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Working for a fairer, greener, 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.

Protecting the green belt

Helping local businesses

Fighting to defend vital local services

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  • 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.

  • Document: Sep 6, 2016
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  • Cllr Jack Cohen being interviewed by the BBC
    Article: Jul 15, 2016
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    Given the turmoil in both the Labour and Conservative parties, it feels so refreshing to be a Liberal Democrat.

    Looking back now, the five years in coalition was a period of stable government.

    I suspect many people are now realising how well the Liberal Democrats actually performed, especially in keeping the Conservatives in check.

  • Councillor Jack Cohen
    Article: May 20, 2016
    By Cllr Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

    So Barnet is to set up an independent inquiry to investigate the voting fiasco. I was alerted to something wrong almost as soon as the polls opened. I thought it applied to only one polling station in my ward. I soon discovered that voters were being turned away at polling stations across the borough.

  • Councillor Duncan Macdonald
    Article: Apr 8, 2016

    Former Councillor Duncan Macdonald is the Liberal Democrat Candidate in the by-election for Underhill Ward on 5th May. The by-election, which was caused by the resignation of a Labour councillor, is taking place at the same time as the Mayor and GLA elections.

    Duncan Macdonald was a Barnet Councillor from 2005 to 2010. He has lived in Underhill for 23 years.

  • Document: Apr 6, 2016
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  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Mar 21, 2016
    • A third of councils in London (10 boroughs) failed to prosecute a single landlord for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/2015
    • A further half of London councils (18) prosecuted fewer than 10 landlords for providing unsafe accommodation in 2014/2015
    • The one London Borough (Newham) with mandatory licensing in place for the entire year of 2014/2015 was responsible for over 70 per cent of all prosecutions in London under the Housing Act (2004)
    • There is significant variation in the level of enforcement activity by London boroughs, with some councils inspecting one in 14 private rented properties for hazards, and others only inspecting one in five hundred properties.
  • Article: Mar 17, 2016

    In 2013 just 63.3% of mothers in London were in employment, compared with 72.9% nationally, the lowest level of employment for any UK region

    Since 2012 the cost of a part time nursery place for an under 2 year old has risen by 10.5%, in contrast to an increase of 7.7% nationally

    The number of registered childminders in London has recently fallen by 13%, from 9900 in 2010 to 8585 in 2013

  • Article: Mar 16, 2016

    At Boris Johnson's last Mayor's Question Time Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group examined the Mayor's real record in tackling knife crime over his two terms of office.

    The Mayor made tackling knife crime one of his key pledges back in 2008, claiming he would lead the "fightback" against violent crime.

  • Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat Londonwide Assembly Member
    Article: Mar 4, 2016

    Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, speaking after questioning the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) Chairman and Chief Executive at City Hall today said:

    "While no one denies many great successes of the Olympic Park there still remain questions as to whether the best deal has been struck for the taxpayer.