Former Portsoken Labour councillor William Campbell-Taylor has spoken out about a stalker who created a “cyber smear” scandal to ruin his reputation.
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. Continue reading “Labour’s William Campbell-Taylor speaks out over smear campaign”
Portsoken Aldermanic Election Update: William Campbell-Taylor will be Labour candidate for the forthcoming Aldermanic election which will take place on Dec 14th 2017. This is the first time that the Labour party will contest an Aldermanic seat in the City of London. William Campbell-Taylor became the first ever political party candidate to be elected to the Common Council after winning a by-election in Portsoken in March 2014. Labour now has five Labour councillors in the City of London following historic election results in 2017 which included the election of two Labour councillors in the ward of Portsoken.
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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,
The local Labour Party extends its thanks to William for showing us how to blend Labour values with community organising for the Common Good.
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Portsoken’s William Campbell-Taylor CC will ask Chairman of Policy to confirm whether the City of London is applying for Living Wage Employer status at the September Common Council meeting later today.
The question tabled reads: “Can the Chairman of Policy confirm that an application for accredited Living Wage employer status is being prepared for submission by the City of London?”
If confirmed this step will mark the culmination of a six-year long campaign by local Labour Party members to secure a living wage for all the Corporation’s employers and contractors, and persuade the City to seek accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.
It will also trigger a move by the branch to put down an emergency resolution to Labour Party Conference to strengthen the case in Labour’s General Election manifesto for for implementing the living wage more widely to help tackle the country’s cost of living crisis.
For more information contact:
William Campbell Taylor 07749644066 or
Peter Kenyon 07967362052 eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media coverage – 22 March 2014
City AM – By-election gives Labour its first ever seat in the City of London
Financial News (blog) – THE REDS, THE REDS ARE COMING
FT – Labour win raises questions on City of London’s independence (link requires registration)
Independent – ‘The red flag is flying’ over the City of London as vicar wins Labour’s first ever seat on the council
Twitter has been very busy, highlights include congratulations from Iain McNicol, Labour Party general secretary
Portsoken Labour – our WordPress blog sprang into life yesterday with 135 visitors and 213 views
Yesterday, the Labour Action Team produced and distributed a Thank You newsletter with news of Labour councillor, William Campbell-Taylor’s first surgery.
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