Local Councils

Far right in local elections

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 12:36 Author: Luke Hardy

On 3 May UKIP and groups to its right are likely to face a well-deserved drubbing in the local elections.

UKIP will be standing in only a fraction of the seats they stood for in 2014, the last time most of the same council wards were up for election. In 2014 UKIP got 16% of the vote and won hundreds of new councillors. This time round UKIP’s support is likely to continue to drop, as it did in the 2017 general election, when it got under 2% of the vote. Since then they have been through two more leaders and have shown little sign of revival. 

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Starting to re-imagine local government

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:55 Author: Ruth Willis

On Saturday 24 March around 100 Labour Party activists attended “Re-imagining Local Government: London for the many and not the few”.

This event came out of discussions between London Momentum members and left activists. We wanted to create a forum for the left to think about what it would do if it won seats in the May elections.

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When Labour councils resisted Tory housing policy

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 1:19 Author: Rosalind Robson
Clay Cross

Rosalind Robson continues with the story of the 1972 resistance to the Housing Finance Act by Clay Cross council in Derbyshire. Read Part One here

That the Labour council of the small Derbyshire town of Clay Cross fought a Tory government over its policy of raising rents by an act of Parliament — the 1972 Housing Finance Act — is well known.

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Football versus fat-cat developers

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:12 Author: By Phil Grimm
DHFC fans supporting the Picturehouse dispute

A dispute between Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and the owners of their stadium in south London sharply escalated in the week beginning 5 March.

Property developer Meadow Residential has evicted the club from their Champion Hill ground. A subsidiary of the company also wrote claiming to have trademarked “Dulwich Hamlet”, demanding the club no longer use the name.

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Northamptonshire council goes bust

Submitted by Matthew on 14 February, 2018 - 1:35

The Tories who run the Cabinet of Northants Council County have been condemned — by local Tory MPs and Tory council backbenchers — as the “worst-run local authority in the country”, “not up to the job”. The condemnation came in response to the imposition of a section 114 notice on the council, which means that no new expenditure is permitted, “with the exception of safeguarding vulnerable people and statutory services” (sic).

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HDV: death of a sell-off

Submitted by Matthew on 7 February, 2018 - 2:25 Author: Simon Nelson

The resignation of Claire Kober, the Blairite leader of Haringey Council, has left the Haringey Development Vehicle, the scheme her leadership had championed, in tatters. It was a victory for the Stop HDV campaign and the Labour activists who had systematically worked to select candidates for the May council election who opposed the sell-off of £2 billion of public land, the destruction of social housing, and a partnership with the blacklisting giant Lendlease.

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Save our homes!

Submitted by Matthew on 7 February, 2018 - 2:13 Author: Luke Hardy

In Leeds, an entire working class community are threatened with their homes being demolished and replaced by homes they can’t afford.

The Wordsworth and Sugar Hill Estates on Oulton at the edge of Leeds are made up of seventy ex-National Coal Board houses. After the privatisation of the coal industry these houses were handed over to the Pemberstone Group. They are seeking planning permission to evict the tenants, knock down the housing and replace it with expensive commuter properties for sale.

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Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 31 January, 2018 - 1:29 Author: Gemma Short, Charlotte Zalens, Michael Elms, Peggy Carter and Ollie Moore

Lecturers strike over pensions

Staff at 61 universities have voted to strike in a dispute over pensions, beginning on 22 February.

University bosses want to remove guaranteed pension provision, in favour of a “defined contribution” scheme where the eventual pay-out is dependent on performance of investments. Staff face losing up to £200,000 over the course of retirement.

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