In a joint statement, the Lib Dem parliamentary team for Wimbledon and Mitcham & Morden have said that only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local economy.
The Prime Minister today [Tuesday] called a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June.
The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market, and to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal through a referendum.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Wimbledon, Carl Quilliam commented:
“This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Merton to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.
“People across Merton - and Wimbledon particularly - voted decisively to remain in the EU. They certainly did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour. The amazing Lib Dem victory in the Richmond Park by-election in December shows that people do not want this and will vote against it.
“In Wimbledon, our Conservative MP has left his "Remain" voting constituents voiceless - voting against our membership of the Single Market & against the rights of EU citizens living & working here.
"The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Hard Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united."
Claire Mathys, Parliamentary spokesperson for Mitcham & Morden added:
“For all those who want to protect our local economy by staying in the Single Market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is your chance.
"Britain needs an Opposition that will really stand up to the Tories. Labour is simply not up to the job."
Because of the new scheme for charging diesel owners more for their parking permits (the diesel levy), Merton Council is asking existing permit holders to follow the “new application” process when renewing their permits after 1 April 2017.
This is so they can re-check proof of ownership documents. New applications attract normally a £25 administration fee, but you shouldn’t have to pay this if you’re renewing.
The organisation that runs Merton's NHS (the Clinical Commissioning Group, or CCG) is expected to need to find additional savings of at least £13 million in the 2017/18 financial year.
As such are consulting on proposed changes to services in Merton. Areas they are looking for residents' views on include:
- Prescriptions for gluten free foods
- Prescriptions for self-care medications
- IVF and specialised fertility services
- Supporting patients to be surgery ready
The consultation is available online here with a closing date of Monday 20th March 2017
Merton Council's role in the decision to close the Wilson Health Centre has been questioned, after a top councillor admitted the Council "shares the concerns of residents" about the decision.
The Wilson GP surgery and walk-in centre in Mitcham is set to close at the end of March when the contract ends with the current NHS provider.
NHS bosses initially refused to confirm that a replacement walk-in service would be provided, but have since backtracked.
In an open letter to local NHS boss Dr Andrew Murray, Lib Dem health campaigners Claire Mathys and Carl Quilliam have today joined calls for the closure to be halted, whilst significant issues remain outstanding.
As at the time of writing, we are expecting a strike by Tube station workers - starting Sunday evening at 6pm and continuing through the whole of Monday.
Transport for London (TfL) advise that many stations will be entirely closed. Buses, DLR and Overground will run as normal, but are likely to be even more crowded than usual.
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Crossrail 2 is a plan for a new railway connecting Southwest and Northeast London, via Wimbledon. It will involve years of building work through large parts of the borough.
Following residents’ opposition, Transport for London has said it’s considering three other options to reduce disruption in the area (see below). Their revised plans were originally going to be published later this year, but it's been announced today, 1 November, that this will be put back until mid-2017, to allow TfL to provide an updated business case.
Lib Dems question Hammond on EU citizens and attacks on foreign workers
The Lib Dems have this week written to Wimbledon's MP, Stephen Hammond, to clarify his position on a range of policy statements made by his colleagues at the recent Conservative Party conference.
Mr Hammond has so far remained largely silent while other senior MPs have criticised the likes of Trade Secretary Liam Fox for his crass comments about EU citizens being the ‘main card’ in Brexit negotiations.
IN THE week that leading Leave campaigners, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, confirmed they were dropping their pledge for £350 million a week for the NHS following the vote to leave the EU, local Lib Dems have selected their parliamentary candidates in case of a snap election.
Merton Lib Dems have confirmed Carl Quilliam as their prospective parliamentary candidate for Wimbledon and Claire Mathys as their candidate for Mitcham and Morden.
On being selected Carl Quilliam said:
“This week we have seen one of the key planks of the Leave campaign - £350 million for the NHS – simply fall apart. It’s becoming clearer by the day that we voted to leave the EU but we didn’t vote for a destination. Yet the Conservative government refuses to give MPs a say on what Brexit means and despite 72% of Wimbledon residents voting to Remain in the EU our local MP is leaving us voiceless.
“Whether or not there is an election in the next 12 months, I will stand up for the voters of Wimbledon and campaign to retain the closest possible relationship with the EU and protect the rights of EU citizens. Above all the government must prioritise access to the EU single market that is vital for jobs and prosperity here in Wimbledon and across the UK.”
On being selected Claire Mathys said:
“I’m delighted to be selected to fight for the Lib Dems in the case of a snap election. It’s increasingly clear that both the government and the Labour party remain bitterly divided over Europe following the referendum.
“Almost 3 months after the vote to leave the EU we are still no clearer when we will leave or what the government think that will look like. Mitcham and Morden voted decisively to stay in the EU and as the candidate for the only united and unashamedly pro-european party I will do everything I can to hold our MP and the Government to account.
Local Liberal Democrats are calling on Merton's elected representatives to reassure EU nationals living in Britain.
A 660-strong petition will be presented to both local MPs and Merton Council on 14 September, calling on them to fight to ensure the Government protects the existing rights of EU nationals who have made their homes in Britain in Brexit negotiations.
This is part of a larger petition being carried out nationwide by the Liberal Democrats.
LIBERAL Democrat leader Tim Farron has demanded that EU nationals residing in the UK are given complete assurances that they will have the right to stay in the UK indefinitely.
The Conservatives refused to commit to protect the future status of people from EU countries already living in Britain.
SIGN THE PETITION: www.mertonlibdems.org.uk/reassure_eu_citizens