In Government, Liberal Democrats delivered on front-page commitments like raising the Income Tax threshold and investing in the poorest schoolchildren through the Pupil Premium.
But our mission has only just begun. You can't build the future we want in just five years.
For the first time, this is a Liberal Democrat manifesto that builds on a record of policies delivered in national government.
That's why, in Government for the next five years, Liberal Democrats will continue to build a stronger economy and a fairer society with opportunity for everyone. This manifesto sets out how.
This includes ensuring that the NHS is properly funded and stopping the political ping-pong with this, our most important public service. We would stop future changes to NHS service provision in West London, until further research is undertaken. Block Tory plans to redevelop most of Charing Cross Hospital as luxury flats for overseas investors.
We would also ensure that more affordable housing is built in the borough. We would protect our environment by making sure that the UK becomes carbon neutral by 2050 and complies with EU regulations. We would make supporting mental health an equal priority to physical health. And we would give our youngest citizens a fair start in life by increasing paternity leave, ensuring that parents have 20 hours free childcare for 2-5 year olds, protecting schools budgets from cradle to college and transforming children's and young people's mental health facilities in Hammersmith and beyond. I'd also protect pensions by delivering the triple lock guarantee.
We are an active group of Liberal Democrats, both party members and non-members who live or work in Hammersmith and Fulham. We aim to bring fair politics to local residents across the borough. Our local priorities:
Put local residents first, not developers and other vested interests, and stop the Council wasting our money on consultants and propaganda magazines which compete with independent local newspapers.
Fully implement the Localism Act to support local input to developments, and impose new conditions for genuinely affordable housing and the environment, such as water harvesting to reduce the need for a "Super Sewer".
Keep Charing Cross Hospital open as a major hospital and secure a moratorium on future changes to NHS service provision in West London, until further research is undertaken. Block Tory plans to redevelop most of Charing Cross Hospital as luxury flats for overseas investors.
Introduce a default 20mph speed limit in residential roads (without the need for road humps) and other measures to tackle congestion and rat-runs.
Make our neighbourhoods safer for cyclists and introduce more secure parking for bicycles, especially on estates
Depoliticise the existing "triborough" arrangements and curb senior management incentives so that Council officials can be impartial when making decisions.
- Review the quantity and quality of housing stock and services, support local residents who want to take charge of their estates, introduce fairer parking, and urgently address the problems of water leakage, damp and mould in many estates.