Labour’s one nation approach to Littleworth

Welcome to our website, and we hope you find what you’re looking for, we are your local Borough Councillors and we aim to provide clear support to the community based on the one nation values Ed Miliband talked about at Labour’s Conference in 2012 when he said:

One Nation: a country where everyone has a stake. One Nation: a country where prosperity is fairly shared. One Nation: where we have a shared destiny, a sense of shared endeavour and a common life that we lead together. That is my vision of One Nation. That is my vision of Britain. That is the Britain we must become.

You can see the full speech below:

Labour has only been in government for four short periods of the 20th century. However its achievements have revolutionised the lives of the British people. The values Labour stands for today are those which have guided it throughout its existence: social justice, strong community and strong values, reward for hard work, decency and rights matched by responsibilities.

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Volunteers running libraries in Stafford

Originally posted on Maureen Compton:

Four libraries in Stafford are ear-marked to be run by volunteers according to the Conservative-led County Council.   Baswich, Gnosall, holmcroft and Rising Brook are downgraded to local libraries which means that they will be run by a group of volunteers – if a group of volunteers is willing to take on that responsibility.   The people of Stafford value their libraries and the work that the librarians do in organising all kinds of activities from reading groups to baby-bounce and thyme.   I am concerned that some areas will find it easier to encourage volunteers than others.   Imagine how many volunteers would be needed to run a library.   There are so many skills involved in running a library and so many hours that a library is open.   There is no intention at present to have skilled librarians working in these four libraries – so is this a time for redundancies of very…

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BLOG: 2014 Elections Roundup

Originally posted on Rowan Draper.com:

The final national election before the next General Election has returned results expected for UKIP, Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Labour has taken many Councils, some from no overall control (e.g. Tory Lib Dem coalitions like Redbridge) and some from the Tories like Croydon and Hammersmith & Fulham. In this blog I’m going to look at the results for where I live and what it means:

West Midlands

Congratulations toNeena Gill andSion Simon who were elected on Thursday by the West Midlands and commisserations toAli Ansar Khan, Lynda WalthoandOlwen Hamerwho I saw throughout the campaign working to get Labour’s message for jobs and growth through the European Parliament across to people in the West Midlands. The votes were as follows:

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Filing for a Judicial Review on Stafford Hospital recommendations

Originally posted on Rowan Draper.com:

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Stafford Kate Godfrey has lodged papers at Birmingham High Court applying for judicial review of the decision to downgrade Stafford Hospital.

The challenge questions Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to lay the final report of the Trust Special Administrators appointed to the Mid-Staffs NHS Trust before parliament.

In a statement placed before parliament on 26th February 2014, Jeremy Hunt accepted that the TSA report met required standards. By doing so, he accepted recommendations which includes the dissolution of the Mid-Staffs Trust and the loss of key services at Stafford Hospital including permanent downgrading of Accident and Emergency to a daytime service; loss of paediatric care and assessment; loss of the consultant led maternity services which account for the majority of births in Stafford, and downgrading of the critical care services which underpin clinical delivery across departments.

The changes amount to a serious downgrade of Stafford…

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Application: 14/20646/HOU

The Planning Department at Stafford Borough Council have received an application to erect a fence on the front boundary of 4 Riverway. You can have your say on the application via this link.

If you would like to speak to me on this application, please get in touch. There is an opportunity for Councillors to take this application to committee for a debate and decision from local Councillors, rather than planning officers, and if you would like for that to happen please contact us.

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Application: 14/20663/HOU

The Planning Department at Stafford Borough Council have received an application to erect a single-storey side extension to existing dwelling at 2 Cairns Drive. You can have your say on the application via this link.

If you would like to speak to me on this application, please get in touch. There is an opportunity for Councillors to take this application to committee for a debate and decision from local Councillors, rather than planning officers, and if you would like for that to happen please contact us.

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Application: 14/20528/HOU

The Planning Department at Stafford Borough Council have received an application to demolish a side garage and rear stores for two-storey and single-storey rear extensions and side carport extension at 93 Weston Road. You can have your say on the application via this link.

If you would like to speak to me on this application, please get in touch. There is an opportunity for Councillors to take this application to committee for a debate and decision from local Councillors, rather than planning officers, and if you would like for that to happen please contact us.

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Cllr Winkle: Can you afford not to support Labour?

Cllr. Mike Winkle

Cllr. Mike Winkle

The Cost of Living

Food bills, gas and electricity, petrol and living costs are all up. Labour will freeze energy costs and help families with child care costs for all 3 and 4 year olds, if elected in 2015. Can you afford not to support Labour?

Sending Kate Godfrey to Parliament in 2015 will be a clear message that Littleworth cannot afford David Cameron’s cost of living crisis. 

Littleworth in 2015

The Local Government Boundaries Commission for England has published draft proposals for warding patterns in Stafford Borough. They considered the documents put together by the Labour Group and the Conservatives and decided that:

‘In Stone and in most areas of Stafford Town we have largely adopted the proposals of the Labour Group’.

We are pleased that the LGBCE recognised our logical and well set out arguments but the Conservatives have pushed for a special Council meeting to consider their final submission on June 19th, before the boundaries are confirmed later this year in September.

We will continue to defend your right to have full representation. Littleworth will, if the LGBCE proposals are finally adopted, be a two member ward. 

 

The ‘Rise’ of UKIP

A large proportion of UKIP supporters are pensioners. Despite this, did you know that UKIP have plans to abolish the state pension and replace it with a private system!

Millionaire stockbroker, Nigel Farage, would have you believe he stands up for the ordinary person but the truth is different. UKIP represents the rich. He has said that there would be no need for UKIP if Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister.

 

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Cllr Draper: Boundary Review – Final round of consultation

Originally posted on Rowan Draper.com:

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This week saw the LGBCE publish the ward divisions they are consulting on prior to the final decision in September 2014, in time for Local Elections 2015. You can see my previous posts on Boundary Review here and see the process we’ve undergone to get where we are today.

The Boundary Commission writes in their final report of the draft recommendations:

During consultation, we received 15 submissions on warding arrangements for Stafford. We received two borough-wide submissions based on a council size of 40 – one from the Council and one from the Labour Group … Both the Council’s and the Labour Group’s borough-wide proposals would result in good levels of electoral equality across the authority and used clear and identifiable boundaries in most areas. Both submissions put forward evidence of community identity in support of their proposals.

In the main the Boundary Commission sided with Labour Group proposals…

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Cllr Draper: Council needs to be pro-active on transparency

Originally posted on Rowan Draper.com:

Dear Editor,

I write to reply to the comment in ‘Issue No. 5617′ which addressed local government transparency. Many Local Authorities look to Parliament to set the tone, after having introduced selective filming in the 1980s, Stafford Borough Council finally began selective recording this year.

One has to wonder whether Stafford Borough Council’s controlling Conservative group would have grasped the political impetus to begin webcasting had it not been for Robert Francis’ scathing rebuke of scrutiny from the Borough in his report of the Public Inquiry. The Conservative Group had failed regularly to heed the calls for better minute taking from Labour members until Robert Francis highlighted them for particular focus.

Examples of best practice in local government today are widespread and we should look to live webcast meetings of cabinet and scrutiny committees, enabling local residents to get a fuller picture of the business of the council.

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Application: 14/20344/HOU

The Planning Department at Stafford Borough Council have received an application for a two storey side extension to form day room and extended kitchen on ground floor and additional bedroom on first floor at 11 Melbourne Crescent, Beaconside. You can have your say on the application via this link.

If you would like to speak to me on this application, please get in touch. There is an opportunity for Councillors to take this application to committee for a debate and decision from local Councillors, rather than planning officers, and if you would like for that to happen please contact us.

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