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Mark_Ingall.jpg"At a time of national housing shortages, we are not ideologically opposed to finding innovative approaches to housing tenants on a temporary, emergency basis, including in converted commercial premises. Harlow Council uses one floor in a converted office building in Templefields for urgent, short term housing needs.

"However, these conversions are not suitable for long term accommodation, particularly for families with children, as they are generally sited away from amenities and transport.

"Furthermore, the government legislation that allows them, means they are not subject to the usual oversight of the local authority and this creates any number of problems for those living in them.

"The other serious issue we are facing with these kinds of developments is that London boroughs are effectively exporting their housing problem to Harlow by relocating people who are in need of housing to these developments but contributing nothing towards the infrastructure we need to provide for them – schools, transport and medical facilities.

"This has negative consequences for all our residents and simply is not fair.

"We will continue to do all that we can to ensure that Harlow residents who are accommodated in these conversions are housed in more suitable accommodation as quickly as possible. However with regards to the problem of people being moved "en masse" from overcrowded London boroughs, our hands are tied by this ill thought out Tory legislation."

Statement from Mark Ingall, Leader of Harlow Labour

"At a time of national housing shortages, we are not ideologically opposed to finding innovative approaches to housing tenants on a temporary, emergency basis, including in converted commercial premises. Harlow...

Learn more about your local candidate for the upcoming local government elections below:

Your Candidates

May 3rd 2018 - Harlow District Elections


Tony Durcan – Little Parndon and Hare Street

Tony Durcan has been re-selected to stand as your local labour Councillor for Hare street and Little Parndon for the local Harlow election in May 2018. He is well known locally not only for his hard work to support local residences but also his connection to PAH as a former nurse in the A&E department. Tony retains his passion and commitment to the community, never ceasing to challenge the Tory lead ECC around cuts and closures to community services.


Liam Kerrigan – Old HarlowLiam_Cleaned.jpg

Liam is 21-years-old and has lived in Harlow his whole life. He worked at The Square for nearly five years and currently works at the Harlow Rugby Club. Since graduating from the University of Leeds, Liam has spent time volunteering at the local homeless charity Streets2Homes as well as helping organise community events as a member of Harlow Young Labour.

Liam said, “I am very proud to have been selected as the Labour candidate for Old Harlow. If elected, I will do my utmost to address the concerns of residents in the ward and tackle the lack of housing and youth services in the town more widely.”




Tony Edwards - Toddbrook

Tony Edwards was recently elected as a Labour Councillor for the Toddbrook Ward with over 52% of the vote.  Tony has lived in Harlow for most of his life. He worked as social worker managing Mental Health and Learning Disability Teams in Essex and Hertfordshire. Tony is actively involved throughout the town. He volunteers at the Gibberd Garden and with Canalability, and is a Trustee with Razed Roof. As a newly elected councillor, one of Tony’s major concerns is the negative impact the role out of Universal Credit is having on individuals and families living in Harlow.




Eugenie Harvey – Bush Fair

Eugenie has lived in Harlow with her family for the past 12 years. During that time, she has been active on her local residents association organising many community events including the inaugural Churchgate in Bloom, which she hopes to see go town wide. She has worked in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years, campaigning for action on climate change, to address inequality and to reduce poverty.

Eugenie said, “I’m delighted to have been selected to stand for Labour in Bush Fair. Through my involvement in this summer’s Bush Fair Fayre, I have seen first-hand the opportunities and needs of the area and I look forward to talking to residents about how we can address these as I campaign for election next May.”


Aiden_Headshot.jpgAiden O’Dell – Sumners and Kingsmoor

Aiden has lived in the Sumners and Kingsmoor ward for 22 years. Having attended Stewards School and volunteered in the community since a young age, he is passionate about making a difference in Harlow and making it a place to be even more proud to be a resident. Working in technology, Aiden has used his skills by running computer workshops for the elderly. He has campaigned on many issues, including against the rise of tuition fees, for a fairer society and the continued need to provide an alternative to anti-social behaviour.

Aiden said; "I am honoured to have been selected as the candidate for Sumners and Kingsmoor for May 2018. I'm looking forward to meeting the residents of the ward to discuss what our priorities should be to make Sumners and Kingsmoor a more integrated part of Harlow."


Laura_McAlpine.jpgLaura McAlpine - Staple Tye

Laura grew up in Harlow and was a student at Little Parndon Primary School and Burnt Mill Secondary School.

She established Harlow Young Labour, helped to orchestrate their first community event and has recently been working with the Berecroft Residents’ Association on their forthcoming Halloween Party which she hopes will become a larger community event for the whole of Staple Tye in the coming years. She is an actor and children’s coach and is a passionate political campaigner fighting for rent caps and council housing, as well as supporting organisations such as Citizens UK and Stop The War Coalition. Laura's Granny was a Harlow Labour councillor and she hopes to follow in her footsteps.

Laura said, “I feel so excited to have been selected to stand for Labour in Staple Tye. I cannot wait to get to know the residents and really listen to what they need. I am ready to for the hard work that we have ahead, but I know together we can make real positive change in Staple Tye.”



Maggie Hulcoop – Harlow Common

It is a great honour to again be a Labour candidate for Harlow Common. As Vice-Chair of Harlow Council, I know how important it is to serve my community. Working with young people in community outreach at Potter Street Baptist Church is so rewarding. I feel passionate about helping to shape Harlow and its future through the decision making process at Harlow Council. A great future is in front of us all through business and housing investments.

Helping those less fortunate than ourselves is what I want us all to concentrate on. Acts
of kindness and compassion will keep us strong and focused as communities together.
That is what will give future generations one of its greatest legacies.



Jake Shepherd – Church Langley

Jake was born and grew up in Harlow, studying at Burnt Mill Academy, before enrolling at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2016.

Jake said; “Being selected to stand for a second time in Church Langley means a great deal to me. As candidate, I have been an active campaigner in the local community”. In September, Jake represented Harlow as Youth Delegate at The Labour Party conference in Brighton. Jake’s interest in politics stems from his passion for education and promoting social mobility, leading him to become a member of the pre-opening Local Advisory Board (LAB) for Sir Frederick Gibberd College, a new 11-19 school in Harlow that will open in September 2019


Allan_Jolley_(2).jpgAllan Jolley - Great Parndon

Allan is a longstanding Labour Party member and is the Harlow Branch Secretary of UCATT (Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians). He stood for Sumners and Kingsmoor in the 2016 elections.

Allan said; “I’m very happy to have been selected to be the candidate for Great Parndon. This is a challenging seat for Labour but we have a strong campaign planned and I am looking forward to building on the great start that Chris has made over the past months.”




Mike Danvers – Netteswell

Mike has represented his home area for 8 years - on the Town and County Councils.

A lecturer at Harlow College with a deep understanding local issues, Mike has consistently changed things for the better.






Danny Purton – Mark Hall

Former Chief Engineer of Harlow Council, Danny is well placed to oversee the new Local Plan.

A Councillor since 2015, he hopes to continue his work for Mark Hall & Harlow.

Harlow Labour May 2018 Candidates

Learn more about your local candidate for the upcoming local government elections below:

HARLOW Labour Party have elected their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the next general election.

Laura McAlpineThe hustings and selection took place on the 15th April in Mark Hall school, with the four candidates answering questions on issues such as climate change, Brexit and engaging young members. After the voting was completed, it was announced Laura McAlpine is to be Harlow Labour Party’s next parliamentary candidate. Laura will be fronting a long campaign into the next general election, when she is expected to be challenging the incumbent Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon.

Laura’s Grandmother Jean McAlpine was a long serving Labour District Councillor, so she is continuing a family tradition of strong socialist values and support for the Labour Party.

As an active member of the Labour Party in Harlow, she is currently the District Council candidate for the Staple Tye ward, the CLP’s Youth Officer, and a member of the Labour Party Executive Committee. She enjoys broad support within the Harlow Labour Party, local unions and members of Harlow Young Labour.

Having grown up in Harlow, Laura is passionate about the town, and will strive to translate Labour’s manifesto policies into improvements to important local issues such as housing, the NHS and education.

Shortly after her victory, Laura said; “I am absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to seek to represent my town as an MP. I am looking forward to working with the huge pool of talent amongst local party members and councillors, to run a bold campaign against austerity and Tory cuts.

“I grew up in Harlow and understand the difficulties and struggles the people of Harlow face every day under this Tory Government. I am determined to hold the Tories to account, and to fight for the interests of the people of Harlow and the villages in Westminster. Harlow is my home, and between now and the next General Election, whenever it may be, I will continue to do everything in my power to make Harlow a better place for all of us.”

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Harlow Young Labour

Harlow Young Labour held their first event on Sunday, 3rd September with great success.


Following the group’s refurbishment of the Sumners Basketball Court the previous day, Harlow Young Labour hosted the Sumners Slam Dunk to relaunch the improved site.

The day proved to be a massive hit with members of the local community, with many children and parents coming down to view the revamped court and take part in the free basketball lessons led by former Harlow Hawks player Gareth Dickson.

Winners of the three-on-three basketball tournament each won two cinema tickets courtesy of Cineworld and the winner of the shooting competition, Callum, won a trophy kindly supplied by Decathlon.

Harlow Young Labour would also like to thank Decathlon for donating the basketballs used on the day which were given to Water Lane Primary School after the event.

“It’s wonderful to see the community come together for a good cause,” a representative for the Harlow Hawks Basketball Club said. “Some of the kids and parents may not have played basketball before or have had the opportunity, so hopefully we’ve provided a great experience for the kids and maybe get them more interested in playing sports.”

Harlow Young Labour hope this will be the first of many events helping to bring the community together and improve the local area.


Patrick Watts, a Harlow Young Labour member who spearheaded the campaign and led the organisation of the event said “I really wanted to make the event happen. There are areas of concern within the town and seeing everyone come together creates so much positivity. It was the best feeling when it all came together.”

The event could not have happened were it not for the work and support of Harlow Young Labour members, Harlow Labour members, community members and the donations from the following companies:

  • Harold Park Firewood and logs - donated all of the wooden panelling 
  • Sam's - paint and screws
  • Decathlon - nets, balls and trophy
  • Food Shop Staple Tye - donated waters
  • Herald pub -  buffet food
  • Cortlands - donated the Skip
  • Cineworld -  £100 worth of vouchers
  • Sound Choice Group Ltd - soundsystems


Harlow Young Labour would also like to give thanks to Harlow Hawks Basketball Club for their support. Anyone interested in finding out more about the club or getting involved should visit






Sumners Slam Dunk

Harlow Young Labour held their first event on Sunday, 3rd September with great success.

When I first heard that there were plans afoot to change the GCSE from the old style A*-G type to the new ‘improved’ 9-1 GCSE I remember rolling my eyes.

I was in a staff meeting at the time and looked around at my colleagues who were a mixture of quizzical and dumbfounded.  My comment at the time was that this was someone in the DfE with time on their hands making themselves busy.  In fact with the 2015 General Election looming I remember one colleague asking whether these changes would happen under a Labour Government, all eyes turned to me. 

However, little did I realise the damaging effect that the changes, in particular this academic year would have, not only on those tasked with teaching it but also for the students themselves.  As a Mathematics teacher I have never been too concerned about curriculum changes.  Maths is Maths and hasn’t changed a great deal for thousands of years.  Sure they’re going to bring in a few extra topics in and take some others out but overall things won’t change too much.  Or so I thought.  

Actually as I predicted the actual change to the syllabus wasn’t the biggest problem, a few topics put in and a few taken out.  The fact that the exams themselves had got harder with more long winded exam questions worth four or five marks opposed to the usual single mark questions was a little more problematic, but something I felt my students could cope with.  And, although moving from two exams in Maths to three did mean more marking when it came to mock examination time, being a seasoned marker this didn’t cause too much additional work (although I have some sympathy for those new to the profession.) 

However, the biggest problem I have seen has simply been down to the DfE’s insistence that the new 9-1 GCSE for Mathematics and English be rushed through making this year 11 cohort will be the first to do them.  In my previous article I commented that although it would be costly for Labour to reverse these changes if they come to power they should acknowledge the issues caused and put an end to the seemingly endless upheavals in school curriculums, particularly ones like this that have been rushed through and do not seem fully considered.  I don’t like the phrase ‘political football’ but it is clear that politicians are using the education of our young people to impose their ideologies. 

This comes on to my biggest issue since September, the grade boundaries or lack of them.  Now you may say ‘well so what,’ you’re teaching students to do the best they can so what grades they achieve in mock examinations is irrelevant, after all some of us in the Labour Party and on the left of politics in general don’t think that students should have their whole lives defined by a set of grades on a piece of paper anyway, right? Wrong.  You see the problem with Mathematics is that we have a tiered system, so as a teacher I have to make a decision as to whether students in my class should sit the higher or foundation tier.  Chose unwisely and there are two possible outcomes, both of which could severely damage the futures of the young people whose care we are intrusted.  Put a student in for a foundation tier when they could have done the higher one and there is a danger a student doesn’t get as high a grade as they can (the foundation tier only goes up to a grade 5 – equivalent to a high C, with grades 6-9 only available to students sitting the higher tier paper.)  However, worse still put a student in for a higher tier paper and he/she finds it too difficult and they could end up with no grade at all.  I like many Maths teachers across the country will have fingers, toes and whatever else they can crossed on august the 24th! 

So I come on to the challenges faced by friends and colleagues teaching other subjects, and here I take a sigh of relief that I am a Maths teacher.  Whereas the content of the Maths curriculum isn’t going to change a great deal, for subjects like English, History and Geography things are a great deal worse.  History is a good example, a subject that relies on sources, usually from a text book, to support student’s learnings.  With the first cohort of year 11s due to start studying their 9-1 history GCSE in September the text books aren’t even ready and won’t be printed until October.  This is frankly a scandal and a scandal of this Government’s own making. 

It is pleasing that both Jeremy Corbyn and Angela Rayner have spoken out about the changes to the GCSE and in particular focusing on the additional exam stress that it is creating for our students.  I have had a few this year coming to me in tears because they are working so hard but do not feel they are making any headway.  What Labour needs to do now, and I am sure Angela Rayner and her team will have these discussions, is ensure they have clear policy that means our young people are not under such pressures at a potentially vulnerable stage in their lives. 

If you want to make wholesale changes to the GCSE curriculum, and I believe many of them are ideologically driven rather than in the best interests of students, in fact worse still changes being made by a government that needs to show it is doing something, then don’t rush them through like this.  Now for me as a teacher I will cope, after the august examination results I will have a good idea what those grade boundaries will be for next years’ year 11 students and can adapt accordingly, but for those students who will soon be opening their envelopes they only get one chance, a chance that these changes could severely hinder.  I am not exaggerating when I say that I have had sleepless nights over exam entries and will certainly not sleep the night before GCSE results day this year.  I know many of my colleagues will feel the same. 

I feel confident however, that the next Labour Government will heed the advice given, not by me, but the thousands of teachers and students who have been forced to work through this difficult academic year.  Labour education policy will not introduce rushed through, wholesale changes, but will spend time developing a truly national curriculum that caters for the whole child and ensures that they leave school a well-rounded, confident people equipped with the skills to tackle whatever life throws at them. 


Chris Vince is a Secondary School Maths teacher, and Twice Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Chelmsford


The scandal of the 9-1 GCSE

When I first heard that there were plans afoot to change the GCSE from the old style A*-G type to the new ‘improved’ 9-1 GCSE I remember rolling my eyes....

Join us for a day of sport and fun for the whole family!

Harlow Young Labour present their first event 'Sumners Slam Dunk' at the newly refurbished Sumners basketball court on Sunday 3rd of September.

A FREE all ages basketball coaching session will be provided by Harlow Hawk Gareth Dickson from 10am-12pm followed by a 3 on 3 tournament at 1pm.

Food and drink will be available to purchase on site.


If you would like to be involved in the refurbishment please contact

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Sumners Slam Dunk

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