This time last year Liverpool Lib Dems produced a detailed manifesto for the 2018 local elections. Nothing surprising about that you might think because that is what political parties should do before an election. The surprise, however, was that no other Party produced a manifesto at all. Even more surprising was the fact that the media didn’t use it because they thought it unfair as the other Parties would be disadvantaged apparently by their own contempt for the electors of Liverpool.
This year we have again produced a manifesto much of what is the highlights from last years but updated. We could do this because despite our efforts much of the manifesto is undelivered. Two matters are those which are occupying the minds of Liverpool residents:
- The abolition of the posts of City Mayor and Police Commissioners. We called an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council and Labour voted to a man and a woman to keep these positions in place which sucks money away from front line services.
- Protection for our Parks & Green Spaces. Again, we called an Extraordinary Council Meeting and again Labour to a man and woman supported a wrecking amendment which stopped the prevention happening. Although you might not think that from the tweets of some Labour councillor who have, apparently, been in favour of green space preservation. Its just that they didn’t vote that way.
The start of a new Municipal Year means that we can, and will, raise these issues again.
So, in our Manifesto for the 2019 local elections, “Liberal Democrats Demand Better”, we have set out a series of demands for our City and indicated how they should be met. We demand on your behalf:
- proper safeguards for our Parks and Green Spaces;
- proper safeguards for our World Heritage Status and all listed buildings;
- stronger controls over the built environment to drive up standards of new build offices and homes;
- better governance for the City and the abolition of the posts of Elected Mayor and Police Commissioner;
- major improvements to our low schools’ standards;
- the development of high quality, well paid local jobs;
- the ending of council spending on prestige projects rather than bread and butter services;
- the creation of 3 residential care homes for the elderly to reduce time spent in hospital;
- action to reduce the health inequalities in our city;
- the development of realistic actions to deal with the appalling air quality in our city;
- action to protect or High Streets to make them places to visit for a range of activities;
- the establishment with other Liverpool Region councils of actions to maintain a high and positive profile to attract industry, commerce, tourists and students.
Details of these and other policies can be found on our website www.liverlibdems.org.uk. You will also find on that site details of the candidates for every ward in the city.
Next year we will have a very complex manifesto indeed. On the first Thursday in May 20120 there are elections for 30 councillors; an Elected Police Commissioner; an Elected City Mayor; an Elected Liverpool City Region Mayor. We think that will finally show to the people of Liverpool the waste of having so many layers of politicians and bureaucrats.
I hope that you find the manifesto useful. Should you meet a politician from another Party between now and May 2nd. You might ask them where their manifesto is. If they haven’t got one you might ask them why not. The point of democracy is that people like us present to the people we want to elect us the policies that we would seek to implement. No putting those ideas forward is a basic breach of due democratic process.
At least with the Liverpool Lib Dems you know what you are voting for or perhaps even what you are voting against!