Archive for the ‘Local Issues’ Category

Homes, schools and street cleaning

by Anood Al-Samerai on 27 June, 2013

Last night saw Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Community Council. This now covers a huge area and makes it difficult to have very local decision making. However, we do our best and had constructive discussions about important issues. I was horribly struck that Labour Southwark really don’t seem to have got a grasp of what matters to residents […]

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Local democracy sham

by Anood Al-Samerai on 28 February, 2012

There has been a lot of talk recently about ‘democracy’ in Southwark. As the Leader of the Opposition on the council, it is my duty to scrutinise the decisions of the Labour administration and hold them to account. Labour say they are more democratic but sadly the evidence simply doesn’t back up their spin. Firstly […]

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SUMMIT: Southwark Cycling Crisis

by Anood Al-Samerai on 27 February, 2012

It is great that cycling is finally properly on the political agenda although sad that it comes after too many tragic accidents and fatalities. On Thursday 8th March at 7pm, Southwark Liberal Democrats are bringing together our local communities to discuss cycling in Southwark and London, and how our streets can be made safer and […]

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New year, new ideas

by Anood Al-Samerai on 1 January, 2012

I’m really proud of the excellent 2011 which Southwark Liberal Democrats have had. From holding our share of the vote in council by-elections; putting forward real alternatives to Labour’s cuts; and proposing excellent new policies about green manufacturing jobs, apprenticeships, parents mentoring, council housing and community councils, we’ve been an extremely effective opposition ensuring that Southwark Labour […]

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Southwark Muslim Women

by Anood Al-Samerai on 16 November, 2011

I have just had the most fantastic and inspiring visit to the Southwark Muslim Women’s Association. I was so impressed at the work which is done there to empower women through education. There was so much learning going on from basic English to ICT to how to run a business. Everyone in Southwark should be able to […]

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London Bridge station

by Anood Al-Samerai on 17 October, 2011

Over the last few months Liberal Democrat councillors have been working with our Leader on the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, to raise concerns from residents and businesses about Network Rail’s plans to redevelop London Bridge station. While most local people welcome plans to improve the station, there are a number of serious concerns about traffic […]

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Noisy Neighbours and Domestic Violence

by Anood Al-Samerai on 17 October, 2011

I have been having a look through the written answers to questions tabled at Southwark Council Assembly meeting last week and they make disturbing reading. The first worrying fact to emerge is in response to a question from my excellent and hard working Liberal Democrat colleague Councillor Geoffrey Thornton. Geoffrey has uncovered that nearly one […]

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Protecting our elderly residents

by Anood Al-Samerai on 19 April, 2011

You may remember that the Labour budget planned to close 10 of the 13 volutnary sector day centres in our borough. Thanks to pressure from committed campaigners and the Liberal Democrat council group a last minute stay of execution was allowed. Labour said they would use this time to consult with the providers of these […]

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Good news at Kingstairs Gardens

by Anood Al-Samerai on 22 February, 2011

I was very pleased to hear from Thames Water this morning that they have jointly purchased the Chambers Wharf brownfield site as an alternative to the green space of Kingstairs Gardens. As one of the local ward councillors for the area around Chambers Wharf, I know that residents there will have concerns and Lib Dem […]

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Protecting front line services for the most vulnerable

by Anood Al-Samerai on 11 February, 2011

Over the last couple of days I have been really moved by my visits to the day centre at Stones End and to the Irish Pensioners Project. These groups do not receive huge amounts of funding from the council, but they have just been told that they will lose 100% of their funding within 12 […]

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