Lambeth Lib Dems secure stronger policy to protect rainforests

In 2019, the number of forest fires in the Amazon increased by over 80% on the previous year. Recognising the need to take all possible action to discourage such destruction, Lambeth Liberal Democrats submitted a motion to Autumn Conference calling on EU member states to refuse to ratify the EU-Mercosur deal and ban products linked to unsustainable or illegal deforestation from EU markets. The motion was passed and so is now party policy. 

Helen Thompson, Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Streatham Constituency, moved the motion, and local Streatham member Duncan Brack summated. 

Read Helen's speech below, and the full text of the motion here


 

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Helen Thompson resumes role as Parliamentary Candidate for Streatham

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Helen Thompson issued the following statement following the news today that Chuka Umunna will not stand in Streatham in the next General Election

Today Chuka Umunna MP announced his intention to stand in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency at the next general election. As Chuka has decided not to stand again in Streatham, I will resume my role as Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Streatham.

Streatham constituency has been a bellwether for the upsurge of support for the Liberal Democrats this year. Even before the party’s major successes in local elections across the country in May, we saw the sea-change happening in Streatham. In the Thornton by-elections in early 2019, we saw our vote increase from 8% last year to 40% in April this year. We went on to win the European elections convincingly, well ahead of Labour. Four in five Streatham residents voted to remain, and I am confident that the Lib Dems as the strongest Remain party can win this seat in a general election. 

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We're Hiring! Lambeth Lib Dems seek Campaigns Organiser

Lambeth Liberal Democrats is an active local party with three constituencies, one MP (Chuka Umunna MP) and a large and engaged membership. We are looking for a dynamic and committed organiser to ensure that our campaigning runs efficiently, that our campaigning capacity is strengthened, and that we are prepared for and can fight a General Election when called. The organiser's time will initially be split evenly between the constituencies of Vauxhall and Streatham, and in the event of a General Election the organiser will be directed towards the area where the resource can be used most effectively.

We have tremendous energy and enthusiasm in our local party, with a mixture of long-term activists and newly engaged members and are looking for someone to bring this together into the most effective possible operation. We need someone who has excellent people skills, can motivate and co-ordinate volunteers, and can organise events, literature production and engagement with a diverse community.

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