Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jan 23, 2018.
Actually wasn't Thornton, think Streatham Wells/Hill.
This is odd but sweet
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Hearing multiple reports Lib Peck has resigned due to new job at City Hall
Lambeth council leader Lib Peck quitting to be head of Sadiq Khan’s Violence Reduction Unit
I saw it trailed in the Times yesterday that she was on the shortlist.
Yeah I started hearing similar rumours last week.
Not a good look for Lambeth Labour
yeh but it's the only look they've got
When she's in charge of Sadiq's Violent Retribution Unit there are some folk here who will need to watch their backs
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So two by-elections coming up in Thornton ward. Both triggered by careerist politicians chasing the money.
It'll make the Thorndon by election more interesting at least. I imagine the poor souls who live there will now have dozens of LABOUR WASTE leaflets winging their way over the next 6-7 weeks.
Also, the candidates are up for the first Thornton by election
Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll - Thornton Ward | Lambeth Council
There's a UKIP candidate. Curious in case there was any insider gossip I checked the old Twitter account of Liz Jones (formerly UKIP Tooting parliamentary candidate and Lambeth UKIP chair or vice chair). She's blocked me. Probably all to the good, as she was reported as being involved in this pro Tommy Robinson socialist bookshop raid
UKIP suspends ruling member after pro-Tommy Robinson mob storms bookshop
Maybe those indefatigable Socialist Worker activists might come in handy if UKIP decided to do some campaigning, now they have moved over into the BNP slot.
Would be interesting to know more about the local Kippers, post splits.
On Lib Peck.
Surprised she is going. She was leader of Lambeth Labour and her leadership was not under threat. She had comfortable majority. Despite Green success in last elections her administration was under no threat.
So as leader she was a success. Kept a New Labour administration in power.
I have mixed feelings about her going. She was not totally New Labour. She was able to communicate with community groups. Something many New Labour Cllrs in Lambeth are incapable of doing. She had interpersonal skills.
On the Brixton Rec recently officers made noises about it being at end of its life and a new shiny Red for the 21st century is needed. An email to her and she replied straight away that she had made promise the Rec would stay and would stick to that. To her credit. And she has always supported the meetings that the Rec user group have with Council. Even when other New Labour Cllrs like Edbrooke decided to stop them.
She is only person officers listen to. In Lambeth senior officers like Sue Foster have more power than a lot of Cllrs.
So all in all im concerned her replacement could be lot worse.
I wonder what will happen when she goes.
On the balance sheet of good and bad the bad is her centralised style of leadership. As ex Cllr Rachel found out. Small group of Cllrs and officers decide policy then it goes to Cabinet and ward Cllrs are expected to fall in line or else.
Its classic New Labour "sofa government"
Personally I don't agree with her politics but have grudging admiration for her. She has a lot of ability.
Knowing her slightly I would say Peck reckons she has done her stint as leader. Now she wants a new challenge. Heading the Mayors VRU is going to be high profile job. I would think she really believes in playing a part in reducing knife crime.
That said I've posted here previously that adopting Scotland's Violence reduction programme is not suitable for London.
When Andrew Travers arrived there were rumours that he might be a help.in levering Foster out. Perhaps Sue Foster has used him to make Peck uncomfortable enough to move on.
I think with Peck out the way they will try and knock the Rec down to consolidate the site that includes Pop and International House for a big new development of a similar type to the Streatham Tescos.
What else is the rationale behind the delay in development of the Canterbury, temporary Pop and meanwhile space International House
Could also be she probably wouldn't want to head the Council when they find they have to start to back pedaling over the promises she made to Shirley Oaks survivors about levels of compensation
Most likely she just fancied a fresh challenge in her working life same as most of us do when we’ve done the same job for a while. Being a full time councillor, having to compete for your job every 4 years by fighting an election campaign adds an additional stress that most people don’t get in their working lives. It’s notjust the council work, it’s also the party work councillors have to put in to win nomination and then elections.
I reckon she had more of a guarantee of continued office here in Lambeth than as a policing person under Sadiq Khan. It's almost (but not quite) as though Lib is morphing into Lee Jasper!
Well Khan looks to be a safe win in 20 so she'll not be moved on by New Tory Mayor. More likely Khan looking for a scapegoat if things don't improve.
What with Heidi Allen quitting Parliament for Khan and now Peck I assume they think he's loyal enough not to drop them as soon as expedient.
I agree on your analysis of future of Brixton Rec. My feeling is that because Lib Peck kept to her promise of keeping the Rec the senior officers backed off. They were not happy when Rec was Grade two listed.
The site the senior officers are interested in as a "regeneration/ gentrification project is the Rec, International house, Pop site and possibly stretching to part of the car park behind Pop.
The public support of Rec and the listing of the Rec have caused Regen dept of Council problems.
Sue Foster represents all that is wrong with the New Labour hold on local democracy. Starting her career as yes person for TessaJowell on the Olympics site for which she got an OBE.
If you are not part of the New Labour establishment you don't get anywhere in Councils like Lambeth.
Its like Peck getting highly paid job from Sadiq. They are a section of the political establishment who run this country.
Everyone else is excluded.
I'm sure she fancied a change but I wonder what has brought it on all of a sudden - it was all systems go for another term not many months ago. Labour candidates in Lambeth don't exactly fight for their seats.... Certainly this position fits in with her earlier interests - is the move just because the job is available, what about the commitment to Tulse Hill and Lambeth?
Anyone know of Peck has actually submitted her resignation from council yet?
I have it by a circuitous but apparently reliable route that Sue Foster has left.
Might it be a more interesting scenario here? We know where Lib is going.
Where is Sue going?
Quo vadis? - Annibele Carracci (yes I hadn't either!)
Loads of activity out in Thornton today, even had reports UKIP were delivering leaflets.
As a point of particular interest I thought you might like to know that that Spellthorne Council have recently acquired 100 Cheapside - formerly the HQ pf buccaneer capitalist Tiny Rowland's Lonrho.
The Green Party ought to do well, with St Leonards next door.
But then again that argument makes it safe Labour - since 3/4 of the boundary is Labour wards!
How is Ms Macnair doing?
Right so she hasn't stood down from council in that message, just Leader. However I wonder if she's actually stepping down and thus calling a by election as assumed a week ago.
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