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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Streatham MP Chuka Umunna joins the Liberal Democrats

Lambeth Lib Dems are delighted to announce that Chuka Umunna has today joined the Liberal Democrats and will now represent Streatham constituency as a Lib Dem MP.

Chuka is the first Member of Parliament to cross the floor of the House of Commons to join the Liberal Democrats since 2001. He has been the MP for Streatham since 2010 and won 68.5 percent of the vote when re-elected in the 2017 General Election.

Commenting on his decision to join the Liberal Democrats, Chuka Umunna MP said: 

"I have chosen to join the Liberal Democrats because it is at the forefront of a renewed, progressive and internationalist movement in British politics that shares my values.

"I am convinced the Liberal Democrats, as the spearheard of a broader progressive movement in civil society, offer the best chance to improve the lives of those I represent as well as countless other citizens across our country.

"I'd like to thank both Vince Cable and all of Lambeth Liberal Democrats who have been incredibly open and welcoming. I'm really looking forward to working with them."

The Liberal Democrats have experienced a revival in Lambeth in 2019. In April, the party finished just 19 votes behind Labour in a local council by-election in Thornton ward, achieving a 27 per cent swing from Labour compared to the 2018 result. Then in the European elections in May, the Liberal Democrats topped the polls in Lambeth with 33 percent of the vote, ahead of Labour in second place on 22 percent.

Chuka Umunna MP with Helen ThompsonHelen Thompson, who is the Lib Dem Campaign Leader in Streatham, said:

“Stopping Brexit is the goal that matters more to me than anything, so I am extremely proud to welcome Chuka Umunna MP as our newest member of the Liberal Democrats. Chuka has for years been a consistent, compelling and high profile voice against Brexit. He is also a social democrat who agrees with us on core liberal issues, such as tackling inequalities that limit life chances for so many people.

“We welcome Chuka with open arms as our first Liberal Democrat MP for Streatham. I am looking forward to working closely with him to build on our fantastic success in the European elections.”

Notes to Editors:
1. Chuka Umunna MP is one of 20,000 new Lib Dem members who have joined the party since the local elections at the beginning of May 2019.

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2,000 EU citizens in Lambeth may have been denied the right to vote in European elections

As many as 2,000 non-UK EU citizens in Lambeth could have been denied their right to vote at Thursday’s polls, it has emerged. Stories flooded in across the country on 23rd May as EU citizens reported they were turned away from polling stations in the UK’s European elections.

Non-UK EU citizens living in the UK are obliged to fill in an extra form, the UC1 form to be allowed to vote in the UK. Some EU citizens in Lambeth reported missing the deadline to register because they received the form from Lambeth Council after the 7th May deadline had already passed.

However, even EU citizens who managed to return their forms in time were turned away at polling stations. Streatham Parliamentary Candidate Helen Thompson spoke to the Press Association and the Local Government Chronicle about the difficulties that Lambeth's EU citizens faced in registering to vote in these elections. 


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