Author Archives: Cllr Richard Watts

About Cllr Richard Watts

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

Concern about the NHS STP

I’ve written a joint letter with other local Council Leaders to Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, about our concerns regarding the way the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) process is developing. The letter can be found here. … Continue reading

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A Soapbox and lazy thinking about ‘regeneration’

I had the pleasure of saying a few words on Thursday at the opening of Soapbox, Islington Council’s new youth centre on Old Street. Soapbox is a fantastic new space, enabled by Islington Council’s development of new Council Housing on … Continue reading

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Islington’s German invasion

Islington was invaded yesterday by fans of FC Cologne, intent on going to the match at the Emirates whether they had tickets in advance or not. It’s rumoured 20,000 Cologne fans travelled for only 3000 away tickets. And they seemed … Continue reading

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The great Mount Pleasant rip-off

The news that the now privatised Royal Mail Group has sold the Mount Pleasant site to developer Taylor Wimpey for £193 million, a mere 565% of the ‘book value’ of the land, is the latest chapter in a genuine scandal. … Continue reading

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A quick update

I’ve just sent this update to members of my local Labour Party to let them know what I’ve been up to over the last few months. Please do have a look as it gives you a quick update of my … Continue reading

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Standing strong after Manchester

Following the tragic attack in Manchester on Monday 22nd May, I, made the following statement: “On behalf of Islington Council and everyone in Islington, I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those killed and injured in … Continue reading

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Theresa May: lunch snatcher

I’ve just come from hustings at St Mary Magdalene Academy, where I had the pleasure of deputising for Emily Thornberry. As well as general disgust at the Tory cuts to Islington schools parents were shocked at Theresa May’s plan to cut … Continue reading

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Labour’s manifesto – tried and tested in local government

One of the best things about Labour’s manifesto is that many of the best ideas in it have been tried and tested by Labour in local government – especially here in Islington. I’ve been pleased to play a small part in this … Continue reading

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Jeremy Vine in Islington

Have a listen to the Jeremy Vine show from the fantastic Nags Head market on Seven Sisters Road.  It features, among other things, me being interviewed part of the way in. The link is on the BBC’s iPlayer.

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New Community Centre for Tollington

For the ten years they ran Islington Council, the Lib Dems neglected Tollington ward.  When Islington Labour took power at the Town Hall in 2010 we decided to invest across the borough. We know that Tollington ward is one of … Continue reading

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