West Ham Labour Party January 2018 update – want to get fit and lose weight? Go canvassing!

West Ham Labour newsletter 3.1.17

Dear Members

I hope that everyone had a refreshing break and are now ready to get involved and active in the local and national party.

West Hammers News

Newham Councillor Candidate’s selection meeting & Mayoral Trigger

There is still no date set for Councillors’ selections. We will let you know as soon as we find out from the London Labour Regional office. You may have noticed a newspaper report that the Newham Directly Elected Mayor, Robin Wales, believes that there will be a rerun of his selection process. So be prepared to be called to your branch or affiliate meetings to participate in both processes (if eligible to vote)

Friday 5 January. Newham Fabians. You have to have renewed your local membership by this day to participate in the AGM on Wednesday 24 Jan. See details below.

Monday 8 January 7.30pm West Ham CLP BAME at 306 High Street, Stratford E15 1AJ

Solidarity Saturday – 20 January!
Do you want to make a difference and help Labour win in the new marginal seat of Chingford? Check out Saturday 20 January below.

Donations for Grenfell
Like so many others, Labour Party members were horrified by the terrible events of the fire at Grenfell tower six months ago. We were particularly struck by the immediate needs of the survivors, who were left without a home, having lost family members and neighbours, and without any possessions.

After speaking to donation centres about what was needed, Seyi Akiwowo, Rokhsana Fiaz and Rachel Tripp put out a call for donations for the survivors on the 14th June 2017. We were so thankful for support from CoffeE7 who kindly made their room upstairs available as a drop-off point.. Read more here

All future campaign and event dates (check web site for updates)

Thursday 4 January 6.30pm Forest Gate North canvass meet outside Forest Gate Tavern E7 (before ward meeting) John Gray organiser 07432 150 530

Thursday 4 January. The Mayor, Robin Wales, is speaking to first Stratford & Newtown branch meeting then Forest Gate North on the London Stadium. Branch members should contact their secretaries for timings.

Monday 8 January 7.30pm West Ham CLP BAME at 306 High Street, Stratford E15 1AJ. Meeting to discuss Labour Party Democracy review and decide upon a possible submission (needs to be in by 12 January). Apologies for lack of notice. All welcome. Contact West Ham BAME Officer Anam Islam, Email:Anamul.Islam.30@gmail.com

Tuesday 9 January strike & picket outside Cumberland school from 8.00 am outside the school gates. On strike to protect the children’s education from privatisation. Oban Close, E13 8SJ

Thursday 11 January 6pm-6:45pm West Ham Branch canvass/Petition on social housing. Meet Plaistow station E13 (before ward meeting

Saturday 13 January at 11am Plaistow North canvassing session on meeting at Plaistow station E13 contact Daniel or Mehmood.

Sunday 14 January 11.30 Forest Gate North Canvass 1pm (sharp) outside Forest Gate Tavern E7 9BB

Wednesday 24 January Newham Fabians AGM Main : 7.30pm – 9pm
Venue: Main Hall, Durning Hall, Earlham Grove, London E7 9AB. Contact Rohit K Dasgupta, rhit_svu@hotmail.com (note you will have been told if eligible to vote)

Wednesday 17 January. Custom House New Year Social. Save date. Contact Cllr Rokhsana Fiaz OBE rokhsanafiaz@yahoo.co.uk for further details.

Saturday 20 January – 11am “Solidarity Saturday” with comrades in Chingford doing their best to get rid of IDS. Meet outside Chingford War Memorial, 3 Old Church Road, E4 6SJ. It takes about 25/30 minutes to drive or cycle from Stratford. Buses 97, 158, 215, 357, 385, 397, 444, W16. contact John Gray 07432 150 530 or Alan Griffiths if you want a lift

Newham Lifts 10.20am Clova Rd junction Atherton Rd; Henniker Rd junction Leytonstone Rd; Dawn Crescent junction Bridge Rd; Bull Rd junction Plaistow Rd).

Saturday 20 January 20 – 1100 am to 1 pm. Canvass Plaistow South Meeting at Plaistow Library E13 9HL. Organiser Neil Wilson 0789 653 9001

CANCELLED DUE TO TRIGGER BALLOT Monday 22 January 7pm-8.30pm Branch Officer Training306 High Street, Stratford E15 1AJ. Roles & responsibilities of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer & Social Secretary. Sharing good practice. Organisers Carol Buxton/John Whitworth jhnwhitworth@yahoo.co.uk

Thursday 25th January – West Ham CLP GC, 306 High Street, Stratford E15 – Visiting Speaker Nia Griffths, Shadow Defence Secretary

Saturday 27 January 11.15 West Ham Ward canvass meet ATL Café, 125 Plaistow Road E15 3ET. Organisers david.e.christie@gmail.com and jhnwhitworth@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday 27 January 11.30am Forest Gate North Canvass meet outside Hibiscus Community Centre E15 1SP organiser John Gray 07432 150 530

Sunday 28 January 11-1pm Custom House Canvass check CLP website for meeting point and organiser)

Sunday January 28th 2.00pm to 4.00 pm Plaistow South Canvass at Plaistow Library E13 9HL Organiser Neil Wilson 0789 653 9001

CANCELLED DUE TO TRIGGER BALLOT Tuesday 30 January. IT training for Branch Secretaries & others interested. 7-8.30pm. Vicarage Lane Community Centre, Govier Close, E15. To include methods for sending out bulk messages/attachments etc. organised by Shaban Mohammed/jhnwhitworth@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday 4th February. West Ham CLP trip to Tate Britain. Exhibition “RED STAR OVER RUSSIA A REVOLUTION IN VISUAL CULTURE 1905–55” (but entry fee).
Party members are encouraged to use sustainable transport options. The Jubilee Line is running, and is ordinarily accessible. We will meet at the Westfield exit for Stratford Station at 10.30am where many will cycle to Tate Britain along a safe, mostly segregated route. There is a santander cycle stand near the meeting point.

Monday 26 February 7pm Newham Full Council Meeting, East Ham Town Hall E6</

Surveys & Petitions

West Ham CLP members are also asked to support these surveys and petitions that are still live.

Bookmakers target people who can’t afford to lose their money on these machines”
Our MP Lyn Brown asks you to support her call to curb the blight being caused to our community by Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) and take part in the government consultation. Check out further information https://westhamlabour.org/2017/12/11/west-ham-clp-member-fixed-odd-betting-terminal-fobt-consultation-call-for-action/</

“In response to years of Newham’s campaigning the Government has now launched a consultation survey which might lead to these terrible FOBT machine stakes being reduced. But we need to make sure that gambling industry lobby don’t dominate the responses, which is why we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to respond to the survey online by clicking this link.https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3XGGFP7</

Newham Council: More Social Housing in Plaistow Petition
West Ham Ward ask you to support their online petition on a controversial planning application. See Canvass/Petition . So please share with all your Newham friends and family: http://chn.ge/2iq4UKb</

If you are interested in Planning policy then Newham Council is also undergoing a review of its #LocalPlan Proposed Submission is open until the 16th January, so have your say! www.newham.gov.uk/planningconsultations” (warning this is heavy going but important)

Marked Register data inputting
If you have some time to spare then contact our CLP secretary alangriffiths_per@yahoo.co.uk to volunteer to help us input the “Marked Register” data from the General Election into Labour Party records. He will explain if contacted.

We look forward to seeing you at future events and campaigns!

Regards
John Gray
Vice Chair (Campaigns and Comms) West Ham CLP
westhamlabour@gmail.com t @westhamlabour f westhamlabour w westhamlabour.org

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Fixed Odd Betting Terminal (FOBT) Consultation – Call for Action

fixed odds bettingDear Member

Newham has one of the highest number of betting shops of any London borough with 81 currently in operation, with 12 on one street alone.

Each betting outlet can provide four FOBT machines which offer casino style content including games such as roulette at up to £100 a spin, which can be wagered every 20 seconds.

It is in response to the cap that bookmakers have opened multiple premises in clusters to facilitate more machines as a fixed margin product guarantees bookmakers a return. As a result, FOBTs have become a significant part of their business operations which has led to betting shops proliferating on high streets, but they add little to the local economy, contribute to crime and anti-social behaviour on high streets.

And the bookmakers target people who can’t afford to lose their money on these machines, like too many Newham residents – that’s why there are more than twice as many betting shops in the poorest 55 boroughs compared with the most affluent 115, which are equivalent by population.

That’s why, since 2014, Newham’s Labour Council has been leading the way in calling for the stakes on FOBTs to be reduced to £2, bringing them in line with the limits on gambling machines in other easily accessible locations, such as bingo halls, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres.

In response to years of Newham’s campaigning the Government has now launched a consultation survey which might at lead to these terrible FOBT machine stakes being reduced. But we need to make sure that gambling industry lobby don’t dominate the responses, which is why we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to respond to the survey online by clicking this link

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3XGGFP7

 Newham’s anti-FOBT campaign is now supported by Labour nationally, which is something else we can be proud of.

Let’s help make West Ham and all of Newham a better place to live and protect some of the most vulnerable people in our community by ensuring your voice is heard and the campaign to tackle the scourge of FOBTs and betting shop clustering is won!

The consultation survey closes at midday on 23rd January, but we urge to you to take a few minutes to complete it now.

I hope to see you out campaigning or at a social event soon.

Yours as ever,

Lyn Brown

Member of Parliament for West Ham