A large poster for George Galloway’s election campaign is upsetting Labour party bigwigs and council bosses so much, they have demanded it be taken down. This comes hot on the heels of schools refusing to host campaign meetings, insisting they had to ‘be neutral’ and pubs alleging they had been put under pressure to cancel meetings.
Initially council enforcement officers attempted to gain the support of Sandwell electoral services for the removal of the banner, but electoral services were happy with the election poster saying it had been put up correctly and was not in any breach.
Subject to the following provisions of this Act, no person shall execute or cause to be executed any works for the demolition of a listed building or for its alteration or extension in any manner which would affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest, unless the works are authorised”
But no ‘works’ i.e., work to disturb the fabric of the building, demolition or alteration works have been carried out by those who hung the banner. The banner is merely a political poster, which, under another set of rules provided by the Council to candidates and election agents at the start of the campaign states:
“The consent of the owner and/or person having control of any land
must be obtained to the display of any election posters thereon” and ““Election Poster” means any poster or publication designed to promote the election of any candidate.”
Working to the rules provided by the Council, the election poster has been displayed correctly, but this is unlikely to satisfy those who wish to see the return of another humdrum fake ‘left’ MP. The bad news for Labour, Tory and Brexit, is that George Galloway is on the streets of West Bromwich every day, and his message resonates with long neglected voters.
A second meeting was held in West Bromwich Working Men’s Social Club on Friday evening as George Galloway’s election campaign went from strength to strength. George was joined by fellow campaigners and members of the West Bromwich East constituency for more than an hour, and answered questions and took comments from members of the audience. The full recording of the meeting can be viewed above.
Heat is on for Bogus Dogus
In a disastrous start for Ibrahim Dogus, Labour’s candidate to replace Tom Watson, a report in the Times picked up in the local press has exposed his attempts to smuggle £11,500 out of Britain.
According to the Express and Star,
“Ibrahim Dogus, a kebab tycoon and the mayor of Lambeth, was embroiled in a tax evasion probe in 2011 after giving his aunt £11,500 in cash from his restaurant and asking her to take it to Istanbul on a flight from Heathrow.
The money was seized by UK border officials, who found it in satin purses, envelopes, and a sock with a zipped compartment.
In a court case, Mr Dogus, who is a close friend of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, claimed the money was being sent to Turkey to repay a debt to his brother-in-law.
However, UK Border Agency (UKBA) officials described his story as “unbelievable” and said his financial activities were “highly unorthodox”.
They said: “The UKBA submits that this cash is recoverable property, namely sourced from tax evasion.”
If you’d like to get out and help George Galloway become the next MP of West Bromwich East we’ll have tables at the Scott Arms in Great Barr as well as West Brom town centre this Saturday (TOMORROW) from 12noon. Get in touch!
The Express & Star reported this morning that George Galloway was met with “rapturous applause” in the West Bromwich Working Men’s Social Club last night, and that is no overstatement.
George Galloway has been in the constituency for nearly six weeks now, laying the ground work for a campaign that will be one of the most high-profile in the West Midlands, if not the entire country.
With Tom Watson having already stood down, the Watson youth are throwing their hats into the ring, and in a desperate attempt to recover some ground they prostrate themselves before an unsympathetic audience as “British, working class and proud“. Quite what, any of the Watson Remain clan have to be proud about is anybodies guess.
The next few weeks will see George Galloway speak at nearly ten meetings in schools and public building throughout the constituency, with a spirited rally and Q&A held every Friday starting from 23 November.
Last night’s meeting can be viewed in full here:
We’ll update you as things progress – but get in touch if you can support the campaign, and get these dates in your diary:
Friday 22 November – 7.15pm, West Browmwich Working Mens Social Club, 36 Dudley Street, B70 9LS
Friday 29 November – 7.15pm, West Browmwich Working Mens Social Club, 36 Dudley Street, B70 9LS
Friday 6 December – 7.15pm, West Browmwich Working Mens Social Club, 36 Dudley Street, B70 9LS
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We are campaigning for FREE bus travel for all children in our region. Click above to sign the petition and when we have 5,000 we’ll take it to Transport for West Midlands. For more information about the campaign see the information below. If you would like to get involved with the campaign and be kept updated please fill in the following form:
Whats the campaign about?
Whilst children in London can travel FREE by bus, all children in the West Midlands, including many from some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country, have to pay. The consequence is that many are unable to travel, and many others jump the bus, use old tickets, and are forced into committing an offence.
London – FREE travel
Children in London from 5-10 years of age travel FREE by bus, tube, tram and rail
Children in London from 11-15 years of age travel FREE by bus and tram
Children in London from 16-17 years of age travel FREE by bus and tram
West Midlands – £1.20 – £99.90 a term
Children in the West Midlands pay £9 for a one week travelcard.
Children in the West Midlands pay £32.75 for a four week travelcard.
Children in the West Midlands pay £99.90 for a term travelcard.
In the West Midlands, taking the bus accounts for 80 per cent of all public transport journeys. We demand that Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), and their parent organisation the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) fund FREE travel for all children up to the age of 18 on bus services throughout the West Midlands.
How it works
TfWM subsidises fares in our area for the elderly and disabled and they fund the half-price children’s fare on buses. TfWM pay the bus companies (principally NX Buses) £7.2 million a year for half price fares for children. TfWM should fund free travel for children in the same way that children in London are subsidised.
We demand that TfWM implement free travel for children on our bus network.
We offer two suggestions for consideration, in the full knowledge that where there’s a will, there’s a way:
1. Seek and obtain extra funding from central government (£7.2 million) 2. Extract a concession from National Express West Midlands buses
National Express West Midlands Buses
Over 78% of all bus journeys made in the West Midlands are on National Express buses and they get paid the full price of the children’s fare as they charge the child half and take the other half from TfWM. This swindle helps their shareholders enjoy annual operating profits of about £30million and this amount is growing, as passenger numbers increased by 1.1% last year. Effectively meaning the public are subsidising the profit-making activities of National Express buses. In a society based on reason, and not the blind pursuit of profit, the public would run the bus service and any surplus money utilised to provide a greener, safer and more efficient service, as well as fund free travel for children.
Currently NX Buses checks more than 3 million tickets a year on 150,000 buses. NX Buses say that 2% of tickets are invalid, that’s 60,000 invalid tickets. NX Buses cannot say what proportion of those caught with invalid tickets are children, but its clear that there are many thousands. This operation involves thousands of checks, hundreds of inspectors with police support, at huge cost to the public. Free travel for children would be well worth the additional £7.2 million, would contribute greatly to the economy, the cultural and social welfare of young travellers and tackle anti-social behaviour.
Poverty in Birmingham
100,000 children in our city live in poverty according to the Children’s Society. That’s a higher percentage than any other British city, except Manchester. In a study conducted by the Children’s Society they found that a total of 37 per cent of Birmingham’s children live in poverty whilst in inner-city areas, the percentage was higher – 47 per cent. It is especially troubling as Birmingham is a young city with almost half its 1.1 million residents aged under 30.
To add to the burden of the extortionate cost of travel, Birmingham’s parents earn less with one in five workers in Birmingham earning less than the Living Wage of £8.25 per hour.
The bus companies in Birmingham have a virtual monopoly on public transport. Free travel on buses will provide Birmingham’s children access to education, work, cultural and social opportunities, as well as alleviating some of the excessive burden upon Birmingham’s working parents. Additionally, such a measure will help to reduce the emissions from cars on the roads, daily put to use transporting children to all manner of things because it is cheaper than using public transport.