Southend Labour blast Tory delay on safety team

The Labour Group on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has criticised the Conservatives for delaying investment in community safety.  Southend Labour welcomed a proposal by the Conservative administration to invest £250,000 in a larger Community Safety Team, but have questioned why the Conservatives rejected this proposal at the budget meeting in February, only to adopt it four months later.

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Labour fired up for the May local elections

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On Saturday 31st March, Southend Labour launched its manifesto for the Southend Council elections in May. This event took place in the Jubilee Room at the Civic Centre and was attended by members and supporters, including several of the candidates as well as current councillors.

Labour will be fielding a full range of candidates on 3rd May, and the manifesto covers policies on all areas of Council responsibility, from business, the economy and employment through to care for the community, health and protecting our environment.

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Further threats to Southend Hospital

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Southend Labour members and councillors were proud to march with fellow residents, NHS staff members and comrades from Trades Unions and other organisations today in support of the Save Southend NHS Campaign.


Last year an enormous amount of public and political pressure forced the authorities to back down on proposals to downgrade the A&E service at Southend Hospital, but the threats continue for other hospital services.

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Party Political Broadcast - NHS

Labour's latest party political broadcast was shown this evening, 17th January, on ITV1 (6.25pm) and BBC1 (6.55pm) and focused on the NHS.

Doctors, nurses (including a local Labour Party member, Katie) and other NHS staff spoke movingly and with passion about their experiences and the strains the health service is currently facing - and their fears for its future under a Tory government.

The broadcast can be viewed on BBC iPlayer until 14th February.

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Veteran campaigner Matt Dent to fight Kursaal ward

Southend Labour's latest newsletter for Kursaal Ward has been delivered to residents throughout that area. If you would like to read it or download a copy, please click 'read more' below.

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Standing up for St. Luke's Ward

Southend Labour's latest newsletter for St. Luke's Ward has been delivered to residents throughout that area. If you would like to read it or download a copy, please click 'read more' below.




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Peafowl in Chalkwell Park

Last year Councillor Julian Ware-Lane (Labour, Milton ward) raised the issue of the four adult peafowl caged in Chalkwell Park, Westcliff-on-Sea.


 He questioned the suitability of their accommodation and wanted them re-housed.  ( Since  then Cllr Ware-Lane has had a number of people contact him on this issue, all wanting the animal cruelty  he exposed to end, and a new home to be found for these birds.

With the support of Cllr Charles Willis, Cllr Ware-Lane has sent a Motion for Full Council to consider.

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£50m funding cuts and Tory austerity are damaging young people’s access to mental health services

This year’s Young Labour Priority Campaign is on young people’s mental health services.

Funding cuts and Tory austerity are damaging young people’s access to mental health services.

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Sir David Amess criticises victims of alleged sexual abuse

Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, has made extraordinary remarks published in the Echo relating to recent allegations against US movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and commented disparagingly on claims by other victims of alleged sexual abuse. Now he's trying to deny saying them.

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Future IVF availability in Southend under threat

The Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is planning to remove NHS funded IVF treatment for infertile couples, except in exceptional circumstances, against the guidelines of the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) which state that three rounds of treatment should be available. This is in contrast to Clinical Commissioning Groups in other areas.

Milton Ward Councillor Cheryl Nevin says: “This restriction in NHS treatment is purely due to financial constraints, producing a postcode lottery for couples, especially those on low incomes, and it disproportionately affects women”.

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