On Thursday night local councillors Diana Morris, Ed Davie and Lib Peck joined existing members of Streatham, Wandsworth and Battersea constituencies to discuss proposals for the new constituency of Clapham Common.
The proposals recommended by the boundary commission still need to have parliamentary assent. But at the moment commentators are predicting that this will go ahead, which means that at the next general election we will be campaigning for a Parliamentary candidate for Clapham Common.
So it is imperative that Clapham Common Labour party gets up and running and ready for a serious challenge as soon as possible. It is anticipated that the first formal meeting of the new constituency will take place on 31 January 2013.
The meeting was treated to a very upbeat speech by leader of Lambeth Steve Reed who talked eloquently about the progress of Lambeth Council under Labour, the fantastic achievements of a new Clapham leisure and library centre, and of our “outstanding” children services as rated by OFSTED. He made it clear that we could win the seat if we came together and worked and campaigned hard.
Councillor Diana Morris expressed the mood of the meeting when she expressed her sorrow that the constituencies were being broken up this way and how ludicrous it was that Lambeth was going to be served by 6 MPs. Diana has lived in Streatham for over 30 years.
Councillor Ed Davie agreed with Diana and added that “we need to get organised, up our profile and fight a strong campaign against the Tories”.
Councillor Lib Peck, who has been a local councillor in Thornton since 2001, said “we must make sure that we campaign hard against the Tories. Winning back control of the Council in 2006 when so many other places went blue, shows that with hard work, a clear message, and good campaigning strategy, Clapham Common can have a Labour MP. ”
Thornton, Clapham Common and Streatham Hill will be the three Lambeth wards in the new constituency.