Southwark needs to do more for Women’s Safety

Writing in response to Southwark Council’s consultation on Women’s Safety, the Southwark Liberal Democrats this week challenged the council for not taking enough action faster on women’s safety and domestic violence in the borough.  This is despite cross-party calls and initiatives over the past 3+ years aimed at encouraging the council to do more, sooner.

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Leader's Column in Southwark News - June 2021

We need more council homes - but not at the expense of vital green space


Like many local residents, I have been making far more use of local parks and green spaces over the last year. As I look around the borough, it is clear that our green spaces are a lifeline especially for those without private gardens and for families looking for space to play and exercise outdoors... writes Cllr Hamish McCallum, leader of Southwark Liberal Democrats in this week's Southwark News …

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Southwark Climate Change Emergency slips yet again

The Southwark Liberal Democrats today criticised Labour led Southwark Council for further “Dither and Delay” on climate change – after delaying publication of its final Climate Change Strategy yet again. 

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Call to protect green spaces in Southwark from council development

Southwark Liberal Democrats have announced a new policy to formally protect green spaces in the borough from development. Under the policy, the Liberal Democrats will introduce formal protection for Southwark’s green spaces and will enhance those areas for the amenity of local residents.

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Southwark Liberal Democrats criticise Labour’s “dither and delay” on putting Climate Change at the heart of the council

Southwark Liberal Democrats have criticised Labour-run Southwark Council for its “dither and delay” over climate change, having failed to take any meaningful action despite declaring a Climate Emergency over 2 years ago.

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Honorary titles recognise long service of Southwark Liberal Democrat Councillors

This week, four former Southwark Liberal Democrat Councillors were proudly conferred the title of Honorary Aldermen/Alderwomen of Southwark for their long standing service to the residents and communities of the borough.

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New portfolios unveiled for Southwark Lib Dem Council Group for 2021-22

Council Group Leader Cllr Hamish McCallum today announced the new opposition spokesperson portfolios for the Southwark Liberal Democrat Council Group saying:

“I’m proud to announce and congratulate all my colleagues on their new positions."

"I’m also proud we just re-elected Caroline Pidgeon and Cllr Hina Bokhari to the London Assembly. Further, Liberal Democrats now have a total of nearly 2600 councillors and there are 45 councils across the UK that the Lib Dems either lead or deputise for."

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Leader's Column in Southwark News - May 2021

An opening address from the new leader of the Southwark Liberal Democrats


The positive sounds of mid-spring and of course the joys of lockdown-release are upon us, writes Cllr Hamish McCallum, leader of Southwark Liberal Democrats in this weeks Southwark News …

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Baroness Williams of Crosby remembered by Rt Hon Sir Simon Hughes

The death of Shirley Williams is for so many the hugely sad passing of a campaigning, charismatic, courageous, entertaining, eloquent, energetic, radical, reasonable, rebellious, restless and principled woman of deep catholic Christian faith and commitment to egalitarian, social democratic political reform both at home and abroad.

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Announcing new Southwark Liberal Democrat Council Group Leader – Cllr Hamish McCallum

Southwark Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce Cllr Hamish McCallum has been elected to take over as leader of the Liberal Democrat Council Group at Southwark Council.  This follows Cllr Nick Johnson’s decision to step down from the leadership position due to growing work and professional commitments.

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