Lib Dems Pledge No More Pay Cuts for Public Sector Workers


Liberal Democrats will guarantee public sector pay increases by at least the rate of inflation.

Nick Clegg said public sector workers deserve to see light at the end of the tunnel after five years of pay restraint and to feel the benefits of economic recovery.

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Julian Gregory is Campaigning to End Islington's Housing Crisis


Last week, Julian Gregory, the Liberal Democrat general election candidate for Islington North, attended hustings on housing organised by the Islington Private Renters group and Generation Rent, a housing campaigning organisation.

Julian talked about the housing crisis that is facing Islington, and of the big social changes this is bringing about.  He also put forward some solutions, which include a number of Lib Dem policy proposals.  These are needed both to strengthen the position of renters and to get more homes built, in Islington and across the country. 

You can read what Julian said in his short opening statement below. 

And you can find his story of the housing crisis, including facts from Shelter and details of several policies on housing, by clicking here.

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Terry Stacy announces new Rent To Buy scheme


Terry Stacy and the Islington Liberal Democrats have announced their new scheme to help new homeowners get on the housing ladder: Rent to Buy.

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Workers in Islington set to benefit from record minimum wage increase

2,300 workers in Islington will see a boost to their pay packet from October this year, thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

The National Minimum Wage is set to rise by three per cent, which means workers will get a new rate of £6.70 an hour.

It is the largest real-terms increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2008, and over 1.4 million UK workers are set to benefit.

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Lib Dems Stand Against Racism


The Lib Dems are standing against racism in all forms

Simon Hughes, Lynne Featherstone and the Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats (EMLD) will be joining the London rally for the UN's International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination this Saturday 21st March 2015 in central London.

Join us and help the Liberal Democrats with their fight against racism and fascism

If you would like to attend the rally this Saturday, please send a message to Marisha Ray, EMLD Secretary, at [email protected]
Precise details and timings are being revealed later this week, with the rally starting at a central London location.

James Kempton appointed to the Ofsted Board



Islington Liberal Democrats were delighted to learn that James Kempton has been appointed to serve on the Ofsted board by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

The announcement from the Department of Education can be found here

Local party Chair, Nick Manners, said "I am delighted to hear that James has been appointed to the Ofsted Board and I am sure all members of the local party will join me in congratulating him".

James was the Lib Dem leader of Islington Council between 2006 - 2009.

Lib Dem Action to protect tenants from revenge eviction



Islington Housing Campaigner and Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Islington South and Finsbury Terry Stacy joined Liberal Democrat Communities Minister Stephen Williams today (Thursday 5 February) to announce measures giving tenants greater protection against rogue landlords.

Thanks to Stephen's work and support by Liberal Democrats in government, people living in rented accommodation will now be protected against revenge evictions.

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"Deal with flytipping now" says Terry Stacy

After the news of leaked council proposals to cut Islington’s street cleaning, figures released last week revealed that a tiny number of fly-tipping penalties have been issued by Islington’s Labour-run Council in Canonbury since 2010.

Whilst Council figures show 165 recorded incidents of fly-tipping in Canonbury between August 2012 and 2013, the Council only issued 29 fines have been issued since 2010 and only seven since 2013.

This latest street cleaning scandal is another blow to the Council's reputation for street hygiene.  Last year the Labour Council became subject to both national and local ridicule for spending £240k on a 22 man 'dog squad' to tackle Islington's endemic dog mess problem, which only issued 36 penalties in a 12 month period. Added to that, in 2014/15 the Labour Council received 265 street cleaning complaints, an increase on the previous year of 215 and well above the target of 180.

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Islington Lib Dems highlight scaffolding scandal

When Council contracts are mismanaged, it is residents who suffer.  The scaffolding on Ecclesbourne Road in Canonbury has now been taken down after six months, all to do just a bit of painting.   Who is it that has bear the brunt of the Council’s mismanagement?  It is the residents.

According to the Council, the scaffolding was there for six weeks.  Did the Council not know it was up for six weeks, or did they turn a blind eye to the scaffolding company warehousing its materials on residents’ properties?

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Islington Lib Dems condemn Labour MP's elitist Tweets

Islington Liberal Democrats agree with Labour for ditching the disgraced MP, Emily Thornberry from the shadow cabinet as a result of her offensive Tweet that she posted whilst campaigning in the Rochester by-election on Thursday. She has been widely criticised for sneering at voters with this Tweet which is being hailed as evidence of the disconnect between Labour and its former supporters. At best her Tweets yesterday were crass and insensitive, at worst sneering and out of touch.

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