Help build the Labour vote in Woking

Canvassing begins in September on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month (except December) to help boost local support for Labour. The programme starts on September 9th: there will be two sessions a day, from 10.30-12.30 and 2.00–4.00, aiming to get in as many brief (but usually pleasant!) chats with residents as we can. You can go with someone who knows the ropes and pick up some very useful experience in raising the Labour vote in our key seats ready for the Borough elections in May.
Don’t forget: it is what we do in between elections that will win us more councillors. Just call Alex Wilks on 07872 947289 at least a couple of days beforehand with your availability, and please leave your name and number for details of where and when to meet.

May 4th is Election Day

May 4th is Election Day. Don’t forget to vote for your Labour Surrey County Councillor – there are seven candidates, one for each of the seven Woking divisions. Polls open 7am–10pm.

The committee room will be open from 11.00am at Owen House on May 4th and continue until 9.45pm. The Get-Out-The-Vote begins at 11.30am so if you can make the early shift please collect a list of Labour supporters to be knocked up in good time before that and have a coffee before you go. Hot refreshments will arrive at 1.00pm for when the first wave gets back. We continue to collect slips until close of play at 9.45pm.

If you would like to come to the verification of the votes and count at H.G Wells on Friday May 5th (10am–3pm approx) you can attend as a counting agent. If there are more than 5 people coming for Woking North they can be listed as coming for another Woking division so theoretically there could be 34 people supporting him. Let’s have a good turn-out.

All current Woking Borough Councillors and Surrey County Councillors will be invited to attend individually, and therefore do not need to be included in our counting agent allocations.

Our Election Agent Liz Evans needs to know the names and addresses of all the counting agents each candidate would like to appoint by Tuesday 25th April at the latest, so that the proper accreditation can be sent out: agents will not be admitted to the count without it. Please email details to her ASAP at elizabeth2evans@msn.com so that they can be forwarded to WBC by the deadline of 5pm on April 26th.

Please note there are no meetings in April. Come and join us on the campaign trail instead! Call the elections hotline on 07906 697180.

Mohammed Sakhawat Khan

Mohammed Sakhawat Khan
Mohammed Sakhawat Khan on a visit to the new Woking hospice.
Your Labour candidate for Woking North
Mohammed Sakhawat Khan is the Labour candidate for Woking North, the Surrey County Council seat covering both Maybury & Sheerwater and Horsell East & Woodham. “I feel very honoured to have been selected to represent Woking North for Labour,” he says. “I am an aeronautical engineer employed since 1990 as a Technical Manager by British Airways at Heathrow Airport. As a family, we have lived in Woking since 1971 and I have been an active member of the Labour Party for 14 years. In 2005 I stood as a councillor for Maybury & Sheerwater, narrowly losing to the Conservative candidate.”

Sakhawat helped to set up the Surrey Police Independent Advisory Group and remained a member for 8 years, giving training and advice to police officers on positive ways of engaging with the diverse communities within Surrey. Recently he joined the fundraising committee for the Woking & Sam Beare Hospice in Goldsworth Park, which opens soon and will be the best in England. In his spare time he helps a charity in the Maybury Centre which gives general advice to underprivileged groups in central Woking.

High on Sakhawat’s list of priorities are the two developments in Sheerwater and at Martyrs Lane, both of which are presenting major challenges. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with him on 07713 881709 or at mohdkhan777@hotmail.com, or to come to our Saturday surgeries for residents.

Launch of Labour’s Surrey Elections Campaign

Surrey Labour’s campaign for the county elections in May is to be launched on March 9th at Owen House.

All members and supporters are invited to the launch and a celebratory dinner to boost our funds for the campaign. Guest of honour will be Teresa Pearce MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith & Thamesmead and Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Teresa was elected in 2010 and re-elected with an increased majority in 2015 as MP for Erith & Thamesmead. She is a member of the GMB union and served on a number of Select Committees including Work and Pensions, Treasury and Public Accounts before she was appointed to serve in her present role.

Dinner will be at 7.30pm and be a delicious choice of freshly baked pizzas (including veggie) with salads, and trifle or fresh fruit for afters. Tickets are £15 (£10 if under 25 or on benefits). It is important that we know how many are coming, so please pay by internet transfer by March 8th at the latest, to the Co-op bank, sort code 08-90-35, account no 58128484, or you can send a cheque payable to Surrey Labour Party c/o SLP Treasurer, Moor End, Horsell Rise, Woking, GU21 4BD. Bar from 6.30pm.

With only two months left to go before the Surrey elections on May 4th we are already out canvassing and delivering, so any help you can give from now on will be hugely appreciated. Or why not join the telephone canvass at Owen House every Tuesday 6.30–8.30pm? Just ring the Elections hotline on 07906 697180.

We aim to field Labour candidates for all seven of the Surrey County Council seats in Woking. If you would like to be considered, please call Liz Evans on 07906 697180.

ELECTION SPECIAL

Surrey County Council elections will take place on May 4th this year across the borough.
We have seven candidates standing in each of the seven district seats. Please look out for our Campaign Organiser Will Sellers’ emails to all members with details of the next canvassing meet-up points and also telephone canvassing from Owen House. And do make sure you are registered to vote! You can do it easily online.

If you want to win it you have to be in it!! Give some time to helping us from now on. Every hour helps.

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. Contact Liz Evans on 07906 697180 for details [information updated 08/11/16].

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.

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

Canvass alert

The borough elections and Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner elections are on May 5th this year, so from now on please just turn up at Owen House on the days and times shown in the events calendar on the right of this page  to join in with some canvassing.

In addition Owen House is open every Tuesday and Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm for telephone canvassing. Again, just turn up! Ringfence a couple of hours each week to help raise Labour’s profile in our key seats. The personal touch wins the votes every time. “One to one” reaches all those Labour voters the best. If you have not done it before, it is an enjoyable exercise and you will have plenty of help.

Could you be a councillor?

With elections coming up in May, why not consider standing? We need candidates who will speak up for their residents and who are, as they say, “people who like people”. Talent or potential talent of this sort should not stay hidden. As the best way to raise the Labour vote is always to talk to people one to one we need to get our candidates out there and TALKING!

Get in touch with our Secretary Ian Greatorex at secretary@wokinglabour.org as soon as you can and ask any questions you may have.