Cllr Claire Bonham: My first two months

Councillor Claire Bonham joins residents at Biggin Hill Allotments

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months since the declaration in Trinity School – a lot of my initial time has been put into understanding the various roles and responsibilities of the council, which is very different when you are on the inside to the outside! It’s been wonderful to start working to achieve results for our local residents, and to have a better platform to push for improvements in the areas that we highlighted during the election campaign. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting local charities and businesses, and attending street parties and other community events.

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Historic Lib Dem win in Croydon as party surges in polls

Claire Bonham is elected as ward councillor for Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood

Voters in Croydon have backed the Liberal Democrats in last week's council elections, with over 35,000 votes for our candidates across the borough.

We are delighted that residents in Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood have elected hard working local champion Claire Bonham as a ward councillor, the first Lib Dem elected to Croydon Council in 20 years.

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A message from Richard Howard - our candidate to be Croydon's first mayor

A video message from Richard Howard, Liberal Democrat candidate for Croydon's first mayor.

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Claire Bonham, Steve Penketh & Costel Petre - A Fresh Start for Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood

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Claire, Steve and Costel believe Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood has been neglected for too long and are campaigning hard so that they can give it the fresh start it deserves.

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Richard Howard, our candidate for Mayor, shares his vision for Croydon

Richard Howard with fellow Lib Dem campaigner Gill Hickson

Richard is campaigning for better housing, improved local accountability and improved transport links.

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Tory councillors fail to stop over-development in Old Coulsdon

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Over-development has been raised as a major concern in Old Coulsdon, with existing councillors accused of offering talk but no action.

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Parks and play facilities need improving in Old Coulsdon

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Lib Dems demand better recreation spaces for older children living in Old Coulsdon.

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Traffic calm Coulsdon Road - sign our petition today

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We need safer ways for school children and shoppers to cross at places along Coulsdon Road.

Traffic goes far too fast past three schools, shops and old people's facilities here.

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Lib Dems launch campaign for a better Westow Park!

Steve Penketh campaigning for a better Westow Park

Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood Lib Dems have launched a petition calling on the Council to improve Westow Park. The Park is such a well-used green space for local people and is an essential life-line, particularly during the pandemic, for those who do not have outside space.

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Croydon parks to lose Green Flag status?

Claire Bonham and Steve Penketh campaigning for Croydon's neglected parks and open spaces

Liberal Democrat campaigners have expressed concern about the future of the Green Flag award for parks and open spaces in Croydon, following last month's Full Council meeting.

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Outrage as Croydon schools lose almost £800K in Pupil Premium cuts

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Liberal Democrat campaigners have reacted furiously to the news that schools in Croydon will lose almost £800K in funding as a result of changes to the way that the Government calculates the pupil premium grant. Primary schools will lose £581,040 and secondary schools will lose £210,940 because of the decision to base the funding on a school's pupil numbers in October rather than January as previously calculated. The information was released by Croydon Council following a question from local resident Claire Bonham at July’s Council meeting in Croydon.

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Crystal Palace & Upper Norwood Lib Dems' Survey

Liberal Democrats reading responses to surveys

When it comes to your neighbourhood, Liberal Democrats believe your voice counts. That's why we're asking you what issues your local Lib Dem team should champion. 

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Croydon Lib Dems hail “shockwave” by-election triumph

Gill Hickson and Claire Bonham campaigning for Sarah Green in Chesham and Amersham by-election

Croydon's Liberal Democrats have hailed a shockwave victory in the Parliamentary constituency of Chesham & Amersham as a huge triumph. 

The Party saw a 25 per cent swing in their vote share and have elected their 12th MP, Sarah Green, to Parliament with an overwhelming 8,000 majority.

Croydon's Liberal Democrats have said that the win has proved they are the only party that can challenge Boris Johnson’s Conservative Government. If the party were to replicate the result nationwide they would be on track to gain 154 parliamentary seats at the expense of the Conservatives.

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Lib Dems support Central Hill listing

Caroline Pidgeon, Lib Dem London Assembly Member campaigns to save Central Hill Estate

Claire Bonham, Liberal Democrat campaigner in Upper Norwood & Crystal Palace, has written to Historic England to add her support to the campaign to stop the demolition of the Central Hill estate. 

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Lib Dems celebrate electoral success in Croydon

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Liberal Democrats are celebrating after increasing their vote in the Croydon & Sutton GLA constituency last week, and gaining an extra Assembly Member at City Hall.

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Our candidates for Croydon's by-elections

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Croydon Liberal Democrats today announce their candidates to fight the five by-elections following the resignations of Labour and Conservative councillors across Croydon borough.

Croydon's Liberal Democrats are determined to prove to those voters in Croydon that they do have a choice beyond Labour and the Conservatives - the two parties that have let Croydon residents and businesses down so badly over the last 15 years.

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Croydon’s Labour Council goes bankrupt: but Tories are equally to blame

Graph showing Labour and Conservative parties both to blame for debt problem: Tories added £724 million in debt when last in power (2006 - 2014) while since then Labour have wracked up a further £628 million of debt

The Covid-19 pandemic has put a financial strain on businesses, households and local councils, but Croydon Council’s financial mess wasn’t just a result of Covid. We have been let down by Labour who have ignored overspends and borrowed heavily to fund risky investments and pet projects like Brick by Brick.

Local Tories have been quick to criticise, but they were also part of the problem. Not only are the cuts to local councils a result of Tory national government, but the Tory-run council increased the council’s debt more between 2006 and 2014 than Labour have done since 2014.

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Reinvent our high streets: Back local businesses and protect jobs

Local Lib Dem campaigner Gill Hickson chats with traders in Coulsdon

Liberal Democrats know that strong local neighbourhoods are the key to our economic recovery across London and in Croydon. 

Businesses have been hit hard by the today vowed to put impact of Covid-19. But London is resilient and will bounce back stronger and better than ever with the right ideas. That’s why we want to reinvent the high street.

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Croydon Lib Dems are backing TfL

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Whilst largely unconditional bailouts have been given to private train companies to get them through COVID, the Government are not giving TfL the same support and Londoners will pay the price.

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Croydon Liberal Democrats welcome Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme but call for proper consultation with stakeholders

One of the new road closures in Upper Norwood

Croydon Liberal Democrats support Croydon Council’s efforts to introduce Low Traffic Neighbourhood in Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, as part of a number of similar initiatives across the borough. Tackling the climate emergency cannot wait and any attempt to tackle emissions, improve air quality and encourage people to walk or cycle are welcome.

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