Nominations open to select Labour mayoral candidate for Watford
The local Labour Party has started the process of selecting a candidate for the May 2018 mayoral election in Watford. Applications are invited from anyone who has been a member of the Labour party resident in Watford for at least 12 months at the closing date of 24th August. Selection will be by an all-member ballot towards the end of September. Anyone seeking nomination should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Ostrowski and Labour councillors are backing the campaign to save Nascot Lawn. Chris said, "This is a vital respite service for children and its threatened closure is as a direct result of the government's under-funding of Watford's health service." And now Watford Council has unanimously passed a resolution calling for Nascot Lawn to be saved. Labour's Asif Khan said, "The £45m cuts forced on the CCG by the Government are the reason for this decision." The resolution also called for action by Watford's Tory MP to secure funding to keep the service open and avoid further local NHS cuts.
Sign the on-line petition against closure here.
Sign Labour's local petition here
Read Asif Khan's speech here
UPDATE On 18th July, the Herts County Council unanimously backed a motion to save Nascot Lawn. Read Nigel Bell's speech here.
Emily lends a hand - Watford anti-austerity protest - No mandate for cuts
Emily Thornberry, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary joined Chris Ostrowski and Labour members in Watford High Street as part of the party's national campaign day against the Tories austerity policies. Chris Ostrowski said, "The Tories failed to win a majority and have no mandate to maker further cuts to our NHS and public services. This has to stop."
The Conservative MP has hung onto Watford by his fingernails as Labour' slashed his majority from 10 to 2 thousand as the counting finished at 3am on Friday the 9th June. A massive 16% increase in the Labour vote, the best result in Herts, was not quite enough to win the seat for Chris Ostrowski. Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats lost half their votes collapsing to their worst local result in decades. See full report and results here.
Labour Election Rally held in Watford
Labour's Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancelor John McDonnell were amongst an array of shadow cabinet ministers who visited Watford on 30th May for a national election rally.
Over 100 Labour Party members gave Chris Ostrowski's campaign a rousing start at a rally in West Watford on 8th May.
Despite a Lib Dem challenge, popular councillor Nigel Bell romped home in West Watford polling 1,300 votes more than his nearest challenger. In one of the hardest political battles in many years in North Watford, Labour's Asif Khan retained the County seat whilst new candidate Richard Smith won the Leggatts by-election. In both cases, the Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate who was also standing in these Council elections,was defeated. Further reports. Full Results
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