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

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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!

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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

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.

Contact:

Seyi on seyi.akiwowo@gmail.com,
John on john.gray2012@icloud.com,

West Ham CLP Events & Campaign Grid (updated 3/10/17)

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Campaign & Events Grid

Saturday 30/9/17 @11am Royal Oak, Hale End Road IG8 9LN, Canvass, Alan Griffiths lead, West Ham CLP Secretary, Chingford Marginal

(It’s a Labour National Campaign Day!) 

Saturday 30.9.17 @ 11-2pm Bobby Moore Statue, Central Park Rd, Boleyn, E61PW Bike from Boleyn

https://bikefromboleyn17.eventbrite.co.uk/ Veronica Oakeshott

Saturday 30.9.17 11.15am, ATL Café, 125 Plaistow Road, E15 3ET. Canvass. David Christie & John Whitworth, West Ham

Saturday 30.09.17, 11am, New VIC, Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SG, canvass, Neil Wilson neilwilson_per@yahoo.co.uk, Plaistow South

Sunday 1.10.17 1pm, Queens road West Community Centre, E13 0PE, Door knocking session,
Daniel: Mehmood Mirza email mmehmood73@hotmail.com: Plaistow North #Note change of meeting time from 12-1pm

Tuesday 4.10.17; Social Media project; 8pm; West Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ; John.Gray2012@icloud.com; CLP; Facebook adverts for “hard to get into” blocks pilot

Wednesday 4.10.17, 2.45pmPortway Primary School, Station Rd entrance E13 0JW; School gates leaflets; Voakeshott@hotmail.com. Please email if attending

Wednesday 4.10.17, 6.45/7pm Women’s Forum; Check out Women Forum survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X777JW9; West Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ; Meeting; seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; propose policy ideas and commitments to the Newham Labour Mayoral candidate and Labour Councillor candidates

Thursday 5.10.17 6-7pm. Training for prospective Councillor candidate interviewsWest Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ. Cllr seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Cllr John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Saturday 7.10.17 @11.30 am; FG Rail Station E7Canvassing and calling on existing members; Rachel Tripp; rec.tripp@gmail.com; Forest Gate North

Saturday 7.10.17 Newham Cllr interviews; Region

Sunday  8/10/17 Newham Cllr interviews; Region

Saturday 7/10/17; 11am; Custom House Library, E16 3JJ; Canvassing; Rokhsana Fiaz rokhsanafiaz@yahoo.co.uk or Najma Saher: Custom House; (Custom House DLR stn closed, use Royal Victoria DLR a 7 min walk)

Saturday 07/10/17 @11.30am; Sainsbury’s Local, 165-167 Romford Road, E15 4JF; Canvassing;
Joel Ainsworth, joel_m_a@hotmail.com; Forest Gate South; contact Mas Patel or Joel Ainsworth on

Sunday 8/10/17 2-4 pm NewVic, Prince Regent Lane, E13 8SG, canvass, Neil Wilson neilwilson_per@yahoo.co.uk, Plaistow South

Monday 9.10.17 @7pm; West Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ; Branch Officer Training; Carel Buxton xubcb@yahoo.com & John Whitworth; CLP; For Branch/Forum Chairs, Vice Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer & Social Secretary

Tuesday 10/10/17; 6.45/7pm; Women’s forum; West Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ; meeting;
seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Newham Labour Manifesto. This is an opportunity to review our agreed policy commitments on domestic violence, breast screening and ESOL services

Thursday 12.10.17 6-7pm & 7-8pm. Training for prospective Councillor candidate interviewsWest Ham HQ 306 High Street, E15 1AJ. Cllr seyiakiwowo@gmail.com; Cllr John.Gray2012@icloud.com

Wednesday 18 October 2017 6-7.30pm Lord Lister Medical Centre, 121 Woodgrange Rd, London E7 0EP, canvass, (Gun crime incidents) Cllr Seyi Akiwowo seyiakiwowo@gmail.com

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 23/10/17; Evening; Details to follow. Newham Labour Group Fundraising;

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

Friday 3rd November; 7pm; TBC; Social Evening; C.Buxton; xubcb@yahoo.com; Forest Gate North

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

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.

#ThrowbackThursday West Ham Women’s Forum Newham Labour Manifesto Proposal

One of the Forum’s proudest moment in 2014 was definitely working closely with our sisters in East Ham CLP to produce a proposal document for the 2014 Newham Labour Local Election Manifesto. After several consultations with women groups, meetings and late nights we successfully added three commitments to the manifesto that will improve the lives of women in Newham‐ reducing domestic violence, effective health screenings and Free English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) classes.

Minutes of the West Ham CLP Women’s Forum Meeting with Robin Wales on the Newham Labour Manifesto.

West Ham CLP Women’s Forum Every Woman Matters- Newham Labour Manifesto Proposal Document

West Ham CLP Women’s Forum Every Woman Matters Presentation to Robin Wales

 

 

 

 

 

Forest Gate North “Labor Day” Picnic/BBQ Sunday 3 September

Forest Gate North Labor Day BBQ

Just a quick update that Forest Gate North Labour Party will be holding a Summer Picnic/BBQ on Sunday 3rd September on Wanstead Flats opposite the Golden Fleece pub from 3 to 6 p.m. Come along and bring a dish to share. Don’t forget to bring your family, children are especially welcome. Put the date in your diary and look forward to seeing you there.

(BYW – Our next branch meeting is on Thursday 7th September at Durning Hall).

Carel Buxton, Secretary Forest Gate North Labour
email: forestgatenorth@gmail.com

“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)

 

 

(Please use john.gray2012@icloud.com and delete john.gray2012@btinternet.com as I will be closing my BT account soon)

 

West Ham General Election Wash Up

West Ham Labour Party General Election Wash up

This picture is from last Wednesday evening, when we had a West Ham Labour General Election “Wash Up”. CLP Officers, Branch organisers and secretaries were invited to our headquarters in Stratford to talk about and debate, what went right with our election campaign, what could had been done better and preparing for the next General Election (which who really knows but could happen anytime soon).

It was a constructive and honest debate and as the Parliamentary agent for the election who chaired the meeting, I am pleased that everyone present contributed. A report on our findings will be sent out to the CLP. A working group on social media was agreed and will meet soon.

On the whole, most things went well in the election and of course, we won in West Ham with a massive increased majority for our MP, Lyn Brown with 77% of the vote. However, we need to get out more of  our 2,000 West Ham Labour members being active and out campaigning and door knocking in marginals.

This is a really exciting time to be involved in politics and I cannot wait for the next General Election and for the West Ham campaigning machine to play its part in electing a Labour government.

John Gray – Agent

(selfie of us with our top CLP Women’s Officer, Cllr Seyi Akiwowo)