Vital medicines funding needed now for all our NHS patients

Ahead of the general election, our pharmaceutical industry has warned that the UK risks becoming a “desert for healthcare innovation” if the next government fails to invest sufficient resources.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) calls for an increase in health spending from 9.9% to 11% of GDP – which amounts to a sum of £20bn a year.

Lisa Anson, president of the ABPI commented: “This General Election comes at a critical juncture. Do we want to improve NHS patient outcomes and ensure Britain continues to be a global player in Life Sciences, or run the risk of the UK becoming a desert for healthcare innovation?”

This is yet another crucially important economic and employment sector that could suffer competitively post-Brexit without the strategic investment to deliver vital new drugs and products for our NHS patients. The Lib Dems have called for a penny on income tax.

Remember the Leave line about the Brexit bus that would deliver £350 million a week to our economy if the UK left the EU? A picture can be found below. The Tory driver is meanwhile still missing in action….

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Sevenoaks Lib Dems call for all Kent schools to be properly funded

Kent primary school heads and governors tell us that many of our local schools now face a funding crisis.  The Government’s new national funding formula means that they will lose teachers.

Kent County Council must find the money to fund our schools properly.  Imposing austerity on the youngest and most vulnerable is, in our view, and we hope yours, unacceptable.

The next generation needs the best education for all, to give everyone the skills they need to be more productive.

Cutting education funding makes that harder to do.

A vote for Liberal Democrats is a vote for proper funding of our schools.

Richard Streatfeild, Lib Dem County Council Candidate for Sevenoaks South 

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Knole Academy  14 teachers £499k

St Johns 4 teachers £134k

Sevenoaks Primary 4 teachers £164k

Lady Boswell 2 teachers £80k

St Thomas 2 teachers £63k

Seal 2 teachers £55k

Riverhead 3 teachers £104k

Amherst 3 teachers £105k

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Tory NHS failures affecting more Sevenoaks & Swanley patients everyday

The Tory government’s failure to tackle lack of access to GPs and ambulance delays have been criticised in two scathing reports by the Public Accounts Committee.

The first report finds that despite the Conservative government’s target to recruit 5,000 more GPs, the overall number of GPs has reduced in the last year and problems with staff retention have continued. Meanwhile just 58% of patient transfers were completed within 15 minutes in 2015–16, compared to 80% in 2010–11.

This is a damning indictment of this government’s record on the NHS, which has left patients suffering from longer waits for GP appointments and severe ambulance delays. Targets to recruit more GPs and ambulance staff have been woefully missed.

Soaring numbers of people are unable to get GP appointments when they need one, heaping yet more pressure on A&Es already struggling to cope with rising demand.

This is a catastrophic legacy that is only set to get worse as the Conservative’s Hard Brexit agenda blows a hole in the public finances.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party prepared to take tough decisions to secure the future of the NHS and social care, including raising taxes to pay for the services patients deserve.

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Alan Bullion to defend Sevenoaks and Swanley against Fallon’s ‘Total Brexit’

Dr Alan Bullion will be the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Sevenoaks and Swanley, standing up for local people against a Tory Hard Brexit.

Alan works in business reports publishing and has also taught for the Open University. He stood in Sevenoaks and Swanley at the 2015 and 2010 general elections, and in Hammersmith & Fulham in 2005. He was also a County Council candidate for Swanley & Hextable in 2009.

Alan was born at Pembury Hospital, brought up on the Higham Wood council estate in Tonbridge, and attended Tunbridge Wells Technical High School for Boys, where he later become a governor. As a mature student he achieved an Open University degree and wrote a PhD on the Tamil Tigers at the University of Southampton, published as an academic book.

He worked for 20 years at Hodder & Stoughton publishers in Dunton Green, near Sevenoaks. Then at the New Statesman selling advertising space. More recently he has worked in Tunbridge Wells for Agra Europe, and now commutes to Informa in London.

Alan is an active campaigner on disability, having suffered life-long from motor dyspraxia, and also works on LGBT+, mental health, and human rights issues. Better education, environmental issues, food and farming, healthcare, housing provision, rural and social services and public transport are among his main political interests.

Alan is also passionately pro-European and a regular speaker to local schools and colleges on citizenship issues. He is also a member of the Campaign for Real Ale, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, European Movement, National Union of Journalists, and the United Nations Association.

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Local Lib Dem dad stands up for the people of Gravesham

James Willis, an active member of Gravesham Liberal Democrats and a local Councillor for Heath Ward in Maidstone, will be the 2017 Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for the constituency of Gravesham.

He grew up in Gravesend before moving to Maidstone for family reasons, and was elected a councillor in 2014, against the grain at a difficult time for the party. On the Borough Council he has specialised in Transport issues and Planning. He has weekly meetings with residents to deal with any concerns they have.

James’s keen interest in transport issues was shown when he stood in the 2010 general election in Dartford. He ran a successful campaign to stop the Dartford Crossing being privatised and won over 7,000 votes. He is now working with others looking for innovative ideas to tackle congestion in North Kent and improve public transport and connectivity links across the river.

His personal experiences make him a committed advocate for inclusive education and better mental health provision. At school, his progress was hindered by a hidden disability – ADHD. It was only fairly recently that he got a diagnosis and treatment which has helped him to lead a fulfilling life as a small businessman in office communications, a councillor and a father.

James passionately believes that too many children are let down by an education system which does not support them with their difficulties and enable them to reach their full potential.

He wants education resources to be made available to all as opposed to Theresa May’s plans for new grammar schools for the few. He will be a committed advocate for the children let down by the system and for their parents.

James also knows the stresses that can give rise to mental health problems. He backs Lib Dem former Health Minister Norman Lamb’s calls for a cross-party approach to tackle these issues.

James knows full well the problems that have been caused by Tory failures to tackle problems of transport, housing, health and education. He is pleased now to return to Gravesend, to campaign for a better deal for the people of Gravesham.

Contact Mobile: 07838 103350

Email: jameswillis322@btinternet.com

Twitter: commutingchaos@twitter.com

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SEVENOAKS FUTURE STARTS WITH YOU!

Lib Dems asked what you want for Sevenoaks

When we asked in our survey, you said priorities are:

  • Safer streets, action volume and speed of traffic, and air pollution, especially round schools
  • Protection for open spaces in Sevenoaks and the green belt around it
  • Better transport, schools, medical and other services
  • Affordable homes in Sevenoaks, and improved facilities for young and old

Will you vote Lib Dem on Thursday May 4th to make it happen?

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Alan Bullion welcomes FSB report on Brexit and loss of EU workers

Sevenoaks and Swanley Lib Dems respond to FSB report on Brexit and loss of EU workers.

One in five small firms in the United Kingdom employ workers from the European Union and 59% of these are worried about accessing people with the skills they need post-Brexit, according to research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

13% of small businesses with employees from the EU would consider moving their business abroad if there were additional barriers to recruiting EU workers, it says.

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman for Sevenoaks and Swanley said:

“This report shows small firms are set to bear the brunt of Theresa May’s divisive Tory Hard Brexit.

The reckless decision to leave the single market and not to guarantee the rights of EU workers has plunged small businesses into uncertainty, with many now even considering moving abroad.

Meanwhile, skilled EU workers who contribute to our economy, pay their taxes and help fund our public services are being made to feel unwelcome.

The Conservatives have lost any right to call themselves the party of business. These elections are a chance to change the direction of our country and protect the economy from a disastrous hard Brexit.”

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Your Liberal Democrat Candidates for Kent County Council

Your Liberal Democrat Candidates for Kent County Council

Tony Clayton – Sevenoaks Town

Tony has lived in Sevenoaks with his family since 1983. He has worked with businesses in Britain and round the world, helping them grow new ideas. He worked in government on business policy under Vince Cable.

Tony is a Town councillor, and has served as District councillor, and as Mayor of Sevenoaks. He oversaw the design of Blighs Meadow shops and worked on conservation areas – including Hartslands and Wildernesse. Tony supports commuters as chair of Sevenoaks Rail Traveller’s Association.

His priorities will be safer streets, especially the routes our children use to school, reducing traffic noise and keeping the air where you live safe to breath, and building up care in our local hospital to serve local people close to home, and fixing streets and pavements, using your money more effectively.

Merilyn Canet – Sevenoaks West

Merilyn was brought up on a Sundridge farm and has lived here most of her life. She worked in the local health service, currently serves as Town and District councillor and has been Mayor of Sevenoaks. Merilyn started air quality monitoring here, and boosted reecycling. She is trustee of a local school. and also work on creating better opportunities for older people through the Seniors Action Forum.

Merylin is passionate about cleaning up the air in blackspots from Westerham to Riverhead, in streets where people live and children go to school, She wants to make sure that all children can get the good quality education they need close to home. Merilyn works with Sevenoaks Rail Travellers to help commuters and also the many young and older people who use our rail services to travel locally.

Richard Streatfeild – Sevenoaks South

Richard grew up in Chiddingstone, where his family has lived for over 500 years, and he lives and works there now.

He is Chair of Chiddingstone Parish Council. In that role, over the last three years, the Council has helped to make a stronger rural economy, bringing High Speed Broadband to the area and working with Crockham Hill Community Interest Company. He has supported our farming and tourist industry through planning and grants, helped the Sports Association refurbish the sports pavilion in Chiddingstone through grants from the Parish Council and KCC and provided a public works loan for a new village hall in Chiddingstone Causeway.

Richard wants to work with all the Town and Parish Councils to help the local economy and community, but particularly to help to maintain Edenbridge High Street as a thriving economic hub for the whole area.

Krish Shanmuganathan – Sevenoaks North & Darent Valley  

Krish Shanmuganathan was born in Dartford – and his family worked in the NHS locally. He came back to Farningham after working overseas, first representing Britain as a diplomat and then setting up the international offices of a small growing British company.

Krish now chairs a children’s charity and runs his own consultancy company. He is an independent thinker and voice, not associated with any political elite. He comes with fresh ideas to help residents get heard on Kent County Council and for the council to communicate better with residents.

Krish will seek to work with all local councils to ensure that the local economies are supported in the event of a hard Brexit, take action on the traffic and air pollution issues in the area, and protect the green spaces which keeps our towns and villages distinct whilst promoting better public transports links to London and nearby towns.

John Owen Jones – Swanley

John Owen Jones lives in White Oak ward. He champions health, social welfare and environmental issues.

John has promised to be a full time County Councillor for the people of Swanley and Hextable. He would also ensure that all expenses paid go to local good causes.

John wants to protect the historic trees at the Woodlands and other green lungs of our community with tree preservation orders. He will fight to keep the Orchards open and not sold off by the Tories for housing.

He will also fight for health and welfare services to be delivered much closer to where people live, not centralised at hospitals many miles away.

John will champion safer streets and traffic calming, more road crossings, and 20 mph zones for schools. He wants to fix our roads properly, spend more money on their upkeep, and make sure infrastructure is in place for any new developments. This includes improved bus and rail services for Swanley and Hextable.

Polling Day is Thursday May 4th 2017  Polls open from 7am to 10pm

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No deals, no coalitions, no Tory Hard Brexit for Sevenoaks and Swanley

We welcome Lib Dem leader Tim Farron’s firm general election policy pledge.

No pacts, no coalitions with parties who would compromise on opposing a Hard Brexit for the UK, said Alan Bullion, Lib Dem Parliamentary Spokesman for Sevenoaks and Swanley.

The Labour Party is all over the shop on Brexit. Its so-called Brexit plan has more holes than a colander.

Labour has effectively handed the Tories a blank cheque on Brexit. It is manifestly failing to protect the UK economy by dragging the UK out of the Single Market. They are likewise failing the British people by refusing to give them a say on the final deal, in marked contrast to the Lib Dems.

And if Labour were serious about protecting the rights of EU citizens, why didn’t they stand up for them when they had the chance in Parliament? Instead they chose to sit on their hands and abstain.

As for the Tories, reports that the Government are offering email alerts for EU nationals seeking information on their right to stay show a callous disregard.

If this is meant to reassure EU citizens who have made Britain their home then it has completely failed. We all know that the Home Office is struggling to cope with the number of applications flooding in but the Government could easily cut the bureaucracy.

The Government must overhaul and simplify the registration process for EU nationals. An 85 page form is ludicrous – causing huge burdens for the applicants and the system.

This Conservative Brexit Government’s refusal to guarantee EU nationals the right to stay, their refusal to guarantee a future for millions who contribute to our economy and society shows that the nasty party are back.

The Liberal Democrats are the only party offering a clear way to stay in the EU.

Giving the people a say on the final Brexit deal is the best way of avoiding the Hard Brexit that Theresa May is driving us towards.

Remember, Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon switched from Remain to ‘Total Brexit’.  It is the Tories that are offering voters their own ‘Coalition of Chaos’  and are divided on this vital issue.

Send a Strong Message to Theresa May and her Tories.

Vote Lib Dem both in the County and General Elections to stop a Tory Hard Brexit for Sevenoaks and Swanley.

Contact: action@sevenoakslibdems.org.uk  action@swanleylibdems.org.uk

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Lib Dems will help Kent Care Better

Lib Dems will help Kent Care Better

Liberal Democrats want;

– More funds to care for elderly and vulnerable people paid for by 1p on National Insurance.

– To value the work of care workers by paying a fair wage.

– To keep hospitals local;  too many closures result in service which is too far for residents to travel.

We are the local voice in defending our NHS as free at the point of delivery.

Is this what you want for the NHS and care services?

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