Comment on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report

Liberal Democrat statements on the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities report 

The Conservative government this week released the report by the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities on race and ethnicity in the UK. While I concede that there are some sensible recommendations embedded in there, the headline finding was that institutional racism is not an issue in modern Britain. 

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Clapham Common Vigil — Our rights to street safety, to policing by consent, and to civil liberties

We all saw the horrific scenes at the Clapham Common vigil in memory of Sarah Everard on Saturday — after a week where countless women across the country told their own painful stories of harassment and abuse. Metropolitan Police officers who should have been standing in solidarity with those on Clapham Common were instead ordered to disrupt that heartbreaking display of grief and peaceful protest with brutal, heavy-handed policing (warning: some violence in the video at link).

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Holding LBHF Council to account

 

Even though we don’t (yet) have any Councillors, we can (and do!) still act to hold the Council to account by asking questions at public meetings.

On February 25th, GLA West Central candidate Ted Townsend asked the Cabinet Member for Housing about helping residents in private blocks over 18 metres (6 storeys) high with cladding issues and about the licensing of HMOs and their impact on fire safety for residents.

 

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Hammersmith Bridge - a Political Game in which Nothing Moves

The total closure of the Hammersmith Bridge is an indictment of our local, city, and central government. Labour and the Conservatives are playing politics while the disruption — to lives, to the economy, to education, to health, and to traffic — mounts up. Now we have *no* coherent plan on costs or timelines to fix this issue. We Liberal Democrats have called repeatedly for transparency, accountability, and clarity to be brought back into this process. 

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Hammersmith and Fulham Mara-phone!

This Saturday, 16th January, the Lib Dems are holding the first-ever “Mara-phone” event, calling potential voters across the UK. 

Join us from wherever you are! On the afternoon of Saturday, 16th January, we will call voters across Hammersmith & Fulham to talk about the London elections in May, and why we should vote Luisa Porritt for London Mayor.

 

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Workshop with K&C Lib Dems: How To Job Search Through The Holidays

Our neighbours at the Kensington & Chelsea Liberal Democrats are hosting a very exciting workshop event, and we are glad to open it to anyone at Hammersmith & Fulham (or elsewhere!) who may want to join:

Workshop: How To Job Search Through The Holidays

The Lib Dems of K&C are delighted to be working with Kensington resident Alexa Shoen – author of #ENTRYLEVELBOSS: A 9-Step Guide To Finding A Job You Like, one of the UK's bestselling career guides of 2020–to bring you a very special careers workshop designed to help you navigate your job search during this year's strange holiday season.

Alexa's innovative, proven 9-step job search method has changed countless lives and empowered thousands of people (in varying industries, roles, and seniority levels) to land the job they want, faster.

 

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Next Councillor Q and A with Ed Davey MP

Another of our popular Q and A sessions with London councillors is set for 7pm on November 24th.

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Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris!

Congratulations to US President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris from the Hammersmith & Fulham Liberal Democrats!

image of kamala harris and joe biden after victory speech

Join us as we discuss our collective relief at the joyous, inspiring outcome of the elections and what it means for the UK and the world. 

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It’s a travesty for children to go hungry

Last week, the Welsh Education Minister, Lib Dem Kirsty Williams, guaranteed the provision of free school meals for Welsh children during school holidays until at least Easter 2021.

Children in England deserve the same support.

Every year many parents dread the holiday, because they need to find an extra £30-40 per week to buy meals. That's why Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Daisy Cooper, called on the government to make tackling child hunger a priority, and to extend free school meals in the upcoming Spending Review.

 


Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea & Fulham, votes against support for feeding children until Easter 2021 - Hammersmith and Fulham Liberal Democrats

A letter from H&F Lib Dem Exec Member Dr.Tamara Dragadze: 

Greg Hands, our Fulham MP, regrettably voted against children in need having a free meal during breaks and holidays when there is no school. Every Lib Dem MP, of course, voted for children to get direct help in the way Marcus Rashford had advocated, a footballer who in his childhood depended on free school meals. Furthermore, the Lib Dem Councils of London Boroughs of Kingston and of Sutton immediately put in place such a service so that no child should go hungry outside of school term. 

It means that Greg Hands and MPs like him can put their party loyalty before the welfare of the children of their constituents while local Councils pick up the pieces of their devastating votes.

 

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