EU visit for SBC councillors

IMG_1939Last week two of our councillors Eric Broadbent and Gerald Dennett joined a group of 48 Labour Party members from Yorkshire and Humber region on a trip to visit the EU led by Councillor Elizabeth Nash from Leeds. There they had the opportunity to observe EU members debating the EU budget and were delighted to see the decision made to cease subsidies to bull fighting in Spain. They later enjoyed the hospitality of the Mayor of Strasbourg’s office at a reception where they presented gifts for the mayor in the form of a shield of SBC and an engraved notepad from NYCC.

Honorary Alderman, Buggin’s Turn or a reward for failure? It’s not just “a bit of gold paint”

civic insigniaOn Friday 23 October at a special meeting of Scarborough Borough Council two gentlemen are to be admitted to be Honorary Freemen of the Borough and five people will have the title of Honorary Alderman of the Borough conferred upon them. I don’t know the two who are to become honorary freemen, but I understand that the honour recognises the work they have done for the benefit of others. To my mind, the honorary aldermen are a different kettle of fish and I shall vote against the title being conferred. There are several reasons for this, which I shall set out below. But, first of all, I must insist that this is not about personality. In the spirit of Labour’s new leader Jeremy Corbyn, this is a question of principle, not persons. I served as a school governor with one of the five candidates, but I have never even spoken to any of the other four. More

Long Sea Outfall Wheatcroft – Good news!

Since being elected as a County Councillor for the Eastfield and Tony RandersonOsgodby Division I have been aware of the problems with the Long Sea Outfall from the McCain’s Factory to the Wheatcroft Sea Area. This outfall had a number of fractures which caused obvious problems, I raised this issue on a number of occasions with Yorkshire Water and The North East Fisheries and Conservation Authority of which I am a member.

I am pleased to say that Yorkshire Water determined that this pipe would be replaced and this will be undertaken quite soon.

At the same time I also lobbied McCain to encourage them to improve their processes before discharging waste into the North Sea. More

Ryan Downes – Labour’s Future

RDownes Ryan Downes, Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party’s youngest member, may have just turned 15 but at an age when many boys’ heroes are performing on the football pitch his eyes are firmly fixed on our politicians and he’s already made his mind up about what is important to him.

“I’m for equality and fairness”, says Ryan, “and this Conservative Government doesn’t care about young people like me. I’d like to go to university but the thought of ending up with £60,000 of debt at the end is unbelievable. How would I ever pay for this?” He fears the Lib/Dems are just too ‘wishy-washy’ to be effective so Labour is his only hope. More



Northern Rail and Transpennine Express Trains put profits before passengers!

Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party members are incensed over the lies and hype around George Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse” claims.

Following the cancellation of rail electrification plans in the North, there is even more bad news for passengers and Transpennine Employees travelling from Scarborough over the Pennines. A threat to both jobs and to passenger safety comes in the form of proposals for the new Northern and Transpennine Express Rail Franchises due to start on 1st April. The franchises will be jointly managed by a new body “Rail North” – chaired by Sir Richard Leese – and comprising representatives of 29 Northern Councils / combined authorities and the Department for Transport.

Train Guards will be axed from rail services to and from Scarborough by Transpennine Express resulting in “Driver Only Trains”.

At present railway regulations guarantee that passengers in the North always have a Guard / Conductor on their train. In addition to the driver, passengers to and from our seaside resort know there will always be a highly trained guard to protect the safe operation of the train and deal with emergencies, such as fire, derailments and driver incapacity. The Guard also provides general assurance to passengers, ticket and travel advice and revenue protection. ASTONISHINGLY, THE PROPOSED RAIL FRANCHISE AGREEMENTS MEAN PASSENGERS WILL NO LONGER HAVE THIS PROTECTION.

There is also no guarantee that current ticket offices and station staffing will be retained on the new franchise. More

Trade Union Bill major threat to workers’ rights

Motion to Council 2 November 2015.

Trade Union Bill

Cllr Tony Randerson will be moving the following motion to Scarborough Borough Councils Meeting 2 November 2015.

As a major employer in the local area, this council welcomes the positive benefits that arise from the relationship that we have with recognised trade unions and believes that the relationship between employers and their employees through their collective representatives would be damaged by reducing facility time for elected representatives and by removing the ability of union members to pay union dues direct from wages. More

Corbyn win!

What a fantastic result for the Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn wins a massive 59% of the vote. I am so pleased that I nominated Jeremy and the CLP backed my nomination.

Jeremy can and will galvanise this party rather than some would have us believe it being a disastrous result.

Jeremy is a true socialist and I for one firmly believe this is why so many thousands of citizens across the country have joined the Labour Party .

Along with Tom Watson as Deputy Leader and also supported by this CLP this party can only go from strength to strength.

I am once again looking forward to the fight ahead leading up to 2020


***Family Race Night. Friday 21st August 2015***

cartoon-horseAlexandra Bowls Centre Peasholm Road Scarborough

First race 7.45pm
Tickets £3 each, includes free buffet and race card
Under 14s go free

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Come along to place your bets!
Just 50p for a ticket , cash prizes to be won

Buy a horse just £2 each , you could be a winning owner
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