MP John Cryer bans constituent from voting for him

In an extraordinary outburst, John Cryer has told a constituent who wrote to him about Brexit not to contact him again or to vote for him. The MP for Leyton and Wanstead voted Leave and to trigger Article 50 despite a strong Remain majority in his constituency. 

Ben Sims, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Leyton and Wanstead, said: “By supporting Brexit, John Cryer is showing just how out of touch he is with the majority of his constituents who voted to remain.”

Read the full Evening Standard report on the matter


Lib Dems mark Remembrance Sunday

Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats attended Remembrance Sunday ceremonies across the Borough on Sunday, paying their respects to all those who gave their lives in conflicts.

Ben Sims, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesperson for Leyton & Wanstead, said:

"Remembrance Sunday is a moving and sobering reminder of the sacrifices those who serve in the armed forces have made to guarantee our freedom and peace. Thank you to the Royal British Legion and all those involved in organising the services and the parade."

Ben Sims and Bob Sullivan outside St Mary's Church

Coronation Gardens War Memorial


A cry for help!

Jeanne Hill, a resident of Forest Drive East, called the Council to remove some asbestos sheeting that had been illegally dumped in her garage. At 78 years of age she was amazed when the Council insisted she single-handedly move the asbestos to another section of her garden for collection. Jeanne knew she wouldn't be able to move the sheets by herself and called her local Lib Dem Team to assist. She provided Focus Team member Amanda Connolly the necessary safety equipment for the job who got on to it straight away.

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Working Together for a Stronger Future

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Tim Farrons’ Liberal Democrats are united and working for a stronger future. Over 20,000 people have joined the Liberal Democrats since the Referendum. Only the Lib Dems are standing up for the millions of people who are worried about what the future holds.

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Cann Hall Park

Residents believe that to increase activities and to get people using the park more, then toilets and a park attendant need to be provided. Focus Team member Clyde Kitson said, “Basic amenities like toilets are essential to bring the park back into proper use.”


Leyton Midland Station – Better bus stops and pavements needed

Leyton Midland Road (LMR) station is at present shut for electrification works until February next year. LMR is already a busy station and when the line reopens there will be an increase in the numbers of commuters using the station. The bus stops in the High Road do not have any shelters so passengers have no cover in the event of rain, have difficulty standing and have nowhere to sit. The bus stop on the Stratford side of the High Road is situated on a very narrow pavement forcing passengers to take up the space and thus forcing passing pedestrians to walk in the road.

We are supporting a local resident in calling for bus shelters and enlarged pavements to be included in the proposed Mini Holland works due at the junction of Coopers Lane and the High Road.


Overgrown Tree in Cecil Road

Focus Team member Liz Phillips reported an overgrown tree in Cecil Road to the council to get the basal growth removed as it was obstructing the footway. She is delighted to see swift action by the Tree Officer.


Burchell and Sophia Roads Unswept

Residents of Burchell Road and Sophia Road are fed up that their roads have not been swept for weeks. Focus Team member Bob Sullivan contacted the Council to investigate and to get the roads cleaned properly and to make sure that they are swept regularly.


Vicarage Road and Beaumont Estate parking nightmare

A recent survey by your local Lib Dem Focus Team in Vicarage Road and the Beaumont Estate area found that many residents complained about the problems they had with parking. L&Q Housing Association did a parking survey on the estate some months ago, but unfortunately this was not supported by the residents.

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More flats planned

The Leyton Car Repairers at 404 – 424 Leyton High Road has been given planning permission to convert the business into a retail outlet on the ground floor with 9 flats above. It seems the Council can’t wait to give developers permission to build more expensive flats that local people cannot afford.


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