candidate standing in the General Election and GLA electons.

    mobile 07763607076
    email thomas.clarke@haveringlibdems.org.uk

    We will do as much as we can to help you – and if you want to get involved and help support the community then also contact Thomas – we would love to have you on board.

  • Thomas Clarke 5 Things You Don’t Know About Thomas Clarke – Liberal Democrats Candidate Hornchurch and Upminster

    The country goes to the polls on Thursday 12th December and in Hornchurch and Upminster there is a candidate who has never stood in a General Election before.

    So who is he and why should you vote for him?

    1 Thomas Lives In Hornchurch

    Thomas has lived on Ardleigh Green Road almost his entire life –growing up 15 doors down from where he now resides with his wife and son. This is very different to the current MP for Hornchurch and Upminster who has never lived in the area or indeed Havering.


    Tom at Harold Wood CC

    Thomas at his beloved Harold Wood Cricket Club in Harold Wood Park

    2 Thomas Is Chairman of Harold Wood Cricket Club

    Thomas already plays a big part in the community being the chairman of Harold Wood Cricket Club as well as being a player and a coach at the club based in Harold Wood Park.

    Through his work at the club he has raised thousands of pounds for the Harold Wood Warriors – the physical and learning disabilities section of the club via sponsored walks, runs and challenges – this has allowed the Warriors to have free cricket, coaching, equipment and shirts.

    Tom Half Marathon

    Thomas recently completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon raising money for disabled cricketers

    3 Thomas Joined The Liberal Democrats in 2016

    Thomas is a relatively new recruit to the party, joining after the EU Referendum in 2016. He has quickly moved up through the ranks of the local party to now be a candidate. He is also the Membership Development officer of the local party.

    4 Thomas Cares About Helping With Local Issues

    Thomas wants to make a difference in the area – he is not a career politician he is just a local resident wanting to make a difference.

    He is especially concerned with the devastating rise of knife crime in the area. As well as wanting the residents to have their voices heard over the continued delays to Crossrail.

    One of the reason’s for Thomas wanting to run is because he feels the area is not currently well represented – spelt out by Julia Lopez being listed as 608th out of 650 MPs in a recent change.org ranking – https://www.change.org/l/uk/the-people-power-index-how-did-your-mp-score

    Thomas noticeboard

    Thomas keeps himself aware of local issues

    5 Thomas’ Family Is Expanding

    Thomas and his wife are expecting their second child in January 2020 – it would be fair to say he has a lot going on at the moment!

    We hope that has been helpful – to contact Thomas email him Thomas.clarke@haveringlibdems.org.uk or @tpc1981 on Twitter.

    Don’t forget to vote on Thursday 12th December

  • One in four wait over four hours in Havering A&E One In Four Wait For Over 4 Hours In Havering A&E! Figures show Tories’ Dismal NHS Record

    Only 72.9% of patients arriving at A&E in Havering were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to damning figures published today by NHS England.

    This means that one in four patients were left waiting for over four hours to be seen, this is well below the official target of 95% of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

    Nationally, the 95% waiting target hasn’t been met since July 2015. Only 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E across England were treated or admitted in four hours in October, the worst-ever performance since a target was introduced in 2004.

    Liberal Democrat candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster Thomas Clarke said:

    “It is shameful that patients in Havering are being abandoned, be it waiting for hours for treatment in A&E or for months in pain for routine operations.

    “I feel terribly about the pressures that the incredibly hard-working, under-paid and under resourced staff are under

    “These figures reveal the Conservatives’ dismal record on the NHS. For the past four years the Tories have utterly failed to invest properly in our health service, leaving local hospitals underfunded, overstretched and understaffed.

    “Their extreme Brexit would make a dismal situation worse by driving away the EU nurses the NHS desperately needs.

    “The Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit and build a brighter future. We will invest an extra £35 billion in our NHS through a penny on income tax and develop a national recruitment strategy to ensure we never again suffer shortages of nurses, doctors and other health professionals.”

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  • Lib Dems to double spending on youth services in Havering to over £3.7 million Lib Dems to Double Spending on Youth Services in Havering to over £3.7 million

    The Liberal Democrats has announced they would more than double spending on youth services in Havering to £3.7 million to help tackle rising levels of knife crime.

    This would form part of a total ring-fenced fund of £500 million for Local Authorities across England to spend on youth services, providing young people with positive, safe and healthy alternatives to gangs.

    Under the Conservatives, council spending on youth services has been cut by £300 million – or 40 per cent – since 2015.

    Knife crime has risen by 80% over the same period, with a record high of 47,500 offences recorded in the year to June 2019.

    Research has also found the areas with the biggest cuts to youth services have seen some of the biggest increases in knife crime.

    The Liberal Democrats would also take a public health approach to tackling youth violence, modelled on the successful approach taken by Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit.

    This would involve identifying risk factors and treating them early on, with youth workers, police, teachers, health professionals and social services all working closely together to prevent young people falling into gangs and violence.

    Thomas Clarke Liberal Democrats candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster commented:

    “Too many people in Havering feel unsafe walking down their own streets.

    “But for years, Conservative and Labour Governments have been competing to appear tough on crime, without doing enough to actually prevent it.

    “Liberal Democrats will build a brighter future for young people by doubling spending on youth services to £3.7 million a year in Havering.

    “With a Liberal Democrat government, young people will have the support and opportunities they deserve, our local communities will be stronger and people here will feel safer.”

    You can support our local campaign activity by making a donation online now.


  • Liberal Democrats PPC for Hornchurch and Upminster Announced Thomas Clarke Chosen As Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster

    Thomas Clarke with Liberal Democrats Leader Jo Swinson

    Thomas Clarke lives with his young family in Hornchurch where he works as senior content editor for Golf Monthly magazine.

    Thomas attended King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford and went on to read Film and Television Studies at Brunel University in West London.

    Thomas has been a volunteer in the local community since a teenager where he is now chairman of Harold Wood Cricket Club and on the management committees of both the Essex Cricket League and Essex Sunday Cricket League.

    Thomas has a keen interest in the green spaces and wildlife in London understanding how vital a role these areas have on the local community.

    Thomas has lived in Hornchurch for the vast majority of his life – living just a few doors down from his family home – he is in the unique position of knowing about the concerns of those in the area as he has lived and breathed alongside the people who will be voting for him for decades.

    Whether it is the continued commuter frustrations about the delays and issues to rail and road. Or the cuts to our NHS services meaning that getting appointments can be tricky and the pressure on the fantastic staff can be enormous.

    Or whether it is the attack on our high streets and the scrapping of free car parking which effects local businesses and shoppers alike – Thomas knows the issues concerning the people in his constituency.

    He is also very passionate about our younger generations and is determined to make our streets safer and better policed.

    Thomas Clarke with Liberal Democrats London Mayor Candidate 2020 Siobhan Benita
    Thomas Clarke with Liberal Democrats London Mayor Candidate 2020 Siobhan Benita

    Thomas became a member of the party following the EU Referendum of June 2016 – he is now the Havering Liberal Democrats Membership Development Officer and is very keen to represent the area that he knows so well and feels so passionate about.

    Contact him by emailing thomas.clarke@haveringlibdems.org.uk or Tweet him @tpc1981

    You can support our local campaign activity by making a donation online now.

  • Ian Sanderson Ian Sanderson Chosen As Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Romford

    Ian Sanderson is a retired Engineer and Lecturer. Born in Northern Ireland, he gained a degree in Physics at Queens University, Belfast.

    He is married to Barbara. They have two children, Don, who tragically died in 1999 and Fiona. They have three granddaughters. Ian and Barbara moved to Romford in 1965 and have lived in Havering ever since.

    Ian is a qualified Chartered Engineer and worked for the BBC in London, leading numerous Engineering Projects. While at the BBC he also gained another degree, and went on to become an Associate Lecturer for the Open University, teaching courses in Computer Science.   

    Ian joined the Liberal Democrats in 1989 and has been campaigning in Havering since 1994, being a candidate for Havering council on many occasions. He was Liberal Democrat candidate for Romford in 2015 and 2017, and for Havering and Redbridge in the 2016 Greater London Authority elections.

    In his spare time, he has worked as a School Governor for twenty years and been active for even longer in the Scouting Movement in Hornchurch.

    Ian says: ‘I’ve lived most of my life in Havering and shared the experiences of local people. My children went to state schools here and then went on to university. I commuted by rail into London for decades. Romford is my local town’.

     On Brexit, Ian says: ‘We live by trading with the rest of Europe and co-operating with other EU countries in culture and technology; I have personal experience of working on the Continent and visiting family members there.

    As individuals and as a country we would lose much by leaving the EU. Throughout three and a half years, Tory governments have struggled to find a Brexit as good as Remaining.

    Let’s call a halt to this wasteful and futile effort.  Stay in the EU!’

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  • Sam Fisk Sam Fisk Chosen As Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for Dagenham and Rainham

    Originally from Bedford, Sam has been campaigning for the Liberal Democrats for the past ten years, and previously ran the party’s youth and student organisation. Sam lives in London working as a communications professional and is a passionate campaigner for youth education.

    Sam is proud to offer a clear alternative to the people of Dagenham and Rainham at the next election to stop Brexit and stand up for their vital public services. Sam is keenly aware that issues that local residents need their representative to fight for are:

    • affordable housing

    • reducing crime especially violent offences

    • job growth and increased training opportunities

    • protecting the environment and their children’s’ future

    Sam believes allowing Brexit to happen will cause lasting and irreversible damage to the economy in these communities and across the UK, hurting future generations for decades to come.

    He will stand up for the interests of people in Dagenham and Rainham and ensure those who want to remain in Europe have a voice when the next election is called.

    You can support our local campaign activity by making a donation online now.


  • Free Christmas Parking A Stunt To Hide Poor Decision Making Free Christmas Parking A Stunt To Hide Poor Decision Making

    Havering Council have decided to keep digging holes for themselves over car parking in our town centres.

    The news last week that free car parking would occur over the weekends of the Christmas period shows just how wrong the council were over scrapping free car parking in areas in the first place.

    The council have had to face criticism, protests and even a mocking article in Private Eye!

    And they are now trying to backtrack – a pointless car parking consultation and now this Christmas parking stunt is all that the council and their panicked leader Damian White can come up with.

    While the council continue to let residents and businesses in the borough down people’s livelhoods and jobs hang in the balance.

    We should be supporting our important high streets and local businesses throughout the year, not just when our shops are at their busiest – it is when times are quiet that businesses are really put to the test.

    I wrote back in February about how to Give Our High Streets a Break the Conservative led Council and their leader should read that article to come up with some real strategy on how to help the local businesses and residents in our borough.

    This post was written by Thomas Clarke – Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hornchurch and Upminster

    Contact him by emailing thomas.clarke@haveringlibdems.org.uk or Tweet him @tpc1981

    You can support our local campaign activity by making a donation online now.

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