December 2019

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Wanstead councillor surgery dates for December

Screenshot 2019-11-25 13.56.51Left to right: Councillors Sheila Bain, Paul Merry, Paul Donovan, Jo Blackman and Daniel Morgan-Thomas

Wanstead’s local councillors will hold two advice surgeries this month (instead of the usual four).

Wanstead Park ward representatives – Councillors Sheila Bain and Paul Merry – will be available to meet residents at the Allan Burgess Centre on 7 December from 10am to 11am. Wanstead Village ward representatives – Councillors Paul Donovan, Jo Blackman and Daniel Morgan-Thomas – will hold their session in the vestry of Christ Church on 14 December from 10am to 11am.

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Leyton & Wanstead 2019: Labour Party candidate

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John Cryer is the Labour Party candidate standing for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency at this month’s General Election. Here’s why he thinks he deserves your vote on 12 December

So, the country is going to the polls again. With Brexitmania dominating everything, you could be forgiven for forgetting that General Elections are about more than just one issue. However, the winning party will govern for the next five years and will be responsible for our health, our children’s education, our rights at work, transport and so much more.

Brexit, of course, touches on all of these issues, and it will quite rightly be high up on every voter’s agenda when they decide in which box to put their cross.

The Labour Party is the only one of the major national parties pledging a second referendum, with an option to remain. Even as an outspoken Eurosceptic, the experience of the last three and a half years has convinced me that the only way for us to come back together as a country is to ask the public to vote again.

Beyond the end of this interminable debate, the next government will be stewarding the institutions we all rely on. The Johnson government’s Brexit proposals pose a unique threat to our NHS, which the Trump administration is currently eyeing like a pig on a spit. A Labour government would reverse privatisations in the health service and restore confidence in our most precious institution.

Labour will make funding available and back the police to do their job. While I have been representing this area, this has become an issue especially close to my heart. Too many times this year I have had to ask the Home Secretary to set out the government’s strategy to address knife crime and it has been painfully clear they have no answer. The simple truth is that cuts to police numbers have made it impossible for them to do their job, either on violence or burglaries.

As well as supporting this agenda, I will continue working on the issues that matter to you. Recently, I have been fighting with local campaigners on issues like the expansion of City Airport, excessive noise from the Central Line, step-free access at stations and more. I listened to residents’ deep concerns about the environmental impact of a planned music festival on Wanstead Flats and lobbied the City of London Corporation on their behalf. That festival will not now go ahead.

We have had over three years of a zombie Tory government too stymied by its own inability to resolve Brexit to deliver any legislative programme at all. I hope you will place your faith in me and Labour to move forward with an agenda for real change.

Leyton and Wanstead constituency prospective parliamentary candidates are: Ashley Gunstock (Green Party), John Cryer (Labour Party), Noshaba Khiljee (Conservative Party), Ben Sims (Liberal Democrats), Zulf Jannaty (Brexit Party) and Henry Scott (Independent).
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Leyton & Wanstead 2019: independent candidate

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Henry Scott is an independent candidate standing for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency at this month’s General Election. Here’s why he thinks he deserves your vote on 12 December

I am the UK’s youngest candidate taking part in this General Election and I have decided to stand as an independent candidate for Leyton and Wanstead.

I turned 18 in November, having grown up in Leytonstone with my older brother and younger sister. My parents, Peter and Victoria, are both musicians. Victoria currently teaches music at Riverley School in Leyton, while Peter is the organist at St John’s Church and runs a business in London. My education began at the Kids-R-Us nursery at the Welsh Church and I now attend David Game College in London.

“How on earth did you come to the decision to stand as a candidate?” I hear you ask. Well, I remember being in my politics lesson and my teacher saying: “Henry, now that you’re 18, are you looking forward to voting in your first election?” I replied that I wasn’t sure I wanted to vote for any of the current main parties. As I went home, I realised I wanted a candidate who would represent the views and wishes of myself and other people like me, not the wishes of the main party and their leadership. I thought, if I’m old enough to vote, am I also old enough to stand as a candidate? And it turned out that I was.

Although I now live in Loughton, I was raised in Leytonstone and I really love the area and am still involved there. As a kid, I went on many adventures and bike rides on Wanstead Flats and in Wanstead Park – it’s a favourite dog-walking spot of mine and I really enjoy the tea hut. I love the High Street in Leytonstone because it’s always busy and bustling with very friendly shopkeepers; and I have many friends through St John’s Church. I would now like to give something back to the people who made my upbringing possible and who brought me to where I am today.

Politically, I have four main concerns I would like to address:

  • I think Barts Trust have been treating our Whipps Cross Hospital very badly and I want to campaign tirelessly for better funding and to take Whipps into its own trust.
  • I want to stop Brexit.
  • I want to prevent a climate catastrophe.
  • I want to get more funding for music, drama and the arts in our Leyton and Wanstead schools.

In doing all this, I hope to be a voice for youth in Parliament and I will, of course, do my very best for any other concerns my Leyton and Wanstead constituents might have.

Leyton and Wanstead constituency prospective parliamentary candidates are: Ashley Gunstock (Green Party), John Cryer (Labour Party), Noshaba Khiljee (Conservative Party), Ben Sims (Liberal Democrats), Zulf Jannaty (Brexit Party) and Henry Scott (Independent).
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Leyton & Wanstead 2019: Green Party candidate

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Ashley Gunstock is the Green Party candidate standing for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency at this month’s General Election. Here’s why he thinks he deserves your vote on 12 December

The Green Party will be standing to promote solutions to the important matters of the day and through the eye of the climate emergency storm.

There may be doubters, deniers and downright liars who challenge the science that says we are, at the very least, causing the quickening of our own extinction. Yet, we will address all issues from an integrated environmental perspective, as follows.

Education: would be comprehensive in the truest sense of the word (no division of intakes on the grounds of religion, race, gender, disability or social status). University fees would be greatly reduced and Ofsted scrapped. Pupils, alongside the core subjects, will be taught an eco-curriculum, to encourage them to respect and protect all forms of life in the world about them.

Healthcare: provided by fully funded centres, would be holistic, being based on prevention, a good diet and regular exercise as well as cure. With guidance on how to take personal responsibility for ourselves, we would also ensure the need for medication is kept to a minimum and that the weight could be taken off the overburdened NHS.

Transport: public mobility and haulage need to be upgraded, better integrated and affordable to encourage usage. This needs to be quickened to hasten the uptake of a new generation of travel to drastically reduce our dependence on fossil-fuelled vehicles.

Waste: must be reduced. Goods to supply our needs, rather than our wants, will be packaged using minimal recycled materials, would be made to last longer for reuse and repair and be recyclable, in ‘the circular economy’.

Economy: the Green New Deal would see a rise in employment in the building of a renewable-friendly infrastructure to drastically reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Businesses would be encouraged to unbiasedly invest in education.

Taxation: would be founded on land ownership, its size, location and usage as well as a ‘polluter pays’ principle and based on a person’s ability to pay.

Unfortunately, much of what needs to be urgently done continues to be delayed by the divisive distraction that is Brexit. Greens believe unity is the key: co-operation, not confrontation. In view of this, Greens feel that if we are to leave, we should come out of the EU with some dignity, on good terms with our present partners and a decent deal that does not leave us at the mercy of the unscrupulous leaders of this world.

Leyton and Wanstead constituency prospective parliamentary candidates are: Ashley Gunstock (Green Party), John Cryer (Labour Party), Noshaba Khiljee (Conservative Party), Ben Sims (Liberal Democrats), Zulf Jannaty (Brexit Party) and Henry Scott (Independent).
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Leyton & Wanstead 2019: Conservative Party candidate

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Dr Noshaba Khiljee is the Conservative Party candidate standing for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency at this month’s General Election. Here’s why she thinks she deserves your vote on 12 December

My name is Dr Noshaba Khiljee and I am the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency.

I was raised in Walthamstow and have many friends and family in the Leyton and Wanstead area. I understand there are a number of issues that voters in Leyton and Wanstead are concerned about.

Ending the uncertainty over Brexit
More than three years after the referendum result, the country needs to be able to move on. A Conservative majority government will implement the new deal negotiated with the EU, and we can then fully focus on our agenda for improving people’s lives.

Improving the NHS
I am a practising NHS hospital consultant and am fully committed to the principles and values of the NHS. I understand the challenges the NHS faces but am sure it can continue to deliver world-class healthcare in the 21st century. I will be a strong advocate in a Conservative government to protect NHS patients and staff and was pleased to hear that Whipps Cross Hospital has been awarded £400 million for its redevelopment.

Making our local streets safer
Our area has sadly been in the news for the wrong reasons. Our residents have a right to feel safe when they go out on our streets. I will promise to fight for our fair share of the 20,000 extra police officers being recruited under the next Conservative government.

Proper funding for our schools
I attended school locally and understand how much our residents value their children’s education. Every child in our community deserves a good education and that starts with investing more in schools as promised by the next Conservative government.

Adequate social care for the chronically ill and the elderly
I have a long-term disabled mother and brother. I know how crucial it is to provide the social care required to look after our most vulnerable residents and how frustrating it can be to access these services. I will strongly advocate for a fairer system of social care in a Conservative government.

To summarise, my plan for Leyton and Wanstead is a forward-thinking agenda for our local community. I truly want to improve our NHS, make our streets safer, improve funding for our schools and improve social care, all of which starts here in Leyton and Wanstead.

Leyton and Wanstead constituency prospective parliamentary candidates are: Ashley Gunstock (Green Party), John Cryer (Labour Party), Noshaba Khiljee (Conservative Party), Ben Sims (Liberal Democrats), Zulf Jannaty (Brexit Party) and Henry Scott (Independent).
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Leyton & Wanstead 2019: Brexit Party candidate

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Zulf Jannaty is the Brexit Party candidate standing for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency at this month’s General Election. Here’s why he thinks he deserves your vote on 12 December

At this momentous time in British history, we should all ask ourselves a fundamental question: why is our country in such political and social turmoil, with a huge gulf between us the citizens and those meant to represent us?

Well, I think we all know the answer: the politics and established parties of yesterday are no longer fit to serve us today or into the future. This has become obvious to all of us over the past three years. To change politics for good, we need to rebuild our nation’s democratic foundations so that Parliament serves us all, whatever our backgrounds and lifestyles and across all generations. To do this, we must first see the largest democratic referendum result, for Brexit, delivered. It is a matter of trust and democracy!

The Brexit Party is in a unique position to drive this change because we are not part of the political status quo. Our policies include: reform of the voting system as ‘first past the post’ has failed to deliver representative government and ignores the voices of millions; investing in young people by scrapping interest on student loans; abolishing inheritance tax as it raises less than 1% of total tax revenue and is ‘double taxation’ levied at a time of family grief. In addition, we will raise £200bn by scrapping HS2 and avoiding its destructive impact on our countryside whilst investing in the environment and recycling, including planting tens of millions of trees.

And importantly, we will be focused on long-term investment in our vital public services such as the NHS and social care.

I have never been a member of a political party and joined the Brexit Party to help overhaul not just our relationship with the EU but also reset the relationship between us the people and Parliament.

As a husband to a Spanish national and father of dual-nationality children, I know there is absolutely no contradiction between having a positive international outlook and wanting the UK to be independent and free of undemocratic EU rule. Born and raised in east London and a local resident in Leyton and Wanstead for over two decades, I want to fight for a community where we can all build successful lives whilst also taking care of those of us who do need help. This means delivering the best possible local healthcare, education, social care and safe streets for our families.

At this general election, we all have a unique opportunity, and I would urge fellow residents to vote for the Brexit Party and finally change politics for good.

Leyton and Wanstead constituency prospective parliamentary candidates are: Ashley Gunstock (Green Party), John Cryer (Labour Party), Noshaba Khiljee (Conservative Party), Ben Sims (Liberal Democrats), Zulf Jannaty (Brexit Party) and Henry Scott (Independent).
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Leyton & Wanstead 2019: Liberal Democrat candidate

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Ben Sims is the Liberal Democrat candidate standing for the Leyton and Wanstead constituency at this month’s General Election. Here’s why he thinks he deserves your vote on 12 December

Our politics is broken. The Conservative Party has abandoned any claim to economic competence for an ever-harder Brexit. The Labour Party spend their time squabbling rather than opposing a Brexit that would do untold damage to our communities.

Both are stuck in the past, failing time and again to deliver a better future. Re-electing a Brexit-backing, Corbyn-supporting Labour MP means more of the same.

Thankfully, things are changing. In May, the Liberal Democrats won the European Elections in London. We have an ambitious plan for the future of our country, where every person, every community and our planet can thrive.

We can stop Brexit and use the £50 billion Remain bonus to rebuild our country. Once Brexit is stopped, my number one priority will be the climate emergency. We will generate 80% of our electricity from renewables by 2030 and commit to insulating all low-income homes by 2035.

I will lead the fight against the ridiculous plans to expand London City Airport. It is senseless to inflict noise and air pollution across east London for the benefit of the very few who use the airport.

I will continue to oppose school cuts. We will make sure that every child has the best start in life by recruiting 20,000 more teachers and committing an extra £10 billion a year to our schools. We will transform mental health funding, giving mental health the same priority as physical health. We will put a penny on the pound on income tax to give our NHS the cash injection it sorely needs.

If you elect me as your MP, I will listen to you on the issues that matter. I will work hard to be a great constituency MP. I will hold regular weekend surgeries so as many people as possible can see their MP, and respond to all constituent emails politely within two weeks, even if I disagree with them. I will live in the constituency, taking an active part in the daily life of the area and sharing the pleasures – and problems – of this fantastically vibrant place.

I’m not a career politician: I first stood here in 2017 and run a small business. I can bring the skills and ideas of the real world to Parliament: we need solutions fit for the 21st century, not tired slogans. I will be Leyton and Wanstead’s representative at Westminster, not Westminster’s representative in Leyton and Wanstead. On 12 December, don’t vote for more of the same. Vote for me to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.

Leyton and Wanstead constituency prospective parliamentary candidates are: Ashley Gunstock (Green Party), John Cryer (Labour Party), Noshaba Khiljee (Conservative Party), Ben Sims (Liberal Democrats), Zulf Jannaty (Brexit Party) and Henry Scott (Independent).