How YOU can help Lucy Salek in Lewisham this weekend

Enthusiastic Liberal Democrats are heading to Lewisham to help our fabulous candidate Lucy Salek who has already started campaigning with a visit from Vince Cable earlier this week.

There’s lots going on this weekend. Here’s how to help. This was originally posted as a comment by Michael Andrewes here:

There are details on how to help the by-election here and here – including delivery this weekend and how to make phone calls from home etc.

Labour have pushed back their selection from last Wednesday to 9.30am tomorrow according to Labourlist.

But as I posted the neighbouring Conservative MP for Beckenham, Bob Stewart has conceded, defeat saying on Sunday Politics London that they had “absolutely no chance” on BBCSunday Politics London – leaving it a two horse race between us and Labour.

And with a large BAME community (about 44%), Windrush is likely to also impact on the Tory vote.

There is a report on the UKIP candidate on Pink News.

Asked if he believes sexual orientation is “fixed at birth” in an online Q&A with UKIP website ‘Support 4 the Family’, Mr Kurten suggested that homosexuality is often the result of childhood sexual abuse.

 He said: “The latest scientific studies show that incidence of homosexuality in adults decreases with age, so it is unlikely to be fixed at birth.

Nominations close on Monday 21st May.

Have a read of the Mayor’s report on the effect of Brexit on London here 

In short a Brexit especially outside the customs union and the single market is dire for London and probably even more for Lewisham that will suffer a chill wind blowing down from the city.

 

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13 Comments

  • In Haringey, North London, we held 8 and gained 7 seats against Labour facing opposition. We CAN do well in Lewisham East …. IF we all do all we can to help.

  • Mick Taylor 19th May '18 - 9:54am

    I hope our campaign will not shilly shally on the issue of Brexit. We must campaign unashamedly as the party of remain, determined to stop the UK leaving the EU. A large Lib Dem vote would then serve notice on both parties that Brexit is not a done deal. A win, though it seems very difficult at this stage, would really give Corbyn and May a kick up the proverbial. However, we won’t do well unless Lib Dems in their thousands descend on the constituency every day in the few weeks that remain before polling day.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 19th May '18 - 11:32am

    You are so right, Mick. It’s the work done in the early days of the campaign that will have the most impact.

  • The Lib Dems must also campaign on local issues that matter to the people of Lewisham as well as on the EU. As a local in nearby Greenwich cutting back the Safer Neighbourhoods Police teams has been a disaster with a rise in knife crime, violent crime and anti social behaviour. The SNT got to know people in the community and are highly regarded by residents and businesses alike. These cuts passed by the tory government but the Mayor has done little to increase SNT numbers since his election and has also sanctioned the closure of police stations. The environment and transport are other local issues.

  • @David Raw

    But according to reporting she is not a Corbynista and was endorsed by Progress. There may be less enthusiasm for her by Momentum – especially as according to reporting and twitter posts Labour’s NEC tried to disqualified Momentum’s preferred candidate at the last minute – they rescinded that but there is some twitter chatter that (a few of) her supporters may have left the selection meeting thinking that she had not been allowed to stand.

    All in all although people in political parties come together when facing an election, people in the Lewisham labour party don’t appear to be very happy bunnies!

    Whatever the candidate’s personal views, the only way we will get to have a soft brexit of staying in the single market and the customs union and a referendum is if Corbyn and Labour change their minds. The only way will that will happen is if there is a strong showing by the Lib Dems in the by-election. It will embolden Labour MPs and indeed peers as well as Conservatives.

    So encourage your Remainer friends even if they are not Lib Dem party members to help the Lib Dem campaign in Lewisham East.

  • @David Raw

    Our 2017 General Election manifesto called for a £300 million increase in the police budget – I will leave Diane Abbott to tell you how many police officers that would pay for!

    Actually more police officers in the Metropolitan police force were employed per year on average in the coalition years (31,885) than in the last term of the Labour Government (31,443).

    My understanding is also that the Met police is run by the Mayor which I believe has been either Labour or Conservative.

    I appreciate the world view that seems to be yours that the Lib Dems in coalition are to blame for everything and will be for ever more – ignoring the world recession, 302 Tory MPs in the 2010-2015 Parliament, Boris Johnson and Sadiq Khan who have actually been responsible for the Met Police or that it is now 3 years since the coalition. I would though politely venture that it is an inaccurate one.

  • Just a caveat: we came fourth in the local elections in Lewisham East, were third in 2014, todays opinion poll has us at 6% again. If we achieve second place that really would be something especially as the Tories are running at 40 – 43% in the polls.

  • The police cuts nationally were sanctioned by Theresa May as Home Secretary and implemented in the Met police area by Boris Johnson as former Mayor. They have yet to be reversed by the current Mayor of London. Despite SNT ward panels opposing the cuts at meetings held by MOPAC, that’s the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, our views and that of residents locally were ignored. It would be good to see a robust Lib Dem campaign in Lewisham on reversing these decisions which have so adversely affected Lewisham and seen an increase in knife and other crime in the area.

  • @David Raw

    Sorry on the first part – I was following on from your comment that “Jeremy Corbyn welcomed her selection.” – and apologies if I didn’t make that clear.

    And I also apologise that my weak effort at a joke didn’t meet with your approval – I won’t start that career as a stand-up comedian now I promise :)!

    I think it fair to examine Labour’s record – indeed I was been too kind to them – just taking their last parliamentary term.

    Be critical of spending cuts by all means but don’t hold up Labour as a paragon of virtue – Alistair Darling admitted just before the 2010 General Election if Labour was re-elected public spending cuts would be “tougher and deeper” than those implemented by Margaret Thatcher. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8587877.stm

  • Roger Roberts 31st May '18 - 6:11pm

    Came across this – it’s Lib Dems v Labour
    And I don’t bet !!!

    POLITICS
    British Politics – Lewisham East By-election Betting Odds

    Labour
    1/100
    Democrats
    28
    Conservative
    100
    Green
    250
    UKIP
    750

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