Walthamstow’s Losers


Walthamstow’s MP, Stella Creasy, appears not to be as popular as her PR machine indicates.

Not only has she been overlooked by Labour leader Ed Milliband but her local constituency party is rumoured to have chosen Johar Khan (Scarlet Pimpernel) to represent Markhouse Ward.

This is the same Mr Khan who, as Chair of Walthamstow Lib Dems, spearheadedScarlet Pimpernel the unpleasant anti Labour literature campaign in the 2010 local elections. We are not able to confirm right now who has been de-selected to make way for Mr Khan; but de-selections are not unfamiliar to him . Leading up to the 2010 local elections he was instrumental in the de-selection of then fellow existing Lib Dem councillors.Khan_reward

In 2010 Mr Khan as Chair of Walthamstow Lib Dems sanctioned the delivery of over 250,000 leaflets. Rumours remain the election expectations he signed off did not comply with financial constraints!


Hot potato or cowardice?

As you know the Truth Will Out team, along with other bloggers, keeps an eye on those in, and those who aspire to, public office in Waltham Forest.

It seems us bloggers are needed more than ever as Waltham Forest is bereft of a challenging press.

Former Waltham Forest Liberal Democrat Councillor and now old-fashioned Liberal, James O’Rourke, recently issued a statement in response to alleged calls from Walthamstow MP, Stella Creasy, for Sharia-compliant student loans.

We are sure O’Rourke will have contacted our local press on an issue that invites undesirables, such as the EDL, to say “We told you so” yet nothing has appeared on either Waltham Forest Guardian or Yellow Advertiser web sites.

Has our society become so paranoid as to stifle public debate on matters which affects us all for fear of retribution?

L & Q Wins Race

Walthamstow Assembly Hall played host to a special Planning Committee tonight with celebrity racing pundit, John McCririck, joining hundreds of local residents and Save Our Stow campaigners to oppose London & Quadrant’s proposals.

After a tortuous four hours the four Labour Councillors (Cllr Pete Barnett, Cllr Jenny Gray, Cllr Ebony Vincent & Cllr Asim Mahmood) outvoted the two Conservatives (Cllr Alan Siggers & Cllr Ed Northover) and the solitary Lib Dem (Cllr Liz Phillips) giving L & Q the go ahead for their ludicrous scheme which does not meet any of the Councils own targets. Interestingly, it was noted that Cllrs Gray, Vincent and Mahmood needed to take their cue when voting from Chair Cllr Pete Barnett who in turn kept looking towards the Councillor formerly responsible for housing and planning, Cllr Marie Pye, who was in the audience.

The standard of the debate from those opposing L & Q’s plans was extremely high. Not so from the highly paid L & Q staff (who described their organisation as a charity) nor, bar one, Waltham Forest’s elected Councillors!

The merits for and against this development can be easily found elsewhere.

We are more interested in the fact that democracy had been given short shrift tonight by an ‘accountable’ charitable and our Labour run Council whose political interests are more important than that of the community it supposedly serves.

We understand that an irate Labour supporter challenged Cllr Pete Barnett to resign so as they could both contest the seat in a by-election. Cllr Pete Barnett is reported to have replied “You can challenge me in 2014”. (Privately, it is rumoured that Cllr Barnett and his partner Cllr Angie Bean will not be standing for election in 2014).

Sadly, Waltham Forest is now being run by a Labour Party clique who lacks vision and has lost contact with its own supporters and residents. The opposition….what opposition!!!

Waltham Forest’s residents need to challenge the political incestuous allegiances by either putting up or supporting candidates in the 2014 local elections who will put community first.

Perception of Waltham Forest

The adage of “Any press is good press” sadly does not reflect how Waltham Forest is being perceived by the rest of the United Kingdom at the moment.

A woman is refused entry to a ‘Community Summer fete’ as she was inappropriately dressed.

Could this be the thin end of a wedge where one group of Muslims enforce their view of Islamic rules/rituals/laws on Muslims and non-Muslims alike?

  • Was this a Community or private event?
  • Did the Council agree to Noor Ul Islam’s ‘dress code’ on public land?
  • How much did  Noor Ul Islam pay to hire this public area?
  • Did the Council contribute to the cost of the event?

Insurers are forcing Walthamstow residents to pay a premium on their home insurance due to a perceived threat of terrorism.                           

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy is absolutely right to say “To exploit the sensitive and serious issue of terrorism in this way is insulting to our community and an inadequate reason for adding an extra £68 on to their (insurers) fees.”

  • However, what is she, and her Labour Councillor colleagues, doing to counteract this perception of our borough?

Both of these issues raise serious questions about community cohesion in Waltham Forest. So what has the Labour Councillor, Cllr Liaquat Ali – Portfolio Lead for Community Safety and Cohesion, said or done? To date nothing. It seems he is more interested in collecting titles and getting easy money from council tax payers.

Cllr Ali must be challenged to do the job he is paid for both from within his Party and externally.

We won’t expect Cllr Chris ‘Strong Leader’ Robbins to do anything as it is strongly rumoured his leadership depends on Cllr Ali’s support. Simples!

True Labour

  • Coalition Government policies will see an estimated 1 million individuals, equally shared between the private and public sectors, condemned to unemployment in the near future. 300 to 600 (10% – 20% excluding education staff) of those job losses will be Waltham Forest Council employees.
  • Claimants of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), who have been unemployed for more than a year, will be penalised by having  their meagre £3,403*a year cut by 10 per cent. Out of the 8913 people recorded as unemployed in Waltham Forest the number of long-term benefit claimants has increased significantly with 14.7% (1310) of all JSA claimants claiming benefit for a year or more.
  • Waltham Forest has the fifth highest unemployment figures in London.

With a direct correlation between unemployment and Child Poverty the Truth Will Out team were bemused to see how the Walthamstow village centric MP, Stella Creasy, used the opportunity given her by Channel 4. Watch her video below.

Note the venue within which the ‘interview’ took place which proudly states on its website  that “we are a member of the ‘Sustainable Restairant Association'” and where a family of four, on the minimum wage, would have to spend nearly 3.5 hours of their precious income to have breakfast.

Creasy’s ‘interviewees’ seemed to be those whose incomes far exceeds the average salary in Waltham Forest and we suspect none live in Higham Hill ward which is one of the most deprived wards in the UK and sits within the MP’s constituency.

One has to ask what the purpose of this carefully crafted video by a former professional spin-doctor was for?

It seems this is the true face of Labour – pandering to the middle class whilst those less fortunate are dumped on the scrap heap and an ambitious career politician who wants to climb the greasy poll of shadow government aided by insincere platitudes.

With the ConDems punishing the poor and Labour cosying up to the middle classes it is time to shout “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ and call for a change in our political system which represents all within our community.

* Based on a single person aged 25 or over

It’s Miliband…

The wait is over for the Labour Party who announced their new national leader today, Ed Miliband.

Of the five candidates, pundits predicted a Miliband will attempt to lead Labour out of the electoral wilderness; and they were right.

However, it was not the Miliband the Waltham Forest Labour Party threw all their support behind when he was the key guest at a Pakistan Independence Day and Ramadhan dinner at Walthamstow Assembly Hall recently.

Notable supporters of David Miliband were Walthamstow MP, Stella Creasy (clearly looking for a higher position in the parliamentary Labour Party), Waltham Forest Mayor Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cllr Akram Afzal and Cllr Robbins, leader of the council who said they hoped that under him the party would win the next election.

If this is the level of their judgement God help Waltham Forest over the next few years.

The real winners in this contest are the unions who helped young Ed secure his narrow victory over his older brother by just one percentage point of the votes. It’s inevitable they will want payback at some point.

All Out Brothers

It’s not all doom and gloom in Waltham Forest

Stoneydown Speakers' Corner

Members of the Truth will Out team attended the launch of the Stoneydown Speakers’ Corner in Stoneydown Park, Walthamstow yesterday which, apparently, is the first permanent Speakers’ Corner in London for almost 150 years.

The launch concluded months of planning by the Stoneydown Speakers’ Corner Committee headed by James O’Rourke the former ward councillor for High Street within which the park is situated.

Children from Stoneydown Primary school were the first to speak from the Speakers’ Corner and each presented well thought out and delivered speeches on a range of subjects from bullying to smoking. Parents, teachers and the children should be proud of themselves.

Dignitaries included Waltham Forest Mayor, Cllr Masood Ahmad, Walthamstow MP, Stella Creasy, Cllr Geraldine Reardon, who is responsible for the Councils parks, and Peter Bradley from the Speakers’ Corner Trust. Others who attended were Cllr Afzal Akram, Conservative Leader, Cllr Matt Davis, recently crowned councillor for High Street, Mahmood Hussain, (although he did not stay long) former Deputy Leader of the Council, John Macklin and Bob Belam, formerly responsible for the Councils Environment Directorate.

Notable absentees were the two High Street Labour councillors, Liaquat Ali and Clare Coghill and the Leader of the Council, Chris Robbins. It seems they couldn’t be bothered to attend as there are no impending elections.