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  • Article: Apr 18, 2014

    Figures released on 16th April 2014 by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the level of unemployment in Carshalton and Wallington fell again from 2.9% to 2.8%.

    Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington, welcomed the figures which show that the number of Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants is 637 lower than in March 2013 and 47 lower than in February 2014.

  • Paul addressing pupils at a Primary School
    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    Paul has been contacted by a number of parents seeking help and advice having not secured a primary school place for September. As a parent himself he knows how stressful it can be for the whole family and particularly for the children involved.

    Sutton Council have done excellent work in proving extra school places, which means that 84% of pupils have received their first preference school and 96% one of their preferences (figures in full at the bottom of the page). This puts Sutton in the top four in London. There are unfortunately always some people who don't get one of their preferred schools.

  • Colette Thomas leads the Vassall Team
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Lambeth Liberal Democrats have announced a new team of candidates for Vassall Ward. By-election candidate Colette Thomas will lead the new ticket, with local campaigner Dominic Wyatt and Lindsay Avebury, the driving force behind the restoration of Myatts Field Park and former chair of Lambeth Parks and Green Spaces Forum.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Ealing Council approved a Liberal Democrat motion on Europe at its April council meeting. The Lib Dem motion recognised the benefits to Ealing of EU membership and rejects calls for a referendum on Europe unless new powers are transferred to Brussels. Unfortunately, due to time constraints the motion was not debated at the meeting, but was supported by both Labour and Liberal Democrat council groups.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Councillor Nigel Bakhai's speech at the April meeting of Ealing Council on the Conservative and Liberal Democrat pledges to freeze council tax for the next four years:-

    At the last full council, the Ealing Lib Dem council group voted to freeze council tax over the next four years and we have included this as one of our priorities in our election manifesto.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake warned about a possible crisis among local hospitals when coping with heart disease.

    Heart disease is currently the most common cause of death in the UK, accounting for one in three of all deaths. Although the number of heart disease related deaths has fallen as a result of better prevention and treatment, the number is still higher here than in many other European countries.

  • Crossrail roundel
    Article: Apr 13, 2014

    Lambeth Labour councillors have blocked a move to bring Crossrail 2 to Streatham.

    Streatham Lib Dem councillors last month launched a campaign to bring the planned deep underground rail line to the south of the borough, which currently has no tube connection.

    But at a Town Hall Scrutiny meeting Labour councillors voted together to stop the Council even considering the idea. They voted down a motion tabled by Streatham Hill Lib Dem councillor Jeremy Clyne that the Council should undertake a feasibility study for a Streatham link.

    The new cross-London line will be a fast direct link to Victoria, the West End, Euston and the City. It is planned to go via Tooting - but Streatham has been missed out again.

    Transport for London are currently finalising the proposed route, and the case needs to be put urgently for a Streatham link. But Labour kicked the idea into the long grass.

    Labour Lambeth has already betrayed Streatham by backing Boris Johnson's Northern Line extension to Battersea. Local Lib Dems have been opposing his plan to divert the line from Kennington Station to serve people in new luxury flats at the power station, also in Wandsworth - there have been long-standing plans to run the line south to serve Streatham.

    The Crossrail 2 project gives Streatham another chance to get on the map with its first direct underground link to central London. There will be through trains into Surrey and north of London too. Currently Tooting Broadway, already on the Tube, will be included. But Streatham - less than a mile and a half off the planned route - is left out.

    "The first step is to get the Council to work up a business case for bringing Crossrail 2 here," said Streatham Wells councillor and Lib Dem group leader Alex Davies.
    "Lib Dems fought hard to keep our direct Thameslink overground rail service - and last year we won that battle. Now we have a chance to go even further to get Streatham on the map."
    "It is shameful that Lambeth Labour have blocked this idea. Bringing Crossrail 2 to Streatham would have a massive impact, promoting regeneration as well as providing for the area's expanding population and growing transport needs."

  • Tom's EHIC cards
    Article: Apr 11, 2014

    Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake warned local residents not to be fooled into handing over their hard-earned cash for a service provided for free by the government.

    As people begin to plan their well-deserved summer escapes, one essential for the suitcase is a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This card is valid for up to 5 years and allows you access to healthcare in a number of EU countries at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. It will cover you for treatment that is needed to allow you to continue your stay until your planned return. It also covers you for treatment of pre-existing medical conditions and for routine maternity care.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's Public Health England report "Estimating Local Mortality Burdens associated with Particulate Air Pollution said:


    "This is just the latest scientific report confirming that air pollution remains the second biggest public health risk facing Londoners after smoking."

  • Save St Helier
    Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington used his time at the dispatch box to raise the Save St Helier campaign with his fellow Members of Parliament.

    As Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Tom responds to the customary pre-recess debate. In his response he praised the role that local campaigners, community groups and friends of St Helier hospital play in the Save St Helier campaign.

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