The hard Brexit that Teresa May is promoting would have a huge knock-on effect on our NHS, Schools and Economy. This will have a devastating impact on the UK as a whole and Hammersmith in particular.
With the Conservatives and Labour voting to trigger Article 50, only the Liberal Democrats are committed to representing the 70 percent of people in Hammersmith who voted Remain. Even though Mr Slaughter voted against Article 50, that was a vote against his own party and he stands alone. I am the only parliamentary candidate in Hammersmith who will put up a credible fight against the squeeze from a hard Brexit that will hit everyone in Hammersmith.
As your Liberal Democrat MP for Hammersmith, I would have the backing of the only party that has consistently championed Britain’s membership of the European Union. I believe that Britain’s and Hammersmith’s best chance to succeed is within the EU.
While we respect the outcome of the referendum held in June 2016, we believe that Britain is a more prosperous country when we are part of the world’s largest economy, working in partnership with our closest neighbours and allies to tackle the biggest challenges.
Like 70 percent of Hammersmith residents, Liberal Democrats support our future in Europe.
I am fighting a Hard Brexit
- to protect EU citizens’ right to remain and protect London’s status as the world’s financial capital on which so many local jobs depend.
- to ensure our NHS has the funds and staff it needs for our health and well-being and that the future of Charing Cross Hospital is guaranteed.
- to ensure that all local residents have a vote on the final deal, including a vote to Remain.
- to protect our economy from the negative impact of a Hard Brexit so we have enough taxes for our schools to get the increase in funding they so desperately need instead of the proposed cuts and burdens imposed by Teresa May’s government.
- to give the people of Hammersmith and the British people a say on the final deal of Brexit.
The ruinous impact of Conservative cuts to the NHS is evident here in Hammersmith, where Charing Cross Hospital is under attack.
It is facing being downgraded and losing its A&E facilities, leaving an urgent care centre just 13 percent the size of the original hospital, with at least 60 per cent of the site being replaced with luxury flats. I have campaigned to save the hospital for future generations and as MP for Hammersmith I will continue that fight.
As MP for Hammersmith, I will stand up for the NHS with a party that has been at the forefront of championing health.Our party has pledged to invest an extra £6 billion a year for the NHS and social care, paid for with an immediate 1p rise on all rates of income tax. Hammersmith & Fulham will get £21.5 million of the new health investment.
The funding will be ring-fenced to be spent only on the NHS and social care and will provide vital services with the money they desperately need until a longer-term solution can be found. The Liberal Democrats will set out a ‘five-point recovery plan’ for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
Former GP Phil Hammond told a recent conference that the Conservatives are very relaxed about the queues in casualty and the disaster in general practice because they don’t believe Labour offers a credible opposition. As MP for Hammersmith, I will stand up for the NHS with a party that has been at the forefront of championing health.
The Tories’ track record is shameful. In 2015, they vowed to increase the number of GPs by 5,000 over five years. According to a recent report by the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, in September the number of GPs actually fell by 97 full-time equivalent doctors to 34,495.
I will fight tirelessly to sustain the high-quality care in Hammersmith and throughout the UK that our national healthcare system provides. I am also very proud that the Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront of the struggle to remove the stigma from mental health care and to elevate mental health to the same status as physical health in our NHS.
The lack of affordable housing has reached crisis proportions in Hammersmith and I am committed along with my party to providing homes that are accessible to all.
I will also continue to fight for local people who have been left high and dry by big developments such as the Earl’s Court regeneration project as well as promote public facilities such as local post office branches.
We must ensure that new developments don’t squeeze out existing residents, like the Earl’s Court project is threatening to do to people living at the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates. I will continue to fight so that residents are guaranteed to be rehoused after their homes are bulldozed and are not forced out of the borough because they cannot afford new luxury flats.
One of the reasons that Hammersmith is such a great place to live is because it has all generations from young to old. Young people, however, who would love to make their home here, have no chance of getting on the housing ladder or affording the ever escalating rents. We need a major rethink of how we plan for and organise our living spaces.
The Liberal Democrats also want to radically reform the private rented sector to make it cheaper, safer and more secure to live in. We are committed to lettings fees being banned for tenants and for stronger measures to tackle rogue landlords, while also tackling the rise in homelessness which is now soaring at a worrying pace.
Here in Hammersmith, I will continue to press to retain important public spaces and facilities. I started an online petition to demand that a local post office in Shepherd’s Bush not be closed and moved to Westfield Shopping Centre, which is very inaccessible to many people.
As your Hammersmith MP, I will work for a society where every young person, no matter what their background or circumstance, can grow up to achieve anything they set their mind to.
Misguided Conservative education policies are having a disastrous impact on Hammersmith. I support the borough’s headteachers who recently warned that it could get worse, describing it as a future “downward spiral” if the government goes ahead with its package of cuts.
Under the Liberal Democrats, education would move back to the prime place it deserves. We were proud to introduce the Pupil Premium – additional money to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds – when we were in government. It is our policy to protect school funding in real terms, from the early years right through to college.
In contrast, the Conservatives’ proposed new funding formula by itself will chop 3 percent from all schools in Hammersmith while the combined effect of reduced income and increased costs has already resulted in a real reduction in overall funding of around 8-9 percent over the past three years, the headteachers said.
Recently a teacher approached me, and almost in tears, described the knock-on effects on her secondary school pupils and her colleagues of the current Conservative policies. She is considering quitting her profession. And not just her, nearly half of Britain’s teachers plan to leave in the next five years. The LibDems and I are committed to working with education professionals to tackle their workload and recruitment challenges.
It is a tragedy that in 21st Century Britain, the wealth of a child’s parents and where they are born are still indicators of how well they will do at school. The Liberal Democrats strongly oppose the government’s plans to open divisive new grammar schools which will disproportionately benefit children from wealthier backgrounds.
Access to education and new opportunities should not end at 18. The Liberal Democrats introduced a record number of apprenticeships in the last Parliament to support people to gain new skills or change career at any age and we want to see greater investment in adult skills training and further education colleges.