My decision to stand for parliament has been inspired by my experiences of being a young person living in David Cameron’s Britain; a Britain that is far too unequal and where too often, opportunities are placed in the hands of just a few people, at the expense of the many.
Morrisons’ has once again announced a disappointing set of financial results. We now hear that the company’s pre-tax losses have deepened to £792m increasing from £176m only a year ago. Add to that a fall in sales by 5.9% in the year to February. The supermarket has announced as a result of this poor set of results they intend to close 23 stores and cut 300 jobs. This is the company’s worst set of results for 8 years.
Letter for publication from Labour’s Parliamentary Candidates for Basildon & Billericay and South Basildon & East Thurrock:
Since Michael Gove entered office, barely a week has gone by without a review of another examination or national curriculum subject. This has piled on the paperwork and seen the workload of the average primary and secondary classroom teacher increase by nine hours and six hours a week respectively. Labour recognises that the workload issue is one of the greatest killers of progression and commitment in the teaching profession, which is all the more worrying at a time of looming teacher shortages.
Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Basildon & Billericay has launched an online petition to save the Billericay police station.
Earlier this month, the station was mooted for closure following heavy cuts to the Essex police budget but Labour’s candidate thinks the station must be retained at all costs.
The turning off of the streetlights dominated the debate at the Councils budget setting meeting in Basildon last night. In a meeting well attended by local residents, both UKIP and the Labour Party tabled proposals to turn the streetlights back on.
UKIP tabled a motion that would have turned the streetlights back on for just six months of the year, and would have required a rise in Council Tax or cuts in local services to fund their proposal. This was opposed by the Labour Party who refused to cut local services to pay for the mistakes of Conservative County Councillors.
Well now we know, the dividing lines between the parties are clear.
Like many people I wasn’t really sure what UKIP Councillors would say and do once they were elected, but a few months have now elapsed and they’ve had a chance to vote on or speak out on some pretty important issues for the people of Basildon and this is what I’ve seen.
Local resident Andrew Buxton has been chosen by local Labour members to be the candidate for St. Martin’s ward at the Borough elections on May 7. Andrew has lived in Basildon all his life.
We are pleased to announce the selection of David Burton-Sampson as Labours candidate for the Pitsea South East seat for this year’s Basildon Borough Council elections. Many of you will remember and will have met David last year as he stood as your candidate then. David worked hard last year with Councillor Aidan McGurran to visit as many residents as possible to discuss local issues and assist them with any problems they had. Despite missing out on the seat by 95 votes, David has continued to work closely with residents and has carried on taking up issues on their behalf.
Mike Le-Surf and I warned in September 2014 that if the hospital did not tackle the rising cost of agency staff and our local MPs did not fight for additional GP surgeries in the borough, things would go from bad to worse at Basildon Hospital.
The real reason that the debt is spiralling is because the Tory-led government is seeking to run Basildon Hospital into the ground in order to justify further privatisation. The reality is, £24million was taken out of frontline patient care in 2012 to pay for a top-down reorganisation that no one wanted and John Baron and Stephen Metcalfe promised people in our town they wouldn’t implement. In other words our local Tory MPs caused a £20million deficit in our hospital because they renamed the ‘PCT’ the ‘CCG’ and sacked the staff before re-hiring them again. This is a pretty expensive broken promise from our Tory MPs and they shouldn’t be forgiven in May.
“There is no need for Basildon’s NHS to be unsustainable. We need to get back to hiring permanent staff rather than increasing the agency staff cost, and we need MPs who will secure the additional £12million of GP surgeries that are needed to cope with existing population demand and we need a Labour government that will invest an extra £2.5billion a year in the NHS paid for through an increased rate of council tax on homes worth more than £1million. This will ease the burden on the hospital’s emergency services. If the Tories are allowed another five years in office, the CCG predicts that the actual blackhole in our local NHS will actually be nearer £71million. We cannot afford to let that happen or the NHS will be gone forever/