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.

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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


Thought: No More Left & Right?

‘Politics in Britain is changing’ says think tank –  8 new tribes exists made up of both left & right parties.

Full research here: http://opinium.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Dead-Centre-British-politics4_lr.pdf

A quick sweep of each tribe:

(8%) Democratic socialists: Pro-immigration, pro-welfare state, pro-redistribution of wealth, internationalist outlook.

60% Labour : 2% Conservative
85% Remain : 3% Leave
48% Corbyn : 30% Neither : 15% May
Mostly middle to upper classes living in urban areas or in Scotland and Wales.
60% female
66% middle to upper class : 34% working class
Supportive of: staying in single market after Brexit, progressive taxation
Against: NHS privatisation, reducing net migration
(5%) Community: Redistribution of wealth, scepticism of business and capitalism. More closed off view of Britain and broadly anti-immigration. Describe themselves as centrists.

50% Labour : 12% Conservative
47% Remain : 39% Leave
36% Corbyn : 26% May
The working class in Northern England and the Midlands
59% female
Supportive of: banning zero-hours contracts, reducing net migration
Against: NHS privatisation, building nuclear power plants
(11%) Progressives: Open, internationalist and inclusive view of Britain, comfortable with immigration. Belief in the welfare state, balanced view towards tax and the economy.

50% Labour : 22% Conservative
74% Remain : 12% Leave
43% May : 24% Neither : 19% Corbyn
A scattering of professional groups across the UK
55% female
63% middle to upper class : 37% working class
Quite high employment
Supportive of: staying in single market post Brexit, progressive taxation, mansion tax
Against: NHS privatisation, grammar schools
(7%) Swing voters: Mixture of views. Support an equal, multicultural society, internationalist outlook, hard stance on benefits, support a low tax economy. Describe themselves as centrists.

37% Conservative : 33% Labour
51% Remain : 31% Leave
High numbers (17% – 21%) do not vote
51% May : 19% Corbyn
A scattering of demographic groups spread across England outside of the capital
61% female
Supportive of: banning zero hours contracts; benefits claimants to do compulsory work; mansion tax; progressive taxation; government should grow the economy and provide public services
No strong opposition to any policies
(6%) New Britain: Open capitalist economy, pro-immigration, pro-single market, supportive of a low tax economy. Business friendly, internationalist, compassionate view of society.

56% Conservative : 32% Other/Did not vote
66% Remain : 26% Leave
53% May : 24% Corbyn
Younger successful professionals, many of them managerial, living in London
62% Male
Supportive of: deficit reduction, low tax, NHS privatisation, staying in single market after Brexit
Against: progressive taxation, re-nationalising the railways
(7%) Free Liberals: Strong faith in the market, little interest in socially conservative ideas. Strongly pro-business, the most opposed to the welfare state. The most personally optimistic. Describe themselves as right-wing.

58% Conservative : 27% Labour
62: Remain : 32% Leave
61% May : 22% Corbyn
Young, mainly male, professionals living in London
79% Male
75% middle-upper class
Supportive of: benefits claimants to do compulsory work, NHS privatisation, deficit reduction, building new nuclear plants
Against: re-nationalising the railways
(26%) Common sense: Don’t think of themselves as having particularly strong political opinions, despite supporting similar policies to the ‘Our Britain’ segment. Clear preference for low tax economy, opposition to immigration.

62% Conservative : 15% Labour : 13% UKIP
59% Leave : 34% Remain
71% May : 17% Neither : 5% Corbyn
Older Southern Englanders, either advanced in their careers or retirees
53% Female
Supportive of: reducing net migration, benefits claimants to do compulsory work, changing human rights law, new grammar schools
Against: staying in single market after Brexit, proportional representation
(24%) Our Britain: Closed perception of what Britishness is. Anti-immigration, government should put Brits first at all costs, broadly isolationist in outlook. Describe themselves as centrists.

38% Conservative : 37% UKIP : 19% Labour
80% Leave : 11% Remain
59% May : 24% Neither : 7% Corbyn
The older working class and retirees, living mainly in Northern England and the Midlands.
52% Female
Supportive of: reducing net migration, changing human rights law, benefits claimants to do compulsory work, banning zero-hours contracts
Against: staying in single market after Brexit, NHS privatisation
A fuller picture can be seen on the Opinium website.

Sign up to say no to xenophobia racism and bigotry…

Lewisham Labour just reasserted our commitment to fighting xenophobia, racism and bigotry, and set up a way you can join too!

Sign @LewishamCouncil’s statement against hate crime here