I want to thank you again for putting your faith in myself, as Mayor of Hackney, and 52 fantastic, talented and passionate Labour councillors. I am looking forward to getting straight to work on delivering the promises we made in our manifesto.
From building 800 new council and social rented homes, to setting up a publicly owned energy company, and ensuring young people can access opportunities across the Borough – it is an exciting vision for Hackney. Read the full manifesto here.
Achieving this work is only possible with a hard-working and committed team – and I am pleased to announce my new Cabinet, who are just that. Hackney is one of the most diverse boroughs in the country, and I’m proud to have appointed a Cabinet team that reflects that diversity.
There is a new face, changing roles, and expanded portfolios – as we make the changes necessary to support Hackney as it grows and faces new challenges.
As the Mayor of Hackney I will continue to lead the cabinet, and will continue to take responsibility for policy on delivering new housing and overall strategy, alongside me I will have:
Deputy Mayor Anntoinette Bramble who will continue work as statutory Deputy Mayor and will lead on Education, Young People and Children’s Social Care. Working with colleagues she’ll be shaping the Mayor’s Hackney Fair Futures Commission and the future of the Council’s role in education and schools.
Deputy Mayor Feryal Demirci, I am excited to announce, will now serve as joint Deputy Mayor, to acknowledge the enormous challenges and opportunities we face as we work to create a healthier borough. Her new portfolio will include responsibility for adult social care and public health, as well as air quality, parks and transport – reflecting how these big issues impact upon and interact with each other.
Councillor Caroline Selman, who has been working with me on community safety, now has an expanded portfolio to recognise that tackling some of the issues behind recent violence and crime are complex – and that as well as fighting for more police resources, it also needs a wider response from the voluntary sector and the whole community. She will now be cabinet member for Community Safety, Policy and the Voluntary Sector.
Councillor Chris Kennedy is newly appointed to the Cabinet as the Member for Families, Early Years and Play. During his time as Chair of the Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission, Chris demonstrated the skills, knowledge and compassion that will be invaluable in the Cabinet team. He will be leading on early years, our support for children and young people with special educational needs, and working with Deputy Mayor Bramble as we continue to fight for fairer funding.
Councillor Guy Nicholson will continue great work as the Cabinet Member for Planning, Business and Investment. He will take the lead as we continue to ensure that a growing Hackney remains a place for everyone and finalising our new Cultural Strategy.
Councillor Rebecca Rennison stays on to continue to fight against homelessness and for adequate housing provision, as the Cabinet Member for Finance and Housing Needs. She will also be leading cross cutting reviews on complaints, debt and advice.
Councillor Clayeon McKenzie will continue work on improving housing services to the over 32,000 homes we directly manage. As Cabinet Member for Housing services, he will take the lead on ensuring our homes are not only safe but also clean, well maintained, and great places to live.
Councillor Jon Burke continues to innovate as Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services. Cllr Burke’s experience and knowledge will be the driving force behind one of our key manifesto commitments – that we will set up a publicly owned energy company to provide cleaner, cheaper energy to the residents of Hackney. He will also take over the waste, recycling and cleaning responsibilities.
Councillor Carole Williams, who I’m proud to say has just helped Hackney Council to win an award for our pioneering apprenticeship scheme, will continue as Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources with additional responsibilities for volunteering.
Councillor Sem Moema will continue to work with me as we push forward on our Private Rented Sector licensing scheme, develop our wholly owned housing company and tackle the housing issues that affect so many private renters and those unable to buy their first home.
The Cabinet and I are excited to work together on delivering our manifesto and embarking on becoming the campaigning Labour Mayor and Council we promised throughout the election.
I want to thank you again for putting your faith in myself, as Mayor of Hackney, and 52 fantastic, talented and passionate Labour councillors. I am looking forward to getting...
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Find out why so many people are voting Labour in Hackney on Thursady 3 May!
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On Thursday 3 May, volunteers and activists will be stomping the pavements of London to help turn our capital red!
Here in Hackney, we have a fight on our hands. In Stamford Hill West, Cazenove and Springfield we have a chance to make some real gains and kick out the Lib Dems and Tories for good.
Hackney Labour also believes in always helping out our #LabourFamily. Councils in Wandsworth, Westminster, Barnet and Kensington & Chelsea could turn red on Thursday 3 May - so we'll be sending our #HackneyonTour team to help get out the vote.
If you want to help, here's what you can do:
- Sign up below to volunteer on Polling Day - then you will receive our Polling Day updates, and info about where you can go and help out on the day.
- Take the day off work - Thursday 3 May we're going to need all hands on deck, so if you're able to take the day off and help out please do. If that's not possible, there's plenty of work to do before and after work!
- Check out our events page at: http://www.hackney-labour.org.uk/events - there's plenty of events already happening, and you will find further polling day updates on this page as well.
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Around 250 local Labour Party members packed into the Old School Room in Clapton on Saturday afternoon to hear Mayor Philip Glanville launch Hackney Labour's local election manifesto. And there were rousing speeches to help launch the manifesto from local MPs Meg Hillier and Diane Abbott, joined by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who also went out on the doorstep in Springfield ward afterwards.
Sadiq Khan said the Hackney manifesto was ‘arguably the most ambitious manifesto in London for these elections’. He added: ‘I am inspired by the hard work of candidates and teams like those in Springfield ward. The more London Labour councillors are elected, the better we can protect Londoners from the worst of Tory austerity.’
Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, said it was important to get proper representation for the entire community in the North part of Hackney. She pointed out that these local elections will be the first step to putting Jeremy Corbyn in Number 10.
Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, said it was a manifesto with vision and opportunity. 'We really need this mayor and councillors back in power and show what Labour can do'. She highlighted some of the achievements of Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, and councillors, with excellent schools - 'some of the best in the country'.
She spoke with concern about the serious housing crisis caused by the Tory Government which is now costing Hackney Council £11m more a year in temporary accommodation costs. Hackney Council needs more financial freedoms to build new homes to meet the demand.
Philip Glanville, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Hackney for the next four years, presented the manifesto.
He said he was proud of the achievements and progress of improving services and facilities so that Hackney is now 'one of the best Labour Councils in the country'.
He added that there was still more to do, adding: ‘I said we would be a campaigning Labour Council led by a campaigning Labour Mayor and that's what we have been.’
He emphasised: ‘We have been at the forefront of the fight against police cuts, we've stood alongside families in the community against knife crime, and we’ve fought the deepest education cuts for a generation.’
He said that ‘as a campaigning council, we have stood up for our fellow European citizens and continue to fight a hard Brexit, fought for proper investment in public services, fought for the Dubs Amendment supporting refugees and settling families’.
He added that the Labour Council has campaigned for the Living Wage, and also pay it; ‘we created a bursary for childminders, we created more than 100 apprenticeships, we're building new schools’.
On housing, he said that the Council is building council houses - 3000 new homes, half of which will be at council rent or shared ownership - and private renters will be better protected and landlords of HMOs will be on a warning.
He underlined – ‘This manifesto is on the side of those who still feel excluded, for those who are worried about how the borough is changing and where they fit in. That's why we'll create the Mayor's Hackney Future Commission, to give young people a real voice in the future of their borough.
‘This is a manifesto infused with hope and municipal socialism at its heart that will maintain that diverse and tolerant Hackney we love.’
Our full manifesto can be downloaded here.
Around 250 local Labour Party members packed into the Old School Room in Clapton on Saturday afternoon to hear Mayor Philip Glanville launch Hackney Labour's local election manifesto. And there...
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During the EU referendum in 2016, Hackney Labour Party threw itself behind the Remain campaign, determined to protect the diversity and tolerance that is Hackney. Although the EU referendum resulted in the country voting to Leave, we are proud that 78.5% of Hackney voted to Remain.
Here in Hackney we aren’t ready to give up the fight to protect EU citizens’ rights. Put simply, you are Londoners and you belong here in Hackney. While the Conservative government is determined to use EU citizens as bargaining chips and has failed to keep their promises, your Labour Council is still fighting:
- As a Campaigning Council we will continue to speak out to protect the rights of EU citizens living in Hackney after the UK leaves the EU – Mayor Philip Glanville took part in a joint Labour Leaders letter to the Prime Minister, asking her to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK.
- We are standing up for toleration and telling our EU citizens that they will always be welcome here through our ‘I Love Hackney’ campaign that celebrates our EU citizens.
- We’ve written to businesses in the Borough and asked them their concerns on Brexit. We recognise the enormous contributions EU citizens make to our public services, and have raised both at the highest level.
As an EU citizen you are eligible to vote in the Local and Mayoral Elections on 3rd May 2018. This will possibly be the last UK election in which EU citizens in London are eligible to vote. You can use your vote to protest the Conservative’s shameful treatment of EU citizens and vote for a Labour Council that has fought for tolerance, openness and diversity in Hackney.
You can apply for a postal vote, which will allow you to cast your ballot if you are busy on Election Day, by calling Hackney Council on 020 8356 3232 or visiting: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
By voting Labour in May you will be sending a clear message that Hackney is still fighting against the harmful effects of Brexit, and will remain a welcoming place to all – including its EU citizens.
Mayor and Labour Candidate Philip Glanville
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It’s the centenary of women’s suffrage, and as part of the Labour Council’s celebrations, Hackney residents are being given the opportunity to nominate inspirational local women.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which extended the vote to some women for the first time in the UK. The Act gave women over the age of 30 the right to vote and paved the way for universal suffrage 10 years later when women won equal voting rights to men.
Throughout the year, Labour Council in Hackney will be celebrating the achievements of local women, past and present, and the contribution they make to our communities through various events and exhibitions. As part of the year-long programme of events, the Council is looking to showcase 100 Hackney women who are driving change and making a difference in their community, and is asking residents to send in nominations. The Council has also produced a special, limited edition badge that celebrates Hackney Women which will be given out throughout the year.
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Equalities, has been talking about this momentous celebration:
“Our society would be a very different place if women had not fought for their right to vote 100 years ago. We have come so far since then, but still have a long way to go and by remembering their achievements and shining a light on the women making a difference in our communities today, we can continue to push for equality and a fair representation of women across all institutions and in all aspects of our community.”
Across the UK, women still face a struggle for gender equality, whether it’s in regard to pay, education, civic representation or safety. Only 29 per cent of parliamentarians are women, and out of all of the FTSE 100 companies only seven are led by women. Nationally, for every £1 a man earns women earn just 81p, and one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives.
Cllr Williams continued: “We know there are local women helping to combat inequality who often go under the radar, which is why we want to showcase them throughout this year to inspire, empower and drive further change. We need our residents to nominate their female inspiration – past or present – to help us truly capture the breadth of the great work and achievements of women across the whole borough.”
Nominees should live or work in Hackney and be driving change in their community. For example they could be:
Women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)
Equality campaigners, including LGBTQI+, disability rights, race and discrimination
Those helping to end violence against women
Arts and culture, including writers, poets, spoken word artists, directors
Women in public life, including politicians and business leaders
Women in public services, including the police force, fire brigade and NHS staff
The Council will be collecting nominations until November 2018. All nominations should include a photograph of the nominee with at least 150 words explaining why they should be celebrated as part of the 100 Hackney women. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to join the Labour Council in celebrating Hackney women.
Nominations can be made online at www.hackney.gov.uk/hackney-women, emailed to email@example.com or posted to: Tara Hudson, Communications, Culture and Engagement, Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA.
All nominations will be considered by a panel of judges and announced in December.
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