Chuka re-elected as Brixton Hill’s local Member of Parliament

Election result

Chuka Umunna has been re-elected as Member of Parliament for Streatham with an increased majority. With almost 70% of the vote, Labour’s candidate now has a majority of 26,285.

Chuka and Brixton Hill Labour activists worked hard on the election, specifically highlighting Chuka’s work to fight for local services and school funding, his campaign for better rail services and his challenge to a hard Brexit, including work to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK.

The full results were:

Chuka Umunna (Labour) 38,212
Kim Caddy (Conservative) 11,927
Alex Davies (Lib Dem) 3,611
Nicole Griffiths (Green) 1,696
Robert Stephenson (UKIP) 349

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Labour councillors re-elected in Brixton Hill with pledges to make area cleaner & greener and roads safer

Brixton Hill group shotAdrian Garden, Florence Nosegbe and Martin Tiedemann have been elected as the Labour councillors for Brixton Hill.

Adrian, formerly councillor for Vassall ward around Brixton Road, lives in Brixton Hill and was previously chair of the Brixton Hill Safer Neighbourhood Panel and of the Friends of Windmill Gardens. He joins Florence and Martin who have been councillors for the area since 2006 and 2013 respectively. Continue reading

Lambeth Labour launches manifesto for May’s elections

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Lambeth Labour Party has launched its manifesto for May’s elections.

Despite losing half of our funding from the Tory and Lib Dem government – we are still ambitious for Lambeth.  We aspire to build on the great work which has happened since 2006, hand in hand with our residents, and improve even further.

Our pledges include:

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.

Here in Brixton Hill we’re committed to making our roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists, including 20mph limits, Play Streets and more cycle parking; working with local employers including Brixton Energy to create community owned renewable energy as well as apprenticeships for local young people; and to protect Brixton’s unique character including supporting Brixton Windmill.

Read the whole manifesto here

Hagamos que se escuche el voto Latinoamericano

Screenshot 2014-02-20 19.47.38Earlier this year, following a deputation by Latin Americans introduced by the late Mayor Mark Bennett with a wonderful speech in Spanish, Lambeth Council joined Southwark in officially recognising the borough’s Latin American community, which comprises some 40% of all Latinos in the UK. This means that monitoring forms will begin to have Latin American as an option so that the Council can better understand how this community uses it services – or whether the community is missing out.

Now CLAUK, the Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK, have launched a campaign to get Latin Americans resident in the UK to register to vote ahead of the elections on 22 May 2014. Latin Americans with British, European Union or Commonwealth passports are entitled to a vote but many, including here in Brixton Hill, are not registered. Continue reading