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 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.


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