Lambeth Council Watch - news and updates about the 'co-operative' council

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

  1. Southlondon

    Southlondon The river's there for a reason

    It’s quite simple really, despite Lambeth Labour hugely increasing its membership, the right wing of the party still outnumber and therefore out-vote the left. The left are fighting hard in the wards but do not have the numbers to win overall- yet. The best way to get a more responsive and leftwing Lambeth council is to join the Labour Party and help us get socialists selected to replace the incumbents, not to waste energy in the periferal parties such as the greens, who have zero chance of overturning the 58-5 Labour Party majority.
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  2. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    BusLanes Thornton round-up:

    Lib Dem candidate is Matthew Bryant (see here).

    My understanding is that Thornton Ward is not a target ward for the Greens, but on the other hand there is no agreement between Lib Dems and Greens to stand down for each other (as in Richmond for example). Pity. 250 votes might have helped the Greens in Coldharbour and would also help the Lib Dems in Thornton.

    Labour news: there is still no replacement Labour candidate selected in Chuka's place for Streatham, so the cognoscenti worry that in the event of an emergency General Election they will have one "parachuted in".

    As regards Thornton, Labour start off with a safety margin in the lead. I don't have a name for their candidate.

    If there is an Independent TIG candidate they will have to stand will the only description on the ballot paper being "Independent" (and no logo obviously), though they would be entitled to put out leaflets etc up to the legal expenditure limit.

    Can't speak for UKIP - though I was amazed at their leader Gerard Batten in the European Parliament this morning. He behaved like a neo Nazi brawler - which I guess is what he is. I bet most UKIP voters still think of UKIP as "Nigel's Party".
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  3. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    I would imagine ukip so stand as they did last time.

    The green chap had stood a load of times so why not again? He seems like a local battler.

    The Conservative chap did not do well last time so who knows if he'll bother again
  4. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    The Greens will definitely stand, as will the Conservatives.
    It's all a matter of "honour" - as the ERG leep telling us.
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  5. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Oh quite and I would do the same. It's more that they'll struggle to make a go of it after the last one.

    The Conservatives lost so much from 2018 share and the Greens went down a bit too so I would imagine that would be a demotivating experience for both of the guys.
  6. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    Labour seem to have selected someone called Nanda Manley, according to local Labour twitterers
  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Don't know who she is - but unusually for an aspiring local politician she has a couple of playlists up on Youtube:
    Nanda Manley-Browne [one Soca, the first number is souped up Lord Kitchiner with vocoder). The second playlist conatins Christian Power anthems.

    This being the case I guess she might be vulnerable on the gay rights front - though maybe not. There are several à la carte churches around here these days where dancing to power anthems is encouraged, and they helpfully stop off in gay clubs in Tel Aviv en route to holy sites in Jerusalem. Naming no names - though I can on request!

    I will post the full candidates list later when I have access to my PC.
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  8. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

  9. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

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  10. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I would have thought they should re-consider the demolition of Olive Morris House.
    They've recently discovered OMH is built above the Effra Storm Relief sewer and therefore requires special measures for demolition and remaking the foundations.
    Not to mention the relocation of the electrical sub-station in the basement.

    A truly entrepreneurial council leader would have done a land-swap and given MUSE the former children's centre in Brixton Water Lane - preferably with a planning permission for a 20 storey luxury residential tower!
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  11. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    My issue is this New Labour Council has ideologically driven obsession to work with private enterprise, AKA bloodsucking property developers, and disposing of land/ property they own.

    As in Pop these New Labour types get shafted every time and don't see it. Private enterprise is their to compete and make a profit and so no surprise when Council get worst end of the bargain. The average Council office isn't up to dealing with the bloodsuckers. Even if the bloodsuckers are masquerading as doing the community a favour as in Pop.

    Disposing of land/property. This really winds me up. Lambeth owns a lot of and and property historically. One might think they would treat this as valuable asset. Instead they treat it as bargaining chip they can use like any private developer. Once they dispose of property/ land they will never be able to get new land / property in foreseeable future.

    Its imo totally short sighted to get rid of property/ land portfolio. The Council , contrary to New Labour philosophy, is not a business.
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  12. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Having said this Is think its good that Council haven't "disposed" of International House.

    I think at some levels in Council just disposing of stuff was not going down well in sections of community.

    And this keeping International House was a response to that.
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  13. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

  14. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    For reference - full candidate list for Thornton By-election 11th April
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  15. BusLanes

    BusLanes Pedestrian

    WEP have said something on Facebook about Thornton at long last.

    They've been inexplicably quiet given they have an office in Brixton and stood last time as well.

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