West Ham Labour Campaign & Events update: 17 November 2017

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Dear Member

I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events. Don’t worry if you have never been knocking on doors for Labour. We will explain things and support you at every stage.

Labour in power: what can Labour councils do?

Have your say in Newham Labour’s Campaign for 2018 

19.30 – 21.30, Tuesday 28th November

Venue: 306 Stratford High Street, London E15 1AJ

West Ham Constituency Labour Party (CLP) is pleased to invite you to an information sharing, discussion and social event on Tuesday between 19.30 and 21.30 on Tuesday 28th November.

1. Labour in power – what can Labour councils do? Cllr Sarah Hayward (former leader of Camden Council) will talk about the possibilities for Labour councils to transform and improve their local communities.

2. Cllr. David Christie, who is coordinating the project management of the 2018 Newham Labour Manifesto – which will form the policy platform that our candidates will be standing on – will talk about the process of drafting and agreeing the manifesto and will hear from members about their priorities for Labour in Newham; and

3.Cllr Charlene McLean (West Ham CLP Chair)
We know that many members won’t have been involved in selecting Labour candidates or helping to shape a manifesto before, and we want to make sure you really do have your say in your local Labour Party. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been a member, if you haven’t been a meeting before or for a long time, or whether you are a regular attender at your local Branch meetings – we’d love to see you on Tuesday 28th November at 306 Stratford High Street, London E15 1AJ.

PS. We know winter nights can be cold and miserable, so refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

[Please note this event was originally planned for the 21st November – so many apologies if you have received a notice for this date.]

Other campaigning & social activities in the CLP

Saturday 18th November; 11.30am; Custom House Library, Prince Regents Lane, E16 3JJ. Canvass. Contact: Rokhsana Fiaz, Custom House.

Sunday 19th November; 11.00am; FG Rail Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members; R. Tripp; rec.tripp@gmail.com Forest Gate North.

Sunday, November 19th 2.00pm to 4 pm, Barking Road Community Centre, 627 – 633, Barking Road, E13 9EZ. Canvass. Plaistow South.

Sunday 19th November; 11.00; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting; Contact: Karl Lewis on karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk Stratford and New Town.
Tuesday 21 November 7pm Newham Trades Council – Guest Speaker: Matt Wrack. General Secretary FBU Black Lion Pub E13

Friday 24 November 7pm Newham Fabians meeting Seb Dance MEP will be speaking. Eat16 Cafe in St Luke’s Centre (Canning Town).

Saturday 25 November. National Campaign Day.

11.15 ATL cafe, Plaistow Road, E13 3ET, West Ham Ward Contact David Christy
1 pm Canning Town South Ward Canvasing Meeting corner Munday and Victoria Dock Road (Adjacent to steps Royal Victoria DLR). Contact Terry Paul

11-1pm Street Staff, near Forest Gate Railway station contact Carel

Sunday 26 November 11.00 – 1pm, meet outside Nisa Local, 53 Freemason Road, E16 3PJ. Canvass. Custom House
Friday 1 December 6pm Pentonville 5 Event, East Ham Working Man’s Club, E6 1QE, Greater London Trade Councils

Saturday 2 December 11am PN Canvass meet Plaistow Station E13. Contact Daniel or Mehmood.

Saturday 2 December Forest Gate North Winter Social 7.30pm email Carel on xubcb@yahoo.com or https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forest-gate-north-winter-social-tickets-39726073756?aff=ebdsorderfblightbox

Thursday 7 December. West Ham & Plaistow North Branch Xmas Social. Vicarage Lane Community Centre, E15 4HW. All members welcome. Bring drink and food.

Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December branch hustings for local Councillor Candidates (POSTPONED UNTIL NEW YEAR BY LONDON REGION)

Saturday 9 December  canvass meet outside Old Town Hall, E15 4BQ at 10.30am organiser

Thursday 14th December – Newham Compass debate: “What should the Left be doing about Brexit?” at East Ham Working Men’s Club, Boleyn Road E6 1QE at 7.30 pm. Stephen Timms MP & Gordon Murray of the SNP are the speakers. Contact owenseaster@gmail.com for details.

We look forward to seeing you!
John Gray
Vice Chair (Campaigns and Comms) West Ham CLPe westhamlabour@gmail.com
@westhamlabour
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West Ham Labour Campaign, Events & Social Update (1 November 2017)

#BHM17 KAMAL CHUNCHIE

I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events. Don’t worry if you have never been knocking on doors for Labour. We will explain things and support you at every stage“. John Gray, West Ham CLP Vice Chair Campaigns

Saturday 4 November 10.30-12.30 Thurrock Car pickups in CLP 9:50am for 10:00am departure (TBC Check out West Ham Labour Website) or take train from West Ham at 10.03 to arrive South Ockendon at 10.22. Meet Canterbury Parade carpark off of West Road. South Ockendon RM15 6NJ. Contact alangriffiths_per@yahoo.co.uk

Car Lifts on 4th November for “solidarity Saturday” in Thurrock. Meet below 09:50 am for 10.00 am departure.

Near Plaistow Station:  Corner of Plaistow Road and Bull Road. With Mehmood Mirza    (07916 344575)

Near Stratford High Street DLR station: corner of Bridge Street and Dawn Crescent  with Alan Griffiths (07773 884339)

Near Atherton Leisure Centre:  corner of Atherton Road and Clova Road. With Alan Griffiths (Alan Griffiths)

Near Henniker Point: corner of Leytonstone Road and Henniker Road   With John Gray            (07432 150530)

Saturday 4 November 12 noon at Moka House Canning Town E16 1EH Labourparty.canningtownnorth@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday 4 November  2-4pm Canning Town Library E16 1EH West Ham Labour BAME network & Newham Fabians contact anamul.islam.30@gmail.com

Thursday 9 November 6pm Vicarage Lane Community Centre, E15. West Ham Canvass before ward meeting. Contact  John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Saturday November 11 1100 am to 1 00pm Barking Road Community Centre, Canvass. 627- 633 Barking Rd, London E13 9EZ Plaistow South contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Saturday 11 November, 11.30am – 1.30pm meet outside Custom House Canvass. Library, Prince Regent Lane E16 3JJ. contact to be confirmed TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Monday 13 November 7:30pm West Ham Black History Season Labour Women’s Forum and Newham African and Caribbean Network Guest speaker Paula Perry at West Ham Labour HQ, 306 High Street, Stratford, E15. Contact Seyiakiwowo@gmail.com

Tuesday 14 November – New members event at at West Ham Labour HQ, 306 High Street, Stratford, E15 TBC

Saturday 18th November; 11.30am; FG Rail Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members; Contact rec.tripp@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Sunday, November 19th 2.00pm to 4 pm, Barking Road Community Centre,  Plaistow South.Canvass. 627 – 633, Barking Road, E13 9EZ  Contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Sunday 19th November; 11.30; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting; Contact karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town.

Saturday 25 November. National Campaign Day. To be confirmed Contact John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Saturday 25 & 26 November London Regional Conference, Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell St, WC1B 3LS.

Sunday 26 November 11.00 – 1pm, Custom House Canvass. meet outside Nisa Local, 53 Freemason Road, E16 3PJ Custom House Contact TBC check West Ham Labour Website

Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December branch hustings & selections for local Councillor Candidates.

Friday 15 December – Newham Co-operative Party Christmas Social & Centenary Party tbc

West Ham Women’s Forum’s and Newham African and Caribbean Network celebrate UK Black History Month with Paula Perry

NCCA & Women's Forum BHM e-Flyer

 

Monday 13th November, 7:30pm at West Ham Labour HQ, 306 High Street, Stratford, E15.

West Ham Labour Women’s Forum and Newham African and Caribbean Network (Newham ACN) will be hosting a joint event to celebrate Black History season and learn about British Black History. There will be a presentation, Q&A and drinks afterwards.

Copies of Paula Perry’s book will be available to purchase on the night for £12, do bring cash and paypal payments are accepted.

All Labour Party members, supporters and friends are welcome! Please spread the word!

West Ham Labour Campaign, Events & Social Update

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“I hope you can help out and enjoy these political and social events. Don’t worry if you have never been knocking on doors for Labour. We will explain things and support you at every stage”.

Saturday 21st October; 11.30am; FG Station, E7 0NF; Street Stall; Carel Buxton; xubcb@yahoo.com; Forest Gate North
Sunday 22 October; 11am; Stratford Station (Westfield entrance); Political Education & Social; Daniel Blaney and juliannemarriott@me.com ; CLP (Everyone is welcome including friends and family.) London Docklands Museum visit E14 4AL. either bike or tube.

Sunday 22 October; 11am; Nisa Local, 53 Freemasons Rd, E16 3PJ; Canvass; rokhsanafiaz@yahoo.co.uk or Najma Saher: Custom House; (Custom House DLR stn closed, use Royal Victoria DLR a 7 min walk)

Monday 23 October;  7.30pm
 Newham Labour Group 2018 Fundraising; 7.30pm Newham Labour Group 2018 Fundraising; An evening of live music, entertainment with  fish and chips’ supper (vegetarian option is available) for members to enjoy.  It’s a great opportunity to network and meet Labour party members from across Newham.  Final details of the evening are being finalised but it will include:

* Guest Speaker * Entertainment * Live Music * Traditional British Fish and Chips super (vegetarian option available) * Bar available * Prizes

Places are very limited and bookings are on a strictly first come basis so reserve your seat now. Fish and Chips option is automatic so please indicate clearly if you want the veg option (vegetarian pizza & chips) by email to mas.patel@outlook.com

(have some dosh ready for some really good auction offers donated by our West Ham MP, Lyn Brown)

Wednesday 25th October, 7:30pm at Theatre Royal Stratford. Newham African Caribbean Network are having Black History Month drinks.

Thursday October 26th at 7.30: Newham Compass Adult Social Care – “Quality vs Cash?” East Ham Working men’s Club, Boleyn Road, E6.

Saturday 28th October; 10.30am; Tesco Express, Stratford High Street, (E15 2NE); Canvassing and leafleting; karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town.

Saturday 28th October Meet at 11:15 for an 11:30 start at the ATL Café, 125 Plaistow Road E15. West Ham ward. organiser tbc.

Saturday 28th October 1pm meeting point is Keir Hardie Methodist Church, Plymouth Road, Canning Town @1300hrs. Terry Paul organiser

Sunday 29th October – Sunday Night Live & Newham Fabians screening docu-portrait of Labour politician Dennis Skinner‘Nature of the Beast’.  5pm Jerrys Kitchen, E15 click here to register

Friday 3rd November; 7pm; TBC; Social Evening; C.Buxton; xubcb@yahoo.com; Forest Gate North
Saturday 4 November tbc Thurrock to be confirmed West Hm CLP

Saturday 11 November; 11.30; FG Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members. Seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Forest Gate Nort

Saturday 11th November, 11.30am – 1.30pm meet outside Custom House Library, Prince Regent Lane E16 3JJ. contact to be confirmed.

Saturday 18th November; 11.30am; FG Rail Station E7 0NF; Canvassing and calling on existing members; R. Tripp; rec.tripp@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Sunday 19th November; 11.30; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting; karldavidlewis@aol.co.uk; Stratford and New Town.

Saturday 25 November. National Campaign Day. To be confirmed

Sunday 26 November 11.00 – 1pm, Custom House meet outside Nisa Local, 53 Freemason Road, E16 3PJ Custom House

Saturday 9 December & Sunday 10 December branch hustings & selections for local Councillor Candidates.

Friday 15 December – Newham Co-operative Party Christmas Social & Centenary Party tbc

“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

DOZENS GATHERED TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS TO FOREST GATE’S WAR DEAD ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE NIGHT A BOMB HIT A BUS DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

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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

FGN #NoMandate National Campaign Day 1.7.17

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

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By Rania Ramli 

Education?

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