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The General election is just 83 days away and we are busy organising more sessions where we can get out talking (and most importantly, listening) to people.

 

Please join our excellent Parliamentary candidate Siobhan Tate and other members from 10.30am this Saturday outside Boots in Wallington, to meet and chat to local people about the key issues they face when deciding who they'll back in the General Election.
 
This election is the most crucial in a generation and is just 83 days away.
Our approach is going to change the way politics is done in our community- no table, no petition, no please to vote for us to keep another party out- just conversations, information and a chance to show people we are on their side. 
The media is filled with noise, information and misinformation about every Party- but Ed Miliband and Labour seem to be coming in for more stick than any other. 
We really need as many members to get out there and speak to people about what Labour has to offer them.
Meet at 10.30am outside Boots in Wallington and let's show people what local Labour members are made of.
We can't fight this without you.

Valentine's Day in Wallington

The General election is just 83 days away and we are busy organising more sessions where we can get out talking (and most importantly, listening) to people.

Our area is considered to be a great place to live, with plenty of open spaces, good transport links, well-performing schools and a good quality of life. It is, but can't things always be improved with a little vision and hard work?

 

Our area is a place where complacency could cost us dearly. 

Tom Brake and the local Liberal Democrats have traded for many years on the idea that Carshalton and Wallington is as good as it can be, and that only by voting for them can we preserve the status quo. As they wield the axe on our local services, pleading 'Government cuts' they are attempting to distance themselves from the very decisions their party has made in power.

So they say we are as good as we can be- well, we know that is just not true.  

With an MP that looks outwards our community can be so much more vibrant and enthused. We need an MP that spends their time listening to local people and getting off their rear end to act and get things done. What we have is an MP who spends his time saying one thing locally and acting an entirely contradictory manner in Parliament.

Tom Brake has voiced noisy support for St Helier Hospital in one breath, only to go to the Commons and vote for legislation that could see it closed in just 40 days with the next. He has voted for the unfair bedroom tax on numerous occasions whilst appearing sympathetic to those hit by it on his doorstep. Tom tells us one thing, then does the opposite when with his Tory friends in the Commons. It's about time he was held to account. 

Tom has made a long political career out of harvesting email addresses via endless petitions that never seem to be delivered, and telling us we couldn't possibly have things any better. 

Labour's Siobhan Tate knows we can have more. As someone who has worked in our NHS and education systems Siobhan knows the issues that lie within both. As someone who has helped set up a small business, she understands the challenges faced by business people. As a parent, she knows very well the hard work of balancing home and work lives. 

Siobhan is not a career politician- she only became politically active a few years ago after being inspired by a local campaigner. She didn't leave University to join the fast track to Westminster.

What really sets Siobhan apart though is her clarity of vision for our community- and the fact that she knows that none of it can be achieved without your support. So that's why we need you.

We need you to join us as we work to deliver thousands of leaflets to homes across the constituency. 

We need you to help us contact residents by phone to hear their concerns and get them to see Siobhan as the person who can prevent another five years of Tom Brake holding us back. 

We need you to speak to friends, family and neighbours and let them know that as the other parties put up the usual middle-aged men in suits, Labour is offering a true alternative. 

Mostly, we need you to vote. Make sure you are registered (you can do it online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote) as the rules have changed and you may find yourself without a voice come election day on 7th May. 

Don't believe Tom Brake's literature that is desperate for you to believe that Labour can't win, and only by backing him can you keep the Tories out. He couldn't move fast enough to become a willing and enthusiastic member of the Tory-led Coalition, and to support Tory policies like the privatisation of our NHS and trebling of University tuition fees.

It is true that our local Labour Party has suffered setbacks in recent years, but we have the will to fight and to win, and we will never accept that local people are daft enough to simply believe what Tom Brake tells them- especially now we have five years in Government to judge him on. 

By backing Siobhan, you will be part of a major movement for change and progress in our communities. Siobhan will be an MP who spends more time with local people, more energy helping with everyday worries, and more effort helping to make our community a place to be truly proud of. 

Who says we can't have better?

Our area is considered to be a great place to live, with plenty of open spaces, good transport links, well-performing schools and a good quality of life. It is, but...

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to see Ed Miliband speaking at the Royal Institute of British Architects. And I think I've fallen a little in love.

He spoke about the challenges that the Labour will face over the next twelve months. Our biggest challenge, he suggests, is not to defeat the Tories, but to defeat cynicism. To do that we need to focus more on what the people of Britain value and less on what modern politics values. We need substance, not style.

 He compared himself to David Cameron, “The current guy might take a good picture but he can't build a country that works for you. It's not what he believes in.”

 But Ed isn't about to leave us in a vacuum, telling us what he doesn't intend rather than what he does. He set out what he believes Britain needs in a leader:

  • Big Ideas

  • Principles

  • Empathy and Decency.

 Those are the benchmarks by which he wants to be judged, by which we should judge him. He was the first to admit that he doesn't always get it right (he referred specifically to the picture of him holding The Sun) but it's what he is aiming for.

 He then spoke about some of the substance. Ed Milliband wants a Britain that works for everyone, not just the few. He wants economic recovery that is felt by everyone, not just those at the top.

 He spoke of his pride in Labour's association with Trade Unions and called for politics rooted in the workplace.

 He also talked about the NHS, with a pledge to repeal the Health and Social Care Bill and roll back the privatisation of services. He emphasised the importance of integrating physical, mental and social care to make a system that works for everyone.

 Ed Miliband is the leader that Britain needs. He has a combination of humility and drive to get the best for ordinary people. He has my vote.

The Man We Need

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to see Ed Miliband speaking at the Royal Institute of British Architects. And I think I've fallen a little in love.

I joined the Labour party last year after a period of being very disillusioned with politics.  

I had briefly been a member of the Green party but had realised that their policy was lacking in the area that is most important to me: education.
As a teacher, like many others, I have been badly hit by the current Conservative government, having taken a real-terms pay cut over the past 4 years, thanks to "pay freezes", pension increases and inflation.  
As a union rep, I have also observed conditions for teachers getting worse.  I hear tales from colleagues in academies about creativity being stifled and teachers in state schools being threatened with being turned into an academy if they don't fulfil unreasonable demands "for Ofsted".
I joined the Labour party to be able to help shape education policy in such a way as to empower teachers to provide the best possible education for young people.
Joining the Carshalton and Wallington Labour party has introduced me to some fabulous friends.  I have really enjoyed spending my Saturday mornings out campaigning, come rain or shine, and it has given me a great opportunity to get to know my neighbourhood.  I highly recommend it!

 Are you Labour?  Let us know why by emailing campaigns@carshaltonandwallingtonlabour.co.uk.

Why I'm Labour

I joined the Labour party last year after a period of being very disillusioned with politics.  

safe_image_4_.jpgLib Dem Councillors' judgement has been called into question following a judicial review of their decision to allow a waste incinerator to be built in Beddington, on land earmarked for a country park, which residents have been promised for years. Mr Justice Collins decided the case is arguable, observing “The possible conflict of interest in the defendant’s roles and the contractual relationship is all too obvious.” The decision is being challenged on the on the basis that Sutton made a serious error by applying the wrong planning policy to the incinerator and that they were unduly influenced by their contractual relationship with the developer Viridor.  The hearing is likely to be in October.

 

Beddington North Labour Action Team member Sarah Gwynn says: “Sutton Council refused to accept our views, so I am delighted that we residents of Beddington can have our objections to this polluting monstrosity heard in Court. Every time people enjoy Beddington Park this summer, just think about how the chimney and its pollutants will affect us in the future”. Further information at: www.stoptheincinerator.co.uk

Council Judgement Questioned

Lib Dem Councillors' judgement has been called into question following a judicial review of their decision to allow a waste incinerator to be built in Beddington, on land earmarked for...

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