Lib Dems praise Lewisham residents for leading opposition to Brexit

Lewisham Lib Dems at the People's Vote march

Local Lib Dems have praised Lewisham residents for being at the forefront of opposition to Theresa May’s Brexit plans. As the number of signatories to the “Revoke Article 50” petition reached five million and with over a million people marching in London on Saturday, Lewisham Lib Dems have called for all political parties in Lewisham to unite in calling for a People’s Vote ahead of expected "indicative votes" on options in the House of Commons this week.

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Labour councillors resign

Commenting on the news that Janet Daby (Whitefoot ward) and Alex Feis-Bryce (Evelyn ward) have resigned as councillors and that by-elections will be taking place, Lewisham Lib Dem spokesperson Lucy Salek said:

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Put it to the People - this Saturday - 23rd March

Liberal Democrats from Lewisham will be taking to the streets of London on Saturday to demand a Final Say over Brexit. We'll be joining thousands of other Liberal Democrats and hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to say 'Put it to the People'.

Put it to the People 23rd March

 

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What is Lewisham Council up to?

March 2019 latest...

This is the second of our monthly reports on what’s happening at Lewisham Council. Although Lewisham is a one-party state, that doesn’t stop us from doing our best to scrutinise what’s happening in the council through the monthly public questions at Full Council meetings and in freedom of information requests.

So what’s new this month?

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Siobhan Benita's Crime Survey

Crime and anti-social behaviour are real concerns for many people who I speak to in London. We all want to feel safe in our communities and we want to know that the police are doing everything they can to tackle local crime.

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Council's Local Democracy review branded “undemocratic” by Lewisham Liberal Democrats

  • Chair and Working Group formed solely of Labour politicians
  • Lib Dems call for outside “Challenge Panel” to represent all political views in Lewisham. 
  • Call for public vote on scrapping Lewisham Mayoral system in 2020. 
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Lewisham Lib Dems reveal council spending £1m on security over controversial development at Tidemill Garden

Figures to be revealed at today's (Wednesday 23/01/19) Full Lewisham Council meeting show that spending on security at Old Tidemill Garden has topped £1 million in just three months. Local Liberal Democrat campaigners have obtained the information in a public question as part of the Full Council meeting on 23rd January.

 

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Lib Dems call for amnesty for children of the Windrush generation

Chris Maines, Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate in Lewisham has called on the Government to announce this week an amnesty for families of the Windrush community threatened with deportation and a loss of rights.  

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What's going on in Lewisham council?

Lewisham is a one-party state - it only has Labour councillors. And those councillors have a strong interest in not rocking the boat. But Lewisham Lib Dems are committed to keeping tabs on what Labour are doing in Lewisham. 

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Brexitometer Goes To Blackheath

Another enjoyable day chatting to people out and about on a chilly but bright day in Blackheath. As Chris so eloquently says in this video, overwhelming support for Liberal Democrats' policy of a People's Vote.


Lewisham Lib Dems at People's Vote Rally in Parliament Square

A great atmosphere in Parliament Square and of course a huge cheer when the result of the vote was heard.

Well done to everyone who has helped with the Brexitometer, delivered leaflets asking for a People's Vote, emailed or written to your MP or signed petitions asking for a People's Vote. Of course this is only a step on the road to remaining in the most successful trading body in the world but it is a significant step.

Now we have to keep up the pressure to have a People's Vote, a chance to make an informed decision. As one speaker said last night now is the time to start Project Hope.

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Lewisham Brexitometer

We had a great day in Lewisham High Street listening to people share their concerns about Brexit. The overwhelming majority of people we spoke to want the chance to make an informed decision in a Peoples' Vote.

Very moving as well to hear the stories of people who had moved here from EU nations, worked and paid taxes here, raised children here and suddenly being made to feel they were no longer welcome. What have we unleashed?

Lib Dem Brexitometer on Lewisham High Street  Lib Dems on Lewisham High Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peoples Vote Action Weekend 12th and 13th January

We will be out asking you what you think about Brexit and of course listening to any other concerns you have. We would very much like to meet you and have an opportunity for a chat.  

Siobhan Benita our London Mayoral candidate will join us at 11am on Sunday.

Saturday 12th January in front of Lewisham Library - 11am till 3pm

Sunday 13th January opposite Blackheath Station  - 10.30am till 2pm

There will be more events taking place in Lewisham organised by our friends in LIFE and similar groups. Details can be found on: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/events?email_address=&address_change[submitted_address]=SE23+2SL&address_change[distance]=5&commit=Search 


Ian Thomas Appointed as Chief Executive of Lib Dem run Kingston

Following Damien Egan's decision to make a "change of direction", it would seem that Lewisham's loss is Kingston's gain. While Ian Thomas' talents appear to be under appreciated in Lewisham, others obviously have another view, evidenced by his receiving a CBE in the New Year's Honours List. Here is an extract from the Kingston Council website:

Mr Thomas has more than 30 years local government experience and has held senior leadership positions at Derbyshire County and Trafford Metropolitan councils. His reputation for transforming Rotherham Council’s troubled children’s service earned him the top job at Lewisham Council where he has continued to demonstrate his ability to unite communities and form strategic partnerships.

Mr Thomas emerged as Kingston’s preferred candidate for CEO, following a robust selection process.

As Kingston’s permanent CEO, Ian will lead a team of five directors taking over from interim CEO, Roy Thompson, who has been holding the position since July 2018.

Speaking about the appointment,

Leader of the Council, Councillor Liz Green, said:

“Ian’s local government knowledge and expertise, particularly in relation to children’s services, makes him the right person for the job. Ian joins us at an exciting time, at the start of a new Liberal Democrat Administration, which is committed to putting residents and communities at the heart of the council’s decision-making.

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Paddy Ashdown 27 February 1941 - 22 December 2018

The death of Paddy Ashdown leaves us all the poorer but we can give thanks for a life lived to the full. Let us all aspire to keep alive the liberal ideals for which he worked so tirelessly to see implemented to the benefit of all. See more

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