MP demands action on housing, policing and transport - conference

September 24, 2008 12:40 PM

Cambridge MP David Howarth supported calls for action on a wide range of issues, including housing and policing, at the Liberal Democrats' autumn conference

Mr Howarth joined his party in Bournemouth and gave his backing to a number of motions directly relevant to the people of Cambridge.

He supported:

. calls for 10,000 more police officers on the streets and forces to be accountable to elected local authorities which can defend local priorities;

. opposition to the development of free-standing eco towns;

. action to allow councils and registered social landlords to buy unsold properties and sites from developers in order to replenish the housing stock and deal with social housing waiting lists;

. plans to build a national rail network fit for the demands of modern Britain and provide fair transport options for all whilst cutting carbon emissions.

Mr Howarth said: "It is vital that we press the Government to address these important issues on housing, policing and transport which are directly relevant to the people of Cambridge.

"We need more neighbourhood policing and to ensure that our police officers can act on the issues that directly affect people locally.

"It is essential that those people, for whom buying their own property is out of reach, can have the chance of help from the social housing sector. But, at the same time, we must resist the threat from so-called eco towns which are detached from established towns and cities encouraging excessive car use and adding to carbon emissions.

"And in a fast growing area like Cambridge, it is vital that we have first class transport options.

"The conference gave us the chance to raise the issues which really mattered to the people of Cambridge."

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