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Civil Liberties and
Human Rights

David will keep civil liberties and human rights at the heart of our agenda. He wants to flght and work with for our local communities in Hampstead and Kilburn: equality, respect, values, rights and fair justice. He is still against the "secret courts" legislation and will defend the Human Rights Act from any opponents.

Education

Education and Special Educational Needs policy is what brought David into national politics. He believes that the poorest in society should be given extra resources to tackle educational inequality. He fights for young people in Hampstead and Kilburn to get vocational skills and qualifications from the age of 14.

Health and Social Care

As an MP, he would become one of the few MPs with a health and social care commissioning management background, and will apply his skills to shape policy. Furthermore he will also stand-up for older and disabled people that need domiciliary and community support, which will also fuel community jobs in the Hampstead and Kilburn area.

Transport

Pedestrains, cyclists, drivers, public transport - all need to work together in Hampstead and Kilburn. David will work with councillors and experts to develop a cross-transport plan to tackle congestion and safety of residents when travelling in bottlenecks such as Kilburn High Road.

Housing

Everyone deserves a decent home. The cost of housing is a key issue in welfare spending increases and why the welfare cap is causing difficulties for many residents. David will lead a campaign to find ways to deliver housing in Hampstead and Kilburn.

Overseas

David has visited many countries as part of his voluntary and professional work in the past 30 years. He has seen first-hand how international cooperation has positive effects on local communities. As an MP he would defend our commitment to 0.7% of GDP to international aid.

David Buxton on Europe, Eurosceptics and the Liberal Democrats -

ukeuflagThe right-wing Tories and UKIP are trying to drive the European Union up the political agenda, Its crucial that the Lib Dems be the party who stand up for unity and the real economic-benefits of our membership!

We all know UKIP could not tell us what their policies on local government, social and health care, education or the economy are, nevermind many more! They only shout out about immigration and coming out of Europe, nothing more!

My view is that we will always campaign for a strong Britain in a strong Europe because that is in our national interest. More than 40% of our exports go straight to our neighbours in the EU and much of our global trade depends on EU free trade agreements creating 3.5m jobs and attracting hundreds of billions of pounds of investment in the UK. Being part of the EU means we can tackle major challenges that we would not be able to face on our own, for example:

• Maintaining a strong economy, and safeguarding British jobs

• Tackling cross-border crime (such as terrorism, paedophile rings and credit card fraud)

• Tackling climate change and securing energy supplies

Yes, we know Europe is not perfect and is in need of reform, their bureaucracy results in taking 15 years to define chocolate and they continue to work and travel between two seats of Parliament, things need to change!

But pulling out of the EU would risk millions of jobs, leave us vulnerable to crime and terrorism, and weaken our voice in global affairs. It would put our jobs, our safety and our future at risk. President Obama has already warned that the UK exiting the European Union would leave us cold to the £Billions worth of benefits being proposed through a future US-EU Trade Agreement.

For now, we must stress that the focus of this Government should be on creating jobs, growth, stability and tackling long term issues facing the country, not a referendum which we've already legislated for.