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Our first General Committee meeting of 2015 sees successes in the Council and a excellent guest speaker

 

With only 99 days to go until the General Election, the 28th January marked our first General Committee meeting of 2015. It was extremely encouraging to hear from our Labour Councillors for Roehampton and Putney Heath about their recent hard work. Whilst noting, amongst other things, the ‘amazing complacency’ displayed by the Tories towards the increasing homelessness crisis in Wandsworth, the Councillors’ report explained their successes in gaining amendments to the proposed Roehampton Regeneration, most significantly one ensuring that additional affordable housing was guaranteed to be part of the rebuild where possible and another ensuring that the new development would have at least as many social and affordable homes as the current development.

 

The GC also received a report from Sheila Boswell, highlighting several areas in which the fight can be taken to the Tories in Putney. Sheila warned that the Conservatives would try and “stack the deck” against us in the media, presenting us as the chaotic alternative to their order, and identified this as something that can easily be disproved by us to our advantage. The poor allocation of £8 billion in overseas aid by Putney MP Justine Greening’s department, rushed through simply to meet a 0.7% deadline, isn’t a bad first example!

 

Sheila also expanded on the actions she has taken at local level, perhaps the most significant being the ongoing protest against the closure of the mental health wards at Queen Mary’s Roehampton. Given that it is estimated that 25% of people will be affected by some form of mental illness during their lifetime, the fact that the Conservatives have almost entirely omitted it from their NHS policies is yet another example of a striking disregard and complacency by the Tories in the face of real issues affecting the population.

 

Finally, we were treated to a presentation from Lindsay Thomas, formerly of the Financial Services Authority, entitled “Financial Regulation – What Went Wrong?”. Addressing what he referred to as “three fallacies”, Lindsay countered the ideas that (1) the financial crisis was all but over; (2) that this was the result of the Tories’ policies; and that (3) the previous Labour government was profligate, and responsible for the current situation. Bringing his expertise as an economist and his experience in the financial industry, Lindsay comprehensively debunked each of these, giving a rousing argument in favour of Labour’s economic approach, and demonstrating that - if there was ever any doubt - the economic and academic arguments for Labour are there, as strong as ever. 

A New Year for Putney Labour!

Our first General Committee meeting of 2015 sees successes in the Council and a excellent guest speaker  

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The win in Roehampton & Putney Heath was due to a real team effort. For the first time in 16 years, we managed to smash the Tory vote and get Jeremy and Sue elected, as well as getting Peter re-elected. 

Labour supporters from all over Putney and further afield volunteered and came out, knocking on doors, delivering leaflets and talking to people about the issues that matter to them and their families. 

The result? The people of Putney elected great Councillors who will be a strong local team and secure a better better future for Roehampton & Putney Heath. 

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