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Southwark Liberal Democrat Watch

Lambeth Liberal Democrats say one thing in opposition and do something very different when in power. You only have to look at their record in Southwark to see what they would do in Lambeth if they ever got the keys to Lambeth town hall again.

* Southwark Liberal Democrats are planning to cut social services by £3m.

* Southwark Liberal Democrats are closing day care centres (just like the Liberal Democrats did previously in Lambeth!)

* Southwark Liberal Democrats have stopped listening to the public and banned deputations from Council meetings

* Southwark Liberal Democrats closed the Livesey Museum and tried to sell off the building

* Southwark Liberal Democrats closed Nunhead Community Centre

* Southwark Liberal Democrats left Camberwell leisure centre to rot

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Lambeth Liberal Democrats To Promote Brothels

Who would have thought that Ashley Lumsden, the disaster area that Lambeth Liberal Democrats call leader, would last night seek to deny his support for kerb-crawlers and instead call for licensed brothels in Lambeth in the same breath.

Lumsden apparently called for laws on kerb-crawling to be relaxed in 2004. 

Councillor Mark Bennett, one of Labour’s councillors, asked on 28 February 2007:

“The minutes of the November 2004 Leaders’ meeting of the Association of Local Government record the following “Councillor Ashley Lumsden (Liberal Democrat, Lambeth) pointed out that there was a long history of prostitutes operating in Lambeth and argued that criminalising users should be removed from the recommendations.” Given that kerb crawling provides the demand which keeps vulnerable women on the streets, and feeds prostitution that blights so many communities, will Councillor Lumsden accept that he is wrong to back the de-criminalisation of kerbcrawling?

To which Lumsden gave a long rambling ‘not-me-guv’ response which included this telling line:


“I put forward the view that genuine help for working women and men would be hindered by blanket criminalisation.”


Oops. But Lumsden’s mention of men does not make clear whether he meant the kerb crawlers, rent boys or pimps. 


I was sitting in the public gallery at last night’s full council when Cllr Donatus Anyanwu, another Labour councillor, asked Lumsden whether his party’s position in relation to kerb-crawling was to legalise it or to license brothels and whether his own position was in line with his party’s policy.


A quivering Lumsden gave a long, self-righteous sermon to the effect that he did not support legalising kerb crawling. (Remember, the Liberal Democrats turn round their policy positions like a weather vane.) 


He then shot himself in the foot by saying, and I quote: “I am in support of the Lib Dem policy of licensing small brothels.”


So a cloud of mystery remains over Lumsden’s real views on kerb-crawling, though we now know he is keen to see brothels flourishing on every street corner. 
 

Soft on crime or just soft in the head?

One thing everyone knows about the Liberal Democrats is they’re soft on crime.  Give them a choice between the victim and the criminal, and you’ll find the Liberal Democrats making excuses for the criminals every time. 

But the Liberal Democrats have been doing some homework.  They’ve hired pollsters who have told them the public don’t like parties that are soft on crime.  So they’re out to convince you they’ve changed their ways!  Only – they haven’t. 

The Liberal Democrats grabbed control of Lambeth Council shortly after the Government introduced anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs).  ASBOs are tools that can be used to hit criminals hard and get them locked up if they break its conditions.  So, of course, the Liberal Democrats refused to use them.  For three years the Liberal Democrats failed to issue a single ASBO against those responsible for crime and anti-social behaviour across Lambeth.

Worse, they tolerated crime in their own ranks.  When one of their own councillors was found out fiddling thousands of pounds in a housing benefit scam – they protected him.   When his guilt became so obvious even they couldn’t conceal it, they span out an investigation that ran to the end of their period in office nearly two years later without ever reaching a conclusion.   The courts eventually convicted him of public theft.   And who can forget how they hired a known fraudster and let him run off with £3 million of public money, ignoring residents who came to warn them what was going on.

Back in opposition, the Liberal Democrats are showing how little they’ve learnt from their election defeat.  When the Council came up with proposals to expand the neighbourhood police teams with extra uniformed officers, the Liberal Democrats campaigned against it.   Their own leader is on public record demanding the decriminalisation of kerb crawling. 

But they’ve just found out the public don’t like parties that are soft on crime so* they’ve decided to attack the Police with fake stories about local police stations being closed down.  You can see what they’re trying to do – but they’ve got it wrong again.  They don’t seem to understand that if you want to look tough on crime, you attack the criminals, not the police!  It’s easy to laugh at Liberal Democrats, only it’s not so funny when you wake up and find these clowns are running your local council.  

Liberal Democrats launch smear campaign against police

With people demanding more action in the fight against criminals, Lambeth’s Liberal Democrats have decided now is the time to start attacking the police!  Lib Dem councillors in Streatham have been flooding letterboxes with alarmist leaflets claiming the local police station is due to be closed down without being replaced – a claim the Borough Police commander flatly denies.  They continued their campaign despite knowing it’s not true because they think it’s a good way to con people into voting for them. 

Streatham Liberal Democrat councillors Brian Palmer and Julian Heather have been heading up the fake campaign.   They’re saying the police want to close Streatham Police Station and leave the area with no replacement.  The Police say the current police station, built over 100 years ago, is full of health and safety hazards and doesn’t have the space the police need to do their job properly using modern-day technology and equipment.  But they have given a cast-iron guarantee that NO decision has been taken to close the existing station – and no decision WILL EVER be taken to close it unless a superior replacement can be built in the town centre. 

But the Liberal Democrats never let a few facts get in the way of a good smear.  They know they are widely regarded as being soft on crime, so they think running a fake campaign twisting the truth about plans for the local police station will help turn their reputation round.  So, while the police get on with fighting the criminals, Lambeth Liberal Democrats have decided to fight the police.  

Hey, big spender! Boastful Lumsden’s not quite up to date

Looks like Liberal Democrat opposition leader on Lambeth Council, Ashley Lumsden, hasn’t updated his ‘Friends Reunited’ profile for a while.  The councillor – who is not known for his modesty – is still claiming to be running Lambeth Council two years after voters booted him and his party out of office in a landslide defeat.

Lumsden, who updated his profile just hours after winning election in 2002, tells the world that he’s “a councillor on Lambeth Council representing Streatham Hill ward”.  So far, so good.  He continues: “following election wins in 2002 I’m now Executive Member for Finance in charge of a turnover of about one billion pounds.”  Well, there’s one in the eye for all those other schoolboys who gave Ashley such a rough time of it at school in Surrey! 

Quick though he was to boast about his newfound importance in 2002, Lumsden neglects to tell his old school chums how after putting council tax up 40% and losing £3 million in the biggest housing fraud case in British local government history, his cunning election strategy led the Liberal Democrats to their biggest defeat in the country in 2006.  Still, no point giving those rough boys from school any more ammunition, is there?   

Liberal Democrats attempt to buy Streatham parliamentary seat

A millionaire Liberal Democrat is attempting to buy the Streatham parliamentary seat. A lack of support from local people means that he is bank rolling the use of a delivery firm to bombard residents with leaflets.

These photographs were taken shortly after a fresh leaflet, full of Lib Dem lies, had fallen through the door of a local supporter. You can be assured that the leaflet was soon in the recycle bin and will without doubt be shortly turned into toilet paper.

Welcome to the home of exposing Lambeth Lib Dems

Lambeths Liberal Democrats have a history of saying one thing and doing the opposite. Council tax rose faster and higher in Lambeth under the Lib Dems, however in opposition they claim they would not increase it!!!

In the run up to the next general election we will expose their millionaire candidate who has been brought in to buy the Streatham seat.

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