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More and more people across the country are backing the Liberal Democrats TODAY - as the best choice to STOP BREXIT.

Brexit is an embarrassment. Theresa May is trying to deliver a disastrous Brexit that only Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg wanted. Labour and Jeremy Corbyn has aided and abetted her every step if the way.

The Liberal Democrats are the BIGGEST remain party - and have been leading the fight to STOP BREXIT for three years.

Every vote for the Liberal Democrats TODAY will send a strong message to Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to STOP BREXIT.

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We've got more momentum than Labour 👀


There's been a clear pattern emerging in recent opinion polls - and it keeps getting better and better for us as time goes on.

Labour is sinking lower and lower - and the Lib Dems are on the up:

13th May

The response our campaign is getting makes it clear why this is happening. Labour is a pro-Brexit party, and Remainers have had enough.

14th May

They've started attacking us more and more recently. It's pretty obvious that we've got them rattled as we go up and they go down:

18th May

But as you can see, it's not exactly working out for them:

18th May

To the point that the most recent polls have us in second place above them:

18th May

The message is clear - Remainers can't trust Labour. Corbyn wants Brexit. More and more people who want to stay in the EU are switching to the Liberal Democrats as the biggest, strongest Remain party.

We believe that there's no deal better than our membership of the EU. We've been fighting to stop Brexit since the day after the referendum result. And our line is totally clear - every vote for the Lib Dems is a vote to stop Brexit.

We've come a long way since the day after that awful result in 2016. Now, a majority of the public backs our stance of a People's Vote. Politicians from all parties and none have joined our campaign. And on Thursday, we have the chance to send Labour and the Conservatives a message they can't ignore - we want an end to this national embarrassment.

Say you're with us. Pledge your vote to the Lib Dems on Thursday 23rd May and help us stop Brexit.

Former MPs are saying they will vote Lib Dem on Thursday!

Liberal Democrats have received a significant boost over the last few days by several high profile politicians from both Labour and the Conservatives.

Former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine announced his intention to vote for the Liberal Democrats in this week's European Parliament election. He said, "I cannot, with a clear conscience, vote for my party when it is myopically focused on forcing through the biggest act of economic self-harm ever undertaken by a democratic government."

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EU election campaign kick-off

Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats had a great start to the local European Election campaign on May 6th. Chair Naomi McCarthy, who lead a team of volunteers handing out leaflets at Leytonstone Tube station, said: "Most people were interested in what we had to say. We are campaigning hard for an Exit from Brexit as we know there is no deal as the good as the one we have now."

Campaigner Arran Angus added: "The Liberal democrats have a clear message. If you want to stop Brexit you should vote Liberal Democrat on the 23rd May. If you want to get involved in the campaign to stop brexit then e-mail [email protected]".

We'll be out and about several times before the 23rd, particularly on the weekend. Come and say hi!

EU elections - make a stand against Brexit


The UK is now almost certain to vote in the EU elections on 23rd May. Whether you're a UK, Commonwealth or EU citizen, make sure you're registered by the 7th of May to have your voice heard. The Liberal Democrats will fight these elections as an unapologetically pro-European Party campaigning hard for People's Vote with an option to remain in the the EU. We will fight these elections on a clear message: a Liberal Democrat vote is a vote to stop Brexit.

UK/Irish/Maltese/Cypriot citizens, many Commonwealth citizens, and all EU citizens, are eligible to vote in the EU elections. Find out how to register below.

UK/Irish/Cypriot/Maltese citizens:
- You need to be registered to vote. If you have previously registered to vote at your current address, you're sorted. Otherwise register to vote here.  [deadline: 7th May].
- If you are going to struggle to make it to the polling station on the day, you can request a postal vote [deadline 8th May]. 
- You can also request to vote by proxy [deadline 15th May].

Commonwealth citizens:
- See whether you're eligible, then follow the same steps as above.

EU citizens:
- You may vote for an MEP in the UK instead of in your home country. 
- You should register to vote as for UK/Irish citizens (you can also request postal/proxy votes as above).
- You must also fill in and post this form, saying that you will vote in the UK and not in your home country.

We're proud to support the following Liberal Democrat MEP candidates for London: 
1. Irina Von Wiese 
2. Dinesh Dhamija 
3. Luisa Porritt 
4. Jonathan Fryer 
5. Hussain Khan 
6. Helen Cross
7. Graham Colley
8. Rabina Khan

Securing a people's vote


As the battle over Brexit in Parliament reaches its final stages, many people are asking me, “what has happened to the People’s Vote”?

Behind the political manoeuvring and procedural wrangles at Westminster, there is still everything to play for.  The People’s Vote is alive and well.

The next step to securing it is to narrow the options, by removing a massively disruptive ‘no deal’ from the table.

To be clear, allowing ‘No Deal’ to happen is a choice by the government.  It cannot happen ‘accidentally’.  But Theresa May seems determined to run the clock down and try to con people that the only alternatives are her deal or the EU without one.

So Liberal Democrats are working across the parties to on a co-operative basis to stop ‘No Deal’. 

With no deal off the table, Parliament and the country will then have a clear choice between Theresa May’s deal, which MPs have already overwhelmingly rejected, or the deal we already have as a member of the EU.   At that point a People’s Vote – to give the public the say on those two options – will be the most logical way forward.

While these parliamentary manoeuvres are taking place, we must keep up public pressure on MPs – and Jeremy Corbyn in particular – to support a People’s Vote. 

There is now a huge movement of people who are demanding better than Brexit Britain has to offer, and Liberal Democrats are leading from the front. If you want to help us, join us.

Lib Dems announce Siobhan Benita as London Mayoral candidate

banner_siobhan.pngThe Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Siobhan Benita will be the party’s candidate for the London Mayoral elections in May 2020, and will lead the campaign for the London Assembly elections.

London is in the grip of a knife crime crisis, living costs continue to soar, and inequality within our society is widening. Londoners need and demand better services they can rely on.

The Liberal Democrats are committed to building more social and affordable homes, taking people out of high rents and conditions we should be ashamed of.

The party will invest in policing, find a solution to the inadequacy of our train operators and navigate a radical approach to improving our chronic levels of air pollution. 
Siobhan will lead the campaign for the Liberal Democrats in London, building on recent success in the capital, gaining control of both Richmond and Kingston councils and an increased vote share of 21% achieved in this years Lewisham by-election.
Commenting on her successful campaign to secure the Mayoral candidacy, Siobhan Benita said:

"I am delighted to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London.

"I will show the Lib Dems can offer a fresh alternative to London's tired two party politics.

"Sadiq Khan isn't delivering the right solutions to violent crime and only the Liberal Democrats can provide a genuinely public health approach.

"The Tories have shown how out of touch they are with London's values by selecting an illiberal, pro-Brexit candidate.

"Only the Lib Dems have truly stood up for Londoners against Brexit and we will continue to be a strong, liberal voice for our city."
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said: 
“Siobhan Benita has made a big impression in London and will be an excellent candidate to take on both Labour and the Conservatives.  
“I look forward to working with Siobhan in standing up for the issues that matter, not least tackling London’s knife crime crisis, the soaring cost of living and stopping this Conservative Brexit mess.
“Liberal Democrats have had a string of great electoral successes right across London. Now is the time to get behind Siobhan and demand better.”

Violent Crime - Conservative Ministers make things worse


Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey has uncovered "shocking figures" that show a 19% rise in violent crime recorded by police in England and Wales.

Responding to the latest official figures which have revealed a 19% rise in violent crime recorded by police in England and Wales, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said: 

“We are facing an epidemic of violent crime. Behind these shocking figures lies hundreds of tragedies of young lives cut short. All Conservative Ministers have done is make things worse. 

 “From severe reductions in the police budget to the weakening of security at our borders, the Prime Minister bears personal responsibility for decisions that have left people and communities in danger. 

“Conservative Ministers ought to be getting a grip, yet they have farmed out responsibility to Police and Crime Commissioners and asked them to sort it out. 

“The Liberal Democrats demand better for our communities. We demand more police, more youth services and people working better together to stop the violence epidemic from spreading even further.”

London being left behind in the adoption of electric buses


Caroline Pidgeon calls for "a dedicated commitment to phasing in more electric single decker buses as existing single decker buses come to the end of their lifespan and new bus contracts come up."

A new report out today by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon reveals:

  • Mayor of London has repeatedly made inaccurate and misleading statements in comparing the adoption of electric buses in London with other cities
  • London now lags behind a number of cities in its current adoption of electric buses
  • Every five weeks China deploys 9,500 electric buses onto its roads – matching the entire size of London’s current bus fleet
  • Mayor of London’s long-term plans for adoption of electric buses exposed as significantly less ambitious than many other cities
  • New policies are now needed to speed up the adoption of electric buses in the capital.

The report is based on a detailed examination of TfL’s current bus fleet and also an examination of numerous bus fleets in cities around the world.

The report highlights that even by the end of this year London will have just 240 purely electric buses, less than 2.6% of its overall bus fleet.

Examples of where London is lagging behind include Shenzhen, a modern metropolis linking Hong Kong to China’s mainland which has now electrified its entire bus fleet of 16,000 buses.

Other cities leading ahead of London include Santiago, the capital of Chile with a smaller population than greater London, which recently procured 200 electric buses, with ambitious plans to rapidly adopt more.   The Chilean President has declared Chile would become second only to China in the adoption of electric buses.

This year Delhi could become home to 1000 pure electric buses.

In Nepal the government has announced a decision to procure 300 pure electric buses for its capital of Kathmandu, a city with a population of just 1 million compared to London’s population of nearly nine million. 

Nearer to London, in December 2016, Eindhoven, a city in the south of the Netherlands, introduced a fleet of 43 pure electric buses –  but serving a population of just 227,000 people.

Caroline Pidgeon, commenting on the research findings said:

“Sadiq Khan has been caught out making some misleading and false claims about the adoption of electric buses in London.   For example, his quote that London will soon have the largest double decker electric bus fleet in Europe is misleading in the extreme – as Dublin is the only other city in western Europe to have any significant number of double decker buses. 

“Some really exciting things are happening in a number of countries across the world with the adoption of electric buses – in the Netherlands, South America, India and parts of China. But sadly London is in the slow lane in the adoption of purely electric buses. 

“The Mayor simply lacks ambition.  For example the whole of India is committed to an electric bus fleet by 2030, but the Mayor’s commitment is for 2035.

“Of course foolish mistakes were first made by Boris Johnson, when he took the decision to purchase the incredibly expensive New Routemasters, when instead he should have committed London to leading the world in the adoption of purely electric buses.

“However Sadiq Khan cannot just hide behind past mistakes and peddle false claims about the adoption of electric buses in the capital, especially when we learn more every day about the huge health impact of air pollution.

“As an immediate priority we need to fast track the procurement of pure electric single decker buses and quickly transform this significant part of London’s bus fleet.  The adoption of electric double decker buses also needs to be sped up.   

“The use of electric bendy buses is another option open to the Mayor to ensure London catches up with other cities.”

Read the full report here.

London has a long way to go in making our roads safer for everyone


Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member, has discovered that alarming numbers of bus collisions are occurring at pedestrian crossings in London.

In response to Questions to the Mayor of London raised by Caroline, TfL have revealed that:

  • Between 1 January 2016 and 30 November 2018 there were 71 recorded bus collisions involving pedestrians at a designated pedestrian crossing.
  • Collisions involving buses at pedestrian crossings are taking place in London almost every fortnight on average
  • Pedestrian collisions involving buses have taken place in almost every London Borough
  • TfL admit their figures might be an underestimate of the actual number of collisions between buses and pedestrians

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member, commenting on these figures said:

“Despite all the rhetoric about achieving zero deaths and injuries on our roads these figures are a stark reminder of how far we need to go to make our roads safer for everyone.”                                                          

“It is absolutely vital that we ensure pedestrian crossings are a place of total safety for pedestrians.”

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