A “New Centrist Party” Already exists

Recent calls for the formation of a ‘new Centrist party’ à la En Marche have rekindled the debate around ‘First Pass the Post’ (FPP) and Proportionate Representation (PR) voting systems, extremism and the decline of the duopolist party system.

Ironically, the FPP system which was designed to keep extremist factions out of parliament has enabled the two largest parties to move ever further away from the moderate centre, leaving a gaping hole in the middle.

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Crime and Youth Services

One of the most important issues for me as a candidate for councillor in Sands End is Crime. I recently wrote an article on this and how CCTV would be most welcomed in Sands End where there is none.

I can think of no stronger validation for that article than the recent shocking arrests in Sands End and other areas of London of the members of the highly dangerous MDP Gang, and the discovery of a submachine gun and 1kg of a class A drug.

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Council puts profits before residents’ health

Billboards on virtually every lamppost in the main shopping areas of King Street and Shepherds Bush Green are promoting Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Hundreds of local children are being exposed to this advertising on a continual basis. A standard pack of Reese’s contains 21g sugar. A single pack alone almost contains the daily maximum intake of sugar as recommended by the NHS for a child.

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Dear Friends, Europhiles and Eurosceptics

As of today, I am British. I don’t feel much different from yesterday, when I was not British, just German, but I am almost £1,400 poorer than I would have been without being British, and I am finally eligible to vote and stand in the General Elections. Which, after many years’ reflection, I decided was worth the £1,400 in administrative fees. Quite apart from the much anticipated blue passport (my first one was green).

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Smart street lighting could reduce crime and save money in H&F

Residents in the south of Ravenscourt Ward are worried by increasing crime levels and are asking for improved street lighting in their area. Public lighting can transform the visual appearance of an area, make areas accessible, usable, and safe at night.

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An Unsure Start for Local Children?

Liberal Democrats believe in a society where every young person, no matter what their background or circumstance, can grow up to achieve anything they set their mind to. Education is key to a fairer society, and early education sets the very foundation on which this society is built – children who miss out on the earliest support are much less likely to catch up at a later stage of their lives.

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Where is the plan?

On 23rd March Vince Cable was the keynote speaker at the “Brexit minus 365 conference”. 150 Senior business leaders from a diverse range of businesses attended the conference to discuss the impact of Brexit on their business.

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Cycle Superhighways – saving or endangering lives?

I am a life-long, passionate cyclist. I am 50, I have an old Holland-style bike and use Cycle Superhighway 3 (CS3) on my daily commute from Ravenscourt Park to Cannon Street in the City. Turning onto CS3 in Westminster is a huge relief after the long stretch of dangerous shared roads, notably along Hammersmith Road and Kensington High Street where almost-accidents occur every day. There is no doubt in my mind that segregated cycle paths save lives, encourage more cycling and as a consequence ease traffic congestion and air pollution from motor vehicles. The proposed CS9 along Chiswick High Street, King Street and Hammersmith Road is a big step in the right direction, and a ray of hope for me personally.

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Local housing standards plummet

2016/2017 Saw a worrying increase in Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) council owned properties failing to meet the decent housing standards. From 2015/2016 to 2016/2017 the number of council owned properties failing to meet the standards more than doubled from 422 to 1,095 (9% of council housing stock).

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An Exit from Brexit is not utopia

When Liberal Democrats first suggested that the people of Britain should have the final say on the proposed Brexit deal, once this deal is known, they were derided as fantasists who could not accept the result of a democratic referendum. But the tide is turning.

Here are four reasons why a ‘final Brexit deal’ referendum is not anti-democratic.

 

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