Friday, February 16, 2018

John Gray Newham Councillor: Selection Statement

"I have been a pro-active Newham Councillor since 2010 and keen Labour activist and campaigner. If I am selected to serve as your Councillor for the next 4 years

I pledge to:-

  • · Hold regular surgeries in the ward; 
  • · Attend ward meetings and community events 
  • · Make written and verbal reports. 
  • · Campaign for Labour. 
  • · Represent the ward and constituents to the very best of my abilities. 

As a Councillor I will continue to argue for:-

  • A London Living wage for all Council workers (including agency) and make Newham a Living Wage Borough. 
  • · Improve governance to prevent further financial failures such as the LOBO loans and London Stadium. 
  • · As a founder member of “Newham against Austerity” I want to support our Schools to remain in the Newham family of Schools and campaign against cuts. 
  • · I want to bring back in-house the management of outsourced Council Services and the Council to sign the Ethical Care Charter. 
  • · We need to build far more decent homes at social rents 
  • · Provide better youth services and citizen advice provision

My main job is as a housing officer, I am also a school governor, Pension and Charity trustee and UNISON trade union activist (and member of its National Executive Committee).

(All Newham Council candidates have to submit a 200 word statement to selection meetings. Picture of me speaking as a UNISON delegate at London Labour Party Conference on a Social Housing motion)

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