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Labour’s mayoral candidate wins 54% of the vote in massive rejection of Tory austerity

Labour’s candidate - Damien Egan – has been elected as Mayor of Lewisham with 54% of the vote and a majority of 30,000.

Damien becomes London’s youngest ever directly elected Mayor, with the highest vote share ever in Lewisham.

Since 2010, the Tory Government has slashed funding for Lewisham Council in half. Labour has stood up to Tory austerity, including leading the fight against Jeremy Hunt’s attempts to close Lewisham A&E.

The result marks a vote of trust in Lewisham Labour’s record, an endorsement of Labour’s radical manifesto, and a massive rejection of Tory austerity.

Born in Ireland, Damien Egan has served as a Councillor in Lewisham since 2010, and has been the lead on housing for the last four years. In his speech, Damien paid tribute to Sir Steve Bullock, who has stood down after serving as Mayor of Lewisham for 16 years.

Damien Egan and Lewisham Labour have pledged to:

-          Tackle the housing crisis by building 1,000 social homes

-          Protect our NHS and social care and introduce the UNISON Ethical Care Charter

-          Give young people the best start by making all our schools good or outstanding

-          Reduce toxic air pollution by making cycling safer and more attractive

-          Build an economy for the many by doubling the number of Living Wage employers 

-          Stand up for migrants by becoming a sanctuary borough and welcoming an additional 100 refugee families

 

Damien Egan, Labour’s Mayor of Lewisham said:

 

I want to say a huge thank you to the people of Lewisham for electing me to serve as their Mayor.

Lewisham residents have placed their trust in us as a party. We will continue to work hard to represent and fight for them.

With this result, we have sent a clear message to this Conservative government that we oppose their austerity agenda and we will fight back against the pain and misery it is causing in our borough.

In spite of a Tory government and their brutal cuts to council funding, we are determined to implement our priorities which will mean many more social homes, decent schools, cleaner air and much more. I look forward to getting to work on the bold and radical vision we set out for our borough.

 

Labour’s Damien Egan elected as Mayor of Lewisham in record-breaking result

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Seventy years ago, Attlee’s Labour Government created the NHS. Since then, no citizen of the UK has had to worry about not being able to afford the treatment that they need. To this day, it remains our greatest achievement. It stands as a demonstration of our solidarity, and as the embodiment of our shared values; that we are stronger when we stand together, and that as a society we have a duty to care for all.

But under the Tories, our NHS is on life support. Demand for NHS services is growing rapidly from our ageing population, and chronic underfunding of adult social care is adding to the pressure. Yet at the same time, the NHS has experienced the longest funding squeeze since it was created. As a result, we’ve seen the most acute winter crisis in a generation, and the worst A&E waiting times since records began.

Despite the hard work and dedication of local NHS staff, the pressure on our NHS is starting to show. Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has not met its waiting times target in nearly three years. In the first three months of this year, nearly 12,000 patients waited over four hours at A&E in Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

Lewisham Labour has a proud record of standing up for our NHS. Not long after I first became a Councillor, the Tory and Lib Dem Coalition Government tried to downgrade our A&E. Labour-led Lewisham Council worked with the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign to fight back. I have never been prouder of our community than the day we marched to save our hospital. Tens of thousands of people – Labour members and community activists, nurses and doctors, and residents from across the borough – stood together. We took Jeremy Hunt to the High Court – and we won – saving our hospital.

In recent months we have been working with over 500 local members to develop a radical manifesto to transform Lewisham for the many. We have set out a bold plan to tackle the Tory NHS and social care crisis. Over the next four years we will:

 

  • Fight to protect our NHS by opposing any further attempt to close or downgrade Lewisham Hospital. We will opposing US-style privatisation and campaign to support the NHS Reinstatement Bill.
  • Improve social care by introducing a new publicly-owned community based care service to provide dignified and compassionate care services that put people before profits.
  • Ensure decent treatment for care workers by signing up to Unison’s Ethical Care Charter.
  • Campaign for fair funding for our NHS, for social care, and for mental health services.
  • Support health lifestyles by protecting free gyms and swims for the over 60s and encouraging all schools to take up the Daily Mile.

But we need your help in getting the message out there. So please share this blog on social media, and please join us at one of our upcoming campaigning sessions.

At this election, we get the opportunity to send a clear message to this Tory Government. That we value our NHS and that their austerity has failed. We must say that enough is enough – we need to see investment in our NHS and social care.

 

Damien Egan

Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Lewisham

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Lewisham Labour – Fighting Tory school cuts and giving children the best start in life

Lewisham's young people are our future and they are hugely talented. Every child in our borough deserves the best possible start in life. That means support in the early years, it means a fantastic education which stretches and inspires, and it means support to maintain good health, mental health and wellbeing.

But the Tory government’s failed austerity programme is hitting our young people hard.

Lewisham’s primary schools are among the best in the country, and our secondary schools are improving. But over the coming years, they are set to face savage cuts in funding from the Tory Government.

Under the Government’s plans, funding for Lewisham’s schools will have been cut by £8.8 million by 2019/20 compared to 2015/16. This represents a cut of £257 per pupil, and it is equivalent to the cost of over 250 teachers. You can find out how much your local school will be cut by here.

So today, we’re launching Lewisham Labour’s campaign to stop the Tory school cuts. You can help by signing our petition, by signing up to leaflet parents at a school near you on Friday morning, and sharing our posts on Twitter and Facebook.

In addition to fighting the Tory school cuts, we are today setting out our pledges for children and young people from our upcoming manifesto. Over the next four years:

  • We will protect our Sure Start Centres, ensuring every child has access to high quality early years education, and supporting every family to access their entitlement to free childcare
  • We will continue to support our primary and secondary schools to improve, ensuring that every school is rated good or outstanding by 2022.
  • We will work with teachers and unions to create a Lewisham Fair Workload Charter so that we can attract and retain the best teachers, and we will recruit more school governors, who better reflect the diversity of our borough, to support the improvement of our schools.
  • We will support the Lewisham family of schools, opposing all forms of selection and we will provide the knowledge and support to parents, teachers and governors who are fighting academisation in their schools.
  • We will support children with special educational needs, by improving the assessment process and increasing provision within Lewisham to meet a wider range of learning difficulties that children experience.
  • We will work with parents and schools to reduce exclusions as they impact disproportionately on black pupils. We will review the strategies in place to narrow the achievement gaps that affect minority communities and poorer pupils.
  • We will promote more high-quality mentoring by working with community and voluntary groups, and businesses to help our young people increase their resilience and open access up to employment opportunities.
  • We will promote the ArtsMark scheme which requires schools to offer music, art, drama and dance, as we believe every child should have access to the arts.

We’ve been developing our manifesto with hundreds of Lewisham Labour members. It will be a radical and socialist manifesto – a manifesto to transform Lewisham for the many, not the few. We will be launching the manifesto on 8th April. You can sign up here.

Damien Egan

Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Lewisham

 

 

 

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