Like many women, Lambeth Labour women councillors have been shocked, saddened and horrified by the murder of a young woman who was kidnapped whilst walking home on our streets.
We are sad and angry that the vigil on Clapham Common that was planned for tonight is now not able to take place. Lambeth Council officers and the local Lambeth Police have been hugely supportive and we want to thank them for working collaboratively with the vigil’s organisers to try and ensure this important event would be safe and secure.
Unfortunately, without the cooperation of Scotland Yard it would not have been possible to properly police the gathering to guarantee it would be Covid-safe and there is uncertainty whether participants would receive a £200 fine.
We want to give heartfelt thanks to the organisers of the vigil, namely Lambeth’s Cllr Anna Birley and Cllr Jess Leigh, for making women’s safety a national conversation. In addition, we thank the many local women who have taken action to reflect our own feelings and the many women who have contacted us as their local representatives. We will be communicating directly to our residents on the actions we can take as the local council, and together, in the next week.
As women, we will fight to ensure that our voices are not silenced. Over £200,000 for women’s causes has been raised already towards the £320,000 target – £10,000 for each location across the country where a vigil was planned. Together, let’s continue to shout out angry and loud about this: in memory of Sarah, to all women lost to violence, for ourselves and to all future women. Let’s RECLAIM OUR STREETS; this is our right.
This evening at 9.30pm we will be joining people across the country in a doorstep vigil, standing on our doorsteps and shining a light – a candle, a torch, a phone – to remember Sarah Everard and all women affected by and lost to violence. #ReclaimTheseStreets
In the interim, if you are able to donate, please support the Reclaim The Streets crowdfunder and do stay in touch with us as we unite to make the borough safer for women and girls by emailing email@example.com
Cllr Jacqui Dyer, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Community Safety
Cllr Claire Holland, Deputy Leader (Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air)
Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Deputy Leader (Housing and Homelessness)
Cllr Sonia Winifred, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture
Cllr Liz Atkins, Chair of Overview and Scrutiny
Cllr Mary Atkins, Vice Chair of Overview and Scrutiny
Cllr Anna Birley, Policy Lead for the Private Rented Sector
Cllr Linda Bray
Cllr Lucy Caldicott, Chair of Children’s Scrutiny Committee
Cllr Marcia Cameron, Labour Group Social Secretary
Cllr Rezina Chowdhury, Labour Group Secretary
Cllr Annie Gallop, Deputy Mayor
Cllr Pauline George, Labour Group Executive
Cllr Maria Kay, Policy Lead for Income Generation
Cllr Jess Leigh, Armed Forces Champion
Cllr Nanda Manley-Browne, Education and Schools Champion
Cllr Marianna Masters, Vice Chair Overview and Scrutiny
Cllr Jackie Meldrum, Deputy Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services
Cllr Jennie Mosley
Cllr Emma Nye, Policy Lead for Recycling
Cllr Scarlett O’Hara, Deputy Whip
Cllr Jane Pickard
Cllr Joanna Reynolds
Cllr Joanne Simpson, Vice Chair of Planning
Cllr Tina Valcarcel, Deputy Cabinet Member for Disability
Cllr Clair Wilcox, Chair of Planning
The Gaia Centre provides confidential, non-judgmental and independent support services for those living in Lambeth who are experiencing gender-based violence. If you’re in Lambeth, call the Gaia Centre on 020 7733 8724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.