How do we fix our local economy?

Friday, 2 June 2017
Wes Hinckes

Labour candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset, Wes Hinckes, is a Sedgemoor District Councillor for the Hamp ward of Bridgwater. This week he has been discussing the economic situation with people and here presents his findings.

In Bridgwater and West Somerset I have many concerns about our local economy and the needs of our businesses and local people.

I feel we could do so much more.

I would like us to succeed and I believe we have vast amounts of undiscovered potential in our communities, towns and villages that is not being recognised or utilised. Local skills, knowledge, labour and determination can meet local needs if given the chance. Continue reading “How do we fix our local economy?”

Bridgwater, Benefits and Foodbanks

Sunday, 28 May 2017
Wes Hinckes with other campaigners against Benefits Sanctions

Bridgwater and West Somerset Parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party, Wes Hinckes, has been meeting the people in his constituency who have been suffering at the sharp end of Tory austerity measures and here presents his findings;-

I learnt some stark and shocking facts last week.

2,923 local people were fed by Bridgwater Foodbank in the last 12 months.

920 of these were children.

30% more people are now relying on the foodbank than in the previous year.

These are ordinary people, families and children who you see walking through town or in passing on the street. Families where parents go without food every other day to ensure that their children can have enough to eat. Children who go to your local school who are hungry, tired and unfed.

This is Britain in the 21st century and we have seemingly stepped back into Dickensian times where hunger and squalor were the norm.

Foodbanks are picking up the shattered pieces of a broken social security system that has resulted from failed government reforms. Reforms which were as cold, inflexible and distant as the ministerial minds which dreamt them up. Continue reading “Bridgwater, Benefits and Foodbanks”

New County Council Year Kicks off at County Hall

Thursday, 25 May 2017
County Labour Leader Leigh Redman reports from the SCC AGM

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”

Labour on the March across the County

Thursday, 25 May 2017
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party -confounding it’s critics

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

But what of the rest – what other choices do we have around our County?? Continue reading “Labour on the March across the County”

Labour Candidate joins Striking Workers on the Picket Line

Thursday, 25 May 2017
Strong local support for Bridgwater workers on strike

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.

Continue reading “Labour Candidate joins Striking Workers on the Picket Line”

Tories Reel as Labour surges in Polls

Thursday, 25 May 2017

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.

But suddenly the tables are turned and the lead is down to 9 points – so what happened? Continue reading “Tories Reel as Labour surges in Polls”

Campaigning Suspended

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Following todays terrorist attack in Manchester political campaigning for the general election has been suspended.

Jeremy  Corbyn said: ‘I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured.

‘Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.

‘I have spoken with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, who has fully briefed me on the operational response in the city.

‘I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in dealing with last night’s appalling events’

‘I have spoken with the Prime Minister and we have agreed that all national campaigning in the General Election will be suspended until further notice.’

The Race to Register is ON!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Cllr Brian Smedley, Leader Bridgwater Town Council “Register to vote by 22nd May -it’s important!”

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.

Continue reading “The Race to Register is ON!”

‘Foxhunting has no place in the modern world’ says Labour candidate

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Wes Hinckes “Foxhunting has no place in the modern world”

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.”



Politics: Now There Really IS a Choice.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn launching his manifesto

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.”

You can read and judge the manifesto for yourself here. Continue reading “Politics: Now There Really IS a Choice.”