Friday, November 17, 2017

West Ham CLP Crime and Policing Motion to Greater London Labour Conference 2017

"Conference notes that Metropolitan Police statistics show that gun crime in London increased by 42% in 2016/17.

Conference also notes that the same statistics show knife crime in our city jumped by 24% in the same period.

Conference further notes that in 2017 in Newham alone, by 23rd October, 24 young people have been shot or stabbed so far in 2017, resulting in five deaths. In addition, one young man has died in police custody.

Conference believes that the impact of the £1.7 billion cuts in police funding that the Mayor of London estimates has occurred over the last 10 years has had a major impact on the Metropolitan Police’s ability to combat crime, as have the unprecedented cuts on youth services.

Conference calls upon Labour to campaign to have these cuts reversed.

Conference also calls for London Labour to push for the next Labour Government commit to investing in the future of our young people by resourcing councils and the voluntary sector to deliver high quality youth provision, non-formal education programmes and anti-gang diversion programmes, as well as providing the resources the police need to deliver proactive community engagement work".

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Poverty Pay and Rotten Housing for Housing Association & Voluntary Sector workers

I hope this motion will go to the UNISON Community conference next year.

"This conference notes

1.       A Chief Executive of a Large Housing Association recently remarked at a meeting that many of the workers and their families employed by the association to support and rehouse the homeless lived in worse accommodation than the people they were trying to help.

2.       Years of below inflation pay rises and massive increase in rents and property prices means that many Housing Association and Voluntary workers live in privately rented shared, damp, expensive, overcrowded and insecure homes.

3.       Most of their income is spent on rent and travel costs with nothing left over in order to save for a better quality home.

4.       Housing Associations and Voluntary sector who operate in expensive property areas have a duty and responsibility to their workforce to ensure that they live in suitable and affordable accommodation.

5.       If a Housing Association or Voluntary sector worker is inadequately housed and living in poverty then the service they provide to residents and clients will also be adversely affected.

6.       Historically, Housing Associations and other housing providers in the past did provide accommodation for some of their workers and today many still provide services tenancies to staff. Others provide “Key worker” accommodation.

7.       Housing Associations are also major developers as well as Landlords who build homes for sale, shared ownership, provide Student and supported accommodation as well as market, near market and social rents. They are uniquely able to provide housing solutions to their workers.

This Conference resolves:-

1.       To call upon the Community Service Group Executive to continue to campaign with Labour Link, branches, regions and self organised Groups for extra funding for the sector and better wages for staff including sector pay boards.

2.       To also work with the National Housing Federation and Voluntary sector employer organisations to campaign for their workers to be treated as “key workers” and for them to provide safe, secure and affordable homes for them if needed.

3.       To also work with the Co-operative movement to see if a co-operative housing model could provide decent homes for housing association and voluntary sector workers and their families. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Revealed: the true cost of the House of Lords

The Electoral Reform Society have released a devastating analysis of the state of the House of Lords in 2017 – revealing the ‘democratic crisis’ at the heart of the Lords.

The Audit coincides with a key Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday calling for reform of the upper house [1] –

It follows a report from the Lord Speaker’s Committee on the Size of the House [2] suggested moving to a still-unelected, 600-member house by 2028. ERS polling found that 88% of people believe the Lords should be smaller than 600 members [3].

The findings have spurred the ERS to call for substantive reform of a ‘crumbling, crony-packed chamber’, with The High Cost of Small Change: The House of Lords Audit revealing:
  • Lords-a-claiming: 455 Lords claimed more than the average take home pay of full-time employees during the 2016/17 session – despite the house sitting for just 141 days.
  • 33 inactive peers picked up £462,510 in tax-free expenses [4] – claiming an average of £746 per vote
  • Daily allowance and travel costs for the 2016-17 session came to over £19 million.
  • Couch-potato peers: Nearly 1 in 10 of the peers eligible to vote throughout 2016/17 (9.2% - 72 of the 779) are inactive when it comes to scrutinising the government’s work on committees, in the chamber, or through written questions – vital roles for the revising chamber
  • A noisy minority: The top 300 voting peers account for over 64% of all votes in divisions during the 2016/17 session – suggesting much of the work of the Lords is done by a minority of peers
  • Not so independent: Despite claims that the Lords is less partisan than the Commons, 78% of Conservative peers failed to vote against the government once in 2016/17, while the average Labour Peer voted against the government in 90% of votes
    • Meanwhile, Crossbench peers vote far less than partisan Lords – 41% voted fewer than ten times in 2016/17 (compared to 14% for Labour and 7% for the Conservatives)
  • An ageing upper chamber: Nearly one in five peers (18%) are over the age of 80 – compared to just 6.6% of the over-21 population (only over-21s can sit in the upper house)
  • House of Has-Beens? The House hosts 184 ex-MPs, 26 ex-MEPs, 11 ex-MSPs, 8 ex-Welsh AMs, 6 ex-London AMs, 11 ex-MLAs and 39 current or ex-council leaders, as of April 2017.
See report on the House of Lords below by the ERS. I do believe in having "checks and balances" on the House of Commons and much good work is done in the Lord's currently but it is currently an undemocratic and expensive mess that needs urgent reform.

"72 peers failed to speak in the chamber, table a written question or serve on a committee at all in the whole of 2016/17. 33 of them claimed a huge £462,510 (an average of £14,015 each).

New analysis shows the 33 expenses-claiming ‘couch potato peers’ took part in just 24% of votes – meaning they claimed an average of £746 per vote.

Recent analysis by the ERS shows 109 peers made no spoken contributions - with 63 of these claiming a total of £1,095,701 in expenses.

The ERS is calling for a proportionally-elected upper house of 300 members.

In 2015, the ERS launched House of Lords: Fact vs Fiction [5], showing that in the 2010-2015, £360,000 was claimed by peers in years they failed to vote once. Yet the problem of inactive peers appears to have worsened significantly.

Darren Hughes, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said:

“Despite some minor reforms, the problems of Britain’s broken upper house continue to fester. With nearly one in ten unelected peers failing to contribute in key ways – despite many of them picking up large sums – we have a democratic crisis in our second chamber.

“The vast majority of party-affiliated peers toe the line, while many Crossbench peers simply don’t turn up. The so-called ‘independent’ chamber is packed full of party loyalists.

“The past few years have seen one expenses scandal after another, with peers turning up to claim without substantially contributing. We have seen a barrage of appointments based on patronage. And we’ve seen Peers themselves admit they treat our upper house as a retirement home, a private members’ club. This is no fit state for the Mother of all Parliaments.

“This report lays bare the rotten state of this unelected second chamber – from couch-potato peers to lobby-fodder lords. We need real reform now – not tinkering around the edges.

“Politicians must now meet the challenge before this crumbling, crony-stuffed house declines even further. Voters want real change. It’s time for both MPs and peers to embrace it.”

The report concludes:

“The second chamber is demonstrably in need of serious reform. Whether it is the thousands claimed by inactive peers or the dominance of defeated politicians, it is clear that until we let the light in, the rot within the Mother of all Parliaments will only get worse.

“We must see parties commit to a far smaller, proportionally-elected upper house. At a time of significant constitutional, economic and political change, the need for an effective House of Peers or Senate is overwhelming.

“Whatever the final details [of an elected upper house], the principle remains: those who vote on our laws should be accountable to those affected by those laws. As we have shown, that is a matter both of principle and pragmatism.

“Now is no time for minor tinkering; the public call for a real overhaul is loud and clear. Let’s get on with meeting our democratic duty - and give voters the revising chamber Britain needs.”

ENDS

A copy of the report available to view here: https://www.electoral-reform.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/HoL-2017-Audit.pdf


Monday, November 13, 2017

NEWHAM TRADES COUNCIL - Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack. General Secretary FBU 21 November

Invitation to our next Newham Trades Council meeting

Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack. General Secretary Fire Brigade Union. Date: Tuesday. November 21st 2017 at 7pm.

Our Guest Speaker will be talking about Grenfell Tower and current FBU issues.

This is a special event and everyone is welcome!

Venue: The Black Lion, 59-61 High Street, Plaistow, E13 0AD. Private Function Room: Stables Bar at rear of pub.

Near Plaistow Station; Bus stop outside; Free parking.

(this meeting clashes with a West Ham new members event so I will miss which is a shame but I hope to meet Matt soon about post Grenfell issues in Newham)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Remembrance Day in Berlin

A beautiful Remembrance Dayd 2017 at the Commonwealth War Grave Commission in Berlin, Germany. Over 100 people from all nationalities honouring the fallen. Former enemies now friends and allies  — at Berlin 1939–1945 Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery.

I will add to this post later

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Forest Gate North Xmas Social Saturday 2.12.17


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Dear John

Please find your invitation to our Winter Social. We look forward to seeing you and having lots of fun. You are welcome to bring any drinks or food with you as you wish but it is not compulsory

Carel Buxton, Secretary Forest Gate North Labour

Dear JohnPlease find your invitation to our Winter Social. We look forward to seeing you and having lots of fun. You are welcome to bring any drinks or food with you as you wish but it is not compulsory
Carel Buxton, Secretary Forest Gate North Labouremail: xubcb@yahoo.com

Friday, November 10, 2017

We're urging Theresa May to make homes safe from fire.



A great video and I would encourage everyone to sign the letter to the prime minister to make social housing homes safe but dare I say pretty much all Housing blocks should have this protection as well as all of our schools?


Dear John

Thousands of families are living in high-rise properties in the UK, yet only an estimated 2 per cent of blocks have sprinkler systems. The evidence is clear, fitting homes with fire safety systems, like sprinklers, saves people's lives in the event of a fire.

So today I am calling on the government to use the Autumn Budget to make homes safe. Will you join me?
Theresa May — we urge you to fit all high-rise social housing with life-saving sprinkler systems:


Independent research has shown that sprinklers are hugely effective — extinguishing or containing fires in 99 per cent of cases.

Sign our letter now to help us make sure that residents of high rise social housing can sleep safe in the knowledge that avoidable disasters will not happen to them.

Together we can make homes safe.

Jeremy Corbyn
Leader of the Labour Party

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Greater London UNISON Regional Council AGM 2017 nomination requests

Dear UNISON Colleague,

It’s that time again as we approach the forthcoming Regional Council AGM on Wednesday 7 February 2018.

It’s not been an easy year but on behalf of us, your Regional Council Officers (Conroy, John, Elizabeth and Francesca), thank you for all your support.  As always we are extremely proud of all the region has achieved on behalf of our members and grateful for your ongoing support.

We shouldn't fool ourselves that there aren’t many challenges ahead and our priorities for the coming 12 months will include:

Smashing the pay cap for ALL public sector workers

•Defending our NHS

•Protecting workers rights as we exit the EU

•Securing a Labour victory with Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister before 2020 and across London Councils in May 2018

We must ensure we continue to build a strong union that always put our member’s interests first.  We remain committed to working with you to build  membership democracy & participation and campaigning tirelessly to defend members and services from attacks wherever they may arise. Our collective strength, unity and determination are our greatest strength.

We hope your branch will consider nominating us.  The positions we are seeking nomination for are:

Regional Convenor – Yvonne Green                 Publicity Convenor – Francesca Hammond

Deputy Convenor – Conroy Lawrence              Equalities Convenor – Elizabeth Baptiste

Finance Convenor – John Gray

Please return the nomination form to Nick Turnbull in the Regional Office on or before 14 December. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and your continued support

Yvonne, Conroy, John, Elizabeth and Francesca.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Herding cats in the LGPS pools

Professional Pensions Magazine & website

"John Gray says the London CIV need a simpler and more representative governance structure 

The London CIV (collective investment vehicle) is currently undergoing a much needed governance review and hopefully lessons will be learned for the other seven Local Government Pension Scheme CIVs (pools or authorised contractual schemes) that are currently being set up across England and Wales. This is important since the London CIV already manages £5bn of employees' pension money and plans to manage £25bn by 2020.
As any pension trustee or investment adviser knows, good governance is absolutely vital to ensure the safe, efficient and effective management of funds.
Currently the London CIV has two 'governance' committees or boards overseeing the management special vehicle set up to run the CIV. One is composed of councillors from each of the 33 London authorities and another one compromising of council officers.
As you can imagine, a governance committee of 33 politicians from different and competing political parties is inherently problematic, and having another separate committee of paid officers can, at best, result in confusion and delay in decision-making. A well-placed source recently commented to me that running the London CIV must be like trying to "herd cats". Which is not a good place for any fund to be in.
So a simpler and more representative structure seems sensible and surely not beyond the wit of man or women to devise.
But good governance is not just about staff's pension futures and ensuring  contributions by employees and employers are kept as low as possible but also about making sure that the funds are run in the interests of beneficiaries first and foremost as well as the other important LGPS stakeholders (Such as councils and other employers). This, after all, is the primary duty of all pension schemes.
The best way of achieving this aim is to have beneficiary representation on the governance structure of the London CIV and the seven others. In the private sector up to 50% of pension trustees are employee representatives while currently in the London CIV there are none.
All funds have local pension boards that are made up of employee and employer representatives.
So far only two out of the eight pools have any form of beneficiary representation. Surely it cannot be right that a majority of pools are proposing to have no employee representation whatsoever?
Would not the London CIV and others benefit from having the 'buy-in' of beneficiaries who are actively participating in it?
Recent guidelines make it clear that there should be greater consultation with scheme members, in particular with regard to environmental, social and governance investments. However, their representatives on the governance boards of CIVs could be one way towards satisfying this requirement. 
It is more than ironic that it would appear that private sector schemes are more 'democratic' and accountable than comparable public sector schemes. Pensions are 'deferred pay'. The money belongs to employees and beneficiaries, not local authorities, so it is only right and proper that they share the responsibility of governance with the employers.
Local LGPS pension boards have now been in operation for two years and there are a number of experienced and capable employee representatives who could serve on a CIV board.
So as an employee representative on a London pension committee, then pension board for 20 years (as well as a councillor member of another London Borough's pension committee for seven years) I hope that a key recommendation of this review is that there should be employee reps on the future London CIV working in partnership with councillors and officers to make sure that the CIV is a success and exemplifier for all the other pools. 
John Gray is a member of the London Borough Tower Hamlets Pension Board (Personal Capacity only)

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution





Today is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and is also the birthday of a certain, Lev Davidovich Bronstein. The Red Army Choir sings the Russian National Anthem

Monday, November 06, 2017

Grenfell Fire: Newham Scrutiny: Fire Safety in Tower Blocks Scrutiny



A response to the Mayor of Newham following a briefing sent to all Councillors and Newham MPs.

"Dear Robin


Thank you for your weekly briefing. I must admit that I am surprised and concerned that you are involving yourself in a scrutiny matter into your own Executive. I would have thought that if Cllr McAlmont wished to contact Councillors about Scrutiny he would have done so himself directly.

However, there are a number of inaccuracies in the statement in the Weekly Briefing (see below) to which I must respond.

To be clear. No Councillor members of the Fire Safety Scrutiny Commission have said at any meeting that they supported it being held in secret. Officers have confirmed that there is nothing stopping the Commission from being held in public.

I had indeed said at the first meeting of the Commission it had been “positive and constructive” but I also said immediately afterwards that there had been nothing said whatsoever at that meeting that justified it being kept secret.

It is a complete abuse of the English language to suggest that a meeting which stops the public, Newham housing residents or media from attending is not a “secret meeting”. Of course it is - and it is frankly a little silly to suggest otherwise.  If there is any very confidential personal or procurement matter that needs to be held in camera then there is well established Council procedures and guidance on closing that part of the meeting for that matter only.

The Grenfell Tower Fire was a disaster and will change the face of social housing. We are not yet certain what caused the fire and that is one of the reasons for holding the scrutiny. Yet is already clear that residents in Grenfell Tower were not listened to and that there was excessive secrecy which is thought to have contributed to the disaster.

I urge Councillor McAlmont to change his mind and let the meeting be open to the public and also invite residents who live in the 3 blocks with ACM cladding to send representatives to sit on the scrutiny as well.  It is residents who should be key in protecting themselves and their families. I hope you and the Chief Executive will instruct Executive members and Council Officers to attend the scrutiny.

In the meanwhile I have been asked by residents to continue with the scrutiny process so I intend to raise written questions to Housing Officers and Cllr Paul, the Police and the Fire brigade. I have also asked an experienced technical officer to accompany me on site visits with local Councillors and inspect the Tower Blocks and report back in public.

I am still awaiting a reply about the fate of the Housing Residents scrutiny commission which has now not met for over a year".

Regards

John Gray
Cllr
(picture Ferrier Point)

 Statement regarding Fire Safety in Tower Blocks Scrutiny Commission

Since the tragic Grenfell Tower disaster in June, Newham Council has been working hard to ensure our tower blocks are as safe as possible.

Work is currently underway to remove the aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding from three tower blocks in the borough – Ferrier Point, Nicholls Point and Tanner Point. This is a substantial piece of work and the council has ensured that all council members and affected residents have been kept up to date with any developments relating to this.

To support this work, a Task and Finish Commission was set up under the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. This action was approved at Full Council in July 2017, https://mgov.newham.gov.uk/documents/s115385/Minutes%2010th%20July%202017.pdf
The Fire Safety in Tower Blocks Scrutiny Commission will look at this work, gather evidence from key figures including the London Fire Brigade and submit its findings with any recommendations by 31 December 2017.

The Task and Finish Commission have clear terms of reference to undertake scrutiny enquiries which lead to recommendations to improve service delivery or assist in policy development.

The following statement this week was issued to the Newham Recorder on behalf of Councillor Anthony McAlmont, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in response to Councillor John Gray’s resignation from the Fire Safety in Tower Blocks Scrutiny Commission.

Councillor McAlmont said: “I am disappointed that Councillor John Gray has resigned from the Fire Safety Scrutiny Committee. Both myself and Councillor Terence Paul, lead member for housing invited him to retract his resignation as he has previously described the meetings as ‘positive and constructive’.
“The Fire Safety in Tower Blocks Scrutiny Commission is not a secret meeting. It is a Task and Finish group which meets informally to enable information to be gathered and to enable those presenting evidence to be more open in what they say to the commission. It also enables specific items of work to be completed quickly. A report will be produced once the commission is complete and this will be brought to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting in January which is held in public and will be attended by Councillor Paul. Copies of the report will also be made available publicly online. This process was agreed at Full Council in July by all members in attendance which included Councillor Gray.

“As Chair, I take this role very seriously and I want to ensure all fire safety works are carried out to a high standard and completed as quickly as possible for the safety of our residents. The Task and Finish Group is satisfied that the council has been clear and transparent with its ongoing work to improve fire safety in the three council owned blocks with aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.”
For further information please contact Councillor Anthony McAlmont, at Anthony.Mcalmont@newham.gov.uk

From: Robin Wales
Sent: 03 November 2017 17:12
To: Council - All Newham Council Members
Cc: 'Lyn Brown (brownl@parliament.uk)'; 'timmss@parliament.uk'
Subject: Weekly Briefing

Dear Colleagues,
Please find attached the latest edition of the weekly Members briefing.
If you have any comments or queries please contact me.
Regards,
Robin

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Muslim, Hindu & Sikh Spitfire Pilots defended Britain from the Nazis..It's their Poppy too!

100% agree. As well as the West Indian, Africans, South Asian and other Empire and Commonwealth heroes who saved us from German conquest in the First and also the Second World War.  

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Solidarity Saturday in Thurrock

A busy day for West Ham Labour. Started off in Thurrock, Essex in the morning with 2 West Ham canvass teams supporting Labour, one led by Lyn Brown MP and the other by local Candidate, Les Strange (on right of collage photo).

I went out with Les "on the knocker" in a small 1960s Council estate. This part of the ward used to have strong support for UKIP but I was pleased that many residents we spoke to were coming home to Labour. Local issues brought up included damp, disrepair, lack of consultation on road changes and "grass tax" (the local Tory Council tried to charge all Council tenants an extra £5 per week to maintain green spaces purely because of national Tory government curbs on rent).

Overall a positive canvass for Labour, Les had a real gift for talking to people and will make a brilliant Labour Councillor.

After a pub lunch at the Royal Oak is was off back to West Ham for two more events (posts to follow)  

Friday, November 03, 2017

"Newham councillor resigns from fire safety committee after public and press are barred from meetings"

Hat tip Newham Recorder. So banning tenants, residents and media from these post Grenfell fire safety meetings means they are not being held in "secret"? I have just googled "secret meeting" and found this definition

"If you do something in secret, you do it without anyone else knowing.
...Synonyms: secretly, surreptitiously, slyly, behind closed doors"


"A councillor has quit a scrutiny panel examining fire safety in tower blocks because its meetings were being held in secret.

Cllr John Gray says it is “completely unacceptable” that the Newham Council-run Fire Safety in Tower Blocks Scrutiny Commission intends to bar members of the public and press from sessions following the Grenfell fire disaster.

He resigned from his post at the second meeting on Tuesday after his objections were ignored, calling the decision by Overview and Scrutiny Committee chair Anthony McAlmont “a huge error of judgement” .

Cllr Gray said: “Residents are going to think we have something to hide. I don’t think we are but this is what people are going to think.

“We need transparency and openness when dealing with really huge matters.”

The scrutiny inquiry was set up to investigate fire safety in three Newham tower blocks following the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze in June, which has so far officially claimed the lives of 67 people.

In the same month, the local authority announced cladding was to be removed from Ferrier Point, Nicholls Point and Tanner Point buildings after it failed expert safety tests.

At the time, a spokesperson said: “There is no immediate risk to the safety of any of them [the blocks] that would lead to residents having to leave their homes.”

A decision to set up the commission, attended by fire and police officials, followed with the first meeting taking place on October 17.

Members will “consider the council’s programme for de-cladding and recladding” plus its “future needs for ensuring fire safety in residential tall blocks in Newham” among their objectives.

Cllr Gray, who was rebuked for sending tweets about the initial meeting, said the seven councillors on the panel (formerly including him) did not have the “inside knowledge” of residents.

He said: “They are the ones who should be asking the questions. It shouldn’t just be a handful of anonymous councillors.”

Cllr McAlmont said he was disappointed at Cllr Gray’s resignation but denied the meetings were secret

He said: “It is a Task and Finish group which meets informally to enable information to be gathered and to enable those presenting evidence to be more open in what they say to the commission.

“It also enables specific items of work to be completed quickly. A report will be produced once the commission is complete and this will be brought to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting in January which is held in public and will be attended by Councillor Terry Paul [lead member for housing].”

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Evening Canvass and offering support by local Councillors to Residents in Forest Gate following tragic murder.

Photo Collage from an evening door knock and street surgery last month in Forest Gate North, London by local ward Councillors (Rachel, Seyi & Anamul) and party activists. This was a sensitive matter since the area had experienced what is thought to be a gang related murder of a young boy only a few weeks previously.

Local residents were obviously still very upset about what had happened but were appreciative of the Councillors for coming out to speak to them. It is actually quite an uplifting experience that residents we spoke to were still shocked but on the whole very positive about the area (the estate itself appeared to be clean, well maintained and also well managed. Well done Swan Housing). 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

West Ham Labour Campaign, Events & Social Update (1 November 2017)

"I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events. Don't worry if you have never been knocking on doors for Labour. We will explain things and support you at every stage". John Gray, West Ham CLP Vice Chair Campaigns


Saturday 4 November 10.30-12.30 Thurrock Car pickups in CLP 9.50am for 10.00am departure (TBC Check out West Ham Labour Website) or take train from West Ham at 10.03 to arrive South Ockendon at 10.22. Meet Canterbury Parade carpark off of West Road. South Ockendon RM15 6NJ. Contact alangriffiths_per@yahoo.co.uk

Car Lifts on 4th November for "solidarity Saturday" in Thurrock as below 09:50am for 10:00am departure.

Near Plaistow Station:  Corner of Plaistow Road and Bull Road. With Mehmood Mirza    (07916 344575)
Near Stratford High Street DLR station: corner of Bridge Street and Dawn Crescent  with Alan Griffiths (07773 884339)
Near Atherton Leisure Centre:  corner of Atherton Road and Clova Road. With Alan Griffiths (Alan Griffiths)
Near Henniker Point: corner of Leytonstone Road and Henniker Road   With John Gray            (07432 150530)

Saturday 4 November 12 noon at Moka House Canning Town E16 1EH Labourparty.canningtownnorth@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday 4 November  2-4pm Canning Town Library E16 1EH West Ham Labour BAME network & Newham Fabians contact anamul.islam.30@gmail.com

Thursday 9 November 6pm Vicarage Lane Community Centre, E15. West Ham Canvass before ward meeting. Contact  John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Saturday November 11 1100 am to 1 00pm Barking Road Community Centre, Canvass. 627- 633 Barking Rd, London E13 9EZ Plaistow South contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website


Saturday 11 November, 11.30am - 1.30pm meet outside Custom House Canvass. Library, Prince Regent Lane E16 3JJ. contact to be confirmed TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Monday 13 November 7:30pm West Ham Black History Season Labour Women’s Forum and Newham African and Caribbean Network Guest speaker Paula Perry at West Ham Labour HQ, 306 High Street, Stratford, E15. Contact Seyiakiwowo@gmail.com

Tuesday 14 November - New members event at at West Ham Labour HQ, 306 High Street, Stratford, E15 TBC

Saturday 18th November; 11.30am; FG Rail Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members; Contact rec.tripp@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Sunday, November 19th 2.00pm to 4 pm, Barking Road Community Centre,  Plaistow South.Canvass. 627 - 633, Barking Road, E13 9EZ  Contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Sunday 19th November; 11.30; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting; Contact karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town. 

Friday 24 November 7pm Newham Fabian Society talk by Seb Dance on Brexit and where do we go next; Eat16 Cafe (Canning Town)

Saturday 25 November. National Campaign Day. To be confirmed Contact John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Saturday 25 & 26 November London Regional Conference, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St, WC1B 3LS.

Sunday 26 November 11.00 - 1pm, Custom House Canvass. meet outside Nisa Local, 53 Freemason Road, E16 3PJ Custom House Contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December branch hustings & selections for local Councillor Candidates.

Friday 15 December - Newham Co-operative Party Christmas Social & Centenary Party tbc