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Bromley Borough Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. Locally this means we work politically to protect our environment, safeguard and improve the borough's public services and promote our local communities.

Our headquarters are at the Orpington Liberal Club and we have activities in the Westminster constituencies within Bromley - Bromley & Chislehurst, Orpington, Beckenham and the Penge wards represented in Lewisham West. We welcome membership from all those committed to a liberal, tolerant society engaged fully within Europe and the wider world.

Vote Liberal Democrat in the General Election to stop a hard Brexit

Theresa May has called a General Election on 8th June and your local Liberal Democrats are ready! We have candidates in place, a manifesto under review and a campaign plan aimed at getting the best result we can. So between now and 8 June we will be asking a lot of all our members but it will be worth it.

We are fighting to stop a hard and disastrous Brexit, to give a voice to the 48% who voted Remain, and to change the direction of our country to return to the open, tolerant and united country we used to have. If everything goes well, we will change our country forever.

Our parliamentary candidates are listed here. You can find a link to our manifesto here. We are running an appeal for funds here to pay for a Lib Dem leaflet to be delivered to every address in the borough. Please help us get our message heard.

We will post details of our campaign plans on this website over the next few days, please check regularly for updates.

General Election

Bromley Lib Dems on Anti Brexit March

Brexit March

A large contingent of Bromley Liberal Democrats joined 100,000 people on a march through London on Saturday 25th March to demonstrate against Brexit.

The event was initially organised to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome but was given added significance when Theresa May announced that the government would invoke Article 50 just 5 days after the march.

"Bromley voted Remain in the referendum" said Lib Dem campaigner Julie Ireland. "We are marching to give a voice to everyone in Bromley who voted to stay in the EU as well as the thousands of people who voted for Brexit but who did not vote for the Brexit chosen by Theresa May. As Tim Farron said at the end of the march - if you love your country you don't sit by while it turns a dangerous corner. You keep fighting and keep believing"

Campaign Against School Cuts

School Cuts

Bromley schools are set to be hit by devastating cuts of £22 million by 2019 - equivalent to £528 per pupil.
Details of the effect of these cuts to each school are available on the website School Cuts For example Harris Academy Beckenham will face an overall budget reduction of £738,034 by 2018, which is £792 per pupil or a reduction of 19 Teachers. But all Bromley schools are set to lose out under the Government plans.
Our Sixth formers have been particularly hard hit with an overall national spending on further education set to have fallen by over 13% from 2010 by 2019 putting current funding for 16- to 18-year-olds at the same level as it was almost 30 years ago.

Read more about our campaign and sign our petition here

New Secondary Schools for Bromley

There is a critical shortage of secondary school places in the Bromley Borough, currently estimated at 8 forms of entry in 2017 rising to 19 forms of entry by 2021. Bromley Council have a statutory duty to provide enough school places for every child in the Borough. In response to this shortfall 3 new secondary schools are currently proposed, with a likely need for a fourth.

This article outlines our response to those proposed new schools and we invite comments about these plans. It is an issue very much of concern to parents of children who will need a secondary school place in the next 4 years, as well as of concern to residents near to the sites of the new schools.

Read the article here

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Caroline Pidgeon Supports Bromley LibDems' Campaign for Pedestrian Crossing in Copers Cope

Caroline Pidgeon Supports Copers Cope Campaign

Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of London Assembly Transport Committee, has declared her support for a local resident's campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Copers Cope Road.

Local campaigner Rich Wilsher met the Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly on Wednesday 22 February and explained the reasons why so many residents feel that the crossing is essential for the safety of pedestrians.

Caroline Pidgeon said, "I have been campaigning for road safety for 10 years; there is a clear need for a crossing at this junction and it is time for Bromley Council to listen and act before a serious injury occurs on this dangerous road."

Read more and see the video of Caroline Pidgeon here

Do you ever wake up with that sinking feeling?

The LibDems have released their new party political broadcast - see it here

How many times recently have you woken up with that sinking feeling? Too many? This video is for you. Sign up at: www.libdems.org.uk/groundhogday

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Article 50 - How Did Your MP Vote?

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Jim Dowd - Lewisham West and Penge (Labour) - Against

Jo Johnson - Orpington (Conservative) - For

Bob Neill - Bromley and Chislehurst (Conservative) - For

Bob Stewart - Beckenham (Conservative) - For

Thank you to Jim Dowd for joining with the a few dozen other rebels of his party to try and stop this catastrophe. He is not a Liberal Democrat, and we have many differences in points of principle and policy, but we applaud the stand he has taken, that he followed his conscience and listened to the voices of his constituents to vote against a trajectory that will inevitably lead to chaos.

Tim Farron Speaks Out Against a Hard Brexit

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has criticised the Prime Minister for declaring that she is taking Britain out of the Single Market and denying the British people a say on the final deal.

Tim Farron said: "Theresa May has confirmed Britain is heading for a Hard Brexit. She claimed people voted to Leave the Single Market. They didn't. She has made the choice to do massive damage to the British economy.

"Theresa May also made clear that she will deny the people a vote on the final deal. So instead of a democratic decision by the people in the country, she wants a stitch-up by politicians in Westminster. The people voted for departure, they should be given a vote on the destination. This is a theft of democracy.

"This speech was a mixture of vague fantasies and toothless threats to our nearest neighbours. At the moment Britain needs friends more than ever, she has succeeded in uniting the rest of Europe against her.

"When it comes to British prosperity and British democracy, she is waiving the white flag from the White Cliffs of Dover.

"Only the Liberal Democrats are fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united, and are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit government."

Tim Farron

Lib Dems call on Bob Stewart MP to make a stand on Hard Brexit

Bob Stewart under threat

The Lib Dems are calling on Conservative MP for Beckenham Bob Stewart to take a stand against his party's plan for a hard Brexit. Bob Stewart voted 'leave' in the EU Referendum but his constituency voted to remain.

Like many people who voted 'leave' Bob Stewart though he was voting to leave the EU but stay in the single market - in a statement following the referendum he said "I believe we will continue to have access to the EU single market..." Liberal Democrat PPC for Beckenham, Julie Ireland, said "It's now time for Bob Stewart to stand up for Beckenham, for what he believes, and against a hard Brexit".

Liberal Democrats Win Richmond Park By-Election

Congratulations to Sarah Olney and the voters of Richmond Park. It's another amazing by-election result for the Liberal Democrats, sending a thumping message to the Conservative Government. Sarah will be the new MP for the former Conservative stronghold of Richmond Park after she overturned a huge 23,000 vote majority to win.
Folllowing the victory Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "The message is clear: The Liberal Democrats are back and we are carrying the torch for all of those who want a real opposition to this Conservative Brexit Government.

Read more about Sarah's victory here.

Sarah Olney

Lib Dems call for new pedestrian crossing on Copers Cope Road Beckenham

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The Lib Dems are calling on Bromley council to protect pedestrians in Copers Cope Road.

Bromley Council have agreed to place a mini roundabout at the junction of Copers Cope Road and Bridge Road but we don't think this will solve the problem. The recent increase in traffic along Copers Cope Road caused mainly by the closure of the end of Lawn Road and the numbers of pedestrians coming out of the station makes it a very dangerous place to cross. Read more here

If you agree that pedestrians should be able to cross Copers Cope Rd in safety, please sign our petition.

Bromley Councillors Are Failing Our Children

Bromley Councillors "consider they know better than professionals and that they might put political expediency above the needs of their vulnerable residents." So says a damning report from DfE's Commissioner for Children's Services.

Following strong criticism by Ofsted of the way Children's Services are run by the Council, an order from the Department of Education (DfE) says that Bromley will be stripped of their responsibilities if they do not improve soon. Bromley has 6 months to get its act together.

Bromley Council has got into this position by not giving hard-pressed staff the leadership and funds to carry out their vital work.

LibDems are passionate about this issue. We believe that every child, no matter what their background, should be given the best possible start in life.

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