Karen Buck – Launching the 2017 General Election Campaign in Westminster North

 

 

 

 

 

I am honoured to have received the trust and support of residents here in North Westminster as your Member of Parliament.

At the General Election on 8 June I will stand as a strong voice for our community, helping thousands of residents every year with issues and problems through my constituency work.

We’ve had a Conservative government since 2010, a Conservative Council since 1963 and a Conservative Mayor of London from 2008 until last year. Now Theresa May has called this election – having promised not to – to try and pack Parliament with Conservatives to do whatever they want, over Brexit and many other policies.

This risks:

  • The worst possible outcome from leaving the EU, damaging jobs and businesses, bringing economic uncertainty and already putting a squeeze on living standards
  • Going ahead with deep cuts to school budgets, hitting London schools hardest
  • Running down our NHS with longer waits for hospital treatment – having already slashed home care for older and disabled people
  • Deepening the housing crisis – building more and more luxury flats while local people can’t afford a home to rent or buy, worsening homelessness (already up by 130% since 2010)

It is more important than ever that we have the balance of a Labour MP fighting in the interests of North Westminster residents – and only a Labour vote here can stop the Conservatives.

I’m looking forward to meeting you in the coming weeks, but please get in touch if you’d like to help with my campaign.

020 8964 4848 or organiser@westminsterlabour.org

http://www.karenbuck.org.uk

Promoted by Andy Whitley on behalf of Karen Buck, both at 4g Shirland Mews, W9

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Westminster Labour standing up for fair pay and the London Living Wage

As part of Labour’s campaign to help give working people a fairer deal, the Westminster Labour Group have called on Westminster Council to join 15 other London local authorities and the Greater London Authority in committing to pay the London Living Wage to all their staff and contractors. The Labour Group has submitted a motion to Full Council on May 3rd that would require the Council to ensure that in any new contracts the Council ensures its contractors pay staff working for Westminster at least the London Living Wage. At present a number of major contracts including for residential care homes (Sanctuary Care) and facilities management (Amey) see contracted staff being paid below the London Living Wage for the work they do on behalf of Westminster Council.

Labour in Westminster, both Karen Buck MP and local councillors, are committed to fighting for fairness at work both locally and nationally. Labour believes the London Living Wage can improve the lives of low paid workers and help enhance the quality of service provided to the public, as well as improving staff recruitment and retention. At the coming General Election on June 8th the Labour Party is campaigning to introduce a £10 minimum wage by 2020 to help tackle poverty pay across the country.

Westminster Labour Group have also recently organised a local petition calling on Westminster Council to demand that staff at the Council’s residential care homes, currently sub-contracted to Sanctuary Care, pay the London Living Wage to their staff (over 40% are not). Please sign here the petition here http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/livingwagecare/

Labour Group Leader Councillor Adam Hug said “At a time when many other councils are committing to treating their staff fairly, Westminster is still taking on contracted staff at well below the London Living Wage. This injustice must stop. Not only is this unfair to those who look after our elderly, clean our buildings and do many other jobs for the Council, it means Westminster will lose out to other councils who treat their staff better, hurting the service provided to residents.”

Labour’s Living Wage Motion for Full Council

The Council notes that a number of its major contractors do not pay the London Living Wage to staff who work on Westminster’s behalf.

It notes the dramatically increased rates of in-work poverty and foodbank use in Westminster and across the country.

It also notes that a number of other London Boroughs such as Camden and Islington are committed to paying the London Living Wage to both their staff and their contractors, with 15 London Authorities and the GLA accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

The Council believes that low pay is damaging to both workers and the quality of service provision.

It also believes that paying the London Living Wage or above can help improve service quality, staff recruitment and retention.

It also believes that if Westminster does not pay its staff and contractors at least the London Living Wage it will face increasing competition for staff from boroughs that do.

The Council resolves to develop a pay and contracts policy that ensures all directly employed staff and all staff employed by contractors for work in Westminster receive at least the London Living Wage.

It also resolves to enter into discussions with its existing long-term contractors to improve conditions for contracted staff who are currently being paid below the London Living Wage.

Notes

The 15 London Local Authorities accredited by the Living Wage Foundation (and therefore are committed to paying it to both staff and contractors) are 14 Labour controlled boroughs: Brent, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and the Royal Borough of Greenwich; alongside the City of London.

More information about the London Living Wage and how councils, businesses and organisations can become accredited as Living Wage Employers please visit the Living Wage Foundation website http://www.livingwage.org.uk/

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Westminster Labour Group supporting popular Pimlico eateries My Cafe and the Cambridge Street Kitchen

Westminster Labour Group have been listening to Pimlico residents who are worried about the future of popular local eateries and pubs.

Cllr Adam Hug, on behalf of Westminster Labour Group, has written in opposition to the cynical plans to convert the popular My Cafe at 93 Charlwood Street into luxury flats. Incredibly this is something the Council’s planners are currently supporting, despite the Council’s protestations that they try to prevent such damaging commercial to residential conversions. Similarly after listening to local people the Labour Group is supporting efforts by the Cambridge Street Kitchen at 52 Charlwood Street to have greater flexibility in its license to allow locals to pop in for a drink without having to order food.

Across Westminster much loved local restaurants, cafés and pubs are being lost to luxury residential conversions (that of course do not provide any social or genuinely affordable housing) and Labour believes the council isn’t doing enough to protect them.

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Register to vote for the General Election on 8th June

Help to re-elect Karen Buck – one of the best Members of Parliament in the country

You can register to vote for the General Election on 8th June by completing the on line form at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You can also apply to vote by post on line at the above link

 

 

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West End Labour Action Team welcomes news that the Curzon Mayfair has been saved

The West End Labour Action Team has welcomed the news that the Curzon Mayfair has been saved and that it is no longer threatened with closure.

It was recently announced that developers Vevil International had dropped an action of forfeiture against the much-loved cinema and come to an agreement to safeguard the future of the cinema. It means that the local community and cinema goers across the country can continue to enjoy the diverse range of films the cinema is known for screening.

This marks a victorious end to a campaign to protect the cinema which received massive public support. Over 27,000 people backed a West End Labour Action Team petition which called on the authorities to step in and protect the Curzon Mayfair. During the campaign, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also weighed in saying he would seek to strengthen rules which protect existing cultural venues like the Curzon Mayfair from the possibility of closure.

Public support and the Mayor’s response led the developers to reconsider their approach and adopt a more conciliatory approach, and last week the developers and cinema staff released the following joined statement:

“Over the past few months Curzon Cinemas and Vevil International have been working together to ensure the continued success of the Curzon Mayfair and peaceful coexistence with local residents.

Both are delighted to have resolved the issues and look forward to a fruitful working relationship. They would like to thank all those who took an active interest.”

West End Labour activist Pancho Lewis, who started the petition, said:

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who got behind the campaign to save the cinema. This represents an historic victory for the community who have sent a message which is loud and clear: the West End’s cultural heritage must be protected.

But the campaign to safeguard the West End’s cultural heritage doesn’t end here. We need to continue fighting to preserve our cultural venues and area’s heritage. Over the coming months, the West End Labour team will be hosting events and screenings to look at how a sustainable future can be built for the West End’s cultural heritage.”

Responding to the news, petition backers wrote to the West End Labour Action Team with the following comments:

“Thank you so much for the wonderful news today! Keep up the good work. You are a hero”

“Congratulations, Pancho! That’s amazing news and really brightened up my day”

“That’s great news about The Curzon Mayfair. Well done. We need to make sure the Curzon Soho has a similar successful outcome…”

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Sign the petition for Westminster Care Home staff to be paid the London Living Wage

Sign the petition for Westminster Care Home staff to be paid the London Living Wage here: http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/livingwagecare/

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Sign the petition against Estate Office Closures

Sign the petition to put pressure on CityWest Homes and the Council to halt their plans to close six local estate offices in Westminster here http://petitions.westminster.gov.uk/estateoffices/

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