To packed meeting the MP discussed women's position in society, in particular discussing violence against women, intimidation and sexual harassment.
The Twickenham Labour Party Womens Group invited both men and women to attend and debate the nature of violence and abuse, and how it needs to be addressed.
1.3 million women experienced violence this year.
2 women are killed every week in domestic violence situations in the UK
Funding for refuges and domestic violence services have been cut by a third since 2012.
52% of women in a recent survey had experienced sexual harassment at work- 80% had not reported it.
26% of women aged 16-24 had been stalked online.
Sharon made clear:
Labour would make a commissioner for DV
Labour would make a National Refuge Fund.
At the end of the meeting, Twickenham Labour Party's Women's Officer, Cathy Driscoll, thanked people for coming and encouraged members to go out and call out misogyny and abuse. 'In the end, this is about the way we treat each other and the respect we show for each other,' she said. 'In our homes, our workplaces, our politics and our communities. We can lead the way.'
Sharon Hodgson gives her support to the Twickenham Local Election Campaign May 2018
To packed meeting the MP discussed women's position in society, in particular discussing violence against women, intimidation and sexual harassment.The Twickenham Labour Party Womens Group invited both men and women...
Ranj was born in Heathfield Ward and is a mine of local knowledge about the area. He expressed an ambitious but realistic vision for the future of public services in Richmond.
He assured the audience that Labour were a serious contender in the area - there was no need for strategic voting. Voters could now vote for real change for the many, by voting Labour.
Ranj was born in Heathfield Ward and is a mine of local knowledge about the area. He expressed an ambitious but realistic vision for the future of public services in...
West Twickenham Labour Candidate, Dr Paul Tanto, spoke at a hustings meeting this week organised by Richmond and Twickenham Friends of the Earth, on environmental issues.
He spoke about Labour’s policy regarding local fossil fuel divestment. He outlined the motion that Cllrs Jenny Churchill and Stephen Knight proposed to Richmond Council urging it to divest the pension fund from investments in fossil fuels. A policy rejected by the Conservative administration.
In response to the excuse that the Trustees needed to invest because they had a duty to get good returns, Paul Tanto gave them many examples of Councils divesting including the London Boroughs of Southwark and Waltham Forest.
He observed that:
"Norway, one of the biggest oil producing nations, is divesting its own sovereign wealth fund from fossil fuels. Large company boards, such as the owners of the Guardian, are divesting, so why not Richmond Council? There are plenty of acceptable ethical opt outs such as animal testing, weapons, nuclear, gambling and tobacco. There is no reason why fossil fuels can't be added to that list. This is a failure of leadership."
Paul praised the economic expertise of Cllr Jenny Churchill commenting
“Jenny is an academic economist whose area of specialist expertise is pensions. This proposal makes both economic and environmental sense for the people living in Richmond and Twickenham”.
He observed that it was absurd for other local political parties to say they could not change Richmond’s policies because, as stated by one of the representatives, "Wandsworth runs the Council’s pension fund now". Paul suggested that if that was true then there existed a huge democratic deficit for Richmond Borough council tax payers.
Paul Tanto went on to describe Labour’s proposals to introduce 20mph speed limits in the Borough.
As a Doctor working in emergency medicine he was well aware of the injuries and morbidity caused by cars hitting pedestrians. He spoke about paediatric trauma. Pointing out that there is risk of much less damage to children from cars travelling at 20 compared to 30 mph.
It was therefore absolutely essential that the Council introduced 20mph zones in order to save lives and prevent serious injury.
Paul summed up by observing that Labour is leading the way locally on issues of the Environment.
West Twickenham Labour Candidate, Dr Paul Tanto, spoke at a hustings meeting this week organised by Richmond and Twickenham Friends of the Earth, on environmental issues. He spoke about Labour’s...