In Richmond, as across the Country, parents are discovering the reality of the Tories' policy of providing 30 hours of free Early Years and Childcare for all three and four...
Labour Councillor Jenny Churchill was the only Councillor to speak in favour of a petition, signed by over 2000 residents, presented to the Council meeting of September 12th, seeking to amend Tory proposals to reduce the number of dogs that dog walkers could exercise in the Boroughs parks and green spaces. The Tory proposals, contained in newly revised Public Space Protection Orders, will mean that anyone walking more than four dogs at a time will need a licence.
Dog walkers had concerns over the small number of licences that will be available, a number which was plucked from the air by Tory and Libdem Councillors in a prior Regulatory Committee. This fact was conceded by the Cabinet Member for parks Cllr Fleming, but who was unwilling to increase the number.
Members of the public speaking in favour of the petition pointed out that in seven years the Council had only received four complaints regarding dog walkers exercising too many dogs, and suggested that the clampdown was excessive.
Jenny argued: “We all, not least the professional dog walkers themselves, see moving to a licenced system as a positive move. As always, however, the devil is in the detail. The number of licences that will be offered is unreasonably low: this will push qualified, professional walkers out of business. Also, licences will only be available to residents, which is unfair for those who have established their work here whilst living on the border of the borough. I don’t understand why more efforts were not made to come up with a system that took into account local need.”
The liberals joined forces with the Conservatives leaving Jenny as the lone voice of reason; her efforts were however appreciated, with one resident commenting:
“You have my complete respect and utmost thanks for what you did tonight. You were the only person who was unafraid to speak out for what was right.’
Labour Councillor Jenny Churchill was the only Councillor to speak in favour of a petition, signed by over 2000 residents, presented to the Council meeting of September 12th, seeking...
RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER AND SHADOW ATTORNEY GENERAL SHAMI CHAKRABARTI VISITS TWICKENHAM LABOUR PARTY Shami Chakrabatti visited Twickenham this week at the invitation of the Twickenham Labour Party to talk about Human...
Labour MP Stephen Kinnock visited Twickenham this week at the invitation of the Twickenham Labour Party.
Speaking in St Marys Church Hall to a crowded meeting the MP, the son of former Labour Leader Neil Kinnock and ex MEP Glenys Kinnock, praised the Labour Party Leadership for a well fought election campaign that saw the Party defy its critics to take Parliamentary seats such as Kensington and Chelsea. He observed that the campaign had proved that the Labour Party now had a new unity of purpose.
The MP, who grew up in London, attended state schools in Ealing. A former Business Shadow Minister, he spoke about the General Election and, in particular, the need for the UK to develop a strong economy to meet the challenges of Globalisation and Brexit.
He began his speech to ninety of Twickenham Labour Party’s 1600 members, by observing that Jeremy Corbyn had done a “brilliant job” during the election, and that Labour’s Manifesto had been both radical and realistic, delivering “a clear message of hope”.
He attacked the Conservatives for displaying narrow self interest in their attitude to both the Referendum and the General Election and making a sordid deal with the DUP to keep in power. He criticised the Conservatives for encouraging narrow personal interest that had produced a toxic political climate, where tax dodging by large companies was encouraged.
He observed that the Tories were weak on business, in particular failing to stop the Chinese companies dumping steel on the British markets, which led to a crisis in the British steel industry. He accused Conservatives of being in danger of turning the UK “into a floating Hedge Fund”.
He also reminded the meeting that local Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable had spent five years supporting the Conservatives in power from 2010-2015. He also noted that the Courts had recently reversed Cable’s ruling that workers who were unfairly dismissed could only take their employer to court if they paid high fees.
Twickenham Labour Party’s Chair Person Rhonda Evans commented:
“We were very pleased to have Stephen Kinnock speak to us. It was an excellent meeting. We are looking forward to having other national speakers in coming months. We are immensely proud that we have a large, active and growing number of members in the Constituency. “
Labour MP Stephen Kinnock visited Twickenham this week at the invitation of the Twickenham Labour Party. Speaking in St Marys Church Hall to a crowded meeting the MP, the son...
At Full Council last night the new Tory Council Leader, Cllr Paul Hodgins, refused to support Labour Councillor Jennifer Churchill’s motion acknowledging a funding crisis in Richmond’s schools.
Councillor Churchill’s motion, backed by the Lib Dems, stated “This Council acknowledges a funding crisis in its education services, and calls on the Cabinet to hold emergency talks with its Conservative colleagues in Government to commit to the funding necessary: to meet its statutory obligations in SEND education, school improvement, and Early Years provision; and to avoid desperate measures across all our schools including shortening the school day and losing essential members of staff. “
The Tories put an amendment which removed the word crisis, or any mention of Early Years or School Improvement.
Cllr Churchill said: “Initially schools were protected from austerity, but this ended in 2015. A decision was made to freeze Per Pupil Funding until 2019, which was, according to the Financial Times at the time, equivalent to a 7% real terms cut. Richmond borough’s schools are set to lose the equivalent of 249 teachers – £432 per pupil per year. Other parents like me will have received letters from their school asking them for financial contributions – it is a regression back to the 19th century. This was a key issue in the General Election, and the issue has not been resolved.
“The crisis spreads wide. The news is bad for those with special educational needs. A recent Achieving for Children (AfC) survey found that less than one in three headteachers across Richmond and Kingston feel that they are fully delivering support specified in EHCPs and statements. The problem, according to those heads, is a lack of funding.
“The Borough is also nowhere close to being able to meet the new requirement from this September to ensure all 3 and 4 year olds receive 30 hours of free Early Years Education. There has been no capital investment to expand the space in school-attached nurseries, and no revenue support offered to private providers.
“This week, the Education Secretary wavered in her resolve, indicating that she wanted the Government to tear up its manifesto, still barely weeks old – and commit the funds necessary to avoid any further cuts to per pupil funding. I was hoping the Council would do everything thing in its power to support her in this desire, and support our schools. Sadly I was disappointed. “
At Full Council last night the new Tory Council Leader, Cllr Paul Hodgins, refused to support Labour Councillor Jennifer Churchill’s motion acknowledging a funding crisis in Richmond’s schools. Councillor Churchill’s...
It is exactly one year since the terrible murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Her friends and family don't want it to be a mournful occasion, instead they want to use the opportunity to channel Jo's positivity and passion.
In Jo's first speech to Parliament she said "we have more in common than that which divides us."
It is exactly one year since the terrible murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Her friends and family don't want it to be a mournful occasion, instead they want to...
The Labour Party defied the odds despite beginning the campaign 24 points behind in the polls, Labour’s vote share increased adding more than 3.5 million votes to the 2015 total.
The Labour Party defied the odds despite beginning the campaign 24 points behind in the polls, Labour’s vote share increased adding more than 3.5 million votes to the 2015 total....
Katherine Dunne our parliamentary candidate discussed what was needed to make local businesses thrive in our borough at a coffee morning hosted by Richmond Chamber of Commerce for Katherine and the Lib Dem candidate Vince Cable at Twickenham Studios' new private members' club "The Lounge".
Our parliamentary candidate Katherine discussed how to help local businesses thrive at Richmond Chamber of Commerce coffee morning
Katherine Dunne our parliamentary candidate discussed what was needed to make local businesses thrive in our borough at a coffee morning hosted by Richmond Chamber of Commerce for Katherine...
Katherine and the team meet with whitton residents on whitton high street.
Don't forget to vote for Dr Katherine Dunne, Labour, this Thursday!
Sun shines on Labour as Katherine and Whitton members discuss the election with people on Whitton High street
Katherine and the team meet with whitton residents on whitton high street. Don't forget to vote for Dr Katherine Dunne, Labour, this Thursday!
Katherine met Irish Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin on his visit to London. Mr Howlin said "Katherine is a committed campaigner for equality. It was a pleasure to work with her during her time in the Irish Labour Party as Chair of Labour Women. She will make a great MP for Twickenham"
Dublins loss is our gain as we start the final push of the campaign with a street stall in Whitton high Street as well as our continuing support for Ruth Cadbury in neighbouring Brentford and Isleworth.
Before coming to Twickenham, Katherine lived in Dublin for 5 years where, as chair of Labour Women, she led campaigns on women's represenation, reproductive rights and against the sex industry.
Katherine met Irish Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin on his visit to London. Mr Howlin said "Katherine is a committed campaigner for equality. It was a pleasure to work...