Newham Labour Party, East London, is reeling from the result of the Plaistow North council by-election, which saw the Independent anti-war candidate win with 46% of the vote while Labour’s vote collapsed by 39.1%.
Residents of Newham have celebrated the news that Sadiq Khan has blocked the proposal for the development of the giant MSG Sphere in Stratford. The proposal will now go to communities secretary Michael Gove.
On 15th November, 15,000 people gathered outside Parliament to demand MPs vote for a ceasefire in Gaza. Chants included “Keir Starmer is a wasteman”, “Rishi Sunak, you will see: Palestine will be free”, “Occupation no more” and “Ceasefire now”.
The other night, I had an interview at a local Tesco for the night shift. I asked the store manager how many applicants they’d had: “125 applications, 20 interviews, three jobs”.
The Labour mayor and council in Newham, East London, have come under fierce criticism. For weeks, Labour locally did not speak out against the Israeli state’s attacks on Gaza, nor distance themselves from Starmer’s support for Netanyahu.
The RMT is an all-grades trade union, not limited by narrow ‘craft interests’. That is why the ‘final offer’ of a 5% pay rise from London Underground is not acceptable.
The Socialist Party, as part of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), received 9% of the votes in the Higham Hill by-election which took place on 26 October in Waltham Forest.
The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London has outrageously suspended a number of students who organised and attended a pro-Palestine solidarity rally outside the university building on 9 October.
The working class in Hackney will have the option of voting for an anti-austerity fighter in the East London borough’s mayoral by-election on 9 November, Annoesjka Valent, standing for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).
A year after the awful police killing of unarmed father-to-be Chris Kaba, an armed police officer has been charged with his murder.