Ian McInnes launches campaign

Ian speaking Whitby

Ian McInnes speaking to supporters at the launch of his campaign in Whitby

Ian McInnes launched Scarborough and Whitby Labour Party’s election campaign recently with events in Whitby and Scarborough. Former Scarborough and Whitby Labour MP, Lawrie Quinn, came to town to help set the ball rolling with a spirited speech to supporters in the Seaman’s Mission. Lawrie told the audience about his first encounter with Ian at Whitby Community College in 1997, when Ian declared himself the “Labour candidate for the election”. Lawrie was taken aback by the usurper until Ian added that he meant “here in the school only”. Lawrie told us he had seen a confident young man all those years ago, and today he was confident that this young man would be our next MP.

He and Ian then led supporters (including Ketchup Robinson, below) through town to the Dock End, where a flash mob choir recruited from the Whitby Community Choir and led by Rebecca Gross greeted and entertained the crowd with “We’ll Have a May Day” and “The Internationale”. Ian spoke about the town around us and all the things that need fixing. He reminded us that “austerity” is not the only way and that a Labour government and a Labour Scarborough Council will

  • abolish zero hours contracts
  • repeal the act allowing privatization of Whitby Hospital
  • restore public services
  • repair the harbour
Ketchup Robinson was also in attendance

Ketchup Robinson was also in attendance

Supporters from the Fire Brigade Union arrived as promised, but only at the end of affairs, as they had been busy on a shout!

After Whitby, Ian and Lawrie went to Scarborough, where they spoke again to supporters at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

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Labour selects former Whitby & Scarborough student as General Election candidate

Ian McInnesFormer Whitby Community College and Yorkshire Coast College student Ian McInnes has been selected as Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for next year’s General Election.

Ian, formerly an outdoor pursuits executive organising events throughout the UK, plans to replace local Tory MP Robert Goodwill in the May 2015 General Election and become Labour’s second ever MP for the constituency

Ian was a pupil at Lealholm Primary School, Eskdale School and Whitby Community College. At the time of the historic election of Labour’s first MP for Whitby in 1997 he was Labour candidate in the Community College’s mock election. Ian later went on to Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough. More

Big Fat Lie Exposed!

Former Cabinet Minister Alan Johnson joined Scarborough & Whitby Labour Parliamentary Candidate Ian McInnes’ at Local Industry, Jobs & Services Consultation Event-

(AND to “Nail the big fat lie”)

Representatives of local private and public industries & services had a chance to feed their concerns to local Labour Candidate Ian McInnes and former Cabinet Minister Alan Johnson at a consultation event this week (Saturday 18th April) at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

The future of local Tourism, Manufacturing, Health, Caring, Entertainment, Farming, Fishing, Education, Mining, future Offshore Industries and Public & Private Sector Services are all to be covered in a local Economy and Services fact finding session organised by Labour’s Ian McInnes.

DSC_0880Ian McInnes said,
“I’m campaigning for a real change so we can use the incredible local assets and collective potential we have here on the coast. To do this we have to enable and encourage local people, businesses and government to work together as never before.”

“I grew up here and know the key to our future is better jobs and prospects. The Coast and Moors are being short changed with low wage jobs and in-work poverty.

The Scarborough and Whitby area is full of people of all ages with skills, motivation and real passion but many don’t realise their full potential and many move away because of limited opportunity here.” More

Let’s draw a line in ‘The Sands’

Labour wants town centre regeneration now Following the Planning Committee rejection of a plan by Benchmark to build a multi-screen cinema on the site of the former Atlantis Water Park, the Scarborough Borough Council Labour Group called for a re-think on the proposal in favour of a town centre location.

north st car park Cllr Steve Siddons who led the vote against the Cinema in the North Bay said, “The Local Plan and National Planning Policy says that developments such as a Multi-Screen Cinema should be built in the town centre rather than on an out of town location.” More

Workers’ Memorial Day – 28 April

Dear All,
Once again I hope to arrange a suitable service on 28 April to commemorate workers who have lost their lives in their respective workplaces. I would hope that once again we can commemorate this in the Town Hall Gardens alongside the tree planted last year to lay wreaths with a short service hopefully by the vicar of St Mary’s Church.
Clearly I would wish for the Mayor and her consort to be guests and hope this date is still free for them to attend.

I would expect this service to commence at either 10am or 11am on 28 April. Could the various organisations please let me know if they intend to bring wreaths to lay, have Standard Bearers attend and if their representatives wish to say a few words during the service.

Any financial help from the Trade Unions or other organisations would also be most welcome to cover the costs of refreshments for attendees after the service in the Town Hall. 

Kind Regards,

Tony Randerson,
Labour Councillor
Eastfield Ward
32 Ashville Avenue
North Yorkshire
YO12 7NF



Whitby folk queue up to sign NHS petition

What a great time we had in Baxtergate with our petition against privatisation of the NHS with our prospective parliamentary candidate, Ian McInnes. Easiest appeal ever. So many stories and so many signatures from so many people working for and using the NHS, all of whom were agreed that privatisation of Whitby Hospital would be a serious mistake. We don’t want another Hinchingbrooke in Whitby. See More on the Your Whitby Facebook page.

At the beginning of March we submitted a petition to Parliament, calling on the Secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt MP, to make an emergency intervention…

Labour Councillors propose cut to number of councillors in North Yorkshire

In their first policy announcement of the new year prior to local elections in May, Scarborough Borough Council Labour Group has called for a reduction in the number of councillors representing the borough’s area from 64 to 28. This would be part of a radical shake-up of local councils, by creating one council providing all services instead of the present two – North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council. In the Borough Council area there are currently 50 Borough Councillors and 14 County Councillors. More