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This general election will define our times, a Brexit for the few is coming. Money saved will be handed out as tax cuts to the super-rich and their corporations. New trade deals with the US and elsewhere will drive down our working conditions, and environmental and food standards.  The lives of the rich will not suffer. Over 2.4 million young people are missing from the UK’s electoral register. Barely 40 per cent of 18 to 24-year olds turn out to vote. The Conservatives are more than happy with this state of affairs. Apathy and resignation will secure them seats on election day. 

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This general election will define our times, a Brexit for the few is coming. Money saved will be handed out as tax cuts to the super-rich and their corporations. New...

The Tories have been targeting the poorest students most with cuts and fee increases in line with their brutal economic agenda. A recent poll showed 44 per cent of 18-24 year olds intend to vote Labour compared to 21 per cent who would vote Conservative. There is only one way we can influence who gets hit hardest over the next five years and that is ensuring young people vote.We know 18-24 year olds are the age group least likely to vote on polling day but most likely to vote Labour if they do.

 

These statistics allow politicians to ignore young people. They will slash budgets for students and young workers whilst increasing funds for the over-65s in wealthy areas. This is because over-65s are more likely to vote (and vote Tory) on election day.

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The Tories have been targeting the poorest students most with cuts and fee increases in line with their brutal economic agenda. A recent poll showed 44 per cent of 18-24...

IMG_6417.jpg It's great to see so many South West County Council candidates all gathered together in one place. Thank you to South West Region for organising this training day in Taunton. It was an excellent opportunity for the candidates to get together, make new contacts and friends and touch base with some old ones too.  Christina King standing in Dawlish, Jackie Jackson standing in Newton Abbot South and Lillian Chasteau standing in Teignmouth, all from Newton Abbot Constituency attended.

Candidate Training Day

It's great to see so many South West County Council candidates all gathered together in one place. Thank you to South West Region for organising this training day in Taunton.... Read more

index.pngHalf of all community hospitals in England set to close. Have you heard this headline? No? No-one has, but under the guise of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (you probably haven’t heard of that either, most of us haven’t, hospital services throughout the country are under threat.

Hospitals Set to Close

Half of all community hospitals in England set to close. Have you heard this headline? No? No-one has, but under the guise of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (you probably... Read more

I talked to people during the labour leafletting campaign for Milber, College and Buckland, and one of the greatest concerns they had was about speeding traffic, especially down Twickenham Road, and Haytor Drive. I asked for help and the wonderful PCSOs from Newton came out and helped set up speedwatch equipment. It was amazing to see how effective it is in slowing people down, as they see the speed they are travelling at flashing up in front of them. On this occasion it was about reminding people and showing them their speed. We ran out of time to repeat the process in Haytor Rise, where there have also been concerns, as the PCSOs were called to events elsewhere, but we will be out there again soon! Jackie Jackson  

Slowing down the traffic!

I talked to people during the labour leafletting campaign for Milber, College and Buckland, and one of the greatest concerns they had was about speeding traffic, especially down Twickenham Road,...

Having received on Friday, a Fascistic edict on ‘Social Media Policy’ I’m beginning  to wonder how much time (and my membership dues) is being spent at Southside on devising ways to stifle freedom of expression!

Perhaps their time might be better spent on identifying problems a bit closer to home, where Honourable and Right Honourable members, (no pun intended) persist with monotonous regularity to bring the Labour Party into disrepute with ‘Creative accounting’, Cash for Questions, tacit support for ‘scum’ terrorist/anti-Semitic organisations and the dubious hobbies of refrigerator salesmen.

I’ve been fighting Fascism for more than 50 years, back in ‘69’ outside South Africa House, I had my ‘gonads’ rearranged by the application of (several) size 12 – standard issues, I was there because it was the RIGHT THING to do, If I feel that Naming and Shaming using ANY media is the RIGHT THING to do, rest assured, I will not be deferring to a ‘Social Media Policy’.

Should any apparatchik from the fuhrerbunker (sorry about the mixed metaphor) have a problem with the above I would be only too pleased to discuss it with them face to face at the next Newton Abbot Branch meeting, providing of course that the date doesn’t clash with my Morris Dancing practice!!!

It’s been a funny week!  Another round of obfuscation from Corbyn, yet another vomit of ‘doublespeak’ from the Benn – Kinnock double act.

Does the party really have to lose 2 seats before they get the message???

Just remember folks, BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.

PRONOUNCEMENTS FROM ON HIGH!

Having received on Friday, a Fascistic edict on ‘Social Media Policy’ I’m beginning  to wonder how much time (and my membership dues) is being spent at Southside on devising ways...

Hello Newton Abbot Members and all,

I see your comment that candidates should let themselves be known!!!!! So here is a bit of information about me, Jackie Jackson, standing (hopefully) for Newton Abbot South, (Buckland, Milber and College Wards!)

I have voted labour for all of my voting life, but a year ago I became a member of the party, because I was unhappy with how the government is acting nationally, over the NHS, and social care, and over education. I hate the appalling cruelty of the effects of inflexible work assessments, and benefit cuts. I am unhappy that we have so many working people included amongst the homeless and so much child poverty, even in our beautiful area locally.

 In my previous work as a headteacher, here in Devon, I have had to take children to foodbanks, to help families who need social support, or disabled children and parents who have hit rock bottom.

Since I became interested in becoming a local councillor, I have looked at the local data and thought hard about what it means. For example, I know that whilst in Tower Hamlets child poverty levels are around 43%, (almost every other child,) even in our beautiful county of  Devon the level is still as high as 22% (1 in 5 children) and in Buckland as high as 25% (1 in 4 children).

 I want to see a labour government tackle these things and so much more! I want to see us all pull together, to stop infighting and present ourselves as a formidable force against the Tory Government – I can’t bear to think of a further term of Tory rule…

 The Devon County Council election for candidates is in May, there is a District Council Election in two years’ time, and there could be a snap general election at any moment!  If our goal is electoral success, then this is the time to start building up the party at a local and national level. It’s a time for letting constituents locally know that we exist, that we care and that we will challenge the Tory strategies, locally and nationally. We need to become a known and strong force for good in our area, by being active, and we need to regain votes from the strong liberal and conservative hold and also from more recent UKIP growth.

Locally, priorities do not always reflect those we see as important nationally. My door knocking so far has shown me that issues locally are sometimes closer to the ground – people are concerned about traffic, dog poo, potholes and brambles. They are sometimes lonely and don’t feel part of the community, or they have problems accessing services, or even knowing how to register to vote. I need, as a candidate, to start there, asking, listening, championing and being an advocate, I need, on their behalf, to challenge local government decisions, and campaign on local issues. I need to collect information and use it, both for the party and for the local people. It’s about local government, and local issues, but if I do well at this level, we are also contributing to the goal of constituency and national election success.

 In the recent months there has been a surge of new members for the labour party, but the trouble is we haven’t been successful in connecting with them locally. We need to encourage members to come together to get to know each other,  to gain some courage and hope and strength from talking and socialising with others who feel as we do, and to find out what each of us can do to help the labour party grow in this area. I feel strongly I can rally local members and encourage them to support the party at grass roots level.

 When I first joined as a member – I thought joining was enough - that I had done my bit - but I am realising that there is so much more we can do if we meet face to face; if we talk and listen, prioritise and act!

 I want to be a local Devon County Council Labour Candidate. I want to be the candidate for South Newton Abbot because I know the area well, and it’s close to home. I am aware that people think that it is an unwinnable ward, but that raises the challenge, and makes me want to try harder. Most of all I like being with and working with people. I like being part of a team, and I will work with the whole constituency team and follow their lead and their priorities, but I will work very hard in Buckland, and Milber too because I already care about, and empathise with the people I have met and talked with, and I would like to champion and support them. So I hope that you will support me, so that I can get out there and work hard for the constituency, the local people and for the labour party…

So, there you are Pete Smith, I have responded to your request on the blog! Best wishes. Jackie

Jackie Jackson

Hello Newton Abbot Members and all, I see your comment that candidates should let themselves be known!!!!! So here is a bit of information about me, Jackie Jackson, standing (hopefully)...

A short Biog. of prospective candidates here would help!!!!

CLP. DCC Elections

A short Biog. of prospective candidates here would help!!!!

Dear Fran

Sorry, can't afford it, thanks to the recommendations of Frank Field & other part time Tories on the Work & Pensions Committee, it looks likely that the Government will be removing the 'triple lock' on my pension soon............as it is scraping by on a third of the living wage isn't easy.

Never mind, I'm sure Frank will make good any shortfall in funds this causes, from his £100k+pa  index linked when he retires!

Regards

Pete Smith

1000 Club!

Dear Fran Sorry, can't afford it, thanks to the recommendations of Frank Field & other part time Tories on the Work & Pensions Committee, it looks likely that the Government...

Happy New Year to everyone in our Constituency.  We have so much to celebrate.  Before we leave 2016 behind I want to thank you.  Last year more and more people across our constituency decided to join the Labour Party and more and more of those members came forward to play an active role in supporting our efforts.  We have managed to field candidates for all of our 7 seats in the upcoming Devon County Council elections, which for us is a great achievement. We raised funds, we ran street stalls, we participated in National Campaign Days and we went door to door talking to our constituents. All of this happened because of you, so thank you.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone in our Constituency.  We have so much to celebrate.  Before we leave 2016 behind I want to thank you.  Last year more and more people... Read more

Good to see Phil and his missus making good use of the air ambulance.............All thanks to the EU I suppose..............Now that's what I call 'free movement of people'.............sad to say that things are not so rosy at Derriford Hospital, where they're still stacking pensioners 3 deep on trolleys, somewhere at the back of A & E! 

64 years since 'In place of fear'

Good to see Phil and his missus making good use of the air ambulance.............All thanks to the EU I suppose..............Now that's what I call 'free movement of people'.............sad to say...

The Annual General meetings have taken place for our CLP and it's branches and a new slate of volunteers have been elected to represent the Labour Party in our constituency for the next year.   Here are the results:

Newton Abbot Constituency Labour Party

Chair: James Osben

Secretary: Frances Taylor

Treasurer: Jane Haden

Membership: Roger King

Women's Officer: Carol Gwynne

IT Officer: Terry Bannon

Auditor: Terry Bannon

Campaign Co-ordinator: Frances Taylor

Local Campaign Forum Representatives: Jane Haden & Tanzey King

 

NACLP: Dawlish Branch

Chair: Tanzey King

Secretary: Doug Bruce

Treasurer: Frances Taylor

Membership Secretary: Roger King

NACLP: Newton Abbot and Kingsteignton Branch

Chair: James Osben

Secretary: Carol Gwynne

Treasurer: Jane Haden

NACLP: Teignmouth Branch

Chair: Peter Bailey

Vice Chair: Joanna Channell

Secretary: Malcolm Tipper

Treasurer: Ruth Warburton

Press & Media: Lorraine Kelly

 

 

 

Meet your new Newton Abbot Labour Executives

The Annual General meetings have taken place for our CLP and it's branches and a new slate of volunteers have been elected to represent the Labour Party in our constituency...

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Newton Abbot Labour's May Election Campaign kicked off in Dawlish, was in Newton Abbot last Saturday and is in Teignmouth 11.00 - 14.30 next Saturday.

Devon County Council Election Campaign May 2017

Newton Abbot Labour's May Election Campaign kicked off in Dawlish, was in Newton Abbot last Saturday and is in Teignmouth 11.00 - 14.30 next Saturday. Read more

The Dawlish stretch of railway line which is annually battered by storms may be rebuilt in a project costing millions, which could include a 400metre (1,300ft) causeway on the beach near Spray Point at Teignmouth.Dawlish clif 

 

£500m Beach Causeway

The Dawlish stretch of railway line which is annually battered by storms may be rebuilt in a project costing millions, which could include a 400metre (1,300ft) causeway on the beach... Read more

Andy Burnham

At long last, we have the true picture of crime in England and Wales and it puts the former Home Secretary’s record in a new light.

Andy Burnham responds to the publication of crime statistics

At long last, we have the true picture of crime in England and Wales and it puts the former Home Secretary’s record in a new light. Read more

John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell  speaking at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland

NO ONE LEFT BEHIND

John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor,  speaking at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland Read more

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, Emily Thornberry  

We urge everyone in Turkey, on all sides, to end the bloodshed & ensure there is no recrimination

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry,  ,  Read more

Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rebecca Long-Bailey Rebecca Long-Bailey MP responds to today’s ONS construction figures. 

Major housing crisis but housebuilding under Tories continues to decline

Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP responds to today’s ONS construction figures.  Read more

Responding this week to the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Government plans to restrict access to UK courts, Richard BurgonRichard Burgon MP Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary said 

In the last five years this Government has tried to restrict more and more people’s right to legal assistance

Responding this week to the Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Government plans to restrict access to UK courts, Richard Burgon MP Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary said  Read more

Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, John Ashworth responding to Theresa May’s new Cabinet, 

Theresa May’s appointments are completely out of kilter with her words on the steps of Downing Street

Jon Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister without Portfolio, responding to Theresa May’s new Cabinet,  Read more

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