Latest News from Labour in Winchester & Chandler's Ford

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...

Winchester Labour were proud to join in the Hampshire Pride Parade through the centre of Winchester on Saturday 25th January.  Party Secretary Andy Adams said 'It has been great to see Hampshire Pride grow since they were founded in 2015.  We were delighted to be the only political party locally to join in the parade through Winchester along with a number of our affiliated trades unions; it is also great to see all parts of Hampshire joining in to support the #pridehantswide' campaign, spreading an important message of diversity and celebrating the best of the LGBT+ community across the county.  Congratulations to the organisers on all their hard work'.

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Labour Proud to Support Hampshire Pride Day

Winchester Labour were proud to join in the Hampshire Pride Parade through the centre of Winchester on Saturday 25th January.  Party Secretary Andy Adams said 'It has been great to...

 

"With the Article 50 debates and votes, we're starting to get more of an idea about the Brexit process.  I'm committed to fighting for the best deal for Britain."

You can read Annaliese Dodds MEP's latest newsletter here.

Newsletter from Anneliese Dodds MEP

  "With the Article 50 debates and votes, we're starting to get more of an idea about the Brexit process.  I'm committed to fighting for the best deal for Britain."...

Winchester Labour are calling for A Breath of Fresh Air and supporting the campaign for a new clean air act to ensure that everyone can breathe fresh, clean safe air.

In its 2016 local election manifesto, Labour urged Winchester City Council to commit to making Winchester one of the greenest cities in England.  This includes taking action on the quality of air that we breathe in the city.

The city  has a long standing problem with air pollution.  Recent research carried out for the city council showed that there are 3 hot spots in particular where air quality needs to be improved  - in St George's Street, Romsey Road and Chesil Street.

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St. Georges Street is one of a number of city centre hot-spots for air pollution.

Labour Support Call for Clean Air Act

Winchester Labour are calling for A Breath of Fresh Air and supporting the campaign for a new clean air act to ensure that everyone can breathe fresh, clean safe air.... Read more

Winchester Labour have joined with other major political parties along with Britain Stronger in Europe in campaigning for a Remain vote in the EU referendum.  A street stall was held on Sunday with Labour, the Green Party and Stronger In represented. There has also been significant involvement from the Liberal Democrats and some Conservatives locally.

 

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Labour Join Other Parties for Remain Vote

Winchester Labour have joined with other major political parties along with Britain Stronger in Europe in campaigning for a Remain vote in the EU referendum.  A street stall was held... Read more

Winchester Labour are strongly campaigning for a Remain vote in the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.  Members are working as part of Labour In for Britain as well as with the cross-party Britain Stronger in Europe to encourage local voters to back Britain as a leader in Europe.

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Vice-Chair Andy Adams said 'It is clear that Winchester, Hampshire and Britain are better off in the European Union.  We face many challenges but our MEP Anneliese Dodds works hard to ensure that the EU works for our region and that we take the lead in ensuring that is responsive to our needs.  Thousands of jobs in our county are linked to our EU membership and leaving would put so much in jeapordy.  Those campaigning for Brexit believe that leaving the EU will solve so many problems when in reality it will solve none.  By an overwhelming majority our local members are supporting a Remain vote.'

You can find our more about Labour's campaign at the Labour In for Britain website and on the local benefits of EU membership on our MEP Anneliese Dodds' blog.  The Britain Stronger in Europe also contains further information on the reasons the EU strengthens the UK economy and our rights.

Local campaigning will be posted on the Winchester Labour Events page and Britain Stronger In Europe, or contact info@winchesterlabour.org.uk to get involved.

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Winchester Labour Campaigning to Remain in EU

Winchester Labour are strongly campaigning for a Remain vote in the upcoming referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.  Members are working as part of Labour In for Britain...

Labour members from Winchester and across Hampshire have joined the protest against proposed County Council cuts that will spell the end of Sure Start children's centres across the County.

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The protest on Friday 13th May saw a march from the council offices to King Arthurs statue on the Broadway to coincide with the council's annual meeting.  Winchester Labour Secretary Patrick Davies said ‘The run-down of Sure-Start started under the Lib-Dem / Tory coalition and these new proposed cuts spell the end – all our children's centres in Winchester will close as well as all those across the Hampshire. This will do real harm to the life chances of children and must be fought.'

 

 

Labour Join Sure Start Protest

Labour members from Winchester and across Hampshire have joined the protest against proposed County Council cuts that will spell the end of Sure Start children's centres across the County.  ... Read more

Labour have confirmed a full slate of candidates for the upcoming Winchester City Council elections on 5th May.  Only the Conservatives and Labour are contesting all 45 seats in the all-out elections.

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Labour Confirm Full Slate of Candidates

Labour have confirmed a full slate of candidates for the upcoming Winchester City Council elections on 5th May.  Only the Conservatives and Labour are contesting all 45 seats in the... Read more

Karen Barratt, former Councillor and St. Paul and Labour candidate for the ward in the upcoming election, writing on her support for the NUT strike at sixth form colleges including Peter Symonds in her own ward.

A few days ago, I stood on a picket line outside Peter Symonds College in Winchester. I’m not a teacher but my sons and grandson went there and I did A-levels as a mature student. So there I was, with badge and banner in solidarity with NUT members, part of a national strike against further funding cuts to sixth form colleges. Cuts which will impact courses, increase group sizes and limit opportunities for students. In worse case scenarios, colleges are facing mergers or closure. Under the Coalition, funding per student had already been slashed by 14% and the EMA (educational maintenance allowance),which helped poorer 16-year olds carry on to A-level, scrapped. Those who made it to university were rewarded with a huge increase in tuition fees. The Government’s onslaught on the young continues with the imminent closure of Sure Start centres throughout Hampshire. Even babes in arms, are picking up the tab for the Conservatives illconsidered austerity policies.

Where the old and sick are concerned it’s the same story of cuts in services. No longer a safety net for the vulnerable from cradle to grave. Disabled people are seeing their benefits reduced. Workers on minimum wage struggle to pay their bills. Social housing is disappearing and private rents are out of control. Even the professionals are being driven to take action. Recently I supported the striking junior doctors in Winchester. The same wet and windy day I attended a demo with other trade unionists at Southampton Job Centre against benefits sanctions. So more strikes, more pickets to come! No wonder the Government wants to legislate trades unions out of existence. 

Cradle to grave? Karen Barratt on NUT Strike

Karen Barratt, former Councillor and St. Paul and Labour candidate for the ward in the upcoming election, writing on her support for the NUT strike at sixth form colleges including...

Winchester Labour members have been among those striking over cuts to further education with the party supporting the action at a picket outside Peter Symonds College on Tuesday morning.  NUT members working in Sixth Form Colleges across the country are walking out over government cuts to education funding they say are endangering services and harming children's chances.

Nigel Fox who taught at Peter Symonds for over 30 years and is one of the party's candidates in St. Paul ward in the upcoming local elections said "Nobody takes strike action lightly and especially not teachers but from top to bottom, we see the education system struggling; Winchester has great schools, sixth-form college and University with committed and talented staff but every year we see ever fewer resources and it is our children and young people who suffer.  Cuts to core funding as well as the removal of Educational Maintenance Allowance and the increase in university tuition fees have prevented & discouraged many of our young people from realising their full potential in education and we need to ensure that all of our children can aspire to achieve in education and training, with solid job prospects at the end."

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Nigel Fox [left] with fellow St. Paul candidates Karen Barratt and Jonathan Morris.

Winchester Labour Show Support for College Strike

Winchester Labour members have been among those striking over cuts to further education with the party supporting the action at a picket outside Peter Symonds College on Tuesday morning.  NUT...

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