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

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Havering Liberal Democrats News

  • 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.”

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 'Racist' Newsletter Havering In Danger… But From Who?

    Before last year’s local elections the local Conservative party published a newsletters that received a huge amount of national press after a senior member of their own party, MP Nick Boles, blasted it for being a ‘racist’ leaflet. You can see the leaflet and some of the comments it drew in the below link

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/top-tory-blasts-members-party-12266995

    At the time the now Havering Leader Cllr Damian White was quoted as saying that “the leaflet was originally cleared by Conservative HQ with no comments, and he stood by its content.” The leaflet was then finally withdrawn.

    In the newsletter, amongst other things, it claimed Labour must be stopped and that if they were voted into the council Havering would face among other things:

    • Building on cherished open spaces
    • Huge Council Tax hikes
    • A London Crime wave with even less police

    Well within the last week the following has happened under the Conservative run Havering Council.

    Throughout this time the bickering continues between the Conservative run council and Government and the Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan – both blaming each other for cuts to services – while the lies on who said what and when just continue to roll along.

    Who are the victims in this all? It is the residents of Havering, who are left to pick up the pieces from these political clashes – trying to sift through the lies to discover the truth, trying to get on with their day-to-day lives with less money in their back pocket and, most devastatingly, now living in a society where, for some, they don’t feel safe to walk around their local streets.

    The Havering Liberal Democrats want to stop the fighting between parties and to plan and implement measures to make Havering a better place:

    These include:

    • Protecting and investing in our green spaces so they can be enjoyed by all generations
    • When passing the budget – no more brushing aside the views and voice of the Council Tax-paying public. Determine the real level of funding required for the services that we need and deserve. Be honest about the cost of what people want!
    • More community police officers, and a proper public health approach that brings together the police, youth services, schools and the NHS. Only a united effort like this can turn young people away from gangs and violence.

    I urge you to take the time to question your own councillors and MPs over the above and start putting pressure on them to start acting in the appropriate manner so that Havering can be allowed to once again flourish.

    This post was written by Tom Clarke, Membership Development Officer and Press Officer for the Havering Liberal Democrats

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

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  • Childhood Memories Being Sold Off And Neglected

    Above: Upminster’s Hall Lane Miniature Golf Course

    I must have been 9 years old when I first played a golf shot. I went to Upminster’s Hall Lane Miniature Golf Course with my father and a couple of my brothers and hacked my way around the place – my dad trying to give out golfing advice at the same time as making sure we didn’t kill each other or other golfers enjoying the course.

    From that moment I have been hooked on golf and sport – so much that I have worked for Golf Monthly magazine for the past decade and been able to take my lack of golfing ability all around the world – even being fortunate enough to play Augusta National last year.

    I was then upset to see the news on Tuesday that the very same golf course at Hall Lane looks set to have some 48 homes built on its once luscious fairways.

    I had known that the once superb course had fallen into disrepair ever since the Council sold it off at the end of the 1990s – and it appears with no appetite from the council to keep this course running they are looking to make a quick buck instead.

    Unfortunately this is not the only example of the community losing a once popular sport facility. There used to be several fantastic pitch and putt courses in the area including at Haynes Park and Harold Wood Park, all now long gone with easy to manage nature areas now in their place.

    I am aware of the need for housing in the area, but we cannot forget the role our green spaces play in influencing the younger generations and creating life-long happy memories – like the ones I have – they can inspire people more than we can ever realise.

    This post was written by Tom Clarke, Membership Development Officer and Press Officer for the Havering Liberal Democrats

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

  • Parking Sign Give Our High Streets A Break Give Our High Streets A Break

    Whether it is increased business rates, or shoppers being charged to park in high streets and town centres the attack on our local shops continues at an alarming rate.

    It is time to stop this unrelenting assault and to give our local businesses the shot in the arm they require – before it is too late.

    A three-point plan could easily change the fortunes of our high street around.

    1 An online sales tax, give our local shops a chance by charging those who sell online a simple and affordable tax. For every £100 that is spent on retail £20 is spent online – it is time that the people who are making their money through web portals to be properly taxed. This would help fund…

    2 Lower Business rates – For too long businesses with brick and mortar premises have had to subsidise online shopping. An introduction of a Commercial Landowner Levy would tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses– this levy should then be be paid by owners rather than tenants.

    3 Keep free parking around high streets and town centres – The announcement that the 30 minute free parking was to be abolished in Hornchurch and Upminster would have caused many local businesses to shudder. The introduction of these charges will undoubtedly cause struggling businesses to collapse and therefore the council will lose out on business rates income they would have got. Free parking means shoppers will still feel they can pop into their local shops to make purchases and not be lost to the free car parking in places such as big superstores and Lakeside.

    Due to the austerity of the Conservative Government all councils in the UK are feeling the squeeze. It is time that they look to push back on their budgets back to the those in central power rather than look to squeeze more out of the local businesses and residents who use them.

    Sign this petition Against Havering council scrapping 30 minute free parking and free Sunday parking http://chng.it/pdgKSGjHKR

    This post was written by Tom Clarke, Membership Development Officer and Press Officer for the Havering Liberal Democrats

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


  • Exit From Brexit 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.

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    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/libdems/videos/375992746563561/

    Youtube https://youtu.be/p3L4-UXvIPc

    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.

    Join the Liberal Democrats Today

    Thomas Clarke

    Havering Liberal Democrats Membership Development Officer

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