Guardian publishes obituary for former Lewisham North MP

This may interest politics watchers and Lewisham residents with a long memory. The Guardian has carried an obituary for Roland Moyle, who became the Labour MP for the now defunct constituency of Lewisham North in 1966.

Moyle, who passed away in July aged 89, was a minister of state for Northern Ireland under Harold Wilson and a minister of state for the Department of Health under James Callaghan.

He worked as a Member of Parliament for the area for 17 years. After serving as a Greenwich councillor, he defeated Chris Chataway, the former athlete and then Conservative MP for Lewisham North MP in the general election of 1966, and was ousted by Colin Moynihan for the then new (or rather newly reformed) constituency of Lewisham East in 1983.

He took his cue to go into politics from his father, Arthur Moyle, who worked as the private parliamentary secretary to Clement Attlee.

Read the full Roland Moyle obituary here.

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The astonishing gall of councillors in Lewisham’s most neglected ward

More detail emerges on how Lewisham’s Evelyn ward representative Jamie Milne earns his allowance

Earlier this week, we reported on serial skiver Jamie Milne, a Labour councillor for Evelyn whose increasingly rare appearances are but the latest in the ward’s strange pattern of absenteeism and scandal.

According to the latest figures, he attended council meetings marginally more than one in every two occasions for most of last year. But we didn’t know the half of it. Since that post, Lewisham Lately has delved a little deeper into his record and more has come to light. Continue reading “The astonishing gall of councillors in Lewisham’s most neglected ward”