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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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The day after Prime Minister Theresa May’s calamitous-sounding call for a tuition fees review, Sam Chiverton [19], Labour Youth Officer and University of Winchester Student, tells us what it is like to be a young person in 2018’s Tory Britain. We need a Party in government which supports young people -

As a young person living in Britain, I fear for the country my generation is set to inherit. Tory austerity is destroying our NHS, putting enormous pressure on teachers, forcing our schools to take on more pupils than they can handle effectively and taking money out of the pockets of the poorest people in our society while reducing taxes for the biggest corporations and the richest individuals. Students, like myself, are crippling themselves with debt for the promise of a job they know may never come.

The government’s stance on Brexit negotiations is leaving us with an uncertain future, with seemingly little progress being made. Theresa May is systematically destroying this country and the lives of the people in it, knowing that it will be future generations left to clean up the mess she has made.

We can fight back though - Labour will end the government’s austerity cuts, save our NHS and protect the most vulnerable in our society. Labour will ensure that everyone is given the best possible start in life, with an education that gives young people the opportunities we need and allow us to pursue a further education that does not put us in tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt that we know we will never be able to pay off. Labour gives us hope that we will inherit a better, more equal Britain with a brighter future. Our generation does not have to be the first left worse off than our parents.

What Prospects for Our Generation?

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Dear Sir

UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER – OfSTED OUTSTANDING

There is hugely justifiable reason for celebration at the University Department for Teacher Education. OfSTED and HMI carried out a very thorough two stage inspection in May and December 2017. They have graded the department as Outstanding in all four inspection areas, overall effectiveness, outcomes for students, quality of training and quality of leadership and management across the partnership. This covers 345 primary schools in very large part of the South East, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight and several other counties.

The judgments were arrived at after considerable in-depth inspection and investigation. Students were found to become good and outstanding teachers because of the overall effectiveness of the DTE in ensuring they achieved high quality outcomes. From the partnership, they went on to become highly professional, confident enthusiastic, good and outstanding teachers. University, staff, school tutors and students, across such a diverse and geographically wide area are judged to be excellent. Schools provide excellent support. Working closely with the University DTE they must be congratulated for such high quality professional commitment to their students. They are substantially helping to shape these future teachers, judged by OfSTED as having exceptionally high levels of personal and professional conduct.  Students were found to have excellent curriculum subject knowledge, constantly evaluating the impact of their teaching to become skilled reflective practitioners. University and school leaders strive and achieve excellence in continuous improvement. Well done everyone!

This report is a huge, evidence based tribute to the staff of the DTE, lecturers, part time Link Tutors, administration staff, the leadership team and school staff. They have ensured that students achieve high quality standards, becoming practitioners of classroom excellence. However, it is a sad fact that 60% of these students will leave the teaching profession within five years and that all University funding across the UK has dropped by approximately one third in recent years. It is time for these issues to be comprehensively addressed in order that our excellent future teachers are not lost to the profession.

 

Yours sincerely             Peter Rees          Chair  Winchester Constituency Labour Party 

University of Winchester is Outstanding

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Last Thursday, Jacob Rees Mogg held a talk in neighbouring constituency East Hampshire, where he laid out a vision for Brexit. Causing quite a stir, his efforts seem to have reopened the Brexit schism at the heart of the Tory party.

Their infighting has, once again, been headline news this week, accentuating the weakness and wobbliness of our Prime Minister, Theresa May.

To add more salt to the wound, David Lidington MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, was compelled to call for mutual respect within his party on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, demonstrating the extent of the current coalition of chaos.

During his talk, Rees Mogg took care to highlight, rather eloquently, might I add, - and quite rightly too - how we should be striving for global technology leadership, and for a strong knowledge economy.

However, his, and other Tory Brexiter’s, short-sightedness became apparent when he decisively linked the means of achieving this to deregulation - stating that it is regulation which stifles innovation.

In the question and answer session after his lecture finished, I immediately raised my hand, ready to contest Rees Mogg’s rather dubious conclusions.

He is right - we should be striving for global technology leadership.

It is, however, instead poor productivity and a lack of research and development funding which stifles innovation. I quoted to Rees Mogg how between 2007 and 2013 we had received €8.8 billion in research and development funding from the EU. Taking care to mention his own line, how the British people “did not vote for the management of decline”, I asked how his government would make sure that we, the British people, and our institutions would not miss out in the future.

In typical Rees Mogg fashion, he swerved the question, trying to claim that our productivity forecasts have been wrongly calculated, and how funding innovation should be left to the private sector.

A rather inventive use of facts and statistics from a man who no less than 10 minutes earlier in his speech had tried to downplay the accuracy of statistics. Even going so far as to blast well-being statistics as something we should “be wary” of.

Seeing as he also tried to claim that inequality has not increased in recent times - and that wages are more equal today than they were in 1985 - it would be more fitting to declare one should instead “be wary” of Rees Mogg’s statistics.

Universities, in particular, depend on public funding and generate a lot of our research and development. They are specifically set to lose out from the Tory’s calamitous dealings with Brexit.

The British people, and our institutions, deserve better than this. 

 

Isabel Bull, Communications Officer for Winchester and Chandler's Ford's CLP

Yet Another Brexit Faux Pas from the Tories

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Dear Sir

NHS WINTER PRESSURES

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust are to be congratulated for being awarded extra funding. They have exceeded expectations and show exemplary leadership in their care of patients, more than can be said of the government that controls the purse strings. More intent on mass privatisation and profit for business not patients, on the day when Carillion goes into administration, the Tory government continues not to serve the nation.

The NHS is enduring a national winter crisis. Winter pressures, predicted by the government but not funded for it has meant unacceptable waits for patients, delays in treatment or discharge and unsafe care. Patients are being treated in ambulances because the Tories have cut bed space to the bone in every trust. People are suffering the indignity of being examined on trollies and in corridors because there is not space for dignity or privacy. NHS staff including GPs are at risk because of the consistently long hours they are working. They give themselves selflessly to their patients, regardless of their own health and wellbeing.

This crisis was predicted by NHS England. The Secretary of State compounded the emergency by cancelling all planned surgery in January. This is quite likely to become the norm, to be followed by a repetition in February. There are simple answers.

  • More funding to allow hospitals and primary care services to increase capacity and maintain services
  • Funding to allow for increasing the workforce, training and capacity
  • Appropriately integrated social care to improve patient flow
  • The investment and delivery of a radical upgrade of measures to prevent ill-health and hospital admissions.
  • An honest debate about what kind of health and social care system people should expect and how funding can be sustained.

Planning for better NHS funding over 15 to 20 years through a hypothecated ring-fenced tax mechanism is an absolute priority, but planning for next winter is an urgent necessity if we are to avoid the totally Tory created unacceptable condition of our NHS.

    Yours sincerely,      Peter Rees         Chair  Winchester Constituency Labour Party

NHS Winter Pressures

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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

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