Wednesday, 21 May 2014

What has Labour done for Stockwell? At least ten things...

Over the past four years, your Labour councillors have been working hard, not just at election time. Here’s a summary of what they’ve achieved since the last election in 2010.

1.       Frozen your council tax every year – helping residents with their bills after the Lib Dems put it up by 40%.
2.       Brought the Barclay Bike hire scheme to Stockwell, organising a petition of City Hall, with joint funding provided by Labour Lambeth.
3.       Restored the Stockwell war memorial to mark the centenary of the First World War, working with local residents and community groups.
4.       Started work on a new public square outside Stockwell tube which will be finished in the summer.
5.       Created new green spaces to improve our neighbourhood in Tradescant Road and in Crimsworth Road.
6.       Regenerated the Hemans Estate with new kitchens, bathrooms and windows for residents.
7.       Brought in secure bike storage across Stockwell.
8.       Opened a new community centre for Portuguese speaking residents.
9.       Worked with the community to introduce traffic calming measures in places like Albert Square and Aldebert Terrace.
10.   Fought to protect and keep open the Tate South Lambeth library, while other libraries closed across London.

But they can only continue their work if you use all 3 votes for Labour on Thursday. Don't delay, vote Labour today. 

Monday, 19 May 2014

Why the Lib Dems are a letdown...

Even before Nick Clegg decided to get into bed with David Cameron, the Lib Dems were busy cosying up to the Tories in Lambeth. When the Liberals and the Tories ran Lambeth from 2002 to 2006, people in Stockwell suffered. 

The Lib Dems don't like to be reminded of their record, and it's no wonder why:

- The Lib Dem Councillor for Stockwell resigned in disgrace after being convicted for housing benefit fraud of over £14,000
- They put up council tax for hard pressed residents by 40%, costing residents £1,000- while Labour has been in power, it has been frozen, to help families with their bills.
- They lost £3million in housing fraud
- They refused to fund a registration drive for black voters
- They left 500 children without a school place in Lambeth

And in Westminster, the Lib Dems have cut all funding for affordable housing, introduced the hated bedroom tax and cut 10,000 police officers and 4,000 nurses.

It's no wonder local people don't want to see the Lib Dems elected again after the mess they left us in.

But even more worrying are their plans contained in their latest manifesto. They want to:
- suspend the £450m Lambeth Housing Standard investment programme which is providing new kitchens, bathrooms and windows for residents in Stockwell.
- spend a measly £200,000 from government for repairing roads rather than the £50m that Labour has invested since 2010. 
- waste £3.3m on a PCSO contract, which Labour has managed to negotiate for free.

Remember - only Labour can beat the Lib Dems round here. Don't forget to vote Labour on Thursday, 22 May. 

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Lembre-se de usar todos os seus votos, e use-os votando no Labour

No dia 22 de Maio lembre-se de usar todos os seus votos, e use-os votando no Labour

Nós valorizamos o papel realmente importante que os falantes de Português desempenham na nossa Comunidade. E é por isso que nos últimos quatro anos os seus Councillors do Labour:

- Estabeleceram um Centro Comunitário para falantes de Português em Kennington proporcionando apoio para centenas de pessoas com problemas sociais, conselhos de informática e negócios, ajuda na reinserção profissional e sobre habitação. Nós também apoiámos serviços de aconselhamento através da Stockwell Partnership.

- Organizaram eventos de networking para negócios locais em Stockwell e Oval tais como, restaurantes, cafés e outros negócios geridos por Portugueses.

- Apoiaram iniciativas na biblioteca Tate de South Lambeth, focalizadas em ajudar os falantes de Português a aprender Inglês e estabelecer a secção de Língua Portuguesa nesta biblioteca.

- Apoiaram o reconhecimento dos falantes de Português como a nossa maior minoria em Lambeth pelo encorajamento dos Lusófonos e Portugueses em se registarem para votar e
em serem reconhecidos no Censos.

Os Councillors locais tomam decisões acerca dos serviços que o afectam no seu dia-a-dia, desde limpezas da rua até escolas, de parques a estradas. Usar o seu voto nas eleições locais dá-lhe voz na decisão acerca de quem o representa a si e o que podem fazer sobre assuntos importantes no seu Borough. Assegure-se que usa todos os seus três votos no:

  • Alex Bigham
  • Guilherme Rosa
  • Imogen Walker

Partidos como o UKIP, não querem que você vote. De facto, eles nem sequer pensam que outros Cidadãos da EU deveriam de todo poder imigrar para o UK, eles preferiam que a Grã-Bretanha deixasse a EU totalmente. É importante que você lhes envie uma mensagem forte – o seu voto conta.

A Eleição é a 22 de Maio.

Vote no partido que vai ser justo com cada pessoa e ambicioso por todos: Vote no Labour.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Fair to everyone, ambitious for all - Labour's promise to Lambeth residents

Labour's six pledges to you in Lambeth

If Lambeth backs Labour on May 22nd, this is what we promise to do:

1. Help you with the rising cost of living by freezing Council Tax for the sixth year in a row.

2. Boost jobs and grow local businesses by offering every young person access to job support, training or an apprenticeship.

 3. Make Lambeth cleaner and greener by resurfacing 130 miles of roads and pavements, and recycling more waste than ever before.

 4. Create safer neighbourhoods and build the homes we need by campaigning to protect community police and building 1,000 new council homes.

 5. Give young people the best start in life by offering free breakfasts in all our primary schools.

 6. Help to keep you healthy by getting more people involved in sporting activities and healthy exercise.

Read Labour's full manifesto for Lambeth at

Your 3 Labour candidates for Stockwell

You have three votes in the local elections on Thursday 22 May. Your three local Labour candidates are hard working community activists. Here's some more details about them and what they have already done in our local community.

Alex Bigham
Alex has been a councillor for four years and has had a home in Stockwell for over 30 years. He works for an education charity with schools in South London. He campaigned successfully to restore Stockwell’s war memorial and set up a new community centre for local residents who speak Portuguese. He has fought to protect local services like our post office and to keep council tax low to help residents with their bills.

Guilherme Rosa
Guilherme first moved to Lambeth in 2002. A community activist for many years, he is a member of Stockwell’s business association and supports the Stockwell Festival. As a volunteer at the Tate South Lambeth library, he set up a Portuguese section and also started a social club for residents. Committed to our diverse communities, he wants to see more local jobs and school places created.

Imogen Walker

Imogen has been a councillor since 2006, and she has worked for improvements in our local community including the new Stockwell Square and better recycling. She is Lambeth’s cabinet member for Environment and Sustainability and campaigned to bring the TfL bike hire scheme to Stockwell. Imogen trained as an actor and in her spare time is interested in animal welfare and the arts.