Article: Oct 19, 2021
The A1000 Cycle Lane must be kept for good, and should be properly funded, Barnet Lib Dems say today, as they bring a motion to Full Council in its support.
The group will use a motion amendment to force a simple "yes/no" vote on the future of the A1000 Cycle Lane, to encourage local councillors to get off the fence on the issue.
Article: Sep 21, 2021
The Conservatives decision to suspend the "pensions triple lock" will impact 16,364 state pensioners in Finchley and Golders Green this winter, new figures from the Liberal Democrats show.
In Parliament on Monday, Conservatives - including Finchley's MP Mike Freer - voted to suspend the triple lock, a rule that means that state pensions must rise in line with whichever is highest of inflation, average earnings or 2.5%.
Article: Jul 20, 2021
Barnet Liberal Democrats have attacked the decision to delay a decision on the Markaz in Golders Green as discriminatory, illiberal and unjust.
Local Conservatives pushed through the delay last night (19 July) in a surprise move at Barnet Council's Strategic Planning Committee.
The committee was considering whether to allow a change of use for the Hippodrome, Golders Green, from 'church' to 'place of worship', a decision which has already taken more than a year to reach committee stage.
Article: May 6, 2021
Jonathan Davies sadly passed away after a serious illness lasting over one year. He was tragically only in his 50s.
Susette and I have known him as a friend and colleague for what seems a lifetime and is certainly very many years.
His work in the Liberal Democrats is legendary, and I doubt that we can, at this stage, do full justice to all his work:
Article: Apr 20, 2021
Sean Hooker, a former councillor and East Barnet resident, has been selected to fight the East Barnet byelection for the Liberal Democrats on Thursday 6 May.
His primary focus for the area is to ensure that the development of the Victoria Quarter, which is proposed for the old gas works site, is done in a sensitive, sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
Article: Mar 8, 2021
Barnet Liberal Democrats present
An evening with human rights barrister Adam Wagner
18 March 2021 • 20:00-21:30 • Via Zoom
Adam Wagner is a human rights barrister who has become Britain's go-to expert on the ever-changing lockdown rules. In the past week his work advising Reclaim These Streets has raised his profile still higher.
Petition: Mar 5, 2021
Barnet Liberal Democrats are calling for an urgent overhaul of local planning rules after Barnet Council failed to stop a casino from winning planning permission to open in the heart of Finchley Central.
Some 617 residents wrote to object to the 'Cashino' being built in the old NatWest building at 48 Ballards Lane. Despite being rejected by Barnet's Planning Committee, the Cashino has won the go-ahead after a successful appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
Article: Mar 4, 2021
Barnet Council met on 2 March 2021 to debate the Conservative adminstration's budget proposals for the upcoming financial year. Our Group Leader, Cllr Gabriel Rozenberg, gave this speech on behalf of our group, calling for a recovery budget driven by increased green investment in our roads and infrastructure.
Article: Feb 23, 2021By Sachin Patel
Roger Tichborne, a musician and small business owner with deep roots in Edgware, has been selected to contest the Edgware byelection in May for the Liberal Democrats.
Roger's top campaign priority is to save the Railway Hotel, a Grade II-listed property in the heart of Edgware that Tory-run Barnet Council has left to neglect and ruin.
Article: Oct 27, 2020
- Barnet's Liberal Democrats call on Barnet Council to guarantee Free School Meals during October and December School holidays
- A local guarantee must apply for any future periods of lockdown and school closure
Liberal Democrats in Barnet are today calling on Barnet Council to step in where the government has failed on child hunger.
Article: Sep 9, 2020
For years, Barnet's Tory-run council has ignored Finchley Central.
Now the neighbourhood faces a crisis - and your local Liberal Democrat team is sounding the alarm bell.
Finchley Central is Barnet's employment hub, which normally sees thousands of commuters every day. But home working means the high street is half empty.
Article: Jul 30, 2020
Barnet has done it again. Last year they scrapped the Housing Committee and bundled it into their regeneration committee. Now the renamed Housing and Growth Committee has decided to get rid of housing policy altogether. The committee voted to hand over responsibility for drawing up its housing and homelessness strategy to Barnet Homes, the arms-length body that manages the borough's housing stock.
Article: Jul 30, 2020
Years of local government funding cuts dictated from Whitehall have left Barnet Council ill-equipped to deal with the financial consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Council's Financial Performance and Contracts Committee met last month for the first time since January, and featured sobering discussions of the council's depleted reserves, which may yet fall below the permitted floor. A later investigation by BBC News found that Barnet is one of at least five English councils warning they may meet the criteria to, in effect, declare themselves bankrupt.
Article: Jul 30, 2020
A planning application has been submitted for a 24-hour gaming centre, including slot machines and a bingo licence, at the site of the old NatWest building on the corner of Ballards Lane and Redbourne Avenue. If approved, the 'Merkur Cashino' would sit right in the heart of Finchley Central, directly opposite a pub, drawing vulnerable people into addictive gambling around the clock and causing widespread disturbance.
Article: Jul 30, 2020
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Analysis by London Liberal Democrats shows that London boroughs have applied for a total of £30.1m of funding for 'Streetspace' initiatives designed to support the transformation of our streets in favour of active transport. With social distancing here to stay, we urgently need to make the best possible use of cycling - and Lib Dem-run boroughs have been among the most proactive in applying for funding.
Article: Jul 30, 2020
It emerged this month that the government intends to turn our finely-balanced planning system into a free-for-all. According to an email sent to all councillors by Barnet's Director Planning and Building Control, the Tory government wants to allow homeowners to build up to two storeys above their properties, as long as neighbours approve. These new 'permitted development rights' are a recipe for monstrous and potentially unsafe house extensions; these eyesores will inevitably then be subdivided up into precarious HMOs (houses of multiple occupation).
Article: Jun 5, 2020By Barnet Liberal Democrats
In the past week, we have all shared in the anger at the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. The way that US police forces have responded to lawful and peaceful protests has been nothing short of shocking. We stand in solidarity with black communities in the US, and are united in our condemnation of the violence, racism and harassment they face. And we stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter across the world, across the UK, and in our own borough of Barnet.
Article: Jun 4, 2020By Barnet Liberal Democrats
In this update:
- Is track and trace working in Barnet? We raise concerns about the emerging testing system
- We clapped for the NHS. Now time for a more open approach on key worker immigration
- Our work to create healthy streets as the lockdown eases
- And an update on our MPs' weak responses to the Dominic Cummings scandal
Article: May 24, 2020By Gabriel Rozenberg
- UPDATE, 27 May: We have received a response from Mike Freer which we have added to this article below
It is now clear that Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister's chief of staff, the most powerful unelected figure in the country, deliberately and repeatedly broke lockdown rules by visiting his family some 260 miles away from his primary residence.
Article: May 14, 2020By Gabriel Rozenberg
A few weeks ago, the idea that the whole country would go into lockdown to defeat the coronavirus seemed unimaginable. And yet here we all are. In Barnet, tragically, COVID-19 has taken its toll. More than 1,200 cases of the disease have been recorded and very sadly some 350 Barnet residents have lost their lives. Our hearts go out to those whose lives have been affected by this terrible disease. We will never forget the bravery and self-sacrifice of the NHS staff and care workers, who have given their all in the past three months to keep our community safe.
Article: Nov 4, 2019
Isabelle Parasram is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Chipping Barnet. Isabelle's priorities from day one will be to stop Brexit, fight for the investment we need in our public services, and give Chipping Barnet the voice it deserves.
Isabelle works across London as the head of chambers of a legal practice she founded after a lengthy career as a barrister in the public, private and charitable sectors. Isabelle has previously served as a school governor and as a charitable trustee of educational charities.
Article: Oct 6, 2019
Clareine Enderby has been selected as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Hendon.
Clareine comments, "I am honoured to have been chosen to fight the next election for the Liberal Democrats in Hendon. The Liberal Democrats won the European elections hands down across Barnet. There has been a real shift in public opinion. People are sick of the Brexit chaos caused by Johnson and aggravated by Corbyn's unclear and ineffective opposition. Most people just want to see the back of it so that we can focus on what is really important: health, education and tackling the threat of climate change.
Article: Sep 26, 2019
I look forward to standing as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green. I will be leaving my constituents of Liverpool Wavertree with a heavy heart but as a family, trying to balance work with raising young children, we have made the decision to move full time to London at the next General Election.
Article: Sep 26, 2019
I am absolutely delighted to let you know that Luciana Berger has accepted our invitation to join the Barnet Liberal Democrats - and become our prospective parliamentary candidate for Finchley and Golders Green constituency.
Luciana lives in the constituency, has a track record as a dedicated, hard-working MP and has an unwavering determination to see an end to the Brexit chaos now engulfing us.
She has the full support of myself, the whole Barnet executive and the former candidate for the constituency Clareine Enderby. We believe she will be a brilliant candidate in Finchley and Golders Green.
This is an exciting and invigorating development for the Lib Dems in Barnet.Our membership has quadrupled in four years (welcome to all who have just joined us!).
As the only credible remain party in this solidly remain borough, we swept the board in the recent euro elections, leaving Labour, the Tories and assorted Brexiteers floundering in our wake. We are ready to repeat this performance in a general election.
When that time comes, Luciana's energy, drive and campaigning skills will be a formidable force in the campaign. We will win in Finchley and Golders Green!
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What an amazing Euros result this May. Thanks to your support the Liberal Democrats returned three MEPs to represent London and secured the lasrgest share of the vote across the city. Here in Barnet the Lib Dems topped the polls for the first time with over 28% of the vote. Read our latest Thank you Focus here as we discuss what the next steps are across the Capital to #StopBrexit!
With the Lib Dem Brecon & Randorshire victory its clear Labour voters in Finchley and Golders Green should vote Lib Dem to Stop BrexitArticle: Aug 2, 2019By Alasdair Hill
After the Liberal Democrat victory in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, the Finchley and Golders Green's Liberal Democrat candidate urges local Labour voters to support her to Stop Brexit.
"We're likely to have a general election soon, and Labour can't win in Finchley and Golders Green right now," said Liberal Democrat candidate Clareine Enderby. "Labour's failure to deal properly with its anti-Semitism crisis has made it unelectable here. And its failure to adopt a clear stance on Brexit has made it not worth electing."
Article: May 26, 2019By Alasdair Hill
The Barnet Liberal Democrats are tonight celebrating their biggest result in Barnet, winning 28% of the vote.
Across London the Liberal Democrats topped the poll for the first time ever in a national election. Reflecting on their record-breaking haul of 3 seats Clareine Enderby, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green said, "our message was clear. Brexit is wreaking havoc in the UK. It is impacting on our ability to run an effective NHS, trade with confidence around the world and solve the Climate Emergency. The people of Barnet have roundly rejected the humiliation brought on this country by the Conservatives and the duplicity of Corbyn. The only way forward to resolve this crisis is to hold a People's Vote and stop this Brexit chaos."
Article: May 26, 2019
The Liberal Democrats have won the Euro election in Barnet.
Liberal Democrats 27,423
The Brexit Party 17,089
Change UK 7,491
This is a great night for the Lib Dems in Barnet - and thank you to everyone who helped with the campaign. Our campaign against Brexit continues with increased vigour.
Article: Apr 30, 2018
The Conservatives have failed Barnet. You can make Barnet a better place by voting for more Liberal Democrat Councillors this Thursday.
Our 8 priorities for Barnet are:
1. More Police
2. Protect our Greenbelt & stop overdevelpment
3. Support more secondary school places
4. Use builder's levies to fund more GP places
5. Reverse the disasterous Tory Library cuts
6. Adopt new streets to save residents money
7. Fix potholes properly and guarantee weekly bin collections
8. Review expensive OneBarnet contracts that are wasting millions.
Article: Apr 25, 2018By Roger TichborneThe Barnet Lib Dems have been inundated with calls from concerned residents, who need information about postal and proxy voting. Many have tried to access information via the Barnet Council website. An investigation by the Barnet Lib Dems has shown that many pages are not working properly and the menus take voters to the wrong pages or even ones that don't exist. The Barnet Council website is a vital resource for voters needing help and it is unacceptable that it is not working. It is just the latest example of the One Barnet Capita outsourcing contract failing to deliver.
Article: Apr 21, 2018By Alasdair Hill
The Liberal Democrats today received the backing of former Conservative Mill Hill Councillor Sury Khatri who was deselected by his own party in the run up to this year's Council Elections in Barnet.
Sury Khatri, who represented Mill Hill as a Conservative Councillor from 2010 until he resigned the whip in response to his deselection this year, said, "it has been an honour to serve as community champion for the residents of Mill Hill for 8 years. In that time I have tried my best to take up their issues and deliver real positive changes, such as the Diving Club, the future of the Library and with the many planning applications we have received. I fear though that my zealous advocacy for the residents of Mill Hill may have cost me the selection. As Cllr Dan Thomas [chair of Hendon Conservatives] lays the ground for his right wing and hard Brexit based leadership coup, he only wants 'yes' men in the Conservative group, and thus I have been discarded. Astonishing that after 8 years of serving the community, without a blemish on my record and more than a decade serving the party I have been silenced."
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The latest edititon of Childs Hill News
Article: Apr 12, 2018
1 Continue our record of listening to you, and responding promptly to your concerns;
2 Ensure the Council deals promptly with broken roads and pavements, litter & potholes;
3 Guarantee weekly bin collections;
4 Oppose further cuts to our police, and promote community, outreach and youth projects, which tackle the root causes of crime;
Article: Apr 10, 2018
Once again we have a full slate of 63 candidates across Barnet standing for a fairer and better Barnet. Below are all our candidates in each ward;
Article: Apr 10, 2018
Watch Roger Tichborne, one of our excellent Lib Dem candidates for Mill Hill, highlight the dreadful state of our streets in Barnet. A danger to all road users, the Lib Dems will ensure that potholes are fixed quickly and checked to ensure they last. Barnet Deserves Better. Vote Liberal Democrats this May.
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Article: May 26, 2017
Responding the the Tory migration target of only "tens of thousands," Alasdair Hill, Liberal Democrat candidate for Hendon says;
"Immigration has made London the successful world city that it is today and the plans to cut immigration to the size of Mill Hill or Hendon, nationwide, is nothing short of an economic own goal.
Lord Alderdice, a key politician of the Northern Ireland Peace Process publically endorses Liberal Democrat candidates in BarnetArticle: May 26, 2017
Lord John Alderdice, former leader of the Alliance Party, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and a signatory of the Good Friday Agreement visited Chipping Barnet on Monday evening to publically endorse the Liberal Democrat Candidates in Barnet.
Discussing the difficulties in securing peace in Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice spoke of the importance of rationality in the advancements of science, medicine, and politics, but said that mere rationality was not enough if people could persuade themselves to treat others as not entirely human beings because they were different in religion, colour, attitude or politics. There also had to be respect for human rights. However even the combination of rationality and rights has not prevented us from sliding into a bad and dangerous place today.
Petition: May 22, 2017
Over the past few days, millions will have shuddered at Conservative plans to fund social care.
Under the initial proposals, people who receive care at home will be required to fund the entire care cost until they reach their last £100,000 of assets which the State would allow them to keep. And for the first time, the value of their home will be taken into accound when meeting care costs.
Article: May 9, 2017
The Liberal Democrats have announced they would plug funding gaps for the NHS and social care by putting a penny on income tax, in their first major manifesto commitment of the election campaign.
The tax would raise an additional £38.5 million for Barnet, with £26 million for the NHS and £12.5 million for social care each year.
This is the party's flagship spending commitment and its first major policy announcement for the election. The Liberal Democrats manifesto will also set out a 'five-point recovery plan' for NHS and social care services in their manifesto.
At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an ITV poll found last October (link).
Liberal Democrat candidate for Chipping Barnet, Marisha Ray said:
"Right now across all of Barnet we are hearing complaints about waiting times, concerns about staffing and worry about a lack of mental health provision.
Article: May 2, 2017
This weekend the Liberal Democrats formally adopted their candidates Jonathan Davies, Alasdair Hill and Marisha Ray to fight the seats of Finchley and Golders Green, Hendon and Chipping Barnet respectively.
Leading the adoption Lord Monroe Palmer of Childs Hill and vice chair of the Liberal Democrats Friends of Israel said;
Article: Apr 27, 2017
A survey has revealed there are 22 tower blocks of 20 storeys or more in the pipeline in the Borough of Barnet, 18 in NW2 and 4 in NW9.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Finchley & Golders Green Jonathan Davies said -
"This appears to be massive over-development. Whilst tall buildings may be appropriate in Manhattan or Canary Wharf, this number of tower blocks will change the character of our suburban area and overshadow Childs Hill and Cricklewood. This will put even more pressure on school places, our local health service and the transport network. Local residents will be expecting the Labour Mayor and Tory Barnet Planning Committee to protect their local area."
Labour fails to select candidate in Chipping Barnet, Hendon or Finchley and Golders Green with just weeks until electionArticle: Apr 23, 2017
Labour has failed to select a candidate in any of the three Barnet constituencies with the general election just weeks away. The news has been revealed by the Liberal Democrats, who say that it shows Labour has "given up", even in some of its former strongholds.
There are over 340 constituencies Labour has still not selected for in England, including 27 in London alone.
In contrast the Liberal Democrats have selected 92% of their candidates in England.
Liberal Democrat candidate for Chipping Barnet, Marisha Ray said:
"It seems that Labour have simply given up on places like Chipping Barnet.
"This election is now clearly a two-horse race between the Liberal Democrats and the arch Brexiteer Theresa Villiers and her extreme Brexit Conservative Party.
"Labour claimed to be prepared for a general election, but many of their approved candidates are simply refusing to run under Jeremy Corbyn's banner.
"And who can blame them? They see a leader who is ineffective and a party that is too divided to stand up for local people.
"Every government needs to be held to account and the Liberal Democrats are rapidly emerging as the real voice of opposition.
"If you want to ensure our country has a real opposition, the Liberal Democrats are the only choice in Chipping Barnet."
Notes to editors
A full list of seats in which a Labour candidate is yet to be chosen can be found here:
Written, promoted and produced by Sean Hooker on behalf of Marisha Ray of the Barnet Borough Liberal Democrats all at 31 Northumberland Rd, EN5 1EA
Article: Apr 22, 2017
Access to the EU Research Infrastructure and Horizon 2020 funding has been the bedrock of our research output. Over €80 billion of funding is open for the UK to access and the adversarial rhetoric about our relationship with the EU from the Conservatives puts this in jeopardy.
Many residents of Barnet, particularly those who worked at the National Institute of Medical Research in Mill Hill before the laboratories were relocated to Central London, rely on this funding for their livelihoods and for their ground-breaking research,
Article: Apr 21, 2017
Membership of the Barnet Liberal Democrats has jumped sharply since May's announcement of the snap General Election on Tuesday.
There has been a 12% increase in membership in the first 12 hours of the campaign with people moving across from both Labour, Conservatives and people new to politics. New members have cited their dismay at, "Labour's supine opposition and failure to spell out the benefits of the EU" and that, "Liberal Democrats are the only principled party left post-brexit" who have the, "courage to expose Brexit for the economic and social justice disaster it is."
Article: Apr 18, 2017
People in Hendon, Finchley and Golders Green and Chipping Barnet should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local economy, the party's three Barnet Parliamentary Candidates have announced today.
The Prime Minister today [Tuesday] called a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June.
The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market, and to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal through a referendum.