John’s Monthly newsletter October 2017
Below is a brief summary of just some of my activities locally and in Parliament in the last month.
Manchester Cathedral 2nd
I spoke at The People’s Assembly Against Austerity and told supporters that after having spoken to investment fund managers and pension fund managers it was clear financial institutions were turning to Labour.
In some ways, it’s a bizarre situation, they are coming to us for reassurance against a government that is falling apart. So Jeremy Corbyn and I are the stabilisers of capitalism – it’s bizarre isn’t it?” We all want An Economy that Works for All
The Digital Accountancy Forum & Awards 2017 4th
I was proud to present Accounting professor Prem Sikka with a special editor’s award from The Accountant and International Accounting Bulletin at a one-day conference and awards dinner at the Tower Hotel London.
In 2003, Prem Sikka helped the launch of the Tax Justice Network and is now one of its senior advisers (unpaid). He has advised and given evidence to the EU and UK parliamentary committees. Most recently, he was an adviser to the UK House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee for its investigation into BHS and related pension matters. His research on accountancy, auditing, corporate governance, money laundering, insolvency and business affairs has been published in books, international journals, newspapers and magazines. Prem also headed up the team that reviewed the HMRC for the Treasury.
Belmore School Breakfast Club Launch 6th
I had the privilege f opening with the mayor Belmore’s breakfast club, which is providing free breakfasts supported by Greggs.
Scottish Morning Star conference Glasgow 8th
I spoke at the Morning Star Conference in Glasgow about the challenge of whether it is possible to pioneer a democratically-controlled economy drawing collective political strength from the nations of Britain separately or collectively within a federation.
Hillingdon Play Association 9th
I attended the management Committee of the HPA to plan our activities over the coming year. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our volunteers we will be organising again our Christmas festival and next year opening a drop in play sessions at our Wellbeck Parade centre.
In Parliament I am pleased to report that we won a debate to halt the Government’s cuts to supported housing and the Government has now halted this policy.
Poplar and Linehouse CLP 11th
I spoke to a meeting of members of Poplar’s CLP, Jim Fitzpatrick’s constituency, to thank them for their hard work in the election campaign.
As part of my programme to demonstrate how labour will transform our transport infrastructure I visited the local train station with Andy McDonald which has been in need of major repair work for some time. Network Rail, after lobbying by Labour Mayor of Middlesbrough and Andy, have provided £2.7m to improve access, re-open the main entrance and re-open the car park. Andy has been closely involved with bringing in even more investment which is badly needed to improve the station prior to the direct Middlesbrough link to London which is due to start running in 2020.