IN WYCOMBE the local Labour Party has turned against the Tory council's plans to transfer 7,000 council homes to a new housing company. In addition the local Hands Off Our Homes campaign includes individual Labour Party members as key activists.
A series of estate meetings have seen sharp arguments over transfer. The council has already been forced into concessions. There will be no increase in "re-let rents" for new tenants (the national average is a 16 percent rise) and a ten year rent limit on rent rises (five years is standard).
- PAUL BURNHAM, Wycombe
I AM mortified that Tony Blair has ignored the march against the Longbridge job losses on 1 April. It is bad enough that the workers were betrayed by their employers. Now it seems Tony Blair has done likewise. The government seems much more concerned about technical defences over who knew what rather than getting on with saving jobs.
- CHRISTOPHER ALLEN, Birmingham Rebel member
ANYONE WHO still defends the nuclear industry should look at the latest revelations about the Chernobyl explosion. The World Health Organisation says that there will be 50,000 new cases of thyroid cancer among children following the explosion at the plant in1986. In parts of Belarus over a third of children who were under four on the day of the blast will develop cancer. In all over seven million people have been affected by the disaster. Three million children needed treatment and many will die prematurely.
- ANN JENKINS, West London
JERRY HENDRY died aged 49 on 23 April after a long illness. He was a lifelong socialist and trade unionist who joined the International Socialists whilst at City of London Polytechnic in the early 1970s. He continued to be an active member of the Socialist Workers Party both in the workplace and throughout east London, where he lived, until his deteriorating health prevented his continued involvement in 1993. At various times he was branch secretary of the CPSA, member of the Hackney and Dalston Trades Council, and chair of the NALGO Voluntary Sector branch which he helped to found in the early 1990s.
- LIZ AND NICK HENDRY