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It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our friend and colleague, Cllr Matt Parr, at the age of 61.

Matt was first elected as a councillor for Coldharbour in 2010. He worked tirelessly on behalf of his constituents - not stopping even after he was diagnosed with cancer – and he achieved a huge amount.

He had a particular desire to improve the lives of the area’s poorest residents. He was instrumental in securing funding for the rebuilding of St John’s school in Angell Town. He also fought for investment in the area’s estates which saw the transformation of council housing in the area, providing homes that are safe, warm and dry. His ‘Jobs for All’ scrutiny commission, approved by cabinet earlier this month set out a series of ambitious actions the council will take to enable all residents - irrespective of background - to benefit from the growth that is happening in Lambeth. And it’s fitting that LJ Works on Loughborough Farm, a project that he worked so hard to bring to life, will open before the end of the year, offering jobs and training opportunities to local young people.

Matt was a modest man who was not interested in personal glory or self-promotion. He was happiest working quietly behind the scenes - bringing people together to sort out problems and get things done. He was a kind, thoughtful and decent man and he will be hugely missed as a colleague and as a friend.  

He leaves his wife, Petrina, and two young children.

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Tribute to Councillor Matt Parr

It’s with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our friend and colleague, Cllr Matt Parr, at the age of 61.Matt was first elected as a councillor...

The Lambeth Labour manifesto pledged to ban smoking in playgrounds to protect children’s health and to reduce litter.

Based on the experience of other public spaces, the ban and signs should reduce exposure to second-hand smoke as well as discourage people from smoking. The ban should also cut down on litter from cigarette butts which can take up to 12 years to biodegrade and are dangerous to young children who may ingest them. 

This week Cllr Ed Davie, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care (job-share) visited Jessop Primary School in Herne Hill where children helped design the signs that will be going up in playgrounds and parks across the borough. He gave out the prizes to the winning and second place designs.

 

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Cllr Davie with Martinet Ackerman, Jessop Assistant Headteacher, Winner Skye and Runner up Divya

Lambeth Labour set to deliver manifesto pledge on smoking ban in playgrounds

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Cllr Ben Kind says Tory education reforms risk undoing years of progress for Lambeth schools

Lambeth's schools have made huge strides in recent years, with major improvements meaning that now over 96% of our secondary schools, and 90% of our primary schools, rated good or outstanding. This puts us in the top 10% of all boroughs nationally and is testament to strong local leadership, the dedication of teachers and the involvement of parents, together with significant investment from the last Labour government. However, the Conservative Government’s education policies in recent years have sought to undermine schools that are linked to the local council and rooted in their local communities.

Why we'll oppose Tory plans to force local schools to become academies

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Cllrs Ed Davie and Jacqui Dyer, Joint Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, blog about how Lambeth Labour is celebrating NHS 70...

 

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Lambeth Labour celebrates NHS 70 with cards and campaigning

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Cllr Philip Normal says that PrEP should be available for everyone on the NHS

When I read the words ‘sexual’ and ‘health’ in a sentence, the first thing that springs to my mind is the word ‘stigma’. This is dangerous because there should be no stigma around looking after yourself. It is a cliché that the British don’t like talking about sex. It’s certainly true that we face a huge challenge in society by not being open about getting a sexual health screening. Which is why, as Frankie said, we just need to relax and do it. That is, get tested. This is why, starting with sex education in schools, we should start by recognising the reality that people do actually have sex - it’s not going to just stop happening. 

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We can eradicate HIV from London

Cllr Philip Normal says that PrEP should be available for everyone on the NHS When I read the words ‘sexual’ and ‘health’ in a sentence, the first thing that springs to... Read more

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