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Carole Vincent: the strange case of the missing police truncheon

25 August 2009
It took Judge Pitts just ten minutes to find me "not guilty" of the theft of an ASP type metal police baton at Southwark Crown Court on 17 August.

After Camberwell fire: Why did council say another tower block was safe?

18 August 2009
Residents of a south London tower block, similar to one where six people died in a fire last month, say Southwark council misled them about safety issues in their building.

London bus workers take protest to bosses

11 August 2009
London bus workers in the Unite union took their protest directly to Transport For London (TfL) when they temporarily occupied its office in Southwark last Wednesday.

Bus workers occupy Transport for London office

05 August 2009
London bus workers in the Unite union created a stir by invading Transport For London’s (TFL) office in Southwark today as part of a protest demanding central pay bargaining across all the city’s bus operators.

Celebrating 100 years of the state pension in Southwark

23 September 2008
Hundreds of pensioners and local people paraded around East Street Market in south London last Sunday to celebrate 100 years of the state pension in Britain.

Inquest into de Menezes killing opens

23 September 2008
A banner reading "Inquest Not Cover-Up" hangs from flats near The Oval cricket ground, south London, where Southwark Coroner’s Court is sitting for three months.

Left List brings an alternative political vision to Peckham

08 April 2008
Katt Young, the Left List candidate for Lambeth & Southwark, held a walkabout in Peckham market, south London, on Saturday of last week.

Academies cut maternity leave in Southwark

11 December 2007
New Labour’s Academies programme has come under fire again after it was discovered that academies in Southwark, south London, had introduced contracts halving paid maternity leave.

Southwark council workers to protest over closure plans

30 September 2006
Workers were set to protest at Southwark council in south London over a decision to scrap an 80-year-old building and maintenance department, Southwark Direct.

Southwark council also attacks the elderly

01 October 2005
Residents and council workers in Southwark met on Thursday of last week to launch a campaign against another attack launched by the Liberal Democrat led council. The council plans to transfer home care services for elderly residents to a new private company.


20 November 2004
RESPECT IN Lambeth and Southwark, south London, hosted a meeting on civil liberties last week. Around 70 people attended, including young Muslims from Stockwell mosque.

London ‘hosts the future’ as ESF begins

14 October 2004
HUNDREDS CRAMMED into Southwark Cathedral last night for the mayor of London’s welcome event.

Tragedy is ignored to bash refugees

25 October 2003
THE RIGHT wing press seized on a judge's ruling last week against a refugee family from Lithuania living in Southwark, south London. The family were appealing for adequate housing. The Daily Express called the case "asylum rip-off number one" and its front page screamed "Proof Britain is a soft touch". But the story will be familiar to ordinary people across Britain desperate to be rehoused.

We can beat the house wreckers

12 January 2002
THE government faced humiliation after anti-privatisation campaigners won two important victories. In the last few weeks tenants in Dudley and on Southwark's Aylesbury estate have decisively voted against plans to privatise their homes. These votes and recent government retreats show that New Labour's privatisation plans can be stopped.

Cambridge Two

05 February 2000
OVER 600 people attended a lively demonstration last Saturday in Cambridge to protest against the imprisonment of the Cambridge Two, Ruth Wyner and John Brock. A judge had two days earlier refused them leave to appeal against their conviction. That decision will now go to a higher court. The two have been sentenced to five and four years after having been falsely accused of allowing drugs to be dealt in the homeless day centre they ran. Delegations on the march included workers from the local council, Southwark NATFHE, Ipswich TGWU and local students. Protesters chanted, "British justice, no justice-free the Cambridge Two." Campaigners now plan to take their protests to London and hand

Workplace sales boom

13 November 1999
AT MORE and more workplaces Socialist Worker sellers are regularly selling on a Thursday or Friday morning. In Peckham in south London 14 papers were sold on 3 workplace sales, with 5 sold at both Jets stationers and Bournemouth Road council offices, plus 4 at Frensham Street DLO. Elsewhere in south London 7 papers were sold at both King's College Hospital and Southwark's education department building, plus 5 at Wandsworth housing department. Central London workplace sales included 5 at both Camden Town Hall and Mount Pleasant post office, plus 4 at BBC Bush House. Meanwhile in Leeds 9 papers were sold at both the Yorkshire Evening Post and Castle House Inland Revenue office, plus 8 at

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