Introducing Marshel Amutharasan, our candidate for Roxbourne.

Councillor Bob Currie, who represented Roxbourne ward on Harrow Council for almost twenty years and served as Portfolio Holder for Housing sadly passed away earlier this year.

That means that there will be a by-election, on the 9th March. The Liberal Democrat candidate for this is Marshel  Amutharasan.

Marshel is the fresh start Roxbourne needs. He's lived in the area for over thirty years, and is a community and charity worker in the education sector. He's run music and language schools for underprivileged children for the past two decades.

His passion is regenerating the Roxbourne area and making it a better place to live for all the residents of the area.

In particular, his priorities are:

  • Pressing for the re-opening of South Ruislip Recycling Centre — reducing fly-tipping and congestion.

  • Abolishing the ineffective brown bin charges which are neither raising income nor encouraging recycling.

  • Making it easier to contact Harrow Council.

  • Improving local transport and parking

  • Making the streets of Roxbourne safer - working with Safer Neighbourhood teams to reduce crime, and improving street lighting

  • Better facilities for children in local parks


Richmond Park is only the beginning of the fight against hard Brexit

Sarah Olney with Caroline Pidgeon and Nick Clegg

Congratulations to Sarah Olney for her decisive win in Richmond Park — more than doubling the Lib Dem share of the vote with her opposition to the hard Brexit that her "independent" opponent Zac Goldsmith was urging.

This is a great first step in holding MPs to account, and reminding them that they have a choice in when and how they implement Brexit.

Over the coming weeks and months we will need to impress on all MPs that their vote on how Brexit happens matters — for the people who elected them, and for their own career prospects.

To help make this happen, we need your support. Join us today and help us achieve a Britain that is welcoming, outward-looking, and a constructive member of the family of nations.




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Lib Dems win in Richmond

Here in Harrow, we're overjoyed to say that there's a new Lib Dem MP - the lovely Sarah Olney won in Richmond Park. Some of us went down to help in her campaign, and we're glad that the hard work has paid off.

London - Harrow included - largely voted to Remain in the EU and this result shows that we can still have our voices heard and make a difference.

We can still speak up in favour of the open, tolerant, united and above all liberal country and city we want to live in.

Congratulations Sarah!

 

£220 billion Brexit black hole

The official figures in today's Autumn Statement have revealed a £220 billion Brexit black hole - hundreds of billions taken out of our economy when we need it most.

The independent Office for Budget Responsibility also shows that we can expect rising unemployment and falling living standards as a result of leaving the EU.

In response, the Chancellor offered nothing but reheated headlines and recycled announcements.

This Government are not competent enough to deal with the challenges ahead. They are going to hit people in the pocket through their hapless handling of Brexit, and Labour can offer no opposition, having backed them on Brexit.

Read more here: http://www.libdems.org.uk/a-220-billion-brexit-black-hole

Response to the US Elections


Harrow Liberal Democrats are hugely concerned by the election of Donald Trump, as his campaign did not follow our values of working towards an open, tolerant and united society. We believe in a Britain and a world where everyone is valued and respected, rather than feeling scared and victimised, which is the unfortunate effect that Trump's campaign and election have had on too many people. 









We would echo the words of Tim Farron in saying: "Liberal values of moderation, freedom, respect for the rule of law, openness and concern for one another can no longer be taken for granted. In the United States, those values were defeated. Never in my lifetime have those liberal values been so under threat, and never have they been more relevant and necessary. "









We will be doing everything we can to continue to promote our values in Harrow and abroad. 




Heathrow



Harrow Liberal Democrats deplore the decision of Cllr Shah to disregard the environmental impacts of an additional runway at Heathrow.




While Labour may not prioritise either the UK's carbon reduction targets or the quality of life of millions of residents of West London, the Lib Dems believe that — despite a massive lobbying campaign — there has not been a good case made for a new runway anywhere in the South-East. With spare capacity at other London airports, an expansion at Heathrow will benefit no-one but the multinational consortium that owns Heathrow Airports Holdings Ltd.


Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat Member of the London Assembly, said: "We can improve the UK’s international links through better use of all our airports. It is the triumph of vested interests for this Government to claim that the environmental wreckage created by a third Heathrow runway‎ is a price worth paying."

Europe🇪🇺 (en🇬🇧, pl🇵🇱, de🇩🇪🇦🇹, ro🇷🇴)

We thought it might be helpful to summarise our position on Europe in a few of the EU languages most spoken in Harrow.




The Liberal Democrats remain a proudly pro-European party.

We respect the democratic result of the referendum in June and will not repeat the last referendum to try to overturn it.

But
voting for a departure is not the same as voting for a destination.

There is no plan for what Brexit means, and confusion over the options. Some people voted leave to stop all immigration; some voted Leave for Britain to be open to more immigration, particularly from the Commonwealth. Some people voted Leave to protect British laws; some because they want to get rid of EU laws that protect workers, or shoppers or the environment.
The government appear to be trying to force the country down the most chaotic and disruptive path, breaking all ties with the EU and closing the door to the single market where we sell the largest part of our exports.

We believe, whatever deal is negotiated,
the people must have a chance to say if they would prefer the new arrangement, outside the European Union, or would prefer to remain inside the European Union.

Our demands in negotiations include:


Those who have chosen to live in the UK must be allowed to stay; likewise UK citizens living in the EU.


 

■ The UK must remain a member of the Single Market and protect freedom of movement.


 

We must retain cooperation on protecting the environment, on fighting crime, on university education and research, and on traveller benefits such as the European Health Insurance Card.

For more details (in English) see
libdems.org.uk/europe







Liberalni Demokraci z dumą określają siebie jako partię proeuropejską.



Szanujemy wynik czerwcowego referendum i nie jest naszą intencją walka o jego powtórzenie w celu zmiany jego rezultatu.



Jednak „
głosowanie za wyjściem nie jest tym samym co głosowanie za przeznaczeniem”.
Nie wiadomo co tak naprawdę oznacza Brexit, co naturalnie wywołuje sporą konsternację. Niektórzy głosowali za wyjściem żeby zatrzymać falę imigracji, inni – żeby ją zwiększyć, zwłaszcza jeśli chodzi o kraje należące do Brytyjskiej Wspólnoty Narodów, tzw. Commonwealth. Niektórzy chcieli chronić brytyjskie prawo, inni natomiast walczyli o pozbycie się unijnych praw chroniących pracowników, klientów sklepów czy środowisko. Wygląda na to, że rząd usiłuje sprowadzić kraj na możliwie najbardziej chaotyczną i destrukcyjną drogę poprzez zerwanie wszelkich więzi z Unią Europejską i zatrzaśnięcie drzwi do jednolitego rynku, który stanowił największą grupę odbiorców naszego eksportu.



Głęboko wierzymy, że niezależnie od tego, jaki kierunek obiorą negocjacje, obywatele muszą mieć prawo do wyrażenia swojego stanowiska – czy wolą nowe porozumienie poza Unią Europejską, czy może woleliby jednak pozostać we Wspólnocie.



 

Nasze żądania odnośnie negocjacji zawierają następujące punkty:
należy pozwolić na pozostanie w Wielkiej Brytanii osobom, które zdecydowały się tu żyć i mieszkać, podobnie jak to dotyczy obywateli Wielkiej Brytanii żyjących w krajach Unii Europejskiej


 

Wielka Brytania musi pozostać częścią jednolitego rynku oraz chronić prawo do swobodnego przepływu osób, towarów i usług


 

musimy utrzymać współpracę w zakresie ochrony środowiska, zwalczania przestępczości, edukacji akademickiej oraz badań, a także ułatwień dotyczących swobodnego przemieszczania się takich jak Europejska Karta Ubezpieczenia Zdrowotnego
Więcej szczegółów na naszej stronie internetowej -
libdems.org.uk/europe







.


Die Liberal Democrats sind weiterhin eine stolze pro-europäische Partei.



Wir erkennen das Ergebnis der Volksabstimmung im Juni an und werden die Abstimmung nicht wiederholen in der Hoffnung, das Ergebnis zu ändern.


Aber: Eine Abstimmung für die Abreise ist nicht dasselbe wie eine Abstimmung für das Ziel.



Es gibt keinen Plan dazu, was Brexit bedeutet, und es herrscht Verwirrung über die verschiedenen Optionen. Manche Menschen haben für das Verlassen der EU gestimmt, um alle Einwanderung zu stoppen; andere stimmten dafür, um Großbritannen offener für Einwanderung zu machen, vor allem aus dem Commonwealth. Manche Menschen wollten britische Gesetze schützen; andere wollten EU-Gesetze zum Schutz von Arbeitnehmern, Käufern oder der Umwelt abschaffen. Die Regierung scheint es sich zum Ziel gemacht zu haben, unser Land auf den chaotischsten und störendsten Pfad zu schicken, der überhaupt möglich ist, und dabei völlig mit der EU zu brechen und den Europäischen Binnenmarkt zu verlassen, über den der Großteil unserer Exporte abgewickelt wird.



Wir glauben daran, dass, ganz gleich, welcher Deal ausgehandelt wird, das Volk die Gelegenheit bekommen muss zu sagen, ob es das neue Arrangement außerhalb der Europäischen Union oder das Verbleiben in der Europäischen Union bevorzugt.



Unsere Forderungen für die Verhandlungen beeinhalten:


Die Menschen, die sich in Großbritannien niedergelassen haben, müssen das Recht haben, hier zu bleiben. Dasselbe gilt für britische Staatsangehörige, die in der EU leben.


Großbritannien muss Mitglied des Europäischen Binnenmarkts bleiben und die Personenfreizügigkeit schützen.


Wir müssen weiterhin kooperieren, was den Umweltschutz, die Verbrechensbekämpfung, die Hochschulbildung und Forschung und die Vorteile für Reisende wie den Auslandskrankenschein angeht.


Für mehr Informationen (auf Englisch): hier klicken.







Partidul Liberal Democrat rămâne un partid mândru să fie pro-European.



Respectăm rezultatul democratic al referendumului din Iunie și nu vom repeta ultimul referendum pentru a încerca să deturnăm rezultatul.


Dar votul pentru o plecare nu este la fel ca și votul pentru o destinație.




Nu există niciun plan pentru ce înseamnă BREXIT și opțiunile sunt neclare, confuze. Unii oameni au votat Leave (Pleacă). pentru a opri imigrația; unii au votat Leave pentru ca Anglia să fie mai deschisă către imigrație, în special din Commonwealth (comunitatea fostelor colonii britanice)? Unii oameni au votat Leave pentru a proteja legile Britanice; alții au votat Leave pentru a scăpa de legile UE care protejează muncitorii, cumpărătorii sau mediul înconjurător. Guvernul pare că încearcă să forțeze țara să meargă pe calea cea mai haotică și distrugătoare, rupând toate legăturile cu UE Uniunea Europeană și închizând ușa pieței unice unde vindem cea mai mare parte a exporturilor britanice.



Credem că, orice înțelegere este negociată,
oamenii trebuie să aibă șansa să spună dacă ar prefera noul aranjament, în afara UE, sau ar prefera să rămână în UE.



Cererile noastre în cadrul negocierilor BREXIT includ:



Cei care au decis să trăiască in UK trebuie să li se permită să rămână; similar, cetățenii britanici care au ales să trăiască în EU


Regatul Unit al Marii Britanii trebuie să rămână membru al Pieței Unice EU și trebuie să protejeze libertatea de mișcare


Trebuie să continuăm cooperarea legată de protejarea mediului înconjurător, de lupta împotriva crimei, de studii și educație superioară, și de beneficiile de călătorie, cum ar fi Cardul European de Sănătate.



Pentru mai multe detalii (în Engleză) vizitează libdems.org.uk/europe


Harrow Lib Dems deliver H14 Bus Petition.

[caption id="attachment_34" align="alignright" width="225"]h14 bus petition (L-R) Adam Bernard, Lisa-Maria Bornemann, Caroline Pidgeon AM, and Sanjay Karia[/caption]

After hearing from Harrow residents about the appalling overcrowding — especially at peak times — on the H14 bus service, Harrow Liberal Democrats launched a petition calling on Transport for London (TfL) to bring in double-decker buses on the H14 route.

We presented the several hundred signatures collected to Caroline Pidgeon, member of the London Assembly for the Liberal Democrats, and Chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee, who will raise the issue with TfL.

TfL are expected to make a decision in the near future.

A no-deal Brexit will cost Harrow £1.6 billion

New research by the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance and the Liberal Democrats has revealed just how damaging a no-deal Brexit will be to Harrow.

A no-deal Brexit will mean an economic hit of £1,640,000,000 to Harrow over the next five years — and Harrow stands to fare worse than most other regions.

David Davis and other members of the cabinet have recently been talking up a no-deal Brexit, but this data shows that Harrow and the country simply couldn't afford it.

If the UK exits the EU in March 2019 without a deal, Britain's economic output (gross value added) in the five years after Brexit would be reduced by 5.3%, or £430 billion.

Even if the UK agreed to a Norway style arrangement with full single market access, this would still result in a reduction to five-year economic output of 2.9%, or £235 billion.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson ███████████ said:

"These figures are a real indictment of the government's strategy. David Davis is still talking up the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, yet these figures suggest that this would cost Harrow a ruinous £1.6 billion over five years. Even a relatively soft Brexit could cost the area £820 million.

"£1.6 billion works out at over £1300 per year from each Harrow resident — paid in lower wages, lost jobs, higher prices, and worse public services.

"The government must rule out a no-deal. It must end the uncertainty and confirm its commitment to stay in the single market and customs union.

"The study suggests that for Harrow, no-deal would be devastating."

Bob Blackman's falsehoods on police numbers won't help curb knife crime in Harrow

As Harrow reels from a spate of stabbings across the borough — in Wealdstone, in South Harrow, in central Harrow, and in Rayner's Lane — Bob Blackman, Tory MP for Harrow East, has been on television █████████████ to reassure his constituents that police numbers are remaining stable.

Only problem is, he's wrong. Not only are police numbers falling, but numbers of support staff, administrators, and PCSOs needed to help police do their job effectively are also falling.

Bob Blackman's explanation is that police are not affected by cuts, but are simply being lazy. This is not only untrue but insulting. Our police are eager to do their job; government must provide them with the funds needed to do it properly.

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