A range of topics were tackled at the inaugural meeting of the Epping Forest Labour Party’s Women’s Group.

With Angela Ayre having taken over the party in February following Simon Bullugh's six year tenure, the meeting was called by Women’s Officer Kay Morrison for November 10.

Epping Forest specific issues discussed included a cut back of police officers operating in the district.

This, coupled with the county council's policy of turning street lights off during the night, caused heightened concerns amongst members for their safety.

Mrs Ayre said: "All felt concern at the cut backs in police numbers locally, due to austerity, so that there are fewer police around the Epping Forest area to protect women.

"This has been compounded by street lights going off between 1am and 5 am, and has continued despite the start of the 24 hour tube service.

"Additionally police stations have been closed, so that it is no longer possible to go into a police station to report a crime."

The meeting's attendees applauded a newly formed national Labour Women’s Conference to be held in February next year.

The Epping Forest branch plans to send a delegate.

To find out more contact Kay Morrison on kaym03355@gmail.com