Labour Campaigning to Win in European Election

Campaigning efforts leading up to the European election  on  22 May have been boosted in recent weeks following visits from the region’s candidates for the European Parliament.
Linda MacAvan

Linda McAvan MEP visited Scarborough and Whitby last month to brief members on the European Campaign before taking to the streets in Scarborough town centre.

Darren Phone bank

Just last week Darren Hughes spent the afternoon with the Labour team on a whistle-stop tour of target wards.

Darren & Josh Eastfield



And over the last month Labour’s campaign team has knocked on hundreds of doors; delivered thousands of leaflets and contacted voters by phone and email. More

Planning for a better Borough

Scarborough Borough Council’s Labour group of councillors has agreed to start work on a set of policies to take to the public in next year’s borough council elections. The first stage of drawing up a manifesto will involve a six month consultation period ending after the Labour Party conference in September. Labour councillors are seeking the views of local communities, businesses, and voluntary groups as well as party members and others in drawing up their plans. They aim to be as inclusive as possible. More

Yorkshire MEP Welcomes £600k EU Cash Boost for Scarborough Business

Yorkshire’s Labour MEP welcomes recent EU funding boost for Scarborough manufacturer, Bluebird Vehicles.

Linda McAvan MEP has hailed a £600,000 cash injection in a local Scarborough business as a vote of confidence in the town’s manufacturing sector.

Scarborough-based Bluebird Vehicles, which produces accessible minibuses, earlier this month received a funding increase from Finance Yorkshire to help it continue to compete as the UK’s leading producer of this type of vehicle. More

Labour councillor secures new bus service for Eastfield

Tony Randerson

Cllr Tony Randerson, NYCC Eastfield and Osgodby

A new Bus Service that Eastfield Residents had been asking for has been agreed following talks between Labour County Councillor Tony Randerson and Shoreline Suncruiser Buses.

The new 777 Service will begin on Thursday 3 April between Scarborough and Eastfield. More

Eric receives award from TUC

Councillor Eric Broadbent receives award from TUC - March 2014

Councillor Eric Broadbent receives award from TUC – March 2014

Last weekend Eric Broadbent, SBC and NYCC Councillor, was one of 400 delegates who attended the Yorkshire and Humber Region TUC AGM conference 22-23 March at Sheffield Town Hall. He was invited in his capacity as Secretary of Scarborough and District TUC. During the conference, three awards were given to local Councillors for  outstanding services in their constituencies and in their communities.

Eric was both surprised and honoured to hear his name called out as one of the three people to receive an award – a lovely framed certificate - and thanked the conference warmly for this award.


Local Labour to host ‘Campaigning to Win’ Conference

Labour Campaign Targets Scarborough Borough Council and Scarborough and Whitby Westminster Seat

Local Labour councillors, members and supporters, boosted by recent Borough by-election victories and polls showing growing support since 2010, will meet this weekend to plan for the trio of elections over the next 15 months.

LindaMacAvanCouncillors from across Yorkshire and the Humber, together with Yorkshire Labour  MEP Linda McAvan, will speak to future candidates and campaigners about campaigning at an event in Scarborough on Saturday 29th March.

Councillor Eric Broadbent, Leader of the Labour Group at Scarborough Borough Council said,

“This conference is the start of our planning to build on our successes and prove that we are a strong campaigning force that can deliver change to Scarborough & Whitby with our best ever European election campaign this year and the best candidates for a Labour Council and a Labour MP in 2015. More

Scarborough Walk-in Health Centre – threatened closure

For the last four weeks I have been gathering signatures on a petition to keep Scarborough’s Castle walk-in health centre open.

From left to right: Sarah Forsyth, Dr Phil Garnett, Simon Cox and Cllr Colin Challen.

From left to right: Sarah Forsyth, Dr Phil Garnett, Simon Cox and Cllr Colin Challen.

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to close it in October this year and open something else up – they won’t say precisely what or where – in April 2015. This is in the name of improving urgent care services. But since it opened in 2009 the Castle centre has proved very successful, and this has been borne out by the number of people wanting to show their support for it. Combined with Facebook ‘likes’, the petition has attracted getting on for 2,500 supporters. People have told me how essential the centre has been to them. One man told me how he thought it had saved his elderly neighbour’s life – a woman who felt that she could not wait till Monday to see her GP when she felt ill. It was a Saturday, so her neighbour took her to the walk-in service, who immediately referred her to the hospital for a life threatening condition.  More

What price public health?

Recently I wrote to Don McKenzie (portfolio holder with responsibility for public health) at North Yorkshire County Council) because of concerns that had been raised with me cinder trackby members of a local community group – ‘Friends of the Old Railway’. I play a very small part in the organisation giving what support I can, to a dedicated group of people trying to protect and promote this wonderful community asset, the Cinder Track, that stretches along the coast from Scarborough to Whitby. The route provides fantastic access to our dramatic coastline and the North York Moors National Park; as well as providing a safe off-road route for pedestrians and cyclists in the urban sections at either end. I am also a member of the North York Moors National Park Authority, which recognises the strategic importance of this asset and we were very disappointed when our £5m bid to Government to improve cycling infrastructure in our National Park was unsuccessful. Well over a 1000 trips per day are made along the Cinder Track in urban Scarborough; some for recreational purposes but most simply as a way of getting about. The route is strategically important for many reasons but specifically in relation to tourism and in the promotion of North Yorkshire County Council’s Public Health agenda. The bid included £2m to bring the track surface up to a decent condition and emphasised the benefits that improving the track would bring not only to sustainable tourism and a cleaner environment but also to public health, by encouraging everyday physical activity. More

Council and Parkol express frustration with Whitby Gazette Eskside Wharf article

Parkol Boatyard

Councillor Tina Davy, Labour Councillor for Streonshalh, is fully aware of how vital Parkol is to Whitby’s economy and image. She has looked carefully into the matter and unlike the alarmist reaction of our MP Robert Goodwill quoted in last week’s Whitby Gazette is pleased to report,


Cllr Tina Davy, SBC, Streonshalh

“I am very relieved to have confirmation from the Council and Parkol that the situation is not as dire as that portrayed in the Whitby Gazette last week. It is reassuring to know that the Council is working with Parkol to find a solution to the problem at Eskside Wharf”.Tina wants residents and employees of Parkol to know that she will keep a close eye on the situation and report on any developments.

SBC News Release issued 13 March 2014

Whitby boatbuilding company, Parkol Marine Engineering and Scarborough Borough Council have joined forces to express their disappointment and frustration with the article about the town’s EsksideWharf, which was featured in the Whitby Gazette on Friday 7 March.  More

Bob Crow 1961-2014

Bob CrowI had the pleasure of meeting Bob Crow very fleetingly on a couple of occasions during my period of office as a Trade Union Official. I was actually a member of the old National Union of Seaman that eventually merged into the RMT. This was during my time as a Marine Engineer with BP Tankers in the late ’60s and ’70s.

Bob Crow was a very influential General Secretary with his members the top of his priorities. He always spoke from the heart irrespective of the views of those that disagreed with his policies. He increased the membership of his union from around 60,000 to 80,000 members so clearly the members were agreed that he was doing the job he was elected to undertake. More