Only the facts from Labour Party

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Only the facts from Labour Party Only the facts from Labour Party

It was wrong for leading Waltham Forest Conservatives, in last week's paper to disparage the police figures used within the Labour Party campaign leaflet.

Firstly, it was Conservatives and not Labour who have lied about police figures. Boris Johnson said the number of Met officers would rise by almost 1,200 by 2015, when Metropolitan Police figures, on his own website, suggest the total rise will be just 56.

Secondly, in a period when the rise in London wide officers would be minimal. The Labour council led a successful campaign called "120 - Calling for Back Up" that asked Boris to boost the number of police officers in the borough by 120. We got an extra 119 police officers, a figure we referred to in our leaflet. This was the largest increase of any London borough. Do the local Conservatives think this is just happy coincidence?

I have attached an image that I give you permission to use, clearly showing Chris Robbins campaigning in Chingford for the 120 extra officers as evidence of our successful campaign for a rise in police numbers.

The level of vitriol directed at myself and my fellow Labour candidates in Chingford and Woodford Green by the Conservatives comes, sadly, as no surprise. The campaign for many seats in Chingford will be close, however this is no reason to lie to the electorate - the people of Waltham Forest are smarter than that. This is why in the upcoming election you will be only hearing facts from the Labour Party.

Simon Bottomley, Hale End and Highams Park Labour Action Team, Waltham Forest

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1:29pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Ollie J says...

The people of Waltham Forest are much smarter than both Tories and Labour thinks.

We are tired of being treated like morons. Tired of spin and half-truths from both sides.

You both prattle on at each other on Twitter and here in the Guardian and I just end up despairing of both parties.

The trite party political rubbish we get through our doors is empty of any real substance and we no longer believe anything of that you say.

None of you vote for residents, you vote consistently along party lines - how can you be listening to residents if you resort to that kind of behaviour.

For shame!
The people of Waltham Forest are much smarter than both Tories and Labour thinks. We are tired of being treated like morons. Tired of spin and half-truths from both sides. You both prattle on at each other on Twitter and here in the Guardian and I just end up despairing of both parties. The trite party political rubbish we get through our doors is empty of any real substance and we no longer believe anything of that you say. None of you vote for residents, you vote consistently along party lines - how can you be listening to residents if you resort to that kind of behaviour. For shame! Ollie J
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12:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

John J C Moss says...

There is only one person with the power to increase police numbers in Waltham Forest and that is the Mayor of London.

If he responded to the campaign it was because there was a cross-party campaign to make that case. Do you not think he might also have listened to local Conservatives? We are in the same party after all.

Our anger was at the bare-faced cheek of Waltham Forest Labour Councillors and candidates claiming this as their success alone.

Look, the sun is shining. Is that because of Labour?
There is only one person with the power to increase police numbers in Waltham Forest and that is the Mayor of London. If he responded to the campaign it was because there was a cross-party campaign to make that case. Do you not think he might also have listened to local Conservatives? We are in the same party after all. Our anger was at the bare-faced cheek of Waltham Forest Labour Councillors and candidates claiming this as their success alone. Look, the sun is shining. Is that because of Labour? John J C Moss
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