Lambeth Democracy launches in run-up to election

Written by on 1 May, 2018 in Council, News - Comments Off on Lambeth Democracy launches in run-up to election
At the Lambeth Democracy launch (l-r) Andy Plant, Save Cressingham Gardens; Steve Freeman, Lambeth Democracy; Simon Morrow, Lambeth People’s Audit; Laura Swaffield, Defend the Ten

At the Lambeth Democracy launch (l-r) Andy Plant, Save Cressingham Gardens; Steve Freeman, Lambeth Democracy; Simon Morrow, Lambeth People’s Audit; Laura Swaffield, Defend the Ten

 

Groups that have been at the forefront of opposition to the policies of Lambeth council’s ruling Labour party have joined forces in the “Lambeth Democracy” campaign.

It was launched in Brixton with representatives from the Defend the Ten libraries campaign, residents of Cressingham Gardens who oppose the planned demolition of their council estate overlooking Brockwell Park, and Lambeth People’s Audit that has been using relatively recent legislation to try to analyse the council’s buying and spending.

At their launch campaigners discussed “citizens’ assemblies” and “people’s parliaments” as ways for “ordinary Lambeth citizens” to plan and press for change.

They say that “electing local councillors every four years is part of a ‘democratic’ sham’,” and that the council chamber “is little more than a rubber stamp for decisions made elsewhere”.

Its supporters stressed that Lambeth Democracy is not a political party.

“We are a local campaign promoting ideas about building and strengthening grass roots democracy in Lambeth and exposing and opposing bureaucratic decision-making by Lambeth council,”it says. But is is campaigning in the local elections for candidates who publicly endorse its principles and policies.

More at lambethdemocracy.org.uk

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Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

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