Labour has launched its manifesto for the upcoming Hertfordshire County Council Elections. 78 seats are up for election including six in Watford. Labour will contest them all. The County is currently run by the Conservatives who have steadily cut services whilst increasing taxes - as can be evidenced by the state of Watford's roads.
Labour has made 10 promises in its Election Manifesto
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Watford Labour to campaign for redevelopment of our hospital
With Hemel Tory MP Mike Penning and Dacorum Council now openly campaigning for the closure of Watford's hospital and the building of a new one at Kings Langley or Hemel, Watford Labour Party is getting behind the West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust decision to redevelop the Vicarage Road site. Labour chair, Mike Jackson said, "Labour was accused of scaremongering a year ago but it is now clear that Mr Penning is trying to get the Conservative government behind his Watford closure plan. We will campaign for the the redevelopment of the Watford Hospital site"
Parents slam unsupervised play area Heartless Lib Dems scrap disabled play
Parents have slammed Watford Council's action in abolishing supervised play facilities at Harebreaks and Harwoods and replacing them with unsupervised equipment costing 1.5 million pounds of our money. Asif Khan, Leggatts Labour Councillor said, "The new equipment is completely unsuitable for disabled children; its heartless action by the Lib Dems." Read more
Labour proposes Council Tax freeze
A Labour motion to freeze Watford's Council tax and cancel a rise in fees was voted down by the Liberal Democrats at the annual budget meeting on 24th January, instead raising the tax by 2%. Labour had proposed the use of the Council's extensive reserves and a cut in the cost of the Mayor's office to balance the budget. Labour Leader, Nigel Bell said, "This tax rise will put unecessary pressure on already suffering residents."
Labour members were out in force on Saturday 21st January collecting signatures on a petition for extra NHS funding. Hundreds of members of the public signed the petition in Watford High Street. Asif Khan, Labour's Campaign Co-ordinator said, "We have never had so much support for a petition in such a short time. Most of those signing the petition were not Labour supporters but the love and concern for the NHS crosses political boundaries. We need the Prime Minister to listen and act." Read more
Members of Watford Labour Party joined a cross party demonstration against hatred and bigotry. The event was called by Hope not Hate on the eve of the inauguration of US President Donald J Trump. Labour chair Mike Jackson said, "The message is that we must never give up hope, never give into bigotry and build bridges between people. In the words of the late MP Jo Cox, there is more that unites us than divides us."
Members of Watford Labour Party were outside the Junction station on 3rd Jan to protest at this whopping rise in rail fares since 2010 when the Tories came to power. Matt Turmaine, Labour's Parliamentary candidate at the last election said, "Its time for a new approach. Labour would bring the railways in to public ownership, keep fares down and invest in the rail system". Read more about Labour's plan
The Mayor and the ruling Liberal Democrats have been exposed for their false claim that there was no Labour plan to rebuild Watford Hospital whilst at the same time exaggerating their own role for political gain. In a letter to the Watford Observer, former Labour MP Claire Ward attacked the Lib Dems for their 'deviousness' and provided detailed evidence that the Labour Government had a plan on track to modernise our hospital until it was cruelly cancelled by the Tory/LibDem coalition in 2010. Read Claire Ward's letter. Also read Mo Mills letter on Lib Dems, 'having it both ways'
Labour teams have been out and about in Callowland campaigning on national and local issues. A stall on St. Albans Road collected hundreds of signatures against the Tory's plans to create thousands more Grammar School places undermining comprehensive schools and segregating children at age 11, Meanwhile teams of councillors and members are knocking on doors listening and helping with local issues. Read more about Labour in North Watford
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Sherma Batson RIP
Watford Labour Party was deeply saddened to hear the news of the sudden death of County Councillor Sherma Batson on 8th January. Mike Jackson, Chair said, "This is tragic and shocking news. Sherma was a fighter for fairness and justice and she will be deeply missed by us all."
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