Westminster Liberal Democrats are today publishing their manifesto - Winning in Westminster! - ahead of the local elections on May 3rd.
A special message from our Chair,
I am absolutely delighted to announce that Westminster & City of London Liberal Democrats will be fielding a full slate of candidates on 3 May - 60 councillors across the 20 wards in our Borough! It's the first time since 2006, and a massive 32 candidates more than when we last tried, in 2014.
But it was no easy feat. We only achieved it with the immense dedication and hard work of a lot of people: our campaign team, the members who are standing as candidates, and the many people, members and supporters, who nominated our candidates.
On a personal note I wanted to say what a privilege it's been to meet so many of Westminster's residents and business people over the last couple of weeks. I've been overwhelmed by our members' and supporters commitment and dedication, from co-ordinating securing nomination signatures, to returning from vacations to ensure we have feet on the ground.
And I especially want to thank everyone who's helped, for the support and for inspiration you've given me. So here's a personal thank you from me for helping us achieve a truly momentous occasion for our local party - we really couldn’t have done it without you!
We know the fight for votes across Westminster is going to be very tough, but with the efforts of our sixty candidates, and the votes of our members and supporters, we know can do it, and give Westminster City Council it's first Lib Dem Councillors in over 100 years!!
Here’s to Winning in Westminster,
Chair, Westminster & City of London Liberal Democrats
Saturday 3rd March is the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the Liberal Democrats.
The Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster are having their local command units merged into a single Basic Command Unit. With rising crime already a problem across Westminster this is another austerity led solution we cannot afford.
Reaction to Conservative deputy leader of Westminster Council London Borough being wined and dined by developers:
According to the register of interests at the Council, the former Conservative chairman of Westminster planning committee was entertained by property developers more than 500 times over just three years. Commenting on the news, Phillip Kerle, Liberal Democrat candidate for Council elections in Bayswater, said: “Westminster Liberal Democrats care about social housing and care about transparency. We welcome the Councillor referring himself to the monitoring officer – but how can we be sure this is an isolated case?
Westminster is no stranger to crime. Reported offenses in the heart of London are running at almost twice that of nearby Camden or Islington. To make matters worse, crime in Westminster has increased by ~14% in the past year.
Can I vote?
Anyone who is 18 or over on the day of the election, who is a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen and is a resident at an address in the area you wish to vote in can vote in next year’s local elections
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and the party’s London spokesperson, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s announcement that the Hopper bus fare will start to take unlimited trips within an hour from later this month said:
“Lib Dems have been campaigning for a 1-hour bus ticket for a decade. Londoners and visitors to the capital will this month start benefiting from a Lib Dem policy finally being delivered.
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Bayswater Lib Dems have joined a working group of Liberal Democrat representatives from across London, to discuss ways to help the police tackle growing incidences of moped-enabled crime.
In Bayswater personal theft crimes, the category most commonly used to classify moped-enabled crime, rising by 82%!
Liberal Democrat Action Team member Sarah Ryan said: “The Conservative-controlled Westminster Council has not done enough to address this terrifying crime wave. That is why after hearing from local residents we are looking at practical ways to help the police and community deal with this problem."
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