MP Layla Moran believes change can sweep the Chilterns
Chiltern Liberal Democrats celebrating their election success
Moran praised the Chiltern Lib Dems for coming top in the European elections
- She said: "Hard work on the ground delivers success."
- Lib Dems are urging Chiltern District Council to declare climate emergency
- Chiltern Lib Dem chair says housing and green belt are key issues for 2020
MP Layla Moran has urged people in the Chilterns to get behind the Liberal Democrats for next year's local elections - and a possible snap general election - following the party's recent European election success.
The Liberal Democrats topped the poll in the Chiltern District, ahead of the Brexit Party, the Conservatives and Labour - and Moran believes hard work could bring about change in the constituency itself.
Speaking at the annual Chiltern Liberal Democrats summer barbecue on Saturday, the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon said: "The Liberal Democrats [here] need to build on that success. We are in a moment in politics, we don't know what's coming next, but we do know that hard work on the ground delivers success.
"For all those who are local and thought, 'Yes, that was my vote, we came above the Brexit Party', now join the Liberal Democrats. It's all eyes on that 2020 local election campaign, because that's how we build to the future."
The Spokesperson for Education said the environment was top of the Liberal Democrats' snap general election manifesto and praised the local Chiltern party for adopting a policy to persuade Chiltern District Council to declare a climate emergency.
Walid Marzouk, Chair for the Chiltern Liberal Democrats, said: "Residents we have spoken to are concerned about climate change. The Liberal Democrats were the first major political party to call for a zero-carbon Britain and locally we are putting motions in place for councils within the Chilterns to declare a climate emergency."
Moran also said, in these muddled political times, the Liberal Democrats were "the party to step into the breach and tell the truth and be on the right side of history".
In the event of a snap general election, possibly in the autumn, Moran said: "There's a very real chance we could become the proper party of opposition." But ruled out a coalition with the Conservatives or Labour, saying: "I would never get into bed with Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn."
MP Layla Moran with Paula and Walid Marzouk
Marzouk said housing, the use of Green Belt land and climate change would be key campaign issues in the constituency, both in a general election and at the 2020 local elections.
He added: "The conservatives have reneged on their promise of protecting AONB & Green Belt. From what we hear on the doorstep, even those that accept the need for more homes are angry that 1000s of houses may be built without the services needed.
"As Liberal Democrats we will oppose further release of green belt land, have stronger and more effective enforcement under the unitary authority to avoid mistakes of the past, and make sure services are provided.
"Local Lib Dems also believe that it is morally wrong that council planning permissions are creating significant wealth for rich land owners while our social care for the elderly and young are going without. The Liberal Democrats will strongly encourage the unitary authority to better balance their books."