Liberal Democrats support Love Yor-k High Street

The Liberal Democrats are encouraging local residents to get behind the ‘Love Yor-k High Street’ campaign; a celebration of local retail in York.

Love Your High Street initiative in YorkThe Love Yor-k High Street campaign aims to encourage shoppers to buy locally, in an effort to support York’s local high streets.  The campaign has also launched a petition to call for business rate reform and help for the UK’s high streets.  You can read more and sign the petition here.

On Saturday 22nd September, a roadshow will be held in Kings Square, as part of the campaign, with local retailers and the York BID to promote local high street shops. On the day, participating businesses will be offering extra treats for customers, such as free gifts, discounts and special offers.

Recently, the national Liberal Democrats published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system, cutting taxes for businesses by 5% in York.  The report calls for the abolition of business rates and its replacement with a tax on land values, the Commercial Landowner Levy (CLL).  The levy would remove buildings and machinery from calculations and tax only the land value of commercial sites, boosting investment and cutting taxes for businesses.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, commented:

“It is so important that we continue to maintain York’s rich and vibrant high street, particularly at a time where high streets nationally are facing challenges. The Love Yor-k High Street campaign does exactly this and I would like to thank the organisers.

“I hope that as many people as possible can attend the roadshow on the 22nd September and turn out to support their local high street.”

“I would also encourage everyone to add their name to the Love Yor-k High Street petition and join the calls for business rate reform. Business rates were a badly designed policy to begin with and have become an unacceptable drag on our economy.”

Lib Dems select local woman to contest Micklegate by-election

 

York LAileen in Micklegateiberal Democrats have selected local resident Aileen Hingston to contest the forthcoming Micklegate by-election

Aileen is a retired civil servant who has lived in Micklegate ward for 25 years. Her career involved health and social care, refugee issues, and economic statistics. She has been campaigning to resolve parking problems for residents and to improve local bus services.

The by-election has been triggered by the announcement that a Labour Councillor will resign at the end of March.

AIleen & City of York Councillors with Sarah Olney MP

Since the EU referendum Liberal Democrats have won more by-elections than all other major parties combined. Sarah Olney MP, the newest Liberal Democrat MP who won a by-election in Richmond Park last year, launched Aileen’s campaign in Micklegate last weekend.

Lib Dem candidate for Micklegate Aileen Hingston said:

“I love living in York, and particularly Micklegate with its fantastic heritage and green spaces. Since retirement I have enjoyed contributing to the local community, such as by volunteering in a charity shop. If elected I will continue the York Liberal Democrats’ strong record for protecting frontline services.”

“Micklegate had one of the highest Remain vote in York and residents are being let down by the national Labour Party’s failure to fight against a hard Brexit. Right now the Liberal Democrats are the clearest voice on European issues, which really matter in this ward.”

The by election has not yet been called but is expected to take place on 4th May. The vacancy occurred when Labour Councillor Julie Gunnel announced she was quitting following wranglings within the local Labour Council Group.

The Greens and Tories have already publicised their likely candidates names.

The Liberal Democrats came within a couple of hundred votes of winning the area in a similar by-election which took place in 2002.

To support Aileen’s Campaign email Derek Wann, to donate to Aileen’s By-Election Fund go to yorklibdems.org.uk/donate