West Twickenham Labour
Here. Always have been, always will be.
These are exciting times in Twickenham Labour Party. We have seen a huge increase in our membership over the past two years. Labour is showing how politics can be more open and engaging. We have a Labour councillor in our borough for the first time in many years who is providing constructive criticism to the council leadership.
What does this mean for West Twickenham? For starters, you no longer have to accept any nonsense from the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats that this isn’t a Labour area. Who says? Why are they telling you what’s what? Make up your own mind!
There are big issues locally. School funding is in crisis, with teaching and SENCO staff being lost and not replaced. The council has no credible plan to create needed school places. They rely on free schools, but these end up in the wrong places, and in poor buildings. Twickenham Labour is fighting for local schools, urging that they receive adequate funding. Nationally, we are calling for schools to come back under democratic, local control, in the places where they’re needed. Local. Not remote.
The cost of housing continues to be an issue for many in this area. Rents are approaching £2000 per month on average, and house prices are exorbitant. Richmond Borough has the worst record of all London boroughs for delivering completed affordable homes over the last four years. It has also failed to deliver social housing; there are currently close to 5,000 applicants on the housing waiting list, and many families struggling to cope in unsuitable accommodation.
The local environment continues to be under pressure. We’re fortunate to have the rivers Crane and Thames in our borough providing welcome green areas for us all. We want to protect these areas for us all.
I have served on Richmond Council for eight years; I have considerable experience of local government and was previously Lead Scrutiny Member for Finance. I have also been a governor at Teddington School. Originally elected as a Liberal Democrat, I chose Labour in protest at the policies of the Coalition government. Since then I have been a strong voice in the Council, urging for adequate funding for all schools, for more investment in affordable housing, for fair pay for contracted workers and for the Council to uphold its policies to protect our green open spaces. I have two young children who attend local schools. I am currently completing a doctorate in economics.
I have lived in Twickenham for the past twelve years where my two boys have gone to state schools and which is now my work base I am self employed.
I started my career as a teacher but have spent most of my working life in the voluntary sector both in the U.K. and internationally.
I am driven by wanting to see people get fair and equal opportunities in life regardless of their background. This starts with the provision of good, early education for all. It means quality accessible health provision from birth through to old age and a pathway to fulfilling employment.
I am married to an Italian and I am worried about our future relations with Europe as well as the state of the world our children will inherit.
As a long standing Labour member I pledge to listen to your concerns and to stand up for a fair deal for the children, women and men of Twickenham
I am 44 years old, married, and have lived in Twickenham for 14 years. I work in the NHS as an A+E doctor at West Middlesex Hospital.
I come from the Highlands of Scotland. I have lived in London since 1999, mostly in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. I am state educated – primary and secondary, and was fortunate enough to attend university while there was support available.
I have been a Labour party member and staunch supporter since I was 17. Social and health inequality, and trying to correct them, are my primary drivers. Everybody deserves a fair chance in life, and together we can give everyone that opportunity, and we’ll all benefit from the accumulated successes.
And that is why I am standing for election in my home ward. We’ve had a Hobson’s choice between two parties that seem to spend more time telling the electorate that Labour can’t win in West Twickenham. We’ll see!
If you are interested in these issues, and more besides, we would love to hear your ideas. West Twickenham Labour is an open group that is welcoming to all. If you want to help make a difference to your community, why not tell us or you can join us?
Contact us: www.twickenhamlabourparty.org.uk
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