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UNISON Housing Associations Branch new website 

24 May 18

Many thanks to branch activist Peter Youles for our new website…


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ACAS: Religion or belief discrimination: ten myths 

22 May 18

Myth: I can’t be accused of discriminating against someone with the same religion as me.


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PLSA Local Government Pension Conference 2018 

21 May 18

Just arrived for the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association annual conference in Gloucestershire as Newham London delegate from Investment and Accounts Committee.


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Being a Republican but still enjoying the Newham Royal Wedding Celebrations 

20 May 18

Picture collage from two events in Newham yesterday that I attended with Gill on behalf of the Council celebrating the Royal Wedding.


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Janet Daby selected as Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Lewisham East By Election 

19 May 18

Congratulations to UNISON Labour Link nominated candidate , Janet Daby, for her convincing win today.


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100 years of Votes for Women: Processions – Sunday 10 June 

18 May 18

Processions – 100 years of women’s suffrage Rowena Sommerville​ Processions National Coordinator ‑ England | https://facebook.


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“50th anniversary of Ronan Point” & “Are tenants being listened to on safety?” (NO) 

17 May 18

“Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz yesterday (Wednesday 16 May ) laid flowers and attended a special memorial event to mark the day, 50 years ago, that four people died in the Ronan Point tower block disaster.


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Greater London UNISON Labour Link backs Janet Danby for Lewisham East 

16 May 18

Greater London UNISON Labour Link has made a supportive nomination for our union member (and former social worker) Janet Daby in the Lewisham East by election.


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“Mayor unveils first members of Cabinet” 

15 May 18

The last 8 years as a backbench Newham Councillor has been a fantastic experience and a real honour to serve my constituents.


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UNISON “there for you” helping out our low paid members with the cost of school uniforms 2018 

14 May 18

One of the many things that I am proud of in my trade union UNISON is its charitable arm ” There for you” (which I am one of its trustees).


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#TUCNewDeal March & Rally 12 May 2018 

13 May 18

A little bit wet at times but a great day yesterday while on the TUC march and rally for public services in Central London.


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Levellers Day 2018 May 19 

13 May 18

“Join us in Burford, Oxfordshire, to remember the achievements, sacrifice and legacy of the radical thinkers and political activists known as ‘The Levellers’ 2pm Saturday 19 May In the Churchyard, St John the Baptist Church, Church Green, Burford…


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West Ham Labour Party Local Council Elections Celebration with Richard Burgon MP 

12 May 18

Some pictures from our local elections celebration and fundraiser event held on Thursday evening in Eat16 (Canning Town) compered by our MP Lyn Brown and introduced our guest speaker, Richard Burgon MP, Shadow Justice Minister (while on route back …


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Know Your Newham Politicians 

10 May 18

“A short documentary introducing the new Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE and her councillors as they win their seats and highlighting their plans for Newham”.


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West Ham CLP fundraiser with Richard Burton MP Thursday 10 May 

9 May 18

Post-election CLP fundraiser/social Thursday 10th May 2018 Dear John Many, many thanks to all the West Ham CLP members who came out to get all sixty of our Labour councillors elected in Newham last Thursday as well as our Mayoral candidate Rokhsana …


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A new era for Newham – Labour Briefing 

8 May 18

Hat tip my fellow ward Councillor, John Whitworth – Labour Briefing 23 April .


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Great Expectations Met: Northward Hill and Halstow Marshes walk 

7 May 18

Off message.


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WestHam CLP fundraising 4 conference 2018 

6 May 18

I love going to Labour Party conferences and think that our West Ham Constituency Labour Party should send as many delegates as possible, so I fully support this fundraising attempt to pay for and send more delegates.


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March with UNISON on 12 May 

6 May 18

Local elections are now over but no rest for the wicked.


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Re-elected & Newham Council Local Elections Count 2018 

5 May 18

I was delighted to be re-elected yesterday as a Labour (and also now Co-operative) Councillor in London Borough of Newham for a 3rd term with Cllr John Whitworth Cllr Charlene McLean.


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Vote Labour (& Co-operative) 

3 May 18

In West Ham Ward, London Borough Newham.


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East End May Day Rally – Yiddish, Cockney & Bengali Culture mix of Labour Movement Politics & History 

2 May 18

After we finished campaigning in our ward, my Labour Co-operative colleague John Whitworth and I went to the “East End May Day Rally” in East Ham Working Mens Club.


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London, Newham and West Ham Labour Action team 

2 May 18

My favourite2018 local election campaign picture so far.


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May Day West Hammers putting people at the heart of all we do 

1 May 18

Picture collage from this evening.


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May Day Workplace Disclosure Initiative – “Improving the quality of jobs”. 

1 May 18

I went to fascinating (and packed)”May Day” meeting today as a Pension trustee asset owner on the launch of a new report by the ” Workplace Disclosure Initiative ” on ” Improving the quality of jobs “.


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Foxes, UKIP Switchers & New Eastenders – Forest Gate North Labour Canvass 

30 Apr 18

After my Mobike UK adventure I joined comrades in Forest Gate North on #labourdoorstop.


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My First Mobike 

30 Apr 18

My first @MobikeUK .


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Final Week! 

28 Apr 18

It’s the FINAL WEEK…


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International Workers Memorial Day 2018 Newham: “Remember the Dead, Fight for the Living” 

28 Apr 18

Today is International Workers Memorial Day which remembers workers who have been killed at work or died of industrial injuries or diseases.


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West Ham Labour Action Team & Labour’s Plan for Newham 

27 Apr 18

I declare an interest…


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Avenue Primary School Anti-Academies Strike 

26 Apr 18

My picture from yesterday’s strike picket by teachers and lobby by parents against the proposed academination of Avenue Primary School in Manor Park, Newham.


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Spring Blossom during West Ham Ward #Labourdoorstep 

26 Apr 18

What I enjoy about campaigning in May is all the beautiful spring blossom.


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Closing the housing gender pay gap in a “mans world”. 

24 Apr 18

Check out this article in last Friday’s Inside Housing on the recent compulsory disclosure on gender pay in the sector.


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Vote Labour 3 May 2018! 

23 Apr 18

It’s up on my window! Is yours…


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Workers’ Memorial Day – Saturday 28 April 2018 10.45-11.15am at Clasping Hands Statue, 3 Mills Green, E3 3DU 

22 Apr 18

This is a really important event in the Labour movement calendar and takes place, I think, at the most significant but unknown example of historic working class art in East London.


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Rokhsana Fiaz Pledges for Newham 

22 Apr 18

Short and sharp speech by Rokhsana Fiaz outlining her key policies and welcome different approach to local politics at the fifth birthday celebration of CustomHouse’s PEACH ” Rokhsana Fiaz, the new labour candidate for Newham Mayor states her pledges…


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West Ham postal votes – Putting people at the heart of all we do 

21 Apr 18

In between speaking in a seminar on the Divestment of Council Pension schemes in fossil fuels I was also speaking to West Ham ward postal voters as well as taking pictures of fly tips, litter and other things using my #LoveNewham app…


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Only 13 days until the local elections on 3rd May 

20 Apr 18

DearJohn Only 13 days until the local elections on 3rd May 2018 and the weather is looking lovely! Grab your sun cream andjoin us for a canvassing session in the next week to get our Labour candidates and our fantastic mayoral candidate Rokhsana Fiaz…


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In Newham we are going to be a staggering £1337 worse off per household due to Tory cuts. 

20 Apr 18

Check out this Tory cuts calculator to find out how your community has suffered (and due to suffer even more) from a decade of Tory cuts.


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The Man And His Houses 

19 Apr 18

Looks really interesting but will be knocking on doors next Thursday methinks…


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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – Theatre Royal Stratford 

18 Apr 18

A far too rare night out to the theatre yesterday evening to watch the alternative comedian, Mark Thomas.


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“Climate Change and Bangladesh: First Affected. Worst Affected” (Pension Carbon divestment) 

17 Apr 18

(I am due to speak at this seminar as a Councillor trade union pension activist).


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West Ham Labour Action Team – Putting People at the heart of all we do 

16 Apr 18

FOR THE MANY NOT THE FEW “The Canning Town North branch is having a joint street stall with West Ham branch outside West Ham tube Station at 5.00pm on Wednesday 18 th April” .


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UNISON Labour Link Greater London Region supporting its members standing for public office 

15 Apr 18

This form is only for UNISON Labour Link members in our Greater London Region.


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UNISON’s “Goodbye and thanks” to Rodney Bickerstaff 

14 Apr 18

On Thursday I went to a packed out memorial in the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster to celebrate the life of our former UNISON General Secretary, Rodney Bickerstaff.


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West Ham CLP Grid – Only 20 Days to go before 2018 Newham Council & Mayoral elections 

13 Apr 18

20 days now until the local elections on 3rd May…


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“This is what the Tory housing crisis looks like” 

11 Apr 18

This is a really powerful Labour Party political broadcast from last night.


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TUC national demonstration: Step Up for Public Services – 12 May 2018 

10 Apr 18

” The TUC has called a national demonstration on Saturday 12 May in London .


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“Bloody foreigners, coming over here, saving our lives!” 

9 Apr 18

Hat tip my UNISON NEC colleague @Mr_Tony_Green .


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Register to Vote & for a Postal Vole – online (by 18 April) 

8 Apr 18

(Hat tip Labour Party.






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