Skip to main content

Southwark Labour's Manifesto now available online

If you want to make an informed choice about the policies of the different parties seeking to control Southwark council, a good place to start is the local manifestos. I'm really proud to be standing on a a series of pledges which will make out borough a cleaner, safer and fairer place to live. For me the most important changes that Labour is seeking to make are:

1. The introduction of free school meals for all primary school kids
2. The doubling of Southwark's currently woeful recycling rate.
3. Halving the price of meals on wheels (after the Lib Dems and Tories hiked it up)
4. turning plans for a new one O'clock club on Peckham Rye and changing rooms and pitches for local sports teams into a reality. (The Lib Dems and Tories have been dragging their feet for years)

If you'd like to see a full version of the manifesto online, you can do so by clicking here. Or if you would like a hard copy posted to you, just e-mail us at


Popular posts from this blog

Know Your Ryes!

A few weeks ago I was in a meeting with some local residents and council officers. During the meeting one person started referring to Rye Lane, when in fact they meant Peckham Rye East. Later on another started talking about Peckham Rye Common and it took us a little while to work out that they really meant Peckham Rye Park.  
You can't really blame people for getting a little confused. There are so many references to "Rye" in our little bit of South London that even the locals can get mixed up. So I thought I'd have a go at writing a little glossary of all the Ryes hereabout.  Clearly I'm making a rod for my own back here, so please point out any errors I've made in the comments box below. 
Anyway, here are my definitions of the ubiquitous Ryes. Some serious, some not so serious, and in no particular order:
Peckham Rye Ward - The council ward area. Peckham Rye Ward was created out of Rye Ward, Waverley Ward and Bellenden Ward following the Local Authority Bo…

Free schools: A project cooked up by Tories who claim to be committed to social mobility has failed our children

(This post from Victoria about the closure of 'Southwark Free School', first appeared on LabourList.)

Last week saw the demise of yet another free school. Southwark Primary, which opened four-and-a-half-years ago in temporary buildings, will hastily close by February half-term never having made it to its permanent site, after being developed at great public expense. As Southwark council steps in to pick up the pieces and find places for children at other local schools it is difficult not to grind the axe about the government’s free school programme. We remain pragmatic that the programme is here to stay. However the government must reconsider the need for free school applicants to have a local and outstanding educational experience. At a time when many areas are experiencing a shortage of school places, and schools’ budgets are being cut, they must also stop wasting money building schools where there is no established demand. The story of free schools in Southwark makes clear …

Salt giveaway details

Southwark Council is giving away salt at the locations below. Click on the image to enlarge it.