The Nightmare Is Over!

The Tories have lost Hammersmith and Fulham and the borough has been returned to Labour. The Tories’ loss is easy to understand. They lost because they sided with the government over the closure of Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals after pretending to support efforts to save them. They lost because, for the last 8 years of their tenure, they’ve worked hard to force working class and low-waged people out of the borough. They lost because they were supremely arrogant and waged a class war against the borough’s poorest inhabitants.

Labour won 11 seats from the Tories. One of the wards where the Tories’ were wiped out was Fulham Reach, where Charing Cross Hospital is located. Former councillor, Peter Graham, spent the entire two months before the election lying about the closure of Charing Cross Hospital, even going so far as to redefine the meaning of the word ‘hospital’. Graham works for Four Communications, a lobbying firm whose clients include property developers, The Berkeley Group, who build apartment blocks for rich foreigners. His colleague, Andrew Johnson, the former cabinet member for housing tweeted:

Headbanger JohnsonHe talked about selling off council flats and then claimed his Tory group supported building “affordable to buy homes”. Nothing could be further from the truth: all the properties in the developments that are currently under construction will cost you upwards of £950k. That’s affordable, but only if you have the bank balance to match.

Let’s remind ourselves of this glorious faux pas by Fulham Reach Tories, who thought that having the Hammersmith Cemetery as a backdrop was top idea.

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Yesterday I took a cycle ride around the southern half of the borough and was surprised to see only two posters for the Conservatives. Those posters were in the window of a posh riverside flat in Fulham Reach.

On the GetWestLondon website, which has replaced the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle, Greg Hands, the Tory MP for Fulham and Chelsea, blamed “Labour lies” for their defeat. The only real liars came from his own side, who first claimed to support efforts to save the borough’s hospitals but then went in to reverse gear and supported the government position. Pot-kettle-black.

You can see the ward-by-ward breakdown of Labour’s victory here.

Even though Labour has won a smashing victory, The Cat will continue to hold the council to account.



Filed under Hammersmith & Fulham, Hammersmith & Fulham Labour, Hammersmith & Fulham Tories, London

11 responses to “The Nightmare Is Over!

  1. So, all in all, having the cemetery for a backdrop might almost be seen as being susprisingly perceptive 🙂

  2. beastrabban

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Mike over at Vox Political, other bloggers and the Guardian, have remarked that the Tories’ loss of Hammersmith and Fulham to Labour is a disaster for them, as they were holding it up as a flagship borough. Well, as one blogger has announced, the flagship has well and truly sailed away. The Cat has regularly blogged on Tories’ administration of the borough, exposing their destruction of council housing stock in order to build more luxury homes for the rich, and closure of the Charing Cross Hospital. This is his local view of the ejection of the Tories’ from local government there.

  3. Reblogged this on Vox Political and commented:
    Closing hospitals and schools; selling council houses, exporting the homeless and turfing the elderly from their homes in order to build hugely expensive and faceless apartments – you can really see why Hammersmith and Fulham WAS David Cameron’s favourite council, can’t you?

  4. your assuming that Milli ban will be less of a corporate cronie that the rest ,,,,the assholes on record stating he intends to rule as Thatcher did ..none of the main 4 care for the ordinary citizens,,,,99% of commons are self servers and far from “common “

    • I’m assuming no such thing. The election here in Hammersmith and Fulham was about very local issues, like the downgrading/selling off of Charing Cross Hospital and the Earl’s Court gentrification project.

      The General Election is next year.

  5. Lloyd Kennedy

    No less than you’d expect from this venal shower of cunts .

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