Theresa May has unveiled her Brexit deal, and, as expected, it is a disaster.
It hasn’t got the votes to pass in Parliament, with ministers resigning one after another and MPs from both sides coming out in opposition. It’s going to be another sorry chapter in the Brexit chaos and Westminster infighting that we’ve seen since the referendum.
The deal doesn’t meet the promises made by the Leave campaign - no extra money for the NHS, and we’re losing control, regulatory influence, and international power rather than gaining it. It’ll weaken rather than strengthen our democracy. The deal’s answers to the key questions about our country’s future are worryingly vague. It’s not good for jobs, the economy, Enfield, or the United Kingdom.
The Conservatives' big idea to cut costs at Enfield Council is to get rid of the consultants. But this is not as good an idea as it first sounds...
Don’t fancy a public enquiry? Don’t worry, there’s a rule for that…
Enfield Council's consultation on the Quieter Neighbourhood scheme, while for a laudable goal, has provided yet more evidence that we should be concerned about the council's culture of how they treat the opinions of local residents. We have large concerns about if they really want anyone’s opinion if it doesn’t match theirs.
Residents affected by the recent Fernleigh Road area scheme have complained about a number of issues with the process
When Enfield Council organised a balloon festival in Enfield Town Park, they wrote to local residents for a consultation. The original proposal mentioned the two dates, that it was a balloon festival and that there would be park restrictions at that time.
Please join us for the Enfield Liberal Democrats Annual General Meeting on Thursday 11 October 2018 at 7pm at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town. Entry is free, and it is open to all members, supporters, and other members of the public who are interested in the future of our country and our borough.
To help us manage numbers, please email us at: email@example.com if you are planning to come along.
We are delighted to announce that we will be joined by Sarah Olney and Lucy Salek. Sarah Olney is the former Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park, who won an amazing by-election victory in 2016, scoring a 30% swing and picking up a formerly safe Conservative seat, defeating Zac Goldsmith. Lucy Salek was the Parliamentary candidate in the Lewisham East by-election earlier this year, achieving a 20% swing in a strong second place and sending a message to Labour leadership that they cannot take pro-European voters for granted.
Activists and campaigners from all over Enfield will be attending: it is also a chance to meet Rob Wilson, our candidate in the upcoming by-election for the vacant council seat in Bush Hill Park. The Enfield Liberal Democrats have gone from strength to strength, and with your help we can elect Enfield’s first Liberal Democrat councillor and reshape Enfield politics.
Entry is free and one Member who attends will, chosen at random, win a £50 Gift Card.
The first part of the evening will be a series of talks about the party and its role in Enfield. This will be open to the public at large as well. This will be followed by a small break with food to get to meet the speakers and the other party members.
Are you concerned about the nature of Enfield Council's consultation processes? Consultations should be a way of genuinely involving members of the community in the decisions that affect their future - but there are concerns Enfield Council's processes do not live up to that spirit.
For many wheelchair users Enfield’s buses are a lifeline.
As we develop Enfield we must remember this. The Council must consider all users and all modes of transport, but it has sometimes fallen short in this goal.
Enfield Liberal Democrats went to scrutinise Enfield Council in action and were dismayed by how poorly the Borough is served by the current set up. Petty squabbling, a lack of vision for Enfield and unacceptable conduct was the order of the day.
Liberal Democrats from Enfield took centre stage at the Party’s annual Conference in Brighton this week. In a debate taking place on Sunday afternoon setting out the Party’s policy on Britain’s place in a changing world; local resident, three-time Lib Dem candidate for Enfield Council and former European Parliamentary candidate Matt J. McLaren took to the podium to set out the case for free trade.
In a speech broadcast live on the BBC’s Parliament channel, Mr McLaren argued against the trade polices advocated by controversial US President Donald Trump – saying that Trump’s protectionist agenda not only cuts off “honest sellers of quality products in developing nations from their customer base” but makes “products in our home economy more expensive for consumers and businesses alike”. “Ultimately everyone is poorer” whenever tariffs are imposed and barriers raised to free trade, McLaren concluded.
In summing up the case against Trumpian economics, McLaren said “Free trade empowers developing nations, lowers prices at home, prevents arbitrary interference by small-minded despots like Trump, and is ultimately the liberal approach.”
After watching the debate in the auditorium, Chair of Enfield Liberal Democrats Dave Mitchell said: “It is great to see local campaigners from Enfield leading the national debate on these hugely important issues. International trade may seem like a remote issue but ultimately what we’re talking about here is how expensive products are in our local Enfield supermarkets. As we face falling off the Brexit cliff edge, our trade position will dramatically affect the price of everything from tea and coffee to fruit and veg. Liberal Democrats will always argue for policies which keep prices as low as possible for struggling local families trying to make ends meet, in addition to supporting the continuing development of nations which supply us with the many and various things which we have all grown accustomed to enjoying.”
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand at the Palmers Green Festival on 2 September 2018. Some fantastic suggestions for making Enfield a happier and healthier place to live were shared on our 'ideas tree.' Local issues will be taken up with the appropriate authorities and campaigns arranged where possible.
We will also be following up national issues such as access to mental health services at the annual Liberal Democrats conference which takes place later this month in Brighton.
Are you tired of each side blaming the other while local people aren’t getting the houses they need? We certainly are...
Enfield High Street has a number of empty flats sitting above the shops at a time Enfield is in desperate need of housing. Enfield council is trying to build more houses but is suffering delays, we have to use all possible housing stock and it’s a crying shame we have unused housing stock at this time of need.
The housing gateway instrument could be used for this. It is designed to secure local properties for local people with housing needs after all…
Either they aren’t using it properly or it’s not the right solution.
It is not good enough at this time of need for Labour to say the Conservatives are cutting our budgets and the Conservatives saying Labour are wasting money.
Enfield Liberal Democrats offer solutions instead of point scoring.
We would build a housing policy that has been proven to work that involves both the public and private sector.
We have already done this in Lewisham and it provides 19,000 houses.
We could do this here, will you join us in making homes available for local people? Mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s get this working
The Liberal Democrats had a brilliant result in local elections throughout England. We were the only party to make a net gain in councils held. In Enfield, we quadrupled our vote share and had strong performances in all our target wards. Check out the full results here. We'd like to thank everyone who volunteered their time on the campaign trail and also to everyone who voted Lib Dem.
Our members get to shape the future of the party and the policies we adopt. With the Lib Dem fightback truly underway, there has never been a better time to join the party.
Thanks again to all your help.
Enfield Liberal Democrats came out in force to support cross party group Enfield for Europe in their campaign to give us a vote on the final deal. As the Government's position looks to head us towards ad ruinous hard Brexit the decision is too important to leave to the politicians. The Borough of Enfield voted in favour of remain and this doesn't look like a Brexit that works for everyone.
The Liberal Democrats are proud to once again stand with our friends in Enfield for Europe to campaign to give YOU the final say.
Enfield saw the most comprehensive manifesto ever launched by the Liberal Democrats in Enfield. See the coverage in the Independent Here
Read the Manifesto Here
The Enfield Liberal Democrats want to represent residents in Enfield and are standing councillor candidates throughout the borough in the local government elections on 3 May 2018. On issues from road safety, council projects hurting local businesses, care for our elderly and disabled residents, air pollution, congestion and allocation of resources to our borough’s schools, we want to represent your concerns and get better outcomes for you by bringing a third way into Enfield’s political landscape.
Labour have become complacent and appear to have stopped listening. The Conservatives appear to lack the vision to make a vibrant roadmap for Enfield's future. Liberal Democrats offer a new alternative that Enfield badly needs. We will fight for every vote, listen to you and offer a positive vision for the borough's future.
EU nationals, you weren't able to vote in the EU referendum. It's time you have your say. Make sure to vote in the local elections on the 3rd of May. It will make a difference. Register to vote on line before April 17 2018 at:
All of this and much more, can be achieved if you vote to elect Liberal Democrat local councillors on 3 May 2018!
It is a long time since our nation has been as divided as it currently is over Brexit. But however you voted in the Brexit referendum or if you chose not to vote there are probably more bits almost everyone can agree on than you might think, and as we advance into 2018, those areas are only going to become more important.
a) It would have been nice to have more and better information from both Leave and Remain campaigns about what leaving the EU would actually mean for the UK economy. b) If Brexit is going to happen the UK needs its most powerful and effective negotiating team working on it and working on assessing the likely impact of various models of Brexit. c) Whatever happens, the sooner we never have to hear about Brexit ever again, the better.
On point a) there was no excuse and is no excuse now for deliberate attempts to mislead, but to be fair to both Remain and Leave campaigns it was hard to give reliable predictions when so many factors were unknown, particularly the attitude of the EU. At this stage, though, it is possible to make much more accurate predictions.
On point b) there can be few among both Leavers and Remainers who really believe that the UK's negotiating team has so far been massively effective and few who really believe it will suddenly become so in 2018. Equally many among both Leavers and Remainers must be hugely concerned that the government seems to have done so little to assess the likely economic impact of different types of Brexit.
On point c) the only route to settling the Brexit question forever and reuniting the country is to make sure that the results of whatever finally happens with Brexit are as good for Britain as possible.
The ONLY route to dealing with all the difficult points raised by a), b) and c) is a second referendum where the British people get to decide whether they think the Brexit deal finally agreed is better than the EU deal we currently have. In a proud democracy, surely it is the people themselves who deserve the final say on exactly what their future will look like.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and the party’s London spokesperson, commenting on Sadiq Khan’s announcement that the Hopper bus fare will start to take unlimited trips within an hour from later this month said:
“Lib Dems have been campaigning for a 1-hour bus ticket for a decade Read more
Register to vote in the local election on 3 May 2018 here!
It usually takes 5 minutes and you should register by 17 April 2018. EU citizens are allowed to vote in local elections, so send a clear message and vote the only pro-European party.
Our Liberal Lunch Group is fast becoming the backbone of the party!
The Enfield LibDems End of Year Quiz gathered together some of our longest serving members and some brand new ones. This was our first social event in years - and what a success! A fun night out with lots of trivia, a raffle ... and a star prize.
We got to meet each other and know our local party better.
Held in Winchmore Hill, the Quiz night was really well attended and raised a nice amount of money for the party.
Looking forward to the next social!
Sick of being ignored?
The Enfield Liberal Democrats have decided to stand up for residents in Southgate Green in next year’s local government elections. On issues from road safety, council projects hurting local businesses, care for our elderly and disabled residents, air pollution, congestion and allocation of resources to our borough’s schools, we want to represent your concerns and get better outcomes for you by bringing a third way into Enfield’s political landscape.
We have ambitious plans to improve public transport in the borough, including looking to get our rail operators run by TFL, extending and improving regularity of the key bus services used by our elderly residents, and lessen the impact caused by the Green Lanes cycle lane implementation.
All of these, and much more, can be achieved if we have our local councillors!
Council's Disastrous Cut Scrapped
Local carers, who were furious with Labour-run Enfield Council’s plan to cut financial aid worth £1400 a year to those that care for vulnerable, elderly and disabled residents are now celebrating after a successful public awareness campaign has forced the council to drop the immoral and nonsensical proposal.
The Liberal Democrats have challenged Theresa May to publish a report looking into foreign funding of extremism in the UK that she sat on as Home Secretary, and continues to do so as Prime Minister.
Brexit will inflict serious staff shortages on the NHS creating a £265m bill to re-hire doctors and nurses from the EU after 2019, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.
The Liberal Democrats have called on Theresa May to urgently speak out and challenge Donald Trump following reports he is set to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on tackling climate change.
Sir Ed Davey, who played a key role in negotiating the agreement as Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, commented:
Former health minister Norman Lamb has said that the Conservatives are leaving the NHS in an impossible position after revelations that NHS trusts overspent by £770m.
The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn their Party Election Broadcast that was due to air on BBC One in England this evening. The party is replacing it with a heartfelt, personal and non-political message from leader Tim Farron following the heinous attack in Manchester on Monday.
Speaking at the Royal College of Nursing Congress today, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, has confirmed that the Party would reinstate student bursaries, which benefit nursing, midwifery and allied health students, with immediate effect.
Today Patrick O'Flynn, UKIP's Spokesperson on the Economy, said: "we could I think be forgiven for finding it galling that the ever-pragmatic Tory party has lately donned so many of our clothes"
This statement comes as a poll finds that people think the Conservatives are more right-wing than UKIP.
Responding, Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson and candidate for Carshalton and Wallington said:
"Theresa May has shown no shame and seems happy to parrot Farage's lines in a desperate bid to gain more votes.
"Whilst UKIP might think this is just pragmatism, many people will find it disgusting.
"The referendum result has left a deeply divided Britain, but instead of trying to bring people together Theresa May seems intent on widening the divide.
"The Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting for an open, tolerant and united Britain."
Currently 2.5 billion disposable cups are thrown away every year in the UK – around 7 million every day - and fewer than 1 in 400 are recycled.
Knocking on doors it’s clear that support for us is bouncing back strongly, so we could yet spring a surprise in Enfield Southgate and be part of a Lib Dem North London cluster with neighbouring Hornsey & Wood Green.
Don’t knock it; stranger things have happened.
After all, this is a heavily pro-Remain constituency and we are Britain’s European party. We also have a great candidate in Pippa Morgan.
But key to achieving that coveted Lib Dem breakthrough is overcoming the reluctance of traditional Labour voters who are put off by Corbyn’s Eurosceptic negligence and inept leadership but who are also worried that we risk making it too easy for the Tories by splitting the opposition vote.
We are hearing these worries from some voters and they are not without foundation.
On paper, the Tory majority in Enfield Southgate looks onerous. On the last two occasions David Burrowes has won 49.4% of the vote.
There is nonetheless cause for optimism.
Just over 29,000 people in Enfield Southgate voted Remain in the EU referendum, compared with the 22,000 who voted for Burrowes in the last two elections. Moreover, this constituency has changed hands before; the local population is not as wedded to partisan tribal politics as other parts of the country. In any case, the Brexit vote has ripped away at party loyalties.
So if we can recover the 6,000 voters we had in 2010 and also attract the votes of, say, 5,000 Conservative Remainers and 5,000 Labour supporters angry at Corbyn’s EU referendum performance (and more), it’s game on.
Given the demographics of Enfield Southgate, this isn’t so fanciful an idea.
And given, the feedback we are getting as we knock on doors and shove our leaflets through letterboxes, it’s clear there is real support for us out there and that it is growing.
Paddy Power have us at 66-1 to win Enfield Southgate. But it was 100-1 just a couple of days ago. I’m putting a tenner down before the odds come down further.
The momentum is with us.
The Liberal Democrats have questioned plans by the Conservatives to hand powers to the government that would enable ministers to censor social media content.
Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat shadow first secretary of state, said:
“It is certainly bold of the Conservatives to boast how they can protect people on the internet the day after the NHS has been hacked with a loophole apparently built by the US government.
“Government and technology companies must do more to find a real solution to problematic content online – but having a government agency deciding what constitutes acceptable free speech isn’t it.
“We need to be working with technology companies to address the problem of hate speech – not pretending it’s an easy problem that can be solved with a press release
Our pro NHS local investment Enfield candidate trio -- Pippa Morgan, Nick da Costa, and David Schmitz -- all support Lord Paddick's comments to the Conservative's failure to provide the NHS with sufficient security systems to protect them from cyber attacks
The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Enfield and build more affordable homes. Pippa Morgan, Nick da Costa and Davis Schmitz all support these measures.
Liberal Democrats have yesterday announced a package of measures aimed at tackling recruitment and retention challenges across the Armed Force
The Liberal Democrats have responded to a report by the Royal College of Nursing warning of the threat to patient safety caused by the number of nurses jobs left vacant.
The Liberal Democrats have demanded an inquiry into why the Conservatives cut cyber-security support a year ago when it axed a £5.5m deal with Microsoft
Vince Cable, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, has dismissed Labour's announcement on a Robin Hood tax.
Vince Cable said
Responding to David Davis comments on Peston on Sunday that Britain could leave the EU without any deal, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
Lib Dems commit to £780 pay rise for public sector workers
Liberal Democrats have announced they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and up-rating wages in line with inflation. The plans would lead to an estimated pay rise of £780 for the average public sector worker by 2021.
In contrast, the Conservative's public sector pay cap combined with rising inflation since the Brexit vote will mean that by 2021 a new nurse will be £530 a year worse off, a primary school teacher £550 and an army sergeant £8
Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable commented:
“Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation.
“Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need.
"Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks – but Theresa May doesn’t care.
“A better future is available. We will stand up for our schools and hospitals and give hard-working nurses, teachers and police the pay rise they deserve.
"Within our carefully costed commitments, we believe government can and must lift the cap on public sector pay.”
The former head of the NHS David Nicholson has today backed LiberalDemocrat plans to put a penny on income tax to rescue the health and care service, in a major boost for the party.
He is amongst a group of 26 leading health experts including the ex-heads of the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of GPs and Royal College of Psychiatrist who all backed the Lib Dem approach in a letter to the Observer today.
The letter states:
"The human cost of this crisis is already painfully clear. Waiting times are rising, there is particularly poor access for people with mental ill health and operations are being cancelled.
"For these reasons, we strongly welcome the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to raise income tax by 1p, to generate additional, ringfenced revenue for NHS and social care."
Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb commented:
"It is fantastic to have this support from those who have worked in all levels of our health service and understand the pressure it is now under.
“There is a real sense of urgency because the system is close to tipping point.
"The NHS is in a very fragile state. It has had an extraordinarily tough winter without a flu epidemic and without cold conditions.
“Bluntly, we can’t carry on like this. Only the Lib Dems have a clear and credible plan for how we raise the money and get it into the NHS and the care system.”
For those of us in Enfield, this means supporting and saving our local hospitals like Chase Farm
Commenting on Harry Styles’ comments that he will vote for “whoever is against Brexit”, Liberal Democrat candidate for Richmond Park Sarah Olney said:
Enfield Liberal Democrats full support giving 16 and 17 year old people the vote, as does our candidate, Pippa Morgan.
Lib Dems: Fight against cybercrime at risk from bad Brexit deal
Responding to Labour's announcement on NHS funding today, LiberalDemocrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said:
Pippa's Portillo potential
Spanish Bills' take on Pippa's chances
By Spanish Bill, one of Pippa's volunteers talks through why he supports her
Pippa Morgan for Enfield Southgate's team were out in force over last week and the weekend covering.
The Liberal Democrats have announced a new General Election Campaign Team, with former ministers including Jo Swinson, Vince Cable and Ed Davey all returning to the Lib Dem frontbench
Commenting on David Davis’ interview when he today said 'We will not pay €100bn', Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:
“This is the latest unpaid bill by the Brexiteers. I guess they have thrown it on the pile with the £350 million per week, for the NHS.
“During the referendum no divorce bill was ever mentioned. Then it was 50 billion and now it’s leaped to 100 billion. If that is Theresa May’s negotiating skills, doubling our bill after one meeting, we should all be deeply worried.
“People now don’t trust Brexiteers as far as they can throw them. People want a politics that is open, tolerant and united and not this rancour and division.
“The public are feeling a Brexit squeeze on their incomes with rising prices and spiralling costs. This is why this election matters and why this election is a chance for people to change Britain’s future.
”This bill adds greater strength to the Liberal Democrat argument that we need a referendum on the deal.”
Enfield Lib Dems were out in force for Christ Church's annual fundraiser on the Green in Southgate. We were there to volunteer, help on the stalls and eat bacon butties and sweets, we also drank some beer, cheered the magnificent St Andrews Band and chatted with Chrichton and Philip.
Enfield Liberal Democrats selection party activist Pippa Morgan as their Enfield Southgate Westminster Candidate
Activists and candidate alike are motivated to work hard to win the Enfield Southgate seat off the Brexit Tory incumbent MP.
Enfield Lib Dems were out in Enfield Lock today supporting our candidate, Richard Morgan-Ash, in his bid to win a seat on Enfield's Council.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has warned Conservative supporters that a vote for the Tories is a vote for UKIP after revelations that some Conservative MPs have been in negotiations with UKIP to save their seats.
Join Pippa on her online platform profiles as she campaigns for Enfield Southgate
Enfield Exec unanimously appoint Joanne Cumper as new Chair of the Exec
When I joined the Liberal Party we were campaigning to remain in the Common Market as
we believed this was the best place for Britain to grow and prosper with our European
partners. In 1988 I joined the Liberal Democrats which was the party formed from the
merged Liberal and Social Democratic Parties. I have not changed my opinion on Europe
and I believe that the British public have the right to vote on the final deal as a lot of
misinformation was put out during the referendum campaign. This decision is too
important to be left to the politicians at Westminster as the repercussions will affect our
lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren.
Originally from Yorkshire I moved to London approx. 30 years ago and have lived in Enfield,
Chase Ward, for over 20 years. I have become increasingly frustrated at Enfield Council’s
lack of accountability. I believe that residents should be consulted and listened to prior to
any decisions being taken. If I am elected on May 3 rd I will represent your interests on the
Richard Morgan -Ash is against hard exit and Tory austerity, and wants to cut waste in Enfield Council to focus money on vital public services. He will fight to make Enfield Lock cleaner, safer place and to ensure that public money is spent wisely and effectively.
Richard grew up in Hackney and moved to Enfield via Aberystwyth University. He has been an active LibDem all of his life, previously being an active member of the Hackney party and chair of the student LibDem party at university.
Richard campaigned to remain in the European Union. He is a local activist as well as a vocal advocate of mental health. Richard works in IT in the city.
I was born in Ireland but have lived in London since 1976 and in Enfield since 1982.
I joined the Liberal Democrats because they stand for tolerance, fairness and free speech as well as having a clear mandate to remain in the EU. The Liberal Democrats are the only party campaigning for this.
I am a Health Professional working in the Edmonton area of Enfield. I see the correlation between poor housing conditions and families health, such as mental health issues like anxiety and depression. I also see air pollution resulting in asthma which affects those living near main roads. I am concerned for families that need the support of the local Children Centres. The Centres have had their budgets slashed dramatically limiting access, in venues accessible locally for families, for support around housing, budget management, parenting and community health services,.
Our NHS is our greatest national asset and helping it adapt, survive and thrive in the 21st Century is a major challenge. The Liberal Democrat policy of a RING-FENCED penny on the pound of income tax for NHS and Social Care is one that I feel is essential to bring NHS spending in line with other large countries.
If elected I will be pressing for genuinely affordable homes for Enfield Families and for better long term planning for essential services such as schools, health centres and other community assets.
Guy is one of the three Liberal Democrat candidates in Chase ward. He is asking for your vote so that he can offer new, fresh and optimistic representation to the community that he was born and raised in. It is time, Guy says, for a new beginning.
“We need a new beginning in Chase. What we don’t say enough about Chase is that it is really quite different to the rest of Enfield. It is a unique and beautiful area filled with special people that are crying out for a better sense of community. That’s why we need special, different representation for this special, different ward. I strongly believe that we can only build a more connected, open community by electing Liberal Democrat councillors who truly understand just how much we need one.
Chase needs a new beginning on transport, with a more frequent W10 bus fit to serve our community, and Oyster travel into Hertfordshire.
Chase needs a new beginning on road safety, to make Crews Hill, Clay Hill and the A10 less dangerous, less clogged, and greener.
And Enfield overall needs a new beginning on democracy, with its first group of Liberal Democrat councillors smashing the broken two-party system which has let you down over and over again – introducing fairer consultations and making the Council easier to contact and more responsive to residents.
I am ready and willing to begin the fight on May 4th for a better Chase in a better Enfield. So please, on May 3rd, vote for Enfield’s new beginning. Vote Liberal Democrat.”
Anthony (Tony) Kidman
I graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and, after a short-service commission in the Royal Navy and work for a contractor, joined BP in 1978 to work on offshore pipeline design and construction. I married the same year and we have two sons, both of whom are now married, and one grandson. Another grandchild is expected soon! I retired from BP in 1992 and worked for a construction firm and in Structural Engineering. I have now been fully retired for two years and find life is very full of demands on my time. My wife and I look after our grandson one day each week, we travel in the UK and abroad, I paint watercolours, grow organic vegetables, keep fit at a gym and often help my sons with DIY at their homes. Having lived through governments of the other main parties I became a Lib Dem.
"I had never been a member of a political party until 2016. Then 23rd June happened and I was disappointed by the outcome of the Referendum to leave the EU. I was shocked by the rise in hate crimes and racism. I was worried about the economy. I was angered by the misinformation presented by the Leave campaign.
I realised that I had to channel my energy and get properly involved with politics in order to make my voice heard. I want to live in a sustainable, open and compassionate country. So I joined the Liberal Democrats – and here I am, Standing for Highlands Ward in Enfield on behald of the Liberal Democrats and keen to make a positive contribution."
I joined the party 2 days after the 2015 General Election, rather in a state of shock at the decimation of the Liberal Democrat representation in Parliament. Whatever might be the reasons for that, it seemed to me quite wrong that the voice of a party that in my view represented moderate, decent, common sense opinion should not be prominently heard. So rather than merely complain about the injustice of it all, I decided to do something about it.
And I’m very glad I did - along with thousands of others of the same mind who have joined up for the same reasons. Quite apart from the politics, its been great fun meeting new people of a similar outlook, getting involved in various campaigning events, and taking advantage of the many opportunities the party has for volunteering.
The Enfield Party has grown significantly in the last few years and I think Enfield is ready to have Liberal Democrat representation across the Borough. That is why I have decided to stand in Enfield Highway this election. If you are tired of the same old answers from the other two then please use your vote on May 3rd 2018 to choose something better for Enfield.
As a resident in the Borough for over 50 years and member of the Liberals/LiberalDemocrats for also as long, I am extremely passionate about their forward thinking and concern with every aspect of local life, especially education, health and housing. As an individual who has stood many a time in Enfield, I believe I can make a contribution by instilling 'common sense' and efficiency in the local political arena. It seems that intolerance and divisiveness have accelerated the issue of crime and dismantling communities and, thus, I believe that I can encourage individuals to have a voice and contribute positively to societal needs.
I've lived in Winchmore Hill (on Green Lanes, just down the road from the Methodist Church) for five years now. Despite having previously been politically active (having stood to represent Greater London in the European Parliament in 2014), I hadn't planned on standing in the forthcoming election to Enfield Council. That is until two hugely important issues changed my mind, one local and one national – Cycle Lanes and Brexit!
Like so many of my friends and neighbours, I have been absolutely enraged by the Labour Council’s Cycle Lanes project. Whatever the merits or otherwise of such a scheme, the way it has been implemented has completely disregarded local shops and business owners not to mention being enormously disruptive for residents enduring huge traffic disruption for months on end (in addition to ridiculously loud overnight roadworks vibrating through bedrooms at 3am!)
I support measures which promote sustainable transport solutions, improve transport capacity, and facilitate a healthier lifestyle; and therefore, in principle, would support the idea of dedicated cycle routes. But any such a project should have been done in an inclusive and consultative way, working with local residents and businesses, not imposing it on them!
Shops in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill, already struggling with local business rates and other pressures, have been absolutely hammered by blocked entrances and huge transport disruption. The Labour Council could hardly have done more damage if they’d deliberately tried to strangle the High Street! Moreover, the design of new bus stops halts all traffic on busy Green Lanes every time a bus needs to stop – slowing traffic for everyone, both car drivers and bus passengers.
Labour must be held to account for their abject failure on this issue!
As for the Conservatives, we cannot escape the fact that, despite this being a local Council election, every vote cast for a Conservative candidate will be used by Theresa May and her incompetent Government as a show of support for their misguided and perilous Brexit strategy. I don’t know about you, but I just can't bring myself to support a Tory Party that seeks to lead the United Kingdom off the Brexit cliff-edge – one might as well vote UKIP!
I am therefore standing as a candidate for the Liberal Democrats – a party which believes in working with local residents and businesses rather than imposing unwanted and expensive projects on them; and will stop at nothing to give you the final say on the Brexit deal, rather than letting it become a Tory stitch-up.
So, If you want to send a clear message to the Labour Council that their management of the cycle lanes scheme has been woefully inadequate, needlessly disruptive, and economically catastrophic – but, like me, can't bring yourself to support Theresa May's Brexit-obsessed and unforgivably incompetent Conservative Party – please use your votes on 3rd May to support the Liberal Democrats.
I have lived here and raised a family here for many years. I love the area and would value the opportunity to serve it and its residents as councillor. I have never seen Britain as divided as it is today, and in such a difficult political environment it's vital that the centre ground has a strong voice speaking loudly, with people prepared to make the values of Britain's centre ground their priority. If I am elected a councillor I will stand up for the centre ground in Enfield
Education is at the heart of the Liberal Democrat agenda. Every child deserves the best start in life. But Conservative school cuts mean that children’s chances are determined too often by their parents’ income.
- Enfield’s schools must be protected from cuts including any reduction in the pupil premium - funding targeted at disadvantaged children. Additionally, we will work with schools to find different ways of helping to reverse the worst impacts of the Tories’ cuts.
- Nationally the Conservatives have restricted the abilities of local authorities to start new schools and intervene in failing schools, and have imposed an agenda of academization. We are campaigning nationally to give more control over school's back to the local authority. Liberal Democrat Councillors will make sure that we include the whole community in assessing where to develop sites for new schools and ensure that academies aren’t the only option for Enfield’s children.
- The outdoors has proven benefits to both physical and mental wellbeing and Enfield is fortunate to have some wonderful public green spaces. We are looking to promote the forest school's already operating in the borough and expand their capacity.
- Expensive or difficult to access childcare can make the option of returning to work impossible for many residents. We would look to ensure that any major housing developments plan community spaces to encourage an increase in capacity and competition for childcare.
- The well-being of students in Enfield schools must be a priority. This includes the expansion of breakfast clubs, mental health training for staff and anti-bullying strategies.
- Any future educational infrastructure and initiatives must be considered in light of its potential impacts on disabled and disadvantaged students. We would look to work with schools to see where we can improve existing facilities. We want to ensure more parents get their first choice when applying for school places.
- To create a safe learning environment, all forms of discrimination, such as homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia, must be eliminated from our schools and larger community. We will lead public awareness campaigns across Enfield to ensure our young people can learn in an inclusive and respectful environment.
Policing, Justice and Rights
We need an all-encompassing strategy to tackle crime in Enfield. Increasing community policing, support for victims, and a focus on encouraging pro-social behaviour as well as discouraging anti-social behaviour. Liberal Democrats oppose policing cuts and proposed police station closures. This government’s cuts are especially damaging in light of recent fears over burglaries, knife crime, and other crimes.
- We will expand Enfield’s PCSO sponsorship programme.
- On youth gang culture we will implement a borough wide pilot scheme of the Glasgow Initiative, treating knife crime as a public health problem, bringing together all the resources of government, not just the police force, to tackle it. To develop a strategy to reduce knife carrying, we will bring together the NHS, parents and community groups, youth social workers, police, teachers, and the judiciary.
- Social workers should be on call at every A&E department to engage with the victims of stab wounds.
- We will support our social workers to ensure we do everything possible to help teachers, parents and students identify potential attacks before they happen.
- There must also be a renewed focus on rehabilitative and restorative justice and we would look to work with communities to promote these projects.
- We also need additional equipment for policing in Enfield, including extra police cars for the outskirts of our borough, and body cameras to preserve trust between police and communities.
The Enfield Liberal Democrats are passionate in fighting discrimination and inequality. Tackling prejudice and hate crime are priorities for us. This includes:
- Supporting immigrants, asylum seekers, and disadvantaged minorities in Enfield.
- Liberal Democrat councillors will ensure the council is a leader in providing fair workplaces and promoting diversity in the workplace.
- We will also provide additional support for parents, such as childcare and assistance in returning to work.
- We will tackle period poverty, by providing free sanitary products in schools.
- As strong supporters of human rights, we will support local, national, and international campaigns in aid of such causes and promote them across the borough.
Health and Social Care
We recognize the crucial role that the local council plays in health and social care provision. We will:
- Respect the important role volunteers and family members play in providing social care, by providing fair funding arrangements, more respite days and educational, medical, and social opportunities. Last year this Labour council recently proposed measures for reassessing night time allowance for carers, that would have left them around £1400 a year worse off, even when that care was provided by the families. The Liberal Democrats campaigned to force its withdrawal. The proposal was successfully withdrawn, in a major victory for Enfield's carers. We will always oppose such measures.
- Tackle the social reasons for social care problems within our community, such as isolation, poverty, poorly-funded community services and difficulties in transitioning out of long-term hospital stays.
- Investing in, and prioritizing, mental health. Despite accounting for approximately 25% of all illnesses, the nation’s average council spends around 1% of public health budgets on mental health services. We will especially focus on strengthening access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Also working to promote and improve accessibility to the “Let’s Talk" IAPT psychological therapies programme.
- Prioritizing prevention strategies, including the use of green spaces, leisure centres, and schools in preventing illness and promoting good health. Expanding outdoor gyms is one way of doing this, as is promoting physical activity in schools and care homes.
- Ensure that all major housing developments in the borough plan potential sites to encourage the opening of new GP surgeries avoid further pressures on our already overstretched resources.
- We will promote and consult with Enfield's great social workers on how to best support them. They are the often overlooked public sector workers doing an incredibly difficult job. Much of their work is dealing with the social fall out to the continued Tory cuts. They need to feel they have our full support to ensure retention and recruitment.
Liberal Democrats at every level of government have been pioneers in eco-friendly policies. Lib Dem controlled Sutton is the greenest borough in London. Enfield deserves the same.
- Enfield’s parks and green spaces contribute hugely to quality of life in the borough e.g. in Broomfield Park we want to support the Palmers Greenery Community Cafe to ensure its continued success. This can best be achieved by campaigning for the removal of the unhealthy fast food truck that is positioned right outside the area our children play in.
- Well maintained parks are essential for promoting a healthier lifestyle. We will look to work with sports and fitness users such as the North London Netball League in Broomfield Park to ensure their continued benefit for better fitness in Enfield.
- We are committed to increasing accessibility to parks and green spaces, ensuring all residents have high-quality parkland and open space nearby and promoting tree planting and community gardening schemes.
- Enfield Lib Dems envision a greener future for the borough. We will promote renewable power, energy efficiency, recycling, and zero-waste strategies in the projects and properties it runs, and help local businesses and households to follow this path. This strong leadership on environmental issues is especially important. You can’t trust the Tories on this – the moment the Conservatives were left in charge they reversed many green initiatives the Liberal Democrats introduced in Coalition.
- We campaign tirelessly for cleaner air in Enfield. We are concerned that current proposals from the Mayor of London do not go far enough to tackle air pollution in our borough, especially from the highest polluting vehicles, and risk diverting polluting traffic from central London onto our streets.
- We will lead the way by reducing the emissions of council vehicles (including contractors and suppliers), working with stakeholders to find the right emission control arrangements for our communities and roll out infrastructure for electric vehicles.
- Fly-tipping is blighting Enfield. Labour’s exorbitant charges for large item removal have got us in this mess and their bureaucratic reporting system stops it from being cleared up. Liberal Democrat will overhaul the system and work with you to stamp out fly-tipping.
- See our transport section for our vision for the future of cycling in the borough.
On the 3rd of May use your vote to deliver a strong message against Brexit. The fact is, despite this being a local election, every vote cast for a Conservative candidate will be used by Boris’ Brexiteers as a show of support for their misguided and dangerous Brexit gamble. As for Labour, Corbyn’s long-held anti-EU stance means Labour will always roll-over on Brexit. The only party standing up for Britain’s place in Europe in this election are the Liberal Democrats.
Every vote for a Liberal Democrat candidate in this election is a vote against the economically ruinous, highly divisive hard Brexit relentlessly pursued by both the Conservative and Labour parties.
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There is no mandate for a hard Brexit and we have been campaigning locally to:
- Remain in the customs union and the single market.
- Protect the freedoms to travel and work that come with our membership of the European Union.
- Celebrate the positive contributions of EU migrants and stand up for their rights.
- Promote the view that, in the modern world, effective solutions on issues from climate change to crime and terrorism requires international cooperation.
- Stand up for the reality that British interests in trade and security requires working with other nations. We recognise the risks Brexit poses to integral sectors of our economy.
There needs to be a frank and honest debate about Brexit, including its impact within Enfield. The national Conservative government has not been forthright about the true impacts of Brexit, and been intolerant towards differing views in this debate. We can help push back against this inadequate national debate by engaging in open debate at the local level. Enfield Lib Dem councillors would push for publicly available impact statements so all residents of Enfield can understand the impacts Brexit will have on our borough.
Whilst we recognise the work of Enfield's housing renewal scheme we don't believe this goes far enough. We will create a council-owned Housing Partnership, following the successful example in Sutton, to manage council-owned housing and to build new properties. In our neighbouring borough Haringey Lib Dems have committed £148 million to get this working. This means the council can:
- Build the homes local residents need, not the homes developers want built.
- Place profits back into subsidized, genuinely affordable homes.
- Plan for essential services and community spaces.
- Prioritise properties for local people ahead of management companies and overseas investors.
We believe that this radical and progressive solution is the kind of Enfield we want to see.
- The Liberal Democrats call for expanded housebuilding programmes, sympathetic to the local environment and with a focus on affordable housing, and when possible removing barriers to private-sector construction of affordable housing.
- The Liberal Democrats will campaign for new powers to be granted to local authorities, and use powers already available to Enfield, preventing land-banking and bring empty homes into use, and to ensure developers do not renege on affordable housing commitments.
- Councils should be given the right to end or reform ‘Right to Buy’ if they see fit, and to be able to borrow greater sums to finance home construction. This Conservative Government has thrown up far too many hurdles in the paths of local authorities eager to invest in social housing and develop their own solutions to local issues.
- We will ensure the rights and interests of tenants are protected and promoted in any new housing policy adopted by the council.
- Homelessness remains a national scandal. Too many councils, both Labour and Tory, have responded by degrading and scapegoating the homeless rather than helping them. Ending homelessness requires a dedicated strategy and more funding. We will trial a Housing First model within Enfield. We also support national campaigns to repeal the 1824 Vagrancy Act, which still criminalises rough sleeping.
Enfield Liberal Democrats are committed to improving transport services throughout our borough. We believe that Labour’s bungled Cycle Enfield scheme has unnecessarily damaged local businesses, ignored the concerns of local people, and failed to encourage local residents to take up cycling. The purpose was to tackle the dangerous levels of air pollution but increased congestion leads to poorer air quality. Here’s our vision for Enfield:
- Cycle lanes need to be designed in cooperation with local communities, not imposed upon them by the council. Cycle Enfield was implemented in a way that frustrated many local residents and has set back the cause of cycling in Enfield. As the project is now being rolled out on the Hertford Road, it seems Labour have learned nothing from this failure.
- There are serious safety concerns along the route. Lib Dems would make fixing these an urgent council priority. We want to see a safety audit of the entire route straight away.
- To reduce the burden on businesses and local residents when projects such as Cycle Enfield are being built, we need to provide extra parking in areas where construction is underway. Disabled parking must be a focus.
- The existing scheme does little to encourage and assist cyclists. Cycle lanes should not be built in roads where they could worsen congestion, as this exacerbates conflict and air pollution. We will plan and develop scenic alternatives, running through green spaces and on riverside routes, are far better for both cyclists and motorists.
- We will build a cycling network connecting schools on safe, clean and quieter streets, incorporating green spaces where possible. This will help tackle childhood obesity and encourage our next generation to adopt a sustainable and healthy cycling culture.
- We are committed to working with TfL to ensure that the money they are investing into our vision will not be tied up with wasteful remedial work to fix problems caused by poor council planning and implementation.
- Cycle Enfield has eaten up much discretionary transport spending, which is inexcusable given the poor results. We request a full audit of the project to find out where our money is being spent.
- Labour are now launching an expensive Quieter Neighbourhoods programme to help tackle the rat-runs that Cycle Enfield has created. Labour wasting more of your money!
Liberal Democrats believe better transport builds better, more engaged communities. We will fight to expand access and coverage, and will be stalwart opponents of any proposed cuts in services.
- We will continue to campaign to improve our train links into London. Working with TfL to make Enfield’s transport more reliable and accessible for all users.
- We are passionate about improving accessibility for people with disabilities.
- Reducing congestion and pollution must be a priority.
- We will make sure no community in our borough is isolated by poor bus service – seeking to improve timetables and routes.
- We will work with all stakeholders to expand the timetable of the vital W10 bus and make sure it serves Crews Hill station again.
- Liberal Democrats in Enfield welcome the success of our long campaign for the one-hour bus fare, standing up for London’s lowest paid workers
- We will reverse the longstanding neglect of Enfield’s roads by the Labour Council. Where roadworks happen, we will work to minimise disruption and all times properly consult both local people and businesses.
- We will ensure adequate parking across the borough, especially for Blue Badge holders.
This Labour Council has left many residents feeling ignored and unengaged, with a consultation process often appearing to disregard their opinions. The Labour administration can be difficult to contact and scrutinise. Liberal Democrats do not believe this is the way that local governance should work. Lib Dem councillors will:
- Increase the transparency of council spending so you know where your money is spent.
- Make sure consultations are community led and offer genuine choice. No more take it or leave it options but a greater breadth of vision to give our residents meaningful input.
- Be transparent with the outcomes of all our consultations to prove democratic accountability. The poor Cycle Enfield consultation must never be repeated.
- Make it easier to get in touch with Enfield council and navigate the council website.
- Ensure that our policies are evidence based rather than ideological. This allows you to make an informed assessment of our work.
- The Liberal Democrats believe in localism and community politics, and want to work closely with Enfield’s outstanding charitable sector to help counter the worst impacts of the Conservative government’s cuts; raising their profile and enabling not restricting their ability to continue their vital work.
- The Liberal Democrats are the party of political reform – we support votes at age 16, proportional representation and campaign finance reform at the national and local level.
- We also believe that making our politics engaging and relevant to our younger residents is the best hope for the future of Enfield. We would work to expand the profile and influence of Enfield’s Youth Parliament.
- Launch an initiative to find ways to reform the way business rates work in Enfield. The aim of this initiative is to look to ask for a larger contribution from national and international corporations based in the borough to subsidize reduced rates for small, independent, local businesses and help regenerate our high streets.
- Under the coalition, Lib Dems gave councils more powers, more freedoms, and fewer cumbersome regulations including a ‘General Power of Competence’, we intend to use these in Enfield to provide proactive local governance.