The Liberal Democrats have totally lost the plot on the whole Cllr David Clues situation. The Willesden and Brent Times are now reporting that the Councillor who has been living in Brighton since December 2011 will step down in November so that his post can be held with the next set of elections – LINK
The next elections will be in May 2014.
On Dispatches, it was revealed by Cllr Clues that his allowances have been channelled to the Brent Liberal Democrats.
The Lib Dems cry about election costs to the taxpayer but in 2012, we called for him to resign and have the elections held on the same day as the May London 2012 elections – LINK
Instead, the Lib Dems chose to do nothing and accept this standard of Councillor commitment.
I can reveal that the whip has also failed to act with no response received to date on the email pictured below.
What a load of yellow mess. The Lib Dems should publicly apologise for this shameful situation.
The Willesden and Brent Times is reporting that a whopping seven out of their 16 Councillors plan to step down at the next local elections – LINK
The Party locally looks to be in complete meltdown as the Independent reported in their article titled “Lib Dems suffer plunge in party membership” (LINK) that the largest drop in membership of the Liberal Democrats came in Brent where they “saw 42 per cent of activists quit in the space of 12 months.”
The Times article also says that my Co Councillor of the Liberal Democrats, David Clues, who has been living in Brighton since December 2011 will not be putting himself up for election in 2014 in Brent. He still refuses to resign despite this scandal!
In an extraordinary leaflet delivered to residents in Brent today, Brent Central Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather really insults the intelligence of the people of Brent.
The leaflet in newspaper format is produced by the Liberal Democrats and is called Brent News. The imprint is barely visible. On the front page of the leaflet, the main story attacks Mayor of London Boris Johnson for the proposed Police Station closures at Harlesden and Willesden. This is despite the fact that Sarah Teather voted to cut police numbers LINK
In addition, it is claimed that “Brent News is fully behind Sarah’s campaign to save our stations”. Wait a minute….. a Sarah Teather publication is behind Sarah Teather’s campaign????
Does Sarah Teather think that people in Brent are stupid and would think this is a Brent non-party political neutral publication?
The Liberal Democrat published ‘Brent News’ also claims to have an exclusive interview with Sarah Teather MP.
This is from the same party that produced this LINK
Expect more gutter politics leaflets from the Brent Liberal Democrats over the next two years as they aim to hold on to their seats over the next two years.
Last night, I submitted an official letter to the planning department at Brent Council on the Queensbury pub development. This was part of my submission to consider as evidence for the planning decision on whether to approve or reject plans brought forward to the Council’s planning department.
I understand concerns in the local community about this pub. The pub is outside of my ward, but I know that it is important to many who live in the ward. I do agree that it is one of the more decent establishments of its kind in the local area. I was personally unaware of the activity for children being run at the Queensbury but from a weblink supplied by a constituent, it does appear that a lot of positive activity does happen – LINK.
I must admit, I am not aware of the legal detail of the transaction and whether or not the developers actually now legally own the site now.
It is a complicated situation as for something like this to happen, obviously some legal agreement and transaction may have already taken place between developers and the pub. Therefore, the situation as it is, means that the pub site may now be in actual ownership of a housing developer. This makes it difficult to continue the building as the much loved pub that it is today. This is unless the housing developer wants to run it as a pub rather than develop the site it seeks to or already has acquired.
I’m unsure and not very optimistic that a housing developer would want to go into the business of running pubs.
Nonetheless, I have objected to the plan as proposed currently on separate grounds because of the lack of consideration shown to disabled people in the plans. For me, the development does not supply enough wheelchair accessible housing and I have written to the planning department at Brent Council regarding this proposal to consider my evidence with view to rejecting the planning proposal.
The planning application for the new Willesden Green Cultural Centre which was submitted in May has been withdrawn. A new application will be submitted to Brent Council later in the year. In order to provide more time to refine the design for the new cultural centre to meet our specification, Galliford Try have now withdrawn the existing planning application.
The Council and Galliford Try will now extend the consultation period for the redevelopment and use the summer months to hold further engagement activities with local people and other stakeholders. These will include the design of the new cultural centre and the activities that people want to see in the building once it is complete.
The aim is to work towards a scheme to be considered by the planning committee by December 2012. The financial parameters of the project remain unchanged – ie. we will be delivering a Cultural Centre at no net capital cost to the Council.
The initial design proposals were the subject of consultation over several months and had already been amended in response to residents’ feedback.
Cllr George Crane, Brent Councillor for Regeneration and Major Projects said: “We want this project to help kick start regeneration for the whole of the Willesden area.”
“We are absolutely committed to delivering a top class building for all of the residents in the borough and this is still our intention. Development opportunities like this don’t come along every day and we are quite prepared to delay things if the end result is a better facility for local people. This redevelopment has never been a foregone conclusion as some people have claimed and this extra time for discussion demonstrates that. “
“From the outset we have always been clear that residents were at the heart of this project, it needs to be at no capital cost and result in a quality development – these principles remain unchanged.”
Tony Blackburn, Land Director at Galliford Try, added: “This will be a landmark building serving the local community. As such, we want to ensure that we get it absolutely right and that what we deliver reflects the aspirations of the community, and in particular of those who will use its outstanding facilities. If it takes a little more time, then it will be worth it”.
Details about the consultation and engagement events will be publicised in due course.
Personally, I do not see an issue with his move so much, as he has to be fair, been attending meetings, area forums etc in Brent. He is reported to be living in Barnet, which isn’t actually far away from Brent.
On the other hand, we have Lib Dem Cllr David Clues. He has been living in Brighton since 8th December 2011. He has not been responding to emails, has no surgery in the ward, does not attend ward meetings such as Ward Panel with the local Police team, does not attend ward priority setting meetings, Ward working meetings where we have been fleshing out ideas as to what we want in Dudden Hill.
On Tuesday, I was delighted to attend the Diamond Jubilee celebration at the Willesden Swaminarayan Temple.
It was great to see members of the Gujarati community which I am a part of celebrate along side local residents and Brent’s elected representatives, including Councillors and our local Brent and Harrow London Assembly Member Navin Shah.
I’ve blogged before about the curious activities of the Brent Liberal Democrat conniving promotion tactics and the con tricks they use here LINK. This is becoming usual practice when it comes to the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Dollis Hill by-election Alison Hopkins.
Here I blogged about how the Lib Dems use her and plant her in stories in the local press as a “local resident” when she is a known activist for Nick Clegg’s Party as she even stood as a Council candidate in the 2010 Brent local elections as a Liberal Democrat candidate – LINK.
Well it seems a quote from the Lib Dem was planted as coming from a “resident” in late February, when leaflets were going around in Dollis Hill Ward promoting Alison Hopkins.
The Willesden and Brent Times have since realised this and pulled the quote from the online version of the article – but obviously it is impossible to amend printed versions of the article. They have sorrily explained that they did not know at the time she was a known local Lib Dem activist.
The Brent Labour Party was joined by Shadow Minister for Public Health Diane Abbott MP on Thursday 23rd February in a campaign to Save The NHS. Hundreds signed the Labour petition to save the NHS in Willesden Green. Doctors, nurses and patients all around the country have called for the Government’s flagship Health and Social Care Bill to be dropped.
The Bill would allow provision for 49% of public facilities to be used by the private sector and would allow services to be delivered by “any willing provider”. This means that hospitals will be able use around half their hospital beds and theatre time for private patients and could lead to waiting lists going up as NHS beds are being used by private patients.
Instead of wasting billions on this damaging reorganisation, Labour would save this money and protect the jobs of 6,000 nurses. Diane Abbott come to Brent to personally hand in a letter to Government Minister Sarah Teather MP and called on her to use her influence to do the right thing for patients in this country and Drop the Bill.
There is overwhelming anger and opposition in Brent to the Tory Liberal Government’s top down reorganisation of the NHS. This is exactly what David Cameron said he wouldn’t do before he became Prime Minister. People don’t want a health service that puts profit before patients. They want to know that in their time of need, the NHS will be there for them.