Welcome to Picton Labour

Picton Ward is within the Parliamentary Constituency of Liverpool Wavertree, represented by Luciana Berger.

In our blog we aim to inform you of things which are happening within our ward and what is being done by your local Labour Party.

Many of the blogs on this website will be by Nathalie Nicholas, the Labour Party Candidate for Picton in the local elections in May 2016. Councillor Nathalie Nicholas


Grenfell Tower fire: Silent walk marks first anniversary


14 June 2018



About 5,000 people are estimated to have taken part in a silent walk in honour of the 72 people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire a year ago.

Firefighters laid down their helmets and formed a guard of honour as the marchers – carrying banners and wearing green – passed by.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined the event near the tower in West London.

Earlier a silent procession followed a memorial service at a nearby church.

Silent walks have been held in the neighbourhood on the 14th of every month since the fire, attracting hundreds of people.

The Met Police estimated 5,000 people took part in the evening walk at the end of the day of remembrance for the victims of the disaster.

FirefightersImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionFirefighters formed a guard of honour for the walk

Marchers greeting firefighters

The names of the 72 victims were read out at the memorial service held at St Helen’s Church, near the tower.

Bereaved families were invited to light candles in memory of their loved ones at the church, which had been decked out in green – the colour adopted by survivors and relatives of those who died.

Clarrie Mendy, who lost two family members in the fire and organised the service attended by several hundred people, said: “It’s a service of healing, community, inclusivity and solidarity, to know we are not alone.”

Addressing the service, Labour MP David Lammy, whose family friend died in the fire, said it was a “bittersweet” moment as the community celebrated their unity but mourned those lost.

White doves were released outside the church after the service.


Doves being released outside the Grenfell memorial serviceStormzy

Stormzy joined the mourners for the service at the base of Grenfell Tower

Nicholas Burton, whose wife Maria del Pilar Burton died in January and is considered the 72nd victim of the fire, said he chatted with all three singers during the day.

He said: “I went into the sports centre and I hear ‘Hi Nick’ and it’s Adele calling me over, who introduced me to her new husband and then Marcus comes over and we had a hug, then Stormzy comes over – they have all been unbelievable.

“I was thanking them for all they’ve done behind the scenes that no-one knows about.”

Jeremy Corbyn later visited the site and wrote a message on a wall in the shadow of the tower saying: “Love and sympathy to all at Grenfell. Together we mourn. Together we overcome.”

Jeremy Corbyn with boy at memorial wall near Grenfell TowerImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES
Image captionThe Labour leader was hugged by a boy after writing a message of support on a memorial wall
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A community still holding its breath



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Breastfeeding benefits highlighted

June 15, 2018

A celebration of breast feeding is taking place in Liverpool from Monday 18 June.

As part of the national Breastfeeding Celebration Week, mums from across city centre are being invited to come together at a series of events organised by Liverpool Bambis, a peer support group which has worked with 19,000 mums over the last six years.

It will kick off on Monday 18 June with a march from St George’s Hall on Lime Street to Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE at 11:30am, where there will be a picnic.

This will be followed by celebration events each day at selected Children’s Centres including afternoon teas, brunches and coffee mornings.

In addition, hundreds of knitted woollen boobs – made by local nans and used in antenatal sessions to teach mums how to latch a baby on to their breast and hand express their milk – will be on display at businesses across the city centre. They include Marks and Spencer, Boots, cafes and restaurants in Bold Street and Liverpool ONE as well as Central Library and the Museum of Liverpool.

A total of 55 percent of new mums breast feed in Liverpool, compared to 74 percent elsewhere, dropping to 33.5 percent at six to eight weeks against 44 percent across the rest of the country.

Cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Barry Kushner, said: “When new mums in Liverpool make the choice to breast feed then the support of Community Bambis is absolutely invaluable.

“Breast feeding for even a short period of time gives children the very best start in life and the events are a great way for women to come together to celebrate the work of Bambis in making Liverpool a breast feeding friendly city.

It is also a chance to share their experiences and offer support to new mums and mums-to-be who want to find out the benefits for themselves and their baby.”

Other events during the week include:

Tuesday 19 June
• An afternoon tea party at Anfield Children’s centre from 12-1:30pm
• A beach party at Childwall and Woolton Children’s Centre from 1-3pm
• Open afternoon at Clubmoor Children’s Centre from 1:30-3pm
• Afternoon tea at Kensington Children’s Centre from 2-3:30pm
• High tea at Wavertree Children’s Centre from 10am-12 midday
• Continental breakfast and hand massage at Stoneycroft and Knotty Ash Children’s Centre from 9:am-11:30am
• Brunch at Granby Children’s Centre from 9:30-11:30am

Wednesday 20 June
• Breastfeeding coffee morning from 10am-midday at John Lewis in Liverpool ONE (book via Liverpool Community Bambis Facebook page)

Thursday 21 June
• Afternoon tea at Walton, County and Fountains Children’s Centre from 1:30-3pm
• Afternoon tea at Everton Children’s Centre from 12:30-2pm
• Pram walk from Fazakerley and Croxteth Children’s Centre from 1-2pm
• Celebration brunch at Dingle Lane Children’s Centre from 10-11:30am

Friday 22 June
• Teddy bears picnic at Yew Tree Children’s Centre from 10-12 midday
• Everton FC – breast feeding celebration from 12:30opm-2:30pm (book via Liverpool Community Bambis Facebook page)

Last year the city council launched a ‘Breastfeeding Mayoral Quality Mark’, which aims to make Liverpool a place where mums can breastfeed in comfort when they are out and about.

Since the scheme was launched in September 2017, around 250 premises – including cafes, shops and restaurants – have achieved the Quality Mark, with the latest being Everton FC, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, ACC Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool venues.

Each venue receives a certificate and a badge that they can place in their window or door to let customers know they are breast feeding friendly.

Sandra Davies, Liverpool’s Director of Public Health said: “Breast milk really does give babies the best start, as it is all that’s needed for the first six months of life.

“It protects babies from infections and diseases and has many benefits for both children and mothers.”

During Breast Feeding Awareness week the Bambis team at Liverpool Women’s Hospital will be sharing interesting facts and information on social media at http://www.facebook.com/liverpoolwomens and @liverpoolwomens on Twitter. Liverpool Community Bambis can be found on Facebook and are on Twitter @bambisliverpool.

£7 million financial boost for care sector in Liverpool

Liverpool City Council is set to increase the rates paid to the care sector in Liverpool to enable it to boost the pay of staff.

It follows a consultation with resident, nursing and home care providers whose staff provide help and support for around 11,000 people at home and another 3,500 living in residential and nursing homes.

A report to the Cabinet on Friday 22 June is proposing an increase which will cost just over £7 million, paid for through the Government’s Better Care Fund.

It will see an increase of 70 pence in the hourly rate for home care – up from £13.62 to £14.32.

Residential care for older people will go up from £407.16 to £426.01 per week and residential care for people with dementia will increase from £503.94 to £527.87.

Nursing care for older people will increase from £445.16 to £465.95 per week, and nursing care for those with dementia will go up from £506.73 to £530.75.

There will also be rises for companies who provide staff in supported living and day services, and those who are employed by people on direct payments.

Cabinet member for adult social care, Councillor Paul Brant, said: “Staff in the care sector do a tremendous job keeping some of our most vulnerable residents safe.

“Despite the financial challenges facing the city council, we are determined to do what we can to make sure staff get a decent pay rise.

“In calculating the revised rate we have looked closely at the amount paid by other local authorities in the region as well as taking into account the rising costs in the sector.”

If approved, the new rate will be back dated to 1 April 2018.

Liverpool City Council Draft Equality Objectives 2016-2020 Consultation

Start date:  18th December 2015.
End date: 10th February 2016.

Liverpool City Council is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity, eliminating unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and promoting good relations.

The council works to promote equality for all by reducing discrimination in employment and service delivery on the grounds, covered by the Equality Act 2010, of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

The council also considers socio-economic status (poverty), care leavers, carers, armed force veterans and people with an offending history.

The draft objectives we are consulting on

We are reviewing our equality objectives for the next four years – from 2016 until 2020 – and want your views on them. These objectives should help ensure fairness for all and reinforce our commitment to tackling inequalities wherever they exist and to stop the unacceptable treatment of any person.

Under the overarching theme ‘a strong, diverse city built on fairness’, the draft 2016-2020 objectives are as follows:

  • Listen, involve and respond to local communities.
  • Strengthen our knowledge and understanding of our communities.
  • Consultative and accountable leadership making fair and transparent decisions.
  • A fair and inclusive employer.
  • Good quality accessible services, buildings and public spaces.


Read example measures of success for all the five objectives.

How to comment

We want your views on the proposed equality objectives above. We welcome comments from everyone via our online survey using the button below.

Comment using our online survey

Alternatively, you can download, fill in and return a paper version of the consultation survey. Paper versions of the survey are also available from reception desks in our libraries and One Stop Shops. Other formats are available on request from equalityreview@liverpool.gov.uk (phone 0151 233 7047).

The closing date for comments is midnight on 10th February 2016.

What happens next?

Liverpool City Council’s agreed equality objectives for 2016-2020 will be published on this website in April 2016.

Further information

If you have any further questions about this consultation you can email equalityreview@liverpool.gov.uk or phone 0151 233 7047.


Last Week of FESTIVAL 31: Exhibitions, Film, Flashmob & More!

Coltart Road / Tiber Street Community Clean Up 29th March 2011 – CPB Team

The Tiber on Lodge Lane is another example of positivism in the community. Please come out and join them in the clean up. For further information please contact:

Tiber Youth Leadership Facilitator
c/o The Greenhouse Project
Mr S.Nze

Tiber Street Site
Lodge Lane
L8. 0tp
Tel: 0151 726 8099
Fax: 0151 726 9929
Mob: 07793557931

Health Watch

Measles outbreak declared on Merseyside

The Liverpool Primary Care Trust has released information of a measles outbreak on Merseyside. There are 13 confirmed and 16 suspected cases ranging in age from nine months to adults aged in their 20s. Six people, four children and two adults, required treatment in hospital. This compares to just one confirmed case on Merseyside in the first six weeks of 2011 and one in the corresponding period of 2010.

Parents are urged to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated. If in doubt about their child’s vaccination status they should ask their GP for advice.

GPs have been alerted and asked to report all cases.

Any person with symptoms of measles should:

•Stay away from school, nursery or work until four days have elapsed after the development of a rash.
•Telephone their GP for advice before attending GP surgeries, NHS walk-in centres or hospital A & E units. If it is necessary for a child or adult with measles to attend an NHS facility, the GP can telephone the facility in advance to make arrangements that will minimise the measles patient’s contact with other vulnerable patients.
• Avoid contact with pregnant women as they are more vulnerable to infection and measles is highly infectious.
Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) has set up a telephone line for parents or indeed anyone seeking advice or information about measles. The number is 0151 296 7565.

Advice is also available from NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

Valentines Day Treasure Hunt

Great day today in Picton, the community has supported the I love Lawrence Road initiative. It was nice to see active community participation and enthusiasm in all age and cultural groups.

Valentine’s Treasure Hunt – Lawrence Road.

The Picton Labour will be supporting a treasure hunt organised by Liverpool1578, the online hub for the Lodge Lane, Lawrence Road, Earle Road and Smithdown Road communities.
Follow the clues along Lawrence Road to find all the hearts. Have some fun, have some fresh air, look in the shops and look out for some very special valentine’s themed guests to help you along your way. You will have the opportunity to win £100 to shop in Lawrence Road .The Treasure Hunt should take no more than 1 hour ending at the WAM centre for refreshments. Information will be available on the day about your local neighbourhood and you can see proposals for the new Heritage Trail.

All completed forms will be entered into a prize draw where the first 5 entries drawn at random will receive £100 to spend at businesses along Lawrence Road.

Pre-registration is online at www.liverpool1578.co.uk or register on the day any time between 12 noon and 3pm at Picton Neighbourhood Health & Children’s Centre. 135-139 Earle Road, Liverpool 15.

Working with Liverpool Labour for Picton

Nathalie Nicholas is working for Picton Ward with other Labour Party activists and Councillors, and with Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger.

In September 2011 Nathalie attended the national Labour Party Conference – held for the first time in Liverpool, at the Liverpool Convention Centre in the city’s Albert Docks.

Here you see Nathalie with Liverpool City Councillor Anna Rothery, when they attended the Labour Party Conference.