Lambeth residents call for an end to police cuts! Have you?

Earlier this week we highlighted the Mayor of London's sustained attack on community police forces across our capital.

Many of you are concerned about the cuts that have already taken place. And nearly 100 of you have signed our petition, calling on the Mayor to reconsider his proposed merger of Lambeth and Southwark forces. Are you one of them?  

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Lib Dems launch campaign to stop cuts to the RV1 bus route

Bishops Ward Lib Dem candidates are calling on the Mayor of London to take urgent action and reverse his decision to cut the RV1 bus service by half.

Along with our colleagues in Southwark Lib Dems, the Bishops Ward team of Audrey Eager, Charley Halsted and Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett have written to Transport for London to demand the plans are immediately halted so residents can have their say.

The RV1 bus is a vital service for local residents in Lambeth. That’s why we are calling on the Mayor of London to reverse his decision to cut half the RV1 buses. It is simply unacceptable for the Mayor (who claims to be the champion of our buses) to halve this service without even asking anyone.

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Fears over community policing cuts heightened by planned merger

In December 2017, Labour closed the Streatham police front counter that cost £500,000 to kit out just two years ago. With Labour fighting amongst themselves, Lambeth Labour failed to stop their own Mayor’s planned police station closures. Lambeth Labour even asked Streatham residents to sign a petition on the issue, which they did not submit to the Mayor before the consultation deadline!

Now we have learned that, in a major shake up of the London Metropolitan Police, Southwark and Lambeth police will be merged into one new ‘Basic Command Unit’.

The planned merger of local forces promises to cut police numbers further and distance the Met from the communities it serves.

Helen Thompson, Lib Dem campaigner for Streatham Wells, said: “Now that Labour has closed our police front-counter, I’m worried that this merger will mean fewer police, slower response times and less community reassurance. In Lambeth, the number of police on the beat has reduced from 806 in 2015 to 695 in 2017. We want to see this trend reversed, and to ensure that police in our communities are accessible to all.”

If you agree that Lambeth needs its own police force, support our campaign here.

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