Sunday, May 11, 2014

My Labour Campaign update: West Ham & Bethnal Green

A busy, busy weekend campaigning for Labour in West Ham ward and also this evening in Tower Hamlets.

Our impressive run of luck with door knocking in good weather finished on Saturday with rain making us all run for the car.

It did brighten up afterwards for some leafleting. I have mentioned this before but who really needs to join a gym to get fit when they could get plenty of exercise for free delivering Labour party leaflets. Especially in low rise blocks with no lifts!

This morning we did some more canvassing in West Ham Tower blocks followed by leafleting. In the evening Newham Labour activists went en masse to Tower Hamlets to help out with their campaign. See picture (middle left) Newham Labour activists with local Collingwood candidate (and UNISON national officer) Clare Harrisson.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shame on Newham Labour for not turning up to the hustings. The press release Newham Labour issues was an insult to Newham residents and an attempt to smear an East London protest group abotu the problems of London City Airport.

Sir Robin is eager to have a hustings with the Lutfur Rahman, but can't be bothered to show his face in Newham.

It is bad enough there are no opposition councillors in Newham, but Newham Labour are so arrogrant they wont even engage with the public.

The photo of the empty chair is ironic, because residents have no voice.

http://forestgate.net/2014/05/13/newham-hustings/


The Tory candidate is echoing the same things, I have been saying.

http://youtu.be/g9pFGerNiDI

I don't know if there is a video of the other candidates.

I disagree with him about the Chinese brining in high value jobs. I suspect most will go to Chinese speaking people trying to import more pound shop tat.



John Gray said...

I'm sorry "anon" but this is rather silly (even for you)

Why on earth should Labour go to a hustings organised by unrepresentative, avowed anti Labour organisations without any consultation?

I got a text about it the previous Sunday evening which was the first thing I knew about it.

Also why do you have to go and make an offensive racist comment on Chinese investors in East London? this is also just completely beyond me.

Anonymous said...

'Why on earth should Labour go to a hustings organised by unrepresentative, avowed anti Labour organisations without any consultation? '

Shame on Newham Labour. The other parties did not seem to have a problem in attending.

This is fairly typical of the way the, entirely Labour, council seem to treat the local residents.

In Newham the 'empty chair' will always get re-elected.

Anonymous said...

Here is a link to http://www.hacaneast.org.uk

This is what they put out on their press release :

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"All candidates at a packed election hustings meeting held last night in the Royal Docks area of Newham expressed opposition to any further expansion of London City Airport. The meeting, organized by HACAN East, the body which represents residents under the airport’s flight paths, was addressed by representatives of the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Christian Peoples Alliance, the Trade Union and Socialist Party and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) and the Green Party (1). UKIP sent its apologies. Only Newham Labour refused to attend. It was represented by an empty chair.

In one of the very few hustings meetings being held in Newham, a wide range of topics were raised by both the speakers and the audience.

John Stewart from HACAN East, who chaired the meeting, said, “It was lively, informed debate. It is just a pity it was boycotted by Labour.”

HACAN East has written to the Labour Party asking it to back up with hard evidence their allegation made to the media that HACAN East has “deliberately misrepresented the views of the Council and those elected to it”. It has yet to get a reply."

ENDS
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May be you can provide the evidence which HACAN East is asking for.

May be you can also tell me about other hustings in Newham?

Anonymous said...

"Also why do you have to go and make an offensive racist comment on Chinese investors in East London? "

Where was the racist comment about the Chinese companies?

The comments is about jobs.

Do you know anything about Chinese businesses? Have you tried to contact a company in China?

If you send an email to a Chinese company, they will never reply to you, because they have few people who speak English. If they open offices in the UK, they will want to have (British) Chinese employees so they can communicate with their colleagues back in China.

Why don't you pop-down to the large Chinese supermarket on Factory road and make a general assessment of the current workforce.

Why don't you provide a list of Chinese companies moving in and the activities they are involved in. I expect more of the Chinese companies will be importing goods to the UK. These is no benefit to the UK economy.

The Chinese Government would not be setting up tax-free zones for European companies to sell their goods, but Britain has done this in the Royal Docks.

Its not like Google is opening up a branch in the Docks.

John Gray said...

Hi Anon

It seems that the UKIP candidate did not attend or send a substitute nor the United Communities (no great loss on either score I suppose. BTW Have you had a writ yet about this?)

Why should any Party attend a hustings without there being any consultation beforehand organised by unrepresentative, unaccountable lobbyists who don't even live in Newham?

If you don't understand why your comments about Chinese are not racist then you are just even more silly and ignorant than I thought beforehand.

Anonymous said...

Why would I get a writ?

Is this like how Newham Labour try to silence people who have view which don't agree with them?

Anonymous said...


JG 'Why should any Party attend a hustings without there being any consultation beforehand organised by unrepresentative, unaccountable lobbyists who don't even live in Newham? '

I read a Tweet - May 13 "So @NewhamCons ask a good question: Why does Sir Robin want a debate with Lutfur Rahman of Tower Hamlets but not his #NewhamVotes opponents?"

You call the groups unrepresentative, but they represent at least 1000s of Newham residents :-

http://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/1_000_city_airport_objection_letters_delivered_to_newham_council_offices_by_santa_1_3132143

John Gray said...

Hi Anon

It seems that you haven't had much contact with the Communities Party!

That joy will come soon no doubt

Who organised the petition, The Momentum Project or HACAN?