Policy Priorities

Every local member can be involved in shaping our local policy priorities. To help us build a brighter future you can join us here.

You can also check out the full 2019 Liberal Democrat Election Manifesto here.

Guided by our liberal values, here are our priorities for Islington and the UK:

  • Stop Brexit

    • We will invest the £50 billion Remain Bonus in public services and tackling inequality.

      • The Liberal Democrats are the lead Remain party in this General Election.

      • We will reverse the drastic cuts to public services that the Conservative government has made, and continue to lead from within the EU.

    • It's clear that, more than three years after the Referendum, the best possible 'Brexit deal' is to remain. It should be the people, democratically, that make that decision. Since 2016, we have campaigned tirelessly for a Peoples Vote referendum to be held on any ‘deal’ for leaving the EU. And ‘No Deal’ must be outlawed. But, despite 17 attempts by the Liberal Democrats in Parliament for a People’s Vote this has not been achieved. As well as the Tories,  Labour has consistently let us all down—  as recently as October 2019.

      We need to build a majority in Parliament for a People's Vote and that is why a General Election has become essential.

      And in this General Election, a majority Liberal Democrat Government will have a clear mandate to stop Brexit by revoking Article 50. This will stop dead the Brexit mess and nightmare. Britain can then get on with building a brighter future.

  • Tackle the Climate Emergency

    • The Liberal Democrats have a detailed 10 year programme to reduce emissions as fast as possible, with a final hard deadline of 2045 at the very latest. We will ensure that the net-zero objective is built into decision-making by national and local government, businesses, investors, communities and households.

    • We will:

      • Generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and insulate all low-income homes by 2025.

      • Reduce energy bills with 27 million homes to be made highly energy-efficient, including at no cost for low income households.

      • Invest an extra £100bn of public finance on climate action and environmental preservation.

      • Oppose airport expansion through our continued opposition to a third runway at Heathrow and increasing investment in our railways.

      • Remove emissions in the atmosphere with a massive programme to plant 60 million trees and deploy a range of other technological solutions.

      • Support our regions and communities most affected by the transition to ensure we deliver a net-zero economy that works for everyone

      • Bring back the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

  • No More Dirty Fuels 

    • If we don't take action immediately, climate change will destroy society as we know it in our lifetime. To further address the climate emergency the Liberal Democrats will end the use of fossil fuels by moving to a renewables-based electricity grid and banning fracking.

    • Our emergency plan will have the added benefit of improving air quality in Islington and reducing energy bills for local residents.

  • Let Children Learn 

    • We will recruit 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools, and

    • Protect pupil premium education support for disadvantaged children in primary and secondary schools; more than triple the pupil premium for 3-4 year olds; and extend free school meals to all primary age children, so improving children’s readiness to learn. 

    • Free childcare - see Fair Economy.
  • Let Teachers Teach 

    • Transform school standards by replacing Ofsted with a new independent inspection system, scrapping existing mandatory SATs tests at key stages 1 and 2, and replacing existing school league tables with a broader set of indicators including pupil health and well-being.

  • Support for universities and students

    • Improve access to, and participation in, quality higher education; end punitive interest rates and the sale of student loans to private companies; reinstate maintenance grants for less well-off students.

  • Build a fair economy

    • Reverse cuts to the benefits and education systems.

    • Provide free childcare for all children of working parents from 9 months old.

    • Free childcare to all parents of two year olds and children of working families, plus an additional month’s paid paternity leave for fathers.

    • We will give every adult £10,000 to spend on education and training throughout their lives.

    • Root out corporate tax evasion and avoidance; and raise the rate of income tax by 1p in the pound to help fund needed investment in health and social care.

    • No party’s economic plan,  (including. climate spend,) is credible unless it starts with stopping Brexit

  • Redistribute wealth

    • Equalise the tax treatment of income across capital gains, dividends and wages; replace inheritance tax with a recipient tax on intergenerational gifts; reform pension tax relief; and make council tax more progressive.

    • Root out corporate tax evasion and avoidance; and raise the rate of income tax by 1p in the pound to help fund needed investment in health and social care.

    • We will use the additional revenue to reduce taxes for young people and low earners, increase investment in infrastructure and education, and establish a new Citizens’ Wealth Fund to assure equal opportunity.

  • Transform our mental health services

    • We will treat mental health with the same urgency as physical health.

    • The NHS is the envy of the world, but our mental health services are not.

    • We will invest £11 billion into mental health services.

    • Free prescriptions on the NHS for people with chronic mental health conditions.

    • Either a Tory or Labour Brexit will put the NHS at risk - we will keep it safe and out of the hands of Donald Trump.

  • Choose Lives, Not Knives 

    • Locking people up for dealing or smoking cannabis simply doesn’t work.

    • Instead the Liberal Democrats will break the grip and financing of organised crime and protect young people by introducing a legal, regulated market for cannabis as in Canada.

    • All tax revenues from legalised cannabis will go to funding for the police and local youth services to help deliver streets safe from knife crime and provide more opportunities for our young people.

  • Safe streets 

    • Provide an extra £300 million a year for community policing; re-focus prisons towards rehabilitation and recovery; make hate crime an aggravated offence, allowing for harsher sentencing of offenders.

  • An end to wasted votes

    • Introduce proportional representation for Westminster and local elections, and giving 16-17 year olds the right to vote in elections and referendums.

    • The need, in this General Election, for tactical voting advice and party pacts shows that the electoral system cheats the ordinary voter.

  • Living Wage for Everyone

    • Ensure everyone who lives or works in Islington is paid the London Living Wage - including apprentices and internships.

  • World class public transport

    • Invest in train stations, lines and modern trains, and rail franchises with a stronger focus on customers; expanding bus services; implementing bus fare discounts for 16–21 year-olds; and safe, joined up routes for cycling and walking.

  • Quality homes and more of them 

    • Increase house-building to 300,000 homes a year both through direct build by government and by allowing local council to borrow. Help renters with their deposits; and require new builds meet zero-carbon standards, drastically cutting energy bills.

  • Safe standing at Arsenal

    • Enable football clubs in the top two divisions to work with their supporters to introduce safe standing areas in venues such as the Emirates Stadium, so fans have the choice of whether they prefer to stand or be seated while they watch their team.



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