Liberal Democrat candidate Simon Hughes has issued a statement after Labour's win in the General Election in Bermondsey and Old Southwark:
'I congratulate the Labour Party for winning the Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency in this month's general election. Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party clearly did well in England, Scotland and Wales, but above all they did very well in many London seats including this one. Liberal Democrats were not able this time to hold back the Labour tide.
To the thousands of people who voted for us, campaigned with us, supported us, worked for us, prayed for us, and shared our vision of liberalism, we are profoundly grateful.
To all the hundreds of Liberal Democrat members who chose me as their candidate and worked tirelessly for our success, I am profoundly grateful.Read more
Build more affordable homes: I will challenge every planning application for residential property in the constituency which does not deliver at least 50% affordable housing.
Dealing with Knife crime: To make our borough safe, I will work with the police, churches, mosques and other faith groups, particularly to engage with 16-25 year olds. I will also work with all secondary schools, colleges, youth organisations and relevant charities in the constituency to set up a mentoring scheme and mediation training for all students.
Bakerloo Line extension: I will work to get the plans agreed as soon as possible, and to get three stations between Elephant & Castle and New Cross: at Bricklayers Arms, and at the junctions with Albany Road and with Ilderton Road.
Businesses and markets: I will support the small local businesses in: Old Kent Road, Walworth Road, Elephant & Castle, Borough High Street, Great Suffolk Street, Tower Bridge Road, The Blue, Jamaica Road and Lower Road to make sure that there is a successful future for local shopping streets and shopping centres. I will support our local markets and traders in East Street and the Blue to make sure they thrive, including by working with local music and arts organisations to bring music and performance to our streets.
Sustainable regeneration: I will work to make sure that all Southwark and Bermondsey regeneration is sustainable and works for local businesses, communities and families.
Mental health services: I will push for 24 hour, 365 days a year services, including a dedicated centre for people with mental health needs.
Education: I will use my knowledge and work with London South Bank University, the Open University and Lewisham Southwark College to make sure that everybody is given maximum opportunities for education, training and retraining.
Cycle and pedestrian bridge: I will push to secure funding as soon as possible for a new bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf and for the new pier in Rotherhithe.
Pubs: I will work to persuade pub owners to keep the Albion and China Hall, and to challenge any further application to close local pubs - our vital community assets.
Faith and community groups: I will work with all community groups, churches, mosques, temples and other places of worship to have secure funding for secure and appropriate premises.
Millwall: I will support Millwall FC all the way to make sure any development of the land currently used by Millwall and Millwall Community Trust is acceptable to the community and to keep Millwall in Bermondsey.
Be an active MP: I will hold at least three advice surgeries and three local walkabouts every month, rotating location around Bermondsey and north Southwark to make sure that as MP, I come to the people instead of expecting the people to come to me.
Sir Simon Hughes, former Minister for Justice and Liberal Democrat Candidate for Bermondsey & Old Southwark, responded to last night’s atrocities in London Bridge and Borough Market:Read more
Ramadan Mubarak to all my friends and all our community!
My thoughts and prayers are with all who have tragically lost their lives or been affected by the suicide attack on Manchester Arena last night.
We are with you all in love and solidarity.
Out of respect for those murdered and injured in Manchester, the Liberal Democrats and I have cancelled all general election campaigning today.
I have contacted Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Cllr John Leech (who are both former colleagues and personal friends) to send my heartfelt love and solidarity for them, their leadership and all of Greater Manchester today.
We must never yield in the struggle for good to overcome evil. We must never back down in the fight against terror. These are the liberal values I believe in and which I will continue to fight for each and every day.
Rt Hon Sir Simon Hughes
Liberal Democrat Candidate and former Minister for Justice
Out of respect for those murdered & injured in Manchester, we will not be campaigning today. Thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.
Thanks to Steve Morison’s excellent goal in the second half, it is with immense joy that I congratulate #Millwall on their promotion to the Championship today. Proud to be there for every one of the 95 minutes. What pride. The lions roar!Read more
The Liberal Democrats' party manifesto launches across the nation tomorrow.Read more
Commenting on the news that the Mayor of London has withdrawn support for the Garden Bridge, Simon Hughes said:
“This is another nail in the coffin of Boris Johnson’s self-serving legacy at a huge cost to the taxpayer.
“We welcome the Mayor’s decision but remain angry that so much time and money has already been wasted on this unnecessary vanity project by the previous and current occupants of City Hall.
“All the public money already spent on the Garden Bridge could have been better used on river crossings where they are really needed. For nearly 10 years, I have campaigned for a cycle and pedestrian bridge between Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf; this should now be constructed as soon as possible.”
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of her intention to seek a general election on 8th June, Simon Hughes said:
‘Liberal Democrats across Southwark are raring to go back to local voters, and relish the prospect of a general election on 8th June in all three Southwark constituencies.
‘In Bermondsey and north Southwark we are determined to win back the seat from Labour and it's really clear we can do so. Labour, Liberals and Liberal Democrats are the only parties to have won any seats in this area since the second world war, and in June we have as good a chance of winning again as we have ever had.
‘Labour are not a credible party of government nationally, and locally Bermondsey and Southwark voters need an MP again who will concentrate on fighting for the people of our borough all the year round rather than spending huge amounts of time on fighting internal battles in the Labour Party.
‘If I am selected again to be our general election candidate locally, I shall give 100% to lead the local campaign. With our hugely talented Liberal Democrat team in Southwark Council and at City Hall and our record ever number of local party members, we know we are in for the hardest of battles but are sure we can win.’