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Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Jan 23, 2018.

  1. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Interesting article here.

    Lambeth: Labour wins Thornton by-election, but Lib Dem comeback bodes ill for Corbyn Brexit strategy - OnLondon

    So the article is saying an election result like this should worry national Labour party. As it shows dissatisfaction with Labour party take on Brexit at a national level in a Remain area with big Labour vote usually.

    Of course nationally Corbyn line may be right in balancing not putting of voters in leave areas.
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  2. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Ironically this approach is the traditional accusation of Labour and Tories about the Lib Dems!
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  3. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

  4. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    I looked into this a week or two back and Peck's role is director level and so politically restricted, or at least that is what the documents I read seemed to say.

    So if that is right she surely has to resign sooner rather than later.

    Also, the Tory attack dogs at Guido have turned their sights on Lib now she's working for Khan and came up with a line that she's basically in tight with Khan and co and in effect helped set up the role she later got.

    Sadiq’s New Crime Crony’s Suspect Selection Process
  5. editor

    editor hiraethified


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  6. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    What took the media department so long? The old committee section report stuff in seconds. When Licensing revoked an alcohol licence on South Lambeth Road last week the tweet was instantaneous.
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  7. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Reading the article it does look like Peck was involved early on with setting up the VRU. Then applied for the job to head it. Many on the panel choosing the head would have known her.

    The Guido article quotes all the relevant info to show this was the case.

    So looks like internal London Labour making sure they had one of their own in important post.
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  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I don't think many residents will be sorry the poison dwarf Foster has gone. Her malign influence as one the backroom architects of New Labour in Lambeth is a legacy Lambeth residents could do without.

    I remember a demo at Carnegie library when someone recognised her sitting in her car observing the demo and taking notes.

    She didn't get an OBE for services to the New Labour project for nothing.

    Its unsurprising that the New Labour Council hasn't made much about her leaving. She did their dirty work and wasn't going to get a public farewell from the politicos.

    A bit harsh? She was on a whacking great salary. Not going to leave hard up.
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2019
  9. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I'm sure I read somewhere that Guido Fawkes was registered in Ireland (to make it more difficult to sue him/it for libel).
    I would describe Guido's politics as Nigel Farage wielding a mace. Interesting tit bits of information though.
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  10. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    He's a nasty piece of work by all accounts but useful to know what the lines are that'll be running
  11. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Well Thornton By Election 2: Back to Atkins Road, just got a bit more exciting.
  12. lilou_b

    lilou_b Well-Known Member

    If any of you are interested, Bureau Local is looking for local journalists in Lambeth to help cover stories on the selling-off of public spaces. (As a local, I have a hunch there's a lot to say about that)

    Join us
    This investigation aims to shed light on the loss of public spaces and the impact this is having on communities. We have compiled data on nearly 12,000 assets - including libraries, playing fields and community centres - sold off by councils since 2014/15. Our findings so far include cash-strapped councils selling publicly-owned land and buildings to make ends meet. That includes using the money to pay for thousands of redundancies.

    If you would like to take part please send an email to, explaining which area(s) you want to look into and stating that you agree to:

    • Respect the Monday March 4 embargo

    • Share your findings within Slack ahead of publication

    • Credit The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in your coverage

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  13. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    This is more of a Waterloo Nine Elms and Southwark issue surely?
    Though I must say our council allowing the demolition of the Canterbury Arms and then using it as a Pop Brixton Annexe feels like a similar issue to me.
  14. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    And of course we have the Garden Bridge bubbling along merrily in the background. So many things to get angry about!
  15. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Looks like Ted Knight called for deselection of all Labour councillors at a local Labour meeting (something called "the campaign's forum" which I hear is important but I don't know why). Anyway, at least one local Labour councillor on Twitter, wasn't happy.
  16. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I did think the Campaigns forum was under control of the New Labour leadership?

    Tricky Skills
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  17. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Probably, although would assume all committees there are probably being fought over for control
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  18. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Right, reliably heard Lib Peck has now resigned as a councillor and the election therefore will likely be from mid April
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  19. Tropi

    Tropi Well-Known Member

  20. Southlondon

    Southlondon The river's there for a reason

    The campaigns forum is elected at the AGM and acts as a vetting mechanism for all council candidates. In Lambeth there is an ongoing fight to wrest control of the party away from the right wingers, and although good progress has been made since Corbyn took the leadership, the rightwingers still hold the balance across the local partys that make up Lambeth, but that balance is slowly shifting. Deselecting rightwing councillors are and selecting more responsive left wing candidates in their place, is how the Lambeth left hope to change the focus and direction of the council. Vauxhall and streatham are both massive partys’ and Vauxhall in particular has traditionally been a stronghold for progress, so the fight has been particularly tough for the left. I would suggest the shift In the balance of power in the local party was a strong driver for chukka jumping ship. Corbyn winning the leadership was only the start. The process of replacing incumbent representatives is ongoing, at both local and national level.
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  21. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    This is in Thornton Ward - the former seat of ex-council leader Lib Peck.
    Maybe there is an issue to be made here in the forthcoming by-election?

    Actually the article is a bit OTT IMHO - Weir Road is noted for its former cheese factory, and also the Weir Estate where the unfortunate Sean Rigg was picked up by the police before they took him to Brixton Police Station, where he met his death. Those living in the Edwardian maisonettes in the other part of the road might actually welcome "Pocket Living" micro apartments at Grange Mills as neighbours - although those with a social conscience will surely protest the loss of employment generating space.
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  22. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Weir Road is an odd one yes. I lived nearby for years but somehow barely walked up it till recently. It's also where I saw a white guy in a car yell some abuse at what looked to be some African people coming out of the Weir Link hall, all dressed up in Sunday best about 3 weeks back. I think he may have said some other things too that might have been worse as he was yelling for a bit but all I made out was the anti immigrant stuff.
  23. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Ah, thanks for the explanation. Interesting to get an insight to how it all works.
  24. lilou_b

    lilou_b Well-Known Member

    Bureau Local have published a map and it would be great for people to contribute to it (rather than just complain it is missing spaces ;) )
  25. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    How's the by election looking now? Has everyone started receiving leaflets again?
  26. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    How's the by election looking now? Has everyone started receiving leaflets again?
  27. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Has it been called?
    If you look of the Lambeth Democracy section of LBL they were only notifying the vacancy on 4th March.
    No mention of the requisite two electors having called for an election.

    BTW there is also on there mention of a referendum for an elected Mayor (of Lambeth).
    If that happens I'm emigrating. Things are undemocratic enough with the current "cabinet government system" initiated by Tony Blair.
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  28. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Yesterday there was a feature on knife crime in London on the Al Jazeera news.
    There was a scene of Sadiq Khan in a circle with concerned people in a youth centre - including Lib Peck.

    There was also a scene of Mahamed Hashi (Councillor for Stockwell Ward) walking round graffiti ridden arches describing his work with youth and the dangers everyone now faces. I thought it odd that Mahamad did not "come out" as a councillor. But then he might well have said all that and it could have been edited down by Al Jazeera to fit the broadcast.

    Just goes to show what's on the media can have all sorts of spin for various reasons.
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  29. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    I don't think the date has been called yet as of now but who knows what today will bring.
    I can't think who would be helped by more delay. I assume Labour probably would want a quick start campaign normally but who knows how their selection is going and they didn't seem in any hurry till now.

    I can't see that the Greens or Tories would benefit from an earlier date. Libs maybe as they have got a better position after the first one.
  30. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    It's arrived!
    1. Thornton Ward By-Election
    Notice of Election
    Election of a Councillor for the Thornton Ward in the London Borough of Lambeth
    1. Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Room 1-17, Lambeth Town Hall, 2 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW, on any day from Friday 8 March 2019, Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm, but no later than 4pm on Friday 15 March 2019.

    2. Nomination papers may be obtained from the offices of the Returning Officer, Electoral Services, Lambeth Town Hall, 2 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW, during the times stated above.

    3. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 11 April 2019.

    4. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Lambeth Town Hall, 2 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW by Tuesday 26 March 2019.

    5. Applications to vote by post and amendments to or cancellations of existing postal and proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Lambeth Town Hall, 2 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW, by 5pm on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

    6. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Lambeth Town Hall, 2 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RW, by 5pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

    7. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election on the grounds of physical incapacity or for work/service reasons must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Electoral Services, Lambeth Town Hall, 2 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW, by 5pm on Thursday 11 April 2019. The physical incapacity must have occurred after 5pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019. To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Wednesday 3 April 2019.
    Dated: Thursday 7 March 2019

    Andrew Travers

    Returning Officer

    Notice of Election - Thornton Ward
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