The by-election in Oxhey ward on 21 June is being hotly contested by Labour. Oxhey resident Sue Sleeman is carrying the flag for Labour and is out with her team working to end the Lib Dem stranglehold. Sue said, "I have lived here for almost 20 years. I love living in Oxhey and want to make it an even better place to live. I am the genuinely local candidate. I haven't just moved in hoping to get on the Council. The Lib Dems have become complacent taking Oxhey for granted. It's time for a genuinely independent voice that will stand up for Oxhey residents." Contact Sue
Condemnation of Gaza killings
Watford Labour Party members adopted a motion this month condemning the Israeli Government for the killing of over 60 Palestinian including children and the wounding of over 2,100 others who were protesting on the 70th anniversary of expulsion from their homes.
The motion added, 'We believe Britain’s international role must be an extension of our vision at home – to champion our core values of equality, social justice and opportunity for all. To that end we must strive to safeguard the rights of all human beings that are facing great challenges to secure their freedoms and opportunities.'
The local Party supported the statement made by Emily Thornberry, Shadow Foreign Secretary : “We condemn unreservedly the Israeli government for their brutal, lethal and utterly unjustified actions on the Gaza border”.
Labour's share of the popular vote in Watford rose from 27% in 2017 to 33% this year, it's best result since 2001. But the party lost one seat in a disappointing night.
Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, Labour's mayoral candidate increased Labour's vote by 7.5% whilst the election produced a 4% swing to Labour.
The UKIP vote collapsed. Unlike other parts of the country, their voters returned to Labour.
Mike Jackson, Labour's Election Agent said, "We did not achieve our ambitions this year but the increase in our share of the popular vote does show we are on course to win the parliamentary seat. There are a lot of positives to take for this election."
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London's Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed that he wants the Metropolitan Line Extension to Watford Junction to be built and wants further negotiations to agree an alternative funding package that deals with the risk of overspend. Local Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians have been attacking Sadiq Khan wrongly claiming that he had scrapped the MLX project.
Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, Watford Labour's mayoral candidate said, "This vindicates Labour's position of dialogue. We have been in regular touch with the London Mayor's office and obtained assurances that the MLX scheme would be protected whilst a way out of the impasse is negotiated.
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The Tories and Lib Dems are trying to blame the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan even though it was the government who pulled the plug on the scheme. Read the facts here.
Labour front-bencher Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Home Secretary was in Watford on Saturday to give her support to Labour’s local election campaign. Read full story
Emily Thornberry attacks Tories over Brexit and customs union
The Shadow Foreign Secretary was in Watford on 2nd March where lashed Theresa May’s record on Brexit saying, “The Prime minister is only interested in addressing divisions in the Conservative Party, not in doing the right thing for Britain. Labour supports the UK remaining in a customs union with the EU to ensure frictionless trade and protect thousands of jobs in place like Watford. I hope it won’t be long before there is a General Election and Labour can take over these negotiations in Britain’s interests.”
Labour Shadow Ministers in Watford
Shadow Minister for Brexit, Sir Keir Starmer and Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, Dawn Butler were in Watford on Saturday 24th February support local mayoral candidate Jagtar Singh Dhindsa and promote Labour's Day of Action on police cuts in Hertfordshire - which has lost some 190 front line police officers. Keir Starmer said, "A Labour Government will put bobbies back on the beat."
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