The EU referendum

As the British people absorb the result of the EU referendum, it is worth noting that Woking overall voted to remain in the EU, while the UK as a whole chose to leave. We respect everybody’s views in this complex issue and will continue working to highlight and campaign for the issues affecting the people of Woking and its surrounding areas.

There will no doubt be many challenges ahead for working people, their families and communities. We must all pull together to face those challenges. We have heard that David Cameron is to resign and we know the markets have reacted badly and the pound has fallen significantly. Our goal must be to protect and secure the rights afforded to us by Europe and to stand firm against any attempt to undermine those hard won rights.

Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox MP
Jo Cox MP
Woking Labour stands with all who care about democracy and humanity in mourning the loss of our sister Jo Cox MP. We remember her life’s work which was committed to those core values. Jo was an ardent defender of human rights and an internationalist, to her, humanity saw no borders. Today we mourn her loss but tomorrow we will continue her quest to try our best to develop a world which values every human being, a world which sees no colour, a world free from destitution and a world which challenges bigotry. We send condolences to the family of Jo Cox MP and to her friends at this dreadful time and we hope they find some solace in the love and solidarity of millions in our nation who have shown their support.
Barry Faulkner, Chair, Woking Labour

Be a County Councillor for Woking!

Would you like to represent Woking as a councillor on Surrey County Council?

Woking Labour needs good candidates to come forward for the elections next May so that voters in all seven Surrey districts of Woking will have a Labour candidate to vote for. Why not consider standing? Now is your chance – talent of this sort should not stay hidden! Surrey makes decisions on children’s services; youth activities; LA schools admissions; road maintenance, safety, speed limits and parking. Please contact Ian, our Secretary, on 07733 008585 (evenings) by the closing date of September 12th, as interviews will be held on the 17th.

The SCC Local Committee meets four times a year in the Woking council chamber and anyone can ask questions. Just call 01483 518095 / 518093 to find out how.

Conference calling

Labour Party Conference, Liverpool, September 25-28
This year the Woking delegate at the Party Conference is required to be a woman, so if you would like to attend representing Woking CLP, please contact our Secretary Ian Greatorex for a set of forms on 07733 008585 or sec@wokinglabour.org. The completed forms must be in by the closing date of June 24, and will need to be validated by Ian. The delegate entry fee is paid for you by the party, but the train or travel cost to Liverpool is payable by the delegate. Woking CLP may, however, contribute towards the costs of accommodation.

Woking Labour Policy Forum

Thursday June 2nd 7.30pm at Owen House. Bar open 7.00pm

Members and supporters are invited to take part in a discussion of the important issues for Labour in Woking. Help us to raise Labour’s profile in Woking and support our three Labour councillors with your ideas.
To narrow it down, the EC strategy group has defined four specific areas of housing, transport, low wages and police funding as particularly relevant and in which we could be actively involved locally. Each area will be introduced and the discussion led by a member. You can read about current Labour policy here, and the Labour is Listening project also provides a great way to make your own voice heard.

A submission will be agreed and sent from the meeting to the National Policy Forum and will contribute to the formation of Labour policy for debate at Conference in September.

ALL VIEWS WELCOME SO MAKE SURE YOURS ARE HEARD TOO!!!

Labour wins Canalside

Labour Councillors Mohammad Ali, M. Ilyas Raja and Tahir Aziz
Labour Councillors Mohammad Ali, M. Ilyas Raja and Tahir Aziz

The three Labour candidates for the new ward of Canalside gained a decisive victory in last week’s elections. Tahir Aziz, M. Ilyas Raja and Mohammad Ali were all elected Councillors by a comfortable margin of almost 200 votes over the opposition. Tahir and Ilyas both served as Councillors for Maybury and Sheerwater in the previous term, but Ali’s success represents a well-deserved reward for tenacity. He first stood for election in 2011, losing by 46 votes, and then again in 2012, when he missed the target by a wafer-thin margin of 16 votes. On both occasions the election was won by the corrupt LibDem candidate Mohammed Bashir, and Ali’s suspicion that there had been electoral fraud in both years prompted him to embark on a long-running High Court action to uncover the truth. The following year Judge Richard Mawrey QC found that there had been electoral fraud and overturned the election. See the judge’s executive summary of his judgment.

We are grateful to everyone who helped in achieving this result, from the candidates and their teams to all those voters who showed their support where it most counts – at the ballot box.

As Ali said “I am delighted by our success, which I also see as a verdict by Canalside residents on the Conservative-led Council’s plans – plans that mainly ignore the concerns of the local residents. We shall endeavour to do our best and stand up for our long-neglected ward.”

Canalside results

Woking Borough elections May 5 2016
AZIZ TahirLabour Party1106
ALI MohammadLabour Party1071
RAJA Mohammad IlyasLabour Party1060
MARCUS Paula JaneConservative Party868
PROVOST Matthew HowardConservative Party829
SCOTT Colin PatrickConservative Party807
ROE David SimonUK Independence Party383
SQUIRE Judith DianaUK Independence Party332
WHALE Rebecca ElisabethLiberal Democrats300
DAVIES GarethLiberal Democrats279
DYKES Christopher David CalvinGreen Party281
JOHNS Norman GrenvilleLiberal Democrats230
Some of the Woking Labour team at the count
Some of the Woking Labour team at the count

Curry Night & In/Out debate on the EU

Surrey Labour invite you to the EU Referendum Debate

Thursday, 21st April at Owen House

Hove & Portslade MP Peter Kyle
Hove & Portslade Labour  MP Peter Kyle

Hove & Portslade MP Peter Kyle will lead an In/Out debate on the EU membership at Woking Labour’s Owen House HQ on April 21st. Organised by Surrey Labour Party, the meeting will be chaired by our County Councillor, Robert Evans, and all Surrey Labour constituency parties are invited and all viewpoints are welcome.

Howard Kaye, Labour Police & Crime Commissioner candidate for Surrey, will be introducing himself for about 10-15 minutes before the main debate starts.

The evening will also be a fundraiser for next year’s Surrey County elections because it is vital that we put in the maximum effort to get Robert Evans re-elected in Stanwell and possibly get some more Labour SCC councillors elsewhere. With this in mind, the debate will be preceded by a curry meal, with a choice of chicken or vegetable curry together with vegetables, naan and rice at a cost of just £15 (£10 students). It is important that we know how many are coming for the curry so please pay by bank transfer to the Co-op Bank (sort code 08-90-35, account no 58128484), or send a cheque payable to the Surrey County Labour Party to Liz Evans at Moor End, Horsell Rise, Woking, Surrey GU21 4BD. If you’re paying by bank transfer, please put “EU” and your surname in the details field, eg “EU Scott”. Please pay by the 18th April so that we can place the order with the restaurant.

The bar will open at 7pm with a view to starting the meal at 7.15pm. If you don’t want any food but would still like to be involved in the debate, you can arrive at 8pm.

All members and supporters are welcome. Let’s have a good turnout from Woking!

Vicki Kirby

Woking Labour has been in the media spotlight over the past few days as a result of allegations made against our vice chair Vicki Kirby. The matter has been discussed in the Labour Party at a national level and as a result the National Chair of the party, Ian McNicol, has suspended Ms Kirby pending a full investigation. At this point we feel as a local party it would be inappropriate to comment further as we do not wish to interfere with any ongoing investigation or prejudice the outcome.

Your voice in Europe

AAnnelieseDoddsnneliese Dodds, MEP for the South East, writes:
We now know the date of the referendum on whether the UK should continue to be a member of the EU – June 23rd. I’m going to be campaigning to keep us in the EU – but I need your help too. Lots of Constituency Labour Parties have started appointing ‘Euro Champions’ or ‘Referendum Officers’ who will coordinate the Labour campaign to keep the UK in the EU in their area, but we’re still looking for people to help in some constituencies. If you don’t know who your Euro Champion is, or would like to become one, please ask your CLP Chair for more information. If becoming a Euro Champion is too much of a commitment but you would like to join our European Taskforce to be kept in touch with the campaign, please visit www.thebestforbritain.uk/
You can read my report for February 2016 here. PS: you can keep up to date on my work as your Labour MEP, both here in the South East and in the European Parliament, via my website, Facebook page and by following me on Twitter. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Save our Services in Surrey

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The group Save our Services in Surrey (SOSiS) have been active for several years now and represent a range of political parties and ideas on the left of the spectrum. The thing that ties these diverse individuals together is a desire to fight for our public services in the county and an understanding that austerity is an ideologically-driven agenda that is wholly unnecessary.

Woking Labour Chair Barry Faulkner and newly elected vice chair Vicki Kirby have been attending meetings of the group in a personal capacity with a view towards building broad-based campaigns against austerity and attacks on council services.

On February 11th Barry (above, standing) spoke as part of a panel  at a SOSiS meeting in Staines discussing “Corbynmania: keeping up the momentum”. The meeting was well attended by over 40 local people, and other speakers included Sean Hoyle, President of the RMT Union, and a junior doctor from St Peter’s Hospital.

A wide range of groups were in attendance, including Momentum disabled members, the Socialist Party, the Greens, Plane Stupid environmental campaigners and a Labour PPC. All those in attendance recognised the things they had in common and though there were also issues dividing individuals, everyone agreed to get behind the Labour leadership where possible, especially when it came to fighting attacks on the NHS and other essential public services.

We may come at issues from slightly different angles politically, but there is more that unites us than divides us. The entire meeting gave a rousing ovation to Holly, the junior doctor who spoke, and the justice of the doctors’ cause was universally accepted.

SOSiS will continue to campaign on issues of importance to Surrey residents, such as the “Justice for Zane” campaign seeking answers to the death of seven-year-old Zane Gbangbola in his family home in Chertsey in 2014.