Andrew Lomas was Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Wycombe in 2010. He is also an active councillor in Kensington and Chelsea. We are delighted that he is joining the Lib Dem family. Speaking to Liberal Democrat Voice, Andrew said:
after over a decade as a member of the Labour Party in which I’ve variously been a council candidate, parliamentary candidate, branch secretary, borough campaigns chair, councillor, and deputy group leader, I’ve had enough. I’ve left a party only interested in talking to itself, and joined the Liberal Democrats.
Wycombe Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman, Steve Guy, said:
Labour's internal battles are preventing it from functioning as an effective opposition in a time of enormous national crisis. I have no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn's lamentable performance in the referendum campaign has contributed to the appalling mess we now find ourselves in. The Tories clearly have no idea how they are going to deliver Brexit without trashing our economy in the process.
More than ever, Britain needs an opposition which understands and believes in a positive vision for our future. Increasingly, people are seeing that it is the Liberal Democrats who have that vision, and the unity required to fight for it.
Recently organisers of a petition calling for the return of an Accident & Emergency department to Wycombe Hospital held a demonstration in High Wycombe. A number of former Mayors of our town attended to give their support.
This petition has been supported by 10,000 local residents.
You can sign the petition here
Conservative MP Steve Baker dubbed the campaign, which so many local residents support, 'irresponsible.'
Currently residents of Wycombe who experience a medical emergency have to travel to either Stoke Mandeville Hospital (13 miles away) or Wexham Park Hospital (14 miles away). We believe this risks people's lives.
Wycombe Liberal Democrats have always opposed the loss of services from Wycombe Hospital and in 2013 collected over 16,000 signatories on a petition calling for an investigation into the cover provided for Wycombe residents by Stoke Mandeville.
In 2015 our members supported the campaign to hand back our hospital services.
We will continue to campaign for a new, modern A&E at Wycombe Hospital. It would be irresponsible not to.
Liberal Democrats campaigners Paula Lee and Ian Morton are fighting to protect Gomm Valley, one of the last unspoilt dry valleys in the Chilterns, from development. With other sites due to be released nearby and numerous empty business premises across the district there is no need to release Gomm Valley for development.