Olly is standing for Parliament because he passionately believes that the Liberal Democrat plan to stop Brexit, tackle the climate emergency, and transform public services and social care is what Tooting needs. He joined the Liberal Democrats in 2016, prompted by his concern about Brexit’s impact on our community, economy and international influence
He lives in Balham. Born to a Polish mother and a British father, he cherishes and understands the benefits that immigration and openness have brought to Tooting and our country, and the threat posed by Brexit. As a tenant, he personally experiences the impact of high rents and the lack of affordable housing.
Wandsworth Liberal Democrats have expressed fierce opposition to Heathrow expansion in their written response to the Heathrow Airport Expansion Consultation, which closed last week.
Mark Gitsham, Sue Wixley and Olly Glover, the prospective Parliamentary Candidates for Battersea, Putney and Tooting, argued in their joint submission to Heathrow that the environmental costs of Heathrow expansion and the negative impacts on local communities will far outweigh any potential economic benefits.
“The Lib Dems have been fiercely opposed to Heathrow expansion for decades and we will continue to speak out against this unworkable folly. It is by no means a done deal,” they said.
In their letter, they explained that their opposition is founded on their determination to confront the grave and growing threat of the climate emergency. “If the Government is serious about meeting the challenges of climate change, it will stop Heathrow expansion. The UK has committed to zero carbon emissions by 2050 – an obligation secured in part by Liberal Democrat cabinet ministers in the coalition government. We know from recent research that an expanded Heathrow Airport, with extra flights and more traffic, will make this emission target almost impossible to achieve.”
The local party has seen a 30% surge in membership since late May when the Liberal Democrats won the European elections in Wandsworth, with 37% (36,012 votes) – more than double the Labour vote (15,487) and four times the Conservative vote (9,395).
Wandsworth Liberal Democrats now have a record number of members (1,340) and the party welcomed 300+ new joiners in the last few months. Nationally, the party’s membership now tops 115,000. Each of the three constituencies in the Wandsworth borough party – Battersea, Putney and Tooting – have benefited from this surge.
Josh Bloom, a new member in Putney said:
"After years of feeling politically homeless, with no party willing to make a stand on what was best for the country, I joined the Lib Dems. They are the only party putting up a credible fight to Brexit and are committed to centrist, progressive policies - principles all other political parties appear to have abandoned."
The Lib Dems’ Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Sue Wixley said:
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome our new members. More and more Remainers are becoming Lib Dem voters, supporters and members because they realise that Brexit is simply not viable. Voters in Putney are having sleepless nights about the political chaos led by Boris Johnson in No. 10 and supported by Jeremy Corbyn. Like me, our new members feel that the Liberal Democrats are the only party that represents their hopes and values."
Sue Wixley has lived with her husband in Southfields for more than a decade and stood in the ward for Wandsworth Council elections last year. Sue has been a director of several organisations working on healthcare and social issues and has served on the board of several others. She co-founded and led the South African Campaign Against Landmines, part of the global campaign that was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.
Liberal Democrat members in Putney have selected Sue Wixley to be their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC). Sue, who has lived with her husband in Southfields for more than a decade, was selected at a members’ meeting on Tuesday 2 July that was attended by 90 people.
She is the first woman ever selected by the Liberal Democrats as a candidate in Putney since the party’s founding in 1988.
In her hustings speech, Sue said:
“I’ve been fighting for Liberal Democrat values since I became an anti-apartheid activist as a student in South Africa, where I grew up. After participating in that epic, history-making struggle, I co-founded and led the campaign to ban landmines in South Africa, part of a successful global campaign that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Sue has been a director of several organisations working on healthcare and social issues and has served on the board of several others. She was recently selected as the Lib Dems’ candidate for the 2020 London Assembly campaign with mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita and in 2018 stood in the Southfields ward for Wandsworth Council elections.
Jon Irwin is fighting for a better future for everyone in Furzedown. Jon and the Lib Dems are asking residents to use this election as their chance to demand better from our Conservative-run council and Labour London Mayor.
With the EU elections just a month away on 23 May, it is vital that everyone with the right to vote is able to use it. Across Battersea, Putney and Tooting, we are encouraging voters who have not yet done so to register.
You can help, too, by sharing the information on this page with any EU citizens you know or with other would-be voters, such as young people who have just reached voting age and may not have registered yet.
The deadline to register to vote in the European Parliament elections is Tuesday 7 May. For UK citizens, there is a simple online registration process. For EU citizens there is one extra step required for the European elections: in addition to registering to vote as normal, you need to complete a form to say that you are not voting elsewhere in Europe.
The Liberal Democrats have contacted Wandsworth Electoral Services at Wandsworth Council to find out what is being done to support EU citizens in the borough to register for the European Elections.
A senior manager explained that letters have been sent to EU citizens in Wandsworth which outlines the steps needed to register. This letter will be followed up via email. EU citizens will be able to email their completed form to the Council as well as post them to City Hall.
Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for the rights of EU citizens throughout the current Brexit chaos and beyond. For these upcoming European elections, it is vital that EU citizens – our friends, family, neighbours and colleagues – are able to have their say.
The Lib Dems will give you the Final Say.
Over the past two years the Liberal Democrats have led the fight against this disastrous Brexit. The recent rejection of May’s Brexit Deal in Parliament takes us a step closer to an exit from Brexit - this was the biggest defeat in Parliament ever.
Tooting Liberal Democrats have been surveying local streets recently. Many residents tell us they feel their streets are unsafe for them and their children, because of fast driving and worsening air pollution.
The Conservative Council and Labour Mayor are letting us down, by not taking action on these issues.
Our railways are not delivering for us.
On Monday 19th November, severe morning disruption to Earlsfield’s rail service left many commuters unable to travel. Lib Dem spokesperson for Earlsfield Liz Jarvis said: “This is one of many problems to hit South Western Railway (SWR). Commuters are getting a rough deal and, with big fare increases, they have every right to demand better.