The Liberal Democrats voted to revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit without another public vote at their party conference this week - and immediately saw a jump in the polls. On 19 September two polls put the Lib Dems close to or ahead of Labour - YouGov poll put the LibDems on 23% with Labour on 21%, , and an Ipsos MORI poll put the Lib Dems on 23% and Labour on 24%. The Ipsos MORI poll also showed the Lib Dems FIRST in London with 37%, Labour 2nd with 35% and the Conservatives 3rd with 24%
The Lib Dems have been committed to stopping Brexit since the 2016 referendum. At our party conference we went one step further - if we are elected to be the party of Government in the forthcoming General Election, we will revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit on our first day in office.
It's a controversial move, there's been plenty of criticism in the press but the Lib Dems have been clear that this does not mean we've abandoned our support for a People's Vote - we were after all the first party to call for a confirmatory vote on any Brexit deal.
The party's preference is for the Brexit issue to be resolved by another public vote before a general election, but if the Conservative government decide to call a general election then revoking Article 50 will be in our manifesto - and winning a majority of seats in our parliamentary democracy will be our mandate. Revoking Article 50 is the only way to make the arguments and about Brexit stop. After more than 3 years of waiting for the pro-Brexit Conservatives to come up with a deal that they can agree with amongst themselves enough is enough - it's time to make it stop.
Bromley Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates for Beckenham, Bromley and Chislehurst and Orpington constituencies in the forthcoming General Election.
In Beckenham popular campaigner Chloe-Jane Ross will stand against Bob Stewart, the current Conservative MP who has held the seat since 2010 and who as a member of the Conservative right-wing ERG is well known for his strong pro-Brexit views.
Chloe-Jane said “Beckenham is a remain voting constituency, and I meet so many people who like me don’t think the Conservatives represent them on Brexit and other issues. It’s time for a change in parliament and we need a different type of MP in Beckenham.” Chloe-Jane has become well known as a champion for local issues. She’s chair of one of the biggest residents’ associations in the area, and has organised several popular local community events.
Bromley Council Environment Committee met on Tuesday evening (28th Aug) and agreed to begin an education and enforcement programme to encourage car drivers to turn off their engines when stationary. A welcome initiative which was marred by the council refusing to let members of the public ask questions that had already been submitted and accepted, and when members of Extinction Rebellion stood up to make their case anyway the council suspended the meeting and all councillors (apart from Ian Dunn) left the room.
Bromley Council spent over £90,000 on Consultants' Fees for the planning application and appeals for Bullers Wood School for Boys, it has been revealed today.
The Council have once again refused to divulge the amount of money they spent on legal fees, stating that the Queens Counsel they used has objected to the disclosure of his fees, but we estimate these would be at least double the consultants' costs, possibly considerably more.
The information about the Consultants' Fees was acquired by the Liberal Democrats only after a request under the Freedom of Information Act - it took more than 5 months for the council to reply, despite several reminders and the fact that they are legally obliged to respond within 20 working days of the request. Bromley Council were recently found to be the third worst in London for delaying responses to Freedom of Information requests.
The background to this information is that Bromley Council refused planning permission to build a new school on St Hugh's playing fields in Bickley in January 2018, This decision was then appealed to the Planning Inspector which was heard in November 2018. The school had massive support amongst parents and residents in the borough, and there were several public demonstrations as thousands walked through Bromley during the period of the planning process to protest at the Council's decision. The school did finally open on a temporary site in September 2018, and is due to move to temporary buildings on their permanent site in September 2019.
Membership of Bromley Liberal Democrats has soared since the party won the European Elections in London - an increase of 40% which has taken the membership to a record level. Nationally, the party’s membership now tops 115,000. Each of the three constituencies in the Bromley borough party – Beckenham, Bromley & Chislehurst and Orpington - have benefited from this surge.
Chloe-Jane Ross, an activist in Beckenham said: "The growth in membership is phenomenal - our new members are sick of Brexit, sick of our country being run into the ground and are joining from Labour and the Tories or as first time members of a party because they want to stop Brexit and fight for the liberal values our country needs. "
The party is benefiting from its success in the European elections, when it won in London, its best ever council election results, and victory in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election. The recent election of Jo Swinson as the party's new leader, as well as a reaction to Boris Johnson's arrival in no. 10 have all brought extra membership. Julie Ireland, Lib Dem activist in Bromley and Chislehurst said: "Each new member has a story to tell, what brings them to the Lib Dems, why they think now is the time to step up and become a member, and almost always it is a reaction to the reckless way the Conservatives are handling Brexit and their lurch towards a no-deal, combined with a genuine desire to protect the liberal values our country is so proud of."
If you would like to join the Liberal Democrats you can do so using this link.