Shadow Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman heads up Watford Labour conference at West Herts College

Watford Observer: Shadow Deputy PM: 'we are listening very carefully to what people in Watford are saying' Shadow Deputy PM: 'we are listening very carefully to what people in Watford are saying'

The shadow Deputy Prime Minister Harriet Harman headed up a conference in Watford looking at Labour’s plans for the next election.

The MP for Camberwell and Peckham joined other Labour candidates and members at West Herts College on Saturday (January 25) for the Third Place First conference.

The meeting was aimed at Labour's strategy for winning seats where it came third at the last election, such as Watford.

Following the meeting Ms Harman said Watford was an important marginal seat and one Labour is targeting at the next election.

Talking about the message the party wanted to project in the town, she said: "I think it is basically recognising people’s aspirations to get on in life, to make sure if they run a small business that they get help with the rates.

"I think it is basically we are listening very carefully to what people in Watford are saying as the people in Watford represent a large swathe of people who want to get on and with government backing can generate economic growth."

Watford Observer:

Harriet Harman with Watford's Labour Candidate, Matt Turmaine

The deputy leader of the Labour party said she was also confident the party could win back voters next year that it lost to the Liberal Democrats while in power.

The Liberal Democrats came a close second in Watford in 2010, only losing to the current Conservative MP, Richard Harrington, by 1,425 votes.

Ms Harman said: "I think in 2010 the Liberal Democrats said voting Lib Dem would be a vote to stop the Tories getting in. Now the Lib Dems support the Tories and have been backing the Tories in Government by voting with them all the way.

"So in 2015 they have shown their true colours. By voting with the Tories they have broken their promises and people will remember they promised to abolish tuition fees and then voted to treble them."

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10:36am Thu 30 Jan 14

WanderingDynamo says...

Listening eh?

Ok, how about telling us a modern hospital will be in place at the current Watford General Hospital site. Not a complete rebuild but a hospital with up-to-date equipment and an A&E department able to cope with the demands of the local area.
How about stopping the plans of shoe-horning as many dwellings into the immediate vicinity of the current hospital site for the profit of a very select few and to the detriment of the majority of people.

That's two things. Just two. For now.
Are you listening or are you a part of the problem?
Listening eh? Ok, how about telling us a modern hospital will be in place at the current Watford General Hospital site. Not a complete rebuild but a hospital with up-to-date equipment and an A&E department able to cope with the demands of the local area. How about stopping the plans of shoe-horning as many dwellings into the immediate vicinity of the current hospital site for the profit of a very select few and to the detriment of the majority of people. That's two things. Just two. For now. Are you listening or are you a part of the problem? WanderingDynamo
  • Score: 4

10:46am Thu 30 Jan 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

Harriet Harman would be funny if she wasn't in such a position to screw up lives. At least she is out of power now.

She is not a listener, she is a teller. "You don't matter, you will do as you are told."

She is, in short, a disaster.

What self-respecting politician would want to share a picture with her.

She has been rightly ridiculed in the past for wearing a stab-proof vest whilst having a heavy police protection walking around the streets of her own constituency, whilst in government. What a statement of failure that is!

Labour. Out of touch. Out of power. Let's leave it that way.
Harriet Harman would be funny if she wasn't in such a position to screw up lives. At least she is out of power now. She is not a listener, she is a teller. "You don't matter, you will do as you are told." She is, in short, a disaster. What self-respecting politician would want to share a picture with her. She has been rightly ridiculed in the past for wearing a stab-proof vest whilst having a heavy police protection walking around the streets of her own constituency, whilst in government. What a statement of failure that is! Labour. Out of touch. Out of power. Let's leave it that way. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: -2

11:41am Thu 30 Jan 14

dontknowynot says...

WanderingDynamo wrote:
Listening eh?

Ok, how about telling us a modern hospital will be in place at the current Watford General Hospital site. Not a complete rebuild but a hospital with up-to-date equipment and an A&E department able to cope with the demands of the local area.
How about stopping the plans of shoe-horning as many dwellings into the immediate vicinity of the current hospital site for the profit of a very select few and to the detriment of the majority of people.

That's two things. Just two. For now.
Are you listening or are you a part of the problem?
The Labour plan always was for a good strong hospital in Watford with improved facilities and a teaching roll, alongside this was provision for affordable housing and a link road.
It is only since this gov came to power that things have changed. I see the Labour party campaigning and coming out with policies to maintain the NHS whereas the other parties are privatizing it.I also see a decade in which the Labour party saved the NHS, invested in it and improved it.
The chioce if you want a party that will improve the NHS, vote Labour, if you want a party that will create business opportunity within the NHS, increase waiting times, bring in a two tier system, put a car park on paradise and remove the NHS hospital from Watford vote otherwise
[quote][p][bold]WanderingDynamo[/bold] wrote: Listening eh? Ok, how about telling us a modern hospital will be in place at the current Watford General Hospital site. Not a complete rebuild but a hospital with up-to-date equipment and an A&E department able to cope with the demands of the local area. How about stopping the plans of shoe-horning as many dwellings into the immediate vicinity of the current hospital site for the profit of a very select few and to the detriment of the majority of people. That's two things. Just two. For now. Are you listening or are you a part of the problem?[/p][/quote]The Labour plan always was for a good strong hospital in Watford with improved facilities and a teaching roll, alongside this was provision for affordable housing and a link road. It is only since this gov came to power that things have changed. I see the Labour party campaigning and coming out with policies to maintain the NHS whereas the other parties are privatizing it.I also see a decade in which the Labour party saved the NHS, invested in it and improved it. The chioce if you want a party that will improve the NHS, vote Labour, if you want a party that will create business opportunity within the NHS, increase waiting times, bring in a two tier system, put a car park on paradise and remove the NHS hospital from Watford vote otherwise dontknowynot
  • Score: 2

12:21pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

dontknowynot wrote:
WanderingDynamo wrote:
Listening eh?

Ok, how about telling us a modern hospital will be in place at the current Watford General Hospital site. Not a complete rebuild but a hospital with up-to-date equipment and an A&E department able to cope with the demands of the local area.
How about stopping the plans of shoe-horning as many dwellings into the immediate vicinity of the current hospital site for the profit of a very select few and to the detriment of the majority of people.

That's two things. Just two. For now.
Are you listening or are you a part of the problem?
The Labour plan always was for a good strong hospital in Watford with improved facilities and a teaching roll, alongside this was provision for affordable housing and a link road.
It is only since this gov came to power that things have changed. I see the Labour party campaigning and coming out with policies to maintain the NHS whereas the other parties are privatizing it.I also see a decade in which the Labour party saved the NHS, invested in it and improved it.
The chioce if you want a party that will improve the NHS, vote Labour, if you want a party that will create business opportunity within the NHS, increase waiting times, bring in a two tier system, put a car park on paradise and remove the NHS hospital from Watford vote otherwise
What absolute rubbish.

Admittedly Labour splashed a lot of money on the NHS, increasing the national debt, but what did they achieve in terms of improving the service for the extra money put in?

The NHS is not safe with the Tories, that I agree with. That leaves a choice of LAbour or UKIP.

Labour will do their best, but is it really good enough? The NHS needs fixing otherwise it will become too expensive to exist.

UKIP are committed to a fully comprehensive local NHS provision that is free at the point of delivery.

The real choice is this.

Vote Labour if you want to keep the NHS and you really don't care how much it costs or how much tax you have to pay for it or how inefficient it is until it finally goes bust.

OR

Vote UKIP if you want to keep the NHS and you would like the services delivered in a more customer-focused way at a better cost that is sustainable in the long-term.

I know which one I'm voting for. The common-sense option.

UKIP Public Meeting tonight
Town and Country Club
Watford
7:15

Come along and ask questions on anything you like.
[quote][p][bold]dontknowynot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]WanderingDynamo[/bold] wrote: Listening eh? Ok, how about telling us a modern hospital will be in place at the current Watford General Hospital site. Not a complete rebuild but a hospital with up-to-date equipment and an A&E department able to cope with the demands of the local area. How about stopping the plans of shoe-horning as many dwellings into the immediate vicinity of the current hospital site for the profit of a very select few and to the detriment of the majority of people. That's two things. Just two. For now. Are you listening or are you a part of the problem?[/p][/quote]The Labour plan always was for a good strong hospital in Watford with improved facilities and a teaching roll, alongside this was provision for affordable housing and a link road. It is only since this gov came to power that things have changed. I see the Labour party campaigning and coming out with policies to maintain the NHS whereas the other parties are privatizing it.I also see a decade in which the Labour party saved the NHS, invested in it and improved it. The chioce if you want a party that will improve the NHS, vote Labour, if you want a party that will create business opportunity within the NHS, increase waiting times, bring in a two tier system, put a car park on paradise and remove the NHS hospital from Watford vote otherwise[/p][/quote]What absolute rubbish. Admittedly Labour splashed a lot of money on the NHS, increasing the national debt, but what did they achieve in terms of improving the service for the extra money put in? The NHS is not safe with the Tories, that I agree with. That leaves a choice of LAbour or UKIP. Labour will do their best, but is it really good enough? The NHS needs fixing otherwise it will become too expensive to exist. UKIP are committed to a fully comprehensive local NHS provision that is free at the point of delivery. The real choice is this. Vote Labour if you want to keep the NHS and you really don't care how much it costs or how much tax you have to pay for it or how inefficient it is until it finally goes bust. OR Vote UKIP if you want to keep the NHS and you would like the services delivered in a more customer-focused way at a better cost that is sustainable in the long-term. I know which one I'm voting for. The common-sense option. UKIP Public Meeting tonight Town and Country Club Watford 7:15 Come along and ask questions on anything you like. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: -4

2:30pm Thu 30 Jan 14

garston tony says...

The 'meeting was aimed at Labours strategy for winning seats'.

I'd have far more time for politicians and politics if they were actually about doing what is best for this country and the people who live in it rather than doing and saying things just to win votes.

Dont just blow with the wind and say what you think we want to hear, politics just to get votes is a short term thing and leads to long term problems (that includes you UKIP/Phil). Actually have the conviction to do and say what you think is actually right for this country in the long term and wether we agree with you or not at least we would stop being cynical about politics.
The 'meeting was aimed at Labours strategy for winning seats'. I'd have far more time for politicians and politics if they were actually about doing what is best for this country and the people who live in it rather than doing and saying things just to win votes. Dont just blow with the wind and say what you think we want to hear, politics just to get votes is a short term thing and leads to long term problems (that includes you UKIP/Phil). Actually have the conviction to do and say what you think is actually right for this country in the long term and wether we agree with you or not at least we would stop being cynical about politics. garston tony
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

garston tony wrote:
The 'meeting was aimed at Labours strategy for winning seats'.

I'd have far more time for politicians and politics if they were actually about doing what is best for this country and the people who live in it rather than doing and saying things just to win votes.

Dont just blow with the wind and say what you think we want to hear, politics just to get votes is a short term thing and leads to long term problems (that includes you UKIP/Phil). Actually have the conviction to do and say what you think is actually right for this country in the long term and wether we agree with you or not at least we would stop being cynical about politics.
Tony,

You're absolutely right.

Whether you like what I stand for or not, I do at least believe in what I am standing for.

Come to our meeting tonight 7:15 at the Town and Country club if you want to find out more. We are announcing our Mayoral candidate and our local election manifesto. I am 100% behind our local Watford policies which have been decided by a local committee with no input or interference from UKIP central.

It's 100% Watford, take it or leave it. Or suggest something to make it even better, people with sensible ideas are always very welcome.
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: The 'meeting was aimed at Labours strategy for winning seats'. I'd have far more time for politicians and politics if they were actually about doing what is best for this country and the people who live in it rather than doing and saying things just to win votes. Dont just blow with the wind and say what you think we want to hear, politics just to get votes is a short term thing and leads to long term problems (that includes you UKIP/Phil). Actually have the conviction to do and say what you think is actually right for this country in the long term and wether we agree with you or not at least we would stop being cynical about politics.[/p][/quote]Tony, You're absolutely right. Whether you like what I stand for or not, I do at least believe in what I am standing for. Come to our meeting tonight 7:15 at the Town and Country club if you want to find out more. We are announcing our Mayoral candidate and our local election manifesto. I am 100% behind our local Watford policies which have been decided by a local committee with no input or interference from UKIP central. It's 100% Watford, take it or leave it. Or suggest something to make it even better, people with sensible ideas are always very welcome. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: -2

4:27pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dontknowynot says...

Well there you have it the party of common sense never fail to publicise their meatings, no matter what the topic.
That is Ukip with no councillors think that if they campaign against Labour in wards that Labour are second in they will do anything other than ensure that the incompetent sorry incumbent Libdem remains in post. Therefore I predict that they will concentrate their efforts on Meriden and Central wards and win neither. The only real choice in Watford is Labour or the Libdem/tory party (I call it this because it seems overloaded with former members of the Tory party)
As to the Mayor election they must be hopeing to get a vote on the back of the Euro elections, but with second preferences I fear Dotty will get back in.Again it will be Vote UKIP get Libdems
You could be excused for thinking that locally the libdems have infiltrated UKIP in order to keep themselves in power .
This Story is about the GE and UKIP are really non runners they have less chance of getting a seat than the George Galloway party, I repeat they will not get one single Westminster seat
May elections this year are all about Europe and here they do expect to do well but I suspect that they have peaked last year and won’t, that said come june we are I the run in to the GE proper and they will become more and more irrelevant as voters focus on the issues that are more important to them than this Euro distraction

I repeat
vote UKIP you know it makes nonsense
Well there you have it the party of common sense never fail to publicise their meatings, no matter what the topic. That is Ukip with no councillors think that if they campaign against Labour in wards that Labour are second in they will do anything other than ensure that the incompetent sorry incumbent Libdem remains in post. Therefore I predict that they will concentrate their efforts on Meriden and Central wards and win neither. The only real choice in Watford is Labour or the Libdem/tory party (I call it this because it seems overloaded with former members of the Tory party) As to the Mayor election they must be hopeing to get a vote on the back of the Euro elections, but with second preferences I fear Dotty will get back in.Again it will be Vote UKIP get Libdems You could be excused for thinking that locally the libdems have infiltrated UKIP in order to keep themselves in power . This Story is about the GE and UKIP are really non runners they have less chance of getting a seat than the George Galloway party, I repeat they will not get one single Westminster seat May elections this year are all about Europe and here they do expect to do well but I suspect that they have peaked last year and won’t, that said come june we are I the run in to the GE proper and they will become more and more irrelevant as voters focus on the issues that are more important to them than this Euro distraction I repeat vote UKIP you know it makes nonsense dontknowynot
  • Score: -1

4:37pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

Hey DKYN.

What do you think of Harriet? Isn't she a strange person? Has she ever met any extra-terrestrials or had a ride in their space ship? If not, I'm just wondering where she gets her ideas from.

Anyway, that's the first time I've heard anyone say "Vote UKIP, get LibDem", but full marks for iniative! Who knows, maybe a few of your followers will believe you.

Vote UKIP, get UKIP. We are going for this election and we're in it to win it.

I also think you're wrong about the GE in 2015. UKIP is on the up. 2014 will be our year and a launchpad for the 2015 General Election.

Parties like yours think they have some divine right to rule once the other lot are unpopular and people have forgotten what a disaster you were.

UKIP will stop that little game.

There is now a new choice, and people are taking it. UKIP all the way!
Hey DKYN. What do you think of Harriet? Isn't she a strange person? Has she ever met any extra-terrestrials or had a ride in their space ship? If not, I'm just wondering where she gets her ideas from. Anyway, that's the first time I've heard anyone say "Vote UKIP, get LibDem", but full marks for iniative! Who knows, maybe a few of your followers will believe you. Vote UKIP, get UKIP. We are going for this election and we're in it to win it. I also think you're wrong about the GE in 2015. UKIP is on the up. 2014 will be our year and a launchpad for the 2015 General Election. Parties like yours think they have some divine right to rule once the other lot are unpopular and people have forgotten what a disaster you were. UKIP will stop that little game. There is now a new choice, and people are taking it. UKIP all the way! Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: -3

5:15pm Thu 30 Jan 14

dontknowynot says...

hey PC
read the post, print it of and keep it, see if I am wrong on Meriden and central come may 22nd is it?
In watford vote UKIP get libdem is a realty re local cllrs
re Euro elections for eastern region its vote UKIP get Tory and UKIp
and in the GE its just a wasted vote
Vote UKIP you know it makes nonsense
hey PC read the post, print it of and keep it, see if I am wrong on Meriden and central come may 22nd is it? In watford vote UKIP get libdem is a realty re local cllrs re Euro elections for eastern region its vote UKIP get Tory and UKIp and in the GE its just a wasted vote Vote UKIP you know it makes nonsense dontknowynot
  • Score: -1

10:43pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

dontknowynot wrote:
hey PC
read the post, print it of and keep it, see if I am wrong on Meriden and central come may 22nd is it?
In watford vote UKIP get libdem is a realty re local cllrs
re Euro elections for eastern region its vote UKIP get Tory and UKIp
and in the GE its just a wasted vote
Vote UKIP you know it makes nonsense
I might just do that. Fancy putting a pint on it?
[quote][p][bold]dontknowynot[/bold] wrote: hey PC read the post, print it of and keep it, see if I am wrong on Meriden and central come may 22nd is it? In watford vote UKIP get libdem is a realty re local cllrs re Euro elections for eastern region its vote UKIP get Tory and UKIp and in the GE its just a wasted vote Vote UKIP you know it makes nonsense[/p][/quote]I might just do that. Fancy putting a pint on it? Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: 0

11:07am Fri 31 Jan 14

Harry Caine says...

When the Tories tried to push through changes to constituency boundaries to gain them more seats, they lost 292 to 334

What this means is that there is a real anti-Tory majority in the Commons and the underlying reason we have a Tory-dominated government is simply that the Lib Dems choose to prop it up.

They don't need to do this and the consequences of that choice are legion:
• Michael Gove's attacks on our education system,
• Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Act,
• Iain Duncan-Smith's Welfare Reform Act, heaping miseries on so many
• Draconian cuts in the police and other public services
• The BRUTAL SOCIETY.
Watch this space, there's much, much more to come
When the Tories tried to push through changes to constituency boundaries to gain them more seats, they lost 292 to 334 What this means is that there is a real anti-Tory majority in the Commons and the underlying reason we have a Tory-dominated government is simply that the Lib Dems choose to prop it up. They don't need to do this and the consequences of that choice are legion: • Michael Gove's attacks on our education system, • Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Act, • Iain Duncan-Smith's Welfare Reform Act, heaping miseries on so many • Draconian cuts in the police and other public services • The BRUTAL SOCIETY. Watch this space, there's much, much more to come Harry Caine
  • Score: 0

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