Author Archives: Cllr Richard Watts

About Cllr Richard Watts

I am the Leader of Islington Council and the Labour councillor for Tollington ward.

Thank you

I am delighted that Islington has given our Labour Council a massive vote of confidence at last Thursday’s Council elections.  Thank you to everyone who voted for us – it is much appreciated and we don’t take your support for … Continue reading

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While There Is No Easy Fix To Knife Crime, There Is Hope

My colleague Cllr Joe Caluori and I have penned an article for the Huffington Post trying to distil our learning from Islington’s work with young people caught up in knife crime and other serious youth violence.  We believe that knee-jerk … Continue reading

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On Day One of a Labour Government

Labour councillors involved in the Local Government Association recently published the booklet ‘On Day One‘ setting out how we wanted to work with a newly elected Labour government to end austerity and deliver social justice. As Labour’s lead in local … Continue reading

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#enoughisenough

A lot has been said recently about the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. I believe everyone in the Labour Party needs to stand up on this issue, so I wanted to be clear about my own views. I’ve … Continue reading

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Islington Labour’s 2018 manifesto launch

On Sunday, 25 March I was proud to join Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry to launch Islington Labour’s manifesto for the 2018 local elections. The Manifesto can be found in detail here. At the launch I said: Only eight years … Continue reading

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No clarity yet for Islington’s EU citizens

In December, I, along with every other Labour Council Leader in London, wrote to the Prime Minister asking that she immediately guarantee the future rights of EU citizens living in our City. EU Citizens are our friends and neighbours. They … Continue reading

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Carillion and why ordinary people feel the system is rigged against them

Many Islington residents will have been shocked by the dramatic collapse of the massive private construction firm Carillion in recent weeks. The first priority of the Government in responding to this crisis should be to help protect the more than … Continue reading

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