Deptford Labour Party held a half day conference yesterday which included speeches and Q&A with some of the leading politicians in the constituency and, as you can see from the photo, Ken Livingston.
As you might imagine there was a great deal of concern about the global economic crisis.
Joan has recently spent the day with Gordon Brown – on a Ministerial visit somewhere to talk about the energy saving package that the government have put together – and told about his calmness and command of what he was trying to achieve (something that I think comes across in his podcast).
Ken spoke about the need for regulation of the financial sector, and the continuing need for investment in the social rented housing sector and in the skills and education of our young people.
Len talked about our values as Labour people, and gave us his assessment of Borris Johnson and some of the people he’s employed. He worries that some of the people that seem to have the Mayor’s ear are suggesting disinvestment in public services, though I see that Borris seems to be clear that this won’t be helpful.
The same piece that reassures us about the Mayor’s intentions also points out:
With charitable donations falling, even the voluntary sector is also cutting jobs. Oxfam needs to shave its budget by up to 15 per cent because of falling income, while the National Council of Voluntary Organisations expects some smaller charities to go under.
This is something Lewisham’s politicians are already noticing; Heidi spoke about decisions that Steve and his cabinet are taking to help secure the future of a number of local charities.
I don’t think that anyone is under any illusion what the last few weeks may mean for millions of families in the UK and the scale of the crisis that we find ourselves in.