Anna Turley, Labour’s candidate for the Redcar constituency, recently joined local firefighters and campaigners at the Redcar leg of the Fire Brigade Union’s (FBU) ‘Ring of Fire’ tour to highlight the devastating impact the government’s austerity agenda is having on the fire and rescue service.
The 20 date tour, which stopped in Redcar on 13th September, will promote the union’s recently published report Sounding the alarm: the future of the fire and rescue service which has found funding for the service has been cut by more than 20% during this parliament, that 5000 frontline firefighter jobs have been cut and 999 emergency response times have increased significantly.
“It’s such an important issue. The cuts have had a real impact in the fire service. In Redcar we’re about to lose a quarter of our firefighters to be replaced by part-time firefighters. Redcar is one of the most industrial places in the country and we also have the highest arson rate in the country. It’s a disgrace that the Government does not value their vital service.”
Anna Turley, Labour’s candidate for the Redcar constituency, recently joined local firefighters and campaigners at the Redcar leg of the Fire Brigade Union’s (FBU) ‘Ring of Fire’ tour to highlight...
Anna Turley, Labour candidate for Redcar constituency, today (21st September 2014) welcomed Labour’s plan to raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of next Parliament.
This would mean a rise of £1.50 an hour for Teesside’s lowest paid workers worth £60 a week or £3,000 a year.
Commenting on the pledge Anna said:
“Increasing the National Minimum wage to £8 per hour will ensure that those doing a hard day’s work are rewarded fairly for doing so. It will bring the minimum wage closer to average earnings and will affect thousands of workers across the Redcar constituency.
“Day in, day out I hear from people who are working all the hours they can get, in some cases in more than one job and often with zero hours contracts, who just can't make ends meet. People who are working hard and trying to do the right thing often ask me ‘why they should bother?’
“I am delighted to hear this announcement. It shows Labour’s is on the side of those who are working hard and that a Labour Government won’t just accept a low wage economy; we will raise the national minimum wage and fight for a living wage for all.”
Anna Turley, Labour candidate for Redcar constituency, today (21st September 2014) welcomed Labour’s plan to raise the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour by the end of next Parliament....
Anna Turley, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar, has today (19th August 2014) urged the public to support a new rail campaign after it was announced rail fares for season tickets and other regulated fares are set to go up by 5.5% from January 2015.
Anna joined Action for Rail activists at Redcar Central station to talk to commuters about the latest shocking rise. The campaign is against further rail fare rises and calls for public ownership of railways. Campaigners had a presence at train stations across the country.
Next year’s huge price rises will mean that rail fares will have increased by 25 per cent under the Lib Dem and Tory Coalition (2010 to 2015). Over the same period, rail fares have risen more than twice as fast as wages.
“I was shocked, but not surprised, that rail fares have increased by 25 per cent under this coalition government. It is yet another blow to working people who are trying to make ends meet.
“David Cameron and Nick Clegg have failed to stand up for people struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, allowing train companies to hit passengers with wage-busting fare risessince 2010.
“Today, passengers on Teesside have learned their fares will rise by up to 5.5 per cent next year, potentially costing them hundreds of pounds.
“When I spoke to people at Redcar Central station this morning it’s clear they are frustrated and angry about rising prices and low quality trains. We want to encourage people to get into work but transport can be the biggest barrier.
“A Labour government will cap fares on every route and drive through the biggest reform of the railways since privatisation, delivering a better deal for passengers and taxpayers on Teesside.”
Anna Turley, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar, has today (19th August 2014) urged the public to support a new rail campaign after it was announced rail fares for season tickets and other regulated fares are...
Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley was joined by Labour’s Shadow Minister for Civil Society Lisa Nandy yesterday (21st August 2014) to meet with local young people as they refurbished the backyard of local charity Carers Together.
The young people are taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme in Redcar and Cleveland and have chosen the refurbishment as their social action project.
“These young people are great ambassadors for our area. They are breaking down negative stereotypes about people their age and showing they care about their local community and are willing to work hard to give something back. I’m so impressed with all they have achieved this summer.
Lisa Nandy commented:
“I was really impressed with the hard-work and dedication the young people showed. They’ve done a great job to support a local charity and shown pride in their local area.
“Unfortunately, youth services have been savaged under the Coalition Government, with one in three organisations that provide youth services facing closure. Today’s visit has highlighted the excellent contribution these groups make to our local community and it is essential that they are adequately funded.”
Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley was joined by Labour’s Shadow Minister for Civil Society Lisa Nandy yesterday (21st August 2014) to meet with local young people as they refurbished the backyard of...
Members of the community, who came together to fight for the future of the Regent Cinema in Redcar, after concerns were raised about its future, held a very successful community clean up on Sunday August 10th.
The event saw over twenty members of the community roll up their sleeves and get stuck into sprucing up the unique cinema interior. Redcar and Cleveland Council promised campaigners that they will renovate the exterior, including replacing the canopy, and so the team organised this event to give the inside a lift too.
Adults and children alike scrubbed, polished, mopped and dusted the much-loved venue as a sign of their appreciation to the current manager and their love of the cinema.
The event was organised by the Regent Heritage Trust – the group that came together as a result of the Save the Regent Cinema campaign which hosted a public meeting back in May. The Trust is a growing community group which aims to secure a strong future for the much-loved building on the seafront.
Local businesses showed their support for the action day too, with Tesco Distribution Centre at Teesport donating cleaning materials and raffling a television for volunteers. Other businesses such as including Sainsbury's Local, Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning of Redcar provided refreshments for volunteers and other equipment
Chair of the Trust, Natalie King said:
“We wanted give the cinema manager a helping hand with such a huge cleaning task, and to show our support for everything he does to keep the cinema thriving. We want to help get the cinema ready for its revamp, and show the community cares.”
Anna Turley, Redcar’s Labour Parliamentary Candidate who joined the team at the clean-up commented:
“Well done to the Trust for organising this event. The Regent is a wonderful building and it was great for the community to be able to play its part in keeping it at its best.”
Members of the community, who came together to fight for the future of the Regent Cinema in Redcar, after concerns were raised about its future, held a very successful community...