The long awaited decision by the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles on the second application by Watford Borough Council to concrete over the Farm Terrace allotments has been further delayed without explanation. Read more
An allotment holder has written her reflections on the fight to save these much loved allotments. Read her story here.
Labour Leader Nigel Bell was joined by fellow councillors at the opening of west Watford's new Morrison's supermarket on Monday 25th November. Nigel said, "114 unemployed local people have found jobs here and over 90% of the employees are local residents. This is good news for west Watford" Read more
Watford Council has voted unanimously to support the immediate introduction of plain packaging on cigarettes. A motion proposed by Labour's Parliamentary candidate gained cross party support despite the Coalition government adopting a 'wait and see' policy. Read more
Matt Turmaine and his team were out in Watford High Street on Saturday 9th November petitioning against rising energy prices. Joined by Leicester Labour MP Liz Kendall, Labour collected hundreds of names on their petition calling for a freeze in energy prices and a reform of the energy market. Read Labour's local press release here. You can sign Labour's petition here
Watford Area Arts Forum exhibition was launched on Saturday 9th November by Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa. The exhibition on the top floor of Watford's Harlequin Centre includes paintings, drawings and photographs by local artists and are for viewing or sale until the 17th November. Jagtar, who is also a mayoral candidate said: " This exhibition shows the depth of artistic talent in Watford and I am grateful to the Watford Area Arts Forum for promoting this event annually."
Matt Turmaine has written about the pressure on our local Accident and Emergency Dept which has been forced to close at times of peak pressure. He said, " Watford Hospital has been hit by a ‘perfect storm’ of rising demand and reduced Government funding. David Cameron’s election promise to protect the NHS has been shown to be hollow, with West Herts Hospitals being expected to save an additional £15 million this year." Matt promised to make the local NHS his No.1 priority if elected. Read the full text of Matt's letter here.
The Liberal Democrat Mayor Dorothy Thornhill has been called upon to resign over Watford Council's admission that it has over paid £1.3 million in housing benefit in the past year.
Read the open letter from Labour Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa here. Read the Watford Observer article here.
Watford Labour Parliamentary Candidate Matt Turmaine met up with Eastern Region MEP Richard Howitt and Labour European candidate Alex Mayer at Labour's Brighton Conference at the end of September. Read about Labour's successful conference and Ed Miliband's pledge to freeze energy costs here. Read Matt's Conference report and Labour's policies here.
Cllrs Jagtar Singh Dhindsa and Nigel Bell with local residents
Pensioners from Swanston House in Whippendell Road were out on their street protesting at the high-handed decision to re-route their 323 bus service to central Watford and Rickmansworth. They are supported by local Labour councillors who have collected hundreds of signatures on a petition to reinstate the service Read more
Eric Pickles - unlawful decision
Lib Dem Mayor Dorothy Thornhill has been thwarted in her attempt to concrete over Farm Terrace allotments due to an unlawful decision made by the Tory Secretary of State Eric Pickles. However, without any further reference to councillors the Mayor's office has issued a statement stating that, "...we will be submitting a robust case to him (Pickles) to support our position that the allotments should be deregulated." Read more
A motion expressing Watford Council's concern over the misery caused by extortionate interest rates charged by so called 'pay day' loan companies in the town and calling for new powers to curb their activities, was passed unanimously. The Labour sponsored motion was proposed by Matt Turmaine. To find out what the Council agreed click here.
Labour Parliamentary candidate Matt Turmaine and his team
Matt Turmaine and his team were out in Oxhey campaigning to protect the NHS on its 65th anniversary. As well as delivering leaflets explaining the way the coalition govt is making the NHS worse, the team gathered names on a petition. "We had a great response on the doorstep", said Matt. "We met a lot of people who are going to support Labour on this issue". Read more about Labour's campaign to protect the NHS. To join Matt's summer campaign contact him here
Ed Miliband on tax avoidance in Watford
Stunning Labour election victory
Anne Joynes and Nigel Bell celebrate
Labour came from fourth to first to win the Callowland Leggatts Division in the Herts County elections held in Watford on 2nd May. Anne Joynes stormed home with an 18% swing to Labour. In west Watford, Nigel Bell won with a whopping 60% share of the vote over four other candidates. For full election results click here. Overall the Lib Dem share of he vote was 10% down across the county with Labour increasing the number of seats held from 3 to 15. UKIP failed to win a seat but took many votes from the Tories.
Lib Dems forced to concede on the 'Living wage' in privatisation plans
Labour Councillors scored an important victory in ensuring that the private contractor taking over Watford Council's services will pay at least the Living wage of £7.45 per hour to all its workers. Read more
Workers protest at sell off of services
Members of the town hall trade union UNISON and supporters of Palestinian rights joined forces to protest at the decision of the Mayor and Liberal Democrats to hand over public services to multi-national company Veiola. Read more
Maria Eagle MP with Matt
Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle MP joined Matt Turmaine, Labour councillors and campaigners at Watford Junction on the 25th March to protest at a potential 40% increase in train fares over the next three years. Labour members gave out leaflets to commuters explaining how the Coalition government could allow private rail companies to charge an even higher 'super peak' ticket rate.
Lights back on? Sign the petition
Large parts of Watford have been plunged into darkness once again as the Tory County Council is faced with a deeply embarrassing fiasco. Timers which were fitted at an enormous cost of £4.5m have failed again. Labour Councillor Nigel Bell said: "It’s completely outrageous and totally unacceptable; it’s dangerous for motorists to be driving around in it. We need a proper explanation and to make sure that tax-payers don’t have to pay the bill."
Labour's Parliamentary candidate Matt Turmaine has called on Watford's councillors and Lib Dem Mayor to oppose the 'bedroom tax' , due to be introduced by the coalition government on 1st April. The tax, which is estimate to hit up to 30% on people in Watford living in housing association or former Council properties. Read more Labour has proposed a motion to be debated at the full meeting of Watford Council. Read the outcome
Mayor wants allotments to fund rebuilding
In the Chancellor's autumn statement was an announcement that hospitals could now be rebuilt or modernised with money from a new PFI Mark 2 scheme. This was completely contrary to what the Chair of West Herts Hospitals Trust told Councillors. We ask key questions of the WHHT Chair. Read more
Labour's Leader Councillor Nigel Bell has accused the town hall's ruling Liberal Democrats of incompetence in dealing with private sector developers. He has highlighted a series of serious mistakes and negligence that have cost Watford's taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds and that now threaten our scarce and precious green spaces in the town.
Labour's 5 point plan for jobs
This is a really worrying time for families, struggling with higher food prices and gas bills and worried about their jobs and their children’s futures. That’s why Labour has set out a clear five-point plan for jobs, to help struggling families and support small businesses.
Watch the video by clicking here
Read the latest news from Matt Turmaine, Labour's next MP for Watford. Matt has called on Tory MP Richard Harrington to vote against the Bedroom Tax. Read the press release here.
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Labour and Benefits
Ed Miliband has laid out a progressive approach to benefit reform that attacks the rising costs of housing benefit and job seekers allowance caused by coalition government failure to build homes and to tackle unemployment. He outlines what a Labour government would do. Watch his speech here.
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The Lib Dem Watford Council is sending more not less refuse to landfill. Read more
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