Who knows our area best?

by Anood Al-Samerai on 17 September, 2014

As Liberal Democrats, we believe that local people should make their own decisions about their communities. That’s why we introduced community councils and why we gave them funding and decision making powers. We believe that you know your street best. Over the next few weeks there are a couple of Lib Dem introduced opportunities for […]

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From tobacco to trees and everything in between

by Anood Al-Samerai on 10 September, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of evenings with the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Monday and the Keetons Tenants and Residents Association last night. My colleagues and I have been successful in forcing the council to look again at the control freak neighbourhood planning decision. We also pushed the Labour Leader of the council on […]

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Labour Council ignores local neighbourhoods

by Anood Al-Samerai on 6 September, 2014

It’s such a shame that the Labour Council has just completely ignored the areas put forwards by local residents for neighbourhood plans and drawn their own boundaries instead. It’s a classic ‘we know best’ decision in which they say that the neighbourhoods where residents say they live are not ‘coherent’. Sounds patronising and I don’t […]

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Supporting businesses and the voluntary sector

by Anood Al-Samerai on 30 July, 2014

This has always been a key priority for me as a local Liberal Democrat councillor and Leader of our council group. This week I sent the letter below to the Council Leader to follow up various discussions which I have been having and to push for progress. Dear Peter, I am following up a comment which […]

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Labour’s flagship policy– and the backbone of their local election campaign in May – has been a claim they will build 11,000 new council homes in the borough. Now the local elections are over, there are growing suspicions they are rowing back on the plans… The announcement of a new house-building programme first came at […]

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Local election results

by Anood Al-Samerai on 24 May, 2014

It’s been an emotional couple of days, to be honest! I am delighted to have been re-elected to serve the people of Riverside ward with Eliza Mann and Hamish McCallum. My deepest thanks to local residents for choosing us to represent them at the council and I promise that we will always fight on their […]

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Vision for Southwark

by Anood Al-Samerai on 28 March, 2014

This week we had our final full council meeting of the four year term and it was all quite emotional. I am very sad that long serving Lib Dem councillors are standing down and I wish them all the very best for their next chapters. The theme of the meeting was Vision for Southwark and […]

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Lib Dems manifesto is carefully costed and visionary

by Anood Al-Samerai on 3 March, 2014

Last week saw the Liberal Democrats put forwards our manifesto and opposition budget. At all our council meetings, whether it has been the green theme, older people or businesses, time and time again Liberal Democrats show that we are the ones with new and radical ideas for the future of this borough. The budget meeting […]

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Our latest submission to the Thames Water Planning Inquiry

by Anood Al-Samerai on 12 February, 2014

Further Written submission on Thames Tideway Tunnel application Southwark Liberal Democrat council group, 12th February 2014  Dear Mr Wilson, Thank you for all the work which you and your colleagues are doing to support this process. Councillor Eliza Mann and I have spoken at recent hearings and attended part of the Chambers Wharf site visit. […]

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Season’s Greetings

by Anood Al-Samerai on 23 December, 2013

I’m really looking forward to spending time with friends and family this Christmas. But the work in Riverside Ward and Southwark as a whole won’t stop for long. I’m very proud to have consistently gone on about affordable housing this year as it really is the biggest challenge for residents in our borough. People are […]

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