With less than two weeks to the General Election, I am asking for your vote on June 8th to send a message that equality matters to our community and our country.
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Many key employment rights for women are directly underpinned by being members of the European Union. You can read my speech about this here- if I am re-elected I will fight to protect these rights against those seeking to diminish them.
My track record shows my determination to prioritise addressing violence against women- along with addressing unequal pay, paternity and maternity leave and the lack of women in leadership positions.
This is a commitment that will never waiver.
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So too, as abortion rights are threatened, I will always speak up to protect a woman’s right to choose.
I spoke up for the importance of including same sex relationships in sex and relationships education in our schools. If I am re-elected I will continue to work with Stonewall and local teachers to make this a reality.
As reported hate crime rises in our city, I have championed community cohesion initiatives in Walthamstow and challenged the Government on its public sector duties towards minorities.
So too, Labour is committed to scrapping the Personal Independence Payments assessments and Work Capability Assessments, and incorporating into law the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
By voting for me on Thursday 8th June, you can send a powerful message that equality is not an optional extra, but critical to our nation's future.
On Monday 15th May Cllr Clare Coghill hosted a meeting at the Blackhorse Road Baptist Church regarding anti social behaviour in the High Street area. If you weren't able to attend, please note I also tried to capture the details of the discussion and the questions raised through a series of facebook posts which you can find here.
Further to this meeting, residents requested the following information. Firstly, this is the latest press release from the police which gives details of developments in the ongoing investigation into the murder of Elijah Dornelly and details of two arrests that have been made that were mentioned this evening:
- High Street Ward Panel- Tuesday, 23rd May, 7pm, The Mall offices (above ASDA). The organisers have asked that if you intend to go you email them so they can make sure they are able to accommodate all attendees and suggest checking their website in case of a change of venue.
- Markhouse Ward Panel- Wednesday 7th June 7pm, Queens Road Adult Education Centre
Standing Up For Walthamstow and For Britain: My Pledge To You To Fight for Our Future in The Single Market
Today I joined eighteen other London Labour candidates to launch our pledge to fight for Britain to have full access to the European single market if re-elected.
Being able to trade in the single market is crucial to the future of Walthamstow and Britain- in London alone, the EU buys 39% of our exports and 650,000 jobs depend on trade with Europe.
I voted against triggering Article 50 because the deal Theresa May says she wants would involve leaving the single market, risking the livelihoods of many here in Walthamstow and around Britain through her desire for a hard Brexit.
Any deal which creates barriers to trade will inevitably lead to lower growth and fewer jobs, damaging the prospects of our community and our country.
Now that negotiations have started, if I am re-elected as MP for Walthamstow I will continue to fight for cooperation with Europe, for the rights of EU citizens here in the UK and for staying in the single market and the Customs Union.
I will also work with other politicians who share these concerns- because as my track record shows, I will always work to get the best deal for Walthamstow and for Britain.
If you would like to support my campaign to be re-elected, click here to request a poster or volunteer.
Tory cuts to school budgets will see some schools in Walthamstow face a 20% reduction in their funding, meaning many will have to either make teachers redundant or cut back on classes and vital services for our young people. To give some sense of the scale of cuts involved, Frederik Bremer School alone will lose £800,000 over the next four years. Calculations done by our local Council show that schools here in Waltham Forest face real-terms budget cuts of £21m between 2016 and 2020 – based on increased costs of £17m from unfunded new cost pressures, such as the government’s apprenticeship levy in addition to about £4.3m from changes to the national funding formula for schools.
As the local MP I have been working with the Council to raise concerns with the Government about these plans, as well as my fellow Labour MPs - so was shocked that the Minister responded to us to suggest that if schools could not manage with such cuts they should simply renegotiate their photocopier contracts or energy bills. Such an attitude suggests the Ministers don't understand either how schools manage their funds or the impact of the cuts they are imposing on them- leading to likely devastating consequences for our local children. You can read more about this here from the Guardian newspaper- if I am re-elected as Walthamstow's MP in the election I will continue to fight for our schools to get the funding they need to be able to give every child in Walthamstow the best start in life.
Anger into Action: Tampon Tax Challenge and Four Ways You Can Make A Difference Today By Being a FAN
We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced
Our UK Government has today announced taxes paid by women for tampons will be used to fund anti-abortion organisations.
Turn your anger into action by joining with us to fight back through the Feminist Action Network.
FAN brings campaigners together in common cause to show the power of equality to change the lives of everyone for the better.
Here are five ways you can do that today:
- The UK Government has given £250,000 of public money to Life, the anti-abortion organization, from the so called tampon tax fund. If you believe this decision is wrong demand Ministers review this decision here.
- On Tuesday 18th April from 6 - 7.30pm we will be running a "Circular Firing Up Squad" in parliament. This is a free, non partisan women's leadership workshop open to any woman aged 16 or over to help inspire herself and others onto positions of power and influence in their own lives- to book your place at this event please email to RSVP.
- 70% of those claiming bereaved parents allowance are women- on the 6th April the Government is cutting this help and says this is because women now work. Help us challenge this decision by writing to your MP here to support grieving parents.
- Holler4 are organsing flashmob choirs across the country to support the #icantkeepquiet campaign following the women’s march. They’re holding a workshop on Saturday 8th April Sign up here to join one of these choirs.
- Horrified by recent court cases involving violence against women? A new consultation has started on the sentencing of intimidatory offences and domestic abuse. Have your say here now.
Please share this information and spread the word about how we can take action together to make a positive difference.
Any activists that would like to be part of our #FAN2017 network and receive updates on campaigns should email email@example.com with FAN2017 in the title.
Over 800* local residents have voted in the 2017 E17 Housing Awards to identify the good and bad in our local housing provision. At a ceremony on Saturday 25th March 2017 the results were announced - you can watch the event here.
As well as the results of the following votes, attendees heard about three local campaigns that are seeking help in the coming year- to support selfbuild in Walthamstow, to help the local homelessness nightshelter and to set up a landlord cooperative- and the success of the Butterfields campaign which was featured in the 2016 Housing Awards as well as from the local authority Councillors leading on housing in Walthamstow.
The results were as follows:
- The Best Social Housing Provider in Walthamstow 2017: Clarion Housing- nominated for their work supporting selfbuild in the community
- The Social Housing Provider with Most Room for Improvement in Walthamstow 2017: London & Quadrant - nominated for their repairs service.
- The Best Lettings Agency 2017: Central
- The Worst Lettings Agency 2017: Central
- The Most Shocking Behaviour by a Letting Agency 2017: Wonderlease - nominated for gazumping renters
- The Kindest Gesture by a Letting Agency 2017: East & Co for not charging fees to tenants
- The Best Estate Agency 2017: Central
- The Worst Estate Agency 2017: Central
- The Most Shocking Behaviour by an Estate Agency 2017: Douglas Allen- nominated for charging homebuyers a 'finders fee' or double charging
- The Kindest Gesture by an Estate Agency 2017: Stow Brothers- nominated for their sponsorship and support of community projects
- MPs Special Award 2017 : The Waltham Forest Private Letting Agency Facebook Group - nominated for their work supporting tenants in Walthamstow secure affordable housing
To support this campaign please help by sharing the results of this ballot to alert tenants, homebuyers and landlords as to the outcome of this poll to help them make informed choices about our local housing market.
*following verification processes to ensure only Walthamstow residents voted a total of 605 nominations were included in the final results.
Thank you to Nicola Tree for taking the following photos- all photos are credited to her.Read more Share
The cost of housing in Walthamstow is one of the biggest challenges facing local residents. Many find themselves unable to afford to live in our community, whether due to a shortage of properties, rising rents or increasing house prices. Without action, owning or renting an affordable home in our community will become a distant dream for too many – that’s why the Walthamstow Housing Campaign is helping local residents challenge the pressures increasing the costs of housing in our local community.
In Waltham Forest house prices have doubled over the last eight years, as people have been priced out of other parts of London and so turned their attention to outer London boroughs. The rental market has also seen a dramatic growth- 28% of the population of Walthamstow are privately renting and this is expected to increase in 2021 to be almost 40% of the local population. The shortages of social and affordable housing have fuelled speculation in both rents and house prices. So too, concerns about the quality of housing also continue to grow with many local residents being charged extortionate rents and fees for properties which require repairs to be habitable.
Residents individually can feel powerless to complain about these issues, for fear of being evicted or cut out of the market all together. By bringing residents, local campaigners and myself together, the Walthamstow housing Awards are shining a spotlight on the good and bad practice in the local housing market.
The survey will be open until Friday 17th March at 12pm and is open to all residents of Walthamstow.
The 2017 awards will be held on Saturday 25th March 2017 in Walthamstow at 1:30pm, if you would like to attend please email Pippa@workingforwalthamstow.org.uk.
The following is the transcript of the speech Stella Creasy made in parliament at the Second Reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill on Wednesday 1st February 2017:
Let us make no mistake: we are leaving the EU. The referendum seven months ago settled that issue. Today’s vote is not about whether Members have a leave or remain constituency. This Bill is about green-lighting the Prime Minister in her approach to Brexit and to parliamentary scrutiny: a fast-tracked process devoid of any detail for triggering article 50 in March when key European allies will have elections distracting them; and the grudging promise of a White Paper tomorrow for a vote today to replace the blank paper we currently have.
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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
In 2017 we want to ensure a strong voice for the power of equality to change the lives of everyone for the better. Our Feminist Action Network links campaigners around the world with activists here in Britain to do just that. Here are five ways in the coming weeks you can be part of this:Read more Share
For just £3 you could win a fabulous dinner with Stella Creasy and a surprise special guest in 2017...want to know who? then see below!
Book your Come Dine with MP ticket here
Walthamstow CLP is giving members of the Labour Party the chance to go out for a six course tasting menu dinner at a top London restaurant with a variety of special guests - All you have to do is buy a ticket and you’ll have a chance to win each month.