Archive | April, 2013

Redbridge Labour Women: Made in Dagenham, The Next Chapter

25 Apr

Driving Women to the Top

Sunday May 12th, Holiday Inn, Ilford. 09.00-17.00

by Annajoy David

When I returned to Redbridge after my time in Scarborough and Whitby as PPC I noted a distinct lack of women active in the party . When I turned up to my first GC meeting in Ilford North CLP, I think I was 1 of 2 women in attendance. I have to say it wasn’t much better out canvassing and talking and listening to residents. It was a case of “rarely seen” and practically “never heard”

The two CLP’s have been working hard with our excellent borough organiser Matt Goddin to do something about this. Following a workshop at our Redbridge wide conference last September we started a women’s coffee morning group.

Our little group is now not so little and has a wide range of women involved; some of whom are supporters of the Labour Party, we also have many of our women councillors along with lots of our new younger women Driving Women to the Topmembers .

The conference will principally focus on Health and Well Being issues and those of Work, Pay and Pensions. There will also be a range of workshops on these issues and one on Education and local schools hosted, by Fiona Millar

In the morning our panel will be discussing Work, Pay and Benefits: the female economy including join Seema Malhotra MP and Susan Nash, former chair of Young Labour with Unite the Union Siobhan Endean, National Officer for Equalities,

The panel will run for about an hour including a 15 minute Q&A. It will be chaired by Cllr. Elaine Norman from Redbridge Labour Group. The Panel discussion will run from 11.00-12.00

The afternoon will focus on health and well-being issues, such as obesity and the role of fast food chains, the “pollution” of our high streets of the industrialised global food chain . Diane Abbott will focus on “sex-texting”, looking at the influences and pressures on young teenage girls, and the good, bad and ugly in social media and women and girls. The panel discussion will also focus on domestic violence and abuse and the 1 billion rising campaign. Diane Abbot MP and Stella Creasy MP will sit on this panel with Gladys Xavier, Deputy Director of Redbridge Public Health .

A crèche for children will be available and a ‘1,000 dresses’ swap shop clothes stall will run throughout the day. A full buffet hot/cold lunch will be provided as will servings of tea and coffee. The event is free and is by registration in advance. You can sign up by clicking here, and there is a map to the venue below. We look forward to seeing you there.


headaches and toast – living on £18 a week

9 Apr

the blog of kevin

I came across this today, and am posting it because it is encouraging that MPs are taking this seriously, even if it is not making any difference. On the Hansard you can read transcript of debates in Parliament, and here is a report from Helen Goodman MP, who decided to try living on £18/week during the recent parliamentary recess. I think it makes interesting reading for those of us who are so financially removed from the poorest in our society.   

“I was so shocked when I read what my constituents wrote to me about the implications for them of the bedroom tax, and about how little they would have left to live on, that I decided during the week of the recent recess to see if I could survive on £18 a week, which is what they will be left with to buy their food after 1 April…

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1 Apr

A pertinent post for today – an undeniable example of a government serving their own interests.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s UK today!)

Here are just a few of the millionaire government ministers who gave themselves a tax cut today (if I missed any let me know in the comments):

Lord Strathclyde worth £10m
Philip Hammond worth £7.5m
George Osborne worth £4.6m
Jeremy Hunt worth £4.5m
David Cameron worth £4m
Dominic Grieve worth £3m
Francis Maude worth £3m
William Hague worth £2.5m
David Laws worth £1m-2m
Nick Clegg worth £1.9m
David Willetts worth £1.9m
Theresa May worth £1.6m
Oliver Letwin worth £1.6m
Owen Paterson worth £1.5m
Kenneth Clarke worth £1m+
Sir George Young £1m+
Iain Duncan Smith worth £1m+
Michael Gove worth £1m+

NB Grant Shapps isn’t on the list because it’s his alter ego Michael Green who’s a millionaire, not him.

No doubt some of these people will be helping the economy by spending some of their £100,000 tax cut on bottles of champagne in celebration this evening.

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Note – a few people have rightly pointed out that ‘worth’ is not the same…

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