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21 floor “walkabout” Brassett Point 

19 Aug 18

On Friday I went on a “walkabout” with residents and Newham Housing officers from the top to the bottom of Brassett Point in my ward.


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Mears Cat Action August 2018 

17 Aug 18

Mears Cats Action Aug 2018_ from Hero Austin on Vimeo .


News
‘Victims are becoming the perpetrators’: Rabbi and former Labour councillor hits out at ‘toxic’ atmosphere in local party 

17 Aug 18

Rabbi Pinter.


Blog politics
“Shocking picture shows Jeremy Corbyn with extremist leader of rogue island nation” 

16 Aug 18

“A shocking new picture has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn appearing to converse with the extremist leader of a rogue island nation that sells weapons to Israel, Saudi Arabia and Syria.


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Site visit and residents meeting – 10 Victoria Street 

16 Aug 18

Following a visit to residents homes with officers from Newham Council I spoke yesterday at a lively but constructive residents meeting in Stratford Library.


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Newham Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz reflects on her first 100 days in office 

15 Aug 18

“Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz reflects on her first 100 days in office and pledges to continue to drive the change that Newham needs and for the benefit of all…


News
Jeremy Corbyn pictured doing Islamist four fingered salute at Finsbury Park Mosque 

15 Aug 18

Jeremy Corbyn is facing further criticism after a picture emerged of him apparently making a salute linked to an extremist Islamist organisation.


News
Jeremy Corbyn rolls his eyes when asked if he laid wreath at terrorists’ grave 

15 Aug 18

Jeremy Corbyn has been facing further questions over his involvement at a wreath-laying ceremony.


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If a Police Officer can have his pension scammed then is anyone safe under Tory “Pension freedoms” ? 

14 Aug 18

Check out this BBC report about a serving Police Officer who was cheated out of his pension but managed to win £135,000 compensation from the Ombudsman for his fund’s failure to properly warn him about risks.


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Being Scrutinised at Scrunty 

13 Aug 18

Recently as Cabinet member for Housing Services I was called to answer questions by the Newham Overview and Scrutiny Committee .


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Go Get Him Girls! 

12 Aug 18

Boris Johnson’s worse nightmare.


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“Why Labour must adopt the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism” 

11 Aug 18

I agree with UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, in this article published yesterday in the NewStatesman where he calls for the Labour Party to adopt the ” full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism including all the examples” As an experienced trade…


Hyperlocal
Wood Street Library Update 3 

10 Aug 18

Well for August this has been a very busy month! The Cabinet held a meeting to decide the future of Wood Street Library and the labour Group agreed to relocate it to 3 retail units which are being built on the old Coop site in Wood Street.


Blog
Haringey Parks 

10 Aug 18

According to a recent Labour information Sheet.


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Forest Gate North “Great Get Together” Bank Holiday Monday – 27 Aug 

10 Aug 18

” This looks fun! Forest Gate North are having a Great get Together Summer Social on Bank Holiday 27th Aug on Wansted Flats opposite Golden Fleece pub E12 5DB.


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Suspend Boris Johnson 

9 Aug 18

I usually think that as a Labour Party activist it is a bit pointless for me to sign petitions calling for political opponents to resign over something they have said, no matter how stupid or offensive.


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Dappled Sunshine Walk in Bush Wood 

8 Aug 18

Off message but on Sunday we were supposed to go on a run around Wanstead Flats and Park but it was so hot that we walked instead for a hour or so.


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Decent Life Chances For Everyone 

7 Aug 18

The Social Mobility Tsar Should Aim To Get Decent Life Chances For Everyone “Today, we have more families than ever reliant on food banks and charities tell us that holiday hunger for kids is rife Recently, the Social Mobility Commission chief, Dame …


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Chingford Labour Selects Faiza Shaheen As Next Prospective Parliamentary Candidate 

7 Aug 18

Update by Gary Lefley – Chair – CWG Labour Dear All, It’s an exciting time for Labour in Chingford and Woodford Green.


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“Fix the Glitch Report” 

6 Aug 18

A new update by Glitch UK on how Social Media can protect freedom of speech and tackle the appalling abuse on their platforms.


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“Are YOU fond of Cycling? If so WHY NOT CYCLE FOR THE KING…Bad Teeth No Bar” 

5 Aug 18

I have asked London Cycling Campaign on twitter whether a more modern version of this (1915) appeal be something they would support? One response I got back expressed concern at the lack of concern about cyclists bad teeth.


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Angela Rayner’s UNISON story 

4 Aug 18

If you ever wondered what UNISON and the trade union movement does…


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Town Hall Fest – Hackney and Havering 

3 Aug 18

Okay, this is probably more than a little sad but last week I went to a meeting of East London Housing Partnership at Hackney Town Hall (top) and today at Havering Town Hall (bottom) for our “One Source” Shared Service committee..


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“Newham at forefront of Housing Crisis” 

2 Aug 18

Hat tip Newham Recorder for a pretty full on report on the housing crisis in our borough.


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First Time UNISON National Delegate Conference Report #UNDC18 

1 Aug 18

First Time National Delegate Conference Report (Guess who is author of below in picture of my branch delegation celebrating the 25th anniversary of UNISON at the conference.


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Community Wealth Building Seminar for Labour Councillors 21 July 2018 

31 Jul 18

This well attended seminar sponsored by APSE was excellent.


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Decent pension provision is not dying out – it’s being murdered 

30 Jul 18

A headline in last Friday’s “Professional Pensions” was “DB surplus hits record high of £382bn on best estimate basis, says First Actuarial” It is becoming increasingly clear that the the huge decline in decent pension provision in the UK (employer …


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Wanstead Flats Fire July 2018 

29 Jul 18

Pictures taken last weekend from the top of a 308 bus showing the recent fires (from the week before).


Event
Craft and Gift Events – Earl Haig Hall Crouch End N8 9th 

29 Jul 18

Diary date 7th October – 11.30am until 5pm.


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July 19th – Pension Board, LAPFF AGM, UNISON HAB, West Ham Labour GC (Sarah Jones MP Shadow Minister Housing) 

28 Jul 18

Belated report on a busy Labour movement day last Thursday 19 July.


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Race, gender, class in the “Mother of Parliaments” 

27 Jul 18

Recently I went to a late afternoon event in the House of Commons then afterwards had a drink (or three) with a colleague in a nearby pub.


News
Labour announces Chingford and Woodford Green parliamentary candidate 

27 Jul 18

Labour has announced its new parliamentary candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green.


Blog politics
What have the Trade Unions done for us? 

26 Jul 18

A great update by the TUC.


News
Labour vote down amendment calling for more transparency 

26 Jul 18

The Labour majority voted down an opposition amendment calling for greater transparency in the council’s investment strategy.


Blog politics
London Region at UNISON National Labour Link Forum 2018 

25 Jul 18

Picture College of the London delegation at work and at play while at the national forum earlier this month in Newcastle for the UNISON Labour Link political fund that supports the Labour Party.


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“Labour councils working with Trade Unions” 

24 Jul 18

This is good news agreement for the Labour movement family.


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Councillor Report to West Ham Ward 1.7.18 

23 Jul 18

“Dear Members Firstly, may I apologise for the lateness of this report.


News
Local MP criticises national Labour antisemitism definition change 

23 Jul 18

A local MP has criticised Labour’s national executive committee over its definition of anti-Semitism after an outcry from the Jewish community.


Blog politics
NHS 70 : Celebrate and Defend Party in Gateshead 

22 Jul 18

Belated picture collage from NHS 70th Birthday Party held on 5 July in Gateshead.


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“Tell Esther McVey MP not to scrap the pensions dashboard” 

22 Jul 18

I have already about 10 different defined benefit and defined contribution pensions.


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Philosophical Belief Discrimination 

21 Jul 18

I nteresting…


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Letting the government off the hook over removal of housing subsidy 

20 Jul 18

Hat tip Redbrick (shame because Dispatches have a good track record) “With reporter Antony Barnett driving between sites in a flash open top and very sporty white car, trying to link a number of disconnected stories under the disingenuous title of…


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Labour Friends of Local Government 

18 Jul 18

Great first meeting at Portcullis House Westminster on Wednesday.


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Picnic in the Park – West Ham & Stratford Labour Party Sumer Social Friday 27 July 

18 Jul 18

Should be good…


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Charlbury House Walkabout – 17 July 2018 with local Little Ilford Councillors (Art in Blocks) 

17 Jul 18

Picture collage from this evening when I did a home visit to Charlbury House with local Little Ilford Councillors, Councillor Riaz Ahmed Mirza and Councillor Pushpa Dipaklal Makwana about an ongoing leak in the block affecting a number of flats that …


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London Stadium Report & LOBO legal action: Newham Full Council Meeting 16.7.18 

16 Jul 18

Tonight’s Newham Full Council meeting was dominated by two key announcements by Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz in her report to Council.


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President Donald Trump and Queenie 

15 Jul 18

Love it but he is such a …


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La Marseillaise: ‘The Greatest National Anthem in the World, Ever’ – BBC… 

14 Jul 18

“Historian Simon Schama explains why La Marseillaise is the greatest national anthem in the world, while artist Andrew Park reimagines Delacroix’s iconic painting Liberty Leading”.


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“Sleep-in shifts judgment is a huge mistake” 

13 Jul 18

This judgement is bad news for hundreds of thousands of low paid care workers (including my niece).


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Forest Gate Festival – this Saturday 14 July 2018 (Bastille Day!) 

12 Jul 18

@FGFestivalE7 FREE ???? street festival ???? on Saturday 14th July Osborne Road in the heart of #ForestGate #newham #forestgatefestival Check out theforestgatefestival.







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