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Arnold Schwarzenegger has a blunt message for Nazis (& Trump) 

20 Aug 17

Former Forest Gater Arnie tells it as it is about Trump and Nazi’s.


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A historical perspective on Trump, Lies and Truth 

19 Aug 17

Love it…


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Harry’s Girl: Street Art 

18 Aug 17

Finally got around to posting this picture of street art off Holloway Road near Highbury Corner.


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SAVE SARAH CHAPMAN’S GRAVE, A LEADER OF THE 1888 MATCHWOMEN’S STRIKE & TRADE UNION HEROINE 

17 Aug 17

SARAH Dearman, née CHAPMAN – Matchwomen’s 1888 Strike Committee and TUC Delegate Born: 31st October 1862 – Died: 27th November 1945 – Buried: 3rd December 1945 Sarah Chapman was a leading member of the 1888 Matchwomen’s Strike Committee (…


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Being taught to hate…shocking picture even after 25 years 

16 Aug 17

Was this little boy nowadays one of the torch bearing Nazi thugs in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend…


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Why you should all join an Union 

15 Aug 17

hat tip @ Far_Right_Watch…


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UNISON National Labour Link Committee Elections 2017 

15 Aug 17

Some personal recommendations…


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Do you want to be a MP? Unison wants to hear from you. 

13 Aug 17

“The recent general election saw Labour take a huge stride towards Downing Street.


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11 weeks until the TUC National Inspection Day 

12 Aug 17

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Vote James Beckles for Greater London Seat on National Labour Link (APF) Committee 

11 Aug 17

(Ballot papers are now out for all UNISON members in Greater London who are part of the Labour Link).


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Housing association pensions survey 2017 

10 Aug 17

UNISON is carrying out mapping work on what is happening with housing association staff pension arrangementsand their relationship with the Local Government Pension Scheme.


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West Ham Branch Labour Party Summer BBQ & Fundraiser: Thursday 31 August 7-9pm 

9 Aug 17

This will be a fun event taking place at the Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Govier Close, West Ham, E15 4HW.


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Lobby LGA Employers Pay Consultation: London Councils Monday 14 August 

8 Aug 17

I have a clash but hope this important lobby in support of decent pay for all Council workers goes well! I will be submitting a motion on pay to the next Newham Labour Group and branch/CLP meeting.


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“Don’t cat-call, comrades. Support common sense”. As controversy continues over defining Jew-hate, read a Marxist view 

7 Aug 17

On Friday the Jewish Chronicle published this article by my libel blogging mate David Osler (aka other names).


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Essex Walks: Matching – Sunday 6 August 2017 

6 Aug 17

Off message but Gill and I did a lovely rural circular 5.3 mile walk today around Matching in Essex (near Harlow).


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What has a Labour Government ever done for us? Oh Yes, Redundancy payments 

5 Aug 17

Hat tip Labour history website twitter feed “On this Day” OTD in 1965.


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Black History Month, Carnival & Conference 2017 

4 Aug 17

Black Members – please see important information below to action or note, thanks.


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“Dozens pay their respects to war victims killed when a bomb hit their bus” 

3 Aug 17

Hat tip Newham Recorder “Cllr and members of the public attending a vigil on Dames Road where a V1 flying bomb landed killing people on a bus outside the Holly Tree pub Dozens gathered to pay their respects to Forest Gate’s war dead on the …


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Grenfell Tower: The anatomy of a disaster & the future of social housing in London – Newham Fabians 20 Sept 2017 

2 Aug 17

This looks like a really good event.


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Bron Aron Strike action over slashed wages 

2 Aug 17

Good luck to Unison members about to start a further bout of strike action tomorrow.


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Sense about fantasy pension deficits 

1 Aug 17

A great article by Henry Tapper in his blog “Pension Playpen ” about the nonsense being spread about the “fantasy deficits” reported by the huge pension fund, University Superannuation Scheme (USS).


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Tolpuddle Martyrs Walk: Greensted, Essex 2017 

31 Jul 17

On Sunday 16 July Sunday 2017 during the annual Tolpuddle Martyrs weekend , I went for a walk with Gill in Chipping Ongar and Greensted to visit the wooden Saxon Church and pay homage to the Tolpuddle Martyrs who were resettled in farms around here, …


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UNISON wins another important legal case over employers who fail to consult unions 

30 Jul 17

Following on from the victory over employment tribunal fees on Wednesday.


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West Ham General Election Wash Up 

29 Jul 17

This picture is from Wednesday evening, when we had a West Ham Labour General Election “Wash Up”.


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West Ham Park Community Funfair – Sat-Sun 29th-30 July 2017 (12-7pm) 

28 Jul 17

A great community event in West Ham Park tomorrow and Sunday.


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Remembering local Nazi atrocity – V1 attack on Forest Gate 27 July 1944 

27 Jul 17

Above is a picture collage from this evening’s anniversary vigil to remember the victims of a Nazi Flying bomb attack on this day 27 July 1944 which killed horribly at least 38 East Enders (updated figure) at this very spot.


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UNISON gets employment tribunal fees scrapped 

26 Jul 17

What a fantastic legal victory for UNISON and all British workers at the Supreme Court today.


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Medical Aid for Greece – Garden Fundraiser Saturday July 29th 5pm 

25 Jul 17

“What a strange device man is: you fill him with wine, fish and radishes and out come sighs, laughter and dreams”! (Nikos Kazantzakis) Let us see what comes out when we fill a bunch of nice, caring and interesting people with all kinds of drinks and …


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Council and school workers deserve a pay rise! 

24 Jul 17

As a Councillor I was sent this motion by UNISON which I support and will send to our Council Labour Group, Newham School Governors and West Ham Labour Party Branch and General Committee.


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Anti Fascist/Anti Nazi Vigil: Remember V1 Rocket Attack Forest Gate – 27 July 1944 

23 Jul 17

Thursday 27th July Forest Gate North Labour Party will be holding an Anti Fascist/Anti Nazi vigil to remember those 20 or so local residents killed by a V1 rocket on the 27th of July 1944.


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Newham Labour Councillor Candidacy 2018 

23 Jul 17

All Labour Party members in Newham, East London should have received a letter last week from the Labour Party encouraging those eligible to apply to stand as a candidate.


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All Black shortlists: UNISON National Labour Link Forum 2017 

23 Jul 17

This post is the speech that Greater London delegate, Sanchia Alasia, had prepared but Forum ran out of time to hear.


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Liz Baptiste moves Motion 21 on “All Black Shortlists” at UNISON National Labour Link Forum 17 

23 Jul 17

Forum, Chair (Liz Baptiste) from National Black Members Committee moving motion 21 Forum this motion is seeking support to explore the feasibility of lobbying for all Black shortlists to address the under-representation of Black people in the …


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Brexit Motion (No.14) Sanchia Alasia speaks at National Labour Link Forum 17 

22 Jul 17

This is a little late but this was an important and succinct contribution on this motion by Sanchia.


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“Why Boris Johnson should not decide where we invest our pensions” 

21 Jul 17

On Tuesday I spoke at a seminar on the Government’s attempt to instruct Council pension funds that they can only invest in accordance to their political prejudices.


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Greater London UNISON Housing Association Branch Executive 2017/2018 

20 Jul 17

Picture from tonight’s Executive meeting held at LQ office in Stratford.


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UNISON “There for You” appeal (collective self help for workers by workers) 

19 Jul 17

Show your support for UNISON There for You by doing something magnificent today! I am delighted to attach our review for 2016 illustrating just how, There for You, UNISON’s own charity, helped members and what we achieved.


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“Telling Boris where to Go Seminar” aka “Local Government, Ethical Investment & the Law” (with Podcast Link) 

18 Jul 17

This morning I spoke on behalf of UNISON at a breakfast seminar at the the headquarters of law firm, Bindmans, in central London.


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Grenfell Tower & Fire Safety in High Rise Blocks motion to West Ham GC 

17 Jul 17

Emergency Motion West Ham Labour Party General Committee 20 July Grenfell Tower Fire Safety in High Rise Blocks This branch/GC notes: 1.


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Labour at Forest Gate Festival 2017 

16 Jul 17

Picture collage from Saturdays Forest Gate Festival.


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Housing speech at UNISON National Labour Link Forum 

16 Jul 17

John Gray, speaking on behalf of your National Labour Link Committee in favour of motion 11(similar) ” Why we need to build a new housing consensus for affordable and decent homes for all ” as amended.


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ShareAction Summer thank you 2017 

15 Jul 17

Picture collage from Thursday evening ” thank you event ” in Brick Lane, East London for supporters of ShareAction – a campaigning body ” to make investment a force for the good”.


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UNISON at Notting Hill HA 

14 Jul 17

Picture of Notting Hill UNISON activists in Vauxhall with our ace branch Fighting Fund Organiser, Mary Stump (left), after one of the most successful lunchtime recruitment events I have attended.


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There is No PPF or Crown Promise for the LGPS Pension scheme which must be run in the interests of pensioners and not the employers 

14 Jul 17

To be clear.


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Missing (maybe you didn’t look that hard?) 

13 Jul 17

Off message but love this.


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“London Recruits” 

12 Jul 17

I had a meeting this evening with Peter Smith, Teachers Union NUT lead in Newham about Education Cuts.


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Labour at The Forest Gate Festival – Saturday 15 July 2017 

11 Jul 17

” The Forest Gate Festival first took place in 2000, on Osborne Road and has been going strong ever since.


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UNISON National Delegate Conference 2017 Delegate Report 

10 Jul 17

Fab guest post by top Branch activists Mitsy Harmon-Russell Doreen Davies.


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Grenfell Fire Disaster: Never, ever, again: Amendment to Newham Council Scrutiny report. 

9 Jul 17

Tomorrow (Monday 10 July 2017) is the next Newham Council Meeting a nd on the agenda is a report about future “scrutiny” arrangements I have proposed the following amendment to item 12 “Structural Review of Overview and Scrutiny”.


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‘The Future of the NHS” – Seconding Composite B #LabLink!7 

9 Jul 17

This is the speech by London Ambulance Service Paramedic, Jason Anderson, at Labour Link National Forum last week.







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