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!
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Plans for a high rise school for 1200 pupils on one of the Borough’s busiest junctions at Bromley South have been refused by the National Planning Inspector who upheld the Council’s earlier decision to refuse planning permission.
We applaud the tireless and determined campaign by the local residents’ opposition group. A victory for them, the community and common sense. There is a desperate need for new schools to meet growing demand but this site has to rank as one of the most unsuitable in the borough.