In July this year – in the absence of any General Election – Boris Johnson was undemocratically appointed Prime Minister by just short of 100,000 Conservative members. He immediately proceeded to appoint the most right-wing Cabinet we’ve seen since the Thatcher years, intent on slashing worker’s rights in the pursuit of corporate greed, and to further shore up the vested interests of the establishment.
We know the impact that the continuation of this austerity-obsessed Government has on our residents and members in Lewisham, and we know that we need to work together to force them out of office.
That’s why on Saturday 7th September we held our inaugural Lewisham Labour Member Conference for Labour members in the borough at the Calabash Day Centre in Catford.
We had Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan, local Lewisham MPs Ellie Reeves, Vicky Foxcroft, & Janet Daby, as well as London Assembly Member Len Duvall and Lewisham’s Labour councillors in attendance – joining the over 150 local members and activists who signed up!
They lead sessions on fighting austerity, tackling knife crime, supporting the Windrush generation and how we can unite as a Labour movement to win a general election. We were also delighted to be joined by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan who came down to speak to our members and officially close the conference.
As well as Policy workshops, we also ran training sessions during the lunch break on “Becoming a Councillor” as well as how to effectively run campaigns in your community. These were staffed by a mixture of our Councillors and local activists – and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of you who got involved on the day.
If you’d like to find out more or even volunteer for our next event – please email firstname.lastname@example.org