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    November 2014    

Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Woking calls for shake-up

Parliamentary candidate Jill Rawling will be campaigning for a better standard of living across the borough, and says: "Although Woking appears prosperous, beneath the surface there are many residents with low-paid jobs with little security, and who are getting into heavy levels of debt."

Her experience across a range of private sector and charity jobs enables her to see both sides and she says: "We need an economy that works for everyone. The government should not have to subsidise those on the lowest wages with tax credits, putting further pressure on the welfare state. Many firms both in the private and public sectors can afford to pay a living wage. It is a key priority also to build enough affordable houses for local people, and to help 'generation rent' get onto the property ladder with shared mortgages etc."

Jill supports the campaign for a new health centre in Byfleet and will be campaigning for properly funded GP services which only are only getting 8% of the health budget. Merging NHS and Social Care budgets will provide both savings and a more seamless care. We have much to celebrate in Woking with our rich cultural diversity but must ensure however that controls are in place to limit unskilled workers entering our country, whilst enabling those with much needed skills to fill the many shortages.

Surgeries will be held on Saturdays, when residents will be very welcome to discuss any issues with Jill. The first will be on November 8th, 10-12am in Owen House, Heathside Crescent, and the second on November 29th, 10-12am, in Room 8, Maybury Centre, Board School Road. Queries to 07938 841530 or email jill.rawling@wokinglabour.org.

Woking Labour used a street stall on Commercial Way on November 1 to raise awareness of levels of poverty wages, the growth of greedy payday lenders in Woking and also the growing number of employers in the town who use zero-hour contracts to keep down their labour costs. "Many of the people we spoke to were shocked to hear how far this callous practice had spread among household-name firms," said Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Woking Jill Rawling.


Join us at the Labour Autumn Dinner!

Thursday November 20th at the Cricketers, Horsell Birch, Woking, 7.00 for 7.45pm

Guest of honour and speaker at the dinner will be Siobhain McDonagh, MP for Mitcham and Morden, whose interests are health, housing, quality of life and welfare reform. Re-elected in 2010 with a large majority, Siobhain has served on the Health Committee since 2005 and Education Committee since 2012.

Tickets cost £30 for a delicious three-course meal. The menu and booking form can be downloaded from the website. Alternatively, for more details and to book call Paul Blagbrough on 01483 767421. Come and join the brightest and the best for a really good evening!!



Woking Bike Project wins £15,000 award for second year

On October 25th Surrey's Travel Smart scheme awarded £15,000 to the Maybury Centre's Woking Bike Project set up by the Neighbourhood Advice Centre. This will be run from the bicycle shop in the Dartmouth Avenue parade – call 01483 770600 or email wokingnac@gmail.com for details. The project was supported by Labour from the start for the promotion of healthy life-styles, and will provide access to safe cycling at low cost for 125 residents who will get bicycles and the skills to maintain them.


March for independence and human rights

More than 10,000 people supporting the Kashmir cause participated in the historic 'Million March' from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street on Sunday, to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people over their decades-long struggle for the right of self-determination. Maybury & Sheerwater Labour councillor M. Ilyas Raja (second from right, below) and Woking Labour Parliamentary candidate Jill Rawling were among many supporters from Woking who went to London to join the rally. Jill was among MEPs, MPs and representatives from the House of Lords who addressed the rally to protest against human rights violations by Indian troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Some of the Woking contingent in Trafalgar Square.

Some of the Woking contingent in Trafalgar Square.

Dates for your diary

All at Owen House unless otherwise shown

November 8th (Saturday), 10.30am–1.00pm
Surrey Labour Party meeting on Transport policy for the general election with Lord Rosser JP, Shadow Transport, Defence and Home Affairs spokesperson. In Owen House meeting hall.

November 8th (Saturday), 10.00am–12.00 noon
Parliamentary Candidate Jill Rawling surgery. In Owen House bar/club area.

November 12th (Wednesday), 8pm
Executive Committee meeting. Want to know what's going on? Then come along: they are all open meetings.

November 20th (Thursday), 7 for 7.45pm

Autumn Dinner at the Cricketers, Horsell, with Siobhain McDonagh MP (Mitcham & Morden). See above for details. Full details and booking form

December 10th (Wednesday), 8pm
Executive Committee meeting.

January 14th (Wednesday), 8pm
Executive Committee meeting.

February 18th (Wednesday), 8pm
Annual General Meeting preceded by an Executive Committee meeting beginning at 7.15pm to which all are invited.

  Woking Labour Constituency Party, Owen House, Heathside Crescent, Woking, Surrey GU21 7AG.
Web: www.wokinglabour.org
Chair: Paul Blagbrough (chair@wokinglabour.org)
Secretary: Tom Crisp (secretary@wokinglabour.org)