Since Monday 11th July all Southern train services via, Milton Keynes, Watford and Clapham Junction have been cancelled causing misery and chaos for thousands of rail users. Labour is demanding that the services be brought back into public ownership if this private operator cannot provide a service. Labour Group Leader Nigel Bell wrote to the Tory MP and Lib Dem Mayor demanding urgent action by them to stop the service closure.
Read his letter here. Read his Press Release here
Sign Labour's petition here.
The Liberal Democrat majority on Watford Council is proposing more cuts to play services by removing all supervision from adventure playgrounds in North and West Watford. Play workers are to lose their jobs.
Read statement by Labour Councillors here.
Sign the petition against the cuts here.
Download a copy of the petition here
Read Nigel Bell's speech here
Watford votes narrowly to Leave
It couldn't have been much closer as at 2.30 am on Friday 24th June it was announced at the Count that there was less than 300 votes in it. The closest result in the UK. 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."
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
Please note that Watford Labour Party is unable to deal with any enquiries regarding the Labour Leadership election. All enquiries should be addressed to the national Labour Party
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Local young members of the Labour Party agreed to set up a South Herts Young Labour Group, Find out more here.
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Stella Creasy leads campaign workshop
Walthamstow Labour MP Stella Creasey was in Watford 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
The Lib Dem Watford Council is sending more not less refuse to landfill. Read more