“Dozens pay their respects to war victims killed when a bomb hit their bus”

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Hat tip Newham Recorder  “Cllr and members of the public attending a vigil on Dames Road where a V1 flying bomb landed killing people on a bus outside the Holly Tree pub


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The event, organised by Forest Gate North Labour Party, was held at the site of the 1944 blast outside The Hollytree Pub in Dames Road.

It is thought around 20 people died in the explosion, although no reliable record exists because wartime press censorship stopped much detail being published in order to limit the information available to the enemy about attacks.

Cllr Seyi Akiwowo, one of the organisers of Thursday’s event, said: “The event was fantastic. It was put together at short notice and there was a good turnout. I’m glad we were able to pay our respects.”

In his speech at the vigil, Cllr Anam Islam said: “Now, just as then, the price we pay for liberty is eternal vigilance against racism and prejudice.”

West Ham MP Lyn Brown, who was unable to attend the event, told of its importance.

She said: “It is right and important that we commemorate those who perished or lost loved ones in the fight against fascism, and just as important that we remember the anti-fascist and anti-racist heritage of the East End with pride.

“Levels of racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic hate crime have all risen over the past year, and it is important we draw on this past to bring us together and renew the fight against far-right ideology and its terrible effects. That aim will be easier to achieve if we have a more accurate narrative of what actually happened.”

Eyewitness Cyril Demarne is quoted in The Heroic Story of the Second World War Bomb Disposal Teams by James Owen as saying: “A trolley bus, crammed with home going workers, had caught the full blast and the whole area was a sickening sight.

“Dismembered bodies littered the roadway, others were splattered over the brickwork of the houses across the way and the wreckage of the trolley bus was simply too ghastly to describe.

“The lower deck seated passengers were all dead. Although many of the victims had been decapitated, they were still sitting down, as if waiting to have their fares collected.”

(the V1 flying Bomb landed just outside Newham but much of the bomb damage and deaths were inside modern Forest Gate. A 80 year old local resident who remembered being told about the attack pointed out to us the exact impact. The death toil was at least 38 and probably much more)



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Celebrate 25 years with Mike Gapes MP

Join Ilford South at an event to celebrate Mike Gapes and his 25 years as an MP in Ilford South.
Date: Saturday 5 August

Where: Ilford Golf Club, Wanstead Park Road, IG1 3TR (there is a large car park at the back of the club)

Menu: Stuffed Portobello Mushroom, Tuscan Chicken, Apple & Blackberry Crumble. Tea/Coffee and mints. The will be a vegetarian option and the chicken will be halal.
Tickets are £35 per head and include dinner, guest speakers and live music.

To purchase tickets please contact Barbara White bw@barbarawhite.co.uk / Wendy Taylor or Ross Hatfull.

West Ham Back on the Campaign Trail

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After a short break, members of Forest Gate North & West Ham Labour, led by our newly re-elected MP (with 77% of the vote) Lyn Brown, were back on the campaign trail. As well as the NHS demo in Central London, last Saturday was a Labour Party National Campaign Day, on Theresa May, having “No Mandate for Cuts”.

This was in the week that the Tories voted and cheered in Parliament on cutting yet again public sector pay,  while at the same time crying crocodile tears about the bravery of our Police, Fire & Ambulance service.

There was a superb response today in Forest Gate for Labour, including signing a petition about the Grenfell fire and making sure that the Council does everything possible to make things safe for residents.

Before the stall, Lyn went to nearby Market Square to support the very first Forest GAYTE Pride.



Education Debate


By Rania Ramli 


A vital and indispensable aspect of growing up. The key to prosperity and future success.  The stepping stone to enabling young people to achieve their dreams and develop into thriving citizens who go on to make a significant change within our society.

With that being said, surely the government should be doing all that they can to ensure that children and young people are provided with the opportunities and resources necessary to enable them to reach their goals – regardless of gender, family background or their financial situation.

Every child has the right to a high-quality education, which broadens their horizons and allows them to feel valued as an individual. Continue reading

A New Year’s Resolution!

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The first month of the year is when we all ambitiously set ourselves great resolutions to be healthier, more adventurous, frugal, active, committed and/or pick up new skills. So as Women’s Officer of the CLP along with core members of the Women’s Forum we resolved to be canvassing pros in 2014!

And being the women of integrity we are, we have beaten the ‘no one keeps to their new year’s resolutions statistic’ and organised specific door canvassing training for this weekend! Continue reading

Education debate 16 Jan – save the date

Save the date thurs jan 16thOn Thursday 16th Jan at 7pm, West Ham Women’s Forum, are hosting an education debate.

Our confirmed speakers on the panel are:

  • Lord Andrew Adonis the driver of the Academy programme in the UK.
  • Sharon Hodgson MP who is the Shadow Minster for Women and Equalities and former Shadow Minster for Children and Families
  • Professor Becky Francis from King’s College University who is best known for work on gender and achievement.
  • Diane Walls who has taught in the East End of London for over 40 years, a school governor at Chobham Academy and was a Newham Councillor for 18 years.

During the debate we will address questions on what is Labour’s 13 year legacy on education policy, standards and achievement, methods to improve standards of schools in Newham and the UK and what Labour’s policy on education should be.

There of course will be plenty of opportunities for you as the audience to ask questions and share your thoughts.

This is an open event so please feel free to invite family, friends, teachers and governors to what will be very interesting education debate!

Here is the Facebook link for members who are social media savvy: https://www.facebook.com/events/164686817075417/

Seyi Akiwowo

West Ham Women’s Officer


Super Saturday in West Ham ward

We’ll be holding a Super Saturday canvass session with Lyn Brown MP this Saturday, 2 November, in West Ham ward.

The meeting point will be Rokeby Centre, Rokeby Street, London, E15 at 1pm. If you are running late please call 07711 156173 and someone will direct you to where we are.

Please do consider joining us – our sessions are fun! If you are a new member this would be a great opportunity to meet your fellow Labour members.

Thank you for all you are doing to help elect our Labour candidates. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.