Local Labour member Mannie Blankett receives honorary Labour membership

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To honour a lifetime’s commitment to Labour, Portsoken Councillor Jason Pritchard presented local member and centenarian Emmanuel Blankett of Middlesex Street Estate with honorary membership today on behalf of the City of London Labour branch. Thank you Mannie for your support from everyone at the Labour Party.

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Tempted to join the Party, but have a few questions first? Read on to discover what it means to be a Labour member.

The Labour Party is an 100+ year old political organisation built on equality, social justice and compassion. We are a movement of over half a million members working to elect a government that puts those shared values into action.

As a Labour member, you’ll help us form the next Labour Government and have a say in our policy. We’ll provide you with all the tools and resources to get involved in events, campaign days and rallies and introduce you to a network of other like-minded members. And if you want to one day, you can even stand for election as an official Labour Party candidate.

Am I eligible to join?

If you’re over 14, not a member of another political party, and are a British citizen or have lived in the UK for a year or more, then absolutely. Come on in.

How much does it cost?

As little as £3 a year. Most members pay our standard rate of £4.17 a month and many choose to pay more to support our campaigns.

Where is my money going?

We’re built on the contributions of our many dedicated members. Your membership fees pay for the posters, leaflets, rallies and events that you see up and down the country. Every penny is put to good use. Without our members’ contributions, we simply wouldn’t be able to run the Labour Party.

What happens after I join?

Keep an eye out for a membership pack in the post. Your membership card is in there –along with a whole host of useful information about what you can get involved in. As soon as that arrives, you’ll be a card-carrying member of the Labour Party.

By joining, you’ll also become a part of your local Labour Party, who will be in touch about ways you can get involved with loads of different campaigns and events near you. You can get involved in everything from policy making to campaigning to social events right away.

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Labour’s William Campbell-Taylor speaks out over smear campaign

Former Portsoken Labour councillor William Campbell-Taylor has spoken out about a stalker who created a “cyber smear” scandal to ruin his reputation.

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Last month local newspaper City Matters reported Mr Campbell-Taylor was the target of defamatory direct mail distributed in the Middlesex Street Estate where he was campaigning to become Portsoken Alderman.

The flyers accused the Anglican priest of grooming “a vulnerable male” for sex and were distributed to residents just over a fortnight before they went to the polls on 14 December.

But the harassment goes far deeper, according to Mr Campbell-Taylor who has recounted details of stalking, false allegations and threats of violence in a revealing post on his blog Hackney Preacher.

“For the better part of the last decade I’ve had a stalker,” he wrote.

“In the beginning, when we were colleagues, I didn’t realise that’s what it was. I tried to field his unusual intensity with everyday friendliness. It didn’t work. In fact my attempts to manage the situation made it far worse.”

“Five years ago I sought to break off all contact. Three years ago I went to the Police [sic]. Until now I have not spoken about it in public.”

Mr Campbell goes on to say that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, delivered gifts – including a live hamster – to his home, threatened to circumcise him with a scalpel and made allegations of sexual assault, which he disseminated through fake news websites.

“Anonymous unsolicited news bulletins ‘reporting’ on these abuse allegations were sent to fellow councillors in the City of London, to clergy colleagues and friends across London diocese, to my wife’s friends and colleagues, the local rabbi,” Mr Campbell-Taylor wrote.

“To be clear: I have never had any sexual contact with this man. Nor have I wanted or sought to have any. I have certainly never abused him.”

Thames Magistrates’ Court issued a restraining order on 9 January this year prohibiting the man from making any reference to or about Mr Campbell-Taylor and his wife that “is likely to cause them harassment, alarm or distress”.

A police spokesperson has confirmed they are currently investigating concerns reported to them “in relation to matters of electoral process”.

At this stage no evidence has been released linking the individual to the flyers.

Mr Campbell-Taylor said he felt compelled to speak out after being approached for comment by City Matters on the allegations made in the flyers.

“The reason that I am putting this story on my blog is because there is nowhere amongst all the cyber smear that gives my account of what actually happened.”

“I want the truth to be at least visible within the fog that swirls about it.

“In the end, however, our good name is one we receive as a gift. It’s a grace bestowed neither by the magistrate’s court nor by the court of public opinion. And for that I give thanks.”

Source: City Matters

Labour calls for all high rise tower blocks to be retrofitted with sprinklers

We know that fitting high-rise tower blocks with sprinklers could save thousands of lives. That’s why we’re urging the Tories to pledge vital funds to install sprinklers, to keep families safe from fire.

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Thousands of families are living in high-rise properties in the UK. Nearly all of these homes do not have adequate safety systems.

Chief Fire Officers across the UK have said that it is proven that fitting homes with fire safety systems, like sprinklers, saves people’s lives in the event of a fire.

The Labour party is urging the government to set aside vital funding in the 2017 Budget for local authorities and housing associations to fit sprinklers into tower blocks, to protect the lives of tens of thousands of people across the country.

We know that fitting high-rise tower blocks with sprinklers could save thousands of lives. That’s why we’re urging the Tories to pledge vital funds to install sprinklers, to keep families safe from fire.

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See also: https://portsokenlabour.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/fire-risk-assessment/

City Rose Summer 2017 edition

Here’s our latest Summer edition of the Labour Party City Rose for local residents. To read click here. If you can help deliver, please contact us at labourportsoken@gmail.com

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Don’t miss this! Curry for Corbyn this Sunday 25th June in Portsoken

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Come to Portsoken’s stylish Mumbai Square restaurant this Sunday 25th June for the tastiest curry in the City of London and a discussion on where we should go following the General Election.

The meal includes a starter served at the table plus a main course buffet (including vegetarian and vegan options) and a dessert.

As always, there will be a discussion after the starters have been served in which everyone is welcome to contribute.

Entertainment plus a guest speaker to be announced.

Special offer for local residents and City of London Labour members and affiliates: 

Single tickets (usually £25) are only £20 if the Discount Code ‘Local Curry’ is typed into the box when you place your order.

A table for six (usually £125) is available for only £100 if the Discount Code ‘Local Curry Table’ is used.

You can buy tickets from the Stand Up For Labour website.

Guinness plans: you decide who’s best equipped to represent your interests

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Residents at the special meeting called by Munsur Ali on 6th February / Disclaimer: appearance in this photo does not necessarily indicate support for Labour

Following residents’ concern Guinness has been obliged to rethink its plans by the City. The City says that some of the blocks are too big. This is what was revealed at the packed meeting on Feb 6 through a statement provided by the Director of Planning. At the end of this meeting you asked Munsur Ali to represent your views to Guinness.

In the meantime rumours are circulating. “Labour is opposed to the redevelopment”. This is not true. In fact Labour has been sounding out the City of London on a possible joint venture to help Guinness deliver a more viable scheme.

Labour candidate Munsur Ali says the key issues are:

1. Has Guinness got a Plan B?

2. When will it be made public?

3. Will residents be fully consulted?

4. Will Guinness improve its repairs service in the meantime?

Labour believes that you have a right to know what’s going on behind the scenes and to be fully involved in these discussions. “Communication with Guinness should not be controlled by one or two people” is what you say. We hope you agree that Labour’s commitment to local residents is what is needed from your elected representatives.

Vote Labour on 23 March – Vote for Munsur Ali and Jason Pritchard 

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Mansell Street Rose March 2017

Here’s our latest Mansell Street Rose which has been delivered today to all residents on the Mansell Street estate. To read in full please click here.1703_Mansell_Street_Rose_pdf__page_1_of_2_

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