Ben Sims: Three ways I will be a better MP


Over the first few weeks of the campaign, I've spoken to hundreds of people across Leyton & Wanstead. One thing I hear again and again is that they feel taken for granted.

I will be a better MP, an MP that listens to people. Here are three of the ways how:

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Lib Dems penny for NHS would raise £28.8 million extra for Waltham Forest

The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.

The tax would raise an additional £28.8 million for Waltham Forest, with £20 million for the NHS and £8.8 million for social care each year.

This is the party’s flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement of the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.

At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October.

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Lib Dems announce plans to address housing shortage in Waltham Forest

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Waltham Forest and build more affordable homes.

There are currently 8,306 families in Waltham Forest on a waiting list for council homes.

In addition, official figures show 477 homes in Waltham Forest have been empty for over six months.

The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.

The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.

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Liberal Democrat candidate Deborah Unger challenges Iain Duncan Smith’s hard Brexit disaster


Unger is fighting for a stronger NHS and no cuts for schools

Liberal Democrat candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green Deborah Unger will challenge the hard Brexit put forward by the Tories and Iain Duncan Smith, the long-time MP for the constituency.

Deborah Unger said, “Hard Brexit will hurt everyone, including everyone in Chingford and Woodford Green whether they voted leave or remain. The economy will contract, jobs will disappear from London, and in particular the City of London. Only a vote for the Liberal Democrats will send the message that any Brexit deal needs the approval of the people,”

“Jeremy Corbyn and Labour have raised the white flag on this issue. Voters only have the Lib Dems fighting this corner. Vote Liberal Democrat and change the direction of the country. The Lib Dems will fight for the advantages of the single market and not cave into a bad, hard Brexit deal.”

Unger decided to join the Lib Dems and become a candidate because she is committed to the Lib Dem principles of tolerance and openness. The chance to stand in Chingford and Woodford Green was an exciting opportunity to get involved.

“It was a thrill to sign my candidacy papers on the day of my 58th birthday! This is a new challenge that I truly welcome. Chingford and Woodford Green have had a Tory MP for decades. It is time for a change here. If I am elected, it will send a strong message that Brexit can and must be challenged. I will also work tirelessly and listen to local concerns and be responsive.”

Deborah's top priorities are:
  • NHS and social care
  • School funding, and
  • Sensible development in a fast-growing constituency

As MP, Deborah will fight to ensure the NHS works for the people of Chingford and Woodford Green, that development in the constituency is scrutinised carefully and that the new formula for the pupil premium is scrapped.

Lib Dems will invest £49,389,491 to protect school funding in Waltham Forest


The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest £49,389,491 more in schools and colleges in Waltham Forest over the next parliament.

The funding for Waltham Forest would reverse cuts to frontline school and college budgets, protect per pupil funding in real terms and ensure no school loses out from changes to funding arrangements.

£2,700,976 of the funding would be spent on protecting the Pupil Premium, introduced by the Liberal Democrats to help the most disadvantaged children.

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Vote Ben Sims for an MP who listens.


People in Leyton and Wanstead should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local economy, Ben Sims the party’s local candidate has said today.

The Prime Minister today called a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June.

The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market and to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal through a referendum.

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Widow's Pension Cuts: Cruel and Unnecessary

The Widow's Pension is designed to help create security and safety for families when they lose a loved one. But this week it is under attack from a new wave of Government cuts. With less money being paid to widows, widowers and surviving civil partners from April 2017 onward.

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Cann Hall Ward Public Space Protection Orders Consultation

The council has launched a consultation with residents and businesses on the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders in Cann Hall to crack down on anti-social behaviour, aggressive begging, use of threatening and insulting language or behaviour and street prostitution.

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Leytonstone's Europe Action Day

Thanks to everyone who came to support our street stall today in Leytonstone – despite wind, rain and even hail we found plenty of support for our campaign to stay in the Single Market and support the rights of European citizens to remain in the UK. 


Europe Action Day in Leytonstone

Join us for our Europe Action Day on Sunday 5 March in Leytonstone! We're holding a fun and friendly street stall outside Leytonstone tube station from 12–4pm, where we'll be campaigning against the Tory Government's hard Brexit plans. 

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