Elections 2010: This is Labour country

As you are no doubt aware the local council elections held last Thursday turned out as  I had  previously predicted : Labour retained control of Lambeth and gained seven extra seats on Southwark Council to take control.

The final results are 
Southwark
Labour: 35 Councillors (+7)
Liberal Democrats: 25 (-3)
Conservatives: 3 (-3)
Greens: 0 (-1)
Full results on the Southwark website

Lambeth
Labour: 44 Councillors (+5)
Liberal Democrats: 15 (-2)
Conservatives: 4 (-2)
Greens: 0 (-1)
See the Lambeth website for full results

So whatever happens at the national level we are still Labour.

Reasons to be cheerful

  • The Labour result on Southwark will bring benefits for Camberwell as the new administration will be more concerned about bits of the borough such as Camberwell and Peckham which are Labour areas.
  • The new administration (unlike the previous Lib Dem/ Conservative coalition) has a solid majority and so will not be having to make concessions to make different interests happy to secure their votes .
  • The likely leader of Southwark Peter Johns is a Camberwell Councillor.
  • Local Camberwell Councillors will be more accountable as they will no longer be able to blame the administration for lack of action  as they will be part of the administration. 
  • The Camberwell Party has done great work in raising Camberwell issues and shown that the area cant be taken for granted
  • There will hopefully be more joint working between Lambeth and Southwark as they are both of the same party and both councils face similar issues.
  • With the Labour Party out of power at a national level local MP Harriet Harman will have more time for constituency duties (?)

As I say these are all reasons to be cheerful and hopeful for the future of Camberwell — we must now be active to ensure that the politicians deliver on their promises and direct investment, regeneration funding and attention to the area.

A good place to start is the Southwark Labour Party manifesto and the Lambeth Labour Party manifesto

149 thoughts on “Elections 2010: This is Labour country”

  1. Green vote went down nationally this time. Brighton is a bright spot, though. Caroline Lucas will attract a lot of attention — but then so will Zac in Richmond in his huntin’ sort of way. Strange days, indeed. The whole of England is blue. Labour and Dem are banished to the fringes like Celts or Britons.

  2. Although locally the elections are clearly decided, this cannot be said about the rest of the country.

    The Labour party, nor the Lib Dems won the election. The Tories did however. So two unelected parties may be running the country. That’s democracy then.

    The pound has plunged as Brown resigns.

    If the Lib Dems join the Labour party they will never get support again, Clegg & Co will bury the party forever.

    There will be a new general election within six months and there will be a Tory landslide.

    This is madness.

  3. “The Labour party, nor the Lib Dems won the election. The Tories did however.” — No one ‘won’ — that’s why all of this is happening!

    “The pound has plunged as Brown resigns.” — The pound is in the same position it was 30 days ago. And the FTSE finished up today.

    “If the Lib Dems join the Labour party they will never get support again, Clegg & Co will bury the party forever. There will be a new general election within six months and there will be a Tory landslide.” — You should be a millionaire if you can predict the future with such accuracy and clarity.

  4. Oh and chunters.…what are you reading?

    The daily mail? Fox news?

    Or the same papers that predicted that the world would end with markets crashing the moment there was a hung parliament?

    Stop looking at them. It makes you go blind.

  5. @monkeycat: those are awesome! fantastic turnout too! hope saturday’s even better (we’re meant to be taking part in a different event saturday pm but might just manage to do both)
    xxx

  6. Chunters

    Have you been watching Back to The Future II recently?

    Have you visited the year 2040 and brought back a rolled up paperback history book in your back pocket?

    Hmmmm — Stop reading newspapers — they are 90% Tory biased and as for ITN and SKY their reporters are so kneejerk I’m surprised they can remain in an upright position whilst delivering their live news reports to camera…

  7. Chunters was robust. That was no thin gruel.

    The soup thickens, indeed. We may end up with a dull sensible government. There may be no more foreign wars for years. No charismatic leaders like Cameron. No mace‐wielding in the Commons. No duck moat scandals. No curried Major. Just austerity, comparatively, and making the world bigger and better locally, so to speak — protect the local, globally, as the Greens say.

    Yes, Peter, Camberwell will get funding. Except there will be no money for the funding. Things will be as tight as a squirrel’s arse in Lucas Gardens.

  8. Get our MP back? Did we ever have her? Never noticed her before except when she was banging on about the need for fixed quotas of female hod carriers.

    Even if she isn’t leaderess she’ll still be doing something senior, time consuming and, as far as SE5 is concerned, utterly pointless.

  9. Thank God there isn’t a Tory majority. It’d be outrageous for them to win power and then have to clean up this almighty mess. And then get blamed for doing so and hammered in 5 years for making nasty Tory CUTS. Because yes, people really are that stupid.
    Leave it to Labour to eat their own shit, I say. But please let’s hope Ed Balls doesn’t become PM.

  10. Fixed quotas of female hod carriers was a great idea. The girls leer down from the scaff, wolf‐whistling at the brick truck drivers and displaying beautifully sculpted & muscled rump, fine, lithe thighs and lovely breasts kept pert and purposeful through enthusiastically enjoyed, hard physical work.

  11. @MCat Really? Nice one! I was at that Trafalgar Sq protest mentioned in the Beeb link above.

    Credit to Gordon. If he’d stood down immediately then Harriet might be PM!!! He’s being prudent again, thank God.

  12. Harriet is a nice lady, unlike some people who shall be nameless, PhilG!!! Tessa is the same. She was on the radio this morning and I thought she was Harriet.

  13. If you’re free and want to tell Harriet Harman what you think needs doing in Camberwell, she has two advice surgeries at the Town Hall coming up in the next week:

    Friday 14th May — 9am
    Tuesday 18th May — 5pm

  14. Harriet’s office has always been extremely efficient in my experience. It’s nice getting those cream envelopes from Parliament. They must costs hundreds each. Are they made from crushed ivory?

  15. @Dagmar — Harriet’s office may well be efficient — she and her staff are certainly not. Reminds me to scan and post the only missive I have — in the cream envelope.
    Strangely find myself in agreement with Chunters. I see it as the Liberals will get PR and then make parliament unworkable — elections and Liberals with 25% of the seats.
    Peckham got £10 million out of Well London, Camberwell with the same demographic got to be the control. So no catch up in sight there.
    Will Labour take another preferred partner for E&C? or even move in‐house. Harriet still isn’t going to press for lift money for the Aylesbury — regeneration for the privileged.
    Anyone remember ‘Holiday in Cambodia’?

  16. Loved Gordo’s resignation speech, particularly the bit about improving equality, green space … the man’s obviously totally deluded. One of the top speeches since Maggie doing St Franky prayer.

    @florian Yes. Southwark Uber Alles and the honest version of I fought the law.

  17. Harriet for labour leader? Seriously I think she is underestimated, strong on principle and morals. She won’t do it though as she has been pilloried and demonised by the Neanderthal mysoginists in the press. We had the equal pay act 35 years ago and women are still paid less than thier male counterparts. Equality is a sign of a civilsed society and a UN right. But obviously a problem for some in Camberwell

  18. Not for me. I can’t stand Harriet but I’m all for equal pay. In fact studies show that on like‐for‐like roles — except in perhaps a minority of sectors and roles — that there is NO pay gap. Funny how Harriet glosses over that one in the interviews eh.

    Of course, women on AVERAGE get paid less than men and that needs to be addressed for sure. And that’s because
    — women go into different jobs, particularly the older generations
    — women have childcare burdens, which sets them back on the ladder

    Solutions might be to improve careers advice and education for women, open them up to more possibilities. And to sort out lamentable state of childcare.

    Did Harriet target those? Sadly reader she didn’t…

    Anyway, this is all academic. The Queen has got involved. All hail Claggeron!

  19. A friend of mine’s brother had East Bay Ray play at his wedding. I’d get married if i could get a West Coast hardcore legend to play the first song.

    Much though i admire HH, she’d be be Michael Foot in a stab proof vest for the Labour party. Burnham’s worth a bet.

  20. of course women on average earn less of course we attack Harriet for trying to change that

    From the fawcett society on equal payThe size of the pay gap varies across the UK. It’s highest in London and lowest in Wales.
    Pay gaps tend to be higher where averageThe size of the pay gap varies across the UK. It’s highest in London and lowest in Wales.
    Pay gaps tend to be higher where average pay is higher because in these places the very top jobs tend to be done mostly by men, stretching the size of the gap.
     
    Below are the regional pay gap figures — the percentages represent the difference in hourly mean average earnings between women and men working full‐time.
     
    • North East = 13.9%
    • North West = 15.5 %
    • Yorkshire & the Humber = 14.2%
    • East Midlands = 16.4%
    • West Midlands = 16.0%
    • East = 18.2%
    • London = 23.2%
    • South East = 21.6%
    • South West = 16.3%
    • Wales = 10.9%
    • Scotland = 13.6%
    • UK AVERAGE = 17.2%
    Source: Office for National Statistics, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
     
     
    Occupation
    The size of the pay gap varies according to what job you do. The biggest gap is in the financial sector and the smallest in the transport, storage and communications sector. The pay gaps tend to be higher in industries where average pay is higher because in these places the very top jobs tend to be done mostly by men, stretching the size of the gap.
    pay is higher because in these places the very top jobs tend to be done mostly by men, stretching the size of the gap.
     
    Below are the regional pay gap figures — the percentages represent the difference in hourly mean average earnings between women and men working full‐time.
     
    • North East = 13.9%
    • North West = 15.5 %
    • Yorkshire & the Humber = 14.2%
    • East Midlands = 16.4%
    • West Midlands = 16.0%
    • East = 18.2%
    • London = 23.2%
    • South East = 21.6%
    • South West = 16.3%
    • Wales = 10.9%
    • Scotland = 13.6%
    • UK AVERAGE = 17.2%
    Source: Office for National Statistics, Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings
     
     
    Occupation
    The size of the pay gap varies according to what job you do. The biggest gap is in the financial sector and the smallest in the transport, storage and communications sector. The pay gaps tend to be higher in industries where average pay is higher because in these places the very top jobs tend to be done mostly by men, stretching the size of the gap.

  21. You ‘ave kids, Gnomee, love, that’ll stretch the size o’ yer gap. What on earth are the Mail, Sun, Telegraph and Express going to make of Clegg and the Lib Dems tomorrow apart from mincemeat like they have done for a fortnight?

    Come on, tomorrow’s Sun headline will be?

    CAMERON ATE MY PARTY!

    The Mail will surely be:

    JUDAS!

    (referring to Cameron)

    The Telegraph:

    LIBS DAMNED!

    The Express:

    GORDON BROWN SHOULD STEP DOWN!

  22. Pay equality is closer than it used to be. What Harriet, or any politician, is that pay for men has not kept up with rising prices — notably housing. Women’s pay has risen hence the slight catch up. Equality isn’t about raising to standards to a new level but lowering them. Pay is vital in this as it’s profits all round to make the sooper rich even more so.

    Fifth homes all round for the more equal — as Harriet almost said.

    It is worth adding that a look around Southwark will show just how well equality is going in her own constituency.

  23. Diversity rather than equality is Camberwell’s identity. How ironic that Gordon Brown saved the system that the new centre‐left coalition comes from — private banking & investment, elite this & bespoke that, boutique this & niche that, connoisseur this & epicure that. Now old Steerforth is hoping to reduce the deficit by shaking little urchins upside down till farthings fall out of their pockets.

  24. Let’s leave Claggeron to it. In other news:

    Le PP has new outside chairs ready for a summer of fun. I q liked the old green tiled ones. Half the lagers in GU seem to be off most of the time.

    Cinammon and Ambrosia still balefully empty most nights. Please support them. Meanwhile Observer readers pack into Silk Rd to savour the grease. OK so curry houses are ten a penny but we need em we do!

  25. Anyone been into The Bear lately? All the old staff have gone, and the service has now deteriorated from 910 to 510. If it keeps going that way, I’m going to decamp to The Tiger!

  26. The Bear has new management who acknowledged that they had a few teething problems. However, they assure me that things are getting back to normal. Hope so. Like the lunches there.

  27. Interesting. Thanks for that, Monkeycat. I hope it goes back to normal, too. The food in there was still very good, it was just the service that was poor. Given that the service in The Tiger is great, and the food and service in Angels & Gypsies is of a consistently high standard, I’d encourage the management at The Bear to buck their ideas up quick‐sharpish or risk losing clientele. Getting rid of the Leffe on tap was a bad move, too.

  28. I hope the food at The Bear is still as good as pre management swap. It was far better than what’s on offer at The Tiger — though also much more expensive.

  29. The Bear’s now on taste london (if you have a card) http://www.tastelondon.co.uk/restaurant.php?id=2042&address=se5%209hw&qty=50
    which gives you 50% off food, making it quite reasonable really.
    That said I’ve eaten in the Tiger twice now and been pleased with the result, the sausages and mash are really great and it’s a good alternative if you want more standard pub fayre than The Bear’s fancy menu. Service in both places is pretty slow but I think that’s a testament to the freshness of the dishes 🙂

  30. probably going to The Bear tonight will report back tomorrow. ref Taste London discount scheme. 50% off food Mon — Thursday only. My partner managed to get the taste card a half price as well quite recently, its paid for itself in 3 meals

  31. Our company have been to FM mangal last weekend had a meeting dinner which was great evening. very good turkish food and service.everything were great.

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