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A Christmas Story, East London, 2017 (In one of the richest countries in the World) 

14 Dec 17

I have just donated £50 to the Magpie Project in Forest Gate in lieu of xmas cards to friends and colleagues.


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West Ham Labour Xmas Campaigning & Events Update 

13 Dec 17

Dear Member West Ham Labour Party Xmas update Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Looking forward to an early general election and a Labour Government in 2018 with Jeremy Corbyn as our Prime Minister.


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“Let’s build on the brilliant Jo Cox women’s programme with leadership schemes for gay, trans and BAME activists” 

12 Dec 17

Excellent article by West Ham CLPer, Rohit K Dasgupta, on LabourList today.


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West Ham CLP Members Fixed Odd Betting Terminal (FOBT) Consultation – Call for Action 

11 Dec 17

Dear West Ham Labour Party Member Newham has one of the highest number of betting shops of any London borough with 81 currently in operation, with 12 on one street alone.


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London UNISON Regional Finance Convenor Nomination Request 

10 Dec 17

John Gray Standing for: Regional Finance Convenor Nominations close this Thursday 14 December 2017 5pm I am currently the Regional Finance Convenor, and firmly believe that strong management of our member’s money is the foundation to organising …


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UNISON Housing Associations Labour Link AGM 2017 – Keynote speaker John Healey MP 

9 Dec 17

Many thanks to John Healey , Labour Member of Parliament for Wentworth and Dearne in South Yorkshire and Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and Planning, for being our keynote speaker at the event which took place in the House of Commons.


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Labour Party Sexual Harassment Policy 

8 Dec 17

“The Labour Party has a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and will take all complaints of this nature extremely seriously.


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West Ham Ward Councillor Report 7 December 2017 

7 Dec 17

Councillor Report to Ward 7 December 2017 WEST HAM WARD LABOUR PARTY tel: 0203 373 2615 or email John.


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All I want for Christmas is #JC4PM 

6 Dec 17

Received this Crimbo card at UNISON NEC from Welsh colleague Mark Fisher @mfish_9.


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UNISON Living – Membership services 

5 Dec 17

UNISON Living – Services for our 1.3 members checked by our union as trusted partners offering best deals.


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Urgent Questions on Newham Council losses over London Stadium 

4 Dec 17

(My questions as a Councillor to last nights Newham Council Meeting) Dear Kim (Chief Executive Newham Council) With the permission of the Chair of Council, urgent questions can be raised by Councillors.


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Report on UNISON NEC meeting 18 October 2017 

3 Dec 17

“This report is intended for members of the UNISON Community Service Group Executive and for branches with Community members.


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Newham Labour Councillor selection postponed until New Year. 

2 Dec 17

The selection was supposed to take place next weekend (9 10 December).


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“Councillors criticise loss of £52m after Newham Council gives up London Stadium ownership” 

1 Dec 17

“Councillors have criticised the loss of more than £52 million as a result of the London Stadium’s ownership being transferred to the Mayor of London.


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WORLD AIDS DAY – 1 December 2017 

30 Nov 17

ABOUT WORLD AIDS DAY WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY ? World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year.


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“Get help staying warm this winter” UNISON “There for you” 2017 

29 Nov 17

( Are you a UNISON member on Housing benefit or low pay??? If you don’t ask in life you don’t get! https://www.


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“drive slum landlords out of the market” London Labour Conference #LabLon17 

28 Nov 17

Housing motion 1 (my speech) “Conference, John Gray, Chair of Greater London Unison Labour Link moving motion 1 on housing as amended by compositing.


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“Today is the day Labour must renew its determination to end online violence against women and girls” 

27 Nov 17

(post from Labourlist on Saturday by my ward Councillor Seyi Akiwowo) Earlier this year I received a wave of hateful online abuse and harassment after a video of me speaking at the European Parliament went viral.


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London Labour Conference – Day 2 West Ham CLP & UNISON 

26 Nov 17

Day 2 of conference started for me with a UNISON delegation meeting at 9.30 which was confusing since we did not know the order of business for the day.


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London Labour Conference – Day 1 (and National Campaign Day) 

25 Nov 17

Today was the first day of the London Labour Party conference (and a National Labour campaign day following the budget #BetterOffWithLabour).


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#GlitchUK – Online violence & hate speech against women and girls 

24 Nov 17

/ WHO WE ARE Founded by Cllr Seyi Akiwowo, we are a organisation working to reduceonline violence against women and girls (OVAWG) and online hate speech through advocacy, campaigning and training workshops.


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UNISON LGPS Seminar – date change now January 10th 2018 UNISON Centre (& London CIV meeting) 

23 Nov 17

( I will be chairing this meeting again.


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“How the housing crisis is affecting the sector’s own staff” 

22 Nov 17

A harrowing and disturbing article by Inside Housing’s Jess McCabe .


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COME TO PENTONVILLE 5 EVENT DECEMBER 1st 

21 Nov 17

(Picture of former Newham Labour Councillor Civic Mayor, Vic Turner after his release from prison) CELEBRATE A GREAT WORKING CLASS VICTORY APPLY ITS LESSONS TODAY TO FIGHT THE ATTACK ON TRADE UNIONS FRIDAY DECEMBER 1 ST 2017 18.00 EAST HAM WORKING …


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“It’s the 21st century: homes should not be unfit for human habitation” 

20 Nov 17

An excellent post copied from Labour Housing Group ” Redbrick” while photo (and list) from ” AnotherAngryVoice “.


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“The nastiest, hardest problem in finance” 

19 Nov 17

Check out top pension blogger Henry Tapper on why 85% on those able to transfer their pensions out of a DB (defined Benefit Pension scheme) would be best advised not to take it (or F…


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West Ham CLP Crime and Policing Motion to Greater London Labour Conference 2017 

17 Nov 17

“Conference notes that Metropolitan Police statistics show that gun crime in London increased by 42% in 2016/17.


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Poverty Pay and Rotten Housing for Housing Association & Voluntary Sector workers 

16 Nov 17

I hope this motion will go to the UNISON Community conference next year.


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Revealed: the true cost of the House of Lords 

15 Nov 17

The Electoral Reform Society have released a devastating analysis of the state of the House of Lords in 2017 – revealing the ‘democratic crisis’ at the heart of the Lords.


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NEWHAM TRADES COUNCIL – Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack. General Secretary FBU 21 November 

13 Nov 17

Invitation to our next Newham Trades Council meeting Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack.


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Remembrance Day in Berlin 

12 Nov 17

A beautiful Remembrance Dayd 2017 at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission in Berlin , Germany.


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Forest Gate North Xmas Social Saturday 2.12.17 

11 Nov 17

View this email in your browser Dear John Please find your invitation to our Winter Social.


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We’re urging Theresa May to make homes safe from fire. 

10 Nov 17

A great video and I would encourage everyone to sign the letter to the prime minister to make social housing homes safe but dare I say pretty much all Housing blocks should have this protection as well as all of our schools? Dear John Thousands of …


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Greater London UNISON Regional Council AGM 2017 nomination requests 

9 Nov 17

Dear UNISON Colleague, It’s that time again as we approach the forthcoming Regional Council AGM on Wednesday 7 February 2018.


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Herding cats in the LGPS pools 

8 Nov 17

Professional Pensions Magazine website John Gray says the London CIV need a simpler and more representative governance structure The London CIV (collective investment vehicle) is currently undergoing a much needed governance review and hopefully …


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100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution 

7 Nov 17

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and is also the birthday of a certain, Lev Davidovich Bronstein .


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Grenfell Fire: Newham Scrutiny: Fire Safety in Tower Blocks Scrutiny 

6 Nov 17

“Dear Robin Thank you for your weekly briefing.


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Muslim, Hindu & Sikh Spitfire Pilots defended Britain from the Nazis..It’s their Poppy too! 

5 Nov 17

100% agree.


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Solidarity Saturday in Thurrock 

4 Nov 17

A busy day for West Ham Labour.


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“Newham councillor resigns from fire safety committee after public and press are barred from meetings” 

3 Nov 17

Hat tip Newham Recorder.


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Evening Canvass and offering support by local Councillors to Residents in Forest Gate following tragic murder. 

2 Nov 17

Photo Collage from an evening door knock and street surgery last month in Forest Gate North, Newham, London by ward Councillors (Rachel, Seyi Anamul) and local party activists.


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West Ham Labour Campaign, Events & Social Update (1 November 2017) 

31 Oct 17

” I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events.


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Resigning from Newham Council Fire Safety Scrutiny in Residential High Rise Tower Blocks 

31 Oct 17

I have just resigned tonight from being a member of Newham Council “Fire Safety Scrutiny in Residential Tower Blocks” because evidence meetings are being held in secret.


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APPG Local Government Pension Funds (and the pitfalls of infrastructure investment) 

30 Oct 17

Last week I attended an evening meeting of theAll Party Parliamentary Group on Local Authority Pension Funds chaired by Clive Betts MP.


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“Punk Corbyn” West Ham delegate at Labour Party Conference 2017 

29 Oct 17

My fellow ward Councillor, John Whitworth, was our elected West Ham CLP delegate for our National Labour Party Conference this year.


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Welcome back Maggi to UNISON Greater London Region 

28 Oct 17

Many thanks to Stephanie for doing such a good job while holding the fort but great news that Maggi is coming back to London as our new Regional Secretary.


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Speech on Rohingya and the Myanmar Government by Lyn Brown MP 

27 Oct 17

On 17 October Lyn made the following speech in a Parliamentary debate on the persecution of the Rohingya by the Myanmar government: “As we have heard today, the evidence about what has been happening in Myanmar is clear: there is a concerted campaign…


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Be a Labour and Co-op Councillor (Need to Join Co-op Party by Tuesday 31 October) 

27 Oct 17

This is a little complicated but if you are a Labour Party member, who believes in the Co-operative movement and have been selected to stand for Labour at next year’s May 2018 local elections…


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Newham Labour Group Fundraiser 

26 Oct 17

Picture college from Monday’s fish n chips fund raiser for the 2018 elections in East London Rugby Club sponsored by UNISON Labour Link and the CWU.


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Reminder: Newham Campass Thursday 26 October Adult Social Care “Quality Vs Cash” 

25 Oct 17

I will be sorry to miss this event (at the new venue) but tomorrow is West Ham GC! Shame, a really interesting topic.







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