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  • Article: Feb 13, 2017

    Local Liberal Democrat, Gill Hickson, has called on Croydon Countil to protest the Government's decision to walk away from their commitment to take child refugees from Europe.

    Last year, after an outpouring of public support, the Conservative Government was forced to accept an amendment to the Immigration Bill offering sanctuary to vulnerable, lone child refugees trapped in Europe. Less than a year after that decision, only 350 children have been taken in and the scheme is being closed. Local authorities are being blamed for this decision, with the Government pointing to a lack of capacity.

    Commenting Liberal Democrats spokesperson, Gill Hickson said:

    "Our local council must stand up against the Government's attempt to pass the buck on their failure to support lone child refugees. Our community wants to welcome unaccompanied children and the Government should be giving local authorities the financial resources needed to enable this."

  • Article: Feb 9, 2017

    Croydon's MP's has been accused of a "clear betrayal" of their constituents after voting in favour of triggering Article 50 this week without giving the public the final say on the Brexit deal.

    Croydon voted by a clear majority to remain in the EU referendum, and the Liberal Democrats have said it should be represented by MP's who oppose a damaging hard Brexit.

    The Liberal Democrats tabled an amendment in Parliament this week to give the public the final say on the Government's Brexit deal, with the option of accepting it or remaining in the EU. However this was defeated after all three of Croydon's MP's voted against it.

    The Liberal Democrats have seen a huge surge in membership in since the EU referendum, which has almost doubled in Croydon from 216 members to 407. Many new members have joined the party due to its strong stance against an economically damaging exit from the Single Market. This week figures by the respected Institute for Fiscal studies predicted the UK economy will be 3% smaller by 2030 as a result of hard Brexit, with years more austerity and tax increases expected.

    Liberal Democrat spokesperson Gill Hickson commented:

    "Croydon's MP's have betrayed their constituents this week by voting through a hard Brexit without giving the people the final say on the deal.

    "Our area deserves an MP that will stand up against a reckless exit from the Single Market that would mean higher taxes, less funding for public services and huge damage to our local economy.

    "The Liberal Democrats have seen a huge surge of new members who are worried about the direction our country is going in and want to do something about it.

    "Both the Conservatives and Labour are now holding hands towards a hard Brexit.

    "We will be the rallying point for all those in Croydon who want to hold this government to account and keep Britain open, tolerant and united."

  • Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Croydon's MP's have been urged to vote against triggering Article 50 this week, unless the public is given a vote through a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

    Croydon voted by a majority to remain in the EU on June 23rd, and the Liberal Democrats have said it would be "betrayal" of constituents if their MP voted through a hard Brexit without ensuring the people have a final say.

    This week leading economists warned that a hard Brexit that takes the UK out of the Single Market could cost the economy between £100bn and £200bn by 2030, with a hit to GDP of between 5% to 10%.

    The Liberal Democrats are tabling an amendment to the Article 50 bill to give the British people the final say on the deal reached, with the option of accepting it or remaining in the EU.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2016

    A Liberal Democrat candidate who has been resident in Croydon for over 40 years has said he wants to protect the most vulnerable people in the area, with housing a key focus.

    Geoff Morley, of Grange Hill in South Norwood, was announced as the Lib Dem candidate for the West Thornton by-election last month, after Labour Councillor Emily Benn resigned.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2016

    Local Liberal Democrats, led by GLA candidate Amna Ahmad, have called for stronger action to protect NHS staff after figures were released that show a shocking amount of violence against staff.

    The figures released after a parliamentary question show that Croydon Health Services NHS Trust has seen almost 100 cases of violence in the last year alone.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2016

    Amna Ahmad, Croydon's General London Assembly candidate had an interview with The Croydon Citizen this week, making a robust case for community politics, local decision making and housing.

    She said:

    "London needs about 50,000 new homes per year to meet growing demand. Last year only 28,325 homes were built, and over 500,000 people are currently on council waiting lists. We can tackle London's housing crisis by investing the billions realised by continuing the Olympic games precept to build 50,000 council homes to rent and 150,000 for sale or for private rent, including rent-to-buy for first time buyers starting out."

  • Article: Mar 17, 2016

    In 2013 just 63.3% of mothers in London were in employment, compared with 72.9% nationally, the lowest level of employment for any UK region

    Since 2012 the cost of a part time nursery place for an under 2 year old has risen by 10.5%, in contrast to an increase of 7.7% nationally

    The number of registered childminders in London has recently fallen by 13%, from 9900 in 2010 to 8585 in 2013

  • Article: Mar 16, 2016

    At Boris Johnson's last Mayor's Question Time Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group examined the Mayor's real record in tackling knife crime over his two terms of office.

    The Mayor made tackling knife crime one of his key pledges back in 2008, claiming he would lead the "fightback" against violent crime.

  • Article: Feb 12, 2016

    A motion that looked to give every family the stability and dignity of a decent home was rejected by two of Croydon's Conservative MP's.

    The Liberal Democrat motion called for a series of solutions to the housing crisis to increase the availability of quality housing.

    New research by the Liberal Democrats shows that house prices in London will rise by 255% by 2026.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    The Mayor's decision to extend funding for the work of the charities RedThread and Oasis Youth, which support young victims of knife crime, has been warmly welcomed by Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, who personally urged the Mayor to support these organisations last December. The need to support such organisations was a key recommendation in Caroline's report on tackling knife crime in London, which was published last November.

    In a letter sent to Caroline this week the Mayor has stated that MOPAC (Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime) has now secured funding to maintain the vital services provided by RedThread and their youth workers in London's four Major Trauma Centres for the next three years. Another positive development is that MOPAC will also be funding Oasis Youth enabling them to extend their services and place youth workers in Middlesex Hospital until the end of 2016/17.

    These youth workers provide vital support for young victims of knife crime and other violent offences and help to end the tragic cycle of violence we see too often on our streets.

    The Mayor also accepted another long standing recommendation by Caroline Pidgeon to ensure that MOPAC adopt the 'Cardiff Model' across all A&E's in London. The 'Cardiff Model' is an approach to sharing and using anonymised data on violent offences obtained through A&E admissions to inform and develop crime reduction policies by the police and local authorities. In areas where the Cardiff Model has been implemented there has been a 42% reduction in A&E admissions due to violent crime.

    Welcoming the Mayor's announcement Caroline Pidgeon said:

    "This announcement is incredibly welcome.

    "Sensible and much needed policies to help young victims of knife crime are now being given the support they so desperately needed.

    "Finally every A&E department across London will share anonymised data to help reduce violent crime across the capital."

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