Local Elections 2018

All over CWG in the lead up to the local elections we canvassed, leafletted, telephoned and worked at our campaigning till’ the sun went down (and often into the night!). We would like to thank everyone who helped us in our work.
We ran a positive campaign focussing on issues – whilst the local Tories chose to focus on nasty tactics, 6 leaflets of lies through each letter box, and slander of our candidates on social media. We refused to let it get us down and continued with our hard work which saw us return Labour councillors to some of our wards – and increased the Labour vote in our others.

HALE END & HIGHAMS PARK
In Hale End & Highams Park our one and only Labour councillor Tony Bell was re-elected, and this time joined by 2 new Labour councillors – Rosalind Dore and Zia-Ur Rehman. We could not have hoped for a better result.

CHURCHFIELDS
In Churchfields the first ever Labour councillor was elected. After some tough competition Rosa Gomez was able to become the first ever Labour councillor. This is a brilliant result which demonstrates the hard work by all involved.

VALLEY
In Valley we returned a Labour councillor – Liz Baptiste. This means we retained our seat in Valley, giving us the opportunity to continue to represent Valley residents.

In wards Hatch Lane, Chingford Green, Endlebury, Larkswood and Monkhams we worked hard and increased the Labour vote. This gain is laying the ground for our future successes. There is much work to be done all over CWG, and year upon year we plan to chip away at the Tory stronghold on our area.

#UnseatIDS Festival 15th September 2018

A two-day festival of campaigning, music, comedy and speeches – to #Unseat Iain Duncan Smith whenever an election is called.

IDS is the architect of some of the Tories’ cruellest policies. And we have him on the run. Leaked messages show that IDS is terrified that we will #Unseat him after our last campaign day >> buzzfeed.com/alexspence/these-leaked-whatsapp-chats-show-iain-duncan-smiths-pleas

IDS helped design cuts which devastated the lives of disabled people. Humiliating and distressing work capability assessments. The bedroom tax. Attacks on the low-paid.

In 2015, IDS had a majority of over 8,300. It’s now less than 2,500. With a big push, Iain Duncan Smith will lose his seat. Chingford and Woodford Green: LABOUR GAIN – imagine those words flashing up on your TV screen. And it will be down to you.

We’re going to do something exciting: a two day #Unseat festival. As well as knocking on doors to win people over, we’re going to have music, comedy and speeches.

IDS is rattled, he’s scared, because we have him on the run – and he knows we can #Unseat him when an election is called. Spread the word!

Facebook Event Here

Grenfell – Fight For Justice Talk

Join us on Monday 26th March for special guest speaker Mark Wrack.

Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union has been a tireless campaigner in the fight for justice for those who have died and those left homeless. The Grenfell Tower fire broke out on 14 June 2017 at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington. Tragically it caused 71 deaths. More than 250 London Fire Brigade firefighters and 70 fire engines were involved from stations all across London in efforts to control the fire.

This fire has laid bare many of the lies about social housing today, outsourcing and the drive for profits have put social housing tenants lives on the line in the name of a discredited market ideology.

Jeremy Corbyn on Grenfell:

“I feel very angry that it was possible for the fire to spread in the way it did. I feel very angry that so many have lives have been lost when the system didn’t work.
“The many residents I met today are very angry too; their concerns about the building were not responded to and their questions were not answered.
“I would like to give thanks to the firefighters who risked their lives to save the lives of others, and the police and the paramedics who did the same.
“Some hard questions need to be answered. It cannot be right that in the 21st century a fire like this happens.
“It’s the responsibility of Government to tell us why the lessons of Camberwell, Southampton and Shepherds Bush have not been learned.

“There must be a proper ministerial statement in the Commons when the Commons is once again sitting and the Government must also immediately make sure the families affected have the resources they need.”

Video of Matt speaking:

London – Ultra Low Emission Zone

Sorting the FACT… from the fiction. What does the proposed extension of the Ultra Low Emission Zone ULEZ mean for C&WG?

London has the lowest air quality in the UK and the highest rate of children with chronic asthma. 10,000 Londoners die every year as a consequence of low air quality: Doing nothing about pollution is not an option.

The Mayor for London is planning to introduce ULEZ up to, but not including, the North Circular from October 2021. This means there will be a charge for vehicles that do not meet clean air standards.

Recent data from Transport for London indicates that Waltham Forest will benefit more than any other London borough from an extended ULEZ with a reduction in key pollutants of up to 34%. and a 71% reduction of schools in high pollution areas.

C&WG support efforts to clean up London’s air. We also support the Labour Party’s call for Government to fund a generous scrappage scheme for all non-compliant vehicles, continued investment in public transport and other efforts to improve air quality.

There is no easy answer to the problem of toxic air in our community. But we must act now, and call for national government support to ensure everybody benefits from cleaner air.