Chilcot - Lib Dem response

Today is a day for reflection, as we consider the consequences of the fateful decision to go to war in Iraq.

Our first thoughts need to be with the families across the world who have grieved loved ones, experienced life-changing injuries, and witnessed destruction and despair often beyond description. There is no justice that can compensate their loss, and today we have learned from the Chilcot Report what we all knew already in our hearts – it did not have to be this way.

Lib Dems were united in our opposition to war For many members of the Liberal Democrats, the Iraq war was a genuine turning point. Many others chose to join the Liberal Democrats when they saw Charles Kennedy step up to the challenge, in difficult times, and provide the strong, principled leadership our country so desperately needed.

In 2003, every Liberal Democrat MP voted AGAINST going to war in Iraq.

It was the right thing to do, and that has been proven again today. Sir John Chilcot’s report has shown that this was a war of choice, that options for a peaceful resolution still existed, and that our then Prime Minister mislead parliament and the British people to march us into a war he had already decided to launch.

We were proud to see our leader Charles Kennedy refuse to compromise on the Liberal Democrats’ commitment to internationalism and respect for international law - despite enormous pressure and abuse pouring in from all sides.

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Baroness Sal BrintonA message from Sal Brinton, Liberal Democrat party president

Yesterday it felt as if the politics of division and isolation trumped openness and cooperation. The very essence of our country is under threat.

While we recognise that the British people have spoken, as Lib Dems we do not recognise the values held by Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson as being the values that truly define Britain.

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Asif Ashraf for St Helier

Local Liberal Democrats are supporting Morden man Asif Ashraf for the St Helier by-election on 19 May.Asif Ashraf, St Helier by-election candidate

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Merton throws away £200K planning compensation

A freedom of information request by local Liberal Democrats has revealed that Merton Council has thrown away £200,000 in developer compensation for the impact of construction and development.

There's also nearly £6m in unspent funds sitting on Merton Council's books that should be spent on improvement projects.
As part of the planning permission process, developers agree with Councils an amount of money to mitigate the impact of new development on an area.

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Council by-election in Mitcham: Lib Dems back Rachel Waitt

Local Liberal Democrats are backing former teacher Rachel Waitt to be the new Mitcham councillor in Figge’s Marsh Ward at the by-election on 5 May.

One of the sitting Labour councillors dramatically resigned in March, after Labour bosses went ahead with cuts to services like Meals on Wheels and support to carers. This was despite the possibility of protecting £1.3m of the vital funding at no extra cost to residents, with a small levy on Merton’s taxpayers being balanced out by a small Council Tax cut from the London Mayor.

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Crossrail 2: review of impact on Merton needed - Caroline Pidgeon

CP_small.jpgAFTER visiting Wimbledon and Raynes Park stations on Friday 19th February, Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon has called for a review of the impact Crossrail 2 will have on Wimbledon, Raynes Park and Motspur Park, including looking at other build options and using international expertise.

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Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett to stand for Merton and Wandsworth

The Liberal Democrats selected equality campaigner Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett as the London Assembly candidate for Merton & Wandsworth on 12 January.

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Response to latest Crossrail 2 consultation

Crossrail 2 is a proposed major rail scheme connecting Southwest and Northeast London via Wimbledon, Clapham Junction, Tottenham Court Road and Euston.

This article contains the link to the full consultation response from Merton Lib Dems, as well as a summary.

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All is fare at 7:30am (and before)

The Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor and the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, has set out plans for half price fares for journeys that start by 7:30am.

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Questions about Crossrail 2

Open letter from Giles Bailey.

The Department for Transport and Transport for London are continuing to develop their Crossrail 2 proposal for a new rail service connecting Southwest with Northeast London. The main part of the scheme would run in a tunnel from Wimbledon to Tottenham Hale. This is an enormous project that wouldn’t likely be completed until 2030 and cost many billions of pounds. The scheme was discussed at the recent Raynes Park Community Forum on 1 Oct 2015.

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