London Labour’s Mayoral Candidate Selection

The Labour Party is undertaking a process to choose a candidate to run for Mayor of London. This process is in four parts,

  1. Application Stage – now complete
  2. Nomination Stage – closes 10th June
  3. Selection Panel Stage – currently advertised as complete  on 13th June
  4. Voting – starts 12th August, finishes Noon 12th September

The misleadingly named Nomination stage is (to be) performed by members at all members meetings and by affiliated organisations according to their own rules. Candidates need five nominations to be considered in the Selection Panel stage, there are 72 Labour Party membership organisations in London, together with at least 13 trade unions plus the socialist societies, five is not a high threshold.

The Selection panel stage will be closed and opaque, and has previously caused some controversy, but its one of the reasons that the nomination stage takes place to allow a visible indication of support; perhaps they’ve learnt from the European Parliamentary selection.  (The panel consists of 6 members and may have been chosen by lottery.)

Voting will be done by all London members, affiliate members and registered supporters, will be conducted using a secret postal ballot (or on-line). There are no “colleges” so each vote is of equal worth. This is the “One Member, One Vote” closed primary promised when Labour’s Special Conference adopted the recommendations and rule changes of the Collins Review. You can join, or become a registered supporter by going to  the Labour’s Party’s join us page. Affiliated membership is via your trade union or an affiliated socialist society.

Nulis, a new image header

I am thinking of expanding Nulis across my web estate and thought I might use a different header image for the blog. I experimented with using this as a the image or as a base for the image.

The image above is implemented as a hyperlink to the image hosted on flickr.  It is registered as  Copyright All rights reserved by lloydich, taken in 2014. It seems I need permission. Let’s see if he’ll give it to me, if not I’ll have to use one of mine.

 

Convoy’s Wharf

I returned to this in March as the Mayor sought comments in the final stage of consultation before agreeing or rejecting outline planning permission. New Cross Labour have published Joan Ruddock’s submission on their web site, here. She is arguing for the cultural planning gain represented by the Sayes Court Garden project and the Build the Lenox project. 20 March 2014

Previously I was working my way through the Officers report to Lewisham’s strategic planning committee which rejected the plan as it now stands on six grounds. Continue reading “Convoy’s Wharf”

Municipal WiFi

In Jan 2012, the Telegraph ran a story on how Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea boroughs have agreed with O2 to build the world’s biggest free wifi network, this is mirrored at this thread at South East Central.

  • Municipal Urban WiFi at Wikipedia, includes a list of Cities with fee Citywide WiFi, in the UK, Bristol and Norwich. (Liverpool has a paid service and the funding status for Newcastle in County Down is unstated.)

San Francisco

San Francisco famously experimented with free city wide WiFi. It was started with quite a splash and I was visiting it on a frequent basis. It seems they have suspended municipal investment in the programme in 2007 and invest in more directed programme to resolve the digital divide.

London City Airport (LCY)

It’s been a long time since I updated this page. I tried to travel to Copenhagen last week and couldn’t find a flight. On myt return I looked up all destinations and found this page, which lists them all. It seems I could have traveled to Hamburg and then by train, I looked, maybe they were full since BA only do two flights a day and weekdays at that. 24 Oct 2014 Continue reading “London City Airport (LCY)”

London

A city I know well so maybe I should share some stuff with you.

London-w650

The page was probably created as something my US colleagues might refer to, although I never put a “Hotels” linkroll on the page. I was also playing with an ambition to spend a Citybreak in London, I had lived there for many years before moving to Hampshire, and always said to myself that it was great to visit the museums, theatres, concerts and cimemas, but never did. This page was not updated between Feb 2009 and June 2013, although both my google maps and flickr sites were. On this page, I have a google map of my places in the ‘City’ and West End, although it expands to all over the world; it’s my “saved places” map, and I now have a South London & City map which is more up to date. I also have some links to my bookmarks and two linkrolls for restaurants and exhibitions. I also point at my public photos on Flickr.

Places

Firstly, a google map, with placemarks for places to eat and things to do. N.B. I rarely stay in a Hotel and so there are non marked.

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Links

I have a number of bookmarks in delicious, I use ‘London’ as a tag, and good secondary tags are Restaurant, ‘food+drink’, exhibition and News. The first list below is restaurants and a couple of web directories. The second list is of London exhibitions I have tagged, the third is a bunch of German bierkellars posted in the evening standard to watch or celbrate Germany’s vicotry in the 2014 World Cup.

This wiki now has a London tag.

My London set at flickr is here….

London Heathrow (LHR)

Parking

Google Map is here. Oct 2014.

What time does the the bus shuttle run from what was known as the APCOA long term car parks for T1-4 at London Heathrow.

You’d think that this… would help but Parking Express are trying to sell a different service.

So at at 11th Feb 2008, the buses run from 05:00 to 23:00 between the Airport Terminals 1-4 and the Apcoa Long Stay car park.

The T3 bus stop to return to the Long Term Car Park is No 17. N.B. There are two stands on different sides of the arrivals reception.

keywords: heathrow parking shuttle openingtimes time times longstay T1-4 T1 T2 T3 T4

Hand Baggage

On the 6th May 2008 the BAA Heathrow Site page documents the hand baggage rules at BAA airports. I can’t link there directly, they have a portal that uses the double _ symbol, which snipsnap interprets as a bold symbol. However, you can take two hand baggage items through security today. i.e. one bag and one brief/computer case.

keywords: heathrow LHR hand baggage handbaggage restrictions security

Public Transport to Heathrow

SpeedLink, Bus from Woking is 30 minutes Train : from Liphook to Woking is between 35 and 50 minutes, so important to check the timetable at http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ The bus to the station is about 22 minutes but the connection needs to be checked. Now publicised on

http://www.heathrowairport.com/transport-and-directions/buses-and-coaches/rail_air-buses

This makes between 1:45 and 1:30 depending on the number of stops between Liphook and Woking plus connection times.