- On Saturday 29th June – heading to the Royal British Legion Community Covenant ceremony at the Town Hall from 12pm.
- On Sunday 30th June – attending the Eat or Heat event at the Quaker Meeting hall, the Farmers Market and the Walthamstow village fair at vestry house
- On Monday 1st July – hosting a number of meetings in Parliament and then attending an event on Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in the UK.
- On Tuesday 2nd July –Attending the All Party Parliamentary group on Trafficking and then attending the fundraising dinner for Karna Nirvarna at Walthamstow School for Girls.
- On Thursday 4th July – visiting Hammersmith and then going to the Art of Embroidery event at the William Morris Gallery
- On Saturday 6th July – attending the Edinburgh Primary School Summer Fair
Friday, 28 June 2013
Posted by Philip CC at 19:31
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
Here is the poster for our latest CLP fundraiser, and here's the link where you can
(or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 07957 245221)
buy tickets online: here at the Labour Party Shop
or email: email@example.com
or call: 07957 245221
Posted by Philip CC at 15:46
Saturday, 22 June 2013
- Saturday 22nd – running a short workshop at the Sheffield Central Labour AGM on campaigning and the #7days4stow project
- On Sunday 23rd – attending the Queens Road Boundary Street Party in the afternoon
- On Monday 24th – holding meetings as part of my duties as a member of the shadow Home Affairs team
- On Tuesday 25th – speaking at a conference on social enterprises in Waterloo and then running a workshop on tackling domestic violence in the evening in Battersea for London campaigners.
- On Wednesday 26th in Parliament for the Chancellor’s Spending Review statement and then attending the Walthamstow CLP GC in Orford Road
- On Thursday 27th – attending the Lea Valley Boat Club
- On Friday 28th – holding an appointment only surgery for constituents. For an appointment at a future surgery
Posted by Philip CC at 12:52
The Selection 2014 process is under way and all Labour Party members in Waltham Forest with a valid email address have had an invitation to apply to be considered. The application deadline is June 28th. It is expected the assessment interviews for members who have applied will take place during the weekend 13-14 July, and for there to be further meetings and events over the summer to encourage members applying to become council candidates for the Labour Party. The ward selections from those who pass the assessment will begin in September/October. The autumn will also see a process of consultation about the Labour Manifesto for the Borough. All members will be invited to contribute their thoughts on a number of policy issues and proposals.
Posted by Philip CC at 01:31
Selection2014 - Messages have gone out to all Labour Party members in Waltham Forest inviting them to consider self nominating for the panel from which we will choose our candidates for the 2014 local elections. Members for whom we have email accounts should have received this by email. Others will have received a letter in the post. The deadline for receipt of nominations is 5pm on June 28.
Posted by Philip CC at 01:29
Friday, 21 June 2013
HOLDING OUR RAIL OPERATORS TO ACCOUNT
One of the big issues I have working on this month has been deficiencies in information provision at Walthamstow Central during engineering works. Whilst the works are important and we all want to see an upgraded and efficient railway network, rail operators have a clear obligation to keep passengers fully informed and publicise alternative travel arrangements.
I have heard complaints about a lack of available staff, no posters with replacement bus times and display screens asking passengers to await announcements and then no announcements being made.
This is completely unacceptable and I have written a letter of complaint to the Managing Director of Greater Anglia and will shortly be meeting Station Staff to discuss what measures will be taken to see that passengers are not abandoned again.
If you have experienced similar problems on main line rail services within North-East London then please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Philip CC at 13:58
Writing in the New Statesman Stella Creasy MP says:
"Mervyn King's decision to put Winston Churchill on our five pound notes rather than Elizabeth Fry might seem trivial, but by not commemorating any women on our cash, we're encouraging the perception women are secondary to men . . . .
. . . "Philanthropist and prison reformer Elizabeth Fry has been on our smallest bank note since 2002. While the Queen remains on all legal tender, King’s decision, whether consciously or not, removes the only historical female commemorated in this way. The decision is out of kilter with protocol as, while no figure remains in perpetuity, Darwin has featured since 2000 and thus could be considered first in line for replacement. It’s also out of step with other countries - Scotland has two series of five pound notes, each with one woman on, the Norwegians and Swedes who have five-value notes with two women on each and the Australians who have fifty-fifty representation. . . .
"Mervyn and his fellow members of the Court of Directors of the Bank of England - gender balance of one woman out of twelve - need to hear deleting Elizbeth Fry isn’t a small fry issue. That’s why I’m backing the Women’s Room who have until the 24 June to raise the remaining £7,000 required for a judicial review – please help by donating a Darwin this week to send a message it matters that women are on the money."
Read the full article here.
Posted by Philip CC at 02:08
Tuesday, 18 June 2013
The Selection2014 process is under way and all Labour Party members in Waltham Forest with a valid email address have had an invitation to apply to be considered as potential Labour Party council candidates for the local elections next year. The application deadline is June 28th. Members for whom no working email address is currently held will get an invitation by post in the next day or two. If you are a member of the Labour Party in the borough of Waltham Forest and you do not hear from Mike, our Procedures Secretary (by email or by post) you can email him directly at: WFLabour2014@live.co.uk, or write to him at: 23 Orford Road, London E17 9NL.
It is expected the assessment interviews for members who have applied will take place during July, and for there to be further meetings and events over the summer to encourage members applying to become candidates. The ward selections from those who pass the assessment will begin in September/October. The autumn will also see a process of consultation about the Labour Manifesto for the Borough. All members will be invited to contribute their thoughts on a number of policy issues and proposals.
Posted by Philip CC at 14:15
Monday, 10 June 2013
Selection2014 - News for Labour Party members interested in seeking election as Labour councillors in 2014
The local council elections are expected to be on May 22nd 2014, and coincide with the elections for the European Parliament. The local party in Waltham Forest is planning the selection process for party members who wish to be considered as candidates for seats in the borough. The Local Campaign Forum (LCF) has recently appointed Mike Smith as the Procedures Secretary who will organise this, and as the next step in this process Party members across the borough will shortly receive a letter from him - by email or post - inviting them to complete an application form and return it by June 28th.
Everyone who applies will then be called to interview to assess their suitability as potential Labour Candidates, and those who are judged suitable will be able to express an interest in which ward or wards they would like to be considered by. Later this year there will be a series of ward meetings which will invite interested potential candidates to seek selection by ward members as actual candidates for the ward in question. This is a challenging process which will test the skills and commitment of applicants, entirely in keeping with the actual demands of the role of councillor representing electors and residents in a ward.
The role played by email and other electronic messaging in the work of a councillor is becoming very important, and the bulk of these letters will be sent electronically. If you do not have an email address, or are not very confident with sending and receiving emails you might consider finding ways of developing these skills, possibly with the help of friends or by enrolling on a course.
If you are a member of the Labour Party living within the borough of Waltham Forest and you do not hear from Mike (by email or post) by June 21st you can email him directly at: WFLabour2014@live.co.uk
There is more information about the local council elections here.
Posted by Philip CC at 19:10
Friday, 7 June 2013
- On Monday 10th June - attending Home Office Question Time at Parliament as part of my duties as a member of the Shadow Home Affairs team.
- On Tuesday 11th June - holding a number of meetings with local groups in Parliament, then helping to lead a campaign to make sex and relationship education statutory in all schools before speaking at the Wilding Festival in the evening about how class, race and gender affects women in politics.
- On Wednesday 12th June - holding a meeting about the Hall Farm Curve in Westminster.
- On Thursday 13th June - attending the opening of Significant Seams new community centre in Wood Street and then hoping to drop into Frederick Bremer School.
- On Saturday 15th June - attending the Wood Street Love your Highstreet day and the Winns Avenue Street Party and then the Waltham Forest 'Big Weekender' event.
- On Sunday 16th June - attending the Waltham Forest Mela.
Posted by Philip CC at 13:48
Sunday, 2 June 2013
- On Saturday 1st June 2013 - attending the Brunswick Street Party and then holding an open surgery for constituents at The Mall in Walthamstow from 2pm till 4pm. For an appointment at a future surgery call 020 8521 1223.
- On Sunday 2nd June – attending Big Lunch events in Jewel Road and Milton Road from 2pm onwards.
- On Monday 3rd June - holding a number of meetings in Westminster as Parliament returns from the Whitsun recess and voting on the provisions of the Energy Bill.
- On Tuesday 4th June – speaking a a conference on the impact of debt on older people, then attending an awards ceremony at the V&A museum where the William Morris Gallery has been nominated and the attending the Labour Women’s Network fundraising dinner.
- On Thursday 6th June – filming in Walthamstow for a Guardian piece on local housing costs followed by a visit to the Lea River Boat Club.
Posted by Philip CC at 16:28
Saturday, 1 June 2013
The Affirmative Parliamentary Candidate reselection nomination - 'trigger ballot' process (details here) is underway in Walthamstow CLP, and Stella Creasy MP has issued a statement available here.
Members of the CLP eligible to take part in this process should receive a copy of this document, and printed copies will be available at branch meetings.
Posted by Philip CC at 14:34
PARLIAMENTARY TRIGGER MECHANISM - since 1998 CLPs with sitting Labour MPs have been asked if they wish to make an affirmative nomination to reselect their MP as candidate for the next parliamentary election by a 'trigger mechanism'. For the first time we know well in advance the date of the next parliamentary election - May 7th 2015 (short of the Coalition breaking down). The London Regional Party has asked us to conduct this process in the first batch of London CLPs with sitting MPs. (Other CLPs are already conducting open selection processes.)
This involves a ballot of all the branches and qualifying affiliated units (trade union branches, the co-op etc). Each has one vote. In branches the vote is decided by a ballot of eligible members at a branch meeting, conducted under NEC rules. There will be copies of the Chief Whip's report, and a statement by the MP. If a majority of branches and units vote to reselect then the MP becomes the candidate and no further steps are needed. If not then an open selection process is 'triggered'.
To be eligible to vote branch members must have been members of the Labour Party since at least November 23rd 2012. They must also be fully paid up, and living in the branch. If you are currently in arrears you can bring your membership up to date online (at: renew.labour.org.uk) or by cheque/cash at your branch meeting. You must bring your membership card to the meeting. All eligible branch members should be notified of their branch meeting at least 7 days in advance. South branch meeting is on Monday 3rd June (at the Lighthouse Community Centre, Markhouse Road), and East (at 23 Orford Road) and West (at the William Morris Community Centre, Greenleaf Road) branches on Monday 10th June. All meetings start at 8pm. If you are unsure of your eligibility email: email@example.com
A statement by Stella Creasy MP to all branch members can be seen here.
A statement by Stella Creasy MP to all branch members can be seen here.
Posted by Philip CC at 13:54