Here in Northampton North we need to keep the focus on fighting the Tories
People In Northampton have been at the receiving end of some of the worst of the Tory policies. They’ve paid the price for Tory austerity nationally and Tory incompetence locally in the gross mismanagement of our local councils.
So the decision by seven MPs to resign from the Labour Party was a terrible mistake.
You can read Sally Keeble’s statement here
SALLY CALLS FOR UNIVERSAL CREDIT IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE BEREAVED AND DISABLED
Sally Keeble has called for improvements to Universal Credit – especially to help people who have been bereaved or have disabilities.
And she’s also called for more funds for advice services to help people find their way through the system, and more training for advisers.
She’s asked a Labour member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee to take up the issues for her. You can read more about it here.
VICTORY FOR ROAD-GRITTING CAMPAIGN
Great to hear from The Chron tonight that normal road-gritting services are to be restored.
This came after Sally Keeble sent in petitions from The Headlands, Birchfield Road East, Spinney Hill Road, Acre Lane and Churchill Avenue protesting that these and other key roads in Northampton North had been dropped from the list for routine gritting.
Such a victory for people power.
Thanks to everyone who signed the petitions.
In the pic below Sally and a local Labour campaigner are out in Acre Lane with the gritting petition.
SALLY CALLS FOR ACTION ON HIDDEN HOMELESS
Congratulations to BBC Radio Northampton on a powerful special programme on homelessness in Northampton.
Sally has been campaigning to support the Hope Centre which provides services for people sleeping rough on the streets. Now she’s calling for more action for the hidden homeless and especially the families sofa-surfing or in hostels and similar temporary accommodation in town.
You can read more about it here.
THERESA MAY BREXIT DEAL COMES IN BOTTOM IN LOCAL SURVEY
Theresa May’s deal emerged as the loser in the survey of local opinion on the way forward for Brexit.
It got only 20% of the vote, compared with 42% for leaving with no deal and 28% for delaying or cancelling Brexit. Holding a second, people’s, vote was the preferred with forward for 25 per cent of the people who sent back survey forms delivered to parts of Boothville, Kingsthorpe and Spring Park.
Sally Keeble says: “This shows the disaster of Theresa May’s deal. She’s had two and a half years to build a consensus. But instead she’s produced a terrible deal that has left the country as divided as ever.”
You can read more on this here
Labour leaders call for Government action to plug £133 million council budget hole
Labour leaders in Northamptonshire’s have put an action package to Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP to deal with the budget crisis at County Hall.
“We believe that the inability of the Conservative administration to manage the finances or services poses acute risks to the most vulnerable people in Northamptonshire,” they warn in a joint letter to the Government.
They criticise the continuing disarray in the Council’s Conservative administration, and ask for the Government to:
- Pay the cost of reorganisation
- Allow flexibility in use of capital receipts to pay off the debts
- Put the remainder of the debt into a residuary body to manage over time
They say that some of the cuts proposed by Northamptonshire’s Tory administration are undeliverable And they say that senior figures in the administration should lead by example: chief executive services are one of the areas of overspend.