Latest News from Labour in Winchester & Chandler's Ford

Many Winchester residents were astonished by the poor judgement of inviting Winchester’s Conservative MP to open a new branch of Winchester Basics Bank at St Luke’s Church, Stanmore.

Why is this so shocking?  Because Conservative cuts to welfare – running into £billions - have enormously increased the need for food banks, with an estimated 4 million people in poverty, and about I in 3 British people having experienced poverty within the last few years.  

The Trussell Trust, which runs only about half of all our food banks, gave out about 41,000 emergency parcels in the financial year 2009/10.  In 2016/17, the figure was 1,182,954.  This is a 2,785% increase under the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition and the Tory Government.  

An All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into hunger in the UK found that hunger is affecting people in all areas of the UK, while research estimates 120,000 deaths directly caused by benefit sanctions and cuts.  This is shameful in the fifth richest country in the world.  

A delegation of Labour members and supporters took donations to the opening of the new food bank to protest against the hypocrisy displayed by Mr Brine in using the food bank as a photo-opportunity when he’s consistently voted to cut the welfare safety nets which used to keep people from hunger when they were disabled or lost their job through redundancy or illness.

Winchester Labour supports the food banks – BUT they are only needed because of cruel Tory cuts and poverty pay employers.

Tories show their hypocrisy on foodbanks

Many Winchester residents were astonished by the poor judgement of inviting Winchester’s Conservative MP to open a new branch of Winchester Basics Bank at St Luke’s Church, Stanmore. Why is...

A report by local campaigner Gill Connell 

I’ve been at Brownhill surgery since I moved to Chandler’s Ford in 1983; I’m absolutely devastated to lose the Brownhill.  It used to be so good, with doctors who always made time to listen; they provided fantastic care for my family.  It’s been clear for the last few years that all was not well: the surgery couldn’t recruit new GPs and waiting times grew longer and longer.  The last time I needed to see a doctor, all I could get was a phone consultation.

The Brownhill served 7,000 patients.  The West Hampshire CCG says on its website: ‘This decision is as a result of a retirement of a GP at the Practice, difficulties in recruiting GPs and increasing workload pressure.’

The Brownhill is one of at least nine GP surgeries under threat nationwide.

A new analysis by 38 Degrees shows details of Tory cuts to NHS services, in just four months between June and October 2017.  

In this period, cuts were made or threatened to 70 frontline NHS services across England, highlighting the threat that underfunding poses to NHS services across the country, including 6 accident and emergency departments (A&Es)7 mental health facilities, at least 9 GP surgeries, and 4 maternity units.  45,000 patients could be affected just by cuts to GP services.

CCGs are rationing important services, and 7 in 10 doctors say funding pressures restrict their ability to prescribe approved medicines.

As we all know, this is just the tip of the iceberg compared to the underfunding of the last 7 years. For example, between 2010/11 and 2014/15 health spending increased on average by 1.2% a year in real terms – it was 3.7% on average since 1948. Still more worrying is the looming threat of Tory STPs (Sustainability and Transformation Plans) known to healthcare workers and campaigners as ‘Slash, Trash and Privatise’, which are designed to cut and ration services while putting in place mechanisms to make selling off health services easier.

Winchester’s MP Steve Brine is a Health Minister and Tory Whip who has supported ever single cut and privatisation of our NHS, and enthusiastically backs the STPs – shouldn’t he be doing everything in his power to protect and fund our services?

Brownhill Surgery CLOSED – the tip of the iceberg

A report by local campaigner Gill Connell  I’ve been at Brownhill surgery since I moved to Chandler’s Ford in 1983; I’m absolutely devastated to lose the Brownhill.  It used to...

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Mark Chaloner confirmed as Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

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The Tories have slashed Sure Start. There are now 150 fewer centres in the South East

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Labour have selected Sarah Mann to contest the County Council Election in Chandler's Ford on May 4th. Sarah has lived in Chandler's Ford for over ten years, and is no stranger to community action, taking up issues for local Housing Association tenants.

Sarah Joined the Labour Party because she is passionate about making life better for everybody, not just the super rich and the big corporations.

Sarah says, "Only Labour county councillors will fight against the cuts to the local services we all depend on."

To get in touch with Sarah or join the campaign phone 023 8061 3357

Sarah Mann to be Labour County Candidate

Labour have selected Sarah Mann to contest the County Council Election in Chandler's Ford on May 4th. Sarah has lived in Chandler's Ford for over ten years, and is no... Read more

Phil Baker from Eastleigh Labour Party is cycling 310 kilometres around Cuba from 27 April to 9th May to raise funds for essential educational equipment for disabled Cuban children and supporting the work of the Cuban Solidarity campaign. Phil came to our last Labour Party meeting and gave us a fascinating insight into the background for the trip. To find out more take a look at Phil’s Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/PhilCubaCycleChallenge/

Phil Baker’s Cycle Cuba Challenge April-May 2017

Phil Baker from Eastleigh Labour Party is cycling 310 kilometres around Cuba from 27 April to 9th May to raise funds for essential educational equipment for disabled Cuban children and supporting the...

The following letter from Karen Barratt was printed in the Hampshire Chronicle on Thursday, 9th March.

“Winchester Labour Party members have been out on the streets campaigning on a number of issues over recent months (NHS, child poverty) but time and again housing comes up as the major local concern. It's also significant that so many of your paper's reports relate to arguments about planning issues and housing developments. As a former member of WCC's Planning Committee I came to the conclusion long ago that leaving provision of truly affordable housing and infrastructure up to the private sector does not work. Developers are in business to make profits and are adept at finding ways to avoid including social housing or contributing anything other than paltry sums in mitigation for non-provision. It comes as no surprise to find Cala giving priority to building houses for sale at Barton Farm (letters 2 March). Developers are also assisted by Government legislation which enables them to apply retrospectively for amendments to planning conditions on spurious viability grounds. I grew up on a council estate in Southampton. Massive public investment in housing was a response to the dire post war situation. The housing situation is dire again and once again it's the Labour Party which is committed to building houses for rent that the young and low paid can actually afford, not luxury dwellings for sale to a wealthy elite or adding to the property portfolios of private landlords”.

Letter in Hampshire Chronicle 9th March about Labour and the Housing Crisis by Karen Barratt

The following letter from Karen Barratt was printed in the Hampshire Chronicle on Thursday, 9th March. “Winchester Labour Party members have been out on the streets campaigning on a number of issues...

Following the talk at February’s Labour Party meeting about proportional representation from Joe Sousek from the Labour Campaign for PR, there are some updates about this campaign.

The Parliamentary petition for proportional representation has reached over 100,000 signatures. This means that the petition should be debated in Parliament.

If you want to know more about this campaign, please go to the Make Votes Matter website at

www.makevotesmatter.org.uk  

This is a cross party campaign to introduce proportional representation in the House of Commons.

Update on the Campaign for Proportional Representation – March 2017

Following the talk at February’s Labour Party meeting about proportional representation from Joe Sousek from the Labour Campaign for PR, there are some updates about this campaign. The Parliamentary petition for proportional...

Winchester Labour members held a successful campaigning session in the city centre last Saturday 25th February, raising awareness about child poverty and collecting the views of the public with a "ball in the box" poll.

With 3.9 million children now living in poverty, two thirds of whom are in working households, it's not surprising that this issue affects people in Winchester too, with the city the third most expensive place to live after London and Oxford.

The poll conducted in Middle Brook Street put housing at the top of the list of concerns for locals. Affordable housing for the younger generation was one issue. There were also tales of hardship, including damp living conditions impacting on health and long waits for council housing.

Janet Berry, former Labour councillor, said: "It's when you stop and talk to people about their situations that you realise the impact of poverty in Winchester. We met one young couple who have been told they may have a three-year wait for a council flat before they can settle down and bring up their baby together as a family".

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Labour Take Campaign Against Poverty to Town Centre

Winchester Labour members held a successful campaigning session in the city centre last Saturday 25th February, raising awareness about child poverty and collecting the views of the public with a...

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