Lib Dem's Wilson uncovers cuts by stealth to local police teams

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Munira Wilson (R) with Cllrs Alan Dean and Tricia Bamford

Local campaigner, Munira Wilson has uncovered alarming evidence showing many of our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNTs) are being cut by stealth.

 

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London Liberal Democrats launch Fairer Fares Campaign

From Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly

If you're a regular user of London's public transport like myself, it's hard to remember a day when everything worked smoothly. The bus you needed turned up as soon as you arrived at the stop; you actually managed to get a seat on the train or the tube; and everything was running to time! Whilst we all feel frustrations every day, we are paying considerably to use our transport network and yet the fares system is basically outdated and designed for 9 to 5 commuters.

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Lib Dems *freeze* council tax for second year running

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Lib Dem councillors in Kingston are proposing a Council Tax freeze for the second year running.

Cllr Rolson Davies, Executive Member for Finance, said, “This is good news for
those on low or fixed incomes who we know have been struggling in these difficult times.

“As a result of sensible planning we have managed this tax freeze with only a minimum impact on frontline services. Back office costs are being slashed and we are delivering services more efficiently. And we won’t be closing any libraries – unlike the Conservatives in Richmond.”


Kingston's market leads the way

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Kingston’s marketplace has been voted one of the country’s best places to shop, after recent improvements by Kingston Council.

With the removal of traffic, the installation of the popular fountain and a greater variety of stalls and events, Kingston came second in Google’s Streetview 2011 Best Shopping Street in Britain.

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Building starts on new school and health centre

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Major investment in Surbiton’s health and education begins. MP Edward Davey and councillors Bob Steed, Yogan Yoganathan, Liz Green and Malcolm Self, at the groundbreaking.

Huge expansion of Kingston’s primary education a historic achievement - Davey

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Campaigning to keep Kingston safe

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Local Lib Dem candidate, Munira Wilson (left) meets MP Edward Davey and former Met Police commander, Brian Paddick, at Kingston’s CCTV centre – a key part of the local fight against crime

Lib Dems fight for more town centre police

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Coombe Vale by-election result

Sadly, Liberal Democrats did not win in the Coombe Vale by-election. The Conservatives held both seats, with Labour in third place.

Conservatives: 1340 and 1308

Liberal Democrats: 908 and 778

Labour: 526 and 502

Green: 122 and 108

CPA: 94 and 76

UKIP: 70


Top Lib Dems flood in to support Rupert and Kamala

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Simon Hughes (left) chatting with Kamala Kugan and Rupert Nichols

Last weekend saw six leading Liberal Democrats lend their support to Kamala Kugan and Rupert Nichol in the Coombe Vale by-election.

On Sunday Lib Dem Deputy Leader, Simon Hughes MP, returned to his New Malden roots to campaign with Rupert and Kamala. Simon’s father and aunt used to live in Coombe Vale ward and Simon has been a regular visitor to the area.

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Supporting apprentices in small businesses

Thanks to Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government, apprenticeships have reached record highs in the academic year 2010/11. More than 440,000 learners started an apprenticeship last year, which is an increase of 50% compared to the year before.
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By-election called in Coombe Vale

Update: A second Conservative councillor, James White, has resigned in Coombe Vale, so there will be a double by-election on 15th December.

Conservative Robert John Tasker has resigned as Coombe Vale Councillor triggering a by-election that will take place on 15th December.

Residents in that ward have until 30th November to get on the register to be able to vote.

In the last local elections in 2010 Lib Dems were only 80 votes behind the Tories in Coombe Vale, so this contest will be closely fought. 


Pupil Premium - Liberal Democrats announce extra money for local schools

Liberal Democrats have always believed that education is the engine of social mobility, now we are making it happen! Last week the Government released the final Pupil Premium figures for every English local authority, constituency and school. Every school this year will receive an extra £488 for each child on free school meals they have on their roll.

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We're not all bin this together - Eric Pickles’ plan

The Lib Dem Administration has trashed Tory Eric Pickles’ plans to re-instate weekly bin collections as a slap in the face for localism. 

At a time when residents are being told that money across government is very tight, at a time when were told that localism is important, instead of finding money to help us with social care bills which are going through the roof, Eric Pickles has found a £250 million pot for his obsession with weekly bin collections.

 

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Controlling late night drinking

People who live in the centre of Kingston have told Kingston Council that they want more control over the spread of late night drinking establishments.

Cllr Simon James, who is responsible for licensing on the Council, said, “The vibrancy of the town centre at night is one of the things that makes Kingston a great place to live and adds to our economy".

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Lib Dems take North Kingston school fight to government - sign the petition

The coalition government has agreed extra funding for new schools for local councils with a shortage of school places – including Kingston.

Sign our petition asking for the Secretary of State to give the go-ahead.

Petition Closed - thanks for your support

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Save Our Sergeants

John Ayles, the Liberal Democrat candidate in the by-election in Surbiton Hill, is campaigning to retain all the police sergeants across our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

The responsibility for the Metropolitan Police lies with the Mayor of London.

Please sign the petition below.

Save Our Sergeants petition

I call on the Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, not to cut the number of police sergeants across our local Safer Neighbourhood Teams.

Petition Closed - thanks for your support.

 


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