Working for Walthamstow Monday 21st January 2019

Brexit Update- attached to this email, Register for Walthamstow Hate Crime Workshop with Law Commission, Jaden Moodie Murder Update, Free Community Training, NHS Low Priority Products Consultation, Wood St Mobile Phone Mast Consultation, Barking Gospel Oak Update

This is the Working For Walthamstow newsletter. I produce it every week to highlight issues of relevance to our area, and to let you know what I'm up to as the MP for Walthamstow. 

You may also have received this particular update and the attachment, and only this update, if you have contacted me regarding Brexit as it contains time sensitive information. 

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Whats on in Walthamstow in the coming days......Working for Walthamstow - This week's News Updates and How You Can Be Involved....

Beginner Viola lessons for 7-11yr olds-  Wednesdays Children aged 7- 11 years old can learn to play viola in a small group with expert tuition at Waltham Forest Music Service on Wednesdays between 4.30-5pm. This is for children with little or no experience of playing an instrument and there is a special office of only £30 per term including instrument hire. These lessons take place at the Waltham Forest Music Service at Walthamstow School for Girls on Church Hill. There are limited places - book here 

Addictive TV:Orchestra -  Friday 25 January Fresh from their involvement in the Borough of Culture opening event, local group Addictive TV present their ground-breaking ‘Orchestra of Samples’ audio-visual project, featuring 200 musicians from 30 countries who have been sampled, cut and combined to create new music of extraordinary fusions. This event is on Friday 25th January between 7pm to 10.30pm at St Johns Church in Leytonstone High Road. Joining them live for the night are Layil Barr on bass viol, Khaled Hakim on Persian daf and rapper Lemzi. Advance tickets £9 - £12,, or contact 

Burns Night Supper, Saturday 26 January There will be a Burns Night Supper to raise funds for the Waltham Forest Sheltered Housing Pensioners Association. and local homeless charities on Saturday 26th January at 7.30pm at the William Morris Bar on Forest Road. For entertainment there will be a Scottish Poet, The Stow Caledonian Pipe Band and ceilidh dancing. On the menu will be haggis, neeps and tatties and tickets include a free whiskey. Tickets are £22 and available from Tommy Anderson on 07506 733392.  St

Barnabas Sunday Concerts- Sunday 27 January St Barnabas Church in the Markhouse Road area will host an exploration of folk music from the far corners of the world on Sunday 27th January between 4-5pm. This will feature songs and melodies old and new for voice, recorder, guitar, piano and more. Admission is free with donations gratefully accepted (£5-£10 suggested) in support of local charity The Mill E17. 

Walthamstow Labour Quiz Night- Sunday 3rd February In the spirit of offering constructive solutions Walthamstow Labour Party offers you its very own ‘Chequers Agreement’ - to come to a quiz at the Chequers Pub on Walthamstow High Street on Sunday 3rd February, starting at 8pm. The quizmaster is Neil Gerrard who recognises no red lines in compiling questions - anything could be 'on the table'. Tickets are £12 p/p (£10 concessions), £60 for a team of six and include refreshments. You can book either by emailing, or calling 07957 228019 or book online at BILLETTO “An evening of agreement at chequers”.  

Free cancer awareness training- Wednesday 6 FebruaryPeople in Waltham Forest with personal experience or interest in healthcare are being offered the chance to improve their knowledge and awareness of cancer on Wednesday 6th February at this free training event which runs between 6-9pm. NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with Cancer Research UK (CRUK), is giving people, who are not clinically trained, the opportunity to attend CRUK’s Talk Cancer awareness training in January and February. The free, three-hour workshop is suitable for people with experience of cancer awareness, including non-clinical healthcare staff and anyone working in health promotion. Book your place here. A light lunch is provided.  

Life, the Universe and Everything Else Speaker: Brian Madican - Saturday 9 February Have you ever wondered about where the universe comes from or how did it come into being? Ever pondered on the meaning of life, what is the purpose of it all? Brian Madican will be speaking at the News from Nowhere club on Saturday 9th February at 7.30pm at the Epicentre on West Street in Leytonstone. 

Visually Prepared-  Wednesday 20 February Are you visually impaired and want a career, an apprenticeship or go to College? Visually Prepared is a new event aimed at people of all ages with a visual impairment, particularly those aged between 12 and 25 years, their families, friends, all teachers and social workers and others in this field. This will be run on Wednesday 20th February between 2pm to 7pm at the Redbridge Institute on Gaysham Avenue in Ilford. This is an opportunity to find out about college, work or apprenticeship opportunities, access training and support, equipment to increase accessibility and independence, what benefits, funding and grants are available and accessible and assisted transport. For more details please contact 

Mobile Phone Mast Consultation for Shernhall Street 

CTIL and Telefonica are holding a consultation on upgrades to telephone poles in this area including mobile phone masts. The address they have given for this is Shernhall Street Streetworks, Shernhall Street at 76 Church Lane. If you’d like to take part in this consultation, you can do so by email or by post to Community Consultation & EMF Enquiries, Building 1330 – The Exchange, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Berkshire, RG7 4SA.

Brexit Update - Briefing Attached to this Email on Meaningful Vote, No Confidence Vote, People's Vote, Labour Policy and Citizens Assembly Proposal 

Attached to this email is the most recent Brexit briefing that I have produced for Walthamstow residents. It details what happened last week, and the issues facing parliament in the coming week. Please feel free to share this with other local residents - due to the volume of correspondence I would appreciate assistance to help alert residents to this and direct them to facebook and twitter for real time updates on this ongoing situation. 

This update covers the 'meaningful vote' and the no confidence vote, as well as my support for the 'peoples vote' proposal and the work I am doing to call for a Citizens Assembly to try to break the deadlock in parliament. Please note I am also seeking to organise a meeting for Labour members, supporters - past and future - and former members to discuss Labour's Brexit policies on Sunday 27th January. Please RSVP to this email address if you are interested in attending. 

Walthamstow Hate Crime Law Workshop Thursday 31st January - Register Now To Help Law Commission Review  

In under two weeks time the Law Commission is coming to Walthamstow to join our local event on hate crime and how to make this legislation work for all. This event is a chance for Walthamstow residents to directly feed into this review of legislation - whether you are concerned about misogyny, homophobia, islamophobia, anti-semitism, disabilism, racism, transphobia or ageism, this is your opportunity to make your personal feelings known about the penalties and categorisations the law currently uses. This event is free to attend and open to any Walthamstow resident over the age of 14 and will run on Thursday 31st January between 5-7pm in central Walthamstow - please register to help us with the logistics here.

Jaden Moodie Murder: Suspect Charged and Youth and Education Services Plea 

Jaden Moodie was a 14 year old child, brutally murdered in our community on Tuesday 8th January 2019. Since this horrific act- where Jaden was knocked off a moped and then repeatedly stabbed- an 18 year old young man has been arrested and charged with his murder. However others involved in this vicious crime remain at large- if you have evidence that can help catch them you can report this anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111. 

You can see my speech to Ministers once again begging them to give us the resources we desperately need in Walthamstow to help support our young people and protect them from knife and gun violence here. You can also read the text here.  As well as pushing for more police, I'm continuing to seek meetings with ministers to secure the resources and support those children excluded from school need. 

On Thursday 24th January myself and John Cryer MP have also secured a debate in parliament to keep trying to hold the Government to account for their actions on youth violence. Local residents who want to help can also volunteer through our mentoring scheme - if you would be interested in doing this please reply to this email. 

Free Community Research Training for E17 Residents 

Are you interested in learning more about community research? Would you like to attend a free training session and help St. James Street Big Local with their next community consultation? St James Street Big Local are holding a half day training session for local people towards the end of February where you will learn about conducting face to face community interviews. 

As well as the free training, you will also have the opportunity to receive a £25 supermarket voucher (dependent on undertaking a certain number of hours’ interviewing/specific number of interviews).

They are particularly keen to reach out to communities that are typically under-represented in consultations, and are looking to train people from these communities and/or those that work, volunteer or have direct access to them. For example, you may be a bi-lingual resident from a community where the primary language is not English, a disabled person with access to a specific support/social group or a key worker supporting vulnerable/isolated adults. Get in touch with them if you want to take part. 

Consultation on 'low priority products' for the NHS- Have Your Say! 

Waltham Forest residents are being asked by the NHS for their views on plans about the prescription of eight "low priority products" that cost the NHS more than £68 million a year. The NHS considers that these drugs and treatments are ones for which the evidence of their positive effect is questionable. 

This consultation will inform work by the NHS to identify these and whether current spending on them should be reprioritised. NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is keen to hear directly from people who live in Waltham Forest and/or who are registered with a GP in the borough, especially if these proposals may affect you.

You can take part in this by filling out this online consultation and Once you have completed the consultation online, enter your email address when requested and you should receive an electronic copy of your feedback. You can also share your views with them by sending this electronic copy of your response to:

Barking Gospel Oak Line: New Trains Still Not On the Lines 

The debacle over the upgrade of the Barking to Gospel Oak Line continues, as does the delay in the introduction of electric trains. Transport for London have sent the following statement: 

"We are very sorry for the continuing delay to the introduction of the new trains. We want to assure you that we are working very hard with all parties to bring the new trains into passenger service as soon as possible. However, the manufacturer, Bombardier Transportation has still not been able to fix the software problems that are causing the delays. Together with the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor for Transport, we are continuing to push hard to get the trains running as soon as possible. 

As you know, we extended the lease on the diesel trains currently running on the line to account for the delay to the new trains. One of these trains will soon need to be released for use elsewhere in the country, with the remaining trains due to be released by mid March. Given the continuing delays to the new trains, we are now exploring the option of modifying some other London Overground trains for temporary use on this line. There are a number of considerations that need to be resolved before we can confirm whether this is possible. We are testing a modified train on the line and expect to make a decision on whether it is possible to operate it later this month. We will keep you and our customers updated, but in the meantime, please do get in touch if you have any questions. Please be assured that we will continue to do all we can to minimise disruption for customers."

Where to find me this coming week....

  • Monday 21st January - due to the change in the Brexit debates I am now no longer attending the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and so will be in parliament to hear the Prime Ministers statement on Brexit.  

  • Tuesday 22nd January - seeking to speak in the adjournment debate on the funding for pupil referral units to raise my concerns about the lack of mental health support provided. 

  • Thursday 24th January - speaking in the debate on knife crime in Westminster hall between 1.30-4.30pm. This debate is open to attend. 

  • Sunday 27th January - meeting with Labour members, former members and supporters to discuss their views on Labours policies on Brexit. To join this meeting see details in attachment.