Every single Liberal Democrat Councillor elected on May 3 will be another voice for probing, reviewing and holding Joe Anderson and his team to account. Read our manifesto today
Today Liverpool Lib Dems have launched our manifesto for the May 3 elections with a pledge to do their best to keep Liverpool in the EU.
It may seem strange to launch a local manifesto on an international issue but Liverpool is a major global city. As we said at the at time of the launch of the Capital of Culture, “We are the World in One City”. Therefore, everything that we seek to do locally is dependent on international trade and especially on our links with Europe.
Locally or nationally we can all make promises about spending but unless we stay in the EU or at least the single market there will be less money available to meet the many social needs of our city.
Elsewhere in the manifesto the Lib Dems are suggesting major changes in the way the City is run with an improvement in scrutiny and oversight of the Mayor and Cabinet and a renewed pledge to abolish the position of the City’s Elected Mayor.
They will also establish a methodology to ensure that the Council, in terms of both political and managerial leadership, is representative of the gender, faith and ethnic balances in the City as a whole.
Environmentally the Lib Dems are renewing their pledge to protect both the World Heritage Status and the parks and green spaces of Liverpool. An eye-catching pledge is to help create ‘vertical farms’ in unused buildings to grow both fish and plants using hydroponic methods to provide good food, free from chemicals with no chemicals used in their growth.
We have pledged to cancel the controversial Kingdom ‘litter contract’ as soon as possible.
In terms of transport we will seek to stop the Lime Street and Strand road works and use the money instead for local road improvement and safety schemes and the implementation of new bus and bike lanes.
We have proposals for improving health including encouraging all schools to develop ‘mile a day’ walking programmes and programmes for helping people buy and cook healthier food and drinks.
For housing the Lib Dems will use the new Local Plan to reduce the number of student homes and will work with the Government and other agencies to deal with the problems of half-built developments all over the city and e available land for housing for families and not student pods or more one bedroomed flats for which there is already a market glut”
In 2016 the Lib Dems were the only Party to produce a manifesto. Some of those pledges are repeated here. With the Greens and Tories out of the running it is the Lib Dems against Joe Anderson’s team. Every vote will get and every seat we gain will give us more opportunities to press for imaginative and progressive proposals such as those in our manifesto”
The full Lib Dem Manifesto is available at http://www.liverlibdems.org.uk