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Labour means business in Broxtowe
It may have been summer, but that didn’t mean that Broxtowe Labour took their foot off the gas. It was a great pleasure to welcome Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and shadow cabinet heavyweights, John McDonnell and Rebecca Long-Bailey to the constituency over the last few weeks.
Having Jeremy here allowed us to show him some of the inspirational organisations helping to provide services to the community and shield the most vulnerable from the worst of Tory austerity. We held a packed meeting at Middle Street Resource Centre and welcomed Haven Centre and Broxtowe Youth Homeless to talk to Jeremy about the pressures they face directly.
We followed this up with a fantastic conference at the Pearson Centre where John, Rebecca, Clive Lewis and members from local businesses, trade unions, and residents could contribute to the future economic foundations of a new manifesto. I talked of my vision for Broxtowe being at the heart of an East Mids manufacturing regeneration using Hs2 as a springboard for inward national investment bank investment supporting an economic highway between Derby and Nottingham – exciting times.
Make water public again – common sense policies at Labour Conference
In his keynote 2018 conference address, John McDonnell has condemned the “scandal” of a privatised industry that has paid out £18 billion in dividends while bills have risen 40 per cent since privatisation. Labour will introduce a system of Regional Water Authorities (RWAs) made up of councillors, worker, consumer and environmental representatives.
Water companies receive more in tax credits than they pay in tax. Each day enough water to meet the needs of 20 million people is lost to leakages. Labour will end the profiteering in dividends, vast executive salaries, and excessive interest payments. Surpluses will be reinvested in water infrastructure and staff, or used to reduce bills. Real investment will allow the highest environmental standards.
The Tories continue to defend an indefensible racket where the only real winners are the shareholders, and speculators.
Gaffes at the double from the Tories
I was absolutely gobsmacked watching the news over summer at the sheer incompetence of senior government ministers handling some of the most important briefs in the current climate. It is incredulous to me that with the sensitivity of the Northern Ireland border and it’s importance in the Brexit debate, that the NI minister (Karen Bradley) didn’t know that Northern Ireland voted along constitutional lines when she was appointed, a fact so basic that she really should consider her future.
At the same time the Home Office minister Victoria Atkins was admitting that she didn’t know how many serving police officers there were or that the rise in crime was linked to officer numbers reducing. It’s clear that Theresa May values loyalty over competency in this shambles of a government.
Panorama Academy expose – reject this failed policy now
On 10 September, a hard-hitting investigation by the BBC‘s Panorama exposed the shocking scandal of school academies. It found that pupils are paying the price as some individuals profit from companies that now run thousands of UK schools. It was a brilliant exposé, but it only showed the tip of the iceberg. Concerns that too many “failing trusts are stripping assets from their schools” are widespread yet as these companies seek to profit, schools are also at breaking point caused by continued education cuts. Schools still need to find an extra £3bn of savings by 2019/20 and according to the School Cuts website, primary schools face an average cut of £45,400, which rises to £185,200 for secondary schools. Academisation is the epitome of all that is wrong with the profit-led destruction of our vital public services. Greed-driven privatisation is breaking our education system, along with the welfare system and the NHS. Everything starts and ends with education.
Fantastic community event at Muslim Arts Festival
I was delighted to attend a recent event held by the Muslim Artists and Poets Collective at the brilliant Café Roya in Beeston for an Eid festival. We had a tremendous time and it was great to see Muslims and others in the community coming together to celebrate Eid, share poetry and music – the atmosphere was lovely.
Mandatory selection – a view I’ve always held
I’ve been a Labour Councillor for nearly 8 years. When I first stood I had to be selected and after my first term I had to stand for re-selection to give a level of accountability to those I was representing. I’ve also felt it was the most transparent and democratic way of carrying out the role. That is why I’ve been watching with interest the Labour Party’s Democracy Review and why I’ve supported the campaign for mandatory reselection within the party, including it’s MP’s. In my experience, voters recognise the party and the policies on the ballot sheet rather than any individual candidate and we should ensure that we hold our representatives to account in how the policies and principles of the party are discharged. It’s the movement, not any one individual in it, that matters most.
Brilliant Broxtownians – Richard Ward and the Phoenix FC Volunteers
Phoenix FC was established by the community in the heart of Inham Nook, Chilwell to provide kids from the area a safe and decent environment to learn how to play a sport while learning to socialise with other children and make new friends. The club has grown over the past four years from two teams to seven teams (across seven age ranges) as well as developing their own soccer school. Like many community organisations, Phoenix FC would not be in the position it is today without the fantastic band of volunteers (all parents and carers) within the club who share the ethos “football for all regardless of ability”.
All the coaches work tirelessly to make sure the kids get the best out of every session and go home with a smile on their faces. Others work extremely hard either advertising the club helping find sponsors, organising the teams for each match and training session or taking time out to do the admin within the club.
These people are the backbone of Phoenix FC and are true “Brilliant Broxtownians”.
Beeston Film Festival 2018 Showcase Night – Wednesday 26th September from 8.00-11.00pm at The Berliner, 6-8 High Road, Beeston, NG9 4AE
A fantastic opportunity to see 6 B’Oscar winning films at the wonderful Berliner – FREE
Translations, with special guest Maura Dooley – Saturday 29th September from 7.30-9.30pm at Beeston Library, Foster Ave, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AE
Join us to celebrate international poetry in a reading featuring translated works in association with Nottingham Poetry Society, Beeston Poets and Five Leaves Bookshop. £5. Under 18s must be accompanied with an adult.
Village Coffeepot – Saturday 6th October from 10.00am-12.00pm at St Helen’s Church Nottingham Rd, Trowell, Nottingham NG9 3QR UK
Monthly Coffee Morning – Drop in for drinks, cake and a chat. Occurs first Saturday of every month (except January) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 0115 9394672
Sunday Food & Craft Market – Sunday 7th October from 10.00am-3.00pm at Bartons Plc, 61 High Road, Chilwell, NG9 4AJ
Indoor Market in Bartons historic former bus garage – vintage vehicles and memorabilia on display. Fine Food and Drink to eat in our pop up cafe area or take away including patisserie, brownies, quiches, crepes and Thai food. Superb coffee and real ale available at the bar.
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