VOTE LABOUR ON 13th JUNE
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.
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