EU nationals are leaving Bromley in a stark reminder of the impact of Brexit. And this shift in demographics may have unintended consequences.
Bromley Council once again has offered empty words and played down its "commitment" to environmental issues- the Lib Dems report back from the council meeting.
For the last four years the Liberal Democrats have proudly fought to stop Brexit.
We are immensely proud of everything we did. We stood up for our values. We campaigned so hard. But we also accept that at 11pm tonight, we will no longer be members of the European Union.
Our European story is not over. Tomorrow our fight continues, to make sure Britain has the closest possible relationship with our allies in Europe.
Our recent survey in Bromley Town Centre found one of the key issues people are worried about is homelessness in our borough. And with a homeless population of over 4400, people are rightly worried. The Tory-led council and government don't want to do anything about it: homeless people are helped largely though charity, despite the causes of homelessness often being induced by poor housing, health and welfare policy.
And yet our government reserves the right to arrest these people.
71% of people think arresting someone for sleeping rough is a waste of police time. Over half have said it shouldn’t be a crime at all.
But still, the government's kicked the decision of repealing the Vagrancy Act it into the long grass and is waiting for their own review.
Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, introduced a Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill into the last Parliament. In the chaos of Brexit, it disappeared. But this could be quickly re-introduced.
Out of sight, out of mind isn't good enough. It's a mark of national shame that even one person is homeless in 2020 - even more so that we're prosecuting them for it. The problem isn't going to go away - so let's make the first step towards solving it together. Let's scrap the Vagrancy Act.