Local Lib Dems are urging the council to take robust action to stop people from trashing Wandsworth Common during the coronavirus pandemic.
Tooting Lib Dems have welcomed the council decision to stop through traffic on Oakmead and Ravenstone Street near the junction with Bedford Hill.
Local Lib Dems have raised concerns that overcrowding has caused Wandsworth Prison to become a hotbed for coronavirus cases. Their statement followed new government figures last month which revealed that 873 prison staff in England and Wales have tested positive for Covid-19.
Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to secure an extension of the transition period as a priority.
"It is clear that there has not been enough progress made on the trade talks with the EU and, with the extension deadline on 30 June, time is running out," said Sue Wixley the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Putney, Southfields and Roehampton.
“We know the UK left the EU at the end of January, so this isn’t about rehashing old arguments. Instead, it’s about a facing the stark reality of fighting a pandemic. To crash us out at a time when our NHS, economy and food supply chains are already stretched would be unthinkable," said Wixley.
The Wandsworth Liberal Democrats welcome the news that Wandsworth Council intends to roll out a range of measures across the borough in the coming weeks and months to help keep pedestrians and cyclists safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
(25 May 2020) This is an open letter from local spokepeople Mark Gitsham and Sue Wixley to the leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia.
(22 May 2020) The Wandsworth Liberal Democrats are calling for EU citizens to be given the automatic right to stay in the UK, as new official figures show 19,580 EU nationals living in Wandsworth have not been granted permanent Settled Status to remain in the UK.
Pointing to the contribution of EU nationals working in the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine urged the Government to “show its own support for the people’s heroes by extending the right to remain to all EU and foreign nationals, many of whom are fighting for our lives."
The Liberal Democrat Mayoral Candidate, Siobhan Benita, has launched her campaign for the Mayoral elections in May with the slogan: Love London Better.
Born in Merton, to an Anglo-Indian mother and Cornish father, Siobhan epitomises London’s unique diversity.
“My mum was born in India but after her dad tragically died at a very early age, my grandmother brought her and her two siblings to start a new life in London. They arrived with very few possessions but local people rallied round, including the butcher and milkman who used to give my grandmother leftover food. That’s the London that I still love today – kind, open and welcoming.”
Vital public services
Years working in the civil service has given Siobhan vital experience which will enable her to hit the ground running as Mayor. “I worked in all the government departments that the Mayor of London and City Hall work with, including transport, local government and the environment.”
"This is not a political game for me. London is the best city on Earth but it pains me that so many things are not working. Knife crime is out of control; rough sleeping is at its highest level in years; there is toxic air pollution; and commuters are suffering every day due to the fares freeze and Crossrail delay.
A greener, safer, kinder London
Sue Wixley is the Liberal Democrat's local London Assembly candidate for Merton & Wandsworth. "We all love London, but it must be better. From knife crime to toxic air to homelessness, our capital needs bold leadership and a greater sense of urgency. Siobhan Benita has the experience working at the heart of government to create a greener, safer and kinder London."
The Liberal Democrat candidate for Putney, Southfields & Roehampton, Sue Wixley, has been selected by More United members along with 35 candidates from key marginal seats including Luciana Berger, Liberal Democrat candidate for Finchley & Golders Green.
Sue Wixley said: "I am really proud to be endorsed by More United, a cross-party movement making politics less extreme and less tribal. If we want to heal a divided Britain, politicians must work across party lines to come together beyond the election and put the national interest first to move the country forward."
The tactical voting guide released by the pro-Remain group Best For Britain has also recommended voting for the LibDem candidate, Sue Wixley. Based on the most sophisticated polling available, Best For Britain has concluded that Wixley and the LibDems are best placed to stop the Tories from driving the UK out of the EU at any cost.
Putney’s outgoing MP, Tory Justine Greening, will not support the Tory candidate in the election.
“It’s a great advantage to be the only candidate in the field whose party has a clear position on the greatest issue facing the country and a position that is aligned with the very sensible views of the great majority of Putney’s voters,” says Wixley
The Wandsworth Liberal Democrats are raring to go! Find out more about our candidates for Battersea, Putney and Tooting below.