Dementia tax data shows potentially huge costs for Bexley residents

Liberal Democrat candidates in Bexley borough have criticised Theresa May’s Dementia Tax after research done by the party showed it could cost local homeowners more than £170,000. The Conservative policy would force the sale of family homes to fund care for elderly and vulnerable relatives.  

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Meet the candidates - Simon Waddington, Erith & Thamesmead

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For more than a decade Simon Waddington has been a passionate local campaigner for the Liberal Democrats wherever he has lived he has worked hard to promote campaigns which promote sustainable economic growth as well as ingraining fairness into our society.

Simon grew up in Bristol and became an active member of his community from a young age, academically taking a keen interest in international affairs and relations and forming a deep interest in Africa and the development of political systems in sub-Saharan countries.

Simon was delighted to be selected as the prospective Parliamentary candidate for Erith and Thamesmead, saying at the time "this important and historic region of London is due hard working representation as well as a set of values and principles in tune with modern Britain."

Often helping out at action days or by-elections Simon is proud of his membership and history with the Liberal Democrats, and relishes the opportunity and challenges of taking the fight into the next Parliament.

A committed family man, Simon works in the field of international communications.


Bexleyheath candidate attacks plan to cut school lunches for 10,000 local children

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Up to 2434 children living in poverty across Bexley will have their lunches taken away under Theresa May's plans to abolish universal free school lunches for infants, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. In total 9,846 children in Bexley are set to lose out under the plans.

Those families losing out are expected to have to pay around £440 per child per year for their school lunches.

The Liberal Democrats have also calculated that under Conservative costings of just under 7p per child's breakfast, each child could expect to receive either half a boiled egg, one slice of bread with 12 baked beans or 37.5 cornflakes and 100ml of semi-skimmed milk.

Commenting on the figures Simone Reynolds, a local mum and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford said:

“Theresa May’s cruel policy will mean 2434 children living in poverty in Bexley will lose out on free school lunches.

“This will mean greater inequality and struggling families having to pay hundreds of pounds on lunches a year.

“The Conservatives' promise of a free breakfast is cynical and clearly not designed to reach all children. They have set aside a meagre 7p per breakfast per child, the price of half a boiled egg or just one slice of bread with 12 baked beans.

“The Liberal Democrats will stand up against this mean-spirited vision of Britain and extend free school lunches to all primary school children."


Bexley youth hear Lib Dem plan for a brighter future

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Bexley young people heard how the Liberal Democrats would focus on youth with its policies on voting, housing, education and drugs policy.

A hustings in Thamesmead organised by Update News saw Drew Heffernan, candidate for Old Bexley & Sidcup, debate issues with candidates from Labour, the Conservatives, UKIP, the Green Party and an independent. 

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Meet the candidates - Drew Heffernan, Old Bexley & Sidcup

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Drew Heffernan is the candidate for Old Bexley & Sidcup.

Drew has worked in Special Needs for seven years at an ‘Outstanding’ rated school in West London, playing a key role as an autism specialist Learning Support Officer. Drew was also a governor at a North London primary school for several years and has seen first-hand the benefits of the Pupil Premium, a policy enacted by the Lib Dems in coalition.

Prior to that he studied Human Sciences at University College, London, the first in his family to attend University. Since moving to Bexley borough Drew has actively campaigned on behalf of local people. He co-founded the environmental campaign Divest Bexley which raises awareness of the risks to pensioners posed by Bexley Council’s investments in fossil fuels. The campaign now also raises awareness about the risks of flooding to Bexley homes and residents.

Drew has loved living in Bexley since he moved here in 2015, and is keen that it retains the green spaces, vibrant local economy and friendly people that makes it such a unique place to live. 

 

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Meet the candidates - Simone Reynolds, Bexleyheath & Crayford

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Simone Reynolds is the candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford.

Simone grew up in Kent before attending University College London in 1992 where she graduated with a degree in Ancient History/Egyptology. Simone then studied for a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at London Guildhall University. She has remained living in London and has been a Bexley resident since 2008.

Simone has worked in the mental health/social care field for over 20 years (including the NHS, social services and housing associations). Simone is currently working as a community mental health advocate for a mental health charity in Bexley and has done so for 8 years. This has given Simone much experience in this area particularly around the needs of the disabled and those with mental health problems.

Simone is mother to 2 children, both children attend mainstream state schools in Bexley.  Simone is therefore aware of the needs of families within the London Borough of Bexley.

Simone represented the Liberal Democrats in Bexley when she stood as their candidate for St Michael's ward in the 2016 Council by-elections.  She is currently Vice Chair of Bexley Liberal Democrats.


Lib Dems to triple pupil premium funding for children in Bexley

Hundreds of 3-4 year-olds in Bexley borough would benefit from Liberal Democrat plans to triple funding for the early years pupil premium, which gives extra cash to nurseries, preschools and schools when they take on children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Lib Dems would give Greater London Authority police force an extra £62m a year

Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year, reassuring Bexley residents concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour. This will help reverse the damage done by Theresa May's £2bn of cuts as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister which have severely compromised community policing in Bexley and Greater London.

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Bexley Lib Dem urges James Brokenshire to reject Hard Brexit manifesto

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate Drew Heffernan is urging Old Bexley & Sidcup MP James Brokenshire to reject Theresa May's Hard Brexit manifesto and instead pledge to protect the local economy by keeping Britain in the single market.

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Bexley Lib Dems ready for snap election

Bexley Liberal Democrats have announced the candidates who will fight the snap General Election on June 8th.

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