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Thank you, but we need your help


Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts, writes about the next 5 years following the general election - 

I'd like to start by saying thank you. Thank you to each and everyone person in Islington that voted Labour and re-elected our fantastic local MPs, Emily Thornberry and Jeremy Corbyn.

Emily and Jeremy have always been dedicated fighters for working people in our communities, and after beating the Tories into second place, I know they will continue to make a difference on the things that matter. 

Sadly, however, the results across the country mean we now face five more years of a Tory Government. 

I think it's right that we are completely upfront with people when we talk about just how bad the next few years will be. 

Further massive cuts to the council, devastating policies that will make it harder for people to get and keep affordable homes, and brutal cuts to vital welfare support, will all make the lives of people in Islington harder. 

I want to make you a promise today - no matter how hard the next five years are, Islington Labour will always be on your side. 

We will fight this Government every step of the way, and continue to make a difference on this issues that matter to working people - jobs, housing, and help with the cost of living. 

But we need your support and help to continue our work to improve the lives of people in our community. 

I hope that you will join me and start the fightback today. Volunteer today with Islington Labour by clicking here and join the Labour Party here.

Best wishes,


Cllr Richard Watts

Leader of Islington Council


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commented 2015-05-12 09:52:21 +0100
Many, including myself, want to see both a return to a compassionate political team in a Labour party and one that is driven towards engaging with real voices, understanding local ’social mobility; challenges and using this valuable data to enhance knowledge, attitudes, policies and practice.

Finally, what I strongly believe is a key tool for the Labour party to progress with, is one that excludes the slogan “for hard working people… who do the right things”. Why is this important? Well, all political parties have used this quite appalling slogan – highlighting their lack of understanding for proactive, stressed and depressed job-seekers who continue to be failed by a narrow policy remit of the Work Programme, but who remain desperate to achieve employment & career goals.

Surely, a traditional Labour party would be willing and determined to fight alongside such groups towards assisting them to achieve their goals amid the vast diversity of Aspirations that exist. Hence, the hard work of the Islington Employment Commission directly contradicts the slogan I refer to above – as it both acknowledges the challenge and is willing to work to assist those still fighting to be employed.
So, language needs to be looked at before it offends those who remain Resilient and Creative, but who are still challenged by the employment market, and the weak services that seemingly excludes a innovative approach.

In conclusion, I agree with the Employment Commission that “improved collaborations with partnerships and local residents are key to achieving goals”. However, one may well ask “when does this start?”


Ivor Sutton
published this page in News 2015-05-11 18:17:25 +0100

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