Fleetwood Labour Party

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.

Lanc__Fleetwood.PNG  Our MP, Cat Smith,says

"These proposals to redraw constituency boundaries are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable as they are based on an out-of-date version of the electoral register with nearly two million voters missing.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...

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For those not present at the special general meeting of Lancaster & Fleetwood CLP held on Friday 22 July 2016, in Lancaster Methodist Church, here's a summary of the outcome. The members eligible to participate and vote were all current CLP members who had been Labour Party members continuously since joining before 13 January 2016, excluding those in arrears on their membership subs but including those who had recently paid up their arrears. The rules for such meetings as set out by NEC were followed. Prior to the formal proceedings there was informal discussion while people had an opportunity to read the two candidates' official statements.

Total eligible members – 778; Eligible members present – 101; Turnout - 13.0%

In the chair: Alison Love

Tellers: Billy Glasgow, James Groves, Erica Lewis, Cat Smith and Tom Sweeney

Contributions heard from: Josh Brandwood, Brian Stephenson, Peter Stephenson, Joel Evans, Romy Clark, Jonathan Maher, Rob Devey, Ian Barker, Sue McCormick, Allen Knott, Tom Sweeney, Alistair Sinclair, Bob Clark, Evelyn Stephenson, John Chell, Cathy Hornby and Jeremy Bateman

Votes cast:

Jeremy Corbyn - 71

Owen Smith - 30

Spoilt - 0

Jeremy Corbyn was duly nominated for the leadership. As we stressed at the meeting, when it comes to the actual election, members are free to vote for whichever candidate they wish! 

When we have a list of other CLP nominations we will give a link here.

Currently the New Statesman has a list they are updating ....

CLP Nomination Meeting

For those not present at the special general meeting of Lancaster & Fleetwood CLP held on Friday 22 July 2016, in Lancaster Methodist Church, here's a summary of the outcome....

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...

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Clive Grunshaw is running for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire,

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and two by-elections to replace Labour Councillor Richard Newman-Thompson who died in February: Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East on Lancashire County Council

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and Oscar Thynne for John O’Gaunt on Lancaster City Council. The links are to their Facebook pages, where details of campaigns can be found.

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Elections are coming on 5th May!

Are you registered to vote? Details how to... Clive Grunshaw is running for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire,   and two by-elections to replace Labour Councillor Richard...

WARM TRIBUTES TO  COUNCILLOR

 richard-newman-thompson.pngA large congregation heard warm tributes to the life of Lancaster city and Lancashire county councillor Richard Newman-Thompson at his civic funeral at Lancaster Priory on February 29 2016.

His best friend, Ray Hill, said Councillor Newman-Thompson was a man of immense personal courage and total and absolute loyalty, who was always there to be relied on.

He was decent, clean-living and hard-working and never let a political or philosophical disagreement influence his view of a person.

Both men were Labour Party colleagues and Heysham High School governors at the same time.

Leader of Lancaster City Council Councillor Eileen Blamire, Councillor Newman-Thompson's John o'Gaunt Ward colleague, described him as intelligent, dedicated, committed, wise, totally reliable and, above all, caring.

He cared passionately about health and, as Cabinet member for finance, did a magnificent job in preparing the council's budget, she said.

“Colleagues and friends are devastated by his death,” said Councillor Blamire. “I personally owe him a great debt. He made a difference to any life he touched.”

The Vicar of Lancaster, the Rev Chris Newlands, spoke of Councillor Newman-Thompson's passion, energy, commitment and self-sacrifice for the good of others.

The service was attended by the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Jon Barry; the MP for Lancaster, Cat Smith; and the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, County Councillor Margaret Brindle.

Councillor Newman-Thompson died of cancer at home on February 22 aged 53. Donations in his memory are going to St John's Hospice.

 

Tributes To Richard Newman-Thompson

WARM TRIBUTES TO  COUNCILLOR  A large congregation heard warm tributes to the life of Lancaster city and Lancashire county councillor Richard Newman-Thompson at his civic funeral at Lancaster Priory on...

How We Are Represented: Democratic Reforms?

A discussion document from the Lancaster Branch of the Labour Party, February 2016 This is presented here in order to generate further discussion amongst Labour Party members.  It presents the...

Labour_IN2.pngLabour will campaign for Britain to stay in Europe in the referendum that the prime minister has called for June, regardless of Cameron’s overblown tinkering, says Jeremy Corbyn. That’s not because we don’t think the EU needs reform – far from it.  Labour will be running a positive campaign for the real change we need: to unite opposition to austerity and build a Europe of sustainable growth, jobs and social justice. That can only be achieved by working with allies who share our aims across the continent. We want a social Europe of decent jobs and equality for all. Being part of Europe has brought Britain investment, jobs and protection for workers, consumers and the environment. We are convinced that the EU is a vital framework for European trade and international cooperation in the 21st century, and that a vote to remain in Europe is in the best interest of our people.

Cat Smith writes: A British exit from the EU would have a seriously detrimental impact on the free movement of people; trade union and human rights; environmental protection; international cooperation; and a host of other vital issues. While the EU is in need of a democratic reform, an exit at the current time would boost right-wing movements and parties and hurt ordinary people in the UK. European politics has been dominated by neoliberal thinking for far too long – as recent events in Greece brutally demonstrate. But changing this means working to strengthen anti-austerity movements across all of Europe – not walking away. Our campaign will put the case for staying in the EU independently of Cameron and big business, opposing any part of a “renegotiation” that attacks workers’, migrants’ or human rights. We will combine campaigning for an in vote with arguing for an alternative economic model, maintaining European citizens’ rights to live and work across the EU, and for far-reaching democratic reforms of European institutions.

Britain is better off in Europe. It is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off too. That’s why Labour is In for Britain - declares Alan Johnson, chair of the Labour In for Britain Campaign.

For more facts (and myth-busting) about the impact of the EU on Britain

Labour In for Britain

Another Europe Is Possible

 

 

It's time to make the progressive case for staying in the EU

Labour will campaign for Britain to stay in Europe in the referendum that the prime minister has called for June, regardless of Cameron’s overblown tinkering, says Jeremy Corbyn. That’s not...

Because of Government cuts to local councils - 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 - your Lancashire County Council are being forced to cut local services by over £262million. The council's reluctant responses to this problem the government has imposed on them include:

-cut bus services
-reduce bin collections
-closing libraries and museums

But that's just the start...

Have your say... (consultation on Lancashire County website)


Councillor Newman-Thompson, Labour cabinet member for finance, said:

“These vicious Tory Government cuts will inevitably mean we will be unable to continue to provide all the services and do all the things our residents would like us to do.
“They are unnecessary, and the Tories have used the global financial and Eurozone crises as a cover for their ideologically driven attacks on the public sector.
“We had already had a 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 under the Tory-led Government.

The provisional figures for Lancashire were published in January and showed a further £303.3m reduction in central government support for the county council over the period 2016/17 to 2019/20.

County Councillor David Borrow, Deputy Leader of the County Council and Cabinet Member for Finance said:


"We have been lobbying central government very hard to try to secure more money for Lancashire. The finalised figures reveal that while some councils have been given more money, particularly county councils in the south, Lancashire's position is no better off."


"This leaves the county council in a very difficult financial position, unprecedented in its severity, and makes it very difficult to maintain the services that people rely on.


"Even before this final announcement, we knew that the council will not have sufficient financial resources to meet its statutory obligations by April 2018, based on current spending levels and demand for services. Over the next two years, the council will need to rely heavily on spending its reserves in order to balance its budget, and that money can only be spent once.

Lancashire services slashed by £262million

Because of Government cuts to local councils - 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 - your Lancashire County Council are being forced to cut local services...

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This morning Nick Clegg was asked five times to rule out a further rise in tuition fees – and he refused to do so. William Hague also said that the Tories have not ruled out another rise in tuition fees.
 
Five years ago the Lib Dems promised to scrap tuition fees – and then they raised them three times higher. Now they are getting ready to raise them again.
 
Analysis of the Tories' extreme spending plans means that they are poised to increase tuition fees yet again – to £11,500 per year.
 
Labour will cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000. And if we fail in that task, Ed Miliband has said he will not stand for office as Prime Minister in 2020. Because there should be consequences when people’s trust is let down. 

The Tories and Lib Dems will raise tuition fees again

This morning Nick Clegg was asked five times to rule out a further rise in tuition fees – and he refused to do so. William Hague also said that the...

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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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