It seems like the future of our country and its communities is being driven by the interests of party politics and not those of regular people. We’re standing as the Liberal Democrat candidates for Merton council because we want to see this change.
We’re new to politics, but we bring over 70 years experience living in the area and are all committed to standing up for what makes our vibrant, welcoming, multi-cultural community such a wonderful place to live.
Paul Kohler has lived in Trinity ward for the last 25 years with his wife and their four daughters. He is a full time University of London academic and former Head of the SOAS School of Law and member of the Bar Standards Board. In addition to being an employee in the public sector he is also an employer in the private sector, owning a business in Covent Garden. He followed his daughter, Tamara’s, lead in joining the Lib Dems in the wake of Labour’s capitulation over Brexit.
Tamara Kohler grew up in Wimbledon and returned to Trinity ward after University. She is currently studying for a PhD in Theoretical Physics at UCL. Tamara is passionate about widening participation in science, and has worked on outreach activities aimed at encouraging more girls to consider degrees in STEM subjects.
Campaigning to bring back a 'walk-in' GP surgery for Merton, for more investment in our hospitals and to pay our care workers a living wage.
Campaigning for at least 50% truly affordable homes in new developments and for real action on rogue landlords.
Motspur Park and Raynes Park should be step-free now, we shouldn't have to wait for Crossrail 2.
Campaigning to keep our parks free for local children to play Little League football and for an increase in funding for our schools.
Working for cleaner air and cleaner streets - tackling air pollution and holding the council to account on stopping fly-tipping and improving street cleaning.
Leading the fight to save our police station from the Mayor's axe and against Conservative cuts to our police.
Learn about our plan to bring a fresh start to Merton.
We’ve been holding the Labour and Conservative parties to account on the closure of Wimbledon police station, a decision taken despite public opposition and widespread criticism of the consultation.
Both the Labour leader of Merton Council, Stephen Alambritis, and the Conservative MP, Stephen Hammond, say they want to keep the police station open but when we offered to work together across parties they ignored our invitation.
If, like us, you would like to see all parties put aside their differences and work together for the good of their constituents we would urge you to sign our petition at www.savewimbledonpolicestation.org.uk
Sent to Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP for Wimbledon, and Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Labour leader of Merton Council.