The key to breaking up the old boy network? Job-shares in the Labour Party

The Labour Party should be leading the way in promoting best practise in labour conditions. But in terms of promoting job-sharing, Labour is still years behind. With local elections in many areas coming up, and the reallocation of Labour group and local council positions, now is a good time to make the case for job-sharing. Job-sharing…

Celebrating 100 years of female suffrage #usethevotetheyfoughtfor

100 years ago today the first British women (those over 30, with property) were able to vote for the first time.  The Representation of The People Act added 8.5 million women to the electoral roll. It also gave the vote to 5.6 million more men after their voting age was lowered to 21, and the…

My highs and lows of 2017…in pictures

  In January, over two thirds of the 80 homeless families who live in the Nightingale Square shelter – the largest homeless shelter in the borough – signed a petition asking for some play facilities for their children on a small area of disused tarmac. In January there were 113 children living in Nightingale Square…

2,588 Wandsworth children will be homeless this Christmas

This Christmas there will be 2,588 homeless children in Wandsworth, an increase of almost 400 on last Christmas, according to figures released by Wandsworth Council. As well as homelessness, foodbank use in the borough is also increasing. Wandsworth Foodbank described it as “sad beyond words” that on December 15 more households visited their Battersea St…

“Confidentially agreements, untruths, shifting sands, tall walls, guard dogs were all put in place to ensure the Council, not its residents, would be calling the shots”, speech by Cllr Candida Jones to Council

Last night, I went to a public meeting in Putney about the impact of government cuts to schools budgets which will mean schools in this borough will be worse off by over £9m over the next 3 years. Not a single Tory cllr was there. Justine Greening, MP for Putney and Secretary of State for…

Wandsworth; a disconnected Council that’s forgotten how to listen

The sad spectacle of Chestnut Avenue has touched everyone in our community. Just today I spoke to two local Tory voters on the avenue, both of whom vowed never to vote Tory again. The beautiful chestnut trees are gone but what has replaced them feels like a permanent rebuke from a Council that no longer…