Hello and welcome to the page for your local Liberal Democrat council candidates for Bromley - Rhian Kanat, Julie Ireland and Sam Webber.
We're looking forward to the next few months of campaigning and want to hear from as many local residents as possible on how you think we can improve Bromley. We'll be out knocking on doors speaking to residents and would love to hear your feedback; you can fill out our online resident survey here.
Who Are We?
Sam Webber has lived in Bromley all his life. He has previously stood for election to Bromley Council and was the LibDem candidate for Bromley & Chislehurst in the 2017 General Election.
Sam has been outspoken about improving local recycling services and reducing litter on our streets. He is also in favour of Bromley taking its fair share of unaccompanied child refugees and supports additional investment in our overstretched adult social care services.
Sam is a member of the Bromley Civic Society, Amnesty International and the Electoral Reform Society. He is married to Vicki with a baby daughter and currently lives in Elmstead Woods.
Rhian Kanat lives in Bromley Town with her husband and two young children. She is an active local campaigner on various issues but in particular the imminent and dire shortage of secondary school places in the Borough (a shortfall of over 2500 places by 2022), campaigning to ensure it is addressed with appropriate and high quality new school schemes. She is also following with interest the extensive developments proposed in Bromley Town and has been astonished at the failure of Bromley Council to adopt a holistic approach in its town plan and take responsibility for ensuring that the developments it champions are supported by appropriate infrastructure and amenities.
Rhian's local campaigning has given her an insight into the workings of Bromley Council where she has been shocked by some of the poor quality decision making and lack of proactive problem solving on display, presumably the natural consequence of having a council so heavily dominated by one party for so long. Rhian wants to be part of the solution to that, believing that strong opposition makes for stronger decision making.
Julie Ireland has lived in Bromley for 25 years where she has brought up her two children on her own. She set up her own IT consultancy business so that she could work around her children’s needs. Now her children have grown up Julie is committed to working in her local community for a better deal for families in Bromley.
Julie is an outspoken critic of the effect of the cuts on the education system. She studied for a BSc from the Open University in her 40’s which she says was life changing, but it’s clear that adult education is one of the early (and often overlooked) casualties of the savage cuts being experienced by all parts of the education system. Julie is particularly concerned about the widening gap in educational attainment between richer and poorer children.