Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/970/26414

From The Socialist newspaper, 8 November 2017

Housing campaigners ask Corbyn to instruct Labour council regeneration ballots

Protesting against the effects of the housing crisis, photo Paul Mattsson

Protesting against the effects of the housing crisis, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Waltham Forest Housing Action Network has sent the following letter to Jeremy Corbyn following his conference speech in which he called on Labour councils to hold ballots on regeneration schemes, something which other housing campaigns could replicate.

Dear Jeremy Corbyn,

We are writing to you to request that you instruct Labour-controlled councils, and particularly London Labour councils, to act upon your Labour conference speech about holding ballots on regeneration schemes now.

Losing your home or your child's play space is something that can't wait until an election is called - more importantly, we believe it is within Labour councils' power to help slow these schemes down.

We appeal to you to act upon your words at Labour conference and instruct Labour councillors to hold ballots that would support tenants to defend their homes.

Generally there is a deep cynicism among people regarding 'public consultations' which too often are seen as tick box exercises that are ultimately ignored.

Your conference speech brought people to their feet when you echoed this sentiment.

We very much agree that genuine consultations are required, ones that have binding outcomes.

We too are calling for public consultations that end with binding ballots. We believe that this would restore trust in many Labour areas, where, as you rightly said, "tenants and leaseholders feel ignored and not listened to."

At a recent 'Homes for all - axe the Housing Act' meeting we heard reports from activists from Haringey to Southwark where majority Labour councils were continuing with the kind of demolition, regeneration and the social cleansing you so strongly condemned in your speech.

Please act now by issuing a statement to Labour councillors to initiate ballots and binding referenda to stop the onslaught of ruthless property developers, to stop tenants from being forced out and the stock of council properties being reduced.

We look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Nancy Taaffe (on behalf of Waltham Forest Housing Action Network)

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


In The Socialist 8 November 2017:


What we think

'Paradise' for billionaires - austerity for us


Socialist Party news and analysis

Westminster sexual harassment scandal

Walk out against tuition fees!

Bosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!

We can win the vote at 16!

Child poverty set to hit 5.2m - unions and Corbyn must act now

PFI privateers dodge tax

What we saw


Workplace news and analysis

Pay cap decisively rejected by PCS union members

BA mixed-fleet workers show strikes get results

Unite union sector conferences: coordinate action over pay

Picturehouse strike: "evil corporations are evil"

Arriva bus strike still solid


International socialist news and analysis

US: Minneapolis Socialist chimes with voters

Ireland: rail workers demand share of 'recovery'

Ireland: dangerous ideas for the ruling class

Spain: Madrid rally celebrates October revolution

Sweden: 'Revolution2017' success


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Health campaign discusses strategy to save NHS

Chatsworth neuro-rehab ward still open - unions join the campaign

Housing campaigners ask Corbyn to instruct Labour council regeneration ballots

Thousands march in London for Palestine

Opposition to new academy school being built on Leeds playing fields

Orgreave campaigners' Halloween 'Death of Justice' march

Sheffield trees campaigner sentenced to prison

Brum meeting celebrates centenary of 1917


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Obituary: Derek Robinson, car workers' leader, 1927-2017

Welsh update of Chekhov an engrossing tale of 1980s class conflict

Obituary: Paul Randall, 1959-2017

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 8 November 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Waltham Forest:

triangleEast London public square threat halted

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Brexit - the socialist viewpoint

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Fascism - what it is and how to fight it

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: What is communism?

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Building the movement for socialism this autumn

Labour:

triangleFight Cardiff Council's school cuts

triangleBlairite Birmingham steps up union-busting and two workforces plan strikes

triangleFight for a general election to kick out the Tories

triangleSouthampton: Join the pledge to resist cuts

Housing:

triangleArrogant landlords can be beaten

triangleThe Tories' letting fee ban is full of holes - we need rent controls and council homes!

triangleHousing arrears double, suicide risk soars - scrap Universal Credit!

Council:

triangleNorthamptonshire council crisis continues

triangleLeeds TUC conference to organise fight against austerity

Tenants:

triangleHomelessness, Universal Credit misery, high rents, cramped flats, isolated estates...end the housing crisis!

Homes:

triangleIreland: 10,000 march for homes in Dublin

Councillors:

triangleKing George A&E faces closure again

Jeremy Corbyn:

triangleHaringey 'Corbyn council': end the secrecy and confusion - lead a fight against the cuts

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

5/12/18

CWU

WHSmith: hands off our Post Offices!

5/12/18

Grimethorpe

Victory! Dinner ladies' strike beats job cuts

5/12/18

Socialist Students

Socialist Students conference date set

5/12/18

West Midlands

West Midlands Socialist Party women's meeting: our role in changing society

5/12/18

Leeds

Leeds TUC conference to organise fight against austerity

5/12/18

Tyne and Wear

Socialist Party argues against fire service cuts at Tyne and Wear consultation

5/12/18

Merseyside

Fighting NHS and fire services cuts and closures in Merseyside

5/12/18

Surrey

Join the march through Woking against austerity

5/12/18

Cardiff

Fight Cardiff Council's school cuts

5/12/18

Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire council crisis continues

5/12/18

Union

Workplace news in brief

5/12/18

Bradford

Bradford College joins #FEfightback strike for decent pay

5/12/18

RMT

Victory for left in RMT union president election

5/12/18

Birmingham

Blairite Birmingham steps up union-busting and two workforces plan strikes

28/11/18

Benefits

Nat West's benefit-claimant eviction policy

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

August 2018

July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999