Launch of Lambeth Democracy Campaign 23 April

Lambeth Democracy – a campaign, not a political party – will work for democratic reform of the way Lambeth Council works and relates to the people it claims to serve.  

The key issues – a council dominated by one party, refusal to listen to residents, heavy use of spin – are relevant London-wide and nationwide.



Monday 23 April 2018


Effra Space

21 Effra Parade

London SW2 1PX





We are calling this press conference during the election period.

But the campaign will continue long-term, whatever the result of the election.

This is just the beginning…


Our invited witnesses will illustrate the real-life consequences of Lambeth’s democratic deficit, and the dangers of unaccountable power concentrated at the top of the Council:  


Simon Morrow   –    LAMBETH PEOPLE’S AUDIT (2)  

Laura Swaffield  – DEFEND THE 10 LIBRARIES    (3) 

Rachel Heywood – FORMER LABOUR COUNCILLOR, independent candidate (4) 

Fred Taggart and Carol Boucher – FORMER LABOUR COUNCILLORS (5)

CAPTIONS: Save Cressingham march; Carnegie Library demonstration; 

election countdown poster; demonstration to support Rachel Heywood


(1) Housing is key election issue. This now-famous estate, featured in films such as Dispossession, is one of six (so far) threatened with demolition, under plans that don’t stack up financially and have never been approved by the residents.

(2) The first-ever group to use new government-granted rights for residents to inspect councils’ finances. They began by inviting Lambeth to work with them to identify savings. The council refused. They then produced a report that shows poor financial controls and millions wasted. The council insists it is a party political plot.

(3) Pushed through with no consultation or publicity, the plan to replace libraries with fee-charging gyms has had massive opposition – including the Carnegie Library occupation and a march of 2,000 people in 2016. The council persisted – and is now revealed to have wasted an estimated £7-8 million.

(4) 12 years a loyal Labour councillor, Rachel became increasingly worried about the council’s policies. In 2016 she finally voiced residents’ concerns about estate demolitions, library closures, disastrous planning decisions and a council that had become out of touch. She was immediately suspended from the party and is now standing as an independent

(5) These former Labour councillors became involved in a project to take over the Carnegie Library building as a community asset transfer. They now denounce the council’s handling of the process as “a travesty of local democracy”, showing “an astonishing degree of managerial incompetence” – and much more…

About seancreighton1947

I have lived in Norbury since July 2011. I blog on Croydon, Norbury and history events,news and issues. I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I have submitted views to Council Committees and gave evidence against the Whitgift Centre CPO and to the Local Plan Inquiry. I am a member of Norbury Village Residents Association and Chair of Norbury Community Land Trust, and represent both on the Love Norbury community organisations partnership Committee. I used to write for the former web/print Croydon Citizen. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics history database. 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, radical and suffrage movements, 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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