Saying thank you and sending best wishes to Rev Dr William Campbell Taylor


On Ash Wednesday the City of London’s first ever Labour councillor announced his decision to step down from Common Council in an email:

Dear fellow Common Councilmen

Although I have decided not to stand in the election in Portsoken I’m pleased to say that two very good local candidates, Jason Pritchard and Munsur Ali, will be contesting the ward for Labour. The red flag may yet still fly above Guildhall.

The reason that I’m stepping down is to give my parish (and, indeed, my family) some rather overdue attention.

I know that some of you have regretted the entry of party politics into the City Corporation, but I hope that you may also acknowledge how the most excellent ancient institutions of the City of London need continually to find new ways to serve the Common Good.

My best wishes to you all,

William Taylor

The local Labour Party extends its thanks to William for showing us how to blend Labour values with community organising for the Common Good.



Labour wins historic victory in the City

The Labour Party’s William Campbell-Taylor won a decisive victory last night in the City of London Portsoken Ward by-election – the first time ever an official Labour councillor will have entered the Guildhall.

The results are as follows: turnout 379 (43.26%)

William Campbell-Taylor (Labour) 137, Marie Brockington 98, Evan Millner 47, Syed Mahmood 44, Roger Jones 26, Andre Walker 11, Muhammad al-Hussaini 9

For further details click here : 140321 Press release 1401

Middlesex Street Estate RA asks tricky questions of sitting councillors ahead of election

The March 2014 issue of the MSERA Newsletter asks some difficult questions of its current sitting councillors.

Read all about them here:140317 MSERA Newsletter

One in particular sticks out for the local Labour Party and its by-election candidate, William Campbell-Taylor:

Why did our Ward Common Councilmen keep the RA in the dark for the past 2 years, regarding the Phase III feasibility report?

Whatever their reasons, Labour unearthed the consultants’ report and reported back to residents on 28 February. The Council is still keeping three reports about the possible building of more homes on the estate secret.

William says:

I believe my standing for Labour gives you a genuine choice.  I am clear about your ‘Right to Know’.

Promoted by Peter Kenyon and City of London Labour Party both of 361 Shakespeare Tower Barbican London EC2Y 8NJ




Residents support Labour’s petition and comment on latest CCTV news

Three local residents have jointly signed an open letter to all resident of the Guinness Trust estate on Mansell Street supporting the Labour Party’s petition about shed doors and security, providing an update about the CCTV system.

In plain language, it is not fit for purpose.

Read more here : 140315 Letter re cctv

Promoted by Peter Kenyon and City of London Labour Party both of 361 Shakespeare Tower Barbican London EC2Y 8NJ

Can’t the City of London afford light bulbs

I was out last night with our candidate, William Taylor, canvassing residents of Petticoat Square ahead of next week’s by-election.

It was a bit gloomy. Then we noticed many of the lights above flats on the Podium were not working, ditto some of the lamp standards in the Square.

We have caused a bit of controversy by asking residents about their housing, listening to their concerns and collecting signatures on petitions. With a by-election pending there is a remarkable flurry of activity by the landlord, ordering new doors, repairing locks, and even adding a lick of paint.

But really, can’t the City of London’s finances stretch to replacing broken light bulbs?

Getting results for Portsoken residents

Last week with two weeks to go until Election Day, Labour’s candidate William Taylor showed local residents how, even before the vote, he can get results.

No messing about he contacted key decision makers in the Council and Guinness Trust South to follow through resident concerns about security and other housing management matters set out in two Labour Party petitions.

You can read the results here by downloading his Election Statement: Election Statement – 2p Final

*There is much more to be done but it is a start*

Now he is asking for your vote to represent you on Common Council and get more results


Promoted by Peter Kenyon and City of London Labour Party both of 361 Shakespeare Tower Barbican London EC2Y 8NJ

New shed doors for Aldgate aka Mansell Street Estate

For Mansell Street a petition was drawn up about broken shed doors, CCTV and security concerns, 87 signatures were collected. Our candidate, William Taylor contacted Guinness Trust South managing director, Margaret Dodwell on 5 March 2014

Result – In an Email dated the next day (6 March) she told him:

Further to our conversation yesterday I have made enquiries as to the issues you raised with the doors at our Aldgate Estate. Our maintenance team have confirmed that we will replace all 34 pram shed doors, frames and locks.  Following a tender process Ongar Building Services had been appointed to carry out the works. The works will commence on 17 March 14 and are envisaged to take approximately 2 weeks.

There is much more to be done but it is a start – Labour getting things done

Promoted by Peter Kenyon and City of London Labour Party both of 361 Shakespeare Tower Barbican London EC2Y 8NJ