Brexit is the first thing people want to talk about on the doorstep in Islington South and Finsbury. Local people are concerned about the NHS, our local schools and a lack of affordable housing. But they worry that Brexit in the hands of the Conservatives will devastate our economy, our public services and our tolerant country.
I’ve been asked, “what will you do about Brexit” hundreds of times during the campaign.Read more
96% of homes in Islington could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s so-called 'dementia tax', research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed. Across England, 9 out 10 homes could be eligible for sale to meet Theresa May’s Dementia Tax.Read more
The Liberal Democrats have launched their manifesto plans today for a brighter future, with pledges to reverse Conservative cuts and increase funding for the NHS, schools and police.Read more
1,446 Islington children aged 3 to 4 would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and school receptions when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.Read more
Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces across the country by £300m a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing. Theresa May as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister has cut policing budgets by over £2bn, eroding the fabric of community policing.Read more
The Liberal Democrats have announced plans to address the housing shortage in Islington and build more affordable homes.
There are currently 20,733 families in Islington on a waiting list for council homes, up from 19,196 last year.
The Liberal Democrats have announced they will invest over £45 million more in schools and colleges in Islington over the next parliament. The funding forms part of a national package of measures proposed by the Lib Dems, to invest a total of £6.9 billion more in schools and colleges over the next parliamentRead more
The Liberal Democrats have today announced that £1 billion of the party's additional health funding would be spent tackling the "historic injustice" faced by people with mental ill health.
Last weekend, Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron and Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb unveiled a Five Point NHS and Care Recovery Plan to increase funding for health and social care services, including a penny on income tax to provide a £6 billion funding boost.
Today the Liberal Democrats announced that £1 billion of this extra money would be ring-fenced as dedicated funding for mental health services.
This would help to deliver on 12 key priorities, including improving waiting time standards for mental health care on the NHS and providing support for pregnant women and young people suffering from mental health problems.
Alain Desmier, parliamentary candidate for Islington South and Finsbury said: "We need more investment into mental health services in Islington and the Liberal Democrat plan will ensure proper investment into local NHS services to ensure we treat mental illness properly.”
Only two days ago, the BMA revealed that: “Seven out of 10 children and adolescents with severe mental health problems were admitted to hospitals outside of their areas last year.” The lack of access to nearby beds for these patients is ‘alarming’.
Lib Dems candidate for Islington North, Keith Angus commented: “The lack of decent provision of mental health services - for all people but in particular young people - is shameful. Investment in mental health services should be on an equal footing with physical health.”
The Liberal Democrats will also set out to end the inappropriate use of force against people with mental ill health, end out of area placements for mental health patients and prioritise national action to reduce the number of suicides.
Commenting on the plan, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Norman Lamb said: “The Liberal Democrats are committed to ending the historic injustice against people with mental ill health.
"Under the Conservative government, services have been stretched to breaking point at a time when the prevalence of mental ill health appears to be rising.
“Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have outlined how they will fund mental health services. We’ve made it clear that our priorities will be funded from our ambitious plan to inject £6bn a year into the NHS with an additional penny on income tax.
"We will invest in improving waiting time standards for mental health care in the NHS, end the scandalous use of force against people with mental ill health and prioritise national action to dramatically reduce the number of people who take their own lives.
“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservatives, and the only party fighting for genuine equality for those who suffer from mental ill health.”
“Young patients placed further from home”- BMA, 9 May 2017
The Liberal Democrat manifesto is slowly being revealed. Signalling its priorities, the Lib Dems choose to announce their policy for the NHS & Social Care system first. This is both a central policy and the party ‘flagship spending commitment’.
Central to their plan for the NHS, the Lib Dems will introduce a 1% raise in income tax to generate £6bn a year. This money will be ring-fence for the NHS and Social Care and will come in addition to the Conservative funding increase of £8bn for the health service and £2bn for social care, promised by 2020.
Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for Health however, explained: “Simply providing more money on its own is not enough and that’s why this is just the first step in our plan to protect health and care services long-term."
"We also need to do much more to keep people fit and healthy and out of hospital, and that is why this new funding will be targeted to those areas that have the greatest impact on patient care such as social care, general practice, mental health and public health."
Tim Farron, said: "Theresa May doesn't care about the NHS or social care. People are lying on trolleys in hospital corridors and she has done nothing. The truth is you can't have a strong NHS with a Hard Brexit."
"The Liberal Democrats will rescue the NHS and social care. We are prepared to be honest with people and say that we will all need to chip in a little more."
"It is not too late to change Britain's future.”
The Liberal Democrat five-step plan for the NHS & Social Care is:
1 - Introduce a 1% raise in income tax, generating £6bn a year
2 - Ring-fence ALL of this for the NHS and care, investing efficiently and effectively in social care, primary care, mental health and public health
3 - Consolidate all health and care taxes into a single, dedicated Health and Care Tax, showing on people’s payslips exactly what we spend it on
4 - Establish a cross-party health and care convention, consulting and working with patients, the public, NHS staff and care workers, to ensure our systems are sustainable and integrated
5 - Introduce an independent agency to monitor health and care budgets, which would report every three years on how much money the system needs to flourish
If like us, you think this is a good plan, back it up: sign up to it. - http://www.libdems.org.uk/nhs-plan-signup
“95 per cent of the revenue coming from the better off half of households and half from the top 10 per cent of households.” – Torsten Bell
"First, this policy would raise substantial funds – in line with the Lib Dems costing of £6 billion a year by 2019-20. […]
"Second, this is a brave tax rise in the sense that it is broad based, putting up taxes for 30 million people. […] However, it should be noted that 21 per cent would still be a lower basic rate than in 2007-08 (when it was 22 per cent) or earlier.
"Third, although a lot of people would be affected by this tax rise, like most increases in income tax it would be highly progressive. The rich would pay much, much more with 95 per cent of the revenue coming from the better off half of households and half from the top 10 per cent of households. A typical earner in 2019-20 on £25,000 would pay £129 more tax, while someone on £100k would pay £879 more.”
Former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg speech at the National Liberal Club on May the 2nd 2017, highlighted the cynicism of Theresa May’s call of a general election and the risks this general election poses for the future of Great Britain.
Nick Clegg renewed the Liberal Democrats’ call for a second referendum on a final Brexit deal. He pointed out that “At this election, the Liberal Democrats are the only major national party that is sounding the alarm against hard Brexit.”
On Theresa May snap general election, Nick Clegg commented:
“Clearly the temptation of taking advantage of Jeremy Corbyn’s poor public standing – and getting her excuses in early before the Brexit bad news hits – was too great. Far from putting the country first, her decision was an old fashioned wheeze to secure narrow party political advantage.
But what it shows above all is a growing, swaggering complacency on the part of the Conservatives.
They expect a coronation, not a contest.
They expect voters will give them a majority with the minimum explanation as to why.”
Nick Clegg also analysed in great details the economical impact of Brexit and it social consequences:
“Now the Conservatives and their cheerleaders in the Brexit press would have you believe that all the projections about the impact of Brexit on the economy were wrong, and have been disproven by events.
This is nonsense. First, Brexit hasn’t happened yet. The long-term impacts won’t start to be felt until 2019 at the earliest. […]
With average earnings growth set to stall later this year, consumers are inevitably going to feel the Brexit squeeze. […]
Putting all of this together, the Brexit squeeze means the average household is likely to be £500 worse off in 2017 compared to 2016 – and that’s even before the Brexit negotiations have started in earnest.
Cumulatively, this means that Brexit will have dented the public finances by £59bn over a 5-year period.
Let’s be very clear: this has serious consequences for the NHS, social care, and schools. At a time when vital public services are desperately in need of additional funding, the Conservatives are pouring billions into the Brexit black hole.”
Nick Clegg underlined the irony of the Government refusal to call for a second referendum:
“It is peculiar that Theresa May argues that supporting a referendum on the outcome of the Brexit talks is tantamount to thwarting the will of the people – it does the opposite, by entrenching the supremacy of the people – especially since it is a case made so forcefully in the past by ardent Brexiteers from John Redwood to David Davis.
If Brexit is going to be as popular as they argue it will be, they should surely be enthusiasts for a referendum on the final deal? It is becoming increasingly obvious that their refusal to countenance another referendum is because they fear they would lose it, not least since voters will be much more alert to the lies and fabrications so effectively deployed the first time round. It is the same reason that they brought the date of this general election forward: they know that come 2019, the prospect of Brexit might be far less appealing to many people than it appears today.”
Nick Clegg concluded:
“By choosing to be careless with your future and carefree in their approach to such a huge task, the Conservatives have placed party before country, themselves before all else, politics before the nation.
Don’t let them get away with it. They don’t deserve to rule our country unopposed.
Britain needs an effective opposition to hard Brexit. That is why I urge you to vote for a real opposition – the Liberal Democrats.”