Watford Labour Party has selected three local campaigners to fight the key swing seats in Central ward in next May’s all-out Council elections. The election may finally see The Liberal Democrats lose control of Watford Council after more than a decade in power. Read their biographies here
New Labour members getting active
Over 50 new members of Watford Labour Party who joined since May attended an induction event on 18th October focussed on getting active in campaigning work. Local campaign organiser Asif Khan said, "We may not have the Tories' money but we are by far the biggest party in Watford and active members do make the difference."
"Mr Harrington, help refugees" - Young Labour members
Members of Watford Labour were out in the High Street on Saturday 3rd October as part of their campaign calling for more action on solving the refugee crisis.
A petition organised by the youth section of Watford Labour, was warmly received by passers-by with over one hundred and fifty people signing it in the space of a couple of hours.
Dan Kerry, Watford Labour’s youth officer said;” This is an important issue for lots of people. More than 50% of Syrian refugees are children who have lost everything. More than 10 million Syrians, or 45 per cent of the country’s population has been displaced. The response of the UK government has been woefully poor and it’s shameful. It has been a British tradition to help refugees in the past, such as the Kindertransport during WW2."
The petition called on Richard Harrington, the Minister for Syrian Refugees, to do more to help alleviate the plight of all refugees, and called upon the UK Government to step-up to its international obligations.
Watford Labour was well represented at the national Labour Womens' Conference at Brighton at the weekend. Pictured here from Left to right, Watford Councillor Favour Ewudo, Avril Haley, Councillor Anne Joynes and recent recruit Sara Jane Trebar. Watford will be represented at the main Labour Party conference by Matt Turmaine.
Watford Labour Party is delighted that so many local people voted in this democratic election and that so many have now joined the party either as a member or supporter. Since May 2015, Watford Labour Party’s membership has increased from 300 to over 800.
Chair, Mike Jackson said, “there will be people who are elated and those who are disappointed by the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Leader and Tom Watson as Deputy but we must all unite behind our new leadership team to ensure we effectively challenge this Tory Government and work to get Labour elected in the 2020 General Election.”
“In the Labour Party policy is made by the members so we look forward to a wide ranging debate to determine our direction in the years ahead.”
Locally, Labour is gearing up to challenge the Liberal Democrats in next May’s first ‘all-out’ elections for all 36 Watford Council seats, in fifteen years.
Mike Jackson said, “We have emerged as the strongest party in Watford as a result of so many people joining us and we look forward to working with our new members for an election victory in Watford Council elections in 2016”.
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Watford's Labour councillors are celebrating victory in their long campaign for weekend and public holiday burials in the town. Having previously refused to agree to this facility, the Mayor was forced to back down when it became clear that there was enormous support for this change. Read more
Watford's embattled allotment holders have vowed to fight on despite the Lib Dem Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill's decision to apply for a third time for permission to concrete over their plots. Admitting that the mis-named 'Health Campus' scheme can go ahead without the allotments, the mayor wants to cash in on Watford's lucrative housing market by building even more on the site. The campaign to save Farm Terrace continues to get local and national coverage Read allotment holders blog A decision by the Secretary of State is overdue and awaited.
Labour is now the only party effectively fighting the Tory County Council bus cuts as Lib Dem Mayor Dorothy Thornhill stated, "Richard (Harrington Tory MP) and I are now comfortable with the proposals" Read Watford Observer story here.
The Lib Dem Watford Council is sending more not less refuse to landfill. Read more
Read Matt Turmaine's personal tribute to Michael Meacher MP who died on 20th Oct
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Reinstate free collections
Nasreen Shah has proposed that Watford Council return to free collections of bulky items to stop fly tipping. The Vicarage councillor proposed the change as part of Labour's alternative budget plans but it was rejected by the Mayor. Nasreen said,"We should prosecute known fly tippers but charging for collection is a false economy as the Council has to pay to clear dumped items".
To view dumped items in Vicarage click here.