Sunday, April 19, 2015

Labour will get rid of Katie Hopkins

Hat tip to Cambridgeshire University Labour club for this poster.

Katie Hopkins is the Sun columnist who recently called migrants "cockroaches"..."feral humans" and "doesn't care if migrants die while trying to leave their countries by boat" " even if she was shown “coffins and bodies floating in water” she would not be moved.

This was in response to the 400 migrants - men, women and children who drowned last week.

I was due once to debate pensions with this person on Radio 5 Live. However thankfully she pulled out of the interview. Imagine being in the same room as someone who thinks like this. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

UNISON NEC Elections 2015: My London Region and National Ballot Paper

The UNISON postal ballot election for a new National Executive Committee started on 7 April but continues until 15 May (click on to enlarge). So there is still plenty of time for UNISON members to vote if they have not done so. 

This is a copy of my ballot paper and preferences. All UNISON members in London will have the same choices for Regional Seats, while all National members of Community Service Group (Housing Associations and Voluntary sector) will also have the same choice as me as do all UNISON members over the Black Members' seats. 

Check out my recommendations for other regional and national seats here or on Facebook

Congratulations to Irene and Ablola for being elected unopposed! 

(If you did not receive your ballot papers by 14 April you should ring 0800 0857 857 for a duplicate. Lines open 6am to midnight, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday).

West Ham & Stratford Campaigning (and one reason why this General Election is so important)

Pictures of some of the West Ham Labour Party activists out campaigning with our Parliamentary Candidate, Lyn Brown and Stratford & New Town ward Candidate, Charlene McLean.

Yesterday evening in Stratford, Green Street this morning and this afternoon in Ilford North.

Check out below one of the reasons why I think this this election is so important. Remember that the Trussell Trust are not the only organisation handing our emergency food to hungry families.

"People reliant on food banks reaches one million

Figures from the Trussell Trust indicate the number of people relying on food banks will pass the one million mark this week. The number of people given three days' emergency food by the Trust rose from 2,814 in the 2005-06 financial year to 61,468 in 2010-11, 346,992 in 2012-13 before jumping to 913,138 in 2013-14 - including 582,933 adults and 330,205 children. Figures for 2014-15 are expected to show a continuing rise despite the upturn in the economy. 

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves described the 618% rise in the number receiving emergency food aid as “shocking” and called on David Cameron to sign up to a pledge to reduce the number relying on food banks. Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Post reports that one in five rural households is now officially classed as living in poverty...."
The Independent, Page: 1, 4   Independent i, Page: 4   Yorkshire Post, Page: 1

(Tomorrow - Sunday 19 April we are going to Ilford North for 2pm. Give me a ring if anyone wants a lift)

Friday, April 17, 2015

The gap between richest and poorest region...

And of course the gap in the UK is by far the worse. This cannot continue. Only a Labour Government can make a difference. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

UNISON NEC Elections 2015: London Calling

If you have not received your ballot papers by (14 April) you should ring 0800 0857 857. Lines open 6am to midnight, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday. Ballot closes 15 May.

Check out other national, regional and Black Members recommendations at UNISON NEC 2015 andFacebook 

Unions together for Labour: Rally for your rights - London Monday 27 April 2015

"Fight for your rights and join us at our Central London rally as we campaign to stop the sell-off of our NHS, for secure jobs – tackling insecurity and abolishing zero hour contracts, decent wages, rights at works –making employment justice a right not a privilege and solving the cost of living crisis.

In the most unpredictable election in a generation, the issues which matter to us could hang by a thread; by a few votes in the most marginal constituencies.

We will hear tub-thumping speeches from TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, GMB’s Paul Kenny and TSSA’s Manuel Cortes as well as Harrow East Labour’s Uma Kumaran and more speakers yet to be announced!

This our last chance, as trade-unionists, to come together, and rally to stop the Tories by signing up to campaign for Labour where it’s most needed in the final stretches of the general election campaign.

Join us on the 27 April! Bring your trade union banners!
April 27, 2015 at 6pm - 9pm
University of London Union
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HY
United Kingdom
Google map and directions"

To attend you must RSVP here 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Keep it Co-op

On 16th of May, the 98-year old link between the Co-op Party and Co-op Group could be brought to an end. Sign up here to support the campaign to Keep it Co-op, and to check your eligibility to vote. 

UNISON's NEC Elections - Put our union and members first

If you have not received your ballot papers by today (14 April) you should ring 0800 0857 857. Lines open 6am to midnight, Monday to Friday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday. Ballot closes 15 May.

Check out other national, regional and Black Members recommendations at UNISON NEC 2015 and Facebook 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Bombs dropped in Greater London during the Blitz

This map and website is pretty amazing and frightening. It represents all the bombs dropped on London during the Blitz (7 October 1940 to 6 June 1941). Use Bombsite to find out the damage and location of bombs dropped in your locality if you live in London.

Remember this only records damage during the "Blitz" and that London and other cities suffered bombing throughout the war and V1/V2 rocket attacks.