2016: My political year in 16 photos

1. Labour councillors Rex Osborn, James Daley and Wendy Speck prepare for a meeting of Wandsworth Council. (January)

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2. At Tooting Broadway, supporting striking junior doctors from St George’s Hospital (February)

Simon Hogg supports striking junior doctors from St George's Hospital at Tooting Broadway

3. Reading the shock Ofsted report into Wandsworth children’s services that reveals the council repeatedly failed foster children, children leaving care and teenagers at risk of child sexual exploitation (February)

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4. A real mate: tribute to Thomas Griffin, seen in Postman’s Park in the City of London (April)

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5. My fellow Latchmere ward councillor Wendy Speck is elected Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth – she’s done a brilliant job! (May)

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6. Elected as Wandsworth Labour leader with Fleur Anderson and Candida Jones as deputy leaders. (May)

Wandsworth Labour leader Simon Hogg with deputy leaders Fleur Anderson and Candida Jones

7. It’s not often you get to canvass with your heroes: Listening to local people in Tooting with the awesome Alf Dubs. The former Battersea MP, now Baron Dubs, this year persuaded the government to welcome hundreds of unaccompanied child refugees to the UK. (May)

Simon Hogg and Alf Dubs

8. Glastonbury’s more political than usual: the UK votes to leave the European Union and much of the shadow cabinet resigns. (June)

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9. Rosena Allin-Khan becomes Tooting’s new MP in June, her election day overshadowed by the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Rosena’s pictured with ace campaigner Paul White, who was elected a Tooting ward councillor in August

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10. Hundreds of local people attend the Get Active Battersea Festival on the Winstanley Estate. A chance for local people to see regeneration plans to demolish 700 homes on the estate and replace them with 2,000 new ones – and to play with a firefighter’s hose. (July)

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11. Our friend and colleague, councillor Sally-Ann Ephson died this summer after a long illness. Tributes were led by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, who said: “She was a ray of sunshine, much-loved by all who knew her. She served her constituents with dignity and grace. I will remember Sally-Ann fondly as a dear friend, determined campaigner and, above all, as someone who never stopped smiling. Rest in peace, Sally-Ann.”

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12. Back of the net! Wandsworth council agrees to keep Battersea Sports Centre open following a community campaign led by local Labour councillors. (September)

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13. Aydin Dikerdem (right) campaigns in the Queenstown ward by-election. He won with a 10% swing to Labour in a ward the Tories have held for decades. (November)

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14. Representing the Labour Party at the Act of Remembrance in Battersea Park. (November)

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15. Viewing a Surrey Lane Estate flat with a homeless local family. This one-bed flat was the council’s first and final offer of help (December)

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16. Merry Christmas! Wandsworth Labour councillors’ Christmas meal at The Ship in Battersea (December)

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2015: My political year in 15 photos

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