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Demanding democracy in defence of Eileen Short

Issue No. 1976

Eileen Short was joined on the lobby this week by Labour MP Austin Mitchell  (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Eileen Short was joined on the lobby this week by Labour MP Austin Mitchell (Pic: Guy Smallman)


Tenants, trade unionists and MPs took part in a lobby of Tower Hamlets council, east London this week in support of Eileen Short, a council press officer who faces the sack.

Eileen is a leading campaigner in defence of council housing. Alan Walter, chair of Defend Council Housing, says, “Eileen has chaired several debates between councillor David Edgar, executive member for housing, and myself.

“The council continually assures tenants it wants a fair and balanced debate — and then tries to victimise one of the key tenant activists. This is a democratic outrage and all those who believe in basic principles of democracy should demand the council give Eileen her job back.”

Labour MP Michael Meacher was unable to make the lobby but sent a statement. It said, “Tower Hamlets does not have the right to try and silence employees as it is doing in this case. The fact that they are is of course a kind of bizarre endorsement of the campaign.

“The council here and in other areas of Britain would do well to remember that the decision on stock transfer is one that should be taken by tenants, not consultants, council officers or councillors.”


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Sat 12 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1976
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