top of page


Updated: Jul 8

As the dust settles on the recent election and our screens and phones are flooded with red, we find ourselves under the leadership of a Labour-led government. For the Plush community and all communities of Southwark, this change brings a mix of hope, anticipation, and a call to action. While the promises of social justice, economic equality, and community-focused policies resonate with many, it is crucial that we, as community members, remain vigilant and proactive in ensuring these promises translate into tangible outcomes.

What We Hope For

Affordable Housing:

  • Promise: The Labour government has pledged to tackle the housing crisis by building more affordable homes and regulating the rental market.

  • Hope: We hope to see the construction of new homes that genuinely meet the needs of local residents, particularly those who are struggling to find affordable housing.

Investment in Public Services:

  • Promise: Increased funding for the NHS, schools, and public transport.

  • Hope: Enhanced healthcare services, better educational resources for our children, and improved transportation links that make it easier to commute and access services.

Support for Small Businesses:

  • Promise: Initiatives to support small businesses and local enterprises.

  • Hope: More grants, subsidies, and support programs that help local businesses thrive, creating jobs and fostering economic growth within our community.

Community Development:

  • Promise: Greater focus on community projects and social cohesion.

  • Hope: More community centers, youth programs, and initiatives that bring people together, celebrating the diversity and strength of Southwark.

Environmental Action:

  • Promise: Commitments to combat climate change and promote sustainable living.

  • Hope: Green spaces are preserved and expanded, air quality is improved, and residents are supported in adopting sustainable practices.

Do you know how to - Find your councillor

Holding Our Representatives Accountable

To ensure these hopes become realities, we must hold our local councillors and members of parliament to account. Here’s how we can do that:

Stay Informed:

  • Keep up to date with the policies and actions of our representatives. Follow local news, attend community meetings, and engage with their social media channels.

Engage in Dialogue:

  • Regularly communicate with your local councillors and MPs. Share your concerns, offer suggestions, and provide feedback on their performance.

Attend Meetings and Forums:

  • Participate in council meetings, town halls, and public forums. These are opportunities to ask questions, raise issues, and ensure our voices are heard.

Join or Form Community Groups:

  • Collective action often has a stronger impact. Join existing community groups or form new ones to address specific issues. Together, we can push for change more effectively.

Utilise Local Media:

  • Write letters to local newspapers, participate in radio shows, and use social media to highlight community issues and successes. Public pressure can be a powerful tool for accountability.

Support Advocacy and Watchdog Organisations:

  • Organisations that monitor government actions and advocate for community interests can amplify our efforts. Support and collaborate with them to hold our representatives accountable.

A Call to Action

The election of a Labour-led government presents an opportunity for positive change in Southwark. However, it is up to us, the community members, to ensure that these opportunities are seized.

By staying informed, engaged, united and proactive, we can help shape a future that reflects our needs and values. Let’s continue to champion together and build a Southwark that is inclusive, equitable, and vibrant but representative of our local needs. The road ahead will be challenging, but with unity and determination, we can create a community that thrives under this new government at least we hope so!

A Close Eye

What does the new mandatory housing targets mean for locals in Southwark?

Rachel Reeves the new chancellor outlines Labours plans to tackle the need for homes across the UK in this new article Read more

Let us know in the comments what you think.

Together, we can make a difference. Let’s hold our leaders accountable and work towards a better future for all - a future that preserves and protects our communities local need.

5 views0 comments


bottom of page