Labour’s Kate Hoey Backs Protest V. Lambeth Labour Council

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“All of you have come here today with one clear message for the Council – Lambeth, you are not listening to us. “We all know the council is facing huge challenges from the cuts imposed  by the government. BUT in so many of the decisions that have angered local communities, it has been clear that despite public utterances about listening, the voices of many of you have been ignored….

I call on our Labour council to welcome debate and positive
criticism. I hope the Council will see today’s protest as a wake-up
call.”

This was part of the message of support from Kate Hoey, Vauxhall Labour MP, to the demonstration held on Saturday 8 October  against the Labour controlled Lambeth Council.

30 supporting organisations – ranging from pensioners to skateboarders – sent delegates to the event (more information below).

All agree that – while government cuts are painful – their common
problem is a high-handed, ill-informed, wasteful and uncaring Labour
council.

People all over Lambeth are campaigning to save homes, libraries,
businesses, clubs and pubs threatened by the Labour council’s
destructive plans, bulldozed through without listening to residents or
considering viable alternatives.
Now they are uniting to make the council listen.

The demonstration will be followed by a series of public meetings
examining the council’s performance in detail.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1725669004362529/?active_tab=highlights

Karen Bennett: karenbennett@live.co.uk; 07961 476 503
Nicola Curtis: nicolacurtis1978@hotmail.co.uk; 07477 619477

Kate Hoey’s message also stated:

“The Garden Bridge is a classic example. The local Labour councillors
and thousands of local residents have made it clear their opposition
not just to this waste of public money but also to the Bridge being
located where no one wants it. Lambeth could have stopped it but have chosen not to do so. They have not listened.

“Thank you to all of you who have been working hard in our communities to protect our local services, libraries, parks and housing estates. There have been so many genuine alternatives put forward to Council plans on libraries, housing and re- generation. But you have not been listened to.

“I will continue to campaign with you to preserve and enhance our communities. I do not want to see housing estates being destroyed, with virtually no genuinely affordable Council housing replacing it.
The tenants on the Westbury Estate have been ignored and side-lined, just like what happened to those on Cressingham Gardens.”

“With a 59 to 4 majority, the councillors need to listen even more to
voices outside the council chamber. Councillors should be encouraged to speak out, and not victimised like Cllr Rachel Heywood was for her brave stand on speaking out against
the closure of libraries.”

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About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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