Local councillor selected as Labour candidate for the General Election

Eric Broadbent

Eric Broadbent

Scarborough councillor and former Mayor, Eric Broadbent, has been selected as the Labour candidate for Scarborough and Whitby for the General Election on the 8th June.
Mr Broadbent attended Northstead and Friarage County Modern Schools, before being taken on as an apprentice coach-builder with Plaxtons. Married with three grown up children, Eric has been a local councillor for over 20 years and has previously served as Mayor of Scarborough.
He is currently Borough Councillor for Scarborough Central Ward, County Councillor for Northstead Division and leader of the Labour group on North Yorkshire County Council.
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Four year freeze would hit residents hard

Members of the Labour Group on Scarborough Borough Council will support a recommendation to increase council tax by 1.94% at a meeting of the local authority on Friday. sbro_town_hall
Labour leader, Eric Broadbent says the implications for accepting a council tax freeze for a fourth year in a row will have damaging consequences for residents.
Cllr Broadbent said: “Across the country local authorities, including Tory controlled councils are having to make tough spending decisions because of the unnecessary and unwanted austerity measures being forced on local people by Central Government who seem hell bent on the eradication of public services. There can’t be many people in the Borough who really believe that ‘we’re all in it together.’ More

Labour Group votes to protect public services

MEMBERS of North Yorkshire County Council Labour Group will support plans to raise council tax by almost 2% at a meeting of the local authority on Wednesday 19 February.

Eric_BroadbentHowever, Eric Broadbent, Leader of the group says the decision does not imply wholesale support of the council’s financial strategy.

Cllr Broadbent said: “Local Authorities across the country, including Labour controlled councils, are having to take some very tough spending decisions because of the swingeing cuts being imposed by Central Government.

“These damaging cuts have seen a reduction in the Council’s budget of more than 30% since 2011, frontline services will be affected with the inevitable consequence that savings of this magnitude will impact most on those who are most vulnerable. More

Cautious Thumbs up for Sports Village

Members of the Labour Group on Scarborough Council have welcomed a decision to push ahead with proposals to develop a sports village in the Town; despite having serious concerns about the way in which the scheme is being managed. More

Councillor Broadbent calls in decision on Park and Ride

park and rideThe call in against the decision of the Yorkshire Coast and Moors special meeting on  19 September, to implement the Whitby Park and Ride will now be heard at County Hall on 9 October. 

Eric_BroadbentAs leader of the Labour Group I called the decision in as our Councillors were against the scheme being implemented as we felt the there were still many questions to be answered about the present viability of the scheme, issues that local residents had raised that if not addressed could adversely affect residents, visitors and local businesses. More

Public Outrage As Tories Ignore The Views of Whitby People

park and rideAfter a hard fought community campaign led by Whitby & District Labour Party, local residents and businesses were ignored when Conservative Councillors forced through a ream of parking control measures that jeopardize the future of Whitby.

In a heated debate at the Coast and Moors Area Committee meeting on Thursday 19th September, hundreds of community members made clear their opposition to an ill-considered parking scheme that threatens to kill off the economic development of the seaside town. More

NYCC – Labour Group back where it belongs

ERICToday at County Hall the successful Labour Candidates in the May 2013 North Yorkshire County Council election took their seats – the seven of us, four from Scarborough and three from Selby were enormously pleased to be back where we had worked so hard to be.

There was it has to be said a view that there should be more of  our Labour comrades sitting with us, as the public rightfully showed that they were fed up that their views were not being represented by the past Tory/ Lib Dem/ Independent Councillors on North Yorkshire County Council and wanted the Labour voice back to articulate their hopes, wishes and views at County Hall..

Our Labour Councillors will now give those disenchanted voters a platform they can turn to, and make their views known with confidence that our Labour  Group will do their utmost to promote their wishes,

Best regards

Eric Broadbent,  Labour Group Leader on. North Yorkshire County  Council,

Councillor Eric Broadbent, Labour Central Ward Councillor.