Labour Candidates for Lancashire County Council in our Constituency
The Labour candidate is Lorraine Beavers, who has been the CountyCouncillor for Fleetwood West since 2013 and is now standing for election in Fleetwood East.
Tel: 01253 773806
Fleetwood West & Cleveleys West
The Labour candidate is Ruth Duffy
Tel: 0790 164 8155
The Labour candidate is Mark Cutter
Tel: 0771 584 3062
Facebook: Mark Cutter for Lancaster Central
Twitter account @TheMarkCutter
Lizzi Collinge has been the County Councillor for Lancaster East since 2016 and is standing for re-election.
Tel: 07491 584745
Facebook - Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East
Twitter account @LizziCollinge
Lancaster South East
The Labour candidate is Erica Lewis
Tel: 07597 520 444
Facebook: Erica Lewis for Lancaster South East
Twitter account @_erica_lewis
Lancaster Rural East
The Labour candidate is Matthew Whittaker
Wyre Rural Central
The Labour candidate is Janet Williams
Tel: 01253 799161
Wyre Rural East
The Labour candidate is Ross Sykes
Lancashire County Council –
What it does
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
- Parks & Playgrounds
- Environmental Health/Enforcement
- Litter & Dog Fouling
- Buses & Trains
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
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
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!
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.
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."
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 email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing you all soon,
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
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 ....
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%.
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%
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Clive Grunshaw is running for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire,
and two by-elections to replace Labour Councillor Richard Newman-Thompson who died in February: Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East on Lancashire County Council
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.
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 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.
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 briefing papers considered and summarises the opinions expressed when about 20 members of the Lancaster Branch of the Lancaster and Fleetwood Constituency Labour Party met for a Policy Discussion Meeting on 10 February 2016. People took a variety of views, and inclusion in this account does not imply approval by all of the members present, or even by a majority. The briefing documents and the report of the meeting discussions have been prepared by John Whitehead, Nick Moule and James Groves, respectively Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Branch.
Three topics are covered (as pdf files to view or download):
For each topic, the briefing paper presented at the meeting is given below, followed by a summary of the discussion.
A further document presenting some voting scenarios is included.