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Traiiing event

To all the women who are thinking, or even maybe considering, running for City Council in 2019.

Anna Lee and Erica Lewis are running a Labour Womens' Network Training Event in Morecambe (venue to be confirmed) from 12-2 on Sunday 26th November.

I will also be participating in my role as sitting City Councillor/Womens' Officer.

Please RSVP to Anna Lee at Lancaster and Fleetwood Labour.

Labour Women's Network training event

To all the women who are thinking, or even maybe considering, running for City Council in 2019. Anna Lee and Erica Lewis are running a Labour Womens' Network Training Event in Morecambe (venue... Read more

Overcoming Disability

What are the Aims of the Disability group?

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Overcoming Disability

My name is Jean Withers and I am the Disability Officer for Morecambe and Lunesdale CLP.  A task I have taken on only recently and therefore, am still finding my feet.

I first joined the Labour Party in 1966, yes I did say 1966, I was just sixteen years old. My father, who had died four years earlier, had been an active member and I used to enjoy going to all the children’s activities provided at our local Labour Hall in Walkden near Manchester.  The Christmas Parties were wonderful,  I remember.

My paternal grandmother was also a very enthusiastic supporter; in fact, I think my first task for the party was to help her stuff envelopes, during the 1959 General Election, at her home in Birkenhead.  She would tell me all about the ‘bad old days’ the grudging handouts paid to the poor, the soup kitchens, and the casual labour system, very prevalent in the docks on both sides of the River Mersey.  We were so thankful that such times were past, gone for good. How wrong we were.

So this is how I first came to be a member of the Labour Party. It all seemed to make sense. The remarkable work of the 1945 Government in setting up a Nation Health Service and a Welfare State seemed something to be proud of; something I never thought could be in any danger.

Overcoming Disability

My name is Jean Withers and I am the Disability Officer for Morecambe and Lunesdale CLP.  A task I have taken on only recently and therefore, am still finding my... Read more

Joanne

Joanne Writes

I’m a Watermelon voter, Green on the outside and bright Red inside, and it feels like I’ve always been politically motivated and had opinions about politics all my life but that statement simply isn’t true.

 

It’s taken me a long time to feel that joining any political party was for me. For the first half of my life, politics didn’t really have a prominent role or at least I didn’t think it did.

 

I didn’t grow up in a politically charged household however it was always implicit that you used your vote, especially as a woman because women had had to fight for the right to vote but beyond that, it was never a dinnertime topic. You didn’t talk about politics or religion at the table.

Voices of Labour III

Joanne Writes I’m a Watermelon voter, Green on the outside and bright Red inside, and it feels like I’ve always been politically motivated and had opinions about politics all my... Read more

Corbyn in Morecambe

 What a week this has been!

 

 As many of you may know...... none other that Jeremy Corbyn visited Morecambe this week.  From start to finish, this event was a whirlwind of nerves, excitement, and in my case a little bit of fangirling, with a palpable buzz in the air.

 

 My admiration for JC has been ever growing since the run up to the general election, not only does he genuinely care about the issues that face the people of this nation, he is an approachable guy, and who doesn't love a guy who makes his own jam from his allotment.

 In light of this, when I was asked to make a speech about Young Labour in our area, I may have been slightly terrified to speak before him, being my first time standing on a stage to speak since I was 16 in Out of Hours Drama.

When Corbyn came to town

 What a week this has been!    As many of you may know...... none other that Jeremy Corbyn visited Morecambe this week.  From start to finish, this event was a... Read more

Suffragettes

Claire writes …

Back in the dim distant past of the 1980s, I was a youth member of CND, because in 1981 we were all terrified that 'Protect and Survive' was about to become reality, and that Reagan and Thatcher would be pressing the red button sometime soon.... But at the CND meetings, the bunch of people I was hanging around with all seemed to be members of the Labour Party too, and I realised I might just be one of those dangerous Lefties. These people thought the same things that I did, believed the same things to be right and wrong, hated the same things I did, and had a cracking taste in alternative music. I was brought up in a very mixed-up household, with my ranting Daily Mail-reading Thatcherite parents, and my card-carrying fascist-bashing Grandmother, but in Hackney, Socialist stronghold of the Est End of London. So, as soon as I was old enough, risking serious parental wrath and potential disowning, I took the plunge and joined Young Labour too in 1983.

 

Thatcher gave us all someone to really despise, and as her first term rolled on, England was not a great place to be for anyone young. Youth unemployment at massive highs, rents rising by the day, it seemed like it couldn't actually get any worse. Then, it did. Thatcher's fights with the Unions, the Miners' Strike, the selling off of Council Houses..... and then it became even more personal. Our only means of escape from all this doom and gloom, Education, was about to be closed off to ordinary people. Grants, which enabled even the poorest of students to study, were to be abolished in favour of Loans. This alone mobilised us to move to action. We campaigned, we wrote letters (no internet then), we marched. Lots. I was nearly crushed by a Police horse whilst lying on Westminster Bridge (once), and nearly arrested (quite a few more times). The only saving graces, the sense of unity, and  that we had much better music than the Tories.

 

In was in this climate that I left London to study in Manchester... Hackney had always felt like the poor relation of the rest of London, kissing cousin with the City but miles apart in terms of opportunity, that cousin that no-one talked about and tried to avoid at weddings. But the winter I spent looking round Universities in the mid 80s made me realise that despite this, we were better off than we had ever thought. I saw spectacular Victorian arcades filled with pigeons and echoing husks of shops in Leeds, eerily desolate docks in Liverpool, a deserted Town Centre and full Job Centre in Newcastle. The North-South divide was alive and well, and more acrimonious than ever. Politics suddenly jumped from theory to grim reality. This was just so unfair, that geography alone could decide your chances in life.

Voices of Labour 2

Claire writes … Back in the dim distant past of the 1980s, I was a youth member of CND, because in 1981 we were all terrified that 'Protect and Survive'... Read more

 debate

This article examines the reasons why some of our members joined or some cases re-joined the Labour Party, it’s the authentic voice of grassroots Labour members.

Voices of Labour: members have their say

  This article examines the reasons why some of our members joined or some cases re-joined the Labour Party, it’s the authentic voice of grassroots Labour members. Read more

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Labour announced today that a future Labour Government will immediately halt the proposed closure of A&Es in England and carry out a full scale review of all proposals.

Having listened to campaigners and concerned patients up and down the country, Jonathan Ashworth, as Labour health secretary will immediately halt the Tories chaotic ‘sustainability and transformation plan’ (STP) programme.

Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth, said:

“Labour will put the best interests of patients at the heart of our NHS so today I’m announcing we will halt planned closures to hospitals and other services. We will have a moratorium on the STPs.

“We have listened to the hundreds of patients and campaigners up and down the country that have been pleading with the Government to hear their concerns about their local services. Threats of hospitals being closed, A&E services moved miles up the road, and children’s wards being shut, have caused widespread concern and confusion. What is more, these decisions have been decided behind closed doors, with no genuine involvement of local people. It’s a disgrace.

“The public deserves better. My first job as Secretary of State will be to review every single STP proposal looking at what’s in the interest of quality of patient care.

“We’ll ask a new body - NHS Excellence - to lead that review. And patients and local communities will be involved at every stage. Local people should be at the heart of decisions about how care is provided.”

Labour to halt the Tories hospital closure plan

Labour announced today that a future Labour Government will immediately halt the proposed closure of A&Es in England and carry out a full scale review of all proposals. Having listened to campaigners... Read more

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Despite promising to protect the Police, the Tories’ deep cuts in funding are threatening even more losses to frontline officer numbers.

Under this Tory Government, since 2010, 
Lancashire has lost 862 Police officers.

Labour will stand up for safer communities. We will oppose Tory cuts to frontline officers, prioritise neighbourhood policing and bear down on crime and its causes.

Check how many have been lost in your area here.

Under this Tory Government, since 2010, Lancashire has lost 862 Police officers

Despite promising to protect the Police, the Tories’ deep cuts in funding are threatening even more losses to frontline officer numbers. Under this Tory Government, since 2010, Lancashire has lost 862...

Vikki Singleton 

Labour has named its candidate to fight sitting Tory MP David Morris in the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency at June's snap general election.

Former councillor for Westgate, Vikki Singleton, will stand.

She currently works as a youth worker.

She said: “It is an honour to be selected as the Labour candidate for Morecambe & Lunesdale. This seat has been neglected for too long. The residents deserve an MP who will fight for them and this area, both locally and nationally.

Candidate chosen to fight General Election on June 8th

  Labour has named its candidate to fight sitting Tory MP David Morris in the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency at June's snap general election. Former councillor for Westgate, Vikki Singleton,... Read more

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