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marylebone_library_sq.pngSeven jobs, half of the staff at Marylebone Library, will be axed as part of Westminster Conservatives’ plans to cut £750,000 from the Libraries budget, according to figures released by the Council this week.

 

Westminster Conservatives reveal where the Libraries axe will fall

Seven jobs, half of the staff at Marylebone Library, will be axed as part of Westminster Conservatives’ plans to cut £750,000 from the Libraries budget, according to figures released by... Read more

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Labour created the NHS to care for us all - and now it's time for us to care for the NHS.

On Saturday 26 November, our Pimlico & St James's branch will be taking part in Labour's national NHS campaign day, at their street stall at Tachbrook Market from 11am-1pm - get the full details on our event page. 

Everyone is welcome, and don't worry if you've never campaigned before - there will be plenty of experienced people there who can introduce you to what we'll be doing.

Under the Tories our NHS is underfunded and understaffed - but it doesn't have to be this way. Join us to protect our most precious national institution and help spread the word on Saturday 26 November.

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Join us for NHS national campaign day - Saturday 26 November

Labour created the NHS to care for us all - and now it's time for us to care for the NHS. On Saturday 26 November, our Pimlico & St James's branch...

paul_dimoldenberg.jpegWestminster’s 15 Labour Councillors work hard throughout the year taking up issues across Westminster on behalf of local residents.

Residents in Marylebone, Pimlico, Soho and the West End have raised issues with them over the past month - and Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg has detailed the action he and his fellow Labour councillors have been taking, as he does every month, on the Westminster Labour action group website

Paul sends out regular email action reports about the work Labour Councillors are doing in local areas. If you'd like to be added to his mailing list, drop him a line at pdimoldenberg@hotmail.co.uk.

You can also follow Paul on Twitter at @PDimoldenberg and keep up with the work of Pimlico's Churchill Ward councillors on their website www.churchilllabour.co.uk.

 

 

Get the latest news from Westminster’s Labour Councillors

Westminster’s 15 Labour Councillors work hard throughout the year taking up issues across Westminster on behalf of local residents. Residents in Marylebone, Pimlico, Soho and the West End have raised...

fawcett_society_sq.pngHow do we reach our women members - and support them better? Our CLP Women's Officer, Kate Landin, writes about a recent Fawcett Society meeting she attended which highlighted some of the problems women face in politics - and how they can be tackled...

The meeting - 'Women Councillors: Staying and Progressing' - featured a cross-party panel of political women making their views and experiences known, with a direct aim of trying to encourage more women to be politically active and stand as local councillors.

Many issues were raised: financial barriers to standing, access, maternity leave and many more. I plan to give a fuller report when we hold our first formal women’s forum meeting.

Constantly echoed in the meeting was that women sometimes feel that the adversarial, sometimes hostile, environment of political meetings can be severely detrimental when it comes to encouraging women to become politically active.  

Even serving women MPs on the panel spoke of sometimes feeling patronised, sidelined and put down by colleagues (unfortunately, often male) when they do speak out.

Other women talked of being stereotyped as 'trouble' when they challenged obfuscatory or problematic procedure and practice. 

And for a disabled or BAME, working class or LGBT women, the difficulties are magnified.   

So how do we encourage and support women on this journey? 

The experience in the room favoured women’s forums, mailouts and activities directed specifically towards women members.  Dissemination of, and access to, information - about training opportunities, meetings, women's conference etc - is crucial, and so this should go out in good time, and to all women. Knowledge is power!    

I am looking to build a thriving women’s forum in our Constituency Labour Party, in which women can build their confidence and feel welcomed.

Do you have any suggestions for ways we can improve matters for women in our local Labour party? Do let me know by leaving a comment below...

How do we engage and support women members?

How do we reach our women members - and support them better? Our CLP Women's Officer, Kate Landin, writes about a recent Fawcett Society meeting she attended which highlighted some of...

patrick_lilley_london_live_sq.pngPatrick Lilley and Pancho Lewis from our West End Labour Action Team were recently on London Live, demanding Westminster City Council do more to tackle anti-social behaviour related to drug use.

"It's exploded in the past three or four months since Westminster Council switched off their CCTV cameras," explained Patrick.

Pancho said that the team are working with residents on a five-point plan to tackle the situation, and called for the police and local authorities to work on a cross-borough strategy.

Watch the full segment below and read the Evening Standard coverage here

WATCH: West End Labour Action Team call for a safer Soho strategy

Patrick Lilley and Pancho Lewis from our West End Labour Action Team were recently on London Live, demanding Westminster City Council do more to tackle anti-social behaviour related to drug...

library_protest_sq.pngFollowing the demonstration outside Marylebone Library on 5th November, Councillor Adam Hug has organised another petition calling for a halt to Westminster Council’s proposed £750,000 cut from the libraries budget:

“We the undersigned petition Westminster City Council to halt its planned cut of £750,000 from the library service budget that would see the equivalent of 17 ½ full-time members of staff, mostly librarians, lose their jobs. The council should open a full public consultation and find alternative methods for raising the funding required in order to protect Westminster’s vital library service.”

You can sign the petition here and find out more about our campaign here.

Petition to halt Westminster Council’s proposed £750,000 libraries cut

Following the demonstration outside Marylebone Library on 5th November, Councillor Adam Hug has organised another petition calling for a halt to Westminster Council’s proposed £750,000 cut from the libraries budget:...

queen_mother_sports_centre_sq.pngSport and leisure centres are a vital part of our communities - and for the community of Victoria and Pimlico, London SW1, that facility is the fantastic Queen Mother Sports Centre.

The centre offers local residents three swimming pools, a gym, basketball and squash courts and more - including a health and fitness clinic.

But now it's under threat.

Westminster Council is currently considering proposals to develop the site and surrounding area. There's a public consultation on the plans which you can take part in it here (it closes on 18 November 2016).

Westminster's Labour councillors are calling on the Council to protect the sports and leisure services currently offered by the site. 

We've set up a petition that you can sign right here. If you care about keeping these services for the community as much as we do, please add your name to it and spread the word!

 

Protect the Queen Mother Sports Centre

Sport and leisure centres are a vital part of our communities - and for the community of Victoria and Pimlico, London SW1, that facility is the fantastic Queen Mother Sports Centre....

joanna_lumley_sq.pngJoanna Lumley has joined our fight to keep Berwick Street Market independent.

From the Evening Standard:

"Joanna Lumley is supporting traders at a 250-year-old Soho street market in their bid to keep it “independent”.

The actress said it would be a “huge loss” to London if the six-days-a-week Berwick Street market disappeared in its current form because of Westminster council’s plans to award a management contract to a private company.

The star of Absolutely Fabulous, 70, who buys flowers and fruit from the market, is one of almost 9,500 people to sign a petition “to stop the privatisation” due to come into force in spring.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN AND SIGN THE PETITION 

Joanna Lumley joins campaign to save Berwick Street Market

Joanna Lumley has joined our fight to keep Berwick Street Market independent. From the Evening Standard: "Joanna Lumley is supporting traders at a 250-year-old Soho street market in their bid to keep...

mayfair_library_sq.jpgWestminster Labour Group is deeply concerned and angered by proposals from Westminster Council that would see massive cuts to our vital library services.

The Conservative Council has produced plans that would cut £750,000 per year from the WestminsterLibraries budget and at the heart of these cuts are plans to remove the equivalent of 17 ½ full-time members of staff. Overwhelmingly the roles that would be lost are the qualified librarians whose expertise and passion for reading help make Westminster’s libraries a hugely valued part of our community.

Westminster Labour believes the Council must think again about how to support our vital library services. It could instead look at innovative ways to raise revenue, for example through improved (international) digital access to the council’s treasure trove of rare books and maps in the City Archives. At present there do not seem to be plans to consult the public about the impact of this major change, something WestminsterLabour believes should be a basic requirement before any decision is taken.

Westminster Labour Leader Councillor Adam Hug said:

“Despite Theresa May’s recent, clearly empty, rhetoric, Westminster’s Conservative Council is carrying on with deep cuts to vital services. Qualified librarians help make reading come alive for children and adults alike, making our libraries the beating heart of many of our communities.

In Westminster we’ve seen this story before many times, most notably in our children’s centres where skilled staff were steadily removed through ‘salami-slicing’ cuts and now they provide only a fraction of the vital services that they used to. Labour will fight to stop our libraries becoming empty shells and instead remain as a vital resource for our community. Westminster Labour Group is deeply concerned and angered by proposals from Westminster Council that would see massive cuts to our vital library services.”

 

Westminster Labour anger at Tory plans for huge library cuts

Westminster Labour Group is deeply concerned and angered by proposals from Westminster Council that would see massive cuts to our vital library services. The Conservative Council has produced plans that would cut £750,000 per year... Read more

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