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While in Dancing Dick’s Lane – White Notley to Witham walk 

15 Oct 17

Definitely off message but today Gill and I went for a linear walk from White Notley station to Witham station (Essex).


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Newham Labour Councillor Candidate Selection for 2018 

14 Oct 17

Got email last night from London Region “Dear candidate, Many thanks for attending your interview last weekend.


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Black History Month Event – London City Hall, Friday 27 October 2017 

13 Oct 17

PROGRAMME OF THE DAY Black History Month 2017 9:30 Coffee and Registration 10:00 Welcome and Introductions – Stephanie Thomas 10:20 Margaret Greer – National Black members Officer 11:00 Alim Kamara – Entertainment (Story Story activity ) 11:30 …


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Workplace pensions work: but we are going backwards not forwards 

12 Oct 17

Pensions for many have improved over the years but we are now in danger of going backwards not forwards.


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Stratford Skyline 

11 Oct 17

Picture from the balcony of East Thames (now LQ) Housing headquarters in Stratford, Newham, London before a UNISON branch meeting.


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World Mental Health day #WMHD 

10 Oct 17

Some useful stuff from ACAS and UNISON .


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Walk from Forest Gate to Chingford 

8 Oct 17

Off message but a lovely walk today from the People’s Republic to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge at Chingford.


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Excellent update on extending the “right to buy” to Housing associations by enforced sale council assets – Redbrick blog 

8 Oct 17

The strange case of a government housing policy that won’thappen by stevehilditch By Ross Fraser Everyone in the sector will recall the surprise late insertion into the 2015 Conservative election manifesto of a policy to extend the right to buy to …


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From London UNISON Regional Secretary to London Labour Councillor 

7 Oct 17

Last week I went to a packed out retirement function for UNISON Regional Secretary, Linda Perks.


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“The Tories must take concrete steps to reverse the rising spate of acid attacks”, writes Lyn Brown MP 

6 Oct 17

” As Iwrite, the last acid attack to hit the headlines in Newham occurred less than three weeks ago.


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Community Land Trust:: Newham Co-operative Party Thursday 12 October at 8pm 

5 Oct 17

I will be sending the invite and agenda out tomorrow morning to all members but Newham Co-operative Party will be holding a meeting next Thursday 12 October at 8pm at the West Ham CLP HQ at 306 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 1AJ We have a …


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Has the public sector pay cap kept up with rising prices? 

4 Oct 17

The answer is No.


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Training for prospective Newham councillors – 5th & 12th October 2017 

3 Oct 17

Have you applied to be a council candidate? West Ham Labour Party are running short training sessions for members who have interviews to stand as Labour Party council candidates.


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Rodney Bickerstaffe RIP 

3 Oct 17

What rubbish news.


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“We are the Lions MR MANAGER” 

2 Oct 17

Check out more here on the Grunwick strike, Jayaben Desai and tour dates.


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Hope for our Country – Campaigning in Chingford & Woodford Green 

1 Oct 17

Yesterday, I was out canvassing next door to Newham, in Chingford Woodford Green with a strong team from West Ham Labour, led by our MP, Lyn Brown.


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West Ham CLP Events & Campaign Grid (29/9/17) 

30 Sep 17

Campaign Events Grid Saturday 30/9/17 11am Royal Oak, Hale End Road IG8 9LN, Canvass, Alan Griffiths lead, West Ham CLP Secretary, Chingford Marginal ( It’s a Labour National Campaign Day!) Saturday 30.9.17 11-2pm Bobby Moore Statue, Central Park Rd…


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West Ham CLP General Committee 

29 Sep 17

I chaired this lively meeting tonight, during which our MP Lyn Brown gave her Parliamentary report and answered questions.


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UNISON/TUC Lobby Parliament & Pay Rally Tuesday 17 October 

28 Sep 17

“Lobby – the lobby of Parliament will take place from 2-6pm on Tuesday 17 October Conservative MPs in England have been identified by the national TUC to target – based on the size of their majorities and/or supportive comments about public …


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OPINION: Fighting against destructive Brexit plan 

27 Sep 17

“It’s been another terrible month for Theresa May’s dreadful and discordant government.


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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour conference speech – watch live 

27 Sep 17

A great and defining speech.


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#Lab17 lunchtime demos 

25 Sep 17

On route to fringe on future of trade unions…


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#Lab17 Thank you Southern Rail 

24 Sep 17

This is something you don’t hear that often.


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Labour Party Conference 2017 #Lab17 

24 Sep 17

I arrived last night in Brighton for conference and started badly by managing to leave my suitcase on the train.


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Sign. Share. Scrap. UNISON’s petition calling on the government to scrap the pay cap 

22 Sep 17

UNISON’s petition calling on the government to scrap the pay cap is getting close to the 100,000-signature mark.


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Trade Unions in Trump’s America: Many Threats, Some Opportunities 

22 Sep 17

Yesterday evening I attended a meeting of SERTUC International Committee at Congress House.


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Former Olympic Stadium Stratford report by Cllr Conor McAuley to his ward 

21 Sep 17

Councillor’s Report to Custom House Branch Labour Party September 2017.


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Newham Council Motion on slaughter in Myanmar 

20 Sep 17

As reported here I was really pleased at this debate and the unanimous decision of full council to support.


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

19 Sep 17

REMINDER: Tom Copley, GLA lead on Housing speaking this Thursday 20 September 7-9pm at Eat 16 Cafe, St Luke’s Community Centre, Canning Town, E16 1HN Agenda 1.


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Newham Council amended Motion on antisemitism (passed tonight) 

18 Sep 17

“This Council expresses alarm at the rise in antisemitism in recent years across the UK.


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“The Stadium Loan” and Questions to Council Meeting 

17 Sep 17

See below today’s blog post by Newham Council Cabinet member, Cllr Rachel Tripp, on the controversy regarding the “The Stadium loan”.


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To Terror From London 

16 Sep 17

nuf said.


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Levada bashing in Madeira – Ribeiro Frio to Portela 

16 Sep 17

Off message but recommend this marvellous recent summer holiday walk, 11k (4 hours-ish) alongside Madeiran Levadas (irrigation water channels) in stunning mountain countryside.


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UNISON Housing Associations Labour Link AGM with John Healey MP 

15 Sep 17

I am very pleased that John Healey MP, the Labour Party Shadow Minister for Housing Planning has agreed to be our guest speaker at our branch Labour Link AGM at House of Commons on Wednesday 26 October 2017.


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Millionaires & Food banks 

14 Sep 17

This evening I got a tweet from Barclays Wealth Managemen with this picture saying ” Our latest #ProsperityMap finds that the UK millionaire population grew by 7.6% year-on-year, up to 625,000″ .


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Newham response to Grenfell Fire 

13 Sep 17

Last week at Forest Gate North Labour Party meeting the Newham Executive Advisor on Housing, Cllr Terry Paul, gave a briefing on the Council response so far which he is happy to share.


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Thanking Barney & Louise 

12 Sep 17

A newsletter is going out tomorrow to all UNISON members in my employer thanking national organisers, Barney Wakefield and Louise Baldock for all their support during the past 12 months.


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#TUC17 Motion 3 – Building a new housing consensus 

11 Sep 17

(Speech on Motion 3 Building a new housing consensus) Congress.


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Trade Union Congress 2017 #TUC17 

10 Sep 17

Now in Brighton for TUC annual conference .


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UNISON Motion on low pay for Labour Conference 

9 Sep 17

I have submitted this motion from my UNISON branch to West Ham Labour Party GC for this years conference.


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Mentioned in Parliament – Cllr Seyi Akiwowo …fighting back against online abuse 

9 Sep 17

A lovely tribute in a maiden speech to Parliament by new L abour MP, Rosie Duffield , to Newham’s youngest Councillor, Seyi Akiwowo, ” who has endured, fought back against and now campaigns against the lowest form of racial abuse…


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“We can’t feed the poor but we can fund a war” 

7 Sep 17

Hat tip Banksy…


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Michael’s story: Work, pay and childcare. 

6 Sep 17

Michael is a shift worker on minimum wage trying to care for his wife and kids.


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#Justice4Edson – Family Campaign Launch Thursday 7 September 

5 Sep 17

Hat tip Rokhsana – “Friends please share widely come! #Justice4Edson Family Campaign launch this coming Thursday 7th Sept in Forest Gate.


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West Ham “Sing Along” & Forest Gate North “Labor Day” BBQ’s 

4 Sep 17

Proving that politics is not just about campaigning, debating and organising (as vital as this is) but also occasionally about having a bit of fun.


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To the Memory of Levellers Private Biggs & Piggen – Shot 18 September 1649 

3 Sep 17

I was recently sightseeing in historic Oxford when I came across this plaque in Gloucester Green.


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Newham Woodcraft 2017 (subtitled) 

2 Sep 17

Check out new video about Newham Woodcraft folk “Youth is not wasted on the young Woodcraft Folk is a progressive organisation for young people led by young people.


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Tony Green’s blog 

1 Sep 17

A welcome to new UNISON NEC member Tony Green on his excellent new blog .


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Forest Gate North “Labor Day” Picnic/BBQ Sunday 3 September 

29 Aug 17

Just a quick reminder that Forest Gate North Labour Party will be holding a Summer Picnic/BBQ on Sunday 3rd September on Wanstead Flats opposite the Golden Fleece pub from 3 to 6 p.


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Ride to the Somme, Passchendaele & Arras 2017 

26 Aug 17

The Battle of Passchendaele in the First World War took place from 31 July 1917 to 10 November 1917.







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