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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Could it be you? A Q&A with Lib Dem Councillors

Ever considered standing for Council? Ever wondered what it is like to be a Councillor?

Meet Lib Dem Councillors from across London and hear how Councillors can make a huge difference to a local community. 

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We need to be more ambitious on cycling lanes

Joe Dodd, a member of the Hammersmith & Fulham Liberal Democrats, wrote today to the LBHF Council to call for further action to improve cycling infrastructure in the borough. The letter can be read below:

Dear Cllr Iain Cassidy,

Hammersmith and Fulham Liberal Democrats welcome the speed at which the council has introduced segregated cycling lanes and reallocated road space to pedestrians in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

As we continue to rebuild the economy following the lockdown, more and more people are returning to work and going about their lives. People are being urged to avoid public transport whenever possible to reduce the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, any increase in car use threatens to significantly damage air quality in the borough. It is for this reason that walking and cycling infrastructure needs to be prioritised to ensure residents are able to maintain social distancing rules. The separation of cyclists from other road users has been proven to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers while also enhancing the appeal of cycling for everyone.

H&F council have woefully failed to improve cycling provisions in the borough over the past five years. It is a shame that it has taken a pandemic and the threat of uncontrollable toxic air to finally act to make even minor improvements to cycling infrastructure. The council declared a climate emergency one year ago. In the meantime they have only scratched the surface of the kind of action urgently required to deal with the emissions caused by transport within the borough. The current temporary cycling lanes do not adequately extend throughout the borough and improve connectivity between Hammersmith and Fulham.

What is being done to scale up the strategy for temporary cycling lanes? What are the council's plans to improve the long-term strategy for cycling and walking in the borough?

Yours Sincerely,


Joe Dodd,

Hammersmith and Fulham Liberal Democrats

This article was amended on 13th July 2020 to state "do not adequately" rather than "do not inadequately".  


H&F Lib Dems Call for Social Distancing on North End Road

The Hammersmith & Fulham Liberal Democrats have today written to LBHF Council Leader Stephen Cowan inviting him to consider closing North End Road to vehicles for the duration of the Covid-19 lockdown and potentially for a period afterwards.

 

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Inflation-busting council tax increases for 2nd year in a row

Hammersmith & Fulham resident and Liberal Democrat member Alison Hancock sent this letter in. Please read through and help the council understand that this is a bad time to raise taxes on the people of our borough already hurting from the economic repercussions of Brexit and COVID-19. And as always, let us know your thoughts and feedback.

Last year H&F council tax bills increased by a staggering 4.7% and this year it is compounded by a further inflation-busting increase of 4%. The council is being far from transparent about the rises and even imply that this increase reflects a cut by falsely claiming on their website, "this year’s budget sees council tax rise by less than inflation — a real-terms cut”!

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