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

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 or Tweet him @tpc1981

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Havering In Danger… But From Who?

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

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 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 or Tweet him @tpc1981

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

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

Contact him by emailing or Tweet him @tpc1981

Backing a More Liveable London

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

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

Find us on the London Cycling Campaign list of pledges at

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