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Campaigning in Forest Gate North & Ilford North 20 May 2017 

21 May 17

Yesterday morning I started off campaigning in Forest Gate North with local Councillor, Anamul Islam and activists.


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Newham Council AGM 2017 (The Selfie) 

20 May 17

This may not be very dignified but I do like this picture of some Newham Councillors after our Council Annual General Meeting on Thursday.


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“Why fossil fuel divestment isn’t the answer” 

19 May 17

Last month I went to a well attended public meeting on this topic in Forest Gate Coffee7 and a Chatham House rules seminar in the City.


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3 weeks to the General Election 

18 May 17

DearJohn Labour has set out it’s manifesto for the many ; now we have 3 weeks left to tell people about it.


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Re-electing Lyn Brown in Custom House & Forest Gate 

17 May 17

A great collage of photos from recent campaigning.


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School uniform grants for UNISON members – up to £120 

16 May 17

I am so proud that UNISON has its own Charity fund for members on low income or facing financial or other hardship.


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#RentersVote for #ToriesOUT 

15 May 17

This email I received below is interesting.


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25 Days until UK General Election: On the knocker in Forest Gate & Ilford North 

14 May 17

Yesterday started with my Newham Councillor surgery in Vicarage Lane Community Centre, West Ham.


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Alan B’Stard outlines the Tory plans for the NHS. “in the good old days… you were poor… you got ill…. and you died!” 

13 May 17

Lest we forget.


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National Express – 6 kids die but CEO still gets 7 figure bonus. Wtf? 

12 May 17

A sensitive and thoughtful commentary below by Tom Powdrill on his blog “Labour Capital” about the many governance dangers of paying huge “performance related” bonuses to Chief Executives.


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Re-electing Lyn Brown – Forest Gate, West Ham & Canning Town 

11 May 17

Picture collage from canvass in Forest Gate North on Tuesday evening, West Ham ward on Wednesday evening and a Labour stall outside the busy West Ham Station tonight (which is confusingly not in West Ham ward but Canning Town North).


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Should DB schemes open to new members get special treatment? (and why DC schemes are so rubbish in comparison) 

10 May 17

I had a name check in this interesting article below.


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4 weeks to the General Election 

10 May 17

If you joined Labour because you want a Labour government it’s time to act.


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Re-electing Lyn Brown in Green Street & Forest Gate 

9 May 17

College is from Sundays morning canvass in Green Street West and the afternoon session in Forest Gate North.


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One Housing Group suspends rent rises for West Ham key workers 

8 May 17

Good news that One Housing Group has agreed to suspend the imposition of up to 40% rent rises and new contracts on a key workers scheme near West Ham station.


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West Hammers at Home and Away (Ilford North) 

7 May 17

Picture collage from yesterday’s (Saturday) Labour campaigning in West Ham and Ilford North.


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Can you help fund West Ham’s General Election campaign? 

6 May 17

DearJohn In less than five weeks time, on 8 June, we will be casting our votes in theGeneral Election.


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General election 2017: Make our UNISON members’ voices heard 

5 May 17

Make sure members are registered to vote by 22 May; Use our new campaign guide for branches and activists The general election is just five weeks away.


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UNISON and Clarion Housing Association sign recognition agreement 

4 May 17

Latest news from UNISON in Clarion and Latimer John Gray's Labour Blog 4 May 17

Good luck to all Labour Party candidates standing today for election in local Council Mayoral contests! Polls shut at 10pm and results due around 2am.


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5 weeks to the General Election – West Ham Labour Grid 

3 May 17

DearJohn There’s only 5 weeks left to tellTheresa May we want teachers and police officers for the many, not grammar schools and cuts to capital gains taxfor the few.


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UNISON “there for you” Pyrenean Charity Challenge 

2 May 17

” Members experiencing financial and emotional difficulties can contact our welfare charity, There for You , which provides a confidential advice and support service for members and their dependants” .


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#GE17 West Hammers playing at home 

1 May 17

Yesterday I was pounding the mean streets of Forest Gate North again with a team led by local Councillor, Anamul Islam.


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Housing announcement: Labour’s consumer rights revolution for renters 

1 May 17

“The Conservative’s record on housing is one of seven years of failure.


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Happy May Day! 

1 May 17

Hat tip #StrongerUNISON…


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Labour 20 pledges to working people (and 3 more of my own) 

30 Apr 17

Finally, we are beginning to see some clear red water between Labour and the Tories on what really matters to British workers.


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40 days to go – Campaigning in Forest Gate North & Ilford North 

29 Apr 17

Yesterday we ordered our first West Ham CLP freepost leaflet (the relief).


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“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” Worker Memorial Day 2017 

28 Apr 17

Today is Workers Memorial Day, and across the world trade unionistsremember the 20,000 British and the 2.3 million deaths of workers worldwide who die prematurely every year in work related accidents or from occupational disease.


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“Why I care so much about housing associations: they will be critical to delivering Jeremy Corbyn’s housebuilding target” 

27 Apr 17

Today John Healey MP announced a welcome commitment to build a million homes if a Labour Government is elected on June 8.


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West Ham Labour: General Election campaigning 2 

26 Apr 17

DearJohn Thanks to everyone who’s already been out campaigning and offered to help with leaflets.


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40% RENT UP – CAN’T PAY – WILL STAY! Message To One Housing Group 

25 Apr 17

Photo from last night’s planning and action meeting of the Newham key workers facing massive rent rises by the Charitable Landlord, One Housing Group.


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International Workers Day Memorial 28 April 2017 11am Stratford E15 

24 Apr 17

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars.


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GE2017: West Hammers in Forest Gate South & Ilford North 

23 Apr 17

After a week in North Wales celebrating my Mum’s 76th, visiting family (and sneaked in a couple of hill walks) I drove back to London yesterday and today started campaigning in the Ilford North marginal then met up with West Ham CLP officers to agree…


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UNISON NEC elections finish this Friday 28 April 2017 so get your finger and pen out then VOTE STRONGERUNISON! 

22 Apr 17

Okay, everyone is busy, busy and Easter is not a great time to hold an election but if you are a UNISON member and you haven’tvoted yet then please get this sorted asap.


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Vote Labour Llafur – Vote Geraint Lloyd-Williams On May 4 

21 Apr 17

Overshadowed by the General election, local elections will be taking place across the country on May 4th.


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Why Twitter & Facebook do little or nothing about racist and bigoted trolls? 

20 Apr 17

Last night I watched a report on the BBC One Show about the abject failure of super rich social media companies Twitter and Facebook to really tackle online trolling by racists and other bigots.


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Stronger Unison – Vote Liz & Dan for Higher Education NEC 

19 Apr 17

Okay, we are embarking on the fight of our lives to get rid of the Tories on June 8th, but the UNISON NEC elections are still ongoing and not due to finish before Friday 28 April (which by coincidence is also Workers Memorial Day.


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General Election 2017. Agent Gray & the Campaign to Win 

18 Apr 17

This morning I was happily enjoying an Easter holiday sunshine walk in the countryside, when the Chair of West Ham Constituency Labour Party rang my mobile.


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UNISON NEC Elections 2017: West Midlands Region candidate recommendations 

17 Apr 17

If you are a UNISON member in our West Midlands region please vote for Carol, Eleanor, Steve and Mary.


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Triggered: Article 50, Brexit & the impact on local communities -Newham Fabians 

17 Apr 17

JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…


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Housing matters: New post on Red Brick 

16 Apr 17

Respond to this post by replying above this line New post on Red Brick Ambition to Build by stevehilditch Below is my contribution to the Spring Edition of Fabian Review, Ambition to Build .


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UNISON NEC Elections 2017: East Midlands Region candidate recommendations 

15 Apr 17

If you are a UNISON member in our East Midlands region please vote for Chris and Nicole.


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The Co-op and the Co-operative Party: 100 years of pioneering the future 

15 Apr 17

Dear Friend, Starting from next week, eligible members of the Co-operative Group (‘the Co-op’) will begin receiving their ballots for this year’s AGM, by post or email.


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UNISON NEC Elections 2017: South West Region candidate recommendations 

14 Apr 17

If you are a UNISON member in our South West region please vote for Debi and Mike.


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On the knocker in Plaistow South 25 March 

14 Apr 17

On Saturday 25 March I helped out again, the Plaistow South Labour Party branch on a campaign day with local Councillors and activists.


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15 minute care makeover – if you have elderly relatives or worry about what will happen to you when you get old then watch and weep (then get angry and do something about this) 

13 Apr 17

Please watch, weep, get angry and then do something.


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UNISON NEC Elections 2017: South East Region candidate recommendations 

13 Apr 17

If you are a UNISON member in our South East region please vote for Steve and you can also vote for all the National seats below and for your own Service Group representatives.


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Feeding Fat Cats – Changes to Small Claims Limit 

12 Apr 17

The government wants 95% of people injured at work and elsewhere to be left with no funding for legal help.


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Stronger UNISON – London Local Government slate 

11 Apr 17

If you are a London UNISON member and work in Local Government then please consider voting for above.


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“Newham declines FOI request for LOBO replacement loan rate” 

11 Apr 17

This is really disappointing news.







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