Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Recent by-election results






Lab vote change
October 5, 2017
Warwick DC, Stoneleigh & Cubbington
Conservative hold
+15.1
October 5, 2017
South Bucks DC, Burnham Lent Rise & Taplow
Conservative hold
-0.4
October 5, 2017
Salford MB, Claremont
Labour hold
-1.5
October 5, 2017
Redcar & Cleveland UA, St Germain’s
Lib Dem hold
+1.5
October 5, 2017
Hinckley & Bosworth BC, Burbage, Sketchley & Stretton
Conservative hold
+2.0
October 5, 2017
Cheshire East UA, Crewe East
Labour hold
+14.8
October 5, 2017
Hertsmere BC, Borehamwood Kenilworth
Labour gain from Conservative
-9.1
October 5, 2017
Adur DC, Mash Barn
Labour gain from UKIP
+29.7
September 28, 2017
Northampton BC, Nene Valley
Conservative hold
+7.6
September 28, 2017
St Edmundsbury BC, Hundon
Conservative hold
No candidate
September 28, 2017
St Edmundsbury BC, Chedburgh
Conservative hold
+22.7
September 28, 2017
Northampton BC, Eastfield
Labour hold
+13.5
September 28, 2017
East Staffordshire BC, Stretton
Conservative hold
+0.5
September 28, 2017
Harrogate BC, Washburn
Conservative hold
-0.9
September 28, 2017
Harlow DC, Toddbrook
Labour hold
+13.8
September 28, 2017
Durham UA, Trimdon & Thornley
Labour hold
+15.0
September 28, 2017
Breckland DC, Thetford Priory
Labour gain from Conservative
+29.5
September 28, 2017
Barnsley MB, Kingstone
Labour hold
+6.7
September 28, 2017
Highland UA, Tain & Easter Ross
Ind gain from Lib Dem
No candidate
September 28, 2017
Lancaster BC, Halton with Aughton
Labour gain from Independent
+18.0
September 22, 2017
Waveney DC, Oulton Broad
Conservative hold
-9.0
September 22, 2017
Oadby & Wigston BC, Oadby Uplands
Lib Dem gain from Labour
+1.1
September 22, 2017
Chesterfield BC, Holmebrook
Lib Dem gain from Labour
-8.8

Monday, 9 October 2017

Continued strong showing for Southend Labour on the doorstep

Those inventive Westcliff residents, beautifying the local area with unwanted white goods


An interesting doorstep session this weekend. A mixed bag of responses, but Labour scored 48%, some distance ahead of the hapless Tories who can’t catch a cold at the moment, not in Milton ward anyway.

The two main issues today concerned street begging and pavement cycling. I am doing what I can to address both issues, although street begging is easier to deal with, even if not entirely solvable.

It is some six months to the next round of local elections, and in six months anything could happen. However, at the moment it does look quite promising and Labour gains are that are being seen across the country in by-elections should be repeated in May next year. My doorstep experience over the summer and into autumn suggests that the Labour vote is as solid as ever, whereas there is considerable cause for alarm in Conservative circles.

In addition to our solid showing in the polls, our membership surge and increased levels of activism should assist us in our aim of a growing presence in the council chamber. I can report that local Labour meetings are witnessing higher levels of interest than has been the case for a number of years.

Southend Labour are looking good.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Peafowl in Chalkwell Park



Earlier this year Cllr Julian Ware-Lane (Southend-on-Sea, Milton ward) raised the issue of the four adult peafowl caged in Chalkwell Park, Westcliff-on-Sea. He questioned the suitability of their accommodation and wanted them re-housed. (http://awordfromwier.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/the-welfare-of-chalkwell-park-peacocks.html)

Since then Cllr Ware-Lane has had a number of people contact him on this issue, all wanting the animal cruelty he exposed to end, and a new home to be found for these birds.

With the support of Cllr Charles Willis, Cllr Ware-Lane has sent a Motion for Full Council to consider.

“Animal cruelty should not be a party political issue, and I am hoping that the Motion will attract support right across the Council Chamber” Cllr Ware-Lane said.

Cllr Willis added: “I am delighted to support this motion. I have been a long-standing advocate for animal rights”

This is the Motion to Full Council. It is proposed by Cllr Julian Ware-Lane (Labour, Milton), and seconded by Cllr Charles Willis (Labour, Westborough).

There are a number of peafowl caged at Chalkwell Park. These large birds are usually seen roaming free on large estates and zoological gardens, and I cannot recall another example where these birds are caged.

The cage at Chalkwell Park is not nearly large enough, and as the photo shows, when the peacock displays his magnificent plumage there really is barely enough room for him to do so. These birds roam large estates and parks normally; there is no room for flight at all, and these birds can fly.

Aside from the smallness of their present enclosure, this is a sparsely decorated cage that is often dirty, and certainly gives every impression of neglect. These birds are often tormented by visitors and their pets, as if them being caged gives permission to this poor behaviour.

Earlier this summer two chicks were hatched. The peahen was trying to protect them, a difficult job in a small enclosure. One was killed by its sibling. The bowls for feeding and drinking are designed for adult birds, and are too high for chicks; how were the chicks meant to feed and drink?

A resident informed the Council about the chicks, and the dead one was removed. However, since the Council were unaware up to that point that there were chicks then clearly accusations of neglect are appropriate.

This cage is the last vestige of the menagerie that once housed many animals such as bears and chimpanzees. Nowadays this would not be allowed.  This is a throwback to an era when animals were not treated with respect. That peafowl are still caged is a disgrace to the town, a town that prides itself as being cultured.

Motion to Council:

We call upon the Council to uphold the highest standards with regards to animal rights.

To this end we want the four peafowl housed in the Chalkwell Park menagerie to be moved to somewhere more suitable.

There has been offers of new homes, and we call upon the Council to fully investigate these.

We urge the Council to expedite a move to a more humane home for the peafowl with utmost speed to end this example of animal cruelty.