Our questions for Labour Lambeth over music festival plans for Brockwell Park

Here we go again.

Another week, and another Lambeth Labour consultation causing anger. Following the Mamma Mia! debacle, this week it’s the plans to bring the Field Day music festival to Brockwell Park.

We believe that events in our parks can and should be part of making them a vibrant community resource. We also know that the Labour-run council need to listen to residents’ concerns about the impact that such events have.

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Mamma Mia! Labour Lambeth lets down Waterloo. (Again!)


What does Waterloo need? A themed nightclub? 

No.

It needs more housing ordinary people can afford. 

What is Labour Lambeth giving it? Got it in one: Mamma Mia - a new Abba themed nightclub.

Local people’s vociferous objections have been over-ridden yet again by Lambeth - the non-listening council.

 

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Lambeth council failing on street trees

Lambeth council is busy planting new street trees - in places that didn’t previously have them.

Meanwhile up in Waterloo and Kennington many street trees that died off years ago have not been replaced.

Lambeth needs to get into action!

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Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, pictured bottom right, says: “Lambeth claim to be acting. They are ignoring us.

"Some of these trees have been missing for years. It's time to get them replaced”

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Ask your MP to stop hard Brexit by amending the EU Withdrawal Bill

In the next few days, MPs will be voting on amendments to the EU withdrawal bill.

When people voted in the EU referendum last year, little was known about what a future deal with the European Union would look like.  

16 months on it is now clearer than ever that no deal will be anywhere near as good a deal as the one we have now. To top that off, a catastrophic “no deal” scenario is becoming likelier than ever, and would cost Lambeth billions.

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A no deal Brexit will cost Lambeth billions

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Kate Hoey has recently been pushing for a no deal Brexit. The Vauxhall MP, pictured above campaigning for a Leave vote alongside Nigel Farage during the referendum, recently tweeted: "No deal with the EU? Sounds like a good deal to me."

 

 

Now, new research by the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance and the Liberal Democrats has revealed just how damaging a no deal Brexit would be to our borough. 

According to the study, no deal Brexit will mean an economic hit of £3.1billion to Lambeth

If the UK exits the EU in March 2019 without a deal, Britain's economic output (gross value added) in the five years after Brexit would be reduced by 5.3%, or £430 billion nationwide. 

Even if the UK agreed to a Norway style arrangement with full single market access, this would still result in a reduction to five-year economic output of 2.9%, or £235 billion. 

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Vauxhall, George Turner said: "These figures are a real indictment of Vauxhall Labour's militant Europhobia.

 

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Lambeth council's backing of Vauxhall bus station plans puts developers ahead of residents - again

TfL have submitted their planning application to demolish Vauxhall's iconic bus station, after Lambeth's Labour-run council backed the plans. The application will now go to Lambeth’s planning committee for approval.

The Liberal Democrats have a long history of opposition to the plans to demolish the bus station.

In January 2014, then Liberal Democrat Councillor for Oval Ward Ishbel Brown tabled a motion to the council calling for a meaningful consultation on the plans, including the option to retain the bus station. Labour voted against that motion.

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What World Mental Health Day means to me


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Today (Tuesday 10 October) is World Mental Health Day.  I love these annual awareness raising events, and I'll be tweeting away all day.  But - I can't help also thinking "and then what?" 

I was recently selected to stand for the Liberal Democrats in the local elections next year: in Oval Ward, Lambeth.  And now I'm thinking about what I can do to use my campaign (and, if I'm lucky enough, my position as a councillor) to improve mental health services in Lambeth.  I'm especially keen to hear from local residents on the topic of mental health, and what they need and want from mental health services. 

Back in 2012, following many years of depressive episodes, I was hospitalised with a very severe mental illness: Postpartum Psychosis.  My baby and I were lucky enough to get a place in a Mother and Baby Unit, at the Bethlem Royal Hospital (part of the South London and Maudsley NHS trust).  After 12 weeks as an inpatient, and recovering well from the horrifying Psychosis, I felt truly lucky to be alive.  I left psychiatric hospital with an immense amount of gratitude, a long term diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and a realisation that not everyone is so lucky.   

I've been able to use much of the last five years to tell our story, to help reduce the stigma of mental illness, and campaign across the country for better mental health services.   I've spoken out to large medical conferences, training events, in Parliament, told the Duchess of Cambridge of my experience (pictured in the tweet below) and even helped the EastEnders team with Stacey's Postpartum psychosis storyline!

 

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Kathryn, right, on the EastEnders set with James Bye, who plays Martin Fowler, Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Slater, and fellow campaigner Eve Canavan

Awareness around mental health and mental illness has improved. Recent initiatives such as the Government's plan to train at least one Mental Health First Aider for each secondary school in England are very welcome developments - but I know we can do better!  

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Liberal Democrat council candidates selected for Oval and Thurlow Park wards

The first six Liberal Democrat candidates who will fight for election to Lambeth Council next May have been confirmed. 

Stéphane Croce, Kathryn Grant and Mike Hillier will stand in Oval ward, Vauxhall.  Doug Buist, Kathy Erasmus and Bryan Mahon hope to become councillors for Thurlow Park, Dulwich and West Norwood. 

 Mike, Kathryn and Stéphane will stand in Oval ward

Stéphane, Kathryn and Mike will stand in Oval ward

With interests, expertise and experience across a range of topics, including housing, transport, cycling, mental health, childcare and small business ownership, they are committed to campaigning for a better Lambeth and to return a Liberal Democrat presence to the council. 

Peter Truesdale, chair of Lambeth Liberal Democrats, said: "Lambeth needs change. We are fighting for change for Lambeth."

Find out how you can help the campaign on our Volunteer page.

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Kate Hoey votes with Tories on EU Withdrawal Bill

Vauxhall’s Brexit-supporting Labour MP Kate Hoey this week voted against her own party and backed handing sweeping powers to the Government.

Ms Hoey was one of seven Labour rebels to vote with Theresa May’s Tories on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

A strong general election campaign by the Liberal Democrats earlier this year, standing up for the 78% of Lambeth voters who voted to Remain in the EU, put pressure on Ms Hoey over her record on Europe.

She had shifted significantly in her policy by polling day, putting on her literature her support for EU citizens’ rights and signing up to Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer’s plan for Brexit.

Her support for Labour’s plan did not extend to supporting her own party when it came to Monday’s late night vote, however.

George Turner, who stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate in June, said: "Throughout the General Election Campaign Ms Hoey turned up to public events clutching the Labour manifesto, praising Sir Kier Starmer and promising to vote with Labour on brexit. That has now been exposed as a cold and cynical lie." 
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George Turner reflects on the election campaign

Thursday night was a difficult night in Vauxhall. Although we managed to increase significantly the Liberal Democrat vote share, we still fell a long way short of victory. Here are a few reflections about this campaign which I wanted to share with you.

What we set out to achieve

From the beginning of this campaign I had one objective. To hold Kate Hoey to account for her record on Europe and her clear and very public associations with the hard right. I wanted us to provide a voice for many people in this constituency who believed they had been seriously misrepresented by the actions of their MP.

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