Camberwell and Peckham 2009/10

AWL 2010 election campaign in Camberwell and Peckham

In the 2010 general election, AWL member Jill Mountford will be standing against New Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman in the south London seat of Camberwell and Peckham.

In the 2010 general election, Alliance for Workers' Liberty activist Jill Mountford will be standing against New Labour Deputy leader Harriet Harman in the south London seat of Camberwell and Peckham.

We have already distributed thousands of leaflets (covering most of the constituency), held estate meetings, contacted union branches and talked to hundreds of people about the case for a working-class voice in politics and for socialism.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Where next after the elections? South London AWL meeting

Date: 

13 May, 2010 - 21:15 to 23:00

Location: 

Back room, White Horse pub, Peckham Rye (ten minutes from Peckham Rye station, overland from London Bridge and Victoria)

Description: 

Meeting organised by South London Workers' Liberty

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We still don't know who will form the next government, but whoever it is will attempt to make massive cuts and attacks on the working class. How can we stop them?

In an election where the far left did poorly and, despite the Labour defeat, big sections of the working class rallied to Labour, what's our analysis?

Can we support any of the coalitions on offer? Will battles inside the Labour Party play any role in building working-class resistance to the cuts?

Should socialists stand in the next set of elections, which may come soon?

The BNP did badly in the elections, but is still a threat. How do we beat the fascists?

ALL WELCOME

Facebook group here

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Analysis of our result in Camberwell and Peckham, and the election results more generally, here.
www.workersliberty.org/story/2010/05/07/camberwell-and-peckham-what-we-achieved-election-and-what-we-failed-achieve

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Camberwell and Peckham: what we achieved in the election, and what we failed to achieve

Working-class socialists are as yet a small minority, Our ideas get a sympathetic hearing among wide circles of working-class people, but as yet it is a tentative, sceptical hearing.

Working-class socialists are as yet a small minority, Our ideas get a sympathetic hearing among wide circles of working-class people, but as yet it is a tentative, sceptical hearing.

It is a hearing made tentative and sceptical because of people's scepticism, shaped by successive setbacks, about the labour movement being able to mobilise to change society, and because of their disappointments about successive left-sounding political promises.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Vote Jill Mountford in Camberwell and Peckham and send a message to the bankers and bosses: workers will fight back!

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty is standing in this election to raise the banner for socialism — to give some positive shape to the revulsion that working-class people feel about the way capitalism functions.

We’re raising a set of ideas that oppose the idea that capitalism is the best humanity can do.

We’re out at weekends and in the evenings talking to people on estates and on the streets about ideas that will radically change their lives for the better.

A speech by Jill Mountford, Workers' Liberty candidate for Camberwell and Peckham at the General Election, to a hustings organised by the National Union of Teachers in Croydon, south London.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Camberwell and Peckham: union hustings feeds debate

Author: 

Joe Flynn

The Croydon branch of the National Union of Teachers hosted a meeting for prospective parliamentary candidates on Wednesday 21 April. The speakers were sitting local MP, Andrew Pelling (Independent), and his Labour, Tory and Green challengers, a member of the Communist Party of Britain and Jill Mountford of the AWL.

A report of an election hustings organised by Croydon NUT at which AWL parliamentary candidate Jill Mountford spoke.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Camberwell and Peckham: housing, jobs and pay on people's minds in election

Author: 

Jill Mountford (AWL candidate in Peckham and Camberwell)

I met Paul while I was canvassing, and this is what he told me: “Even if you can’t beat the Labour machine in this constituency, well done for standing."

“It is a good job someone is raising these ideas. Socialist ideas are the only real alternative to capitalist ideas, the only real ideas that can create a better, more secure world for the majority of people. Labour have forgotten the working class even at election time. I hope people vote for you to make it known that they support the big ideas even if you can’t beat Labour this time round. Good luck.”

A report of the AWL's General Election campaign in Camberwell and Peckham.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Camberwell and Peckham: talking socialism on the doorsteps

Solidarity spoke to three people who have recently been out canvassing for Workers’ Liberty’s socialist election campaign in Camberwell and Peckham.

Jill Mountford is our election candidate:

An interview with three people who have recently been out canvassing for Workers’ Liberty’s socialist election campaign in Camberwell and Peckham.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

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Leafleting for estate meeting and bank holiday drink, Friday 2 April

With only a month to go until the general election, Workers' Liberty's campaign for Jill Mountford in Camberwell and Peckham will be leafleting to build for a meeting on the Lettsom estate.

Activity for our election campaign on Friday 2 April.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Socialist Campaign to Stop the Tories and Fascists anti-BNP leaflet

The Socialist Campaign to Stop the Tories and Fascists has produced a special leaflet for union branches and anti-racist and anti-fascist groups campaigning against the BNP.

The text of the leaflet is below.

You can download copyable versions (either colour or black and white) by clicking the attachments to this article, or order copies by emailing stopthetoriesandfascists@gmail.com

£20 for 1,000 leaflets; for smaller orders please inquire.

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The SCSTF has published a special leaflet for campaigning against the BNP.

Issues and Campaigns: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

The left and the General Election: on Harman's doorstep

Jill Mountford, who is standing as a Workers’ Liberty candidate in Peckham and Camberwell, spoke to Solidarity about the politics behind her campaign.

What do you think of what is on offer politically from the mainstream parties in this election?

In policy terms there is very little for the working class — we have three main political parties, if you include the Lib Dems, all vying for the centre ground. But the working class is not in the centre ground, we’re firmly on one side of the class divide.

An interview with Jill Mountford, Workers’ Liberty candidate in Peckham and Camberwell in the upcoming General Election, about the politics behind her campaign.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

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Stall, protest and canvassing: Camberwell and Peckham election campaign, 20-21 March

There is a full day of activity for Jill Mountford's socialist election campaign in Camberwell and Peckham this weekend. Come and help with at least some of it!

Activity for the Camberwell and Peckham election campaign, weekend of 20-21 March.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Evening Standard: back to the Victorian era

Author: 

Jill Mountford

The Evening Standard's 'campaign against poverty' is a campaign for a return to the Victoria era.

In its series of articles under the heading 'The Dispossessed', the paper notes that 40 percent of London children live in poverty and 20 percent in "severe poverty", while inequality continues to widen. The conclusion it draws is that public services will never cope and that more private philanthropy is needed. Simon Jenkins:

The Evening Standard's 'campaign against poverty' is campaign for a return to the Victoria era.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

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Peckham and Camberwell: campaigning on the Aylesbury Estate

AWL member Jill Mountford is the AWL’s candidate in the general election, standing in Peckham and Camberwell against Labour’s Harriet Harman. Peckham is a deprived area in South East London, with high levels of unemployment and poverty. At the centre of the constituency is the Aylesbury estate, home to 8,500 people. The estate gets a lot of bad press, being described by the Daily Mail as “Hell’s waiting room”.

Two weeks ago the AWL held an election meeting on the estate. And we found that the people that live there generally feel very differently to the Mail.

Jill Mountford is the AWL’s candidate in the general election, standing in Peckham and Camberwell against Labour’s Harriet Harman. At the centre of the constituency is the Aylesbury estate, home to 8,500 people, where there has been no real investment in buildings for a long time. It is now earmarked for demolition, despite the wishes of the residents.

Issues and Campaigns: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

AWL election campaign: why we are standing and our policies

For a working-class voice in Parliament! For a workers' MP on a worker's wage!
Support our socialist candidate against Harriet Harman!
Elect Jill Mountford in Camberwell & Peckham

Why we are standing in Camberwell and Peckham in the 2010 general election, and our policies.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Interview with a socialist activist on the Aylesbury estate

The Aylesbury Estate at Elephant and Castle is at the heart of the Camberwell and Peckham constituency. Built in the 1960s and 70s, the estate is currently home to 7,500 people, but is due to be demolished in stages. The council plan a privately-funded regeneration scheme. The tenants are concerned that vast amounts of money will be made by private companies, as council housing with secure tenancies is replaced with various types of private housing.

An interview with Aysen Dennis, a tenants’ activist on the Aylesbury Estate at Elephant and Castle in the heart of the Camberwell and Peckham constituency where AWL member Jill Mountford is standing in the General Election.

Issues and Campaigns: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Standing up for socialism in Camberwell and Peckham

Author: 

Daniel Randall

Although in most constituencies, working-class socialists will vote for the Labour Party because of its structural and
historic links to the trade unions, Workers’ Liberty’s election campaign in Camberwell and Peckham — where we are standing Jill Mountford — shows what might be possible at election time with a healthier left.

Although in most constituencies, working-class socialists will vote for the Labour Party because of its structural and historic links to the trade unions, Workers’ Liberty’s election campaign in Camberwell and Peckham — where we are standing Jill Mountford — shows what might be possible at election time with a healthier left.

Publications: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

A socialist voice in the election

As regular Solidarity readers will know, Workers’ Liberty will be standing our comrade Jill Mountford as a candidate in the next general election, in the south east London constituency of Camberwell

As regular Solidarity readers will know, Workers’ Liberty will be standing our comrade Jill Mountford as a candidate in the next general election, in the south east London constituency of Camberwell and Peckham.

Issues and Campaigns: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Keep the Tories out, but don’t trust Brown

Author: 

By Jill Mountford

I am standing in the general election in the south-east London constituency of Camberwell and Peckham, against New Labour deputy leader and loyal New Labour hack Harriet Harman. I am standing to assert a workers’ voice in politics and build the fight for a workers’ government.

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne says he wants £23 billion of cuts. Yet this huge figure, involving deep cuts in the public sector and a massive attack on the living standards of millions of workers, will take him only one sixth of the way towards his stated goal of halving the deficit.

Jill Mountford is standing in the general election in the south-east London constituency of Camberwell and Peckham to assert a workers’ voice in politics and build the fight for a workers’ government.

Publications: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Socialist election campaign: fight for working-class politics

Author: 

Rick Denton

The AWL is standing Jill Mountford against New Labour's Harriet Harman in the general election. Our election campaign continues to roll on, as the local AWL branch leaflets and runs stalls across the Peckham and Camberwell constituency.

Peckham has an acute housing problem, exacerbated by a recent major, fatal fire in an unsafe council block. On many local estates unemployment runs at 30%, with many other workers on minimum wage jobs.

The AWL is standing Jill Mountford against New Labour's Harriet Harman in the general election. Our election campaign continues to roll on, as the local AWL branch leaflets and runs stalls across the Peckham and Camberwell constituency.

Publications: 

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Camberwell and Peckham: support our socialist candidate!

Workers’ Liberty member Jill Mountford will be standing in the south east London seat of Camberwell and Peckham at the next general election — against New Labour deputy leader and cabinet minister Harriet Harman.

In the midst of a recession which for working-class people means job losses, wage cuts and repossessions, the need for working-class socialist candidates to take the class struggle into elections and into Parliament could not be more obvious.

Workers’ Liberty member Jill Mountford will be standing in the south east London seat of Camberwell and Peckham at the next general election — against New Labour deputy leader and cabinet minister Harriet Harman.

The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

Publications: 

Standing against Harriet Harman

Author: 

Mark Osborn

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty plans to stand against the Labour Party’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman, in the next general election. Harman is MP for the working-class constituency of Camberwell and Peckham in south east London.

As Secretary of State for Social Security, Harman fronted-up New Labour’s attacks on the welfare state following the 1997 election. She has slavishly followed Blair and then Brown, and voted for the Iraq war.

The Alliance for Workers’ Liberty plans to stand against the Labour Party’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman, in the next general election.

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The AWL, Labour and the Left: 

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