Baroness Liz Barker, GLA Member Caroline Pidgeon, Merton Councillor Hina Bokhari and Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake front our excellent turnout at Saturday's London Pride 2018 parade.
Participation in the parade is an important opportunity for Liberal Democrats to reiterate that self expression and equality are vital to what we believe in as liberals. Everybody should have the right to live and love free from fear and discrimination.
Liberal Democrats have much to celebrate in fighting for LGBT+ Rights over the past 50 years. Same Sex Marriage was steered through Government by Baroness Lynne Featherstone. Unfortunately there is more still do. Liberal Democrats are supporting Layla Moran (Lib Dem MP for Oxford West & Abingdon) in her Parliamentary campaign to ensure residents of Northern Ireland have the same rights to equal marriage as the rest of the UK. Liberal Democrats will also continue to fight for LGBT+ people elsewhere around the world, particularly in the 72 countries where homosexuality is illegal. Liberal Democrats believe in peoples' right to lead their the lives the way they choose and to celebrate love without persecution.
Caroline Pidgeon has called for TfL to tell people how they can reclaim their unused Oyster credit after it was revealed that they are sitting on a "cash mountain" of more than £321m. Caroline said "TfL never stops bombarding us with advertisements and information campaigns, but highlighting this cash mountain is one issue that they remain incredibly quiet about. It is time TfL devoted far more time and energy telling the public how they can get their own money back.”
Commenting ahead of tomorrow’s (30 June) 15-year anniversary of Oyster said “There is no question that Oyster has been an incredible success. It has made travel more convenient and provided real flexibility for millions of people.
“It is now so established that it is hard to believe how we managed before its creation 15 years ago.
“However, as we celebrate Oyster’s success we should not overlook the staggering rise of dormant Oyster cards, creating an immense cash mountain for Transport for London."
“The total amount left on dormant Oyster cards is soaring, almost certainly in part due to the increasing number of people who have switched to contactless payment. TfL never stops bombarding us with advertisements and information campaigns, but highlighting this cash mountain is one issue that they remain incredibly quiet about. It is time TfL devoted far more time and energy telling the public how they can get their own money back.”
“TfL also needs to ensure that a weekly cap on Oyster is introduced as quickly as possible. While there has been a weekly cap on contactless payment from the very beginning we still have no precise starting date for when Oyster will have a similar cap.
“Boris Johnson promised that a weekly cap on Oyster would be introduced in 2015. It is appalling that we are still waiting for TfL to treat Oyster and contactless payment travellers equally.”
Clyde’s funeral has been arranged for Monday the 16th July at 2pm at the South Chapel at the City of London crematorium.
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It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Clyde Kitson, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday morning.
Clyde was a Yorkshire man who moved to Waltham Forest over 40 years ago to pursue his career as a geography teacher. He never strayed far from education, serving as a governor of Buxton School for more than two decades.
Clyde was first elected as a Councillor for Cann Hall in 1982 and is credited with laying the foundations for the party’s future successes. He topped the polls on his first try and elected two other Liberal Councillors alongside him, turning a ward with a Labour majority of 712 into a ward with a Liberal majority of 213. An unprecedented turnaround and one which saw Cann Hall stay yellow for the next 36 years.
After serving as a Councillor for 20 years, sitting on a vast array of committees, Clyde retired from the Council in 2002. He never disengaged from local politics, serving as a governor of Buxton School and Chair of Governors for many years, he also served as Chair and Membership Officer of the local Liberal Democrats alongside a variety of other party roles. His most recent effort was to stand as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the local elections just a month ago.
Clyde’s rough northern charm and booming voice made him an instantly recognisable character at meetings, and although people might have found themselves locking horns with him on occasion he was universally respected. He was a man of great detail, often taking on tasks so monotonous they would drive anyone else to despair, and a great believer in knuckling down and getting on with the job. Because of this, he was often a driving force within the party; spurring us on to go the extra mile.
Clyde had Cann Hall in his blood and dedicated most of his time to trying to make Cann Hall a better place for the people who live there. Many residents know Clyde for his unrelenting work, and his stubbornness in not resting until a problem was solved. In ways big and small Clyde left Cann Hall a better place than he found it, and for that reason is an inspiration to all of us who want to see our communities flourish.
We are utterly devastated at the passing of former Waltham Forest Councillor Farooq Qureshi.
Farooq served as a Councillor for Forest ward from 2004 to 2014. Many will remember him as their friendly and approachable local Councillor who was always happy to stop and chat, and to whom no problem was ever too small. Farooq also served as Mayor of Waltham Forest from 2006 to 2007 and used the opportunity to raise funds to support the cardiology unit at Whipps Cross Hospital amongst many other worthy causes.
To Farooq, being a Councillor was not a title. It was a commitment and one which he took very seriously, and with a genuine compassion for the people he represented. He carried out his role with humility and truly invested himself in those who had trusted him to be their Councillor.
Farooq's achievements as a Councillor are far too numerous to list and many of them are small and personal because to Farooq being a Councillor was not about grand investments, or bids and schemes, it was about people and the little things we can all do every day to improve the lives of the people we share our community with.
Farooq has been a calming presence and a role model to many within the Liberal Democrats, and his absence will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to experience his wisdom and good humour, and by those with problems big or small who found in Farooq a sympathetic ear and a man who would not stop until every avenue to solve their problem had been exhausted.
The Labour party has been in control in Waltham Forest in one form or another for the past 47 years. They have become stale, out of touch, and arrogant. Change is needed.
The Liberal Democrats have a plan for Waltham Forest. We have identified six key areas where a Liberal Democrat-run Waltham Forest could make a strong positive difference to the lives of the people who live here.
This is not just a list of pledges, but a statement of our values as a party who wants to see Waltham Forest Council be more innovative, forward-thinking, transparent, and above all a Council that actually listens to residents.
We hope you share those values, and that you will lend us your vote on 3rd May to help build a better borough.
On the Forest Focus Team’s regular walkabouts they have taken up many issues.
Among them are tree roots in Matlock Road. Lack of street cleaning in Forest Drive West. Youths hanging out in Nursery Terrace at the back of Epsom Road. Fly-tipping in Liverpool Road and Atkins Road.
Residents of Leyton Green Road have brought to the attention of the Lib Dems that the lights surrounding Knotts Green and Greg Close are faulty.
Forest ward Liberal Democrat Jordan Sullivan, who reported this to the Council said, “Residents have said it is too dark and unsafe to walk down the path and are forced to cross the road.”
The owners of Station Parade, a block of flats on the corner of Coopers Lane and the High Road, recently built an extra storey on top of the flats. Unfortunately for residents on the top floor the new balconies have not been built properly so when it rains the balconies turn into lakes.
The Forest Liberal Democrat Team has reported the problem to the building’s manager and added that residents have also been commenting on the many leaking pipes in their flats. The Team has asked for some action on these problems.
There is a new local initiative to provide help to street sleepers in Waltham Forest.
A group of residents have got together to provide warm clothing and essentials to street sleepers in the local area.
If you have any spare, clean, warm clothes like gloves, hats or socks or you would like to donate toiletries then please drop them off in either the Northcote Arms or the Star of India.
If you are interested in helping out on Tuesday or Thursday evenings then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of Colworth Road have contacted the local Lib Dem team about the amount of litter in their road, they say, due to the nearby Leytonstone School.
Lib Dem Focus Team member Jordan Sullivan, a previous student of the school, has asked the Council if the street cleaning can be done more frequently.