Building a Better Future: our homes

47,507.

That’s the number of people in City & East currently waiting for council homes. A number that has continued to rise under a failing Labour and Conservative leadership on our Councils. Through incompetence, ignorance and neglect that’s the number that will define them.

Although the Councils have ignored that number, I can’t do the same. Because where some see a growing number, I see people in need. Put simply, the current Councils aren’t listening; the Labour party isn’t listening, but I am. Because 47,507 isn’t just a number for the Councils to ignore — it is our friends, our family and our neighbours. Everyone should have the opportunity to call somewhere home and I’m grateful that City & East is mine.

That’s why I’m running for the GLA and this is my plan, a Liberal Democrat plan, for our homes:

Crackdown on Rogue Landlords.

I believe that it’s time to stand up to rogue landlords who exploit the London housing crisis. That’s why I’m working with Liberal Democrats across London on a licensing scheme that will stop Rogue Landlords from taking advantage of innocent tenants. This will protect local residents from the unsafe, unhealthy and unfair rental practices that are hurting our community. It will mean that every single privately rented home meets the high standards that you and your family deserve.

Build Truly Affordable Homes.

In Tower Hamlets, to have any hope of getting an affordable home you’ll need a minimum household income of about £31,000. Yet the median income is less than £30,000 and 20% of families live on £15,000 a year or less. This grossly unrealistic figure proves how out of touch the Councils are. We need new ideas, new leadership and a new definition so that everyone has the opportunity to buy or rent truly affordable homes.

Social Housing Before Second Homes.

I believe that homes for local people should be built before luxury penthouses for foreign investors. Local families are being priced out of the area, which means the next generation of families have no chance of getting on the housing ladder. While wealthy investors can have a seat at the table, they shouldn’t get to buy every chair. That’s why every new housing development needs to have at least 50% social housing. Local residents should come first and they should never be ignored.

Our future can be better and brighter. A future with a new definition of affordable housing so that everyone can call somewhere home. A future where rogue landlords no longer exploit the innocent tenants just trying to make rent. A future where local people come before wealthy tycoons. It won’t be easy, but together we can build that future.

You have a choice. You can accept things as they are, or you can vote for change. Together we can build a better future. Vote for that future on May 5th. Vote Elaine Bagshaw for our City and East and Caroline Pidgeon and the Liberal Democrats for London.

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Building a Better Future: the environment

Just as it’s critical that we stop climate change, it’s also important that we protect the air we breathe. For too long, too many in Westminster have argued that we have to choose between our environment and our economy. I reject that false choice. I believe that we can and we must create a future where we balance a sustainable planet with economic prosperity. Where our streets are clean and our air is too. This is my plan, a Liberal Democrat plan, for our environment.

Ban Dirty Diesel.

Everyone deserves to breathe clean air. I’ll work with Liberal Democrats across London to fight for clean air by banning the dirty diesel that pollutes our atmosphere and endangers our health. We must find a way to keep London moving without compromising our standard of life.

Support the Cycling Bridge.

I’m proud to be part of a city that wants to incorporate the needs of cyclists with a dedicated bridge. We need to promote alternative transportation methods which is why I support the proposal to create an important new link between homes in Rotherhithe and jobs in Canary Wharf.

Streets We Can Be Proud Of.

We shouldn’t be confronted by dumped rubbish; dirty mattresses and overflowing bins. That’s why I’ll take some simple, effective steps to make sure you’re living in a clean and attractive borough. Steps like allowing council reports to be made through social media and working with neighbouring boroughs to improve the efficiency of services.

We need a representative who can face the challenges of today and seize the opportunities of our future. A future where diesel doesn’t cost us the earth. A future where clean air is a right for us all. A future where our streets are clean and our Council listens. That can be our future.

You have a choice. You can accept things as they are, or you can vote for change. Together we can build a better future. Vote for that future on May 5th. Vote Elaine Bagshaw for our City and East and Caroline Pidgeon and the Liberal Democrats for London.

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Building a Better Future: education

The City & East Councils have left our boroughs with high youth unemployment, under-funded apprenticeships and limited school places. This may be our present. But it doesn’t have to be our future.

I have the courage to stand up to outdated ideas. The leadership to turn adversity into opportunity. And a vision to support the next generation. This is my plan, a Liberal Democrat plan, for our future.

A School Place For Every Child.

I believe that success begins in the classroom. That’s why Liberal Democrats will invest in early childhood education and support the building of new schools in City and East so that every child will have the best start they can in life.

Free School Meals.

A true commitment to education means providing children with everything they need to succeed. In government, the Liberal Democrats fought to bring free school meals to every child and we’ll continue the fight to for them on the London Assembly.

Investing in Apprenticeships.

I’ll fight to invest in London’s future workforce by expanding apprenticeships to help local residents get the skills, qualifications and confidence they need for a successful career.

To truly invest in education we need a representative who can face the challenges of today and seize the opportunities of our future. A future where every child gets the support they need to do our community proud. A future where this generation gives a break to the next. That can be our future.

You have a choice. You can accept things as they are, or you can vote for change. Together we can build a better future. Vote for that future on May 5th. Vote Elaine Bagshaw for our City and East and Caroline Pidgeon and the Liberal Democrats for London.

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Building a Better Future: transport

I believe we must invest in London’s future with bold, new transport initiatives to keep London moving in the twenty-first century. The policies I’ve laid out not only reduce the congestion of the morning commute, but also have significant benefits to air quality and public health.

Half Price Before Half Seven.

Half price fares before 7:30am will keep London moving and provide better transportation to support our communities. This will help some of our City’s lowest paid workers and help tackle overcrowding by encouraging people to start their journeys before 7:30am.

A Sensible Approach to Uber.

Technology and innovation have triggered a fundamental change in our city’s transport systems and there’s no going back. We must adapt our policies to a new and changing world while holding fast to our bedrock principles of fairness and competition.

Better Airports for London.

London needs better run airports, not bigger airports. By making use of the spare runway capacity in the South East, we can ensure that the UK keeps its excellent international connections.

Our city needs a representative who can seize the opportunities of today to build a better future. A future where the morning commute is made a little easier and costs a little less. A future where we embrace technology while promoting an equal playing field. A future for London on the move. That can be our future.

You have a choice. You can accept things as they are, or you can vote for change. Together we can build a better future. Vote for that future on May 5th. Vote Elaine Bagshaw for our City and East and Caroline Pidgeon and the Liberal Democrats for London.

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Building a Better Future: reducing crime

I believe that when people are safe and secure they are more likely to play a positive role in their communities and succeed in life. My plan to tackle crime will support local police officers and help lessen the violence our community faces. Together, we can work to reduce risk, prevent threats and support victims. I’m committed to working towards a London where every child is safe and every person sleeps a little easier. Here’s my plan, a Liberal Democrat plan, for our future:

Stop Racial Targeting.

Keeping our community safe is a priority shared by us all, yet the current stop and search procedures continue to unfairly target minorities. It’s time to end the racial discrimination of these practices and promote safety through inclusion, not danger by division

Tackle Knife Crime.

As police budgets shrink, London’s knife crime grows. Increasing 14% under Boris Johnson, we can no longer afford the irresponsible policies of the Conservatives. They’re harming our community and putting our young people at risk.

Curb Anti-Social Behaviour.

We need an anti-social behaviour policy that confronts the problem today and prevents it tomorrow. That’s why I’ll fight to balance our immediate policing efforts with a long-term investment in youth services.

I have no illusions that this will be easy. Creating a safer future will take a huge amount of effort and support from the whole community. But I know it’s a future worth fighting for. A future where the streets are safe for everyone. A future where we commit to tackling knife crime and promote a strong sense of community. It’s a future that can be ours and a future that we deserve.

You have a choice. You can accept things as they are, or you can vote for change. Together we can build a better future. Vote for that future on May 5th. Vote Elaine Bagshaw for our City and East and Caroline Pidgeon and the Liberal Democrats for London.

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Building a Better Future: Europe

Our country faces a choice. A choice between in or out. A choice between leading or leaving. A choice between community or isolation. I’m proud to support the #StrongerIn campaign and a Britain that has a seat at the table and a voice in the room. Here’s why:

Stronger Economy.

Being part of Europe makes our economy stronger. It helps British businesses small and large, creates jobs for British people, and delivers lower prices for British families.

Stronger Leadership.

On the world stage, shaping Britain’s future means having a say in Europe’s future and influencing its decisions. We can only do this by participating and representing our British values.

Stronger Security.

Keeping Britain safe is a priority for us all. Our security is strengthened through the European partnerships we’ve developed over time. To throw that away would isolate the UK as our neighbours unite.

Europe isn’t perfect. But the test is not perfection. The true test of Europe is whether we are able to recognise its failings and work together to overcome its challenges. We can only build a better future for our country and continent by playing an active role. A future where we work toward our common goals and protect against our common threats. I’m proud to support our future in Europe. It’s a future of inclusion. And a future of prosperity. Because we’re stronger together. And we’re #StrongerIn.

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