Congratulations to Janet Daby, MP for Lewisham East

CONGRATULATIONS to JANET DABY MP a hard working community activist who has worked for years in our community.

I’m thrilled that tomorrow morning #Lewisham’s children (particularly girls, Black, Asian and mixed race young people) will wake up to a great role model they can relate to

#forthemanynotthefew UK Labour

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Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR #NYE2017

On this, the last evening of 2017, I look back and I am thankful for all 2017 brought, the laughter, the successes, but also, in hindsight, the challenges too.

As we enter into 2018, I have renewed hope for how I can continue to influence and achieve for Rushey Green and Lewisham, despite what the future holds. I’m looking forward to the challenges of fighting my second Local Election #LewishamElects2018 and bringing Louise Krupski onto the Council as my new co-Councillor alongside John Muldoon; but I also know 2018 will be difficult for many Lewisham Families, but with a renewed vigour, a strong team of Labour Councillors and Activists around me, and working alongside Damien Egan as our new Labour Mayor for Lewisham I know we can come up with the solutions to meet the •absurd• challenges that a Tory Austerity & Brexit Britain is bringing.

However:

If you make one resolution this year let it be this, get involved in the Labour Party, either join or get more active. Britain needs a Labour Government more now than in any other time I can remember.

Join: http://join.labour.org.uk

I fervently believe that together we can put Britain back on track, the damage whilst deep, is not yet permanent, but we can only do it together.

Cllr Damien Egan selected to be next Lewisham Labour Mayoral Candidate

CONGRATULATIONS to Cllr Damien Egan, who won the Labour nomination to be the next Labour Mayoral Candidate for Lewisham.

The campaign saw five sterling party activists and councillors set out their vision for a Labour Party in Lewisham.

Key topics of discussion were, continued local authority austerity, health and social care, housing and education of Lewisham’s young.

With the selection process now over, as a party we need to build towards the May 2018 election – setting out why the Labour Party is the best choice for Lewisham.

Lewisham Labour calls on Government to “Scrap the cap”

Lewisham Labour Councillors have passed a Lewisham Council motion that calls for an immediate end to the public sector pay cap.

The motion highlights the fact that in terms of inflation and other economic factors real terms wages have fallen over 21% since 2010 and things will only get worse. This is without even taking into account the drastic austerity based ideological cuts which are already having significant impact on these already stretched public services.

Lewisham Labour backs the claims from the NJC and supported by a multitude of Public Sector Unions including: Unison, GMB and Unite.

Councillor Paul Bell who spoke in favour of the motion said:

“Our staff are our greatest asset. Paying a fair wage for their tremendous hard work and dedication is not simply a good thing to do, it is the morally right thing to do.”

Heidi Alexander – Labour’s Candidate for Lewisham East

PROUD to nominate Heidi Alexander for re-election as The Labour Party Candidate for Lewisham East🌹
Truly a candidate that has dedicated years to #Lewisham & #Catford

For her full election Pledges see www.heidialexander.org.uk

Vote Heidi Alexander ✅ #GE2017 on June 8th 2017

Join me in #Catford campaigning for the NHS

Saturday is The Labour Party’s national campaigning day to defend ‘Your NHS’. 
Locally, we’ll be reminding Catford’s residents that the NHS is only safe in Labour’s hands.

Join me campaigning on Catford/Rushey Green doorsteps – we’re meeting at the SMALL Costa Coffee on Catford Broadway at 1pm!

If you’re not from Rushey Green, Catford – sign up to find out more from your local Labour Campaign Team: 

CAMPAIGNING in Rushey Green, #Catford for @LewishamLabour 

 Your local Labour Team wants you to join our winning team! Between now and May 2018 we need to make sure that we get out on the doorsteps and let Rushey Green Residents know why they are better with Labour.

Whether it’s delivering leaflets, door-knocking, phone banking or helping out on an election day, your time and energy will make a crucial difference this year, and give us a strong platform for next year’s Local Elections in 2018.

Will you lend a hand?

Campaigning Timetable
January
11.30-1300hrs Sun 15th January meeting Large Costa Rushey Green

1300-1430hr Sat 21st January meeting Small Costa Catford Broadway
February
1200-1330 Sun 5th February meeting Large Costa Rushey Green

1300-1430hr Sat 18th February meeting Small Costa Catford Broadway

March

1130-1300 Sun 5th March meeting Large Costa Rushey Green

1300-1430hr Sat 18th March meeting Small Costa Catford Broadway

NEW threat to Lewisham Hospital – Bosses say situation “Critical” and “not safe”… #NHS

Under Tory-leadership: Lewisham hospital in south London became so full on Monday it had run out of beds and in an email to staff it described the situations as “critical” and “not safe”. The hospital had nowhere to put the next patient brought in as an emergency by ambulance, it added:

Under guidance which NHS England issued to NHS acute trusts last October ahead of this winter, hospitals were told to declare what is called a black alert when they have become “unable to deliver comprehensive care [and] there is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised”.

The NHS document outlining the operational pressures escalation levels (Opel) system explains that Opel 4 means that “decisive action must be taken … to recover capacity and ensure patient safety” in the face of “rising system pressure”. That black alert is what most of the 23 trusts have gone onto this week, though some have described it as a “serious internal incident” or in similar terms.

Full Guardian article here

January Fare Rises #FareFail

AN EARLY & COLD morning start in #Catford campaigning for The Labour Party.

Under the Tories, fares have faced a year on year inflation-busting rise. London under Labour’s Sadiq Khan has:
 Frozen TfL fares until 2020
 New Hour Hopper Bus passes
 Introduced the Night Tube

Politics is about choices, this is Labours

 

New Years Message

On this the final day of 2016 we take a moment to look back upon the year, and begin to ponder the 12 months ahead.

The political bit:

2016 will undeniably go down in the Walsh family annals as a year of both Highs and Lows… from the triumphant wins of Sadiq Khan to the bitter blow that is Brexit, and whilst we might collectively agree and hope for a better 2017, the runes are not looking in our favour. So we are faced with a choice: to stand and lament the actions of an omni-shambles Tory Government, or take action. I choose the latter. We need an electable, well organised Labour Party, and we need to start winning again. We’ve just three and a bit years until the 2020 General election where WE MUST, for the sake of everything good & British (The NHS; Human, Civil & Workers Rights alongside salvaging Britain’s role in the World post-Brexit) be the Party that forms the next British Government.

The local bit:

Fiscally, for Lewisham the challenges and fallout from Tories in power mean ‘£1 in every three cut’, and its the Tory aspiration to increase that to ‘£1 in every two’ by 2020. We are a ‘low income, high needs borough’ (We’re not Westminster Kensington or Chelsea, with their huge business income and affluent populations, were pretty much their diametric opposite) the perverse cutting of Local Government funding, to no longer give additional support to poorer areas is reaching crunch point, we’re scrimping and saving, but still local Government is starving.

Hope:

2017, despite its challenges will have opportunities too, we’ll be developing a new #Catford Town Plan which I’m delighted to be involved with, living in and representing your community is a true honour – Catford/Rushey Green is a beautiful place that has just been ‘under-tended’, the new plans will hopefully revitalise and rejuvenate – it’s all very exciting!

Alongside this, I’ve been asked to continue my work from Scrutiny Committee and to now sit on a Poverty Task force for Lewisham, made up in part by some great British charities and ‘think-tanks’ in this area.

Lewisham’s LGBT Forum is also finally taking shape, I’ve commissioned a piece of research into several key areas of Lewisham LGBT Life that will be reporting back in late January, but ahead of LGBT History Month. Stay tuned.

Campaigning for the Bakerloo Line Extension, and ensuring it reaches to the South of the Borough, will be a key area of work for 2017, with a side project of lobbying for the DLR to be turned 24 hour from May 2021.

Finally:

It just leaves me to say a big thank you to all my family, friends and supporters for all the kindness patience and support you’ve given me over the last year, it is upon the backs of this love and support I can find the time, energy and strength to do what I can, but without you well… 🤷🏽‍♀️

Stay safe, Happy New Year and see you soon.

Cllr James-J Walsh