Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, Camden Council has been evacuating residents from the Chalcots Estate in Camden, after the London Fire Brigade identified a range of safety issues.
Fortune Green Councillor Flick Rea asked the Council about the safety of tower blocks in the West Hampstead and Kilburn area and obtained assurances that they were also being checked, alongside colleagues from the Fire Brigade.
The Council has since announced inspections of all blocks in Camden. More information can be found here: http://news.camden.gov.uk/wave-of-enhanced-fire-checks-ordered-for-every-camden-tower-block/
The 20th June is United Nations World Refugee Day - a campaign to express solidarity with people forced to flee their homes and countries.
The #WithRefugees campaign encourages governments to take action to help those in need and to live up to their pledges and commitments.
In 2016 public pressure forced the Government to offer sanctuary to 3,000 refugee children.
This is only a small number of the many children making treacherous journeys to Europe only to be left stranded in camps in France, Greece and Italy.
But it was a start. Sadly, in February Theresa May and the Conservative Government broke that promise. They closed the scheme down having taken only 350 refugee children.
These children remain alone. They face exploitation, hunger and homelessness. They need our help. Britain offered to help 3,000 of them – and then simply walked away.
Together, we can make the Government think again.
Public pressure forced the Government to offer help in the first place. If enough people back the campaign, public pressure can do the same again.
Liberal Democrats will continue to push for Britain to live up to it’s responsibility to help those in need and fleeing war or persecution.
Last night witnessed a third major terrorist incident in as many months. Regardless of our political differences, we are united in condemning the attack in South London. Our thoughts are with all of those affected including the injured and the families and friends of those that have died.
Again, we have seen the very best of our community, offering help to those in need near the scene. Again, the emergency services responded within minutes, placing themselves in danger to help victims and bring the situation to a rapid conclusion. Again, we are united, not divided, by such a terrible act.
Our admiration and thanks go to those members of the emergency services who bravely run into danger to protect us and to the hospital staff who deal with the horrific consequences.
As Londoners, we will not allow hate to triumph over optimism, nor suspicion to triumph over hope.
Kirsty Allan, Liberal Democrats
Claire-Louise Leyland, Conservative
John Mansook, Green Party
Tulip Siddiq, Labour
General Election Candidates for Hampstead & Kilburn
Tim Barnes, Conservative
Sian Berry, Green Party
Stephen Crosher, Liberal Democrats
Keir Starmer, Labour
General Election Candidates for Holborn & St Pancras
More than 1,000 3-4 year-olds in Camden would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, a policy originally introduced by the party while in government, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party that has consistently championed Britain’s membership of the European Union, because we believe that Britain’s best chance to succeed is within the EU.
Our NHS and social care staff work tirelessly to provide world-class health services and treatment. But they are in a state of crisis due to under-funding and neglect from the Conservative government. Social care alone is facing a £2bn black hole, while millions of people are missing out on getting the care they need.
Education is key to creating an open, tolerant and united society. While in government, we were proud to introduce the Pupil Premium – additional money to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds - as well as free school meals.
Poor air quality causes 40,000 premature deaths in the UK, more than 9,500 in London alone, and Camden is an area that is particularly at risk.
The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Camden and build more affordable homes.
Liberal Democrats have announced they would end years of pay restraint for nurses, teachers and police in London by lifting the 1% cap on public sector pay and increases wages in line with inflation.