A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Friday, December 17, 2010

London Labour Statement Vs Cuts

"Following the Local Government Finance Settlement it's clear London has suffered a raw deal, with its councils facing average cuts of 11.25 per cent. The average for the rest of England is 9.93 per cent.

"So much for Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson's claim to have mounted a ‘Stalingrad like defence' of funding for London.

"We must be clear - the size and the speed of these cuts are a choice the Conservative-led government is making. Councils in London are being forced into making the heaviest cuts in the next year because of the decisions taken by George Osborne and Eric Pickles, damaging frontline services and putting jobs and the recovery at risk.

"Our first responsibility is to protect the communities we serve, pressing the government to abandon its course and minimising the pain of the government's cuts for residents. However the scale of the cuts in funding for councils is so big that in many cases this will not be enough to protect many vital services.

"There is little doubt that local government cuts of this size, imposed this quickly and frontloaded in the first year will hit many of the important frontline services families and communities rely on. Roads already damaged last winter could go unrepaired this year too. Potholes could go unfixed, pavements unswept. Streetlights will be turned off. Youth clubs will close. Libraries will shut down. As more people than ever need help with social care, fewer will find their local council able to help.

"Whether from local government, Parliament, City Hall, the trade unions or local Labour parties, London Labour's approach will be based on uniting everyone in London opposed to the way the government has handed these cuts to councils and focusing our campaign where it deserves to be focused - on the government.

"We urge the government to carefully reconsider the serious impact of policies on the quality of life of millions of Londoners, rethink the settlement and give the capital a fair deal."

Yours sincerely

Ken Livingstone, Labour's candidate for Mayor of London
Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Tessa Jowell MP, Shadow Minister for the Olympics
Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney
Linda Perks, UNISON Regional Secretary
Steve Hart, UNITE Regional Secretary London and Eastern
Paul Hayes, GMB London regional secretary
Richard Ascough, GMB Southern regional secretary
Alan Tate, CWU London Regional Political Secretary
Len Duvall AM, Leader of London Assembly Labour Group
Claude Moraes MEP

Nicky Gavron AM
Val Shawcross AM
Murad Qureshi AM
John Biggs AM
Joanne McCartney AM
Navin Shah AM
Jennette Arnold AM

Diane Abbott MP
Heidi Alexander MP
Rushanara Ali MP
Karen Buck MP
Lyn Brown MP
Jon Cruddas MP
John Cryer MP
Jim Dowd MP
Clive Efford MP
Mike Gapes MP
Meg Hillier MP
Jim Fitzpatrick MP
Margaret Hodge MP
David Lammy MP
Siobhan McDonagh MP
Andy Love MP
Stephen Pound MP
Teresa Pearce MP
Nick Raynsford MP
Joan Ruddock MP
Virendra Sharma MP
Andy Slaughter MP
Stephen Timms MP
Gareth Thomas MP
Emily Thornberry MP
Malcolm Wicks MP

Cllr Liam Smith, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council
Cllr Ann John, Leader of Brent Council
Cllr Nasim Ali, Leader of Camden Council
Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council
Cllr Doug Taylor, Leader of Enfield Council
Cllr Chris Roberts, Leader of Greenwich Council
Cllr Jagdish Sharma, Leader of Hounslow Council
Cllr Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council
Cllr Bill Stephenson, Leader of Harrow Council
Cllr Catherine West, Leader of Islington Council
Cllr Steve Reed, Leader of Lambeth Council
Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham
Cllr Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council
Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham
Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council
Cllr Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council


Anonymous Haggerston Harry said...

Let's hit Cameron where it really hurts!


4:23 pm, December 17, 2010

Blogger Bob Piper said...

Was Kate Hoey out when people called for support? Or just busy helping out Boris?

5:22 pm, December 17, 2010

Blogger Merseymike said...

Luke. I agree but the Northern cities did even worse. Given that there is no-one from the north on the NEC from the CLP's can you ensure this is not forgotten

10:39 pm, December 19, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oldham a referdum on NHS Reforms

12:34 am, December 23, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to thank everybody who has contributed to this blog this year and helped to make it the lively forum for debate that it is. I really like reading it and contributing to it.

And let us not forget, of course, Luke for hosting it. I think that he is rather more complex than I thought. His blog about the limits of triangulation and his support for Ed Miliband are clear proof of this. It has come as a relief to discover that he is not as rightwing as I had thought. I even defended him once on another blog!

So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.

12:19 pm, December 23, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trouble is NU Labour were going to do the cuts anyway and they allowed Voda-Phone to evade tax for 5 years!

12:15 am, December 25, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a bit of a joke to see Councillor Robbins of Waltham Forest signing this statement.
Waltham Forest was given c£15m of government NRF money in the period 2003-09 in order to transform the lives of its poorest residents, and can hardly account for any of it. Yet another report, this time by Deloitte, has just been published documenting the whole sorry saga. Its all in the Waltham Forest Guardian - see for example here:
And that's why nobody in WF takes current Labour bleating about Tory cuts seriously.

5:29 pm, December 25, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"government NRF money in the period 2003-09"

That would be when there was a Lab-Lib joint administration in Waltham Forest.

The 2010 elections saw a working Labour majority elected for the first time in years.

Lib Dems went down to 6 Councillors and at least 3 of their cabinet members were defeated. A model for the country!

7:39 pm, December 30, 2010

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it is true that WF did have a joint admin during 2003-09, but Labour was the bigger partner by far, and provided the Leader, together with the portfolio holders responsible for both NRF expenditure and children/young people.
So to imply that the NRF fiasco was the result of Lib involvement is pure nonsense.

8:47 am, January 06, 2011


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