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Redcar's local Labour candidate Anna Turley has today (Wednesday 16th July 2014) raised concerns with Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Chief Executive Amanda Skelton over cuts made to front-line neighbourhood services.

In her letter, Anna Turley has asked that a review be undertaken into the impact of the Council's Shaping Our Future restructure on the delivery of local environmental services that include grass cutting, weed removal, litter and fly-tipping. 

Anna said:
“I am deeply concerned that due to Lib Dem and Tory cuts to local funding the council has been forced to undertake a restructure, and as a result local street service have have hugely deteriorated. Weeds are rampant, land that used to be mowed is now left wild, and neighbourhood officers, who do such a crucial job in responding to street issues, now seem few and far between.

“A lot of investment went into making our streets cleaner, greener and safer before this government got in. Now our streets have been left to deteriorate and local people are rightly angry. 

“The council has had a third of its budget cut, when other areas in the country have seen an increase, and we are now seeing the impact of this in our local community in the shape of weeds, pot holes and fly-tipping. Under this Lib Dem and Tory government, the only thing not getting cut is the grass!”

Local Labour councillors have demanded that the changes to neighbourhood services, brought about by Governnment cuts, are discussed at Executive Scrutiny to assess their impact.

Christopher Massey, Labour Councillor for Eston and Cabinet Member for Environment and Rural Affairs said:
“The Council continues to do its absolute best to mitigate the impact of the Coalition Government's cuts to our budgets. We have safeguarded our front-line environmental services and have recently added an extra 15 clean and green operatives across the Borough, however we have been forced to lose many managerial staff in our restructure. In addition, we have recently appointed upwards of 20 new apprentices to the Clean and Green service to aid service delivery and to provide great on-the-job training and qualifications to the young people of the Borough.

“This summer has seen a particularly high level of rain, followed by high temperatures, meaning grass and weeds have grown quickly as result.

“I am confident that, as the structural changes to our staffing bed-in and our new members of staff become acclimated with our procedures, we will going forward – despite savage Government cuts to our budget - endeavour to deliver the same quality of service in environmental operations as we always have.”

Anna Slams Cuts to Neighbourhood Services

Redcar's local Labour candidate Anna Turley has today (Wednesday 16th July 2014) raised concerns with Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Chief Executive Amanda Skelton over cuts made to front-line neighbourhood services....

Anna Turley, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar, today pledged to outlaw discrimination against, and abuse of members of the Armed Forces, should she be the MP for Redcar next year. Speaking on Armed Forces Day, she said:

“Today the people of Redcar will gather to recognise, remember and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the British Armed Forces community. I am really proud to join them in paying my respects.

“Our Service personnel work around the world in some of the most dangerous situations to defend Britain’s interests and national security. Just like those before them, they do so with unequivocal commitment, enduring professionalism and resolute courage.

“But the sacrifice associated with military life is rarely endured alone – we must not forget the impact on the friends and families of those who serve too. They provide invaluable support to loved ones away from home and the contribution they make to local communities should never be underestimated.

“Labour is proud of Britain’s Armed Forces and we believe they deserve to be treated with the utmost respect. That is why Labour has pledged to outlaw discrimination against and abuse of members of the Armed Forces in the first year of a Labour Government. We are also committed to providing better support for veterans and those currently serving, along with those making the transition from military to civilian life.”

Anna pledges to outlaw abuse of Armed Forces

Anna Turley, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Redcar, today pledged to outlaw discrimination against, and abuse of members of the Armed Forces, should she be the MP for Redcar next year....

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With just 320 days to the next General Election, Labour stepped up its campaign in Redcar on Saturday (21 June 2014) when it opened its new Campaign HQ in the town.
Labour Shadow Energy Secretary, Caroline Flint cut the ribbon at Labour Party candidate Anna Turley’s new Campaign Office on Millbank Terrace in Redcar’s Town Centre.
 
Redcar is one of Labour’s key target seats at the next General Election due to take place in May 2015.
 
Speaking at the opening, Anna Turley said:
“Over the last few years I’ve knocked on over 15,000 doors across the constituency to talk to local people and make sure Labour is listening. Opening this Campaign Office is the next stage of my campaign. I want to be accessible to local people, support them if they need assistance, and I also want encourage others to join me in my campaign to fight back on behalf of the people of Redcar.”
 
Caroline Flint MP said:
“It was a real pleasure to visit Redcar again and to open Anna’s new office in the centre of the town. The first time I campaigned in Redcar we were up to our knees in snow, the last time it was raining non-stop, so it’s great to see the town at its sunny best.
 
“The Labour Party wants all our candidates rooted in the community and that’s what this office will help Anna do.
 
“We have just under a year to the election and Labour will not be taking any votes for granted. Anna and her team will be out across the constituency knocking on doors, listening and taking action.”

Anna steps up campaign for Redcar

With just 320 days to the next General Election, Labour stepped up its campaign in Redcar on Saturday (21 June 2014) when it opened its new Campaign HQ in the town.

Labour Candidate for Redcar Anna Turley today (18th June 2014) accused the Government of losing control of NHS finances as reports indicate Trusts will be in deficit this year for the first time since the General Election.

A new analysis published by Labour shows that:

  • More than 1 in 3 acute Trusts (58) are currently in deficit for 2013-14 – compared to just 1 in 10 (16) at the time of the last General Election.
  • There has been a marked worsening of NHS finances in the last year.Two thirds of hospitals that have gone into the red since the election (27 out of 42) have done so in the last financial year.
  • South Tees NHS Hospital Trust has a deficit of £4.9m

The figures, obtained from Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and the House of Commons Library, show NHS finances have gone backwards in every English region since the General Election. The worst deterioration has been in the East of England, London, the East Midlands and the West Midlands.

Labour’s analysis comes as reports suggest Ministers are putting emergency money into an unprecedented summer crisis in A&E and to tackle the growing backlog of operations.

Anna Turley said:
“David Cameron promised that he would protect the NHS. Instead, the disastrous reorganisation, supported by Redcar’s Lib Dem MP, has thrown the NHS into chaos.

“Patient care is going backwards as more people are forced to wait longer in A&E, cancelled operations are at their highest for a decade and waits for vital cancer tests and treatments are increasing too. 

“We now know that the Government has also lost grip of the NHS’s finances. A third of hospitals are reporting deficits, putting patient care at even greater risk in future, including our own South Tees NHS Hospital Trust. The fact that Ministers are being forced to put more money in to tackle a summer crisis in A&E and the growing backlog of operations shows how desperate the situation now is.

“Forcing through a £3 billion back-room reorganisation when the NHS faces the biggest financial challenge of its life was David Cameron’s single biggest mistake on the NHS, and it is patients here on Teesside who are suffering as a result.”

NHS Trusts head into the red for the first time since General Election, including South Tees Hospitals Trust

Labour Candidate for Redcar Anna Turley today (18th June 2014) accused the Government of losing control of NHS finances as reports indicate Trusts will be in deficit this year for...

Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop and Anna Turley, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Redcar, have today (17th June 2014) called on Teesside’s Coalition MP’s, Ian Swales and James Wharton, to ‘use their vote to get tough on knife crime’.

Their comments came ahead of votes on amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill on knife crime later today.

Tom said:
“Tough action must be taking to deal with the scourge of knife crime. The devastation it can cause to families and communities is almost incomprehensible. We need to send a clear message that knife crime is unacceptable and sentencing sends out a strong signal which is why I will be supporting these changes to the law today. I hope my neighbouring MP’s do not waste this opportunity to get tough on knife crime or it will be a huge disservice to victims.

Anna said:
“Knife crime has devastating consequences for victims and families. MPs have the opportunity today to legislate to tackle this terrible crime, help make our streets safer and ensure that future generations are protected. I sincerely hope Ian Swales votes to protect residents in the Redcar constituency today.”

‘Don’t waste opportunity to get tough on knife crime’ urge local Labour representatives

Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop and Anna Turley, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Redcar, have today (17th June 2014) called on Teesside’s Coalition MP’s, Ian Swales...


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