From Whipps Cross to Westminster!

Waltham Forest's Labour councillors deliver our postcards to the Health Secretary

A delegation of Waltham Forest’s Labour councillors travelled up to Westminister at the end of last week to deliver our ‘I Love Whipps cross’ postcard petition to Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Health. We would like to thank the 1500 local people who filled out a postcard and supported the campaign Continue reading “From Whipps Cross to Westminster!”

Leyton Residents say “No!” to Music on Buses

Leyton residents Tom and Valeria, organisers of the 'music on buses' campaign

Many visitors to this website will have no doubt have read or heard about an excellent London wide campaign being run my two of my ward constituents, Tom Wright and Valeria Martinelli (pictured above), to get Transport for London, which runs London’s bus and tube network, to ban music being played out loud on the buses.

Tom has asked me to publicise the campaign on this site and ask you for your support! Continue reading “Leyton Residents say “No!” to Music on Buses”

I Love Whipps Cross – Your Hospital Needs You!

Labour Party Members fight for Whipps Cross

Your Local Hospital Needs You!

Waltham Forest’s Labour party members were out in force all over the borough at the weekend, campaigning to keep the services of our local hospital, Whipps Cross, local.

I was born in Whipps Cross hospital. I feel extremely strongly that the financial problems it is currently facing should not mean that local people lose much needed services.

Waltham Forest is not a rich borough and many people do not own a car. If we are forced to travel miles to receive essential treatment, local health inequalities – already some of the worst in the country – are just going to get worse.

The Waltham Forest Labour Party is appealing to Patricia Hewitt to do what is right and deliver the health provision that our local people need.

Whipps Cross should remain a full general hospital! Continue reading “I Love Whipps Cross – Your Hospital Needs You!”

Barking and Dagenham say No to the BNP!

London Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron leads Barking's anti BNP protest

Congratulations to the Barking and Dagenham Alliance Against Racism and Facism for organising a well attended demonstration, at Barking and Dagenham Town Hall, to protest against the facist British National Party (BNP).

On Wednesday, I accompanied London’s Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron and Battle of Cable Street veteran Max Levitas to the protest, which was the second demonstration since the election of twelve BNP councillors, to Barking and Dagenham Council, back in May. The BNP are now Barking and Dagenham’s council’s official opposition party. Continue reading “Barking and Dagenham say No to the BNP!”

Save the Beaumont Sweet Shop!

Prem Maisuria handing me his petition

Over the past couple of months, I have been involved in the local campaign to help the confectioners run by Mr and Mrs Maisuria on the Beaumont Estate. Readers who’ve visited this site before, will remember the opening of the shop in April, which was attended by local MP, Harry Cohen and I.

Unfortunately, barely three months after that lovely day, Mr Maisuira’s business is being threatened with closure because of building work going on the Beaumont Estate, to give the area a much needed and welcome face lift. Access to the shop has been blocked off since early July and Mr and Mrs Maisuria are losing worrying amounts of takings Continue reading “Save the Beaumont Sweet Shop!”