Jan 04 2014

Harrow in Labour Party’s “Battleground Boroughs” List

vote_tick_boxHarrow gets a special mention in the Standard yesterday, as being one of the Labour Party’s “Battleground Boroughs” for the May local elections.

The Standard reports that “…the party’s five “battleground boroughs” in outer London are Croydon, Redbridge and Barnet — all Tory-run — Harrow which is no overall control but Conservative-run, and Merton, again with no overall control. The sixth council being targeted is Tower Hamlets where Lutfur Rahman was elected mayor as an independent candidate in 2010.”

It continues: “Labour’s general election target seats in outer London are all Tory-held: Ilford North,  Hendon, Harrow East, Finchley and Golders Green, Enfield North, Croydon  Central and Brentford and Isleworth.”

Labour’s London Election chief, MP Sadiq Khan, said “The campaign targeting suburban voters in the New Year will be based on the cost of living, including rising  public transport fares, the housing crisis, energy bills and low wages.”

Susan Hall, Conservative leader of Harrow council, hit back at Mr Khan’s claims against Tory administrations.

She accused him of “shameless electioneering on the backs of people who are often in need” and said he should tackle Labour boroughs, both in outer and inner London, where the  social housing waiting lists “are much longer, standards of deprivation are much higher, and quality of life is much lower.”

Read the entire article here. Thanks to R for the tip off.





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