Councillor Lib Peck has been the Leader of Lambeth Council since 2012, and a councillor for the Thornton ward since 2001; a seat she was returned to with a majority of over 1500 on May 22nd 2014.
The Leader of the Council is responsible for setting the overall political and strategic direction for the council; acts as the lead spokesperson and manages external relations including with Government, the GLA and local and regional bodies; as well as managing the council’s relations with key stakeholders, partners and investors and holding the council’s Chief Executive to account. The Leader also oversees communications and public awareness campaigns.
Prior to becoming Leader, Lib served in a number of senior positions within the Lambeth Cabinet, including holding the portfolios for Environment and Culture as well as Housing and Regeneration.
Across these posts, she secured the delivery of a £450 million programme of investment into Lambeth’s housing, developed the Lambeth Homes Standard with tenants and residents, and has been instrumental in bringing new leisure facilities to the borough in Clapham, Streatham and Norwood.
Housing has been a key focus of Lib’s political career to date. As portfolio holder she was responsible for a significant drop in the number of empty council homes in Lambeth, as well putting housing budgets on a steady footing by tackling a £12 million deficit and improving levels of rent collection.
She says: “Both supply and affordability pose big challenges for us in Lambeth, but Lambeth has a fantastic sense of community, and we absolutely do not want families to be priced out of the borough as their households begin to grow.
The work continues. During our next term in office, we’re pledging to build 5000 new affordable homes for Lambeth residents.”
Lib has also been instrumental in bringing new jobs and homes to the borough through the Vauxhall Nine Elms Development, for which she serves as Co-Chair of the partnership over seeing the regeneration project.
As well as her work in Cabinet, Lib has a strong record of local campaigning. Locally, she has been instrumental in:
- Bringing the 255 bus to her ward at the request of local residents.
- Supporting the expansion of a key local school, Telferscot.
- Seeing the development of the Weir Link children’s centre turn a derelict launderette into a thriving community centre which is used by children and families in Clapham.
- Bringing improvements to local housing estates.
Lib also serves on the Board of Directors of the Brixton Pound, is London’s representative for the Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and is a member of the GMB union.
Lib has been a resident of Thornton for over 17 years, where she lives with her partner and two daughters.
Having studied History at the University of Manchester, Lib has worked for a peace organisation, for Justice, an eminent UK human rights organisation, as well as serving on the board of the Prisoners of Conscience Trust.
Lib has had a lifelong interest in politics and decided to become a councillor to better represent her community in Thornton.
She says, “I believe local councillors have a key role to play in acting as a vital link between the community and the council, representing the interests of fellow residents.”
Lib is also a big advocate of women’s and human rights. She is proud to be one of the few female leaders in local government, and is keen to champion women’s involvement in politics.
She is also a strong proponent of the London Living Wage, and worked to ensure that Lambeth became one of the first councils to pay it to all its employees.
She is also a firm believer in the importance of ‘green’ issues and sustainability and is a keen cyclist, using her bike most days to get around Lambeth.