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

 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


West Ham CLP’s Zero Tolerance Approach to Sexual Harassment

By Cllr Seyi Akiwowo- West Ham CLP Women’s Officer

There is no place for sexual harassment in our party. We must deal with sexual harassment and abuse, as well as challenge the negative culture that is all too common. At our Executive Committee Meeting on 8th November I made the following recommendations to officers which I’m pleased to say were agreed.

  1. For the Labour Party’s Sexual Harassment Policy to be published on our website.
  2. For all branch secretaries to send both a link to the policy as well as an attachment to branch members in the notice of the next branch meeting and report back to the Women’s Officer.
  3. For all branches to note the Sexual Harassment Policy at their next meeting and report back to the Women’s Officer.
  4. For their the be an equalities and unconscious bias training for all members after the 2018 local elections.

Please do let me know if you have any other ideas in terms of actions or policies that we can push for.

I have also included the contact details of some organisations that can offer support, please do feel free to circulate!

RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre): 020 8683 3311

Rape Crisis National helpline: 0808 802 9999

National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Newham One Stop Shop: 0845 451 2547

Sexual Harassment Policy

The Labour Party has a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and will take all complaints of this nature extremely seriously.

Should you experience any behaviour that you feel amounts to sexual harassment either towards yourself or another member we strongly encourage you to report it to us as soon as you can.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It takes place when someone is subjected to unwelcome and unwanted sexual behaviour or other conduct related to their gender.

Harassment is defined by law in the Equality Act 2010 as ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’. In the case of sexual harassment the relevant protected characteristic is ‘sex’.

Behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment includes:

  • Unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature, this may be either physical or verbal,
  • Inappropriate or suggestive remarks or verbal sexual advances,
  • Indecent comments, jokes or innuendos relating to a person’s looks or private life,
  • Unwanted physical contact such as hugging, kissing or inappropriate touching,
  • Requests for sexual favours,
  • The display or circulation of pornography or indecent images.

Often, this kind of behaviour may be brushed off by the harasser as ‘banter’ or harmless flirting. It is important to remember that the impact the behaviour had on you is the most important factor, it is not so relevant whether the individual intended to cause offence, but rather that offence was caused by the conduct.

Sexual Harassment Procedure

We understand that reporting sexual harassment can be intimidating, so we aim to make the process as clear and straight forward as possible. If you choose to contact us, it will only be treated as a formal complaint if you make it clear that this is the route you would like to take. We are happy to offer informal advice about the possible action and outcomes open to you and will not force you to take any action you do not feel comfortable with.

In the first instance we recommend that you to speak to a the Head of Complaints. You can contact them on: 07595 432542. They will be able to talk over your concerns and offer advice about the best course of action. If you would prefer to contact us initially by email then you may email the Head of Complaints on:

Where we believe a criminal offence has taken place, we will advise you to report the incident to the police. If we have serious concerns about your safety, the Complaints Unit have the duty to contact the police, but we will do our best to let you know before doing so. If your complaint is subject to an ongoing police enquiry, we will not investigate until the police investigation has run its course.

If, after speaking to us, you decide to make a formal complaint; the process will be as follows:

  • First, we will seek written statements from you the complainant and the respondent. At this point the respondent will be informed of the details of the complaint made against them. As part of this process each party will be encouraged to provide any relevant evidence and names of witnesses that support their statement. This process will form the preliminary investigation to establish the matters of fact from both sides.
  • The statements from the complainant, respondent and any witnesses will then be provided to the sexual harassment panel of the National Executive Committee (NEC). This panel will be made up of 3 members of the NEC Disputes Panel.
  • All statements will be anonymised before being put in front of the panel, so they will not know the names of the individuals involved in the case.
  • If the party deems it necessary, at the point the complaint is referred to the panel of the NEC, an administrative suspension may be imposed on the respondent until the investigation is complete.
  • Should the panel of the NEC decide the case requires further investigation, they will refer the case to the NCC. At this stage the complainant and respondent will be provided with copies of all statements and asked to attend separate interviews with a panel of the NCC.
  • The NEC panel may make the decision that the complaint is better dealt with through an informal route rather than through an NCC hearing. Where this is the case, they will lay out their recommendations for the next steps to the Head of Complaints.
  • The meetings with the NCC panel will be held at different times and the complainant and respondent will not be required to meet.
  • Witnesses may also be invited to attend an interview with the NCC panel.
  • Should either the complainant or respondent wish to submit requests for questions to be put to the other party as part of their interview, they will be invited to do so ahead of the meetings.
  • After the initial interviews, the NCC panel may feel it is necessary to follow up on any points that were raised; this will usually be done by telephone.
  • Once the panel is satisfied that it has all the information it needs, it will make a decision about the appropriate action that should be taken. The NCC’s decision will be reported to the Disputes panel of the NEC.

At no point will the complainant be required to confront the respondent face to face. All details of the complaint will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Raising the Important Issue of Youth Safety to London Regional Conference

Writes Cllr Seyi Akiwowo- West Ham CLP Women’s Officer

At our October General Committee meeting we were deciding motions to put forward to London Regional Conference. I’m pleased that West Ham CLP voted for the motion to address youth violence and cuts to policing. youth safety motion.jpg


There wasn’t time to propose the motion but below is the statement I prepared. Our motion is now a composite with Orpington CLP and I urge all delegates at London Regional Conference to pass this

“Evening Comrades,
On behalf of the victims of violent youth crime in London, their families, their friends and their communities I urge you to support this motion on youth safety. This motion is about three key issues:
1) Commits the next Labour Government to invest in the future of our young people by resourcing councils and the voluntary sector to deliver high quality youth provision, programmes and anti-gang diversion programmes.

2)highlights the impact of austerity cuts on young people, our communities and our emergency services and calls on the Labour Party to continue campaigning against these cuts.
3) Commits the next Labour Government to reserve these cuts as well as provide police officers with resources to deliver proactive and community engagement work

We’ve seen disgraceful cuts to Youth Services and the Met police.

At least £22 million has been cut from council youth service budgets across London. and more than 30 youth centres have been closed. Funding to voluntary sector youth work has also gone down – by an average of 35 per cent in councils
Good quality youth services help prevent young people from falling into crime and also make them less vulnerable to the exploitation of groups like gangs.
Gun, knife and acid crime are up. Homicides and youth homicides are up—an 84% increase in youth homicide in the past year. That is not an “spike” in crime, it is serious and we have to treat it as such. Cuts are having particular impact on young people from poorer backgrounds.

There are particular problems for young black people, young LGBT people, and young women. So it appears that the cuts have hit precisely those who often need youth services the most.

The Mayor of London has warned that our city faces losing up to 4,000 police officers at a time of “unprecedented” challenges and that the £400 million gap may endanger the safety of residents.

Last month Parliament discussed Police funding in London. It was revealed that:
– The Met has lost £600m since 2010 so there are fewer police officers on the street
– The Tories plan to cut a further £400m by 2020
– Police stations are closing and neighbourhood policing is under attack across the capital. Half of London’s remaining 73 police station counters are set to close

These cuts are having a damaging and negative impact on neighbourhood policing, police conducting proactive work and building trust and relationship with communities.


Comrades, we are members of this party to advocate for and campaign on behalf of those voices, those communities, those human beings the Tories do not care about. We are party members that believe in our public sector its services and the future generation. So comrades this is an opportunity to not only enact these values but put forward an important and different issue at Conference that would not get discussed otherwise.”

West Ham Labour Campaign & Events update: 17 November 2017

West Ham Labour Logo

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; 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 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 or

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 for details.

We look forward to seeing you!
John Gray
Vice Chair (Campaigns and Comms) West Ham CLPe

West Ham Labour Campaign, Events & Social Update (1 November 2017)


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

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

Saturday 4 November  2-4pm Canning Town Library E16 1EH West Ham Labour BAME network & Newham Fabians contact

Thursday 9 November 6pm Vicarage Lane Community Centre, E15. West Ham Canvass before ward meeting. Contact

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

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; 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; Stratford and New Town.

Saturday 25 November. National Campaign Day. To be confirmed Contact

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;; Forest Gate North
Sunday 22 October; 11am; Stratford Station (Westfield entrance); Political Education & Social; Daniel Blaney and ; 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; 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

(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;; 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;; 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.; 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;; Forest Gate North

Sunday 19th November; 11.30; Sainsbury’s Local, East Village, (E20 1DB); Canvassing and leafleting;; 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

Training for prospective Newham councillors – 5th & 12th October 2017

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Have you applied to be a council candidate?

West Ham Labour Party are running short training sessions for members who have interviews to stand as Labour Party council candidates.

The sessions will be led by Cllrs Seyi Akiwowo and John Gray and will take place at the West Ham Labour Party offices, 306 Stratford High Street, London E15 1AJ

Sessions will take place on:

Thursday 5th October 6-7pm
Thursday 12th October 6-7pm
Thursday 12th October 7-8pm
No need to book a place – just turn up.


Seyi on,
John on,