The latest opinion poll conducted in Watford by Electoral Calculus shows Matt Turmaine and the Tory Richard Harrington both on 32% share of the vote with Liberal Democrat Dorothy Thornhill out of the running on just 18%. Other candidates are out of sight. Meanwhile Matt Turmaine's campaign got of to a flying start on 8th April with the visit of Watford-born Liz Kendall, Shadow Health Minister who pledged Labour's support for a modernised Watford Hospital.
Liz said, "We need Matt elected as MP for Watford so a Labour government can deliver on our promises for Britain and this town".
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Watford's market traders are in revolt of the disastrous move from Charter Place which has caused them massive losses. One independent web site is asking the big question. 'Is Dorothy Thornhill going to go down in history as the Mayor that deprived Watford of its Market Town status?' Local resident Mike Haley said, "This is an unmitigated distaster for the town and the traders brought about by a dogmatic Lib Dem Mayor who doesn't listen to local people." Read Mike Haley's letter to the Watford Observer
Matt Turmaine, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Watford and local councillor Nigel Bell have expressed disappointment at the delay to the new Croxley Green School, originally planned to open in 2016 but now delayed to 2017.
The new school is will provide much needed places for children from west Watford
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Over 1,000 people signed a Labour petition in just 48 hours calling for weekend and Bank Holiday burials to be allowed in Watford. Leggatts Labour Councillor Asif Khan, and his Vicarage Ward colleague Councillor Nasreen Shah organised the petition after Liberal Democrat-run Watford council consistently refused request to be more flexible on burial times.
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Muslim community pledges support
Members of Watford's Muslim community turned out to listen to Matt Turmaine and Labour councillors at a pre-election rally on March 22nd. There was solid support for Labour amongst the town's Muslims.
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
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".
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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. Sign Labour's petition here. Read Matt's blog
In 2014/15 the cost of the Mayor’s Office has risen by 40% from £158,000 (2013/14) to £220,190 (2014/15). Labour proposed a reduction to £150,000 at the Watford Council's budget meeting.
Nigel Bell said, “ It is intolerable that the cost of the Mayor’s office is escalating when hard-working people are suffering a cost of living crisis due to this coalition government.”
NHS condition critical at Watford Hospital
Figures just released show that the number of people not seen within 4 hours of visiting Watford Accident & Emergency Department has doubled within the past 12 months. The government target is that 95% of people should be seen within 4 hours but for the last quarter of 2014, just 84.9% were seen. Matt Turmaine said, "Our hospital is missing it's targets and this is unacceptable.These are people in urgent need of treatment. The blame must be laid firmly at the door of the coalition government who are allowing the NHS to drift into crisis".
Figures from the Electoral Commission web site reveal that Watford Conservatives have spent over half a million pounds in the last five years, using their vast wealth to try and 'buy' a general election victory in Watford. Mike Jackson said, "They may have millionaire supporters but they don't have volunteers on the doorsteps talking to voters as we do." Read the full letter to the Watford observer here.
Not even a blizzard could stop Matt Turmaine's team from getting out on the doorstep in west Watford in January. "It may be cold and snowing but the team is out there all weathers to work for a Labour victory", said Matt
MIchael Dugher MP, Shadow Transport Minister joined Matt Turmaine and the Watford Labour team to protest against the Coalition government's inflation busting fare increases.
Pictured here, they leafleted commuters who expressed their anger at a 22% increase in fares since 2010 from Watford Junction to Euston.
Interviewed on BBC radio, the local millionaire Tory MP dismissed anger over the increased saying a season ticket was "just £70 per week" Read Matts blog
Matt Turmaine has called on the government to make an immediate financial injection to Watford's cash starved hospital. The West Herts Hospital's NHS Trust is facing a £24 million shortfall in the current year which is already leading to increased waiting times for patients.
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We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Geoff O'Connell who has died after an illness in Watford General Hospital on Saturday 1st November. Mike Jackson, Chair of Watford Labour Party said, "Geoff was the former Leader of Watford Council Labour Group and campaign co-ordinator for Claire Ward MP in her successful 2005 General Election victory. Geoff was also a very successful journalist and teacher and above all a loving family man. Our sympathy is with his family; we will miss him greatly."
The Lib Dem Watford Council is sending more not less refuse to landfill. Read more