LAMBETHWATCH ELECTION SPECIAL: ARE YOU, OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN, A MEMBER OF…..?

People’s Audit Lambeth founder Simon Morrow finds it somewhat amusing that Lambeth Labour are labelling him as a Green party activist.

“I have never been a member of a political party” Simon, a chartered quantity surveyor, tells News From Crystal Palace.

“I sent an open letter to Cllr Imogen Walker (See tweet:  https://twitter.com/PeoplesAudit/status/887972805110882304 Open letter: ‘Lambeth council’s lack of response to the ‘extensive financial mismanagement’ highlighted in our report is deeply concerning.) offering to provide evidence to an independent third party that the People’s Audit was not set up by a political party.

“The initial press statement suggested that it was set up predominantly by the Liberal Democrats  – they then changed their tune and decided it was a Green front.

“Cllr Walker never responded to this or apologised. “They don’t want to see the facts as this would mean that they would have to stop smearing us and deal with the issues.”

Cllr Walker’s statement (issued around July 2017) read as follows:

“The budget analysis by the self-proclaimed People’s Audit has proved to be deeply flawed, and none of its claims have been upheld by an extensive and independent audit. “The People’s Audit is a collection of senior politicians from the Liberal Democrats and the Greens; and while it is right that our budget is open to scrutiny by our political opponents, senior politicians should be more transparent about their motives and agendas. “Local people do not like attempts by the Lib Dems and Greens to pull the wool over their eyes and they will not be fooled by this.

“It is disappointing that Liberal Democrat politicians have decided to present themselves behind a façade in this way, though in some ways it is understandable that they are reluctant to be more open about their identities. “After all, when they ran the council, council tax went up 40 per cent in just four years and 500 children were left without a local school place – but creating front organisations is dishonest.

“The main pressure on Lambeth’s budget has come from year on year austerity cuts, most of which occurred when the Liberal Democrats were in Government.” Cllr Imogen Walker, Deputy Leader (Finance)

BLANK CANVASS?

News From Crystal Palace understands that Labour canvassers in the area of Carnegie library, Herne Hill are being asked by residents where they come from. Answers include Tooting and Wimbledon.

“I assume these questions were prompted by the canvassers appearing to be unaware of local issues” a source tells News From Crystal Palace.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Quote of the week: “We’ll always work with residents to continue to improve how the council works for local people as there is always more to do” – Cllr Paul McGlone, joint deputy leader, Lambeth council. 

The comment comes from a post on the national Labour party website relating to criticisms of People’s Audit Lambeth by… Lambeth council. (News From Crystal Palace will be covering this at a later date – Ed.)

LAMBETHWATCH TWITTER: THE VIEW FROM THE OTHER SIDE:

“EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE LABOUR PARTY SHOULD BE PROUD OF THIS COUNCIL” – MAYOR OF LONDON SADIQ KHAN (and – yes – he DOES mean Lambeth)

LambethLabour‏ @LambethLabour Mar 24

“Every single member of the Labour Party should be proud of this council” says @SadiqKhan

LambethLabour‏ @LambethLabour Mar 24

Today we’re proud to launch our manifesto for the 2018 local elections: ‘For a better, fairer Lambeth’. Read it here: https://lambeth-labour-manifesto.org/home  #betterfairerLambeth

LambethLabour Retweeted Ben Kind‏ @benkind Mar 24

“We will never indulge in the kind of nonsense of blaming local councils for Tory cuts” says @ChukaUmunna at the launch of @LambethLabour 2018 manifesto

LambethLabour Retweeted Sadiq Khan‏ @SadiqKhan Mar 24

Energised, hard working and hugely ambitious for the local Lambeth community – great to catch up with @cllrpeck @FloEshalomi @ChukaUmunna on the local election campaign trail. #

Sadiq Khan Retweeted Florence Eshalomi‏ @FloEshalomi Mar 24

It’s easy 2dismiss politicians &say we are all the same. Our fabulous, hard working & diverse team of @UKLabour candidates makes me proud to represent #Lambeth & #Southwark at City Hall. Looking forward 2working with them & our Labour Mayor @SadiqKhan to deliver for residents

Defend The Ten Retweeted Jim Dickson‏ @JimDicksLambeth 18h18 hours ago

I’ve just donated to the @RuskinParkSE5 crowdfunder for the Ruskin Park paddling pool and you can too – please give what you can here for this much loved facility

(News item: Crowdfunder seeks to support Ruskin Park paddling pool in 2018 and 2019 by Mike Urban, Brixton Buzz March 22 2018. Story begins: “After Lambeth council withdrew funding for the Ruskin Park paddling pool in 2016, the Friends of Ruskin Park teamed up with the local community to keep this popular resource open for the summer…..- Ed.)

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