Woking Constituency Labour Party



Housing crisis - it's about to get worse

Woking Labour were in the town centre on Saturday talking to people about the Housing and Planning Bill which is in the process of travelling through the House of Lords.

This is a devastating bill that will mark the beginning of the end of social housing, and push families into severe poverty. It does nothing to secure the future of families or ease the housing crisis.

Many people stopped to talk to us about their situations, and all said the same: they are struggling with extremely high rents, or unable to move out of their parents' house at all, having to raise their young children in crowded conditions.

We desperately need more council homes, and controls on rent. While this government is trying to reduce welfare spending, the huge unregulated rents landlords are charging force people into needing Housing Benefit to top up their earnings. This bill will only increase this need, by raising rents to unaffordable levels. The selling of the 'high value' public owned housing stock, and passing the revenue from the sale straight back to central government instead of staying in the borough, will only squeeze our local budget further.

Local Authorities are facing increasing cuts to their budgets and unable to provide crucial services to its residents. Now, more than ever, we need to keep our council houses safe, to provide secure homes tuat people can actually afford.

We will be out again on February 20th. Please contact us if you would like to join us, or pop by and let us know how you feel.

See the news page for canvassing dates.

Whistleblower to talk at AGM

BlacklistedThis year's Annual General Meeting on February 10th will be followed by a talk from Dave Smith, co-author of "Blacklisted", about a recent legal victory against the blacklisting of workers in the construction industry.

Dave Smith lost his job as an engineer after leading a series of on-site health and safety campaigns at work, earning him the reputation as a trouble-maker in the eyes of his employers. As a result he was put on the industry blacklist – an illegal list held by bosses containing the names of at least 98 people in the South West – and was unable to find work for ten years.

The AGM is your chance to help vote in an Executive Committee until next February and to hear a report back on a year in which Labour made gains in both the general and borough elections but made unexpected losses in two by-elections. There has been a huge surge in membership since the elections and since the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader, which has given us a greatly improved base with which to fight the next elections.

Doors and bar open 7pm, AGM 7.30pm, Dave Smith 8.30pm

Pizza, Pasta & Politics

Pizza Pasta Politics

Join us at Owen House on Friday, March 11th for a fascinating evening with Andrew Thorpe, Professor of Modern British History at the University of Exeter. Professor Thorpe is author of A History of the British Labour Party (2015) and specialises in British Political History in the 20th Century.

The talk, titled "The Labour Party, past and present: Swings to and from the left", lends itself to interaction and we hope will stimulate a lively debate!

Book early as space is limited. Tickets are £15, or £10 for under-25s or those on benefits. Food will be a choice of pizzas or pasta enhanced by delicious home cooking from our resident chefs, with vegetarian options. There will be refreshments available at the licensed bar.

Cheques should be made payable to Woking Labour Party and sent as soon as possible to: Ian Greatorex, Windrush, Castle Road, Woking GU21 4ES. Please include your name and address with postcode (and an email address if you have one), and tickets will be sent to you. Any queries to Ian Greatorex on 07733 008585 or, preferably, iangreatorex@icloud.com.

The event starts at 7.30pm. We very much look forward to seeing you.

More upcoming events on our news page.

Could you be a councillor?

With elections coming up next spring 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!

Give our Secretary Andy a ring as soon as you can and ask any questions you may have, on 07487 765706 (eves).

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