Author Archives: Cllr Richard Watts

About Cllr Richard Watts

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

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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Islington Council’s budget: Labour values in action

At this time every year we publish our first draft of Islington Council’s annual budget for the next financial year. A lot of work goes into this: setting the budget is the most important decision that Councillors have to make … Continue reading

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Thank you and onwards!

Thank you to all the members of Tollington ward Labour Party who voted this evening to re-select myself and Cllr Flora Williamson to re-stand in next year’s local elections.  We’ll be joined by Anj Khurana, who won a very comradely … Continue reading

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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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