Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Shameful Jack the Ripper tour fundraiser organised by Battersea Labour Party.

Posted in Battersea Labour Party fundraiser is Jack the Ripper tour, Wandsworth Guardian by sheelanagigcomedienne on December 7, 2012

Got this from Battersea Labour Party lead by the Leader of the Labour Group on Wandsworth Council.

Join our East End and Ripper tour and help raise funds for Battersea Labour Party.

  • Sunday 9th December, 6.00-8.00PM
  • Meeting outside Tower Hill Tube station 5.45pm

The series of murders, said to have been committed by a killer called Jack the Ripper, have fascinated the world for 124 years. In England the case is on the national curriculum for 14 year olds. Come on a tour of Aldgate and Spitalfields that explains the historical significance of these murders and lays out the historical context of social deprivation in which they took place.

Our tour guide is Cllr Rex Osborn, a qualified London blue badge guide. We’ll finish at Spitalfields at 8.00pm.

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I wrote a letter of disgust to the Wandsworth Guardian.

Dear Editor,
I am one of the women members of Battersea Labour party who is disgusted that they are holding a fundraiser  ‘ East End and Ripper tour’  on Sunday 9th December. It is being led by Cllr Rex Osborn, a qualified London blue badge guide. It is ironic that the recent launch of a Wandsworth Women’s Forum focussed on violence against women and misogyny and that this should be promoted by the Battersea Labour Party as a jolly fundraiser.
This seems like just another celebration of a misogynistic ‘ English institution’ which is ‘a bit of fun’ like page 3!  When Harriet Harman declared her support for the No More Page 3 campaign the editor of the Sun reacted by naming the Page 3 woman last Friday as ‘Hattie from Camberwell’ and our local Labour Party organises a Jack the Ripper tour!

Yours sincerely,

Jeanne Rathbone

Here ‘e what the Wandsworth Guardian did with this.

Wandsworth Guardian

Councillor’s Jack the Ripper tour likened to “page 3” by Battersea Labour Party member

1:50pm Wednesday 12th December 2012 in News By Jamie Henderson

Councillor Rex Osborn, leader of the Labour group Councillor Rex Osborn, leader of the Labour group

The leader of Wandsworth’s Labour group has come under fire from within his own party after he led a Jack the Ripper tour last weekend.

Jeanne Rathbone, a prominent member of the Battersea Labour Party, took umbrage with Rex Osborn, who is a qualified London Blue Badge Guide, leading a group of enthusiasts through east London on Sunday’s tour.

Ms Rathbone likened the tour to Page 3 and said she was disgusted by his involvement.

She said: “It is ironic the recent launch of a Wandsworth Women’s Forum focused on violence against women and misogyny and that this should be promoted by the Battersea Labour Party as a jolly fundraiser.

“This is another celebration of a misogynistic English institution which is ‘a bit of fun’ like page 3.”

Responding to the allegation Mr Osborn, who represents Tooting’s Graveney ward, said: “The story of Jack the Ripper is an important part of history that should not be forgotten.”

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I happened to see Rex Osborn in the Town Hall on Wednesday when we ataking photos after my son Fingal and Laura were married as they had decided to hold their marriage registrration on 12-12-12! Mr Osborn was not pleased to see me.

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