Conservative councillors have accused Labour of making inaccurate claims

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The Labour group in Waltham Forest published a “blatant lie” in leaflets distributed to residents, according to the Conservative opposition.

Campaigning ahead of local elections in May, Labour candidates for Hale End and Highams Park ward this week handed out leaflets carrying the message “Labour delivers 119 new police officers”.

But Tory councillors rounded on candidates Tony Bell, Simon Bottomley and Jonathan Lloyd for taking credit for a decision made by the Mayor’s office.

Labour claims it led the campaign which saw police numbers rise – a campaign Conservatives say was a cross-party initiative.

Marion Fitzgerald, Hatch Lane ward councillor, said: “A number of my constituents have told me this week that they have seen a leaflet from the Labour party which claims that Labour is responsible for the extra 119 police officers who are coming into Waltham Forest.

“This is a blatant lie and it should be nailed now.”

Cllr Fitzgerald added that the Labour council has “nothing to do with policing in the borough”.

Conservative group leader Matt Davis said: “It was, and is, of course excellent news that Waltham Forest secured an additional 119 police officers, however it was cross-party efforts involving all three parties, and the Conservative Mayor of London, that secured this, not just the Labour party.

“You can tell there is an election in the offing when Labour starts claiming sole credit for anything and everything. They’ll be saying the current sunshine is down to only them next.”

Currently all three seats in Hale End and Highams Park ward are held by Conservative councillors.

A Labour spokesman said it was their group’s campaigning which led to Waltham Forest bucking the London-wide trend of a reduction in police officer numbers.

“Our Calling for Backup campaign called on Boris Johnson to address the shortfall in the number of police officers in our borough,” the spokesman said.

“We are happy that the London Mayor responded positively to the pressure applied by this Labour council.”

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12:56pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mdj says...

'A Labour spokesman said it was their group’s campaigning which led to Waltham Forest bucking the London-wide trend of a reduction in police officer numbers.'
Yet they keep telling us crime is falling at the same time...

Politicians need to be wary of claiming credit for figures that may go into reverse: Mr Rusling is trumpeting a large reduction in youth unemployment within a year. Could he explain then what his party has been up to over the last 27 years they have been the majority party in this borough, if they indeed have these magical powers to control events?
'A Labour spokesman said it was their group’s campaigning which led to Waltham Forest bucking the London-wide trend of a reduction in police officer numbers.' Yet they keep telling us crime is falling at the same time... Politicians need to be wary of claiming credit for figures that may go into reverse: Mr Rusling is trumpeting a large reduction in youth unemployment within a year. Could he explain then what his party has been up to over the last 27 years they have been the majority party in this borough, if they indeed have these magical powers to control events? mdj
  • Score: 12

1:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

chingford lad says...

There are lies, **** lies & the Labour party, that is my opinion. If you require, or like more high density housing, people living in steel containers, little or no green space, overcrowded schools, of low achievement, the nearest ones not available to you, services so overstretched, high unemployment, more resident parking permit areas, less quality shops & more £ shops, money lenders, betting shops, I can go on, vote Labour. They tell you good news but the truth is Waltham Forest comes close to the bottom of nearly everthing that is good.
There are lies, **** lies & the Labour party, that is my opinion. If you require, or like more high density housing, people living in steel containers, little or no green space, overcrowded schools, of low achievement, the nearest ones not available to you, services so overstretched, high unemployment, more resident parking permit areas, less quality shops & more £ shops, money lenders, betting shops, I can go on, vote Labour. They tell you good news but the truth is Waltham Forest comes close to the bottom of nearly everthing that is good. chingford lad
  • Score: 14

1:51pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Does it matter? Still hardly any police to be seen around anyhow.
Does it matter? Still hardly any police to be seen around anyhow. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -5

1:54pm Fri 7 Mar 14

John J C Moss says...

Waltham Forest is not bucking any trend. Police numbers in most Boroughs are rising because of Boris Johnson's change to policing structure with fewer brass hats and more PCs.

Locally, Redbridge is gaining 89 officers.
Waltham Forest is not bucking any trend. Police numbers in most Boroughs are rising because of Boris Johnson's change to policing structure with fewer brass hats and more PCs. Locally, Redbridge is gaining 89 officers. John J C Moss
  • Score: 14

3:14pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ollie J says...

Labour leaflet also took credit for a park refurbishment which took place over three years ago. Really looks like Labour desparate to think up things they've actually done for Hale End and Highams Park.

Regarding the extra police it would be interesting to have a little more information that the bland statement produced by Labour's spokesperson.

Tired of politicians from all the main parties (it's certainly not just a Labour phenomenon) lying and attempting to take more credit for things than they have actually had little or nothing to do with.

Voters deserve more than this.
Labour leaflet also took credit for a park refurbishment which took place over three years ago. Really looks like Labour desparate to think up things they've actually done for Hale End and Highams Park. Regarding the extra police it would be interesting to have a little more information that the bland statement produced by Labour's spokesperson. Tired of politicians from all the main parties (it's certainly not just a Labour phenomenon) lying and attempting to take more credit for things than they have actually had little or nothing to do with. Voters deserve more than this. Ollie J
  • Score: 14

5:48pm Fri 7 Mar 14

sensibility says...

Labour havent bothered to deliver the leaflet where I live however the extra 119 officers are not all in place yet.

Silly campaign tactics, misrepresentation and lies should result in removal from being allowed to stand for such posts of trust.

As a resident I want people voted in who genuinely care about the borough and want to actually listen and hear what people like me have to say and act on it.

Over the last few years the number of people rebelling against various things and campaigning for various improvements have been given lip service with decisions made long before any sort of consultation whether it relates to planning, legislation on dogs or what are perceived as improvements that actually make things worse.

Whoever stands for election must be honest and trustworthy and not say one thing then do another
Labour havent bothered to deliver the leaflet where I live however the extra 119 officers are not all in place yet. Silly campaign tactics, misrepresentation and lies should result in removal from being allowed to stand for such posts of trust. As a resident I want people voted in who genuinely care about the borough and want to actually listen and hear what people like me have to say and act on it. Over the last few years the number of people rebelling against various things and campaigning for various improvements have been given lip service with decisions made long before any sort of consultation whether it relates to planning, legislation on dogs or what are perceived as improvements that actually make things worse. Whoever stands for election must be honest and trustworthy and not say one thing then do another sensibility
  • Score: 9

10:29pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Techno3 says...

sensibility wrote:
Labour havent bothered to deliver the leaflet where I live however the extra 119 officers are not all in place yet.

Silly campaign tactics, misrepresentation and lies should result in removal from being allowed to stand for such posts of trust.

As a resident I want people voted in who genuinely care about the borough and want to actually listen and hear what people like me have to say and act on it.

Over the last few years the number of people rebelling against various things and campaigning for various improvements have been given lip service with decisions made long before any sort of consultation whether it relates to planning, legislation on dogs or what are perceived as improvements that actually make things worse.

Whoever stands for election must be honest and trustworthy and not say one thing then do another
You are right.

We need to elect honest people who will not just be unthinking party hacks but will look after interests of the people in the areas they are elected to represent.
[quote][p][bold]sensibility[/bold] wrote: Labour havent bothered to deliver the leaflet where I live however the extra 119 officers are not all in place yet. Silly campaign tactics, misrepresentation and lies should result in removal from being allowed to stand for such posts of trust. As a resident I want people voted in who genuinely care about the borough and want to actually listen and hear what people like me have to say and act on it. Over the last few years the number of people rebelling against various things and campaigning for various improvements have been given lip service with decisions made long before any sort of consultation whether it relates to planning, legislation on dogs or what are perceived as improvements that actually make things worse. Whoever stands for election must be honest and trustworthy and not say one thing then do another[/p][/quote]You are right. We need to elect honest people who will not just be unthinking party hacks but will look after interests of the people in the areas they are elected to represent. Techno3
  • Score: 7

10:10pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Malcolm Shykles says...

Did Enron's sponsorship of the Labour Party lead to our high energy bills of today? Now that is a better question.
Did Enron's sponsorship of the Labour Party lead to our high energy bills of today? Now that is a better question. Malcolm Shykles
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Walthamster says...

Who's surprised? Look how Waltham Forest council took credit for the Lottery-funded improvements to the William Morris Gallery, after sabotaging a planned Lottery bid in 2007 by cutting the gallery's hours and trying to give the art collection away! The gallery only survived because local people fought for it till the council gave up. The council did nothing for the gallery and a lot against it. But now that the gallery's supporters have made it a huge success, Waltham Forest council has rewritten history.
Who's surprised? Look how Waltham Forest council took credit for the Lottery-funded improvements to the William Morris Gallery, after sabotaging a planned Lottery bid in 2007 by cutting the gallery's hours and trying to give the art collection away! The gallery only survived because local people fought for it till the council gave up. The council did nothing for the gallery and a lot against it. But now that the gallery's supporters have made it a huge success, Waltham Forest council has rewritten history. Walthamster
  • Score: 6

3:58pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Sold out by Labour says...

The Chapel End Newsletter is also full of lies. My particular favourite is that Frederick Bremer is an improving school going "from strength to strength". The school has gone from being "good with outstanding features" to requires improvement. Cllr Douglas should know this his landlady, who is standing for election, is a Governor! They should be renamed the Chapel End Liebour Team!
The Chapel End Newsletter is also full of lies. My particular favourite is that Frederick Bremer is an improving school going "from strength to strength". The school has gone from being "good with outstanding features" to requires improvement. Cllr Douglas should know this his landlady, who is standing for election, is a Governor! They should be renamed the Chapel End Liebour Team! Sold out by Labour
  • Score: 2

4:55pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Walthamster says...

Sold out by Labour wrote:
The Chapel End Newsletter is also full of lies. My particular favourite is that Frederick Bremer is an improving school going "from strength to strength". The school has gone from being "good with outstanding features" to requires improvement. Cllr Douglas should know this his landlady, who is standing for election, is a Governor! They should be renamed the Chapel End Liebour Team!
Ah, that explains a lot of this council's 'achievements'! A school that used to be "good with outstanding features" now officially "requires improvement". But according to Waltham Forest council, that's a good thing.

So Waltham Forest's high levels of unemployment and overcrowded housing must also be great 'achievements'!

I remember when the council deliberately reduced the size of Walthamstow market (previously famous for its size) and demolished the borough's only theatre. The council described both these acts of vandalism as 'achievements'.

With 'achievements' like these, we're lucky Frederick Bremer is still functioning ...
[quote][p][bold]Sold out by Labour[/bold] wrote: The Chapel End Newsletter is also full of lies. My particular favourite is that Frederick Bremer is an improving school going "from strength to strength". The school has gone from being "good with outstanding features" to requires improvement. Cllr Douglas should know this his landlady, who is standing for election, is a Governor! They should be renamed the Chapel End Liebour Team![/p][/quote]Ah, that explains a lot of this council's 'achievements'! A school that used to be "good with outstanding features" now officially "requires improvement". But according to Waltham Forest council, that's a good thing. So Waltham Forest's high levels of unemployment and overcrowded housing must also be great 'achievements'! I remember when the council deliberately reduced the size of Walthamstow market (previously famous for its size) and demolished the borough's only theatre. The council described both these acts of vandalism as 'achievements'. With 'achievements' like these, we're lucky Frederick Bremer is still functioning ... Walthamster
  • Score: 1

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