Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/887/22160

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 February 2016

Councillor suspended after cuts query: activists seek joint work

London Socialist Party

A north London Labour group has suspended one of its councillors for questioning cuts to adult care. Anti-austerity campaigners in Haringey are appealing to Councillor Gideon Bull to join them in drawing up a no-cuts 'people's budget'.

Socialist Party member John Dolan works in the service Cllr Bull spoke out to protect. John said: "Many people who work in this vital service, and who rely on it, were delighted when Cllr Bull spoke out.

"We thought - 'at last, a councillor who is speaking up for services rather than just passing on Tory cuts!' It is outrageous that he has been suspended for doing what, in our view, a Labour councillor should do."

Momentum

Cllr Bull addressed a Haringey Momentum meeting on 28 January, where he vowed to continue speaking up for those who rely on these vital services. He also explained how difficult this period in his life had been. He said the stress of the Labour group's treatment of him brought on a life-threatening heart complaint.

"In December 2014," said John, "Haringey council agreed 70 million of cuts over three years. But the council also has 96 million in reserves. Many Labour Party members, as well as council workers, service users, and campaigners, think these reserves should be used to avoid cuts.

"Jeremy Corbyn won a landslide leadership election victory because people want an alternative. Many new Labour Party members, inspired by his anti-austerity message, will be horrified at this action. I would appeal to Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell to intervene and reinstate this councillor."

The Momentum meeting condemned Cllr Bull's suspension. But unfortunately, local Momentum leaders - including a sitting councillor - ruled out calls for Labour leaders to intervene, and postponed a discussion on a no-cuts budget. A sizeable minority, however, backed these proposals.

John said: "I also appeal to Cllr Bull to join with anti-cuts campaigners in the borough to draw up an alternative, people's budget for Haringey. This would avoid these devastating cuts, and start to build up the massive campaign necessary to win the funding back from central government."

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 3 February 2016:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Solidarity with health workers

Tax the 1%

Bedroom Tax ruling: The fight to scrap it must continue

Air pollution destroys more lives and homes

Conservatives have no interest in collecting corporation taxes

Them & Us


Readers' comments and reviews

Private renting: Unfit homes and couch surfing

Witty take on credit crunch misses problems at heart of capitalism

Arrested 'Heathrow 13' climate activist speaks

Letters


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Fight to save Huddersfield A&E

Angry south Londoners march against the housing bill

Newham Labour disunited against austerity

Councillor suspended after cuts query: activists seek joint work

Wakefield tells big business to frack-off!

Celebrating the revolutionary life of Robert Burns

Fighting to save the last two play centres


Socialist Party features

World economy heading into a storm

Zika virus: Another healthcare system failure


Workplace news

Fight to save 1,550 finance jobs in Surrey

Tories axe 310 jobs in Northern powerhouse

London Transport workers braced for huge cuts in spending

Tories are taking London taxi drivers for a ride

Crane drivers' strike for pay rise

Tesco slashes pay for thousands of workers

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Japan: The failure of 'Abenomics'

CWI world congress success


 

Home   |   The Socialist 3 February 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Cuts:

trianglePlans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleEnd Tory war on poor

triangleGlenfield victory shows people power can save our NHS

triangleTyneside to protest against A&E and walk-in cuts

triangleBristol libraries safe - for now - as council caves to pressure

Labour:

triangleAnti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

triangleBirmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangleBlairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

triangleTUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

Momentum:

triangleLabour council Blairites deselected

triangleAnti-austerity opposition needed to seize on Tories' weakness

triangleHow to help the struggle to change the Labour Party

Haringey:

triangleCorbyn must challenge pro-gentrification council leader or others will

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

Labour Party:

triangleCorbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

7/12/17

RMT

Anti-DOO lobby of Liverpool's transport committee

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

6/12/17

Donald Trump

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

6/12/17

Transport

Arriva bus strikers stand firm

6/12/17

Pensions

BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

6/12/17

PCS

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

6/12/17

Newham

School staff strike against privatisation

6/12/17

Rail

Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

6/12/17

PCS

PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

6/12/17

North Yorkshire

Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters

6/12/17

Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

6/12/17

Coventry

Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

6/12/17

TUSC

TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

6/12/17

Liverpool

Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

6/12/17

Kirklees

Plans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle8 Dec Local government pay: fight for the full 5% claim

triangle6 Dec Strikers rally in Liverpool

triangle6 Dec Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

triangle5 Dec Victory at Glenfield shows people power can save our NHS

triangle5 Dec Labour council Blairites deselected

triangle30 Nov Victory: Glenfield Children's Heart Centre saved!

triangle30 Nov Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike

More ...

triangle12 Dec Birmingham South East Socialist Party: Can the Labour Party be changed?

triangle12 Dec Liverpool Socialist Party: Fighting council cuts

triangle13 Dec Caerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

triangle14 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Universal Credit - the Tories' latest assault on the poor

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2