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Only by winning the local elections in May, and the General Election in June, can we achieve the fairer society we want to see in Britain and the world. This is your opportunity to make June, the end of May.

The Labour Party has 7 weeks to save Britain. We have 7 weeks to elect a Labour Government that will protect us from an ideologically-driven Tory Hard Brexit, protect the vulnerable and save our public services (such as NHS, Welfare, Education and Emergency Services.  Only Labour will build the much needed homes so that people have a proper roof over their heads.


Join us tomorrow in our canvass sessions by contacting Dave or help out with our leaflet delivery by contacting Liz

Of interest to Romsey

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From left to right Our Candidate for the County Council elections in May Noel Kavanagh (currently county councillor for Coleridge) and City Councillors Anna Smith, Dave Baigent and Sophie Barnett 

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THAT THERE IS AN ELECTION GOING ON - we certainly have.  If you have any queries please get in touch 

 

Romsey Labour are here to represent the people of Romsey and to do this we have to know what they want.  There are a number of ways this is done:

  • we knock on peoples doors and talk to them (canvassing). 
  • we hold meet and great stalls (mainly outside the Coop on Mill Road)
  • we attend local events (we run a stall at The Winter Fair and the proceeds are donated to Romsey Mill).
  • we live in the area
  • we deliver leaflets about our work
  • we answer emails, letters and telephone calls
  • we support local and national causes and demonstrations
  • we hold monthly ward meetings and mid monthly catch ups

In outcome we hope to help people and our community

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Canvassing

We aim to knock on everyone's door at least three times a year and whilst this does not mean we meet everyone it gives us a clear idea of the important issues in Romsey.  For most of the year this is carried out on a Saturday or Sunday when we go out as a group to target specific roads.  As we get closer to elections we increase our door knocking to a point when we are out everyday. Canvassers include our four councillors and members of the Romsey Labour Party and training is given to anyone who wants to join us.  Without this important contact we would not be able to do our job properly and we always need more people to help.

People often think that canvassing is stressful, but its not like that at all.  Almost without exception people in Romsey recognise the need for politicians to talk to the public and are prepared to take part in short debates on their doorstep.  People appreciate rather than resent these interactions and when they are busy they politely say so.  This week we canvassed in Great Eastern Street.

 Canvassing in the spring

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 Canvassing in the winter

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Meet and great stalls

You will probably have seen us outside the Coop on a Saturday morning.  Sometimes we are there with a special message, often about a local issue or the NHS.  We try to do this once a month and it is a very good way of taking the pulse in Romsey.

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Leaflets

Most of you will have seen our leaflets.  In these we try to capture national, citywide and local issues.  As we get closer to the election the amount of leaflets increase and they provide a way for Labour to set out its stall.  We always need help in delivering leaflets so please get in touch if you can spare 30-40 minutes every six weeks or so.

 

Attending local events

Each year Romsey Labour runs a stall at the Mill Road Winter Fair and all the proceeds are donated to Romsey Mill.  This year we had a 'gorilla'

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 Helping people and our community:

  • with planning problems
  • we help with communications for people living in dire circumstances
  • we help with the design of local improvements
  • raising issues with council officers
  • we raise issues that are of major concern in regard to safety
  • we raise issues with the head of Cambridge's policing
  • we raise issues with the Police and Crime Commissioner
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Supporting local and national causes and demonstrations 

Romsey Labour has a presence at most city events 

 

Anti Trump Rally outside Great St Mary    

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Kevin Price Labour's Candidate for Mayor speaking at the I Daniel Blake showing organised by Momentum and Unite

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Monthly ward meetings and mid monthly catch ups

We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 2000 at Ross Street Community Centre

Each month we also meet in the third week to catch up

On the third Friday in the month the whole of Cambridge's membership are invited to a Constituency meeting at Alex Wood Hall. This meeting is central to what happens within the constituency.

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What's going on in Romsey Labour

Only by winning the local elections in May, and the General Election in June, can we achieve the fairer society we want to see in Britain and the world. This...

A message from our MP Daniel Zeichner

Your chance to say “No More” to the most right-wing Conservative government in modern history

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Two days ago, shortly after Theresa May’s announcement, our MP Daniel Zeichner sent this email to Labour members in Cambridge.  For those readers who will not have received it, here it is in full:

As you will be aware, today Prime Minster Theresa May has announced her intention, less than two years after the last election, to hold another General Election on Thursday 8 June.

This is an election like no other.  We are faced with the most right-wing Conservative Government in modern history – a ruling party taken over by Euro-sceptics, and one that has shown an exceptionally cruel streak towards the young, the old, the poor and those with a disability.  This election is your chance to say: no more!

I have been your MP for nearly two years.  In that time, I have run countless surgeries and campaigns, attended hundreds of community events, worked with local councillors, trade unions and campaign groups and met thousands of residents.  I have shown that a Labour MP can and does make a positive difference to people’s lives. In the same way, a Labour Government will give all of us in Britain a far better future.

During my time as your MP, I have always put the interests of the people of our diverse and beautiful city first, ahead of the games in Westminster:  I stood in 2015 because of the contempt shown by the Coalition to ordinary working people; and I voted and argued consistently against leaving the EU.

In this election, the candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Cambridge will be the politician who lost the seat in 2015.  The choice is clear: do people want a representative who backed a Tory Government, or do they want an MP who will never side with the heartless Tories who, since 2010, have damaged our country so much?

Daniel Zeichner

Jeremy Says (Edited from the Guardian Article) 

Jeremy Corbyn 

Is pledging to bust the “cosy cartel” of British politics as he insists Labour is poised to form the next government.

“Much of the media and establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion,” he will say.“They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win.

“They say I don’t play by the rules – their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game. They’re quite right I don’t. And a Labour government elected on 8 June won’t play by their rules.

He will say that fatcat bosses and corporations should be afraid of a Labour victory. 

“If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green [chairman of Arcadia Group], I’d be worried about a Labour government.”

“If I were Mike Ashley [chairman of Sports Direct] or the CEO of a tax-avoiding multinational corporation, I’d want to see a Tory victory. Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first.”

 “When we win, it’s the people – not the powerful – who win. The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker win. We all win.”

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 Jeremy Corbyn: general election is about ‘future of all of us’

The Labour leader made a symbolic visit to Croydon Central, the seat of housing minister Gavin Barwell, on Wednesday, to underline his ambition to “prove the establishment experts wrong,” and snatch seats from the Conservatives.

Labour hopes to steer the debate to the state of the economy, living standards, schools and the NHS – while prime minister Theresa May has repeatedly presented it as a test of her leadership against Corbyn’s.

May flew to Bolton North East on Wednesday night by helicopter, to speak to an audience of activists. 

Downing Street said she plans to meet as many voters as she can once the campaign kicks off, rather than sticking to the carefully stage-managed events that characterised the failed remain campaign in last year’s EU referendum. 

“It’s going to be all about meeting people, knocking on doors, having those personal conversations,” said a No 10 source, adding that the campaign would have “its own unique feel”.

Labour categorically ruled out entering a coalition with the Scottish National party on Wednesday, after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she was willing to consider a “progressive alliance” to take on the Tories.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband was relentlessly pilloried by the Conservatives as the puppet of the SNP during the 2015 election campaign, and Corbyn is keen to avoid constant speculation about the makeup of potential coalitions.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon, Corbyn said, “There will be no coalition deal with the SNP and a Labour government.” 

He added that he did not consider Nicola Sturgeon’s party to be progressive, because it had passed on Tory spending cuts in Scotland.

“The SNP may talk left at Westminster, but in government in Scotland it acts right,” he said.

 

Jeremy says it as it is - the fatcats are ruggt to be afeaud of Labour
"Much of the media and establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion," he will say. "They think there are rules in politics, which if you don't follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can't really change, then you can't win. "They say I don't play by the rules - their rules. We can't win, they say, because we don't play their game. They're quite right I don't. And a Labour government elected on 8 June won't play by their rules." He will say that fatcat bosses and corporations should be afraid of a Labour victory. "If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green [chairman of Arcadia Group], I'd be worried about a Labour government." "If I were Mike Ashley [chairman of Sports Direct] or the CEO of a tax-avoiding multinational corporation, I'd want to...

Free School Meals for all primary children - paid for by introducing VAT on private school fees

Angela Rayner tells us (6-3-17)

I have been up since 5am, we have announced that we would introduce free school meals for all primary school children by introducing VAT on private school fees to pay for it. I have arrived in media city to start a full day talking through our plan starting with Good Morning Britain, then BBC Breakfast Sofa, Today Programme, Five Live and others to be confirmed. Then I will travel to Lancashire to meet up with the leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP to formally announce the policy. Here is my statement to the media.

Today at an after school club in Leyland, Lancashire, Jeremy Corbyn and I will announce that the next Labour government will guarantee free school meals for all primary school children. By introducing VAT on private school fees Labour will level the playing field between children. Only 7 per cent of children in England attend private school. VAT on private school fees will raise at least £1.3bn, enabling us to fully fund this policy. Labour’s policy will benefit the education and health of all children by ending a subsidy to the privileged few. I’m a mum and I hate the thought of any child going a whole day at school without a healthy meal.

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Four million children in Britain are living in poverty – and because of rising in-work poverty, many do not qualify for free school meals under the existing system. Children who eat a healthy lunch do better at school – research has proven that offering universal access to free school meals enables primary school pupils to advance by around two months on average. Give children healthy food and they behave better at school, concentrate more in class and perform better in exams. As a parent I don’t see any downside.

Britain faces a serious health crisis linked to a poor diet – almost 20 per cent of children are obese by the time they leave primary school at 11. There is a real need to address these health problems. We as a nation cannot be satisfied with our children suffering health problems through no fault of their own.

Labour’s policy will help improve the health of our children by making sure every child gets given a nutritious meal at school – over 90 per cent of pupils taking a school lunch eat food or drink containing vegetables or fruit compared with only 58 per cent of pupils bringing in packed lunches. It is right and proper that we aim to ensure every child is receiving a healthy, balanced lunch at school.

Despite these huge benefits, the government is failing to provide children their basic right to a healthy meal. In 2013, the Coalition Government accepted a report that recommended all primary school pupils get free school meals. However, as is usually the case with this government, the plan was quietly dropped. Instead, since 2014, children in reception, year one and year two get free school meals – but funding per child per meal has been frozen, therefore failing to keep up with inflation.

The Conservatives are leading an assault on our country’s schools. The serious funding crisis currently looming over schools has not only left them unable to provide healthy lunches for pupils, but has forced schools like St John’s Primary School in Crowborough to resort to extreme measures such as asking parents to donate essential items – like toilet rolls – that the school can’t afford. It’s simply unacceptable. Our children deserve better and Labour will make sure that’s what they get.

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As Shadow Education Secretary, I’ve had enough of seeing schools struggling to provide the support and education children need because of the misplaced priorities of this Conservative government. Free school meals for all children, no matter what their background, will improve the education and health of our children. Labour will deliver it.

The General Election

A message from our MP Daniel Zeichner Your chance to say “No More” to the most right-wing Conservative government in modern history     Two days ago, shortly after Theresa May’s...

There is a lot of misleading information about Labour's position on Brexit.  What is not misleading is Daniel Zeichner's stance - Daniel is firmly opposed to anything that involves Brexit, and has already proved this by his public stance and by his opposition in Parliament.

Jeremy's is often misrepresented and many people argue that his position of being 70% in favour of staying in was luke warm.  Since the referendum Jeremy has though followed the majority decision to leave.  For many people this has been a source of discontent, but for others his stance has been in line with the wishes of the people of the UK.  

However as Article 50 has moved through Parliament Jeremy has toughened Labour's stance, saying:

"From today, Labour's focus is on making sure this Tory Government guarantees the rights and protections we value most. As I said earlier, we cannot allow Britain to become a low-pay tax haven that only works for a few.

I will fight for real protection for the economy and the same benefits currently enjoyed within the single market. The UK needs to retain a strong relationship with our international partners, because important issues like climate change and cross-border crime cannot be tackled by one country in isolation."

Watch and share the video, calling on the Government to protect jobs, and rights for workers in every part of the UK.

http://www.labour.org.uk/share/article-50

 

 

"I campaigned alongside many of you to remain in the EU, and the triggering of Article 50 is not the outcome Labour fought for last summer. But together, we can challenge Tory plans at every stage of this process. We must ensure that jobs, living standards and your rights at work are protected."

Brexit and Labour

There is a lot of misleading information about Labour's position on Brexit.  What is not misleading is Daniel Zeichner's stance - Daniel is firmly opposed to anything that involves Brexit,...

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