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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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.”

Why #ISPFiltering is the wrong approach

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My comment on ‪#‎ISPFiltering‬ – “Pointless” at the age of 10 I set up our internet service provision with our provider. I installed all the software – I set up all the hardware, my mother just looked blankly on.

We have until Monday to #LobbyALord to come @Out4Marriage!

We have until Monday to #LobbyALord to come @Out4Marriage!

URGENT! We need you to #LobbyALord to come @Out4Marriage! visit http://www.LobbyALord.org

The fight for Equal Marriage has never been closer or harder than it will be in the House of Lords, it’s vital that we lobby as many peers as we can to come Out4Marriage – Love is the same, straight or gay

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£37bn & counting

The war in Afghanistan is the War the media has forgot. With at best sporadic coverage of the conflict now shown on news services in the UK some people are now calling the conflict ‘a political, financial and moral disaster’. The role of the media, and their lack of coverage, is part of the reason there has been less public debate on tactics and the merits and the strategy of this conflict… It’s simply forgotten. In past times a major conflict of this scale would have been big news, but even casualty reports are relegated to the second half of the news cycle now a days.

From the Guardian:

“The war in Afghanistan has cost Britain at least £37bn and the figure will rise to a sum equivalent to more than £2,000 for every taxpaying household, according to a devastating critique of the UK’s role in the conflict.

“Since 2006, on a conservative estimate, it has cost £15m a day to maintain Britain’s military presence in Helmand province. The equivalent of £25,000 will have been spent for every one of Helmand’s 1.5 million inhabitants, more than most of them will earn in a lifetime, it says.

“By 2020, the author of a new book says, Britain will have spent at least £40bn on its Afghan campaign, enough to recruit over 5,000 police officers or nurses and pay for them throughout their careers. It could fund free tuition for all students in British higher education for 10 years.

“… In the first full attempted audit of what he calls Britain’s “last imperial war”, Frank Ledwidge, author of Investment in Blood, published next week by Yale University Press, estimates British troops in Helmand have killed at least 500 non-combatants. About half of these have been officially admitted and Britain has paid compensation to the victims’ families.”

Republican Senator Portman comes @Out4Marriage because his son is gay!

Senator Portman and his family

Senator Portman and his family

Republican senator reverses his opposition to gay marriage after his 21-year-old son comes out at Yale University

Ohio Republican senator Rob Portman announced he had changed his position on gay marriage today. The vocal opponent against same-sex marriage said he had been given a ‘new perspective’ after his 21-year-old son, Will, came out. The Yale University student told the senator and his wife, Jane, that he was gay two years ago. Portman, who sought advice from Dick Cheney whose daughter is a lesbian in a same-sex marriage, said he wanted his son to have the ‘same opportunities’ in life as his two other children. Reports The Daily Mail
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Government U-Turn on Alcohol Pricing

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Cabinet Climb Down on Alcohol Pricing leaves Cameron red-faced again

PLANS to bring in a minimum price for alcohol look set to be dropped after a Cabinet revolt.
The idea, which experts say could cut 2,000 drink-related deaths in a decade, ran into opposition from ministers including home secretary Theresa May (pictured), education secretary Michael Gove, Eric Pickles and Andrew Lansley. They have privately told David Cameron they are opposed to the plan, for England and Wales, after the drinks industry produced its own research suggesting it would have little effect on problem drinkers or crime – Reports The Metro
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