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London Labour’s Mayoral Candidate Selection

London Labour’s Mayoral Candidate Selection

The Labour Party is undertaking a process to choose a candidate to run for Mayor of London. This process is in four parts,

  1. Application Stage – now complete
  2. Nomination Stage – closes 10th June
  3. Selection Panel Stage – currently advertised as complete  on 13th June
  4. Voting – starts 12th August, finishes Noon 12th September

The misleadingly named Nomination stage is (to be) performed by members at all members meetings and by affiliated organisations according to their own rules. Candidates need five nominations to be considered in the Selection Panel stage, there are 72 Labour Party membership organisations in London, together with at least 13 trade unions plus the socialist societies, five is not a high threshold.

The Selection panel stage will be closed and opaque, and has previously caused some controversy, but its one of the reasons that the nomination stage takes place to allow a visible indication of support; perhaps they’ve learnt from the European Parliamentary selection.  (The panel consists of 6 members and may have been chosen by lottery.)

Voting will be done by all London members, affiliate members and registered supporters, will be conducted using a secret postal ballot (or on-line). There are no “colleges” so each vote is of equal worth. This is the “One Member, One Vote” closed primary promised when Labour’s Special Conference adopted the recommendations and rule changes of the Collins Review. You can join, or become a registered supporter by going to  the Labour’s Party’s join us page. Affiliated membership is via your trade union or an affiliated socialist society.

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Convoy’s Wharf

Convoy’s Wharf

I returned to this in March as the Mayor sought comments in the final stage of consultation before agreeing or rejecting outline planning permission. New Cross Labour have published Joan Ruddock’s submission on their web site, here. She is arguing for the cultural planning gain represented by the Sayes Court Garden project and the Build the Lenox project. 20 March 2014

Previously I was working my way through the Officers report to Lewisham’s strategic planning committee which rejected the plan as it now stands on six grounds.

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Municipal WiFi

In Jan 2012, the Telegraph ran a story on how Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea boroughs have agreed with O2 to build the world’s biggest free wifi network, this is mirrored at this thread at South East Central.

  • Municipal Urban WiFi at Wikipedia, includes a list of Cities with fee Citywide WiFi, in the UK, Bristol and Norwich. (Liverpool has a paid service and the funding status for Newcastle in County Down is unstated.)

San Francisco

San Francisco famously experimented with free city wide WiFi. It was started with quite a splash and I was visiting it on a frequent basis. It seems they have suspended municipal investment in the programme in 2007 and invest in more directed programme to resolve the digital divide.

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London City Airport (LCY)

It’s been a long time since I updated this page. I tried to travel to Copenhagen last week and couldn’t find a flight. On my return I looked up all destinations and found this page, which lists them all. It seems I could have travelled to Hamburg and then by train, I looked, maybe they were full since BA only do two flights a day and weekdays at that. 24 Oct 2014

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London

London

A city I know well so maybe I should share some stuff with you.

London-w650

The page was probably created as something my US colleagues might refer to, although I never put a “Hotels” linkroll on the page. I was also playing with an ambition to spend a Citybreak in London, I had lived there for many years before moving to Hampshire, and always said to myself that it was great to visit the museums, theatres, concerts and cimemas, but never did. This page was not updated between Feb 2009 and June 2013, although both my google maps and flickr sites were. On this page, I have a google map of my places in the ‘City’ and West End, although it expands to all over the world; it’s my “saved places” map, and I now have a South London & City map which is more up to date.

I also have some links to my old bookmarks and I also point at my public photos on Flickr.

Places

Firstly, a google map, with placemarks for places to eat and things to do. N.B. I rarely stay in a Hotel and so there are non marked.

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Links, tags and piccies

I originally tracked pubs, restaurants and other things about London on delicious, but the service has been gone for a long time. I rescued some of them and hold them in an rss file called London-bookmarks.

RSS Bruxelles

RSS London

  • Boris Bikes Map
    This is a rather cool mash up. Guerrilla programming is the way to go. Its amzing how these are never produced by the original service provider
  • a charity changing peoles lives through sailing
    Based in Deptford, SE London, the Centre is open to everyone and is a place where you can have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of sailing and boating activities on the Thames in the heart of London.
  • Cartoon Museum
    On 23rd February 2006 London's first cartoon museum opened to the public. Situated at 35 Little Russell Street, a stone's throw from The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.
  • Untitled
    One excellent value hotel chain
  • online - Transport for London
    Buy or top up your Oyster card
  • Canary Wharf
    Looking for a bar to drink at, although this only does the official malls, and excludes the shops on the colonades and squares
  • Power of Yes | Theatre review | Stage | The Guardian
    On at the NT, this is the Guradian's review, on their front apge, not the back.
  • Stirling Ackroyd
    They say "Home - Estate Agents in Bankside, Clerkenwell, Hackney and Shoreditch"
  • Residential Estate Agents in Docklands
    Their home page, with a good district filter
  • - 1 Lombard Street
    Well located and the Restaurant upstairs has a Michelin *.

This wiki now has a London tag.

My London set at flickr is here….

Night Lights of Deptford