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

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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“. 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

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“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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Newham Labour Councillor Candidacy 2018

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All Labour Party members in Newham, East London should have received a letter last week from the Labour Party encouraging those eligible to apply to stand as a candidate.

Quite rightly “Women, Black and Minority Ethnic members, Carers, people with disabilities, Council and social housing tenants and members 26 and under” are “particularly welcome“.

To be a candidate you:-

Must live in Newham and be on the electoral register at the address where you hold your membership

Member of Labour Party before 1 January 2016 

Must be up-to-date with your member subscription

Cannot be legally disqualified e.g employee of Newham Council or be politically restricted

Must accept the standing orders of the Labour Group and the code of conduct

Will need to demonstrate a track record of campaigning for the Labour Party. 

To seek selection you need to fill out a form and then undergo an interview. If you pass that then you would have to selected by local Party members in a relevant ward. Sitting Councillors, such as myself, have to go through a similar process.

If you are interested and meet the eligibility then email the regional Labour Party on Newham2018@labour.org.uk and ask for an application pack. This will need to be sent back by Monday 7 August.

Candidates who do not meet the track record of campaigning for the Labour Party will in my view have a real problem now with meeting this requirement.

I would strongly urge candidates who have never applied before to take advice from others on filling out the form and preparing for interviews. I and other existing Councillors will be more than happy to offer advice and support.

Finally, in the letters sent out about the process there has been some sort of an IT error and members told wrongly that they are in arrears or otherwise ineligible. Please check your eligibility and challenge if a mistake has been made.

Good luck!

John Gray West Ham Labour Vice Chair Campaigns and Communications

UPDATE: NOW 14 AUGUST DEADLINE TO SUBMIT FORMS DUE TO PRINTING ERRORS 

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