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I am honoured to have been elected as the new leader of the Labour group on the Borough Council. I want to thank Lizzie Shenton for the kindness, dignity and commitment that she brought to the role of leader of the group and the council.

Now we have a Tory council in Newcastle, and an unbroken line of Tories, from Government, to County Council, passing down the austerity and cuts straight to the most vulnerable in our community.

 

Let’s change that. On May 3rd we have the chance to put a Labour council back in Newcastle, not to oversee the decline of Newcastle, or put a human face on Tory cuts, but to make a REAL difference. Let’s claw back some of the

£280,000,000 income tax our residents pay to the Tory Government every year, and bring back the £41,000,000 council tax that we pay to the Tory County.

Let’s fight to make Newcastle a Unitary authority with its destiny in its own hands. Let’s build the first council houses for a generation. Let’s take our public services and social care away from the corporations that overcharge and under deliver. Let’s start awarding contracts to local co- operatives and give our residents a real stake in our community. Let’s make Newcastle a beacon of hope. We can all play a part, whether it’s folding leaflets and stuffing envelopes, spreading our campaign on social media, talking to your neighbours and friends, leafleting door knocking or phone canvassing.

Let’s do it!

 

Tony Kearon

Newcastle-under-Lyme Labour Group Leader

Council Update Spring 2018

I am honoured to have been elected as the new leader of the Labour group on the Borough Council. I want to thank Lizzie Shenton for the kindness, dignity and...

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The Birth of Period Power
Linda Allbutt, Activist and Founder of Period Power

Some time ago I was tagged into a Facebook post by my friend Councillor Ruth Rosenau, asking for donations of sanitary products. I was ashamed that I had never even considered that this was a problem for so many women. It was then that I decided to do what little I could. So I began asking for help and donations from local Unions.

Both Unite Community Stoke and a local C.W.U branch contributed.

I soon realised there was a much greater need than I had initially expected and I needed to raise considerably more funds, so I decided to start a Just Giving page. I had a target of £1000 and this was more than doubled with the generosity of many good people. This was the birth of Period Power.

We are now an organised group of women with a Constitution and, hopefully soon, a bank account. We have supplied many groups and charities with the products which they very rarely get donated. To date we have contacted and supplied almost all the Trussel Trust Foodbanks in Staffordshire, together with women’s refuges and homes for vulnerable women. Also, we are supplying charities who give help to asylum seekers and refugees.

We obviously need to keep the momentum going throughout 2018. We are hoping to set up a Standing Order campaign so that people can donate a “Monthly Gift” so that we can continue to help the amazing groups who help the most vulnerable in our society.

If you are interested and feel able to help in any way, please keep checking our Facebook page: Period Power

On the Facebook page, you’ll be able to see how many people we have supported, to date, and if you are able to help with a “Monthly Gift”,

please do. Every single pound collected will go towards helping the most vulnerable women in our society.

I hope that sometime very soon we will not be needed in any way but until then we will continue with our campaign of not only raising funds but also raising awareness of this disgraceful reflection of the society in which we all live.

 

Many thanks to the amazing women in our group:Ruth Rosenau, Sue Moffat, Allison Gardner and Verity Venter

 

Period Power

  The Birth of Period PowerLinda Allbutt, Activist and Founder of Period Power Some time ago I was tagged into a Facebook post by my friend Councillor Ruth Rosenau, asking...

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by Paul Farrelly MP

 

It’s Brexit again, I’m afraid. I know lots by now will be totally ‘Brexited- out’. I certainly am, and we’ve yet to

start the hard bit – about future relations. But with the Tories in civil war again, I thought a few words about the lie of the land might be useful, not least because another election could be round the corner.

The EU Withdrawal Bill is now off in the House of Lords, where it will be dissected until well after Easter. What this bit of law does is repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, taking us out on ‘exit day’, now enshrined as 29th March, 2019

After this first real Tory Remainers’ rebellion before Christmas, though there’s a bit of flexibility about the date – to cater for delays with the withdrawal deal, or any ‘transition period’ after.

Theresa May had to cave in over that, after rebels finally drew a line at any changes to our laws to do with Europe, before Parliament’s had its own vote on the deal itself. The defeat, the Government’s first, was only possible, by the way, after Chief Whip Nick Brown limited Labour arch-Brexiteers trooping through the Government lobbies to just two: Frank Field and Kate Hoey.

Until then, with the DUP solid on this issue, the reality was that the PM could count on more of our lot – up to a dozen - to vote with her, than her own side to rebel.

In parallel with all of this, in March the second stage of talks with Brussels are due to begin, about the deal itself. From China, the PM’s just picked another fight – about the rights of EU nationals – that’s just going to make everything slower, and harder, again.

Why? Because with an eye on a leadership challenge, she’s buying off her hardliners once more. Having secured a name ‘exit day’, they’re now in uproar to stymie any compromise with single market or customs union – about which business is banging the drum

Brexit rumbles on

by Paul Farrelly MP   It’s Brexit again, I’m afraid. I know lots by now will be totally ‘Brexited- out’. I certainly am, and we’ve yet to start the hard...

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