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Lib Dems won’t join a coalition with May’s Conservatives or Corbyn’s Labour

By Bridget Osborne

Lib Dems won’t join a coalition with May’s Conservatives or Corbyn’s Labour 26 April 2017

It seems the Liberal Democrats have learned their lesson over taking part in coalition government after being wiped out in the last election. Leader Tim Farron has announced that they will not be doing any deals with Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn after the election.

All about Brexit

For Brentford and Isleworth Liberal Democrat candidate Joe Bourke, it’s all about Brexit. Echoing his party leader’s stance on coalition, he said: “Under no conditions can we sign up to Theresa May’s Hard Brexit agenda.”We will work with pro-European MPs in any party to stand up to the Conservatives over Hard Brexit, but Corbyn is not that. Corbyn is pro-Brexit, wants to pull us out of the single market and marched his MPs and peers through the lobbies to vote for article 50 without any concessions. Every Liberal Democrat vote and every Liberal Democrat MP elected is a challenge to Theresa May’s Hard Brexit agenda.”This election is your chance to change the direction of our country. If you want to stop a Hard Brexit, if you want to keep us in the single market, if you want a real opposition, this is your chance.”

Who is Jo Bourke?

Joe Bourke is Chair of Hounslow Borough Liberal Democrats. He previously stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency in the 2015 General election and in the Brentford Ward for the 2014 council elections. Joe is the honorary auditor for the Brentford Chamber of Commerce and a Lecturer at the University of West London’s business school in Brentford. He grew up in West London and after qualifying as an accountant worked abroad for several years in Europe, the United States and Japan before returning to London in the mid-nineties. It’s clear from his CV that he has been actively engaged in the community and working hard on local issues for many years: serving as a treasurer for a teachers union, school governor in Brentford, chairing a trade association committee, serving as a director of Brentford Football Club and its Supporter’s Trust as well as serving on the board of Supporters Direct, the national body for supporter’s trusts. Joe is also an active member of his local Residents Association.

What are his issues?

According to the Lib Dem website, during the election campaign Joe will be focusing on the needs of Brentford and Isleworth residents and highlighting Liberal Democrat policies implemented in the coalition government which have benefited Brentford and Isleworth: more money for local schools, more apprenticeships, income tax cuts, and more support for carers. Also “the widespread concern with Labour’s local area and housing plans, developed without seemingly considering the implications of an ever greater population density within a transport system already groaning under the strain” and “the need for joined-up thinking to deliver good quality affordable housing in the area – whilst considering the impact on local services and transport links”.