The poor side of life

I never know what to expect at our weekly demonstrations. It’s hard to judge what could happen. The DWP system makes life chaotic for claimants so we work around that.

We gave our food parcels out in record time again. Many thanks to Pauline for this. They have become a lifeline for claimants.

We had good news from one of the claimants who was on our video that we made with the guardian. Not Melvin sadly, but another chap. At last he’s had his first ESA payment and he can now eat. What a feeling that must be. I can bet he is in a state of shock. He told me that he will pay our kindness forward. How fantastic is that. I hope that it won’t be too long before he is offered somewhere permanent to live.

We had coffee and cake sent over from a local cafe. I…

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27th October 2016 NEC Report just received, so could not issue this sooner: Press release starts; It is regrettable that the Confidential Report on Wallasey Labour Party was leaked to the press wit…

Source: Wallasey Constituency Labour Party ~ Press Release

Wirral In It Together

27th October 2016

NEC Report just received, so could not issue this sooner:

Press release starts;
It is regrettable that the Confidential Report on Wallasey Labour Party was leaked to the press with misleading Spin which has given  a false impression of Wallasey Labour Party and it’s members. 
 
The newly elected officers of the Party , including myself, first heard about the allegations of Homophobic behaviour and intimidation  via TV and press reports. 
 
We immediately got advice from the Police and proposed that the matter be referred to them for a professional investigation because Homophobic Acts are a criminal offence This proposal was circulated to all our 1500 members on 20th July and copied to the Labour Party. 
 
The new Officers stood for election because we wanted to change the way the Party in Wallasey is run. As soon as elected we drew up guidelines for the…

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The poor side of life

Around a month or so ago we spent three weeks filming with a journalist and film maker from The guardian. Having worked with The guardian before I held  a certain level of trust with them because they have always been nothing short of brilliant. Always giving a fair and honest opinion and treating both ourselves and the claimants with the respect we all deserve.

I’m not sure that John and his team from The guardian knew what to expect. They had a remit which was to make a film that backed up Ken Loaches film I, Daniel Blake. To counteract the naysayers and the right wing that would say that its just a piece of fiction. And I was proud to have been asked. After all Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre is one of the worst in the country. A reputation very much deserved.

So for three weeks they joined us…

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Around a month or so ago we spent three weeks filming with a journalist and film maker from The guardian. Having worked with The guardian before I held  a certain level of trust with them because t…

Source: Our short film with The Guardian.

The SKWAWKBOX

The mass, opportunist resignation of right-wing Labour MPs (and those weak enough to be influenced by them) and the eventual leadership challenge that ensued will be well known to most readers, as will the fact that Corbyn was re-elected with an increased mandate – in spite of extensive gerrymandering via a huge purge of Corbyn supporters by the Labour ‘machine’ he inherited and has had to work with.

What may be less well-known to some is that only the day after his victory, his recidivist opponents in the PLP, the party structure and deposed members of the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) launched a ‘silent coup‘, by ignoring party rules and Conference procedures to force through the appointment of two additional anti-Corbyn representatives to the NEC. The aim was to nullify Corbyn’s democratically-achieved majority on the NEC that took office after the conference closed – 6 new…

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Thursday as you know is our weekly demonstration day. Every week for over two years we have been helping and advising claimants outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre and if you scroll back you can re…

Source: Thursdays demo. Emotional and tiring.