More concerns about Southend High St Post Office

Milton Ward councillor Julian Ware-Lane had expressed concerns about the move to the High Street  Post  Office into the W H Smith store. It was something that concerned him not least because he could foresee issues with access.

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Labour's Ashley Dalton hails STP U-turn on Southend A&E

After a sustained campaign and significant political pressure, today the Mid and South Essex Success Regime has announced plans to centralise three A&E departments at Basildon hospital have been scrapped for the short term. The new, revised model will enable Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals to continue to receive ‘blue light’ ambulances with critical patients transferred to a specialist team, if necessary, as is currently the case.

Labour’s Ashley Dalton, 2017 parliamentary candidate for Rochford & Southend East, has responded, saying:
“I welcome the Success Regime’s decision to revisit their plans and protect A&E provision at Southend, Basildon and Broomfield. It was clear from the beginning that patient need and safety was not being fully considered in these plans. I spoke to thousands of people throughout my campaign and the A&E was a huge topic for them. They felt ignored by their MP and were concerned for their safety should the A&E lose ‘blue light’ services. The numbers speak for themselves – James Duddridge saw his majority slashed by 42% as voters flocked to a candidate and party who truly care about local issues and services. I want to pay tribute to the sterling work of the Save Southend A&E campaign in getting the Success Regime to rethink their plans – I was a supporter from day one and this is a victory that all the people of Southend who supported the campaign should be proud of.”

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Julian Ware-Lane pledes to become an Arthritis Champion for Southend West

If elected to Parliament at the General Election in June, Julian Ware-Lane has pledged to work alongside leading charity, Arthritis Research UK to represent the thousands of people in Southend West living every day with the pain of arthritis.

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability and pain across the country with 10 million 

people living with arthritis. and other musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain. The pain, fatigue and lack of mobility caused by arthritis affects every aspect of a person’s life, making everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea, travelling to work or getting out of bed extremely difficult. 

As well as the personal impact, these conditions amount to the third largest area of NHS spending, with an annual budget of £4.8 billion, and are the cause of one in five working days lost in the UK.

 Julian Ware-Lane has pledged to support Arthritis Research UK’s Prevent, Transform, Cure manifesto in Parliament as an Arthritis Champion, which calls for: 

  •   Making arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions a public health priority
  •   Ensuring people have timely access to health and care services that enable them to improve their musculoskeletal health
  •   Ensure people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions have fair and timely access to services that support them to be in work, including financial support
  •   Protect the UK’s position as a global leader in science and sustain the benefits of the life-science sector to the economy  

Speaking about becoming an arthritis champion, Julian Ware-Lane said:

I’m proud to champion Arthritis Research UK’s policy calls to tackle the prevention, transformation and cure of arthritis. We need to put the issues affecting people with arthritis at the forefront of the new Parliament’s agenda. 

I’m committed to making a difference. Together we can fight this painful condition that has such a huge impact on all aspects of people’s lives in Southend.”

Dr Liam O’Toole, chief executive officer of Arthritis Research UK, said:

“I’m delighted that Julian Ware-Lane has committed to become an Arthritis Champion if elected to the House of Commons. It’s imperative that we have the support of as many MPs and Peers as possible in the next Parliament to stand up for the rights of people with arthritis. 

“There needs to be a public health approach focusing on preventing arthritis, transforming services and finding a cure for the 10 million people affected by this devastating condition. It’s vital we work together to make life better for everyone affected by arthritis.”


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Local candidate Julian Ware-Lane pledges support for local pubs and brewers

Julian Ware-Lane, local Labour candidate for Southend West standing in the General Election, has pledged his support for pub-goers and beer drinkers in the East of England by backing CAMRA’s Election Manifesto. 

CAMRA’s 187,000 members in the East of England are asking candidates to promote and celebrate Britain’s 1,540 breweries and over 50,000 pubs by considering a range of measures to help make pub-going and beer drinking more affordable for UK consumers.

Julian Ware-Lane has committed to:

·         Celebrate and promote Britain’s breweries

·         Support action to help pubs thrive

·         Represent the interest of pub-goers, beer and cider drinkers if elected into the next Parliament 

Beer, brewing and pubs support nearly 900,000 jobs and contribute £23.1bn to the  economy annually. Candidates are therefore being urged to ensure the sector is not left behind in the Brexit negotiations due to take place in the coming years.

Julian Ware-Lane says: “I am proud to be speaking up for pubs and real ale. Well-run community pubs play a crucial role in local life and can have a huge impact on people’s happiness and social inclusion. If elected, I will continue to show my support in the next Parliament.” 

Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s National Chairman says: “We are delighted that Julian Ware-Lane has pledged their support for beer and pubs. Pubs are a uniquely British institution which showcase our nation’s brewing tradition while providing an essential community facility for those that use them. It is therefore critical that pub-goers and beer drinkers are not left behind when it comes to negotiating Britain’s future over the coming years.” 


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Are Your Living Standards Improving?

With the media reporting daily that increasing numbers are forced to use food banks, and millions are now referred to as ‘just about managing’, we probably all know somebody who is struggling to survive. However, even families who can maintain a good standard of living have not seen an improvement in their prospects for some years.

Julian Ware-Lane, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Southend West, puts it bluntly: “the Tories have run this country for the past seven years, and they are asking for a further five years in power, and in my view we have seen an unprecedented drop in living standards, and it will get worse if the Tories are re-elected on 8th June”.

Working people face a further fall in living standards under a Tory Government, and as Julian said, “the Tories have withdrawn their promise not to raise income tax and National Insurance contributions for the lower and middle income earners, and the previous tax guarantee made in 2015 no longer applies.”

The Tories have dropped from their manifesto their previous promise to raise living standards.

Since 2010, the average household pays more in both direct and indirect taxation: a total of nearly £2,000.

Under the Tories the UK is set to experience the worst decade for real household disposable income since 1949.

Not content to place further burdens on those who work, millions of pensioners are now being targeted to pay more. Julian added: “I am shocked that pensioners, some of the most vulnerable in our society, are now seen as a legitimate source to fund Tory plans. What worries me is that Theresa May cannot tell us how many pensioners will be affected by her proposals, nor how bad it will be for any individual case”.

Pensioners would have been left at least £330 worse off had the Tories’ new ‘Double Lock’ been in place in recent years.

Ten million people - five out of six pensioners - are set to lose their Winter Fuel Payments, worth up to £300.

Tory social care plans could see those who need support forced to pay for it with their homes.

34 million people face the prospect of working longer if Theresa May raises the State Pension age.

Julian hopes that all our local residents carefully read Labour’s manifesto: “it is a simple choice between Theresa May’s future of more austerity and suffering or Labour’s vision of hope. It is a no-brainer that Britain needs a Labour Government now, and I stand by our slogan: For The Many Not The Few”.


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On school funding

Southend Labour Party has responded to a request from thousands of head teachers to raise the issue of school funding with political canvassers in the General Election, by taking Labour’s message to the parents of school children.

“Ahead of the forthcoming general election” the letter from headteachers to parents states, “it is crucial that parents, carers and all other interested parties raise the issue of school funding ‘on the doorstep’ with all prospective candidates,”

Julian Ware-Lane, Labour’s candidate in Southend West says, “the letter quite rightly does not favour any pollical party, but it did ask parents to engage with canvassers on this issue. We are confident that our policies to stop the cuts to school budgets, increase funding, along with a commitment to cut class sizes to 30 five, six, and seven-year-olds, will be attractive to parents.”

Local campaigners will be taking Labours message to the parents of children at a number of local schools both before and after the half-term break. Julian says, “We hope this will at least go some way to show that Labour is committed to establishing a National Education Service, to provide cradle to grave education, free at the point of use, for the many, and not just the privileged few.”


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Julian Ware-Lane is 'shocked and appalled' at the incident in Manchester last night

Julian Ware-Lane is 'shocked and appalled' at the incident in Manchester last night

22 people were killed in Manchester as a bomb was set off at the end of a Ariana Grande concert last night (Monday, May 22) in what looks like a terror attack.

Southend West Labour candidate, Julian Ware-Lane, has expressed his shock and outrage. "This is a shocking and appalling incident, and my thoughts are with those that were caught up in it, and their family and loved ones".

"The terrorists must not be allowed to win. They seek to disunite us and disrupt with our lives; yet we unite after these sorts of incidents. Our democracy continues to flourish, and we remain a free and tolerant society in spite of their worst endeavours".


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Julian Ware Lane accuses Theresa May of “political cross dressing”

The Conservative Party have issued an eleven-point-plane designed to appeal to traditional Labour voters. Labour’s candidate in Southend West believes this is “a cynical attempt at political cross dressing, that will fail. With no new money to back up any of these plans, these are just inadequate soundbites.” 

Theresa May is offering to guarantee, “workers will enjoy the same rights after Brexit as they do under the EU,” but as Julian points out, Labour has issued a comprehensive 20-point plan to maintain the rights that workers have under EU law, and offers further protections beyond those that workers currently enjoy. 

The Tories say they will increase the “National Living Wage” in line with earnings until the end of the parliament. Julian responds, “The Labour Party will increase the Minimum Wage to £10, which will be well above the increase in earning.”

The Tories offer “Protections for ‘gig’ economy workers, with a consultation on rights such as maternity leave.” This policy is eclipsed by Labour’s commitment to scrap all zero hours contracts: to ensure workers get a guaranteed number of hours each week, and ensure care workers are paid travel time.

Theresa May wants to see “Worker representation on company boards,” This Julian argues, “is no substitute for trade union representation that Labour will enforce ‘through a new Ministry of Labour, and empower workers and their trade unions’.”

Mrs May offers, “New right to request leave for training.” This pales beside Labours commitment to “create a unified National Education Service (NES) to move towards cradle-to-grave learning that is free at the point of use,” and Labour’s industrial strategy which includes “lifelong training” that “will deliver productivity and growth to the whole economy.”

To alleviate the crisis in social care, the Tories will introduce, “New right to care for sick relatives full-time.”  “There is no money to support these people or their employers,” Julian points out. “They will be unpaid.” By contrast, the Labour Party will invest another £8bn in social care in the next parliament ensuring it is the state rather than the individual that will shoulder the responsibility.

The Tories propose, “New rules to protect pensions from bosses' irresponsible behaviour.” Labour’s draft manifesto states, “We’ll restore confidence in the workplace pension system and put people rather than profit at its centre. Labour will end rip off hidden fees and charges and enable the development of large efficient pensions funds which will mean more cash for scheme members and lower costs for employers.” Labour has also committed to retain the triple lock on the state pension, “extend pension credit to 1950s-born WASPI,” and reject the Conservative policy to increase the pension age further. 

Theresa May wants to extend the Equalities Act for those with mental health conditions. Julian says, “I hope that Theresa May learned something from meeting Cathy, a woman with a learning disability in Oxfordshire.” Speaking for everybody with mental health and disabled problems, Cathy said to Mrs May, “I want them not to have their money taken away from them. . . Fat cats keep the money and don’t spend it on us lot [we] get nothing. . . I want my disability living allowance to come back: not have PIPS, and get nothing. I can’t live on £100 a month.” The Labour Party is committed to scrapping the Personal Independence Payments (PIPS), and instead, “change the culture of the social security system, from one that demonises people to one that is supportive and enabling.”

Theresa May announced these proposals at a scheme in Oxford that supports "returnships" for mothers: a scheme that the Tories want to extend. The Labour manifesto goes much further providing an unequivocal commitment, “to provide 30 hours of free childcare for all two to four-year-olds”: a policy that will affect 1.3 million children and their parents.

“Our proposals have been fully costed, whereas the Tories offer no new money. The Tories are treating people like fools. I am quite confident that the people of Southend will not be so easily deceived,” Julian concluded. 


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A Manifesto for the People of Southend

Julian Ware-Lane, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Southend West, feels optimistic about polling day on 8th June. “With the manifestos published, Southend residents have a clear choice about the sort of future they want for themselves and their families, and I am happy that Labour puts people first: we want to create a Britain that works for the many and not the few.”

Labour’s manifesto talks throughout about a fairer Britain, how to unlock Britain’s true potential, and giving those who are missing out the chance for a fresh start. Julian wants people to read each manifesto and to make up their own minds, rather than believing the constant stream of negative publicity from the mainstream media. “Anybody who follows my career knows that I am a ‘what you see is what you get’ sort of guy. I deal in facts; I have no reason to distort or make up stories about where I stand on issues.

 “We have just had the Tory Leader of Southend Council criticise his own party’s manifesto, and looking at the record of Conservative Government I don’t have to make anything up. We all know that the NHS and social care are in crisis, housebuilding is at its lowest since the 1920s, schools face cuts while class sizes rise, students Leave University with huge debts, and Police cuts are a risk to public safety.

 “Most families have become financially worse off under the Tories, and by contrast we know that for the past seven years the super-rich have been given tax breaks, worth tens of billions.”

These are Labour’s key manifesto pledges 

  1. Making work pay: A real living wage of £10 per hour by 2020. 
  2. Investment in Britain: Labour's £500bn big deal to upgrade the economy.
  3. Take back control: Rail, energy, water and Royal Mail in public ownership.
  4. Jobs and economy first: A Brexit for the many not the few.
  5. Extend childcare: 30 hours for all 2 to 4 year olds.
  6. Our children's futures: Increase schools funding, cut class sizes and free school meals for all primary school children.
  7. Free education: Scrap tuition fees and college fees.
  8. End the NHS crisis: Extra funding for our health service.
  9. Dignity for all: Towards a National Care Service.
  10. Your community safer: 10,000 extra police officers. 
  11. Decent homes for all: A million new homes to rent or buy.
  12. Tax guarantee: No VAT, national insurance or income tax rise for 95%.

Julian believes that Labour’s pledges are the best opportunity for local people to improve their lives: “our manifesto is fully-costed and it sets out a credible vision for the future. We will protect our public services, give the NHS the money it needs and deliver good teaching in good schools for all our children. 

“Labour will ask the wealthiest in society to contribute a little more to ensure that schools, hospitals and other public services have the funding they need.

“We will guarantee there will be no rise in VAT or National Insurance, but we will only raise income tax on the highest five per cent of earners, those earning over £80,000 a year, and we will increase corporation tax while still keeping it the lowest in the G7.”


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Southend Death Tax

Labour’s candidate in Southend West, Julian Ware-Lane, finds himself in the unusual position of standing in agreement with the leader of the Conservative group on Southend Council, John Lamb. 

Mr. Lamb wrote to the Southend Echo after the Tory manifesto was published,  castigating his own party over their proposed changes to the way that social care is paid in old age. He said: “These people have worked all their lives to build up their assets. The Conservative Party is now saying ‘we won’t take your home while you’re alive, but we’ll take it from you when you are dead.”

Mr. Ware-Lane also concurs with Councillor Lamb on the changes proposed by the Tories to winter fuel payments. Councillor Lamb takes the view that, “they are saying ‘turn your heating off and you’ll die quicker, then we can take your home.” 

Julian says, “This just shows how completely out of touch the Tory Party is with ordinary people, and even some of its own councillors. They are taking the older vote for granted. We have said we will keep the ‘triple lock’ on the State pension, redress the injustice done to the WASPI women who had their retirement age changed, and maintain the winter fuel payment as a universal benefit. We are also proposing to add £8bn to the social care budget over the lifetime of the next parliament.”

Mr. Lamb says he intends to lobby his own Conservative group, and Southend MP’s on this issue. It is time, Mr Ware-Lane says, that Sir David Amess, Conservative candidate for Southend West, should make his views known on this issue. “Does Sir David Amess support the ‘death tax’ or not?”


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