Protest as Labour meets
DEFEND COUNCIL housing campaigners will be lobbying Labour’s spring conference in Gateshead on Saturday. They will be seeking to step up the pressure on the government for direct investment in council housing — the “fourth option” — rather than stock transfer, private finance initiative deals or arms-length management organisations (ALMOs).
The campaign has been bolstered by announcements that homes in Leicester, Wandsworth and Greenwich will remain in council hands after consultations with tenants.
A 200-strong meeting of tenants in Lambeth, south London, voiced their anger at housing minister and local MP Keith Hill last Saturday. Local tenant Steve Hack was applauded when he challenged Hill, asking why the government could find money for war but not for council housing.
In Haringey, north London, tenants recently staged a lobby of the council over its move to hand estates over to an ALMO. Three surveys have shown tenants want their homes to remain under direct council management.
Lobby the Labour Party conference, Saturday 12 February, 9am, Sage Conference Centre, Gateshead.
March to save the planet
MORE THAN 200 people attended a debate on climate change, held at University College London on Thursday of last week. They heard speakers including George Monbiot, Green Party MEP Jean Lambert and Guy Taylor from Globalise Resistance discuss the scale of the threat caused by the destabilisation of the global climate and how big business determines policy on this issue.
Protest against the US failure to ratify the Kyoto agreement, Saturday 12 February, 11.30am, Lincolns Inn Fields, London WC1, Holborn or Temple tube. March to US embassy. Organised by Campaign Against Climate Change.
A coalition against Clarke
CAMPAIGNERS ARE calling for a nationwide push to persuade MPs to reject the government’s policy of internment for “terror suspects”.
The campaign is calling for people to write to MPs and lobby them at their surgeries against the new measures. A national lobby is planned for early March.