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Working for a fairer, greener and better Barnet

"The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no-one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity."

- Preamble to The Liberal Democrat Constitution

Here in Barnet we champion fairness for all and for our environment. From leading the campaign to keep Barnet Libraries open, fighting for our position in a free and fair Europe to defending the protection of our green belt, the Barnet Liberal Democrats are on your side.

Recent News

  • Richard Logue at Copthall Fields
    Article: Feb 24, 2017

    At the Barnet Planning Committee meeting last night (Wednesday 23rd February) Labour and Conservative councillors voted 6-5 in favour of the Hasmonean School development on greenbelt land in Copthall, Mill Hill. Planning Officials recommended the rejection of the development plan on the basis of its, "location and its excessive footprint, [the Hasmonean School plan] represents inappropriate development within the Green Belt which would cause substantial harm to the fundamental intention and purposes of including land in the Green Belt."

  • Queen Elizabeth Scholl will receive £178,000 from pupil premium
    Article: Feb 23, 2017
    By Alasdair Hill in Barnet Times

    WHAT do the Tories have against our pupils? First they cut the libraries. Now they cut the schools budget. Why are the Barnet Tories hell-bent on attacking opportunities for future generations? As a secondary school director of studies I see first-hand the struggles that schools face when their budgets are squeezed. The ability for me to fund enrichment activities for my students alongside funding for resources is reduced which, alongside the threat to recruiting, maintaining and training teaching staff, is a disaster for the education of our next generation. Whilst nobody will deny greater funding for schools elsewhere in the UK is a good thing, it should not be at the expense of others; why can't all schools have a boost in funding? Indeed whilst the Liberal Democrats were in government we increased the funding to schools in Hendon by over £17.5 million via the pupil premium. Now the Tories are slashing this by £500 per student per year across Barnet; and the local Conservative Party are openly supporting this! Let it not be forgotten that the Barnet Tories' record on supporting children is diabolical and their lack of backbone when challenging central government is astounding. For future Barnet pupils the prospect of reduced access to books and study space in libraries and a threat to resources and teaching staff at schools is a grim prospect indeed.

  • EU citizens petition
    Article: Feb 16, 2017

    Across the country Liberal Democrats are campaigning to guarantee EU citizens who live and work in the UK the right to stay following Brexit. Here in Barnet many hundreds of EU citizens contribute massively to society through their work, businesses and their taxes. EU citzens are also our wifes and husbands, partners and children, parents and friends. Their part in our open and tolerant society should never be questioned.

  • Spring 2017 Childs Hill News
    Article: Feb 16, 2017
    By Alasdair Hill

    Dozens of Liberal Democrat activists were out delivering the Spring edition of Childs Hill News across the ward this week. Highlights include;

    • Cllr Jack Cohen's concerns over ineffective planning enforcements
    • Dismay at the Tories' plans for Childs Hill Library
    • News from Lord Palmer's work in the Lords on protections for tenants and renters.
  • Richard Logue joining Lib Dems
    Article: Feb 9, 2017
    By Rhys Handley in Barnet Times

    (Reporter Rhys Handley, Barnet Times (04/02/2017))

    A prominent figure in Barnet's Labour party has defected to the Lib Dems due to his "massive disappointment" with Labour's response to the Brexit vote.

    Richard Logue, of Hammers Lane, is the former chair of Mill Hill Residents Association, a leading activist in the Save Barnet Libraries and was involved in the EU Remain campaign.

  • Document: Feb 5, 2017
    1.54 MiB drawing or desktop publishing document

    The latest edition of the newsletter from Cllr Jack Cohen and the Liberal Democrats to residents in Childs Hill ward

  • Article: Dec 22, 2016
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    Scientists say it is a fact the older you get the quicker time appears to pass by. It is something to do with having so many memories stored in the brain. So here we are again another year drawing to a close.

    In trying to recall the events of 2016 or looking forward to 20217, I am reminded of an exchange in the film Casablanca. Humphrey Bogart is asked "Where were you last night?" He replies "That's so long ago I don't remember." The next question "will I see you tonight?" He replies "I never make plans that far ahead."

  • Document: Nov 13, 2016
  • Cllr Jack Cohen
    Article: Nov 10, 2016
    By Councillor Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    Barnet Council presented me with a vellum of appreciation at last week's full council meeting.

    This is in recognition of 30 years' service. The mayor read out a very, very, very long list of council committees I had served on. It has been a privilege to serve residents for so long.

    I must add that in the 30 years I have worked with some fantastic, hard-working councillors from across the political spectrum.

  • Cllr Jack Cohen, the Leader of Barnet Council's Liberal Democrat group
    Article: Sep 15, 2016
    By Councillor Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    I have to put my hands up. I set up an out of office automatic response on my council email account for part of August. I was not away but decided I needed a rest.

    August is usually a quiet month but not this year. A couple of residents thought I was unwell or something because my out of office had no return date. There is no full council meeting in August, September and October. The last one in July convinces me, if I ever needed convincing, that council meetings are becoming more and more irrelevant.

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