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.

Fight to Save Eskdale School wins postponement of decision to close this much loved school

 

Students and parents are jubilant that NYCC has decided to postpone the decision to close Eskdale School. Watch the video to see the strength of feeling throughout the town as children, parents and supporters take to the streets of Whitby .The fight goes on!

Click through to the Whitby Gazette for the full story so far….

http://www.whitbygazette.co.uk/news/local/breaking-eskdale-consultation-put-on-hold-1-7850481

 

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

Being a Councillor – three months and still standing

It’s now almost three months since I stood on the stage at the Scarborough Spa trying not to give away my emotions at having been elected to Scarborough Borough Council. And what a time I have had. Obviously, the first thing to sort out was the perks about which the Councils’ critics love to tell us: would I get a new iPad? (no, it’s a second-hand one snatched from the hands of a defeated councillor). Will I get a car park pass? (yes, but only for use on Council business, and there are no car parks in Mayfield anyway). How much do I get paid? (well below minimum wage is the outcome so far).

My next concern: What does a Councillor actually do? More

How is it for you? What matters most?

!!!Good news!!!
The Labour Party in Scarborough and Whitby bucked the national trend at the election on 7 May.
Whitby Branch wants to  build on this success. Click below to fill in this short questionnaire and let us know what you feel matters most in Whitby and its villages. (Your responses will not be passed on to anyone else.)
www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2R86DD

On 7 May we reduced Robert Goodwill’s (Conservative) majority by 2,000 and got two Whitby councillors elected to Scarborough Borough Council to represent Mayfield (Gerald Dennett) and Streonshalh (Rob Barnett) and a further 12 in the Scarborough area . We have also gained many new members and supporters.

Rob Barnett

Rob Barnett

Gerald Dennett

Gerald Dennett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scarborough Conservatives turn their back on democracy

scrutiny challenge
Today, Scarborough Borough Council appointed members to its various committees and partnership committees. Click here to view Labour Leader Steve Siddons’s speech. I shall not go into the details here, you can find those on the Council’s website. Suffice it to say that the Conservative group, which upped its representation in the recent elections by a single seat, decided to place its people in practically every position available. The Tories even thought it appropriate to select the member for Hertford, who lives nearly 30 miles from Whitby, over Whitby Labour Councillor Gerald Dennett to represent the council on the Esk Valley Railway Development Company. What is more, it has also decided to take the chairs and vice-chairs of every single scrutiny commmittee.
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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