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

Havering Liberal Democrats News

  • 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.

    Kerrie Sait


  • 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

    Havering Liberal Democrats are proud to back Living Streets‘ and London Cycling Campaign‘s (LCC) joint campaign for a more Liveable London, something they call My 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.

    We proudly support the Campaign for Rural England‘s (CPRE) local election campaign and have gone as far as to include it within our manifesto – A Better Deal for Havering

    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.


    Download Havering Liberal Democrats Manifesto 2018 – A Better Deal for Havering


    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
    • Environment
    • Local democracy and accountability
    • Household waste
    • Council Tax
    • Roads and paths
    • Housing
    • Education
    • Health
    • 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!

    Discover if our rubbish is going where you think it should be?

    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/

  • London Borough of Havering – Meet Your Local Liberal Democrat Candidates

    Havering Liberal Democrats are standing 17 candidates across 15 wards in the local
    council elections on Thursday 3rd May.

    Candidates are fielded in every ward in Romford parliamentary constituency, including three in Romford Town ward.  There will be eight candidates across wards in Hornchurch, Upminster and Rainham.

    Romford Town Liberal Democrat Focus Team – Ian Sanderson, Kerrie Sait and Thomas Clarke.

    Read more about our Romford Town candidates at:

    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.


    Vote for your local Liberal Democrat candidate on Thursday 3rd May for a better deal for Havering


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

    Get in touch with your local Liberal Democrat candidate at contact@haveringlibdems.org.uk

    We have launched our manifesto for Havering 2018 – A Better Deal for Havering – a considered, sensible and fair set of policies to deliver a better deal for Havering.


    Click to View – Havering Liberal Democrats Manifesto for Havering 2018 – A Better Deal for Havering


    Your local Liberal Democrat candidates are:


    Brooklands Peter Davies
    Elm Park Shane Forster
    Emerson Park Graham Potter
    Gooshays John Porter
    Hacton Andrew Willmer
    Harold Wood Jonathan Coles
    Havering Park Peter Hobday
    Heaton John Deeks
    Hylands Susan Brewington
    Mawneys Stuart Mott
    Pettits David Bower
    Romford Town Thomas Clarke
    Kerrie Sait
    Ian Sanderson
    St Andrew’s David Williams
    Squirrel’s Heath Madge Mulliner
    Upminster Bruce Carter
  • Renewable Gaz & Leccy

    If I were to say to you; switch your gas and electricity supplier, and they’ll donate £50.00 to the Liberal Democrats, you probably wouldn’t do much about it. If the deal was to get your gas and electricity probably at the same price that you are currently paying, that the electricity you use will only come from renewable sources (that’s fossil and nuclear free) and that the gas you use will be frack-free, and of course the Liberal Democrats get a donation, you might be inclined to reach for the tablet and investigate further.

    As a political party we do not of course, promote or endorse the products or services of particular companies but we would support those ethical companies that share our values and help make a difference. As such, mention should be made of an increasing number of independent green energy suppliers in the UK, offering gas and electricity from renewable sources.

    This particular offer (to donate £25 per fuel type) is from Ecotricity. 100% of their electricity is made from the wind and the sun. They want to harness customers’ energy bills to build new sources of green energy in Britain. Other independent energy suppliers that hold similar aims include Good Energy and Solarplicity (to name only a few).

    Switch now to Ecotricity

    Britain went without coal power for a whole day in April 2017, the first time in more than 130 years. According to the Office for National Statistics, renewables accounted for 30% of the electricity generated in the third quarter of 2017*.  While we cannot predict when we’ll no longer need to burn fossil fuels to generate energy, these green energy records are the latest in a string of milestones that demonstrate how dramatically and quickly the UK’s energy mix is changing. By purchasing your energy from renewable energy suppliers, you are hammering another nail in the coffin for fossil fuels.


    * https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/21/nuclear-power-renewables-low-carbon-provide-record-share-uk-electricity


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