Fleetwood Labour Party

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June 8 brought tremendous changes to the British political landscape – quite the opposite of what Theresa May had intended when she called the election: there is now a minority Conservative government. The Labour Party is ready to move from being a ‘government in waiting’ to being the Government, and Lancaster & Fleetwood is no longer a marginal Labour seat.

Click for Cat's election thanks after the Count.

Most importantly, on June 8, Cat Smith was re-elected as our MP in a resounding victory, demonstrating the confidence people have in her as our constituency MP. She has worked so hard for every part of the constituency since her election two years ago, and people recognise her worth. Cat was the most vulnerable member of the Shadow Cabinet, defending a majority of 1.265. Now her majority is 6.661 votes and she won 55% of the vote, representing a swing of 5.73% from Conservative to Labour. We all congratulate Cat on her magnificent result. We also thank the hundreds of volunteers who worked so hard in the campaign in many different ways.

Now we must be ready for the next step – a fresh General Election in which we must finally dislodge the wobbly, chaotic Conservative minority government, propped up by giving cash to a reactionary Northern Ireland party. We must work even harder to gain power to govern For The Many Not The Few.

So – while we can celebrate, there’s no time to relax: another election could be called any day! While it’s great not to be a marginal seat, we can expect less outside support, which will be needed elsewhere. So we’ll need to organise, campaign and raise funds even more vigorously than ever. But we’re ready for it!

We’re now part of a government in waiting!

June 8 brought tremendous changes to the British political landscape – quite the opposite of what Theresa May had intended when she called the election: there is now a minority...

Labour Manifesto 2017

THE LABOUR PARTY MANIFESTO 2017 A manifesto for a better, fairer Britain. "Every election is a choice. What makes this election different is that the choice is starker than ever...

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Since her election just two years ago, Cat Smith has won praise from people across our city for her energetic and effective work.

The contrast with our previous Conservative MP couldn't be starker, but despite not being seen in Lancaster since losing the election, the Conservatives want to bring him back.

This seat has always been on a knife-edge - the Conservatives won it by just 333 votes in 2010, and at the 2015 election, just 700 people changing their votes could have seen them win again.

Your vote can make all the difference - but only if you use it wisely.

If you don't want to see a return to a do-nothing Conservative MP, who didn't even have an office in the constituency, vote Cat Smith on Thursday 8 June.

After losing here in 2015, the Conservative candidate moved back to London. He wasn't seen or heard of locally until this election was called.

Cat Smith lives in Lancaster, got married here and loves Lancaster. She is committed to our area not just because it's her job, but because it's her home too.

Your choice at this election: Having a Lancaster voice in Westminster, or electing a London-based politician who's only here when there's a job going.

 GET IN TOUCH

 To see Cat Smith's track record of working week-in, week-out for our area, please join over 8,000 of us on her Facebook page:   facebook.com/CatSmithMP

In the last two years, Cat Smith has helped deal with over 14,000 requests from local people. If you'd like to share your views or ask a question, please do get in touch:

 email: cat_smith@labour.org.uk

 phone: 01524 566 570

 web: www.catsmith.co.uk

 mail: 47 Scotforth Road, Lancaster, LA1 4SA

 BE PART OF OUR CAMPAIGN

At the last election, the Conservatives threw vast amounts of money into their campaign, buying up the front page of the Lancaster Guardian. Labour's campaign is very different - talking to people on their doorsteps about the issues that matter to our community.

If you'd like to get involved, receive a window poster / garden stake or to find out more, please do get in touch or sign up at www.lancasterandfleetwoodlabour.org/volunteer

Who Will Speak Up for Lancaster & Fleetwood?

Since her election just two years ago, Cat Smith has won praise from people across our city for her energetic and effective work. The contrast with our previous Conservative MP...

Many, not Few

 

 

76% of Labour voters now say we should

commit to changing our voting system to

Proportional Representation.

 

Countries which use PR are much more likely to

be the kind of social democracies

that we in the Labour Party want to create

 

This report sets out the reasons why the Labour Party must listen to the wisdom of this majority and commit to Proportional Representation in our manifesto.

First Past the Post has become indefensible

FPTP is bad for Labour and bad for democracy

The answer is Proportional Representation

PR will strengthen progressive politics

PR will enable us to build a good society

The time is now

The Many, Not the Few

  Cat Smith supports Proportional Representation, and in her capacity as shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, has worked on a recent report. Read Cat’s forward and the...

Fleetwood General Election Campaign Launch

We were delighted to welcome Sarah Champion to Fleetwood to launch Cat Smith's re-election campaign. Sarah spoke about the importance of ensuring that Lancaster & Fleetwood returns a strong local voice...

General Election Campaigning Starts in Lancaster & Fleetwood

A general election has been called for Thursday 8th June, and in Lancaster & Fleetwood were on the door the evening the election had been called, and Cat Smith joined...

Labour Candidates for Lancashire County Council in our Constituency

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Fleetwood East

The Labour candidate is Lorraine Beavers, who has been the CountyCouncillor for  LBeavers.jpgFleetwood West since 2013 and is now standing for election in Fleetwood East.

Tel: 01253 773806

 

 

Fleetwood West & Cleveleys West

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Email: ruthduffy111@btinternet.com

Tel: 0790 164 8155

 

 

Lancaster Central

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Email: Mark@anthonymarkcutter.com

Tel: 0771 584 3062

Facebook: Mark Cutter for Lancaster Central

Twitter account @TheMarkCutter

 

 

Lancaster East

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Email: Lizzi@lancasterlabour.org

Tel: 07491 584745

Facebook - Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East

Twitter account @LizziCollinge

 

Lancaster South East

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Email:  erica@ericalewis.org

Tel: 07597 520 444

Facebook: Erica Lewis for Lancaster South East

Twitter account @_erica_lewis

 

 

Lancaster Rural East

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Facebook:  Matthew Whittaker for Lancaster Rural East

 

 

 

 

Wyre Rural Central

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Email: Janet.infact@btinternet.com

Tel:  01253  799161

Twitter: @janetwilliams99

 

 

Wyre Rural East

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Ross Sykes web-site

 

 

 

 

 

Lancashire County Council Candidates

Labour Candidates for Lancashire County Council in our Constituency Fleetwood East The Labour candidate is Lorraine Beavers, who has been the CountyCouncillor for  Fleetwood West since 2013 and is now...

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   Lancashire County Council –

   What it does

   Why Campaign

This is based on a talk about LCC at a recent Lancaster Branch meeting, given by Michael Tomlinson, LCC member for Leyland Central.

LCC is responsible for these Services ……

  • Adult Social Care – Older people, Vulnerable Adults, Learning Disabilities
  • Children’s Social Care- Fostering & Adoption, Children in Care, Youth Offending, Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
  • Schools - Support and Advice on School Improvement, School Places, School Transport, Outdoor Education
  • Public Health- Health Visitors, School Nurses, WPEH (Wellbeing, Protection & Early Help service)
  • Highways & Transport Policy
  • Library Service
  • Waste Disposal
  • Economic Development-Jobs, Skills, Growth

But not responsible for these Services ……

  • Waste Collection
  • Leisure
  • Parks & Playgrounds
  • Planning
  • Environmental Health/Enforcement
  • Litter & Dog Fouling
  • Buses & Trains
  • Motorways!

Where LCC spends money:

  • Adult Services                  £317,674,000
  • Children’s Services           £119,421,000
  • Community Services                  £134,239,000
  • Public Health                   £28,860,000
  • Development                             £35,574,000
  • Others                                      £77,252,000

Total                £713,020,000

 

The Challenge Ahead

  • Currently spending over £100m a year more than we get in
  • Funding from Central Government is falling (down by £153,000,000 from 2011/12 to 2016/17) and will soon go
  • Demand for Adult Services and Children’s Services is growing
  • Predicted to run out of money by end of 2019/20
  • At the same time the local Health Service is predicted to be around £800 million adrift of the funding it needs by 2020

Why campaign & vote for Labour in LCC?

  • Labour is currently the largest group, but is a minority administration, generally supported by the LibDems
  • We have....introduced the Living Wage for LCC employees, signed the Ethical Care Charter, delivered the Heysham Link, helped create over 4,500 jobs and apprenticeships, have 95% of primary schools rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’
  • We will….Continue to stand up for those who are most vulnerable, grow Lancaster’s economy even further, look to support green energy schemes, invest in school buildings

Click for details of Campaigning Events

 

LCC - What it does, Why campaign

   Lancashire County Council –    What it does    Why Campaign This is based on a talk about LCC at a recent Lancaster Branch meeting, given by Michael Tomlinson, LCC member for...

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Cat writes about the Tory ministers and their plans to trial the use of requiring ID in polling stations.

While Labour supports measures to tackle electoral fraud, requiring voters to produce specific forms of photo ID risks denying millions of electors a vote. The Electoral Commission in 2016 reported that 3.5 million electors – 7.5 percent of the electorate – would have no acceptable piece of photo ID (passport or driving licence are the likely requirements). We must not underestimate the significance of this. By introducing strict identification laws, there is a risk of disenfranchising disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, those already most excluded from the political process.

There is also no evidence to suggest that electoral fraud is widespread in the UK. A total of 665 cases of alleged voter fraud and complaints about elections last year, out of a total of 51.4 million votes cast in all electoral contests in that period. That is only 1 case for every 77,000 votes cast, and of the 665 cases, only 130 related to voting offences! The Electoral Reform Society dismissed the voter ID trails as “a sledgehammer to crack a nut” and urged the government to “think very carefully before introducing barriers to voting. Local Authorities have also started to challenge the Government.

When questioned on this, Chris Skidmore, minister for the constitution, admitted that voter fraud was not a significant issue. The minister argued that the trials were more about tackling the perception of electoral fraud and installing confidence in our electoral system. Apparently despite the risk of reducing voter particpation!

Read the full article on LabourList

 

The young and vulnerable are at risk of being cut out of democracy

Cat writes about the Tory ministers and their plans to trial the use of requiring ID in polling stations. While Labour supports measures to tackle electoral fraud, requiring voters to...

The Boundary Commission has published its initial proposals. Lancaster & Fleetwood is split three ways: urban Lancaster to join with Skerton, Morecambe and Heysham, Fleetwood to join with North Blackpool, rural areas to North Lancashire.

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"These proposals to redraw constituency boundaries are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable as they are based on an out-of-date version of the electoral register with nearly two million voters missing. Any constitutional changes, including the make-up of parliamentary constituencies, should be done fairly with everyone given a voice. This is not what the Tories have done. By pressing ahead with proposals despite two million people having been left out of the review, the Tories have revealed the truth about their plan to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600: it is designed for their own political advantage rather than do what is in the best interests of the country.

Suggestions that this is being done to “cut the cost of politics” are a red herring. The claimed saving of £12 million is dwarfed by the £34 million cost of the 260 extra Peers David Cameron appointed to the Lords. And at the same time the Tories have overseen a huge increase in the bill for politically appointed Special Advisers, totalling £45.8m since 2010.

 


The Tories must stop trying to stack the deck in their favour and allow the Boundary Commission to take into account the millions who registered in the run-up to the May elections and the EU referendum. That is the way to ensure the public have the right level of representation. The Tories should pause, look again and proceed only with changes which are agreed consensually, when it can be guaranteed that no elector will lose out."

CLP New Boundaries

The Boundary Commission has published its initial proposals. Lancaster & Fleetwood is split three ways: urban Lancaster to join with Skerton, Morecambe and Heysham, Fleetwood to join with North Blackpool,...

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Fleetwood Festive Lights committee have tasked me to inform you all of a quiz night on Thursday 29th September, 8pm start. In the ballroom of the North Euston Hotel, it promises a great night out. Grand Quiz Night

'Stephensons Rocket' being a regular team from us, I'm hoping they are coming this time? The cost is £30 for a team of six. All funds raised go towards 'Lighting up Fleetwood' for Christmas.

Contact Julie Dalton on 01253 777639 or daltonjulie1@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you all soon,

   Mary Stirzaker

Grand Quiz Night

Fleetwood Festive Lights committee have tasked me to inform you all of a quiz night on Thursday 29th September, 8pm start. In the ballroom of the North Euston Hotel, it...

Congratulations to Clive Grunshaw on his re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire!

 

Fantastic result with 56% of the vote on a 29% turnout - in 2012 the turnout was only 15%.

 Detailed results:

                                         First Count      Second Count
James Barker    (UKIP)        49,987    
Clive Grunshaw    (Lab)    132,261      152,714
Andy Pratt    (Con)               96,746       118,941
Graham Roach    (LD)          23,164    

 


Spoilt papers 9,697. Turnout 29%    

 

Clive Grunshaw Re-elected

Congratulations to Clive Grunshaw on his re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire!   Fantastic result with 56% of the vote on a 29% turnout - in 2012 the...

I’ve been out on the doorsteps of Fleetwood week in, week out, over the past couple of years, speaking with thousands of residents about what our community needs. There is much that needs to be done, but these are some of my biggest priorities, based on what you’ve been telling me.

Investment, decent jobs and growth

Our town is crying out for jobs. I will work relentlessly to attract businesses and investment – not just seeing through the Fish Park, but working to bring in other industries and develop our home-grown talent.

Labour will increase the Minimum Wage to £8 an hour and incentivise employers to pay the Living Wage. We will ban the use of exploitative zero hours contracts.

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Infrastructure for our future

We need road and rail links that open up our town for business. I support reopening the railway and the tidal barrage proposal which would bring jobs, a potential transport link and create green energy. I oppose unsafe fracking and gas storage – developments which put jobs in other areas – from tourism to farming – at risk.

Housing fairness

We need homes that local people can afford, whether renting or buying. A Labour government will immediately scrap the cruel Bedroom Tax which hits hundreds of Fleetwood’s poorest, including many disabled people.

Protecting our NHS

A Labour government will invest an extra £2.5 billion in the NHS for 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more family doctors. We will guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and cancer test results within two weeks.

Not letting Fleetwood get forgotten

As with the removal of free tram travel, it often seems that the needs of Fleetwood get ignored. Whether it’s Wyre’s Tories looking after Poulton, or regional schemes which only look to Blackpool, Fleetwood needs someone standing up and demanding a fair deal. As a first step, I will campaign for the reintroduction of free tram travel for all Fleetwood people eligible for the NoW card.

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Cat's plan for Fleetwood

I’ve been out on the doorsteps of Fleetwood week in, week out, over the past couple of years, speaking with thousands of residents about what our community needs. There is...

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