Thank you — a roundup of the Tower Hamlets Local Elections

Thursday was a good day for our party nationally. We gained 75 Councillors and took control of four new councils. While Labour and the Conservatives mainly did well either in London or in the rest of England, the Liberal Democrats made respectable gains across the map.

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Will Wapping turn gold on Thursday? LoveWapping says maybe

Local Tower Hamlets news title LoveWapping has published an article asking whether voters will 'turn Wapping yellow on May 3rd'. In the article, LoveWapping noted the strength and effective organisation of the local Lib Dem campaign, the need for radical change in Tower Hamlets and the lack of choice offered to voters by other parties.

 

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Intervene Early to Stop Knife Crime - Lib Dem Mayoral Candidates and Caroline Pidgeon Write In Evening Standard

In a letter in the Evening Standard leading Lib Dems have called for early intervention to tackle knife crime, drawing on the example of Scotland. The letter is signed by Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem GLA Member) and four Lib Dem Mayoral candidates: Pauline Pearce (Hackney), Chris Maines (Lewisham), Gareth Evans (Newham) and Elaine Bagshaw (Tower Hamlets).

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Resurgent Lib Dems Field Full Team of Candidates in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats, led by Mayoral Candidate Elaine Bagshaw, have submitted a full slate of candidates for the upcoming local elections on May 3rd -and will be competing every single seat. 

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PM must back Lib Dem NHS funding scheme

Responding to comments made by Theresa May about the funding of the NHS, Former Liberal Democrat Health Minister, Norman Lamb, said:

“Although it is a step in the right direction for Theresa May to take a long-term approach to funding the NHS, it is not clear whether the government will commit to new revenue streams to fund the health service.

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Rough sleeping up by a third since 2015

Commenting on reports today released by the government that show that rough sleeping has risen by a third since 2015, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson said

“The homelessness figures revealed today show that the situation is spiralling out of control. In the last two years we have seen the number of rough sleepers sky rocket by one third.

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The last Council meeting before local elections

Meetings in the Tower Hamlets Council chamber are not always particularly productive — with Councillors storming out or bickering endlessly.

But last night was more encouraging. It was the final Council meeting by our Councillor, Andrew Cregan, and he went out with a bang!

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Universal Credit could lead to up to 1.3 million evictions

New data released today by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reveals that only 6% of Universal Credit claimants in the private rented sector have their rent paid directly to their landlords, compared to 35% in the socially rented sector. This is despite calls by Liberal Democrat DWP spokesperson Stephen Lloyd to make payments to landlords default.

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Vince Cable: Council tax is no longer fit for purpose

Commenting on calls from the Resolution Foundation to radically reform the Council Tax system, leader of the Liberal Democrats Leader Vince Cable, said:

“It has long been clear that council tax is no longer fit for purpose. 

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Wapping Speed Camera Petition to be Presented to Council Wednesday 21 March

Thank you to everyone who supported Stephen O'Shea's petition to get speed cameras installed in Wapping. Stephen will be presenting the petition to the Council on Wednesday 21 March. 

Support him by writing to wapping@towerhamletslibdems.org.uk, telling him why this is so impotent to you! 


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