This week the newly strengthened Tory controlled Somerset County Council held it’s first meeting. Leigh Redman,leader of the County Labour group describes what happened.
The first full council of this new quadrennium happened this morning and saw our newly re-elected county councillors meet the new leader of the Tory council David Fothergill, the election saw the conservative group returned with a larger majority of 15, the breakdown sees 35 tory, 12 lib-dem, 3 Labour, 3 indies and 2 green. Continue reading “New County Council Year Kicks off at County Hall”
The Tories are running scared. As their house of cards begins to topple seriously into a quicksand of their own making, they look behind them and see the mild mannered Jeremy Corbyn nonchalently, yet politely, about to pass them by with a genteel wave and a smile and a newly invigorated Labour Party that the people actually want to see in power.
The latest YouGov poll suggests the Conservatives are on 43pc and Labour 38 as campaigning is about to resume
Labour candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset, Wes Hinckes, joined striking workers from the UNITE Union on the picket line this week to show solidarity and to pledge that a Labour Government would not support the ‘outsourcing’ that led to the dispute which has brought over one and a half thousand Bridgwater workers into conflict with their employers.
Labour Party members, UNITE Community activists, other Bridgater Trades Unionists and supportive members of the public also joined the strikers on the picket line.
As campaigning re-opened in the General Election after the Manchester Bombing tragedy, the Tories appear to be on the backfoot. So confident when she called the election was Theresa May with her 20 point poll lead backed up by constant media smearing of Jeremy Corbyn that she thought all she needed to do was repeat ‘Strong and Stable’ over and over again.
When Theresa May called a General Election for June 8th she was confident that she would win a massive majority. So confident that she simply took the people for granted; the ‘friendly media’ would ‘take care of Corbyn’ and the Tories would be heading back to the ‘good old days’ of Maggie Thatcher, Grammar schools, Foxhunting, a broken and divided working class, while the victorious PM would be free to wander hand in hand with dangerous right wing world leaders like Donald Trump.
Today the Tories have admitted that Corbyn could actually win. Not only are opinion polls showing a massive rise in support for Labour, their newly produced ‘socialist’ manifesto is proving popular and young people in particular are rushing out to register to vote.
When Theresa May put Foxhunting back on the table, Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger immediately backed her position. His own voting record has been consistent in opposing the hunting ban on seven separate occaisions. Labour’s candidate challenging the Tory Hunt fanatic is Wes Hinckes and he has today made a strong statement condemning the barbaric practice.
The Tory position flies in the face of recent polls which show some 84% of the people opposing a return of the blood sport. Could the Conservatives yet again be misjudging the public mood and simply taking them for granted as they push ahead with their archaic agenda?
Wes Hinckes, Labour PPC for Bridgwater and West Somerset, said “Labour are against ‘animal cruelty’. It shouldn’t be allowed under any circumstances and we will fight to maintain the ban on ‘fox hunting’.
Fox hunting is barbaric and belongs in the past. It is a cruel sport just like ‘dog fighting’ which has quite rightly been illegal for over 180 years.
It is animal cruelty and it has no place in the modern world.
One horrifying and directly related fact is that in recent years there has been a rise in so called ‘casual’ dog fighting, with people meeting in public places and filming their dogs fighting on their mobile phones.
This deliberate cruelty is beyond any normal person’s ability to grasp.Fox hunting alike sees a terrified animal pursued without mercy through its own natural environment before being physically torn apart by the hounds. These hounds are dogs that have been specially trained to enjoy tearing another living animal apart. This is a sport that is cruel not only to the hunted fox but also to the hound that hunts them.
No animal cruelty of any kind or under any circumstances is ok.”
If you care about how we treat living animals.Vote for Labour on June the 8th.”
For many years people who haven’t bothered voting have said ‘they’re all the same’ , but today with the publication of a radical socialist manifesto by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party there really is a choice to be made and no one can say there isn’t. With the Tories taking the voters for granted and simply assuming they have the right to win the General Election on June 8th, now there is a message addressing the concerns of the Many and not the privileged Few in our society. Labour’s policies have been proving popular with the public and the Polls have been going up and up, leaving the Tories worried and relying on the collapsing,defecting UKIP vote. Somerset’s Labour candidates are getting out and about in their constituencies spreading the message and meeting supporters old and new and a surprisingly increasing number of people who have never voted before but will be this time.
Speaking at the launch today Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said “For the last seven years, Britain has been run for the rich, but now is the time for us to build a country in which everyone can lead a richer life.I am confident that once the people of Britain have looked at the issues they will support our promise of a fairer Britain, run for the many not the few.”
Tory MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset,Ian Lidell-Grainger, is well known for going to ground during General Election campaigns. It’s almost as if the Conservatives didn’t want people to meet him. This week the newspapers are full of ‘ILG shuns debate’ . The Right Honourable Ian himself says “No I will not be taking part in public debates. I haven’t done them since 2001 and I won’t be doing them this time either”. However, Labour’s candidate Wes Hinckesthinks this is a shame and so has invited his Tory rival to meet him anywhere he likes at a place of his choosing, whether it’s for a walk around Bridgwater to see what’s really going on or just for a ‘nice cup of tea’ in one of the many cafes in the town.
The Labour Party has announced that its candidate to challenge Ian Liddell-Grainger in his Bridgwater and West Somerset Seat on June 8th will be Sedgemoor District Councillor Wes Hinckes who represents the Hamp ward of Bridgwater .
Wesley is 44 and lives in Bridgwater, Somerset which has been his family home for over 18 years. He is an experienced businessman and qualified coach including 10 years as a Director of a Digital Consultancy in London.
A ‘belief in social action’
Wes is committed to a belief in social action and the ability of everyday people to organise and shape their community. As part of his work in this area he has previously been invited to an international British Council organised event which brought together Active Citizens from around the globe.