Greg Marshall's News letter




A crucial vote in Stapleford South East

Just one more day to go until June 13th and the crucial by-election in Stapleford South East which will determine the future direction of Broxtowe Council for the next 4 years. Over 12 months of hard work listening and working with residents has given fantastic candidates Sue Paterson and Eleanor Allan a brilliant chance to continue their hard work. The response has been great and the message is clear ; If we want more council houses, if we want to tackle homelessness, if we want to tackle anti-social behaviour and we want to invest more in Stapleford Town cCentre, then lets change the council, get the Tories out and VOTE LABOUR on June 13th – Broxtowe deserves better.

Labour led Broxtowe already having a positive impact

Even though the future of the council isn’t 100% certain, the current Labour led administration isn’t hanging around in making positive changes. On day 1 we immediately reversed the appalling decision taken by the Tories to get rid of the domestic violence co-ordinator by establishing the post again. In addition we’ve revised our housebuilding target to have a council owned council house programme that meets the need in Broxtowe. With Cllr Teresa Cullen as chair of the new housing committee, I’ve no doubt that we will build new council houses , faster and to a higher standard than went previously.

Peterborough shows the politics of hope triumphs over despair

Despite the media, despite the pundit predictions and despite the bookies, Labour and Lisa Forbes delivered a fantastic by-election win in Peterborough last week as the politics of hope triumphed over the politics of despair and division. An extremely positive campaign led by Labour concentrated on the policies that we can offer ; more police on the beat, more funding to our schools, reversing years of privatisation in the NHS and offering a green industrial strategy. As Farage rolled into town and the media lined up to lavish the spotlight on him, it was great to see him scuttle off before the result was announced. We are confident that given the choice, people are desperate for change, desperate for a party to unite the country for the 99% not the 1% and are desperate to elect a party #ForTheMany. Let’s have a general election – NOW.

Only Labour can tackle the climate emergency

The Labour party have forced Parliament to become the first in the world to declare a climate and environment emergency, yet there is no evidence that the Tories are taking it seriously. The UK is set to miss its own carbon budgets by an ever-widening margin, and last year saw the smallest drop in carbon emissions In the last six years – just 2%. Three current cabinet ministers have denied the scientific consensus, and several current and former cabinet ministers standing in the Tory leadership contest have close links to climate change denial. They continue to promote fracking but we will ban this carbon race to the bottom. This Government is letting us down, but Labour is committed to action on the scale that is needed. Labour will deliver a Green Industrial Revolution, taking bold and radical action to create hundreds of thousands of good jobs while tackling the climate emergency.

Birmingham home care workers celebrate hard fought victory 

There is finally an end to the Birmingham home carers’ 20-month long dispute against attacks to their working patterns and pay – and indeed the service itself. This is in addition to the Birmingham bin workers who won their fight against blacklisting in March this year. The home carers were defending their working hours as the council originally proposed a pattern of three split shifts. But as the dispute escalated the council changed this to cutting all contracted hours to part time – meaning some staff would lose up to £11,000 a year! Despite underhand tactics,  the workers stood strong with continued support for strike action which was led by (my own union) public service union Unison. I was proud to help the dispute by supporting donations to the strike fund from my branch. Ultimately, it was the workers who came out on top with the council withdrawing every proposal and the staff being able to keep their jobs under current hours and shifts. These workers do some of the hardest and important jobs in our communities and it’s the workers who keep everything going. It’s important for councillors to stand up for the working class in these disputes.

A woman’s right to choose – support pro choice 

This is a disturbing time for a woman’s right to choose with regressive developments in the state of Alabama and the recent Tory leadership announcements by Jeremy Hunt. Alabama legislators have passed a bill that makes it a crime for a doctor to perform or attempt to perform an abortion even denying exemptions for cases of rape and incest. It’s a direct attack on the landmark Roe v Wade decision of the US Supreme Court supporting a woman’s right to choose. Society has long attempted to control women’s fertility according to it’s need but women should always have the genuine right to choose whether or not to proceed with a pregnancy.

Upcoming events

Green Festival, Holy Trinity Church, Kimberley – Saturday 15th June 12.00-3.00pm
As we celebrate our return to Holy Trinity Church after major work, we welcome everyone to visit us. The event will be themed around care for our environment. There will be lunches and teas, as well as information, stalls and craft activities. Admission is free, and we have invited local groups to contribute to the event. We have plenty of inside space if it is wet!Kimberley 7’s Charity Football Tournament – Saturday 15th June 10.00am-6.00pm
1st Annual Kimberley 7-a-side Football Tournament. Music – Food Van – Fun & Games – Bouncy Castle – Ice Cream Van. All funds raised to the Kimberley Jam Charitable Trust for onward donation to not-for-profit or charitable good causes in Kimberley.Cherishing our Churchyard Afternoon Tea, All Saints, Strelley Village, NG8 6PE, Sunday June 16th 1.00-5.00pm
Join us as we celebrate the special treasures that are often unnoticed in our churchyards. We will also be Cherishing Father’s with treats on their special day! Admission is just £4 including afternoon tea.Beeston Picnic in the Park, Dovecote Lane Park, Beeston NG9 1JE – Saturday 22nd June 3.00-9.00pm
Celebrating 90 years of 2nd Beeston Sea Scouts. Come and join us for an afternoon of stalls, displays, face painting, arena events, demonstrations for young and old to join in and enjoy, and much more. In the evening we will be having live music from the iconic bandstand. Feel free to bring a picnic and a blanket. There will be some food stalls including a Hog Roast, and bars serving cocktails, summer drinks and beers. The evening will be given over to live music and finishing with a campfire and songs. Contact or 07890 240 463.Chilwell Carnival, The Lanes Primary School, Cator Lane, NG9 4BB – Saturday 22nd June 12.00-3.30pm
Arena entertainment, live music, fairground rides, inflatable fun, games, raffle & tombola, car boot & craft stalls, refreshments. Adults £1, Children 50p (Under 5’s free) – no dogs.

Canalside Heritage Centre Summer Fete, Weir Cottages, Beeston Lock, NG9 1LZ – Saturday 22nd June 12.00-4.00pm
Celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the wonderful Heritage Centre. Entertainment, games, stalls, canal boat rides, tea room, Morris dancers, brass band.

Armed Forces Day 2019, Beeston Square, NG9 2JG – Monday 24th June 11.00am-12.00pm
Soldiers will join the Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe to raise a specially commissioned Armed Forces Day Flag in Beeston on Monday 24 June at 11.00am to mark a week of events being held across the country. It is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community which includes currently serving troops, Service families, veterans and cadets.

Babbington Dog Rescue Fun Day, Babbington Hall Kennels, Westby Lane, Awsworth, NG16 2SS – Saturday 29th June 10.30am-3.00pm
14 fun Dog Show classes ending with Judges Choice. Judging starts at 11am. All day stalls , bric-a-brac, children’s items, Our Giant Raffle pulled at the end of the day. Lunch Time Auction and all day Tombola. Our Big Bar-B-Que plus, snacks, cakes and all types of drinks.
Just a great time for the whole Family (Don’t forget the DOG!)

The Kimberley Jam, Kimberley – Saturday 29th June 11.00am-midnight
The annual free music and poetry festival takes place on 13 stages in the pubs, cafes and supermarkets of Kimberley from 11.00am until late.

Open Air Shakespeare in Kimberley, Kimberley Institute Cricket Club, Newdigate Street, NG16 2NJ – Thursday 18th July at 7.00pm
Described by ‘The Stage’ as “one of the best companies touring open air theatre” Rain or Shine make a welcome return to Broxtowe with their 2019 production of “As You Like It”. As the name implies they will perform whatever the weather. The ground will open at 6 pm, with the show starting at 7 pm and ending around 9.30 pm. There is plenty of room for pre-show picnics. A bar, hot drinks and ice cream will be available. Entry on foot via Newdigate Street or Victoria Street. Town centre car parking. Bus stop nearby on Main Street. Seating provided. Limited number of tickets available. Advance booking recommended. Box Office: 0115 854 4734, to pay by cash or cheque, 03306 600541 to pay by card. It promises to be an evening of Shakespearean fun!

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