Watford votes narrowly to Leave
It couldn't have been much closer as at 2.30 am on Friday morning it was announced at the Count that there was less than 300 votes in it. Here was the Watford result
Remain 23,167 49.72%
Leave 23,419 50.28%
Labour had campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU both nationally and locally. Mike Jackson, Chair of Watford Labour Party said in a statement to members, "I know that most of you like me will be profoundly disappointed and sad today.
The consequences and implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU are only beginning to sink in.
I believe the victory for Leave represents a more narrow minded, intolerant and inward looking Britain.
Many of our supporters voted Leave because of fears and consequences of immigration and because of austerity.
We must find ways to reconnect with these voters if we are going to be an effective political force in the future.
We must remain united and outward looking as a party because it is Labour that represents the true British values of caring, tolerance, co-operation and international solidarity."
With the opinion polls showing that Britain's continued membership of the EU is on a knife edge, Watford Labour Party is appealing to all Labour supporters to vote REMAIN on 23rd June. Labour is planning to distribute 39,000 leaflets to households in Watford explaining Labour's case to Remain. But it is a mammoth task. If you can help, please click on the link below.
To join Labour's campaign contact us here.
Labour stands firm as Tories collapse
Eleven Labour Councillors were elected on 5th May down from thirteen, whilst the Conservatives lost all their seats as a Liberal Democrat national targeted campaign won the most seats in Watford. Labour won all three seats in Holywell, Vicarage and Leggatts ward whilst in Callowland a closely run contest resulted in two Labour councillors being elected whilst Favour Ewudo missed winning the third seat for Labour by just 27 votes. In Central Ward Labour missed out by just 71 votes after a major boundary change. Labour Group Leader Nigel Bell said, "We are disappointed to lose two seats but overall it was a strong result for Labour in resisting the Lib Dem onslaught that wiped out the Tories. We will be the only party now able to hold the Lib Dems to account." The full election results can be read here.
The shocking news that NHS Commissioners are consulting on an option that could see our local Hospital close has led Labour to launch a campaign to save Watford Hospital. Despite Labour securing the hospital with service moving from Hemel in 2009, the Tory MP for Hemel Hempstead who has always opposed the centralisation of services at Watford appears to have got his way. Now the Commissioners are considering a proposal to close Watford and build a new hospital in another town.
Read the Commissioners report here
Read more on this story here.
Labour campaigners were out across Watford on the doorstep and in the High street, campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union. Over one thousand leaflets were distributed. Labour Chair, Mike Jackson said, "Apart from a few grumpy men, there was overwhelming support for voting to stay in Europe in the Referendum on 23rd June". Labour is campaigning under the slogan Labour In for Britain. Watch Eddie Izzard's video on voter registration
Despite receiving a petition signed by 2,634 residents and a letter from Transport for London demanding the reinstatement of the County's support for these popular bus services, Conservative councillors including those from Bushey voted to withdraw all financial support from these routes. Labour's Mike Jackson, in presenting the petition to a meeting of Hertfordshire County Council said, "The clock is now ticking and these services are under threat." Read full statement here Read Watford Observer report here
Chris Bryant MP in Watford - "our values are the things that unite us"
Speaking at a Gala Fundraising Dinner for Watford Labour Party's campaign funds, Chris Bryant MP, Shadow Leader of he House of Commons responded to media criticism by pointing out that Labour's values that united the party were much stronger than any differences over particular policies. He said the local party was in a strong position to defeat the Liberal Democrats in May's elections. The dinner, held on 11th February raised over £1,600 for campaign funds.
Labour has proposed positive alternatives to the Liberal Democrat budget for Watford. These included regeneration of St. Albans Road, free collection of bulky items and a cut in the Mayor's allowance. Read them here.
Labour's Nigel Bell described the Lib Dems as 'tired out' after 14 years in power. Read his speech in full.
Mayor praises former Labour administration and blames market traders. Read more
Liberal Democrats costing us the earth. Read more
Pressure is building on Conservatives at County Hall to reverse their cuts in subsidy to the threatened 142 and 258 bus routes. Petitions have been sent to London Mayor Boris Johnson and to the County Tory Party demanding that the routes be saved. Read Labour's Press Release. Read letters to Boris Johnson and the County Council. Read the Watford Observer story here. Sign the petition here.
Over 2,600 have already signed
Petition closed Monday 22nd February
As Watford faces continued traffic disruption due to the Wiggenhall Road closure, Labour is laying to full responsibility for this chaos at the feet of Watford's Liberal Democrat Mayor. "The Mayor is putting profits before people and those who live and work in Watford are picking up the bill with wasted time , pollution and fuel costs", says Labour Group Leader Nigel Bell. Labour has tabled a motion for debate at the Council meeting on 27th January. Read it here.
Read his Nigel's statement here. Complain to the Mayor here.
New Labour members getting active
Over 50 new members of Watford Labour Party who joined since May attended an induction event focussed on getting active in campaigning work. Local campaign organiser Asif Khan said, "We may not have the Tories' money but we are by far the biggest party in Watford and active members do make the difference."
"Mr Harrington, help refugees" - Young Labour members
Members of Watford Labour were out in the High Street as part of their campaign calling for more action on solving the refugee crisis.
A petition organised by the youth section of Watford Labour, was warmly received by passers-by with over one hundred and fifty people signing it in the space of a couple of hours.
Dan Kerry, Watford Labour’s youth officer said;” This is an important issue for lots of people. More than 50% of Syrian refugees are children who have lost everything. More than 10 million Syrians, or 45 per cent of the country’s population has been displaced. The response of the UK government has been woefully poor and it’s shameful. It has been a British tradition to help refugees in the past, such as the Kindertransport during WW2."
The petition called on Richard Harrington, the Minister for Syrian Refugees, to do more to help alleviate the plight of all refugees, and called upon the UK Government to step-up to its international obligations.
Labour is now the only party effectively fighting the Tory County Council bus cuts as Lib Dem Mayor Dorothy Thornhill stated, "Richard (Harrington Tory MP) and I are now comfortable with the proposals" Read Watford Observer story here.
Watford's embattled allotment holders have vowed to fight on despite the Lib Dem Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill's decision to apply for a third time for permission to concrete over their plots. Admitting that the mis-named 'Health Campus' scheme can go ahead without the allotments, the mayor wants to cash in on Watford's lucrative housing market by building even more on the site. The campaign to save Farm Terrace continues to get local and national coverage Read allotment holders blog A decision by the Secretary of State is overdue and awaited.
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Stella Creasy leads campaign workshop
Walthamstow Labour MP Stella Creasey was in Watford on Saturday 23rd April to run a campaign workshop for local Labour members. The event was organised by the Co-op Action Network. Their plan is to harness the current energy and enthusiasm around politics at the moment, channelling it into empowering Co-op and Labour activists to directly plan and develop their own campaigns and projects.
Said 91 year old war veteran Harry Smith who brought tears to Labour 's Conference, Watch the video above.
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The Conservatives' Child Tax Credit con
Reinstate free collections
Nasreen Shah has proposed that Watford Council return to free collections of bulky items to stop fly tipping. The Vicarage councillor proposed the change as part of Labour's alternative budget plans but it was rejected by the Mayor. Nasreen said,"We should prosecute known fly tippers but charging for collection is a false economy as the Council has to pay to clear dumped items".
To view dumped items in Vicarage click here.
The Lib Dem Watford Council is sending more not less refuse to landfill. Read more
Watford Labour was well represented at the national Labour Womens' Conference at Brighton at the weekend. Pictured here from Left to right, Watford Councillor Favour Ewudo, Avril Haley, Councillor Anne Joynes and recent recruit Sara Jane Trebar. Watford will be represented at the main Labour Party conference by Matt Turmaine.