Policy Priorities

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

  • Stop Brexit

    It's clear that after three years 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 building that brighter future.

  • 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.

  • No More Dirty Fuels 

    If we don't take action immediately, climate change will destroy society as we know it in our lifetime. To 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 improve air quality in Islington and reduce energy bills for local residents.

    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.

    Our plan to address the climate emergency will deliver:

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

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

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

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

  • End Austerity

    Reverse cuts to the benefits and education systems.

  • Invest the Remain Bonus

    Remaining in the EU will give us £50 billion to invest in schools, the NHS and tackling inequality. 

    The Liberal Democrats will use the Bonus to build a fair economy by providing free childcare from 9 months and giving every adult £10,000 to spend on skills and training throughout their lives.  

    We will invest it to help transform our mental health services by treating mental health with the same urgency as physical health. 

  • Living Wage for Everyone

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

  • Fair taxes

    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.

  • A fairer distribution of wealth

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

  • An end to wasted votes

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

  • Free care for two year olds 

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

  • Let children learn 

    Protect pupil premium education support for disadvantaged children in primary and secondary school; 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. 

  • 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.

    Give every child the best start in life by recruiting 20,000 more teachers as part of an extra £10 billion a year for schools.

  • 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.

  • World class public transport

    Investing 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

    Enabling 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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