A debate on tax avoidance at the next meeting of Scarborough Borough Council has been prevented on the grounds that a Labour Group motion was allegedly not submitted in time and besides did not deal with something to do with the budget or was within the council’s ‘policy framework.’ This is despite the motion calling for a fairer funding regime for local government. More
The Government is ecstatic. Employment figures are high, unemployment is decreasing. Economists have been scratching their heads, seeking an explanation as to how this can possibly be the case when we are still suffering the after- effects of a bad recession. For the Government, there is no question that things are ticketyboo, and so concern about employment may be assigned to the back burner.
I don’t go along with this complacent attitude. More
Should millionaire MP Robert Goodwill show integrity and back his leader’s call for sanctions by selling his shares in Russian companies? More
I would like to take this opportunity to let members and supporters know that I have been nominated by my fellow Labour MEPs to be the next chair of the European Parliament’s International Development Committee. More
Persistence rewarded for Cllr Tony Randerson
I have raised the poor condition of the Long Sea Outfall that is used only by the McCains plant in Eastfield on a number of occasions with The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority of which I am a member via North Yorkshire County Council.\
Local fishermen and the surfing fraternity have voiced their concerns about effluent being discharged because of fractures to this pipe, which has been in place for some 17 years.
I was finally invited to attend a meeting on 20 June in York to hear Yorkshire Water’s plans for this outfall which was attended by officers from the Environment Agency, Scarborough Borough Council, McCains and of course Yorkshire Water. I am delighted to say that Yorkshire Water has now agreed funding to rectify this long- standing hazard. More
At the Annual Meeting of North Yorkshire County Council which took place at County Hall Northallerton I am delighted to say that my motion on behalf of the Labour Group on NYCC was accepted by the Executive and passed by the Full Council.
This was particularly pleasing for me as a recently retired Regional Officer representing Unite the Union Members in Yorkshire and Humberside, where I had come into contact with Blacklisted members.
The U.K Government defines Blacklisting as, “the systematic compilation of information on individual Trade Unionists and their use by employers and recruiters to discriminate against those individuals because of their Trade Union membership or because of their involvement in Trade Union Activity”.
My motion to County Council stated that “The Blacklisting of individuals is a morally indefensible practice and that cases are being taken to employment tribunals on a very wide range of legal points, which include defamation, breaches of the data act and conspiracy “. More
Hull University wants to step up a notch or two in the league tables – perhaps it wants to be seen as an equal of the “Russell Group” of universities. Nothing exceptional about that, of course – it’s an ambition worth supporting. In a period of high tuition fees and the removal of caps on student numbers, the higher education sector is being marketised relentlessly. Students are getting picky about who should be paid to deliver their £9,000 courses. But should Hull’s decision automatically mean it has to withdraw from its Scarborough campus? They say yes, because they want to raise the academic entry tariff for students and they say Scarborough doesn’t fit the new criteria. More
Workers’ Memorial Day is held on 28 April every year, all over the world workers and their representatives conduct events, demonstrations, vigils and a whole host of other activities to mark the day.
I intend to seek support from both North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council to commemorate The Workers Memorial Day which is Officially recognised by our Government and indeed Internationally throughout the World. The whole purpose of this day has always been to ‘remember the dead’. More
Later this month, elections to the European Parliament will be held in all member states of the European Union (EU). The date for elections to the European Parliament in the United Kingdom will be Thursday 22 May 2014. This will mark the eighth Europe-wide election to the European Parliament since the first direct elections in 1979. There are currently 13 Labour MEPs in Europe and 70 Labour candidates will be entered for the election in 2014.
The Labour Group of councillors on Scarborough Borough Council has elected a new leadership team.
Cllr. Colin Challen has replaced Cllr Eric Broadbent as Leader and Cllr. Tina Davy has taken up Colin’s former position as Deputy Leader.
Colin said: “This is a great challenge as we head towards all out elections on the same day as the General Election next year. The growth in Labour’s support in recent years has taken the group from just two members to nine today, and we have become the effective opposition in the council chamber. Now we will be developing our ideas for how we think the Council should be run. I am very keen that we listen to what residents think, and to find ways of becoming more responsive, at a time when councils are expected to do more with less income. Ordinary people need a voice and to be represented forcefully when the Tory-led government is so intent on damaging local services.” More