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  • Article: Jul 29, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's proposals to introduce a £10 surcharge for diesel vehicles to enter into central London as part of the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone said:

    "This is simply a backward step. Only last year the Mayor's 2020 Vision stated that his plan for an Ultra Low Emission Zone would restrict central London only to those vehicles which have zero or near-zero tailpipe emissions."

  • Eid Mubarak Graphic
    Article: Jul 28, 2014

    We would like to wish all our Muslim readers a very happy Eid al-Fitr - Eid Mubarak!

    Here is a message from our party leader Nick Clegg.

  • Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Yesterday was the first Southfield ward forum since the local elections where the Liberal Democrats were re-elected.

    The meeting took place in the Acton Green church hall, on Cunnington Street. New councillor, Gary Busuttil, was present and re-elected Councillor Andrew Steed chaired the meeting. A range of interesting topics were discussed...St. Albans Church
    Since the campaign to stop the site being converted into ten flats, local Liberal Democrats have been working with residents and church authorities to make use of the chuch.

    We were lucky to have Reverend Richard Moy and Rev Mike Tufnell present at the ward forum who also answered questions from residents. From what Reverend Moy said, it was clear it will not be quick for the church to take full ownership and management of the site but that they have lots of activities that will be run at the church including a theatre show in Autumn and a ward forum meeting next February.

    So much progress has been made and where the community come together pretty much anything is possible. Well done to all those who helped get this project this far.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and policing spokesperson, commenting on today's report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) on how the Metropolitan Police Service is dealing with budget pressures said:

    "The overall judgment given to the Met Police Service's record so far is encouraging, however we cannot hide away from the fact that severe pressures will face the Met, starting from 2016.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014

    New figures obtained by Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, have revealed the Metropolitan Police Service are subsidising gun owners by millions of pounds each year.

    Last year over £3 million was spent by the Met in issuing gun licences, and since 2008 the total cost to the Met has been in excess of £20 million. Yet with the annual cost for a gun licence being just £10 (£50 for a five year licence) the amount raised by the licence fees is now just a quarter of the real bill facing the Met in carrying out vital checks before issuing gun licences.

  • Article: Jul 21, 2014
    In Southfield Ward Focus

    In this July Southfield newsletter you will read about the Graham Road street party, Councillor Gary Busuttil's maiden speech, success on cycling initiatives and details of the next Southfield Ward Forum meeting that takes place this week.


    Southfield Ward Forum - 24th July
    Councillor Andrew Steed will be chairing the Ward Forum for the next civic year and the provisional dates will be confirmed at the first meeting. This takes place on Thursday 24th July at Acton Green Church on Cunnington Street, starting at 7.30.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson commenting on the highly critical KPMG report on the collapse of the Bombardier signalling contract which has just been published said:

    "It is staggering that TfL simply accepted at face value significant claims made by Bombardier before they awarded such a major contract. Due to a lack of research and basic enquiries about their actual record TfL signed up with a company that had no track record in London and little chance of being able to deliver the new signalling on some of the oldest and most complex Tube lines in the world."

  • Article: Jul 11, 2014
    By Cllr Gary Malcolm in http://garymalcolm.blogspot.co.uk/

    I had the privilege of attending an Apprenticeship Dinner organised by Ealing Council recently. The event was attended by a mixture of current and past apprentices and employers who are thinking of taking on apprentices.

    Quite simply an apprenticeship gives a young person the chance to shine whilst working for Ealing Council or many other companies based in and around the borough. As part of the apprenticeships, which last two years, training is given 'on the job' as well as some employers giving time off so apprentices can take up academic qualifications which will help them in their chosen field.The range of jobs that Ealing's apprenticeships take up is very diverse. Some are office based. Others are in the building sector and some in local engineering firms.

    On average, apprentices earn £100,000 more over their career than less qualified workers. They also help businesses. Over 80% of businesses who employ apprentices agree they make their workforce more productive.

    Liberal Democrats have been at the fore-front of promoting apprenticeships, locally and nationally. We have helped create 1.8 million apprenticeships since the election in 2010. There are now more apprentices than ever before and 86% more than under Labour.

    We are giving 40,000 businesses grants of £1,500 for each young unemployed person they take on as an apprentice and awarding £550m to colleges to improve their facilities for apprentices.

    Employers have access to funding to cover training costs for apprentices. This is paid directly to the organisation that provides and supports the apprenticeship - in most cases the learning provider. Employers must make sure they pay apprentices at least the current minimum wage rate.

    If an apprentice is 19 or over, and have completed their first year, they are entitled to the worker rate for their age. Over the past few years I have seen a number of apprentices who have gone on to do some wonderful work. Most are very hard working and really put in 100% Listening to their stories is very inspirational.

    Ealing Council with the help of the coalition government is making a positive impact on giving young people more opportunities for them to do well in the work place so they can better themselves in life generally.

    The Liberal Democrats support getting more apprenticeships started. Lots of employers have already provided apprenticeships. If you are an employer or you would like to become an apprentice see how you can started...

  • Article: Jul 11, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, commenting on the latest Airports Commission's inner Thames estuary studies, revealing significantly higher estimated costs for train and road links to the proposed airport than previously suggested by the Mayor said:

    "These latest reports are a potential death blow to the Mayor's dream of creating a massive airport located in the Thames estuary.

  • Article: Jul 7, 2014

    Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group and transport spokesperson, commenting on the awarding of £53 million in fines to Network Rail due to its poor punctuality record said:

    "These fines will be considered by most train passengers as long overdue. Hopefully they will force Network Rail to ensure real improvements take place in the punctuality of rail services.