Thousands of EU nationals living in Lewisham have not been offered permanent residency in the UK, official figures just released reveal. The Liberal Democrats have accused the government of leaving local families from the EU in “legal limbo” and throwing people’s lives into uncertainty.
Of the 20,020 EU nationals across Lewisham who have applied for permanent residency, barely half (10,750) have been offered settled status. 6,030 have been granted pre-settled status, which only gives the temporary right to stay in the UK.
Following today’s announcement that there will be a Snap General Election on 12th December, the Liberal Democrats message to Lewisham voters is clear: Vote Lib Dem to Stop Brexit.
Having topped the polls in the European Elections in Lewisham earlier this year, the Lib Dems are ready to elect its first Liberal Democrat MPs in the area. Our Prospective Parliamentary Candidates are:
New figures revealed in the London Assembly show Lewisham council has consistently failed to deliver the numbers of council and other affordable homes needed to address the borough’s housing crisis.
This is despite the Labour’s group’s promise in its 2018 council manifesto to build 1,000 social homes and to ensure that at least 50% of all developer led projects would be homes at genuinely affordable rents.
Lewisham Liberal Democrat campaigner Chris Maines has welcomed a 'U' turn by neighbouring Greenwich Council, which has now objected to the Mayor of London Silvertown Crossing plan which would drive a new motorway under the River Thames.
Planned as a private finance initiative the toll tunnel would cross between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks with substantial road links both sides of the river.
The local Liberal Democrats have slammed the Tories as “heartless” for starving the NHS of vital cash after revealing that Lewisham and Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust paid £1,853,752 in interest on outstanding debt over the last three years.
People's Vote campaigners have been urging Lewisham's residents to turn out in force for the march against Brexit on Saturday 19th October. Lewisham Liberal Democrats will be joining them and hundreds of thousands of others marching under the banner 'Let Us Be Heard'. It could turn out to be the last chance to prevent a disastrous No-Deal Brexit.
Bobby Dean, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Lewisham Deptford said:
Liberal Democrat members have selected their candidates for the three Lewisham constituencies, ready for a snap General Election.
Bobby Dean has been selected for Lewisham, Deptford, Chris Maines for Lewisham East and Alex Feakes for Lewisham West & Penge.
Lewisham Lib Dems urge local people to defend Parliamentary democracy by signing the national petition to stop Parliament being suspended.
Lewisham Council’s proposals for borough-wide licensing of private sector landlords will be the latest empty promise on housing unless they prioritise “big action over big talk”, say Lewisham Liberal Democrats.
Welcome to this month’s roundup of what’s happening at Lewisham Council.
Last time we covered the problems at Lewisham’s flagship leisure centre, Glass Mill. This month we look at the problems of their flagship park scheme at Beckenham Place Park.
Lewisham is our home and Lewisham Liberal Democrats want both Glass Mill and Beckenham Place Park to be a success.
Unfortunately, both show similar problems of a lack of transparency and a failure to listen.
London Assembly candidate for Lewisham and Greenwich, Ade Fatukasi, has called on Lewisham council to do more to reflect the diverse community it serves, after figures showed the council failing to increase the number of BAME officers in its most senior grades.
- 46% of Lewisham population is from BAME communities [i]
- Only 10% of the Cabinet’s 10 portfolios are held by non-white councillors (compared to 21% of councillors who are BAME)
- Only 18% of officers in top grades are BAME (compared to 43% of staff overall)
- More BAME candidates rejected in application process compared to white candidates
Lewisham Liberal Democrats are selecting their prospective Parliamentary candidates for an early General Election. The Liberal Democrats came top in the recent European Elections in the borough of Lewisham and across Greater London.
New figures released by Lewisham Lib Dems show Lewisham Council is failing to sort out their own emissions, despite declaring a “climate emergency” in February and committing to zero carbon emissions. 1
The figures were revealed in Freedom of Information request and show that of the commercial property managed by Lewisham council, barely a quarter have energy use compatible with the UK reaching “net zero” emissions. The Committee on Climate Change say that only properties with an energy performance certificate (EPC) of C or above would meet their recommendations for reaching net zero by 2050. 2
Welcome to the fourth of our monthly looks at what’s happening in Lewisham and at Lewisham Council.
Lib Dems top the poll in Lewisham
First up are the European election results in the borough of Lewisham. As you might have seen, the Liberal Democrats topped the poll with the third biggest swing in the country from Labour to Lib Dems. Our vote increased from 4,000 in 2014 to 21,000 this time. Read our statement here on what the result means.
We know not everyone who voted for us this time necessarily sees themselves as Lib Dems, but we aim to give all those voting for us reasons to stay with us into the London-wide elections next year, a possible general election and the borough election in 2022. We will continue to lead the campaign to Stop Brexit, especially now that the Tories are moving towards a disastrous no-deal Brexit.
Problems at Glass Mill Leisure Centre, run by Fusion, are getting worse. Lewisham Lib Dems have been raising this issue for some time with the council. So what’s the background?