Following the sad death of our friend and colleague Cllr Niranjan Francis in April, a by-election has been called for the 9th June to elect a new councillor for Gipsy Hill and the local Labour party has chosen Luke Murphy to be our candidate in that election.
Luke has lived in South London his whole life and has deep roots in the area. His nan lived in a council flat on the Berridge Road estate by Gipsy Hill station for 20 years and was chair of her local Tenants’ Association. As a child Luke was dropped off at his nan’s every morning while his mum went to work and he has many happy memories from the area.
Labour has a strong track record of delivering improvements in the local area: investing in council homes with new windows, kitchens and bathrooms for Lambeth tenants, roads resurfaced, pavements relaid, all three of our outstanding primary schools expanded so local children can go to a local school, and the future secured for the Upper Norwood Library.
If elected to serve as one of your local councillors Luke will continue to build on that record and campaign to:
- Get the West Norwood Picturehouse open and the Library reopened with a full professional library staff by 2017.
- Deliver a better train service for commuter’s by working with London’s new Labour mayor Sadiq Khan to speed up adding West Norwood and Gipsy Hill to the London Overground network.
- Take tough action on flytipping, littering and dog fouling, and continue to invest in our roads and pavements to make our streets cleaner and smarter.
“Lambeth faces tough times in the next few years from yet more cuts from the Tory government, but I’m proud to be standing on a positive agenda for a community that I’ve known since I was small. If elected to serve as one of your councillors I will listen to local people, work hard and be a strong advocate for this area. I hope you will support me and vote Labour on 9th June.”