Leavers and Remainers at Put it to the People Event

Local Lib Dem campaigner Andrew Coleman was at the People's Vote rally today (9th April) and had this to say about the event:

"The high point of today’s ‘Put it to the People’ event in Westminster today was the speech by Huw Merriman (Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle) who, as a Brexiteer, has made a brave decision today to demand a confirmatory referendum in spite of being threatened to be sacked from his Treasury job as PPS to Philip Hammond."

 

"Merriman voted for May’s deal on three occasions and says he will still campaign in any new vote in favour of Brexit. Nonetheless he implored his 200 colleagues in the Conservative party who supported May’s deal to do the same and ask for a People’s Vote. The event was a Who’s Who of opposition to Brexit, with  speeches from Vince Cable, Anna Soubry, Dominic Grieve,  David Lammy and Caroline Lucas. The message is that a People’s Vote has never been nearer...let’s keep the pressure growing."

 

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London 5-a-Side Winners

Bromley Lib Dems were delighted to host the first pan-London Lib Dem 5-a-side football tournament on Saturday 6th April.    We welcomed teams from Southwark and the London Young Liberals, representing Haringey, Brent, Islington, Camden and Hackney, for a convivial family-friendly evening of kickabout, followed by a buffet and putting the world to rights.  The host team lifted the "Bollocks to Brexit Cup", and we look forward to a rematch in the near future!


Bromley Liberal Democrats Join 1 Million on March Against Brexit

Members, supporters and friends of Bromley Liberal Democrats got together to join more than 1 million people marching for a People’s Vote through central London on Saturday.  

“We were joined by people who had never marched before and members who remembered the march against the Iraq war, by new members who had just joined and by long serving member,” said Rich Wilsher, Chair of Bromley Lib Dems. 

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Lifelong Learning Fund for Everyone

A "new era of learning throughout life" is a step nearer today.  The Independent Commission on Lifelong Learning have today set out their vision for education including proposals for government grants of up to £9,000.

The grants, which would be invested into universal Personal Education and Skills Accounts (PESA), are designed to encourage and support everyone who undertakes education and training throughout their life.

The plans which have been launched by the Chairman of the Commission on Lifelong Learning, Rajay Naik - and backed by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable - would see the Government make three contributions each worth £3,000 to the accounts when individuals turn 25, 40 and 55. 

Giving opportunities to access education and training which continue throughout adulthood, is a vital part of ensuring we have a highly skilled workforce, and that individuals are able to access fulfilling employment throughout their lives. 

Liberal Democrats have always been committed to ensuring that education is accessible to all and we welcome the fact that these reforms would ensure that no one, irrespective of their background, is restricted in their opportunities to succeed.

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News from Bromley Council

An Update from Bromley Council: Council Meeting 25th February, 2019

 

On Monday 25th February, Rich Wilsher and I went along to Bromley Council’s General Council meeting to listen to some of the current and pressing issues that we, as Bromley Liberal Democrats, are following and campaigning for across the borough.                                                                                                       

First on the agenda are the oral questions from the public.  Surprisingly, there was only one question this week and it came from me. I asked why the Council had undertaken no contingency planning in the face of Brexit, despite being the first council in London to debate and agree to Brexit. In response, Cllr. William Huntington-Thresher revealed that the council had undertaken “no independent analysis of the possible effects or otherwise of Brexit”.[1]

This rather reckless response rustled a few feathers amongst the council and prompted Labour Cllr., Ian Dunn to cite a recent Ernest and Young report that Brexit has the potential adversely affect social care provisions and workforces. The Leader of the Council seemed to dismiss this question by asserting that the Conservative Council knew more about social services in Bromley that the authors of the audited report.    

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