First Mass Mobilisation Day with Tracy Brabin

The Mass Mobilisation Event for Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party with Tracy Brabin MP and candidate Hugo Fearnley

Our local election campaign got off to a flying start today with a visit by Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen and shadow early years minister.

She said Hugo Fearnley, our candidate for Scarborough and Whitby, is absolutely the type of quality MP we need in parliament, combining intelligence with a real commitment to his community.

Batley and Spen voted 63% leave, similar to Scarborough and Whitby, but she emphasised that austerity is what created this division, but we all voted for a better life and delivering that, rebalancing the economy and improving social mobility is the Labour promise.

She talked of the shocking transport problems, people stood on the train station missing exams, hospital appointments and getting fired from their zero hour contract jobs. The bus where she lives is hourly and takes an hour and ten minutes for what is a ten minute car journey.

Labour promises education from cradle to grave, providing an educated workforce for businesses, and brickies and sparkies for our radical housebuilding programme. Instead we’ve got nurseries asking parents to take in ironing and bake cakes for sale to help pay for suncream, nappies and food, and the pernicious division of babies and toddlers sitting separately, those from families who can afford a hot meal on one table and those who can’t on another.

Eton has three theatres because those parents expect a rounded education. For the rest of us, Michael Gove’s English Baccalaureate Certificates are driving out creative subjects, even as Channel 4 moves to Leeds, bringing creative jobs. We are losing the opportunity to show empathy, and it can’t be that the joy is only over there for the moneyed. Labour is committed to theatre, music and the arts.

Robert Goodwill of course was early years minister for a short while and was Brabin’s ‘oppo’, so she knows him well. “He just votes for the government, not an individual thinker.”

The Tories are heading off a cliff and they know it, but the centre ground has shifted. We’re sick of closures and we have to call it out. When people push back with ‘communist’ or ‘IRA sympathiser’, it’s fear talking. People like us will tell the truth.

Hugo Fearnley spoke of refusing to accept that Scarborough and Whitby is the low pay capital of the UK, 2,000 people on the housing waiting list, and refusing to accept teachers begging parents for money for basic provisions.

“We are going out to listen, to understand people’s concerns and bring those forward.”

He talked about the Bernie Sanders campaign in the US where 100,000 supporters contacted 75 million people and very nearly won the presidency from a standing start. The lesson from that campaign is that people are not much moved by social media, ads, or TV so much as they are when a real person like themselves has a real conversation about what’s happening. Then, something significant happens, and the rewards could not be bigger.

The room was then split into doorknocking teams and went out into Barrowcliff to meet people (and got a great reception).

Call for members to organise events

Dear Comrades

We are looking for members to organise specific events in order to raise money as well as have some fun! This can be for members only or more community orientated, big or small, relaxed or more formal.

If you are wondering about some of the events that could be organised, below are some examples:

Pub quizzes
Music gigs
Family fun day events
Community events
Fun rounders match
Cheese and wine tasting evening
Race nights
Summer BBQ
Dinner Dance
Local Historian talk
Political cinema evening
Debate Nights

So if you think you could organise one of these events, or have a completely different idea that you think would be grand, please email me at or call on 07885756605.

In Solidarity,

Alex Shaw

Boris Johnson — For the few, not the many


Boris Johnson: famously squandered £37m on failed Garden Bridge for London

Here is our analysis of what Boris Johnson had to say at the fringe of the 2018 Tory Conference. Bear with us, because this is going to be quite long. We have put some links in red to particular points in his speech. Do come back here after the sound bite. We’ve listened to it all for you, thank us and move on.

Cuts to Addiction Services Since 2010 [INFOGRAPHIC]

In this blog post by Paul Harold, he unveils his latest infographic titled “cuts to addiction services in England and Wales since 2012”. Since 2010, successive Tory Governments have aimed to save public money by cutting addiction services. Since addiction is often stigmatised, perhaps these politicians feel justified in cutting these unarguably essential services.

These cuts really started to take hold following the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This Act meant addiction services is now solely commissioned by local authorities and not the NHS.

Before 2012, long term Government investment in addiction services saw year-on-year decreases in drug-related deaths. These improvements have now been utterly wiped out.

Why is this the case? Read the rest of the addiction services cuts blog here.

Jeremy Corbyn’s 10 pledges to transform Britain

We can build a Britain that works for all of us

Labour’s aim is to rebuild and transform Britain, for the many not the few. These ten pledges set out the framework for what Labour will campaign for – and what a Labour government will do. You can help us to shape policies in these areas, and more.

Pledge 1 — Full employment

We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations, and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure and industry, backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks, we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.

We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive,
and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.


Labour Leader Steve Siddons Vows to Continue to Campaign Against the Loo Blues

“A Council that can spend £millions supporting private vanity developments but can’t spend a penny when it is needed is not putting its residents first”
Scarborough Borough Labour Group Leader, Steve Siddons, has vowed to fight on to keep all essential public conveniences open More

Labour’s plans for North Yorkshire

The elections to North Yorkshire County Council are coming up on Thursday 4th May. The Labour Party is fighting on a strong manifesto entitled “Rebuilding Community Trust” focussing on education, health and social care and economic regeneration.
A newly elected Labour Group would subscribe to the principles set out by the Cooperative Councils Network:

  • Principle 1: the Council as a strong community leader
  • Principle 2: providing services at the appropriate level, personalised and community-based
  • Principle 3: citizens and communities empowered to design and deliver services and to play an active role in their local community
  • Principle 4: public services enabling residents to engage in civil society through employment opportunities
  • Principle 5: a settlement between public services, our communities and the citizen (this is what we provide, this is what you do for yourself) underpinned by our desire for justice, fairness and responsibility
  • Principle 6: taking responsibility for services – regardless of where they are accessed or which agency delivers them
  • Principle 7: simple, joined-up and easy access to services – location and transaction; “one place to do it all”, “one form, one time to do it all” – providing visible value for money

Read more about what this means, and the rest of our manifesto here: Labour Manifesto for NYCC 2017

Labour Concern about Whitby Piers’ Repair

‘10 years too late & now local taxpayers are being asked to pay Robert Goodwill’s bill’

Scarborough Borough Labour Group is concerned not only that the Whitby Piers have been left almost 10 years since repairs were recommended but also that Borough and County taxpayers look likely to pick up a £3m+ Government shortfall for the £8m+ bill.

Whitby Labour councillor Gerald Dennett sought assurance at the March Council meeting that local taxpayers would not be left with a major bill to make up a grant shortfall, he also asked about contributions from repair “beneficiaries” who the government planned would make up the £3m difference.
Scarborough Cabinet member with harbour responsibilities, Cllr Mike Cockerill, indicated that BT had declined to contribute, and that gas, water and electricity providers had not replied to his request.
Rather than assure Cllr Dennett and local taxpayers, Cllr Cockerill confirmed that local County Council taxpayers in addition to Borough taxpayers were being asked to make up the shortfall.

Labour Group Leader Steve Siddons reminded councillors at the annual Council Budget meeting that Coastal Protection was a government duty.
“The Whitby Piers should have been repaired 10 years ago.
If they had been repaired then, Gordon Brown’s government would have paid 100% of the bill.

Instead today we are left with more than a £3m shortfall. This is Robert Goodwill’s bill not local Council Taxpayers’. The government has shamelessly abdicated their duty and the Scarborough Cabinet have meekly accepted it.

It has been the government’s job since 1949 to ensure Whitby, Scarborough and Filey don’t fall into the sea. Local councils have never had the resources for Coastal Protection and could end up bankrupt if they have to find them now.”

The Labour Group plans a follow up once the Borough Council has had a reply from local MP Robert Goodwill who was hoping to meet Under Secretary of State Therese Coffey the Minister responsible.

NHS Day of Action in Scarborough and Whitby

Labour Party members were out on the streets of Scarborough and Whitby on March 4th, supporting Unite the union’s NHS Day of Action.

Plenty of enthusiasm from the public. People really do appreciate the NHS and what our doctors and nurses do for us. Many people signed a petition in Whitby, which is still a town uncertain as to the future of its hospital. Local people of all ages were delighted to show their support, as were our visitors, including Ric Sanders, violinist in the legendary band, Fairport Convention. He and his band had had a very successful and extremely well-received gig in the Pavilion on Friday night.

Scarborough Branch’s day of action presence in the town centre was no less successful. Their straw poll asking “Is the NHS safe with this government?” produced an overwhelming No vote.
Many shoppers took the time to chat with our members, expressing their own hopes that the Labour Party would manage to defend the NHS against cuts and creeping privatisation.