Siobhan Benita

Newsletter: Kindness during Coronavirus

In this week's newsletter, Siobhan urges the public to listen to the expert advice on Coronavirus and offers her co-operation to Sadiq Khan on organising volunteer efforts in London.

Every week, Siobhan Benita sends out her Love London Better newsletter, where she gives her perspective on the news that week and shares stories of the things relevant to Londoners.

The newsletter is out every Thursday and if you’ve got friends and family that would like to receive the newsletter, they can sign up here.

Dear Friend

As we move from the ‘Contain' to 'Delay' phase in the management of the Coronavirus, Londoners are understandably concerned about what to do and what happens next.

My strong view is that we should listen to the official advice, place trust in the experts and resist the temptation to engage in speculation. We simply do not have access to the latest scientific evidence, data and modelling required to make judgements for ourselves.

But that does not mean that we are powerless. During this critical time, the elderly, disabled, those on low incomes and other vulnerable people will be hit the hardest. And they need our support.

I’ve been speaking to charities and other voluntary organisations and they are concerned about losing volunteers, donations and funds right at the time of rising demand. I know that many people will be facing challenges of their own. But, if you are able to, please do consider supporting your local food bank or other charities in your area over the coming period.

There are also simple things we can be doing within our local communities: checking on neighbours, family and friends who may need help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or simply want a chat.  A small act of kindness can make all the difference.

And in that spirit of cooperation, this is definitely not the time for party political point-scoring. I have written to Sadiq Khan offering my full support on any London-wide Coronavirus response, as well as suggesting that City Hall helps to coordinate a volunteer task force across the capital.

We are at the start of a tough period. But I know that Londoners are resilient and compassionate and will pull together as we work through this. 

Kind regards

Siobhan Benita

Lib Dem Candidate for Mayor of London

p.s. Check out this blog for more ideas about how you can help vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak


I know that the Electoral Commission has recommended that Local Elections are postponed. 

The latest Government advice is that they should go ahead as planned.

Precautionary guidance for campaigners has been issued by the party and we will continue to monitor and act upon further advice as it comes in.


Coronavirus: Volunteers rally round to help those self-isolating (BBC News)

I loved hearing about the self-organised volunteer group set up by young people in Kingston to support vulnerable people during the Coronavirus.


Silvertown Tunnel contract costs increase by £200m (City AM) 

This project is quickly becoming the next financial black hole. We should cancel it and prioritise investment in green transport infrastructure instead.


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Siobhan Benita offers co-operation on Coronavirus to Sadiq Khan

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Time For Consciousness To Get The Popular Vote in London (KIMU) 

Trust the experts please, Rory​ (Evening Standard Letter)

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