May 7th, 2013
As you’ve probably heard, Labour won back control of Nottinghamshire with a huge leap from 15 seats to 34, mostly at the expense of the Conservatives. Against the national trend, UKIP lost its only seat, though that disguised a surge in UKIP support across the county, notably here in Toton and Chilwell, Nuthall, Kimberley and Trowell and Beauvale. Here Labour’s Kate Foale won Beeston South from Conservative Eric Kerry.
The LibDems defended all but one of their seats, though usually with sharply reduced majorities – Labour’s Gill Yamin in Bramcote and Stapleford got within 82 of winning and Mick Warner cut Steve Carr’s majority in Beeston North (where I spent polling day trying to persuade people) by over two thirds: the Conservative vote here collapsed, with significant numbers switching tactically to Steve. An exception was Ken Rigby in Kimberley and Trowell, who romped home easily as he usually does, again helped by a 16% drop in the Tory vote (they fell from 2nd to 4th). The LibDem councillors deserve real credit for the strength of their personal vote.
Other close shaves included Beauvale, now a three-cornered Con/Lab/UKIP marginal, and Chilwell and Toton, where Labour’s David Patrick and Janet Pearce came close to the winners, Conservatives Richard Jackson and John Doddy. Independent Richard Macrae’s performance in Bramcote and Stapleford was also impressive: his 9th place in this many-cornered battle obscures the fact that he was within 3% of winning.
Whether running the County Council is going to be an enjoyable experience for Labour is debatable, with the huge Government cuts coming down the line. But it gives some scope for focusing protection on those who need it most.
For full results for each area, see: http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/thecouncil/news/features/?entryid148=259696
April 27th, 2013
A Labour County Council for Nottinghamshire will value the skill, commitment and dedication of our workforce. We will seek positive dialogue with the Trade Union representatives at all times and respect their role as our partners in the delivery of public services to our communities.
We support the Living Wage campaign and are committed to introducing the Living Wage at the earliest opportunity to those working for the County Council who are currently receiving below the Living Wage. We will strongly encourage all companies contracted to supplying goods and services to Nottinghamshire County Council to pay their staff the Living Wage as a minimum and argue the clear case with the Nottinghamshire business community for paying the Living Wage as a minimum to their workforce.
Labour recognises that the best way out of poverty is by having worthwhile employment. Unemployment, especially among young people is a major cause of social deprivation and financial disadvantage in our communities. We will introduce new opportunities in all our communities for people to access the vital skills and experience to enter the world of work.
We will create more apprenticeships within the County Council than ever before. Not only will we increase the amount of apprenticeships but we will increase the quality of apprenticeships and ensure young people have a pathway into either further study
We will include an element of work experience and training opportunities for local people in all major schemes approved by the County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme, creating real training opportunities for local people. We will introduce positive measures to practically support people seeking work, we want to help people find employment.
April 19th, 2013
Nottinghamshire Labour will create a County that is innovative, where businesses can grow and where we can create employment opportunities.
Local Government has a role to play in increasing investment and working together with partners in commerce and industry, education, transport and councils, we are
determined to create a County where businesses can grow, jobs are created, where skills are developed, where young people have a better chance of employment and
wages are lifted.
We recognise the importance of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP’s) in creating major business, inward investment and development opportunities that will benefit
our communities and we will fully engage with the D2N2 and Sheffield City Region LEP’s. A Labour County Council for Nottinghamshire will recognise that Nottinghamshire is a diverse County with changing demographics and glaring inequalities. These could include low pay, high areas of benefit dependency, and a lack of work opportunity, low education outcomes, poor health, shorter life expectancy and other indicators of poverty.
We will develop an Anti-Poverty strategy that will help us to map and identify where inequality exists in our Nottinghamshire communities and a method to measure how
our policies along with those of our partners are tackling inequality in our County.
We will work in partnership with the business community, voluntary sector and others in Nottinghamshire to PROMOTE LOCAL BUSINESS & INVESTMENT and generate
an environment of job creation and employment opportunity.
We will shape our policies to address the fact that we have large urban and rural populations but also the fact that there are inequalities in our communities that must be addressed. We will ensure that our policies address the needs of all our people, young and old, affluent and poor and that we strive to create a more equal society in Nottinghamshire.
A One Nation Nottinghamshire.
April 18th, 2013
In 2009 the people of Nottinghamshire elected a Conservative County Council which has embarked on a programme of cuts, closures and redundancies. The Conservatives have increased charges to the elderly for vital services, cut the opening hours of our libraries and starved them of resources, they sold our Care Homes for a rock bottom price, cut funding for roads, awarded a £900,0000 gift to the Cricket Club for a new scoreboard, spent over £78,000 on a new logo, made over 2,600 people redundant and are set to leave a hole in the County Council budget of over £133 million. We are the only party that has challenged all of these decisions, we are the only party that has been a voice for Nottinghamshire in these tough time
Our vision is to create a local economy that grows, that is why we are making Job, Skills and Training our Priority. We will work with local and national businesses and encourage investment. We want Education and Excellence for Every Child, Safe and Sustainable Communities and Care, Compassion and Dignity in the Care for our Elderly.
Nottinghamshire deserves a Council that listens to what people say, a Council that shapes services to meet the needs of local people. Labour is the only party that can do this and with a Labour Nottinghamshire County Council we will do this. In order to make Nottinghamshire a better place to live, work and learn we will Champion the County – our culture, our heritage and our businesses.
Labour has a real vision for Nottinghamshire – a vision where the economy grows, where there are more employment opportunities, where hard work is rewarded and children and young people are given the best possible start in life, a place where people feel safe and where people feel valued and listened to.
We will work in partnership with our Members of Parliament, our District Council colleagues, our neighbours at Nottingham City Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Fire Authority, the National Health Service, the business, voluntary and faith sectors and a range of other stakeholders to ensure that we get the best for our communities in all we do. We are the only party to offer fairness in tough times.
April 16th, 2013
What do you do to earn a living?
I am a biomedical scientist at Nottingham University Hospitals NUH, working in Haematology (The Study of Blood) and Blood Transfusion. This is a diagnostic service which covers a large part of Nottinghamshire, serving local General Practitioners as well as the local hospitals. During my career I have served at most NHS hospitals in the area including the three main Leicester Hospitals as well as Derby Royal Infirmary and the new Royal Derby Hospital at Mickelover.
I am a senior Trade Union Representative for Unite the Union serving on the Staff Side committee for NUH, which involves meeting and negotiating with the Hospital Management as well as representing members of Unite for Employment issues. Six years ago I was fortunate to be granted a Trade Union Scholarship by Unite to study a at Ruskin College Oxford where I gained a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in International Labour and Trade Union Studies. As a result of my Trade Union education I am well versed in world labour History And Trade Unionism, Employment and Contract Law, and Global Economics as well as being a highly qualified biomedical scientist.
How long have you been involved in politics?
I have been involved Labour in politics since being a child in the 1960s when I used to deliver leaflets for the Labour Party in Bramcote, More recently I have stood for Labour in both Borough Council Seats and County Council on many occasions; at the last general election I stood as the Parliamentary candidate in Rushcliffe against Kenneth Clarke.
What issues most concern local residents?
I am passionate about sustainable economic development; this is a global issue which I believe should be driven by local councils. We need to look at every angle to ensure we can maintain energy provision, and on a local level I believe we need to look towards a totally integrated public transport network which will help the public to move around our Nottingham and Nottinghamshire with Read the rest of this entry »
April 8th, 2013
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March 23rd, 2013
Eric Pickles, the Tory Secretary of State for Communities has finally announced the end of the Spatial Strategy for the East Midlands. No doubt there will be much spin and hot air about how this will empower local people to make decisions over local planning issues but let’s look at the reality.
The Government’s replacement document is the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), to which local authorities must work. This clearly states at the beginning that there is a presumption in favour of development. If authorities have not followed the guidelines and are perhaps doing as they would wish rather that as they are told they become vulnerable to developers appeals.
Ashfield found this out recently when their democratically elected Councillors thought they had good reasons to turn down an application to build 230 homes around Sutton in Ashfield. They felt that the development “would weaken the strength of landscape character, not enhance it”.
However, Eric Pickles based in London has decided that the development should go ahead as he claims “the relevant local plan policies are out of date”. He also gave significant weight to the fact that the National Planning Policy Framework indicates that, in the absence of a five-year housing land supply in an up-to-date, adopted development plan the presumption should be in favour of development.
Our Local Plan in Broxtowe is now expired and we are vulnerable to developers, hence the huge number of applications now with us. Thankfully we have a good head of steam working towards what be believe to be an acceptable plan. Even more thankfully we ignored the advice of the Conservatives who wanted us to submit too low a figure then when this was shown to be unworkable suggested that we delay. However, we still have to contend Westminster controlled “Localism”.
Did Henry Ford say “Any colour as long as it’s black”?
Cllr Steve Barber
March 22nd, 2013
March 14th, 2013
What do you do to earn a living?
I qualified as a Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructor in May 2009 and I started my own driving school in June 2009. I also have two advanced driving qualifications and I also volunteer to train advanced motorist for an advanced motoring charity.
How long have you been involved in politics?
I was brought up in a family very much interested in politics and with an awareness of how it can affect people’s lives. I was part of my School council and helped organise events. I have always voted Labour and joined the Labour Party in 2010 and got actively involved fairly soon after joining.
Which local issue do you feel is most important to local residents in your area?
The ward I am standing in includes four very different areas, I think the main issues surrounding Cossall and Trowell is the threat of Open Cast mining, the countryside in this area is beautiful and precious and we need to do everything we can to protect it. Kimberley and Awsworth need sustainable social housing and Job creation along with improved transport links.
Who is your greatest supporter?
My family are always very supportive. But I am also very gratefully to friends that have offered their support for me.
March 9th, 2013
Rushcliffe decided to include a much lower number of new homes than that the professionals suggested from evidence as was necessary. As a result the government appointed planning inspector has indicated that Rushcliffe’s proposals are wanting and is unwilling to progress their application as it stands. This leaves Rushcliffe’s Green Belt extremely vulnerable to appeals and over £500,000 of council tax payers money has had to be budgeted for legal costs.
I see that in order to part cover this they have had to raise Council tax by 4.2%, Broxtowe has not raised Council Tax for the last 2 years. Had we followed Miss Soubry’s advice I am convinced that we would be well and truly up the creek and like Rushcliffe would probably have to increase our Council tax as well as see development where we don’t want it.