Lib Dem's Pupil Premium gives £2 Million to Kingston schools

Kingston schools will get nearly £2million more through the Liberal Democrat Pupil Premium national policy. Every school will get £600 per pupil per year for each pupil who currently gets, or has in the last 6 years received, free school meals.

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More money for you, thanks to the Lib Dems

Lib Dem policy has taken over a million of the lowest paid out of paying tax altogether and many millions more will pay £130 less a year, on top of the extra £200 per year saved last year. So a basic rate tax payer now pays £330 a year less each year thanks to the Liberal Democrats.

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Save Sunshine ward in Kingston Hospital

key_ed-davey-rebekah-moll-save-sunshine-ward.pngJoin the campaign to save children’s services at Kingston Hospital. Local MP Ed Davey and Grove ward candidate Rebekah Moll have joined forces to stop the closure of ‘Sunshine Ward’ – the in-patient paediatric facility at Kingston Hospital.

Lib Dems saved A&E and Maternity - now we need to save Sunshine ward

Following a long and hard fought campaign against the last Labour Government’s plans to strip services from Kingston Hospital Ed Davey MP and local Liberal Democrats have been successful in saving A&E and Maternity services at Kingston.

However the NHS Better Services Better Value review has now put in-patient paediatric facilities at Kingston Hospital under threat.

Petition Closed - thanks for supporting this successful campaign!

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No Third Runway Protest Picnic

Richmond Liberal Democrats invite you to join us in sending a message to the Conservative Prime Minister not to build a third runway at Heathrow.

Local Lib Dems, Dr Vince Cable MP and Baroness Susan Kramer will be giving speeches.

Bring some food and your friends and we will provide the rest!

Saturday,14th April, 1pm to 4pm.

Richmond Green
TW9 1QQ London, United Kingdom

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Dementia – The National Challenge


Councillor Penny Shelton, Executive Member for Healthy Living and Adult Support, “welcomes the clear commitment from the Coalition Government that will ensure dementia is made a national priority.”

Key details in the announcement made earlier this week include:

• Funding for research into dementia is to be more than doubled, from £26.6m in 2010 to £66m by 2015.

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Conservative MLA Arbour hopelessly out of touch with commuters

Munira Wilson, Liberal Democrat South West London GLA candidate said, “These comments are absolutely shocking and show just how out of touch Mr Arbour is with his own constituents. Thousands of local residents across the London Boroughs of Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow – the areas he supposedly represents – use public transport every single day.

Local residents were shocked to hear Tony Arbour, South West London Tory GLA Member, claim at City Hall yesterday that not many Londoners use public transport, whilst defending the Conservative Mayor’s inflation-busting fare hikes.

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


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


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



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


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


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


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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