Pay the real living wage

Dear Comrades,

Thanks to your financial contributions that have been coming in we will be able to launch a campaign next month regarding securing higher wages for the people of Scarborough, Whitby and the surrounding areas. Currently we are the low wage capital of Britain (our mean employee salary stands currently at £19,925, compared to £28,442 for Britain as a whole), and this is something we must and will change. Currently the Tories plan to change this through the magic of trickle down economics (a strategy that has been proven to be at best completely ineffective), rather than an industrial and educational strategy that will create the high paid and high skilled jobs for our constituency that we so desperately need.

For this campaign we will be campaigning with leaflets and on social media.

As well as distributing these leaflets and knocking on doors, the dates for your diaries are Saturday 4th November (12 noon outside the Brunswick Shopping Centre) where we will be holding a stall in order to collect signatures for a petition to put pressure on Scarborough Borough Council to pay all their staff the real living wage as well as making it a preferred criteria in the Council’s procurement process, so that they set an example of what we want all workers in Scarborough, Whitby and the surrounding areas to be paid. This will be followed on Monday 6th November with a demo outside the council offices, starting again at 12 noon. After this we will be handing out leaflets for distribution, so if you can help with that please get in touch.

We realise that not everyone is able to or would want to have a direct involvement with campaigning, but financial support is always needed. This will help us expand our campaigns and reach everyone in our constituency.

As little as a pound per month will make a big difference if all our local members contribute, so please give what you can! The best way to do this is to create a standing order to the following details:

Name: Scarborough & Whitby Labour Party
Sort code: 30-97-43
Account Number: 00426707

It is also possible to pay via the Labour website, just click on the link below and follow the instructions:

https://donate.labour.org.uk/scarborough_and_whitby/1

Alternatively you can send a cheque (made payable to Scarborough & Whitby Labour Party) to my home address (call me and ask).

Also, you can join the Labour Party 200 Club; for just £1 per number per month, you can be in with the chance of winning a cash prize (currently £30). The easiest way to pay is by standing order to the following details:

Name: Scarborough & Whitby Constituency Labour Party 200 Club
Sort code: 40-40-22
Account Number: 61343289

Don’t forget you can help us raise funds for free when you shop online by using easyfundraising. Simply join easyfundraising and then you can collect free donations for us every time you buy something online, and it won’t cost you a penny extra. Just visit the following web address on how to do this:

https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/swlp/

Scarborough & Whitby is now in the top 50 seats regarding how close we are to the Conservatives, and as we need to win about 60 seats at the next election for an overall majority, it’s vital we win in our constituency if we are going to have a Corbyn led government after the next election (whenever that maybe). This means we must continue to build on the momentum that we currently have.

If you wish to contact me for more information regarding financial matters or the 200 club, please feel free at: treasurer@labour4scarboroughandwhitby.net or on 07885 756605. Please let me know if you have set up a standing order for the 200 club.

In Solidarity,

Alex Shaw
S&W CLP Treasurer
Tel: 07885756605

Labour walk out of Council meeting over row on democracy

4 July 2017
Some members of the Labour Group walked out of the full Council meeting on 3 July in protest over the lack of democracy and free speech following the Vote of No Confidence meeting the previous week (26 June) in which most councillors were denied the opportunity to speak in the debate.
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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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Jeremy Corbyn’s 10 pledges to transform Britain

We can build a Britain that works for all of us

Labour’s aim is to rebuild and transform Britain, for the many not the few. These ten pledges set out the framework for what Labour will campaign for – and what a Labour government will do. You can help us to shape policies in these areas, and more.

Pledge 1 — Full employment

We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations, and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure and industry, backed up by a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks, we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy to ensure that no one and no community is left behind.

We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allow good businesses to thrive,
and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.

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NHS Day of Action in Scarborough and Whitby

Labour Party members were out on the streets of Scarborough and Whitby on March 4th, supporting Unite the union’s NHS Day of Action.

Plenty of enthusiasm from the public. People really do appreciate the NHS and what our doctors and nurses do for us. Many people signed a petition in Whitby, which is still a town uncertain as to the future of its hospital. Local people of all ages were delighted to show their support, as were our visitors, including Ric Sanders, violinist in the legendary band, Fairport Convention. He and his band had had a very successful and extremely well-received gig in the Pavilion on Friday night.

Scarborough Branch’s day of action presence in the town centre was no less successful. Their straw poll asking “Is the NHS safe with this government?” produced an overwhelming No vote.
Many shoppers took the time to chat with our members, expressing their own hopes that the Labour Party would manage to defend the NHS against cuts and creeping privatisation.

Labour forces postponement of Council decision

Following a demand from the Labour Group, the Conservative administration has removed the Budget papers from the meeting agenda at Full Council on Friday.
Labour Group Leader, Steve Siddons explained. ‘Members of the Council and the Public have only just been provided with the papers despite their importance. Debating this budget with less than the statutory 5 days provision of the detail of the budget is unacceptable. The Council could have found itself in the position of potentially being challenged about the legality of setting the Budget.
I am pleased to note that, after speaking to the Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Helen Mallory that she agreed with the Labour Group and has withdrawn the agenda item
This provides the public and Councillors with more time to scrutinise the detail and is in the interest of the Council conducting business in an open and transparent manner which is a fundamental principle for the Labour Group”

Labour Group “has no confidence in SBC Leader and Cabinet


Cllr Steve Siddons, Labour leader, Scarborough Borough Council

The Labour Group has no confidence that the Scarborough Cabinet is running the Borough in the best interest of local residents.

Labour Leader, Steve Siddons said, “Following the Whexit and Fexit votes at Whitby and Filey Town councils, and the Public petition, we’d welcome a real change of Leader and Cabinet, but not another ‘Buggin’s turn’ Leader from the Conservative Caucus continuing ‘business as usual’.”

Local residents have been let down with a series of failings and blunders by the Conservative-led Council over recent years. The list is endless but includes poor spending decisions, lack of vision for the development of the Borough and its people, Benchmark, the Futurist, Town Centre Cinema, Tourist Information Centres, Harbour Management, Whitby Piers, Whistleblower cover up and the scandal of the illegal Marine Drive fiasco but most of all, a complete lack of transparency and open governance.
Past votes of ‘No Confidence’ have been ineffective because of the loyalty of Conservative councillors to their own. Embattled Leaders have stayed in place and later have been replaced from the same Conservative inner circle.

The Opposition dilemma is that the Council majority is held by twenty five Conservative councillors plus the two independent councillors the Leader has put on the Cabinet payroll to ensure their loyalty, ie total 27. The opposition Groups’ councillor total, even if they vote together, is a maximum of 23.

Until enough members of the Conservative Group INDICATE THAT THEY are willing to vote against their Caucus and support a Leader that will take the Borough in a new better direction any move of ‘No Confidence’ is premature and an empty gesture.

What the people of the Borough need is for Tory party councillors to be led by their consciences and do what’s best for the Borough.

Select a new Leader and Cabinet for a fresh approach that puts accountability and transparency at the heart of the council.

Only then will the residents of this Borough get a Council they deserve.

“Council Leader Bastiman Has ‘Jumped the Gun’ on Futurist Demolition”

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says the Labour Group on Scarborough Borough Council

The Labour Group has accused the Conservative Council Leader of taking the Council for granted and being premature with his statement saying “there’s an agreement that the Futurist will be demolished”.

The Labour Group has also reminded the Leader of his promise that before a ‘crunch’ January decision, councillors would have enough information and time to allow them and their constituents to fully consider the Futurist site redevelopment proposals.

There has been no Council decision to demolish the Futurist- there was a decision to budget ‘£4 million for the Futurist redevelopment’.
Councillor Bastiman can’t take January’s Council or its vote for granted. Like most people in the Borough, the Labour Group is not clear what is best or achievable. We need to see the full proposal for this redevelopment and what else it leads to, and fully scrutinise it before we decide to support or oppose it. As important as the demolition decision is, there are even bigger implications. Scarborough taxpayers need assurance that their investment is not just the start of another expensive project that brings little return to the Borough or its people.

Futurist Theatre, then and now
Futurist Theatre, then and now. But what does the future hold?

 

Key Council funding from central government is disappearing over the next four years. Without pertinent questioning of every spending decision together with innovative thinking about future projects, the Borough and the council taxpayer will suffer. The old methods won’t work, we can’t afford any mistakes.
Scarborough, Whitby and Filey’s coast, their Town Centres and their Harbours are our key assets. Decision making on their future, at the last minute and after eleventh hour proposals, a common Scarborough Borough practice, is now unacceptable, as is bluster and coercion.
I suggested to the Council Leader at the last Council that the public’s confidence in this project depends on openness, timely information and proper scrutiny of this proposal. Despite his assurance then, his new statement suggests a return to old, closed and unacceptable decision making.
We warn, without timely and full open information and debate, the Labour Group will not be in a position to support a proposal. Last February the £4m budget for redevelopment was only supported by the Conservatives and their two supporting “independent” Cabinet members, the rest of the Council voted against. We understand several Conservative Group members share our concerns about the decision we have to take on January 9th.

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