Harrow Liberal Democrats today called for Harrow Labour Party to look into why disgraced councillor Chika Amadi was selected to stand as a Labour candidate in 2014, after it emerged that she had already been vocal on social media about same-sex relationships, describing them as "bestiality" and "an abomination".
Chair of Harrow Liberal Democrats Charis Croft said:
"We are glad that Labour has taken the step of suspending Cllr Amadi, but they have some serious questions to answer about why they selected someone who had expressed these repugnant and hurtful views in the first place.
We repeat our call for Cllr Amadi to stand down. Liberal Democrats believe in an open, welcoming society, and remarks such as those made by Cllr Amadi have no place in our borough or anywhere else. "
[Transcript: "Marriage in English dictionary is defined as a union (joining together) of a male and female. Anything other than this is 'BEASTILITY! Even animals observe this. And in the eyes of God an abomination and they who practice them will end in hell unless they repent and renounce it!" — Chika Amadi 11th March 2012]
Harrow Liberal Democrats welcome the suspension of Cllr Chika Amadi from the local Labour Group. Her comments were unacceptable and we believe she should resign as a councillor.
Liberal Democrats believe in an open, welcoming society, and remarks such as those made by Cllr Amadi have no place in our borough or anywhere else.
The OECD has predicted that Theresa May will fail to secure a comprehensive free trade agreement with the rest of the EU by 2019
, meaning the UK would revert to WTO trading terms.
According to Treasury estimates, which the government has still
not repudiated, reverting to WTO rules would mean a long-term loss of £45bn a year to the public purse and a 7.5% hit to GDP
The OECD is also predicted a sharp slowdown in UK growth to just 1% in 2018 due to uncertainty over the Brexit negotiations.
Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable said:
“Voters should listen to this eve of poll warning on the major economic risk posed by Theresa May’s extreme, UKIP-style Brexit.
“The hardline approach Theresa May has taken, insisting that no deal is better than a bad deal and planning to take us out of the single market, will seriously damage jobs and the public finances for years to come.
“According to the government’s own forecast, reverting to WTO terms would mean a £45bn loss to the public purse, more money than the entire schools budget.
“There is another way. The Liberal Democrats will fight to keep Britain in the single market and customs union, and to ensure the people have the final say on the Brexit deal.”
You may be aware that all parties standing in any constituency have the right to one free leaflet drop by the Royal Mail.
We, as Harrow's local Liberal Democrats party, are no exception and put together what we consider to be a true view of what we believe matters to the people of Harrow, not only as local residents, but also as residents of our country.
Many of you have received this freepost already but we are hearing from our supporters in Harrow East (including Belmont, Canons, Edgware, Harrow Weald, Kenton, Queensbury, Stanmore, and Wealdstone), that some have not yet received this vital post from us, demonstrating what the Harrow Liberal Democrats stand for and what our priorities are. Of course we will be raising this issue with Royal Mail to understand what went wrong and what the reason for the delays are, but as a further urgent mitigating action, you can find below a downloadable, shareable PDF and images here with the content in all its glory.
Whether you are a current or prospective supporter of the Lib Dems, we urge you to please share this far and wide, through all your social media channels or even by printing a few and hand delivering them to your neighbours.
As a reiteration, your local Harrow candidates for the Liberal Democrats in this June's election are:
Adam Bernard, Harrow East
Chris Noyce, Harrow West Download Harrow East PDF
: Adam BernardDownload Harrow West PDF
: Chris Noyce
The NHS in Harrow
could lose 365 staff from the EU as a result of Theresa May's extreme version of Brexit, the Liberal Democrats have warned.
42% of nurses and over half of all doctors from the EU are considering leaving because of Brexit, according to recent research. This means in Harrow, an estimated 365 NHS staff are at risk of leaving including 66 doctors and 143 nurses.
This would create a £3.65m bill to re-hire doctors and nurses from the EU after 2019, due to Theresa May's plans for a £2000 immigration skills charge for each doctor, nurse and health worker brought in from abroad.
The Liberal Democrats have called for an immediate guarantee that all EU nationals in the UK, including those working in the NHS and social care, can stay after Brexit.Liberal Democrat candidate Adam Bernard said:
Northwick Park hospital depends on doctors, nurses and other support staff from the EU. But many are now planning to leave because of the uncertainty caused by Brexit.
“We must guarantee their rights to stay here immediately to prevent a damaging exodus of these skilled and hard-working people. Our NHS, and the care we all rely on, would suffer without them. "The NHS is far too precious to be damaged by Theresa May’s decision to pursue a UKIP-style Brexit. "The Liberal Democrats stand up to Theresa May's extreme Brexit and give the people the final say, with the choice to remain in the European Union if they don't like the deal on offer.
"Notes & Sources
1. More than half (55.6%) of the 10,000 doctors from the EU working in the NHS are now considering leaving the UK because of the referendum result, according to a survey conducted by the General Medical Council (link
2. Survey data suggests that up to 26,500 members of NHS staff from the EU could leave the UK as a result of Brexit (link
3. Full figures on the number EU nationals by local NHS trust and estimates of those considering leaving the UK because of Brexit can be found here
4. The Liberal Democrat manifesto commits to immediately guaranteeing the rights of all EU nationals working in the NHS and social care. (link
India is the largest economy in the Commonwealth and always quoted as one of the key countries we want to forge an even stronger trading relationship with.
Adam Bernard, Harrow East's candidate for the Liberal Democrats said: "If you believe some Conservative politicians who try to hoodwink people from ethnic minorities in their own constituency for photo opportunities, then you'd be forgiven for thinking they care greatly. But scratch beneath the surface and you'll see whether they really care".
Duplicity seems to work well for the Tories. After all, this Prime Minister was Home Secretary when people from India started getting treated unfairly - 48,000 students were wrongly deported on her watch. She now wants to slash Commonwealth immigration to an arbitrary target chosen only to gain her votes with the far-right.
Visas should be granted according to the needs of the economy, with an annual debate held to determine what these needs are. People from India or elsewhere who wish to come to study, should be able to do so. Any system of entry must be fair to all, and not undermine the relationships we are trying to foster at this very important juncture for our country.
Lib Dems are campaigning to to scrap dementia tax which would hit a staggering 98% of homes in Harrow
Nearl could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
Parliamentary candidate for Harrow East, Adam Bernard, has urged residents, irrespective of their party affiliation, to join a campaign to stop the Conservative social care plans which would saddle those with long-term illnesses with crippling care costs after their death. In order to join this campaign, go to www.dementiatax.org.uk
The Liberal Democrats are calling for a penny on income tax to boost funding for the NHS and social care by £6bn a year, as well as a £72,000 cap to protect people from crippling care costs.
Liberal Democrat candidate Adam Bernard said:
"Caring for our elderly should be above party politics and that is why I want to urge anyone who opposes these plans to come together to stop them.
“Every elderly person who needs care should receive it in the best place for them. People shouldn't have to worry about losing everything they've worked hard for to pay for crippling care costs.
"Together we can stop the so-called ‘Dementia Tax’ and put in place a cap on the cost of care."
The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Harrow and build more affordable homes - an issue which we know is important to so many residents.There are currently 1,075 families in Harrow on a waiting list for council homes, up/down from 762 last year - a rise of nearly 30%.
In addition, official figures show 651 homes in Harrow have been empty for over six months.
The Liberal Democrats would introduce a legal requirement for smaller housing developments to include affordable homes, make it easier for local authorities and housing associations to borrow money and set up a new government-backed Housing and Infrastructure Development Bank.
The party would allow local authorities to hike up council tax on empty homes by up to 200%, including second homes. Local authorities could also choose to impose penalties on developers who leave plots of land empty for over 3 years, to tackle so-called land-banking.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Harrow West, Chris Noyce, commented:
“Hundreds of families in Harrow are struggling to find a decent and affordable place to call home.
“Many young people in particular are finding it virtually impossible to get on the housing ladder.
“At the same time, homes are sitting empty and plots of land bought by developers are not being used.
“The market is broken and has failed to deliver. That is why we are setting out radical plans to fix the housing crisis.
"A Conservative landslide would allow the government to take people for granted, meaning years more soaring rents and failure to build enough affordable housing.
"A better future is available. Have hope, vote Liberal Democrat and we can change Britain's future and build the affordable homes Harrow needs."
Responding to UKIP's decision not to stand a candidate in Harrow East, Liberal Democrat candidate Adam Bernard said:
"It's hardly surprising that UKIP didn't feel the need to stand here. They have a right-wing, anti-immigration, anti-refugee Conservative Party that will carry out the nationalistic UKIP manifesto without UKIP having to lift a finger."
Commenting on the Prime Minister's visit to Harrow, Adam Bernard, Liberal Democrat candidate for Harrow East said:
"The Prime Minister has some nerve to come to an area that is home to so many people who have come to Britain from all over the world, and talk of reducing immigration.
The Conservatives' targets for immigration bear no relation to the needs of Britain's economy, and appear to have been chosen entirely according to what makes a good soundbite"
Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Brian Paddick said:
"The Brexiteers told us that leaving the EU would mean we could be more generous to our Commonwealth partners, it is now clear that this was another Leave lie"