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
Meriden gives a big 'thumbs down' to tax cuts for millionaires
Labour's national campaign manager, Tom Watson MP was in Garston with Parliamentary Candidate Matt Turmaine to highlight that on the very day that thousands of local people are facing unemloyment, frozen pay, benefit cuts and bedroom taxes, George Osborne, supported by the Lib Dems is giving millionaires a £100,000 tax cut. 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.
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Ed Miliband in Watford
Speaking to a Google 'Big Tent' event in Watford, the Labour Leader attacked the company's avoidance of paying any tax in the UK and made the case for ''responsible capitalism'. Widely acclaimed as one of the Ed Miliband's best speeches, you can watch it on video by clicking here.
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.
Labour celebrates Vaisakhi success
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Matt Turmaine Parliamentary Candidate
Local resident and popular Watford councillor Matt Turmaine has been selected to stand as Parliamentary Candidate for Labour in the Watford constituency at the next general election. Read the press release here.
Matt who lives with his wife Jeanette in west Watford was chosen from a large field of candidates in a final selection meeting held at Watford Trade Union Hall on Sunday 24th February, which was open to all local Labour Party members. Read more