“Hackney Rise”

How do you unseat an MP of 27 years with a 14,000 majority? You might do it with poetry. Simon de Deney, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, a Stoke Newington based actor and writer, is taking a new approach to political campaigning.

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Lib Dems launch manifesto priorities


Education, NHS funding and further tax cuts for low-paid workers are among five policy areas Liberal Democrats will focus on at the general election - and any subsequent negotiations in another hung parliament.

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"Save Our Markets" says Pauline


Liberal Democrat campaigner and "Hackney Heroine," Pauline Pearce has challenged town hall bosses over their neglect and degradation of Hackney's markets - particularly the historic but threatened Kingsland Waste Market.

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No Place for Anti-Semitism in Hackney, says Simon


Lib Dem campaigner, Simon de Deney has lodged a formal police complaint over plans by far-right activists to stage a protest against the "jewification" of Stamford Hill. "This is a clear attack on Jewish residents of Hackney and our community as a whole," says Simon

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Lib Dems propose Five Green Laws to make the Environment a Priority


Liberal Democrats will introduce five new laws to make Britain greener and protect the natural environment, says prospective Hackney South candidate, Ben Mathis. The measures include action to tackle air- and water pollution, targets for renewable energy and cutting CO2 emissions and boosting recycling and cutting waste.

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Labour MP backs Lib Dem calls to publish Iraq report before the Election


The Liberal Democrats were the only major political party to oppose Labour's Iraq War in 2003 and have been pushing ever since for the Iraq Inquiry to get to truth behind the invasion. Faced with yet more delays, Lib Dem members of the government have called for the publication of the Chilcot Report before the election. Now a Hackney Labour MP has added her voice to ours.

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Stephen Knight AM: Fire station redevelopment should be for social purposes


London Assembly Lib Dem, Stephen Knight has been praised for his stance against the Mayor's plans to sell-off the fire stations he has closed - despite public protest. Lib Dems say the sites should be redeveloped for the good of local communities.

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80% of Londoners back Cycle Superhighway plans, Lib Dem Caroline tells Boris


The issue of the planned Cycle Superhighways came up at November’s Mayor’s Question Time following a question by Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the London Assembly's Transport Committee – including the issue of whether Canary Wharf Group’s Finance Director Peter Anderson, who is also a TfL board member, should play a role in any decision made by the TfL Finance and Policy committee who are to discuss the superhighways next week. 


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New London Fares Structure - Renew NOW


TfL's new fare structure will deliver a better deal for part-time workers, after pressure from Lib Dems. Daily Oyster fare caps are now set at 20% the cost of a week - giving the same saving as commuters who buy a weekly ticket. The overall fare rise will be 2.5% over 2014.

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Lib Dems celebrate two million apprentices

4,700 young people in Hackney are among the record two million apprentices who have started training since 2010 thanks to Lib Dem action in government.


Hackney South parliamentary campaigner, Ben Mathis welcomed the milestone:

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