Support for Anti-Racism campaign
Local Labour Party members were out in London and Watford on Sunday 9th Dec taking part in a national protest against the rise of racism and fascism across Europe and in the UK.
Watford Labour Party Chair, Mike Jackson along with Councillors Nigel Bell and Asif Khan and other members (see photo) travelled to London to take part in a 15,000 strong demonstration against the UKIP march led by the so called ‘Tommy Robinson’
Whilst in Watford party members and others turned out to support a demonstration organised by ‘Watford Against Racism’ led by Linda and Patrick Meehan in St. Mary’s Square at lunchtime. (see photo)
Mike Jackson said, “We are seeing the rise of racism and fascism in some continental countries and we don’t want the same far right politics of Tommy Robinson and an increasingly extreme UKIP, to gain ground here.”
Linda Meehan of Watford Against Racism said, “We had great support from members of the public in Watford High Street. Watford is a happy diverse community and the last thing we want is racists to divide us.”
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Labour protest at failure of Mayor to stop anti-semitic show
Chris Ostrowski, Labour's Parliamentary candidate was joined by Labour members and councillors to protest at the show being put on at Watford's Colosseum by holocaust denier David Icke. Chris said:
"I am disappointed that the Watford Colosseum accepted a booking from Mr Icke. David Icke's show does not represent Watford - his views are anti-Semitic and offensive.
The Labour Party will always stand up against racism. I am shocked that neither our town’s current Tory MP nor our newly elected Lib Dem Mayor have done anything to condemn Icke’s show."
Chris Ostrowski, Labour Parliamentary candidate has called upon Watford Tory MP to vote against Theresa May's Brexit deal. Read Chris's full statement.
Labour Councillor Nigel Bell has launched a petition to protect Hertfordshire's fire services from further cuts and to stop the removal on one of Watford's two fire engines. Read more on this story here
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Two members of the German State Parliament and four members the Social Democratic Party youth section from Watford's twin town of Mainz held joint campaigning and discussions with Watford Labour councillors and members on a range of issues including the impact of Brexit.
Read full story here.
Read Watford Observer article here.
Watch video on Brexit discussion here.
Watford Labour Party has put it's weight behind a campaign for a second referendum on the terms of Brexit negotiated by the Tory Government to let the British People decide. Read the full text of the resolution debated and passed by members here.
"No more money for Police" - Chris's disappointment with Tory Budget
Commenting on the Tory Government's budget, Chris Ostrowski, Labour's local candidate said, "I am disappointed, but not surprised, to see that this budget will do little to improve the lives of people in Watford.
"This budget still fails to protect residents in Watford as there is no commitment to police funding. Under the Tories, the number of police officers in Hertfordshire has fallen by 178 and crime has consequently soared. This reckless Tory government continues to protect residents on the cheap.
"I was saddened to see that potholes are worth more than our children's education and schools. When teachers are having to buy basic classroom equipment out of their own pockets and headteachers have gone on strike over the funding crisis in schools, it is a profound insult for Phillip Hammond to suggest using the one-off payment to fund "little extras".
"This budget does nothing for the future generations of Watford and the country."
Labour Councillors win support for ethical debt collection
Watford Council has unanimously supported a Labour motion committing the authority to a more humane and ethical policy for the collection of debts from local residents. As a result, the Council will work with residents to establish affordable debt repayment plans. Proposing the motion, Councillor Matt Turmaine said, "Problem council owed debt can place unparalleled stress on people and lead to homelessness." The motion stressed that all debts would continue to be pursued but using effective practices already used by other local authorities. Read the full motion here
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