Key Liberal Democrat policies for London

June 6, 2017 7:47 PM

Key Liberal Democrat policies for London

Keep London in Europe

We are totally opposed to the Government's 'Hard Brexit', which poses risks to London's jobs, economy and culture.

The Liberal Democrats fought harder than any other party to try and keep the UK in the EU, and beyond the referendum result we continue to advocate the UK's and London's, role in Europe.

Time to tackle London's housing crisis

We have called on Mayor of London to match our target of 200,000 homes by 2020.

We have a fully-costed plan to build 200,000 homes by 2020. We would continue the Olympic Precept (which paid for the 2012 Olympic Games) at £20 a year, and use it to fund this housebuilding program.

The lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges London faces. Owning or securely renting a decent home is the foundation for the lives people build in our city, and the massive shortage of homes for Londoners is making this an impossibility for many of us.

3000 more police on London's streets

We have a costed plan to put 3,000 new police officers at London's crime hotspots.

These additional officers will be funded by increasing the spend on policing from City Hall through Transport for London, paid for by increased receipts from Congestion Charging and a Workplace Parking levy.

We want them concentrate in and around the transport network, where there has been a worrying increase in attacks and sexual assaults, and to tackle and deter violent crime.

Diesel surcharge

We have called on the Mayor to introduce a special charge for the most polluting diesel vehicles coming into central London to help improve our City's air quality.

Air pollution in the capital is the worst in the UK for dangerous airborne particles. We have the highest annual nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels of any city in Europe. This pollution has a serious health impact: it causes thousands of premature deaths and makes respiratory conditions such as asthma worse. The Liberal Democrats believe that this must change.

Joe Bourke, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Brentford and Isleworth said "As we come to terms with the prospect of dealing with an increasing level of terroism in London, we must be prepared to fund the police and security services adequately. Liberal Democrats have developed fully costed plans to do just this as well as tackling housing, public health and economic issues of prime importance to London."