Liberal Democrats in Dulwich and West Norwood have selected Brigid Gardner OBE as their candidate for the College ward by-election caused by the resignation of Labour’s Helen Hayes MP who now wishes to focus her time on her responsibilities at Westminster.
Commenting on the upcoming election, Ms Gardner said:
“I've spent 40 years in Dulwich and 20 years as a headteacher. Not surprisingly I am particularly concerned for the future of young people, above all in finding the housing they need.
The Tory obsession with house-ownership for all does not reflect the varying needs of different individuals. The Labour party has failed to stand up to big developers in its attempts to get them to provide 'affordable' housing – a term which in reality means almost nothing.
The Liberal Democrats recognise that we need diversity in housing: Caroline Pidgeon, the Lib-Dem candidate for Mayor, unlike her rivals, has clear plans for a quarter of new homes to be council owned, with the rest for sale or private rent with regulated procedures to prevent exploitation. I would also push for development of unused brownfield sites and empty or rundown houses.
Following scrutiny and campaigning by local Liberal Democrats, Labour reduced their planned cuts to local youth services by almost a third. I would also strive to improve the quality of apprenticeships and training offered locally to 16-18 year olds.
The Dulwich Estate is important in College Ward because most people live on it. I would work to make the Estate more enlightened and so less resented.”
You can find out more about Brigid and her campaign here: