Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Next in Line
– Labour No 3 Lucy Anderson

Lucy Anderson is number 3 on the London Labour list for the 2014 European elections.

Lucy's background is as a lawyer and policy campaigner - areas of expertise include employment rights and equality law, transport and health.

Long term party member, trade union activist and school governor, and a Camden Councillor from 2002-6, during which she held positions as Chair of Licensing and Executive Member for Schools.

In recent years, Lucy has been employed as a senior manager for the National Union of Teachers, and before that as a Business Manager at the Greater London Authority.

Lucy also worked from 1997 to 2006 for the TUC as a policy and legal expert, where her work included campaigning for effective implementation of European Union directives.

If elected, her priorities would be:
  • Protect and enhance EU employment, equality and social protection laws guaranteeing citizens, trade union and workers’ rights, including environmental standards and EU level safeguards against human trafficking, crime and exploitation of vulnerable workers.
  • Challenge the EU-wide ‘austerity’ agenda, and make the case for greater redistribution of wealth within the EU including by a Financial Transaction Tax and other progressive taxation measures.
  • Represent the interests of London for EU investment and support, especially in deprived areas and on addressing the impact of climate change, and promote fair wages and jobs for Londoners through EU trade and regulation.
  • Ensure that EU frameworks and procedures regulating the operation of the single market do not prevent or restrict state-run essential public services such as transport, utilities or the NHS.
  • Campaign for good governance of the EU, such as greater transparency of decision-making, increasing democratic participation in elections, and cost-effective administration, including the location of the European Parliament in only one place, whether Brussels or elsewhere.
Twitter: @Lucy4MEP

The Next in Line for the main 5 parties in the London Region Euro elections have been offered 300 words on this blog. They will be published if and when they are received. This is the fourth. I have created a new label below which readers can click to see them all together.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Flying the Flag

Well, we seem to have a bit of a flag theme going on, so as it’s St George’s Day it’s out with the Cross of St George. As you will notice this flag has horizontal, vertical and reflective symmetry. So it’s impossible to fly it upside down, except it is. It’s just that you can’t tell if it’s upside down or not.

St George himself will be slaying a Dragon in Ilford Town centre at High Noon plus other stuff.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Le Tour de France is coming to Redbridge

I’ve never understood why the “Tour de France” has any part of its route in England. It’s like holding the Oxford/Cambridge boat race on the Seine, it just doesn’t seem right. However, I was vaguely aware of it because the trophy was on display at Ilford Central library a while ago. I just didn’t realise the route was coming through part of Redbridge and what the scale and implications were until Ron emailed me. He explains:
This Tour de France is going to cause major access problems. It kicks off at Leeds on 5th July and by Monday 7th July it hits Essex. Coming through Cambridge - Chelmsford - Epping - Lea Bridge Road finishing at Buckingham Palace via The Mall.
Street furniture is to be removed, if felt it could be dangerous. I believe Epping council are already preparing easy removal furniiture to facilitate. The roads along the route will be closed early morning (8am) until 4pm in the evening. It’s said no-one apart from emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross the route and all access roads to the route will be closed. This will virtually divide Essex and London from East to West.
There will only be a few places to reach the 'Other side' - underpasses like M25 for instance, but for the life of me I cannot see a crossing point for motorists to use- from Epping ( M25) through into London.
I understand the long close down is because the Sponsors preceeding the race (throwing out their goodies) will take1-2 hours to pass before cyclists are expected. This being the final stage of the race the riders are expected to be well straggled out followed by the entourage of up to 5000 officials.
The scale of the Event is huge with 200 riders, 2000 vehicles and up to 5000 officials and press staff using the route. The event organisers will work with all agencies to ensure the minimum road closure timeframe is in place but they warn closures will be in place for up to 8 hours.
I’m rather looking forward to seeing the race come through and acknowledge the sponsors will pick up the bill for costs to local authorities etc but who should be organising information on access during this 10 hour shut down? I hope they dont leave it too late to advise people. How will the likes of Doctors and Carers get to reach their patients if they dont know? Contingency plans are a must, but little info to the public is being given. Maybe I'm worrying too soon - but time flies. Perhaps B21 might find out more?
Many of our members who live on this side of the Epping New Road and stable their horses in the High Beach area will have to organise getting their mounts looked after.
Ron King.
Secretary, Epping Forest Riders Association.
So that’s 10 vehicles and 26 people for every bicycle. On a Monday. A schoolday. The route enters Redbridge from Essex on Epping New Road, proceeds along High Road Woodford and then Woodford New Road to Waterworks Corner in Waltham Forest. There are at least eight schools along that route in Redbridge. And waterworks roundabout will be closed to traffic.

Here’s the page on Redbridge-i to keep you up to date.