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:
phone: 01524 566 570
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
76% of Labour voters now say we should
commit to changing our voting system to
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
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 to Westminster to ensure that our local needs our heard, whether that is ensuring that fishing rights are not traded away in the Brexit negotiations, or the need for train services to be re-instated.
It was great to see so many stalwarts of the local party, joined by many new activists. If you like to be part of the team, you can find details of campaigning events or volunteer to help here.
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 us as soon as parliamentary commitments allowed her to return to the constituency.
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 ....