Latest News from Labour in Winchester & Chandler's Ford

In January 2018, we created a new Member's Blog for you to share your thoughts. Keep an eye out to see what your fellow Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour members are thinking, and email isabelbull7@gmail.com if you want to contribute.

If you would like get involved click here and here to see how you can become a member yourself. 

 

Dear Sir

FINAL CHOICE

Recent national developments illustrate more than ever the need for greater balance and political control. Locally, we are still suffering the extreme ravages of the austerity and poverty punishment from the Tories. The resignation of Amber Rudd demonstrates that the Windrush witch hunt was simply to instigate a purge of immigrants, mainly legal and not those here illegally. The government are on the ropes and the sooner a general election is called, the quicker we will see a new Labour Government elected, a government of salvation and hope.

In addition to this, we have experienced resurgence in the Quisling ConDems making wild claims about what they have done for Winchester. Their personality politics are based on no evidence whatsoever. They don’t even support local businesses by having all their glossy material printed in Southend or on the antique dining room Gestetner. Their record is one of coalition disaster and fairy tale fiction.

The Labour Party has some excellent candidates with an outstanding track record of achievement. If elected, we are pledged to

  • Increase the amount of Council housing in a five year plan to exceed the current under provision
  • Have all planning decisions determined by Councillors, not officers, but to recruit more officers to make the process more efficient.
  • Reduce the number of rough sleepers by increasing the provision of support and housing plus supporting Winchester charities to work with them
  • Reduce rate and rents on empty Council owned business property to stimulate existing independent businesses and attract new entrepreneurs
  • Improve all waste and recycling systems & facilities
  • Crackdown on rogue & rip off landlords with a stronger & larger team of Council officers to monitor and take enforcement action quickly
  • Make sure that procurement practice puts local business opportunity first

Today, the Winchester electorate have an important choice to make sure the local Council is much better balanced, dynamic, progressive and prioritising many more people focused policies. A vote for Labour is a wise choice, for the many, not the few so do it today!  

Yours sincerely,

Peter Rees

CHAIR   WWW.WINCHESTERLABOUR.ORG.UK

Why Winchester Needs a Labour Voice

In January 2018, we created a new Member's Blog for you to share your thoughts. Keep an eye out to see what your fellow Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour members...

In January 2018, we created a new Member's Blog for you to share your thoughts. Keep an eye out to see what your fellow Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour members are thinking, and email isabelbull7@gmail.com if you want to contribute.

If you would like get involved click here and here to see how you can become a member yourself. 

 

Dear Sir

 

THE LOCAL LABOUR MANIFESTO

Winchester Labour Party is fielding candidates in every ward in the elections on May 3rd. In Winchester, Labour has a very strong and proud tradition of standing up for all local people. We promote imaginative, innovative and progressive policies which have helped to bring real change for the benefit of the communities we serve and the city as a whole. We have

  • Helped to secure a substantial increase in social housing within the City
  • Guaranteed the implementation of a 20 mph speed limit in residential areas
  • Secured and safeguarded the Neighbourhood Warden service
  • Developed the concept of local democracy ensuring children help to choose play equipment
  • Worked hard to ensure the City Council becomes a Living Wage employer
  • Argued vociferously for sound, community based planning policies, providing the right homes in the right places
  • Worked tirelessly to support the development of a brand new high quality leisure centre
  • Been instrumental in securing the development of Silver Hill 2

The Labour Party locally and nationally stands firm in its efforts and achievements to provide fairness of opportunity for everyone. Locally, it has fought for high quality services, making the city fit for the future, protecting the environment, providing better jobs and genuinely affordable homes in our communities where decent standards of living are a right, not a lottery. Our manifesto includes

  • Increased integration of an accessible & affordable transport system
  • A sustainable environment both locally and nationally
  • Improving the development of the local economy, supporting and encouraging local employment and independent businesses
  • High quality education throughout life
  • Ensuring the transformation of the City Council with better engagement, responsiveness and provision for all residents

A vote for an outstanding local Labour candidate is not wasted. It is a sure way to check the current disproportionate balance of power and it will create substantial opportunities. It will help to check the promotion of austerity and punishment through poverty inflicted upon us by the Tories and FibDems over the past eight years.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Rees

CHAIR   WWW.WINCHESTERLABOUR.ORG.UK

The Local Labour Manifesto

In January 2018, we created a new Member's Blog for you to share your thoughts. Keep an eye out to see what your fellow Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour members...

On Thursday 3rd May we will be electing THREE Councillors for both Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury on Eastleigh District Council - make sure that you use your THREE votes for Labour and elect Gill, Sarah and Jennifer to stand up for Chandler's Ford.

 

Download the our latest Chandler's Ford Matters newsletter here.

 Gill Connell, Chandler's Ford 

Gill has lived in Chandlers Ford for 34
years and is a retired English teacher.
She is a former Mayor of Eastleigh, an
Honorary Alderman of Eastleigh
Borough Council, and was a Borough
Councillor for 12 years.

 

image3.jpegSarah Mann, Chandler's Ford 

Sarah qualified as a legal professional.
As a student and working mother has
experienced the effects of government
policies. She has acted on behalf of
fellow residents of Fernhill in housing
issues and has a strong commitment to
social justice.

 

 Jennifer Prior, Chandler's Ford 

Jenni has lived locally in Chandlers Ford all
her life and is a member of the local
Chameleon Theatre Company. , Her
excellent organisational and
communication skills will enable her to be a
first-rate representative for local residents.

 

Kevin Butt, Hiltingbury Ward 

 

Michael Tibble, Hiltingbury Ward 

 

John Prior, Hiltingbury Ward

Chandler's Ford - Local Election 2018

On Thursday 3rd May we will be electing THREE Councillors for both Chandler's Ford and Hiltingbury on Eastleigh District Council - make sure that you use your THREE votes for...

In January 2018, we created a new Member's Blog for you to share your thoughts. Keep an eye out to see what your fellow Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour members are thinking, and email isabelbull7@gmail.com if you want to contribute.

If you would like get involved click here and here to see how you can become a member yourself. 

 

Dear Sir

NO CONFIDENCE

We will always need police officers and police forces to protect us. What is now a complete anathema to the regulation, recruitment and oversight of the police is the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). Conservative Michael Lane has become spectacular embarrassment to the police themselves, the public in general and the Tory party in their failed attempt to manage Hampshire’s excellent police service. 98% of Hampshire police officers have passed a motion of no confidence or trust in him whatsoever.

Realising they were in very deep difficulty, the Tories gave all PCCs the option of raising extra funds by increasing the precept. Their cunning plan was to show their response to public concern about the loss of 21000 police officers across the nation, including 120 + in Hampshire. Unfortunately, the quality of the leadership in most forces was one step ahead in financial planning for 2018-19 and cuts had already been made due to government funding being slashed unmercifully. The extra money raised by every Hampshire householder paying an extra £12 per year in police precept has already been totally lost. Hampshire’s police have been slashed, there will be no new appointments and front line policing numbers will not increase. While this was all happening, the PCC decided he needed some new wallpaper, a better desk, a new flower vase and a few other administrative necessities and so he awarded his office budget an extra £0.5m. Police jobs lost, more money just for his office. Is it any wonder police officers themselves have no confidence in him ?

The Tories were extremely quick to abolish the democratically elected Police Authorities, composed of elected Councillors and Lay members. They held their Chief Constables to account with business and forward planning being carefully, openly and transparently discussed. The Tories have starved our communities for money, resources and police on the streets. We have seen the rise of the omnipotent, unaccountable and remote PCCs mis-managing our right to effective protection. Labour will abolish PCCs and return to democratically managed police authorities. Michael Lane should resign now.    

 

Yours sincerely,

Peter Rees

CHAIR   WINCHESTER CONSTITUENCY LABOUR PARTY

No Confidence

In January 2018, we created a new Member's Blog for you to share your thoughts. Keep an eye out to see what your fellow Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour members...

The TUC is set to hold a national demonstration in London, Saturday 12th May. Quoted on their website as "A key moment in the fight for public services", the demonstration is aptly named, Step Up for Public Services. 

Other Trade Unions, including UNISON, will be in attendance too, to show the government that we want our public services to be safeguarded. 

The demo will take place in London, starting at Victoria Embankment and marching to Hyde Park. With people assembling from 11am, and then starting to march at 12pm. The estimated time of arrival at Hyde Park is 4pm.

You can find out more information here.

TUC National Demonstration to take place Saturday 12th May

The TUC is set to hold a national demonstration in London, Saturday 12th May. Quoted on their website as "A key moment in the fight for public services", the demonstration...

The 2018 May Local Elections are fast approaching, and with 15 City Council seats up for election in Winchester City Council, it is really important to register to vote, if you are not already so. 

The last possible day to register is in just 5 days time, on Tuesday 17th April. The last day to apply for a postal vote is Wednesday 18th April at 5.00pm. Finally, the last day to apply for for a proxy vote (in non-urgent situations) is Wednesday 25th April at 5.00pm.

Click here to register to vote, here for the application form for a postal vote and here for the application form for a proxy vote. Find out more information about all of this on the Winchester City Council website here.

You can see our candidates and what wards they are standing in here, as well as our local Winchester and Chandler's Ford's Manifesto here.

If you are registered, make sure to remind your friends and family. In particular, check in with any young people you know. As universities no longer register their students together in block, some may find themselves not registered, and so ineligible to vote.

You may also know young people who have returned home after university, or moved for work, who have not thought to register themselves in their new constituency.

As the General Election last year showed, young people do have a voice and can make a difference!! 

We have a great chance in Winchester and Chandler's Ford this year, but we need our supporters to be able to cast their vote!! 

It takes two minutes to check in with people you know - keep calm, register and vote Labour!! 

 

Remember to register to vote

The 2018 May Local Elections are fast approaching, and with 15 City Council seats up for election in Winchester City Council, it is really important to register to vote, if...

In January 2018, we created a new Member's Blog for you to share your thoughts. Keep an eye out to see what your fellow Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour members are thinking, and email isabelbull7@gmail.com if you want to contribute.

If you would like get involved click here and here to see how you can become a member yourself. 

 

Dear Sir

SUPPORT FOR WINCHESTER BASICS BANK

The report about Winchester Basics Bank is timely. Winchester Labour Party members were so appalled and disgusted by the appearance of Steve Brine MP opening yet another local outlet for a seasonal photo opportunity, they donated essential food to the value of £200 just before Christmas. Through our members, it is our collective intention to continue regular donations, especially as the increasingly unacceptable national figures about food poverty are a disgrace to the nation.

The basics bank in Winchester has 3098 clients referred by 160 agents from 70 agencies. Up to February, they had supplied 14112 days of food to 637 local families. 439 people received clothes. The national picture continues to get worse, exacerbated by the draconian punishment of the Tory government through the implementation of Universal Credit. This has created even deeper hardship because of the original six weeks wait for assistance, subsequently reduced to four weeks. During six months in 2017, the Trussell Trust provided 587,000 three-day emergency supplies, up by 60,000 on the previous year. Of these, 209,000 were specifically for children.

In your Business News 22.03.18, you report on the MP addressing the Chamber of Commerce at a breakfast meeting. Mr Brine continues to display a perpetual complacency about the state of his constituents, often ignoring the plight of those far less fortunate than himself. At the time of day when hundreds of children in Hampshire will have gone to school without having had any breakfast, he relishes a photo opportunity to lecture others about the wonders of this government. The figures he quoted are misleading. Most people who are unemployed cannot find work that takes them out of the poverty threshold. Many of the deprived in deep food poverty are on zero hours contracts with no minimum guarantee of work to cover their basic needs, the working poor. They are forced to use Winchester Basics Bank to survive, excluding their opportunity for an expensive breakfast at an equally expensive Winchester hotel. Another disastrous photo opportunity, will he ever really understand poverty?

    

Yours sincerely, 

Peter Rees

CHAIR   WINCHESTER CONSTITUENCY LABOUR PARTY         

Support for Winchester Basic Bank

In January 2018, we created a new Member's Blog for you to share your thoughts. Keep an eye out to see what your fellow Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour members...

Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour Party are in all year campaigning mode, and so in preparation for the upcoming May local elections we are already hitting the streets to canvass and leaflet potential voters. Now that it's officially Spring, we are also going to be upping our efforts.

It would be great to see as many volunteers out on the streets with us as possible! With the Tories in disarray over Brexit and our NHS, schools and public services in crisis, now is the time for the Labour Party to be gaining seats in places like Winchester and Chandler's Ford!!

Please find the schedule for our campaign dates and times for this March below to see what dates YOU can join us: 

 

Monday 30th April - 6pm - 8pm, St Bart’s, we will meet outside the First In Last Out pub on Wales St. 

Tuesday 1st May - 6pm - 8pm, St Bart’s, we will meet outside the First In Last Out pub on Wales St.

Wednesday 2nd May - 6pm - 8pm, St Bart’s, we will meet outside the First In Last Out pub on Wales St.

Thursday 3rd May - Contact candidates if you can help through the day, or 6pm - 8pm, St Bart’s, we will meet outside the First In Last Out pub on Wales St for the final get out the vote push.

We will be putting event pages up on our website and on Facebook in advance of all these dates, and be sending out reminders on social media on the day! 

Candidate Contact Details -

Phil Ainsworth [St. Barts]

Charlie Elderton [St. Michael]

Catherine Hutchinson [St. Paul]

Gill Connell [Chandler's Ford]

All Other Areas - info@winchesterlabour.org.uk

 

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible, and if you have any queries do not hesitate to get in touch at info@winchesterlabour.org.uk

 

Campaigning Schedule

Winchester and Chandler's Ford Labour Party are in all year campaigning mode, and so in preparation for the upcoming May local elections we are already hitting the streets to canvass and...

We are so proud to share our own Winchester and Chandler's Ford's Labour Party manifesto. Click here to read our manifesto in full. Our highlights include:

 

LABOUR’S PLEDGES FOR PROSPERITY - 

• Secure, good and affordable homes for everyone, within thriving communities.

• An integrated, accessible and affordable transport system and work for a high quality and
sustainable environment locally and globally.

• Sustaining and developing Winchester’s strong local economy, offering opportunities and
support for local people and businesses.

• High quality leisure facilities and a thriving, diverse cultural scene, accessible to all.


• The best quality education for our children and throughout life.


• A properly funded, free to use NHS from cradle to grave.


• A transformed City Council, engaged with, and responsive to the residents it serves.

The Labour Party in Winchester stands for fairness of opportunity for everyone. Our Council should deliver high quality services, make our historic city fit for the future, protect the environment, and provide better jobs and genuinely affordable homes in our communities.

Labour has a strong tradition in Winchester of standing up for all local people, and promoting imaginative, innovative and progressive policies. We have helped secure real change for the benefit of the communities we serve and the city as a whole including -

• Helping to secure a substantial increase in social housing within the City district;


• A 20mph speed limit in residential areas;


• Securing and safeguarding the Neighbourhood Warden service.


• Developing local democracy with children helping to choose play equipment.


• Pressing for the Council to become a Living Wage employer.


• Arguing for sound planning policies, with the right homes in the right places, a high quality new leisure centre and the right development at Silver Hill.

With the support of over 700 local Labour Party members and many others, working hard in and for their communities, Labour can and will win in Winchester.

Labour Manifesto 2018 - Working for Winchester

We are so proud to share our own Winchester and Chandler's Ford's Labour Party manifesto. Click here to read our manifesto in full. Our highlights include:   LABOUR’S PLEDGES FOR...

We are proud to introduce our candidates for the local elections on Thursday 3rd May.  

Below are our candidates in Winchester.  You can see our Chandler's Ford candidates here.

All candidates can be contacted through our Contact Page and will happy to hear from you regarding any local issue.

 Phil Ainsworth, St. Bartholomew [Hyde / Abbotts Barton / Winnall]

Phil came to Winchester to study and quickly developed a
strong sense of both pride and loyalty towards our city.
Choosing to stay in Winchester after University, Phil became
a well-known figure locally as manager of a popular pub on
the High St.


After leaving the hospitality trade some years ago, Phil is now
a professional entertainer and motivational speaker. He
promises to use his skills of communication and inspiration
to stand up for the people

Download the latest Local Matters Newsletter for St. Bartholomew Incl. Hyde, Abbotts Barton and Winnall here.

 

 Catherine Hutchinson, St. Paul [Fulflood / Romsey Road / University]

I have lived in St Paul's Ward for 21 years. My children were all born and have grown up here. I have worked locally in Early Years since 2001, managing pre-schools and my own Forest School. Through my work I have become aware of the pressures facing families and the inequalities hidden within our prosperous city, including in St Pauls. I joined the Labour Party in 2015, inspired to help make my community a fairer one, close the gaps in quality of life here and to do things in a cleaner, more sustainable way. I believe we need a Labour voice on the Council to promote these issues and to represent all the Labour Party Members supporters and voters of St Paul's!

Download the latest Local Matters Newsletter for St. Paul ward here.

 Charlie Elderton, St. Michael [Highcliffe / Bar End / St. Cross]

Charlie is a local resident and the ONLY candidate in
this election who lives in our ward - Charlie is the local
choice for St. Michael.

Charlie says 'I have lived in Highcliffe with my family for
9 years. The local school, allotments and park have served
us brilliantly. We need to make sure that we support and
develop the services people rely on.'Your vote matters - we
can return a truly local Labour Councillor to represent us.

Download the latest Local Matters Newsletter for St. Michael including Highcliffe / Bar End / St. Cross here.

IMG_1876.JPGAndrew Adams, Wonston & Micheldever

Andrew has lived in Micheldever for 10 years, has
served as Councillor on Micheldever Parish Council
since 2012 and is active in the local community. He
was Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for North
West Hampshire in 2015.


Andrew says 'This is a great place to live but we need
to make sure it works for everyone, with quality local
services. We must rise to the challenge of building a
sustainable rural community, caring for our
environment and our people'.

Download the latest Local Matters Newsletter for Wonston & Micheldever here.

 Adrian Dolby, Badger Farm & Oliver's Battery

Adrian works at the University of Southampton and has lived in Badger Farm for eleven years. He has two sons in local schools, and he is a governor at Kings' school.

 

 Lee Hayes, Alresford & Itchen Valley

Lee Hayes has lived in and around Alresford all his life. He went to school in Alresford and his family have long connections with local industry in the town. Lee worked in the building trade for 20 years  around Alresford and is now a senior support worker for adults with learning difficulties. Lee is campaigning on behalf of the local communities in Itchen Valley and Alresford  and will stand up for everyone in the local area. He believes it’s important to have a new face on the city council who genuinely wants to help local people. 

 

 Paul Brown, Colden Common & Twyford 

Paul has lived in Colden Common for 15 years. He has been involved in the Youth Football teams for the last 5 years and has also been a leader with Colden Common Beavers (Scouts). He works for a small local company and is well informed regarding the needs of the Parish and keeps himself up to date with local issues. 

 

 Kim Torkington, The Worthys

Kim has lived in Kings Worthy for 11 years.  She has worked as a project manager at the Department for Education and Skills on the Learndirect implementation. She has served as Chair of a Preschool Committee and as a Kings Worthy Parish Councillor. 

 

Adrian Field, St. Barnabas [Weeke & Harestock]

Adrian works in Financial IT and has lived in Teg Down for 25 years. His two children were educated at local schools.
He is a keen runner and can often be seen pounding the streets. He is, therefore, very aware of traffic in the area and is
particularly interested in measures to encourage public transport usage and reduce reliance on cars.

Meet our 2018 Local Elections Candidates

We are proud to introduce our candidates for the local elections on Thursday 3rd May.   Below are our candidates in Winchester.  You can see our Chandler's Ford candidates here....

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