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From Peymana Assad, Chair of the Harrow Labour Local Campaign Forum

Before joining the Labour Party I had never been door knocking so when I turned up for my first canvassing session, where I didn’t know anyone, I was quite nervous. I was given a sheet to read off and whilst I was looking at it with some confusion, a friendly Councillor by the name of Sue Anderson asked me if I wanted to go with her to see how it’s done. I was able to watch as she spoke to residents and learn that it wasn’t just about reading off the sheet, but having a real conversation about the elections, about Harrow, about Labour. 

I’ve been a member for a while now and know that there isn’t really any formal way of being trained locally, unless I was elected as an officer at the constituency level.

So when I became Chair of the Local Campaigns Forum a year ago, I went out to create this Training and Mentoring programme so that we, all Harrow members regardless of political experience or position could learn about Labour political history, how to door knock, about campaigning alongside getting mentored from more experienced members.

After much deliberation, the application process is now open for the programme, which starts in September 2016.

So whether you seek to represent your local community, lobby representatives or simply understand how politics works so you can have a say, this programme was designed with you in mind.

Learning never stops, no matter your age, or your level of political involvement.

Now is the time to come together and learn the best way of keeping Harrow Labour. 

Are you a future leader in Harrow?

From Peymana Assad, Chair of the Harrow Labour Local Campaign Forum Before joining the Labour Party I had never been door knocking so when I turned up for my first...

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The Statistics never fail to horrify me. One in four women will be a victim of Domestic Violence in their life time. Domestic Violence accounts for 8% of all recorded crime in the UK. Nearly a million children in the UK are affected by domestic abuse. It’s terrible. 

Behind each chilling statistic is a story. A story of living in fear of violence. A story of being physically and emotionally bullied, threatened and intimidated. The home and the family should be a place of security and support. Instead, for many, it’s a place of fear and violence.

This issue goes above and beyond party politics, but it is undeniable that Tory Government policies have made the situation worse. Cuts to Local Authorities have meant fewer services and grant money for charities that protect families from Domestic Violence. A health service at snapping point doesn’t always have the time or know-how to identify issues of Domestic Violence, let alone the resources to deal with the underlying problem. Supported housing and refuges across the country are at risk of closure, or have closed, through disastrous housing and welfare policies.

In Harrow we invested an extra £200,000 into Domestic Violence services; at a time when we have to make tougher and tougher choices about what to prioritise we chose to invest in Domestic Violence – it is the root of too many problems in our communities for us to not prioritise it. 

Providing and investing in basic services is the minimum we must do. This is an issue which affects millions, ruins lives and destroys families. Domestic Violence needs the national attention that it merits. If the Tories would stop banging on about Europe they might find that we have some serious problems closer to home that are being ignored.

That is why the Labour Administration running Harrow Council has officially supported the ‘UK says No More’ campaign; this is based on the highly successful ‘No More’ campaign in the US. I am proud that we are the first Local authority in the Country to officially back this campaign to raise awareness and demand more action to end domestic violence. This campaign on its own won’t solve our problems, but it will go some way to making Domestic Violence the political and national priority that it should be.

Cllr Pamela Fitzpatrick
Labour lead for Domestic Violence and Adult Safeguarding

 

Harrow Labour says ‘No More’ to Domestic Violence

The Statistics never fail to horrify me. One in four women will be a victim of Domestic Violence in their life time. Domestic Violence accounts for 8% of all recorded...

Labour holds on to Brent and Harrow London Assembly seat and Sadiq Khan becomes Mayor of London

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Labour holds on to Brent and Harrow London Assembly seat and Sadiq Khan becomes Mayor of London.

On 5 May, 2016, scores of Harrow Labour members, activists and supporters teamed up to get the vote out for Sadiq Khan and Navin Shah.

Navin polled a significant victory – 79,902 votes (45 per cent). His closest rival, Conservative Cllr Joel Davidson, polled 59,147 votes (33 per cent) – 20,755 fewer votes than Shah. In Sadiq Khan, Labour now has a London mayor with the largest personal mandate of any politician in UK history, winning 57% of the votes once first and second preferences were counted.

The announcement of Navin's victory was made to observers from both Harrow, Brent and across North London. Shah took the opportunity to thank all of the activists that delivered leaflets, knocked on doors and kept spirits high come rain and shine.

Now that the celebrations are over, and both Khan and Shah are signed into their positions in City Hall, we look back at some of the great campaign photos of 2016. The hard work paid off!

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The hard work paid off

Labour holds on to Brent and Harrow London Assembly seat and Sadiq Khan becomes Mayor of London

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