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Over the past month, over a thousand members across the party have put forward ideas for a Borough Conference of Haringey Labour members taking place tomorrow (Sunday 4 Feb).
 
Over 300 Labour members will attend the Haringey Labour Manifesto Conference, an all-day event that marks an innovative approach in engaging with our much increased membership and listening to members' views as part of the preparations for Labour's manifesto for the local council elections in May. 
 
Members will discuss and debate ideas forwarded by Haringey Labour’s 19 local ward branches,  forums representing young members, women and BAME members, affiliated trade unions and affiliates and socialist societies such as the Co-Op and the Socialist Education Association.
 
Chair of the Haringey Labour Campaign Forum (LCF), the body that is co-ordinating members' input to the manifesto, Russell Dove says, "We have a very large membership, over 7,000 members throughout the borough. We want to use their expertise and experience of living in Haringey to feed into a manifesto that reflects local needs and aspirations. It's part of the bottom up rather than top down politics Labour is trying to create both locally and nationally. 
 
Members will vote on policy proposals they believe should go forward to the next stage of the process for consideration."
 
The Manifesto Working Group consisting of four Labour councillors will then draw up Labour's local election manifesto in detail having reviewed these and other submissions. Further discussions will follow at an away-day involving all Labour councillors and the recently selected candidates.

The manifesto will be finally approved by the Labour Group in March.

Excitement Grows For Haringey Labour Manifesto Conference

Over the past month, over a thousand members across the party have put forward ideas for a Borough Conference of Haringey Labour members taking place tomorrow (Sunday 4 Feb). Over 300...

Dear Claire, 

We write in response to the news that you are stepping down from Haringey Council in May. 

We would like to thank you for all the work you have done in the Borough since becoming a councillor and more importantly, since becoming leader in 2008. We recognise that Haringey is generally considered to be a well-run Council. 

It is regrettable that the Haringey Development Vehicle has been such a divisive issue both within the Labour Party and the local community. We think it is the right decision to allow the Labour Group elected in May to make a decision about the future of the HDV, taking into consideration the report from Haringey’s scrutiny panel and the collapse of Carillion. This allows us to go into the local elections with clarity and in unity. 

We wish you all the best in your future career.

Yours,

Tottenham Labour Executive Officers:

  • Russell Dove - Chair
  • Gideon Bull - Vice Chair (Campaigns)
  • Julie Davies - Vice Chair (Membership)
  • Seema Chandwani - Secretary
  • Sarah Williams - Treasurer
  • Therese O'Meara - Women's Officer

 

Letter from the Tottenham EC Officers to Claire Kober

Dear Claire,  We write in response to the news that you are stepping down from Haringey Council in May.  We would like to thank you for all the work you...

As officers of the Tottenham Executive Committee we welcome today's intervention by the NEC. 
 
The Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) has dominated our CLP for nearly two years. At no stage did the council leadership bring this policy or plan voluntarily to the party for discussion.  In fact our first awareness of it was from grass-roots members who raised it through their branches. Details only emerged after backbench Councillors requested information through members' enquiries and members of the public submitted FOIs.
 
Month after month, motion after motion members used the democratic processes of our party to express severe concerns, none of which gave us satisfactory answers to our concerns around loss of council homes, transfer of land and residents right to return on all phases of the 25 year programme. Members used their ability to send motions to the National Conference and Regional Conference.  Their motions on both occasions were passed unanimously.
 
Residents across the borough have campaigned against this policy, alongside Trade Unions and even the Highgate Society. Their objections have been dismissed and ignored. They have raised over £20,000 to take this case to Judicial Review (judgement pending). Even with our own communities taking our Labour Council to court, we have seen a council leadership unwilling to listen and unable to bring people on board.
 
Our backbench Councillors led and undertook a robust scrutiny, highlighting risks from other boroughs where such schemes had failed. They called upon housing experts, academics and planners, who expressed deep concerns. They gave viable alternatives. The subsequent report by Haringey Council's own Scrutiny Committee, chaired by a Labour Councillor, fell on deaf ears.
 
Our backbench Councillors who used Council processes to call in decisions have been subjected to disciplinary actions by the whip. This was and is is unacceptable when the decision is about such large transfers of council land, homes and assets. We selected our Councillors to be responsible trustees of public assets. They have a public duty to speak out against risk, with so much at stake and they should be able to carry out their role without fear of unjust and politically motivated disciplinary action.
 
We have had NEU, Unite, Unison, GMB Trade Unions at local, regional and national level call upon this Labour Council to halt proceedings. Again, their calls were not heard.
 
Our own Labour MPs have attempted for over a year to speak to both the local Labour Leader and the council staff about their concerns and requests to stop the HDV, without success. They even took the unprecedented step, several times, to make those calls publicly when internal processes failed. 
 
We are clear, every avenue of party democracy has been utilised but has been ignored and our council leadership has acted with impunity. It makes a mockery of our democratic structures.
 
We believe many opportunities have been given by the CLP through special meetings and standard GCs for the council leadership to convince members, Trade Unions and the MPs this was a good idea and win our members’ support. In order to 'lead' you must be able to bring people with you. 
 
However the HDV has severe risk and flaws financially and to the lives of so many residents. Members made up their minds based on the evidence and the Leadership's inability to reassure. 
 
The 21 Councillors who have continuously voted against the HDV should not have been threatened with having the whip withdrawn if they vote against the HDV. The recent Carillion collapse requires our elected councillors to vote responsibly. 
 
We ask the NEC to give full protection to the 21 Councillors who are having to choose between losing the whip and their ability to stand in May's local election or voting for a scheme that their members and residents, the Trade unions and MPs are against and it is against current party policy as voted in both Regional and National Conference. 
 
Tottenham Constituency Labour Party (CLP) Executive Officers
 
Russell Dove – Chair
Julie Davies – Vice Chair
Gideon Bull – Vice Chair
Seema Chandwani – Secretary
Sarah Williams – Treasurer
Therese O’Meara – Women’s Officer

Tottenham Executive Committee Statement On NEC Intervention On The HDV

As officers of the Tottenham Executive Committee we welcome today's intervention by the NEC.    The Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) has dominated our CLP for nearly two years. At no stage...

Labour compared costs on over 180 routes between when the Conservatives came to power and new prices that will be implemented this Tuesday 02 January 2018.

The average commuter will now be paying £2,888 for their season ticket, £694 more than in 2010.

New figures released today by Labour show:

- That some commuters are paying over £2,500 more to travel to work than in 2010.

- The highest increase was on a Virgin Trains season ticket between Birmingham and London Euston which will have risen by £2,539 since 2010 and now costs £10,567.

- The biggest percentage increase identified was between Thame Bridge Parkway near Walsall and Nuneaton, where the cost of an annual season ticket will have risen by 50 per cent since 2010.

- In Theresa May’s own constituency the cost of an annual season ticket from Maidenhead to London Paddington has risen by £732 since 2010.

- Average fares have risen more than three times faster than wages.

 Commenting, Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, said:

“The Tories’ failure on our railways means passengers have faced truly staggering fare rises of over £2,500 since 2010, with fares having increased three times as much as wages.

“Commuters have repeatedly been told that higher fares are necessary to fund investment, but promised investment has been cancelled and essential works have been delayed by years.

“Decisions taken by government Ministers are making rail travel unaffordable for the many in favour of huge profits for the few.

“The truth is that our fragmented, privatised railway drives up costs and leaves passengers paying more for less. The railways need serious reform that could be achieved if the Tories matched Labour’s manifesto policy to extend public ownership to passenger services, but instead Ministers are persisting with a failed model of privatisation that is punishing passengers.

Rail fare rises under Tories are ‘truly staggering’ – Andy McDonald MP

Labour compared costs on over 180 routes between when the Conservatives came to power and new prices that will be implemented this Tuesday 02 January 2018. The average commuter will...

Labour’s analysis of the latest weekly winter data (11 December to 17 December) released today by NHS England reveals that in the first month of winter:

• 46,993 patients have been stuck in the back of ambulances for over 30 minutes and 9,775 have had to wait longer than one hour. There has been an 86% rise in the number of delays for over one hour in just the past two weeks as the cold snap has hit.
• Average bed occupancy has risen at an alarming rate. Last week it averaged at 95%- a 0.7% increase since winter began. This is 10% higher than the recommended safe level of 85%.
• There have already been 105 diverts from A&E Departments.

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to Labour’s analysis of the first month of winter, said: 

“Patients should be under no illusions: there has been an appalling winter downturn across our NHS over the past month. 

“Despite the heroic efforts of our brilliant NHS staff, it’s unacceptable that so many patients have been stuck in the back of ambulances for such a long time. 

“With vacancies of 100,000 across the NHS, alongside the biggest financial squeeze in its history, patients are paying the price for Theresa May’s neglect of the NHS this winter.”

“Appalling winter downturn” as almost 50,000 patients languish in ambulances for over 30 minutes

Labour’s analysis of the latest weekly winter data (11 December to 17 December) released today by NHS England reveals that in the first month of winter: • 46,993 patients have...

 John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on Public Sector Finance figures published today by the ONS, said:

“These figures are further bad news just before Christmas following on from the IMF’s gloomy outlook issued yesterday. They only remind us yet again of the broken Tory promises to eliminate the deficit by 2015. The national debt continues to grow despite the tricks the Chancellor attempted in his Budget last month with Housing Association debt to hide his failure on the economy. This continued failure by the Tory Government over these past seven years is simply unacceptable.

“These figures today reaffirm why we need an urgent change of course next year, halting the growing emergency in our public services and ending the failed Tory austerity cuts.

“The next Labour government will set out a serious plan for the public finances with strategic investment underpinned by our Fiscal Credibility Rule, to help build a high-wage, high-skill economy for the many not the few.”

John McDonnell responds to Public Sector Finance figures

 John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on Public Sector Finance figures published today by the ONS, said:“These figures are further bad news just before Christmas following on from the IMF’s...

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the latest NHS Digital workforce figures which show a fall of 1071 in nurse numbers in the past year, said: 

“The Government has totally failed in their planning of the NHS workforce. Cuts to training places and the disastrous pay cap have pushed staff to the brink and now nurse numbers are falling year on year because of the Government’s disregard for NHS staff. 

"Just yesterday Jeremy Hunt said mental health would be a priority for the Government but even mental health nurse numbers are falling.

"It is essential that the NHS can get enough staff in place to deliver safe services for patients. The Government should immediately end the pay cap and give NHS staff the pay they deserve.”

Nurse numbers are falling because of the Government’s disregard for NHS staff

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on the latest NHS Digital workforce figures which show a fall of 1071 in nurse numbers in the past year, said:  “The...

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, commenting on the Report to the Office of Manpower Economics, which shows that growth in public sector pay since 2005 was eradicated by 2015 as a direct result of the Tories’ pay freeze, said:


“This a damning report that reveals the 

 

harsh and unfair reality of the Tories’ pay freeze on hard working public sector workers. The fact that some of the pillars of our community and the public sector such as teachers, doctors and police officers are seeing their pay cut exposes the double standards of a government that likes to praise their work but will not actually truly reward it.

“It further highlights why it is so vital that we need action immediately from the Government. We cannot continue with more empty words or infighting from members of the Cabinet while those in our public sector, such as nurses, are being forced to rely on food banks to make ends meet. 

“Only Labour has a costed plan that would end the public sector pay freeze, and introduce a £10 per hour real living wage, so that we build the high wage, high skill economy of the future. And if the Tories are not prepared to meet this basic test of fairness, then they should step aside and let us lead in the national interest.”

Harsh and unfair reality of Tory pay freeze on hard working public sector workers

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, commenting on the Report to the Office of Manpower Economics, which shows that growth in public sector pay since 2005 was eradicated by 2015 as a direct...

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