The By-Election for the Sedgemoor District Council ward of Highbridge & Burnham Marine caused by the resignation of SDC Lib Dem leader cllr Joe Leach has been called for Thursday 24th January 2013.
The Burnham & Highbridge Labour Party have selected former Coal Miner Ricky Holcombe as their candidate. Ricky, who lives in Burnham on Sea, has been a trade unionist and a member of the Labour Party for over 30 years .
‘Tory cuts to services’
Announcing his candidacy today Ricky said ” I left school at 16 and started work as a coal miner and took part in the 1984/85 miners’ strike. I witnessed first hand what a Conservative government did to communities of decent, hard-working people. Amazingly we have gone back in time 25 years in 18 months to be faced with cuts to services, privatisation and commissioning of the NHS, attacks on pensions, the transformation and masked privatisation of the education system, the highest unemployment ever including over a million under 25 and the biggest onslaught on welfare and employment rights that this country has seen.” Continue reading “RICKY HOLCOMBE SELECTED AS LABOUR CANDIDATE FOR HIGHBRIDGE BY-ELECTION”
Across the County Council the Tories have done a DOUBLE CUT to services…. One as a result of the cuts made by central government and one imposed by Tories in Somerset because they say the County council needs to reduce accumulated debts. The second cut is seeing about £30 millions of extra cuts.
Both the Lib Dems and the Tories have done nothing to deal with the low funding Somerset gets for education from Central Government. Somerset children get £400 less per year for their education, than the national average. That means, fewer teachers, fewer teaching assistants, worse buildings and less in the way of support and opportunities. Both parties have let Somerset children down – children deserve better. Both parties are seen as a ‘soft touch’ by central government. Continue reading “The impact of Tory Policies on education in Somerset”
When Tory controlled Sedgemoor District Council hastily demolished the Splash Swimming pool to make way for a Tesco megastore in the centre of Bridgwater the Labour controlled town council opposed the move. Some members even joined in with an occupation such was the strength of feeling amongst local people.
Three years later the Tory majority on Sedgemoor had forced through the Tesco project against Labour opposition and in September 2012 the Planning application from the Multinational supermarket chain was submitted. Strangely nothing happened for over a month. When Labour councillors demanded an explanation at Full Council it transpired that there were ‘technical issues’ to resolve – after further digging it became apparent that this was because there was a major dispute about the ammount of planning fee Tesco should pay. It turned out that this was finally resolved by the Chief Executive Mr Kerry Rickard deciding that Sedgemoor would pay the fee on behalf of Tesco , so keen was his Authority to get the superstore into the town.
Continue reading “Labour Group to hold Sedgemoor Chief Executive to account over Tesco planning fees payment”
With the Conservatives on the defensive Nationally due to their unpopular programme of cutbacks and the LibDems totally discredited by their decision to prop up a Tory minority Government, the Labour Party in Somerset is viewing next years County Council elections as a great opportunity to offer the people of Somerset a real alternative.
The County Council is currently Conservative controlled and has been pushing through a raft of unpopular major cutbacks, privatisations and outsourcing, reducing services everywhere. The Lib Dems popularity clearly peaked at the last election and disillusioned voters have been turning away from them in droves. Continue reading “Candidate selections under way across the county”