Sunday, April 22, 2018

Workers' Memorial Day - Saturday 28 April 2018 10.45-11.15am at Clasping Hands Statue, 3 Mills Green, E3 3DU


This is a really important event in the Labour movement calendar and takes place, I think, at the most significant but unknown example of historic working class art in East London. I hope that as many members of the Labour Movement family can attend as possible. Keynote speakers invited. 

Rokhsana Fiaz Pledges for Newham


Short and sharp speech by Rokhsana Fiaz outlining her key policies and welcome different approach to local politics at the fifth birthday celebration of Custom House's PEACH

"Rokhsana Fiaz, the new labour candidate for Newham Mayor states her pledges at the five years PEACH birthday celebration".

Saturday, April 21, 2018

West Ham postal votes - Putting people at the heart of all we do

In between speaking in a seminar on the Divestment of Council Pension schemes in fossil fuels I was also speaking to West Ham ward postal voters as well as taking pictures of fly tips, litter and other things using my #LoveNewham app

Friday, April 20, 2018

Only 13 days until the local elections on 3rd May

Dear John

Only 13 days until the local elections on 3rd May 2018 and the weather is looking lovely!

Grab your sun cream and join us for a canvassing session in the next week to get our Labour candidates and our fantastic mayoral candidate Rokhsana Fiaz elected. Details of dates, times and contacts are below - or see our website.

Don't worry if you've never done canvassing before - there will be people who can show you the ropes. It's a nice way to get to know the borough, speak to the public - and enjoy the April sunshine!

Special notices:
  • Postal ballots go out this weekend and most will vote within three days of receiving their ballot. It is vital that Labour voters receive their postal vote cards ASAP - if you can deliver postal vote reminder cards over the weekend, get in touch with your ward secretary (email details here) or with the CLP Secretary Alan Griffiths.
  • Stratford and New Town branch will be canvassing and leafleting all day in E20 on Saturday 21st April - details below. If you can pop along for even half an hour that would be much appreciated!
  • Save the date for the CLP fundraiser on the 10th May 2018 when Shadow Justice Secretary, Richard Burgon MP, will be joining us for a CLP event to reflect on the outcome of the elections, locally and nationally.  Richard is one of the best speakers on the Labour front bench and we are delighted he is visiting the CLP. Details about time and venue to follow.
  • On 12th May 2018, thousands of people will march through London to demand a new deal for working people as part of the TUC-organised demonstration - we hope West Ham Labour members will join it.
  • West Ham CLP’s General Committee will have the option of selecting further West Ham delegates to Labour Party Conference in October.  We have already selected our first delegate, so the CLP’s representation at the conference is already assured, but we can only send additional delegates as resources allow. Please therefore consider donating to the annual conference fundraising page

We hope to see you on the doorstep!

Happy canvassing,
from West Ham CLP 



Campaign dates for West Ham CLP - Friday 20th April 2018 - Friday 27th April 2018
 
DATE
WARD
TIME
MEETING POINT
PHONE CONTACT
ACTIVITY
Friday 20 April 2018
Forest Gate South
6-8pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Mas Patel 
Canvassing

Canning Town South
6.30pm
Keir Hardie Church
E16 1PA
Rohit Dasgupta

Canvassing
 






Saturday 21 April 2018
Canning Town North
12 noon
Moka House Coffee Shop 126 Barking Road E16 1EN
Shabs Mohammed

Canvassing

Forest Gate North
11am-1pm
Forest Gate Station
E7 0NF
Rachel Tripp

Canvassing

Custom House
11am
Custom House DLR
E16 1DR
James Beckles

Sarah Ruiz
Canvassing

Green Street West
11am
East Shopping Centre, Green Street E7 8LE
Hanif Abdulmuhit  
GOTV leafleting (postal votes)

Plaistow South
11.30am
Plaistow Library
E13 9HL
Neil Wilson 
Canvassing

Forest Gate South
11.30am-1.30pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Mas Patel 
Canvassing

Stratford New Town
11am-1pm
Sainsbury's Local
East Village
E20 1DB
Karl Lewis

Leafleting

Stratford New Town
2.30-5pm
37 Honour Lea Avenue
E20 1DY
Karl Lewis

Leafleting/canvassing






Sunday 22 April 2018
Forest Gate North
11am-1pm
Forest Gate Station
E7 0NF
Rachel Tripp

Canvassing

Stratford New Town
11am
Maryland Station
E15 1SA
Karl Lewis
Canvassing

Green Street West
11am
East Shopping Centre, Green Street E7 8LE
Hanif Abdulmuhit  
GOTV leafleting (postal votes)

Forest Gate South
11.30am-1.30pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Mas Patel 
Canvassing

Plaistow South
2pm
NewVIC
Prince Regent Lane
E13 8SG
Neil Wilson 
Canvassing

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline - Theatre Royal Stratford

 After a quick canvass in my ward a far too rare night out to the theatre yesterday evening to watch the alternative comedian, Mark Thomas.

The performance was about "Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark and his team set out to run a comedy club and put on two nights in the Palestinian city of Jenin. 

Only to find that it is not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom".

It was politically educative but also at times very funny. Which of course is Mark Thomas's gift even if you don't agree with everything in the performance.

It was great to meet up by sheer coincidence with Sarah, a lovely lady and former resident from the Malmesbury estate in Bow, Tower Hamlets, who I have not seen for 20 odd years.

Even more weird, I have in the years since met both of her sisters in very different circumstances without being aware of the family connection.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"Climate Change and Bangladesh: First Affected. Worst Affected" (Pension Carbon divestment)

(I am due to speak at this seminar as a Councillor & trade union pension activist).

"Fossil Free Newham, Tower Hamlets Divest and Hackney & Tower Hamlets Friends of Earth are teaming up to screen '30 Million', a film which focuses on the plight of Bangladesh in the face of Climate Change. Following on from the film, we will be having a few short talks from guest speakers and a question and answer session.

The film is so titled because with just a one metre rise in sea level, 30 million inhabitants of Bangladesh could be displaced. We believe that it is essential to make ourselves aware of these facts and the plight of those in the frontline, battling against such fundamental environmental change.

Divestment campaigns across the globe are seeking to lessen the impacts of Climate Change by stopping the flow of money into dirty energy companies. We've already seen big commitments from institutions such as the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the City of Oslo and, most recently, New York City. Closer to home, Waltham Forest and Southwark councils have both committed to full divestment, whilst Hackney and Haringey have partially divested.

Join us on Saturday, April 21st 1pm to 2.30pm at the Canvas Cafe, Hanbury Street, to learn more about how Climate Change is affecting frontline communities, and what you can do to help!

The venue has a limited capacity, so get your tickets soon! Register here

The Canvas: Cafe & Creative Venue
42 Hanbury Street
London
E1 5JL"
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Monday, April 16, 2018

West Ham Labour Action Team - Putting People at the heart of all we do


FOR THE MANY NOT THE FEW

"The Canning Town North branch is having a joint street stall with West Ham branch outside West Ham tube Station at 5.00pm on Wednesday 18th April".


Sunday, April 15, 2018

UNISON Labour Link Greater London Region supporting its members standing for public office - £100 donation per Candidate

This form below is only for UNISON Labour Link members in our Greater London Region. Please contact your UNISON regional political officer if outside London.

I do declare that am a Labour & Coop Councillor candidate (and Chair of the UNISON London Regional Labour Link) but I think it is so important that trade unions support their members to stand for public office. The Labour Party and its trade union affiliates are two sides of the same Labour family movement coin.

UNISON LABOUR LINK (AFFILIATED POLITICAL FUND)
UNISON MEMBERS’ APPLICATION FOR A DONATION TO CLP TOWARDS ELECTION EXPENSES AS A LABOUR CANDIDATE
REGIONAL CODE

MEMBERS DETAILS

Name ………………………………………………………..  Membership No …………………………..

Address……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Name of Seat being fought …………………………………………………………….

Date of Election ……………………………………

I confirm that I currently pay the affiliated political levy and am a Labour Candidate in the above election

Signed ………………………………………………………   Date ………………………………..

UNISON BRANCH DETAILS

Name of UNISON Branch …………………………………………………

Signature of UNISON Branch Secretary/Branch Political Officer to confirm the above details are correct.

Signed ………………………………………………………   Date ………………………………..

PAYMENT DETAILS

UNISON makes a donation of £100 to the CLP where a UNISON APF levy paying member is standing as a Labour Candidate.

Name/address/Position of Labour Party representative to whom the cheque should be sent:

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Cheque to be made payable to ………………………………………………………..

PLEASE RETURN FORM TO:
Regional Political Officer
UNISON Greater London Region
1st Floor, Congress House
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3LS
FOR OFFICE USE:
CORRECT FOR PAYMENT:
Signed ………………………………………………………
Regional Political Contact
Date ……………………………………
Cheque No ………………………….
Amount ………………………………..
Code: 
Cheque sent to Labour Party    YES/NO
Confirmation sent to Candidate   YES/NO
Copy to Head of Labour Link       YES/NO


Saturday, April 14, 2018

UNISON's "Goodbye and so many thanks" to Rodney Bickerstaff


On Thursday I went to a packed out memorial in the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster to celebrate the life of our former UNISON General Secretary, Rodney Bickerstaff. The meeting was compered by UNISON National officer for Equalities, Gloria Mills, who had worked with Rodney for many years. We had marvellous music by the Dodworth Colliery Band and the UNISON staff Choir.

The first speaker was an old friend of his, former MP and deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott. John praised Rodney for understanding that we need both the political (the Labour Party) and industrial (trade unions) wings of the Labour Movement to protect our people. 

Rodney "always left everyone with a smile". Not only a "union man" but a fighter "for social justice in Britain and across the world".  He was a man "For the many not the few". 

Next our UNISON President, Margaret McKee,  a catering assistant from Belfast, who gave a fantastic and moving speech about how Rodney was openly on the side of working people and especially a champion of low paid women. He was also very warm and personable, who loved  swooping stories and to "enjoy the craic".  She finished with a message of support and love to his family. 

Current UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, reminisced about his former "friend and boss". "If you knew him you loved him... To his bones he was collectivist....A voice for the voiceless driven by a burning sense of injustice" 

The actress, Maxine Peake, spoke about meeting Rodney at the People's History Museum in Manchester and made the comparison in looks to him and Buddy Holly but also compared him to Fred Astaire! 

John Sheldon, the former joint General Secretary of the civil service union PCS described Rodney's quick wit which he used to disarm opponents and his implacable opposition for many years to Margaret Thatcher banning workers at the GCHQ becoming trade union members. 

We then all stood up and sang "The Red Flag".

Next speaker was Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP. Jeremy was a former official of NUPE (a predecessor union of UNISON) when Rodney was its Head of its NHS members. He reminded us that Rodney had done so much to bring about the National Minimum Wage and how the next Labour government will bring about a real National  Living Wage. Jeremy said that Rodney would love the the fact that there was a colliery band and a choir at this memorial. He recognised that we need "Bread and Roses".  

Final speaker was his son, Philip Bickerstaffe, who spoke of the pride his family had in him and he had in his union. His dad described himself as a "Journeyman ranter" who always knew that UNISON grave diggers and cemetery workers would eventually get their hands on him. He finished with the famous Shakespearean quotation which he used to describe this 1970s trade union leader and adopted Yorkshireman "Now is the winter of our discontent. Made glorious summer by this son of York"

Our final song sung was the "The Internationale".

While I had met Rodney on a few occasions over the years and he had been a strong supporter of my UNISON branch, I regret that when I bumped into him a few years ago in a cafe before a regional  AGM he invited me to meet up for coffee and a proper chat and I never took him up on it. My loss. 

Friday, April 13, 2018

West Ham CLP Grid - Only 20 Days to go before 2018 Newham Council & Mayoral elections


20 days now until the local elections on 3rd May... and thanks to all those who have come out to campaign for our fantastic Labour candidates and our Mayoral candidate Rokhsana Fiaz.
Canvassers are reporting a really positive response on the doorstep but we need to keep up the effort so we hope you'll join us for a canvassing session in the next week. Details of dates, times and contacts are below - or see our website.
Don't worry if you've never done canvassing before - there will be people who can show you the ropes. It's a nice way to get to know the borough, speak to the public - and now the clocks have gone forward, it's light into the evening!
If you'd like to get involved but door-to-door canvassing isn't your thing, get in touch with your ward secretary (email details here) or with the CLP Secretary Alan Griffiths or Vice Chair Membership Josephine Grahl.
Plaistow South ward have made a special request for members to help with canvassing - they have got off to a slower a start due to the unforeseeable delay in selecting their candidates. Contact Neil Wilson for details of Plaistow's campaign - dates and times are below.
See you on the doorstep!

(Update: Sunday 15 April please join us to support our Labour and Co-op Mayor and Councillor candidates in Canning Town South. Meeting at 3pm at Keir Hardie Methodist Church, Plymouth Rd, E16 1PA)
Friday 13 April 2018
Forest Gate South
6-8pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Canvassing






Saturday 14 April 2018
Plaistow North
11am
Plaistow Station
E13 0DY
Canvassing

Forest Gate North
11am-1pm
Co-Op Woodgrange Road E7 0EL
Street stall

Green Street West
11am
East Shopping Centre, Green Street E7 8LE
Canvassing

Stratford and New Town
11am
Tesco Express
Stratford High Street E15 2NE
Canvassing

West Ham
11.15am
ATL cafe, Plaistow Rd E15 3ET
Canvassing

Plaistow South
11.30am
NewVIC
Prince Regent Lane
E13 8SG
Canvassing

Forest Gate South
11.30am-1.30pm
Forest Gate Station
E7 0NF
Canvassing

Canning Town North
12 noon
Moka House Coffee Shop 126 Barking Road E16 1EN
Canvassing

Custom House
12 noon
Freemasons Row Health Centre
E16 3NA
Canvassing

Canning Town South
12-1pm
Royal Victoria Station
E16 1BZ
Leafleting/street stall






Sunday 15 April 2018
Plaistow North
11am
West Ham Ambulance Station Plaistow E13 8AU
Canvassing

Forest Gate North
11am
Forest Gate Station
E7 0NF
Canvassing

Green Street West
11am
East Shopping Centre, Green Street E7 8LE
Canvassing

Forest Gate South
11.30am-1.30pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Canvassing

Canning Town South
12-2pm
Keir Hardie Church
E16 1PA
Canvassing


Plaistow South
2pm
NewVIC
Prince Regent Lane
E13 8SG
Canvassing






Monday 16 April 2018
Plaistow South
6pm
NewVIC
Prince Regent Lane
E13 8SG
Canvassing

Forest Gate South
6-8pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Canvassing

Stratford and New Town
6.30pm
Tesco Express
Stratford High Street E15 2NE
Canvassing

Canning Town South
6.30pm
Keir Hardie Church
E16 1PA
Canvassing


Custom House
6.30pm
Custom House DLR
E16 1DR
Canvassing






Tuesday 17 April 2018
Forest Gate North
5.30pm
Maryland Station E15 1SA

Canvassing

Canning Town North
6pm
Moka House Coffee Shop 126 Barking Road E16 1EN
Canvassing

West Ham
6pm
ATL cafe, Plaistow Rd E15 3ET
Canvassing

Green Street West
6pm
East Shopping Centre, Green Street E7 8LE
Canvassing

Plaistow South
6pm
Plaistow Library
79 North Street
E13 9HL
Canvassing

Custom House
6.30pm
Custom House DLR
E16 1DR
Canvassing






Wednesday 18 April 2018
Green Street West
6pm
East Shopping Centre, Green Street E7 8LE
Canvassing

Plaistow South
6pm
Plaistow Library
79 North Street
E13 9HL
Canvassing

Forest Gate South
6-8pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Canvassing

Custom House
6.30pm
Custom House DLR
E16 1DR
Canvassing

Canning Town South
6.30pm
Keir Hardie Church
E16 1PA
Canvassing







Thursday 19 April 2018
Forest Gate North
11-1pm
Maryland Station E15 1SA
Street stall

Canning Town North
6pm
Moka House Coffee Shop 126 Barking Road E16 1EN
Canvassing

West Ham
6pm
ATL cafe, Plaistow Rd E15 3ET
Canvassing

Green Street West
6pm
East Shopping Centre, Green Street E7 8LE
Canvassing

Plaistow South
6pm
Plaistow Library
79 North Street
E13 9HL
Canvassing

Forest Gate South
6-8pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Canvassing

Canning Town South
6.30pm
Keir Hardie Church
E16 1PA
Canvassing


Stratford New Town
6.30pm
Maryland Station
E15 1SA
Canvassing

Custom House
6.30pm
Custom House DLR
E16 1DR
Canvassing






Friday 20 April 2018
Forest Gate South
6-8pm
Atherton Leisure Centre
E15 4JF
Canvassing

Canning Town South
6.30pm
Keir Hardie Church
E16 1PA
Canvassing