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"I am lucky to have had a 30 year career that has taken me to so many different places and situations. When I was both voluntarily and professionally working on the human rights and equality programme, for example the outreach project in the Eastern European countries, I saw shocking inequality, discrimination and inhuman treatments that changed my own attitude to become a more effective human rights and disability campaigner since 1985. I will never forget that challenging and life-changing experience.

These experiences, and many others, led me to join the Liberal Democrats in 1988. Since then, I've built a strong record of local and national successes" - David Buxton

I have a proven record on the front line, taking both local and national action to support people in changing their lives.

This is the energy, experience and enthusiasm I want to bring to Hampstead and Kilburn

Please see below stories as a few examples of many - what I have done as a highly experienced borough councillor, community campaigner, national campaigner .... STRONG LEADERSHIP, COMMUNICATION AND INSPIRATION!

As a borough councillor and chair of 450 homes residents group, David Buxton led the Water Tower Demolition Campaign in Surrey for three years until the developers bowed down to the intense pressure. The tower has now gone, many local residents praised David's dedicated and hardworking campaign!

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David led the "Sefton Arms Pub" campaign in Epsom for about 2 years, pressurising the council to demolish the unsafe, delerict and dangerous pub in the middle of the community. The council finally agreed to demolish the pub - GONE! Local residents were so delighted!

David helped free Ian by leading the Protest and Petition to "Free Ian Stillman", attracting many thousands of people to sign the petition and few hundreds protesting outside the Indian High Commission. Two months after the major protest, petition and lobbying the Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary. Over 230 MPs signed to support our campaign. Fair Trials International said it was "one of the worst miscarriages of justice ever". Two months after the protest and national petition, Ian was freed from the prison after two years injustice in the Indian prison!

David led the protest outside the Indian Commission

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David led the protest march against the proposed closure of Epsom General Hospital's maternity service, organised with all party support.

David campaigning with the team in Eastleigh to win the recent Parliamentary By-Election - canvassing, delivering leaflets and letters, for weeks. David has stood twice for Parliament and won two elections as Borough Councillor, a confident and experienced candidate.

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Local residents complained to David over bad smell / messes at the open bin store. David campaigned for 18 months and pressed the Housing Association to agree and install a new bin store (brick walled and roofed).

A young man aged 16 (with his mother) spoke about his concern over the lack of funding to support young people with austism in both primary and secondary schools. David responded with his depth of knowledge and experience of campaigning on education and as a policy adviser to the party and voluntary sector.

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Local residents were glad that David lead the Horton Chapel, Surrey campaign for 4 years, persuading the council to set up a new community development trust to take over the disused Grade Two chapel that had been empty for decades. Local residents want the chapel to be refurbished into the new community centre. The council finally agreed but has not yet recruited new trustees. David still works on it!

David is currently leading a high profile campaign on Sign Language, encouraging young campaigners and making clear the importance of Human Rights to the top of Government! A 30 year long career, still ready for the fight for change!

The BBC featured David again, just this week on See Hear. As CEO of a national charity, David represents his members' views to the Minister of State and charity sector colleagues.

Language and Human Rights are an important issue for David and within many communities across the UK. Through his career, he regularly has to work with all levels of Government as a leading ambassador for a community of over 70,000 people.



[BBC © 2013 See Hear, Video sourced from - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01sdz81/See_Hear_Series_33_Episode_6/]