Labour's letter on the EU is misleading at best, deceitful at worst

Harrow Labour has sent a letter to EU citizens in Harrow, in advance of the May 3rd local elections, with several extremely misleading claims.

Embarassed by their party leadership's embrace of Brexit, they have resorted to weasel words.

Positions of the nationwide parties on Brexit-related issues. The question-mark reflects Labour's insistence on "a" customs union but not "the" customs union.

They say that the Labour Party is fighting against Conservative plans for a hard Brexit, and that Labour has been fighting for EU nationals' rights.

These claims are simply untrue. A hard Brexit is one in which we leave the Single Market. Labour is determined to take us out of the Single Market in order to be able to abolish freedom of movement for EU nationals.

And when the House of Lords had the chance to insist on safeguarding EU nationals' rights a condition of invoking Article 50, Labour whipped their peers to abstain, and their MPs — including Harrow's Gareth Thomas — voted it through with no safeguards whatsoever.

The Liberal Democrats are truly supporting the rights of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the EU as well as supporting the right of the people to cancel the Brexit process entirely if the final deal is worse than what we have now.

North-West London bearing brunt of May's NHS mis-management

Just 77.3% of patients were seen within 4 hours at regular A&E departments in December 2017, the lowest level since records began, NHS statistics today have revealed. London North West Healthcare Trust (which runs Northwick Park) is even worse with more than four out of ten patients waiting longer than four hours to be seen - and Hillingdon is worse still.

In December, London North West Healthcare Trust only saw 58.7% of patients within four hours. This makes it the fourth worst performing provider in the country. Hillingdon Hospitals Trust is the second worst in the country.  Liberal Democrat former health minister Norman Lamb is clear that this is an unacceptable situation and that urgent measures need to be taken to address this. 

The Liberal Democrats warned the government would be left "with blood on its hands" unless it acted to address record pressures facing the NHS.

Separate winter pressure figures showed 5,082 patients faced delays in ambulances of one hour or more in the week to 7th January, the worst figures of the winter so far. In total over 22,000 patients have faced delays of one hour or more in the back of ambulances so far this winter.

Liberal Democrat former Health Minister Norman Lamb commented:

"The NHS is facing record levels of pressure - meaning every day patients are dying and experiencing dreadful failures of care.

"Yet all the government does is offer inadequate sums of money which barely keep our health service going.

"Theresa May cannot ignore this crisis any longer. Ministers have a choice: agree to work with others to deliver a proper, sustainable settlement for the NHS or be left with blood on their hands.

"Liberal Democrats have a clear plan to give the NHS the emergency cash injection it needs, by putting a penny on income tax to raise £6bn a year.

"We stand ready to work with other parties to find a long-term solution to rescue the NHS."

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

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Tom Newton Dunn: "I understand the Govt will now agree to publish the 58 impact assessments - but redacted of anything that prejudices the negotiation."
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Lib Dems call for Harrow to be heard in new Heathrow consultation

Chris Grayling today announced that a public consultation into the planned third runway at Heathrow Airport has been reopened to include new evidence.

Harrow Liberal Democrats called again for Harrow residents to be actively consulted.

Last time round, Harrow was not included in consultations, despite it being closer than other areas that were consulted, such as Theresa May's constituency of Maidenhead, and despite the likelihood that the new flight paths would mean an increase in noise for people living here.

Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable commented:

“I urge all those concerns about the environmental and social impact of Heathrow expansion to made their voice heard through this consultation.

“The fact this consultation has had to be reopened shows the government’s case remains deeply flawed. It is difficult to see how a third runway can be delivered without breaching legal air pollution limits. We will continue to work with other parties in Parliament to stop Heathrow expansion in its tracks.”


Government must act now on flytipping

The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to act to tackle Britain's "fly-tipping epidemic," as figures revealed fly-tipping incidents topped a million this year for the first time since 2008.

Fly-tipping in Harrow

    • Local authorities in England recorded 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016-17, up 7% on the previous year. This is equivalent to 114 every hour.


    • The estimated cost to the taxpayer for clearing up fly-tipping was £58 million, up 16% on the previous year


    • The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping fell by a quarter to 1,602, compared to 2,135 the previous year

Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented:

“Britain’s fly-tipping epidemic is spiralling out of control.

“Our roads and countryside are being turned into rubbish dumps, costing the taxpayer millions, but too many fly-tippers are being let off the hook.

“The government needs to do more to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

“Cash-strapped councils need more funding so they can increase bin collections and stop charging people to get rid of large household goods.”


Chris Noyce, Liberal Democrat councillor for Rayners Lane said:

“Harrow has been particularly badly affected by fly-tipping — and the nuisance, smell, and vermin that go with it. This is not just a cosmetic problem; this is a quality of life issue for thousands of people living in Harrow”

In Harrow, the Liberal Democrats believe that the move to restrict access to the rubbish tip to residents only - and only if they remember to bring proof of residence - is likely to make this problem worse. In fact, we're campaigning to increase access to these sites, including opening up access to the Ruislip centre for local residents.

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