Local Tories in Disarray Over Police Cuts

Local Conservatives are in complete disarray over policing as police numbers are slashed, police stations are closed and crime soars.

At a local residents meeting with the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, held at Saffron Walden Town Hall on Monday, Tory infighting broke out as internal party tensions came to the fore.

After the meeting, local Labour activist Simon Trimnell said: “It is quite clear to me that the local Conservative party is in complete disarray. The police and crime commissioner Roger Hurst, a Conservative, blames lack of police in Saffron Walden on Conservative central government cuts while local Conservative councillors are blaming him. Meanwhile, Saffron Walden’s Conservative MP is demanding we all report more crime to get more police.”

Essex crime rates in September and August this year were the worst and second worst months, respectively, since 2010, according to the latest crime statistics. In Saffron Walden, reported crime rose 37% in January-September compared to the same period in 2016. Violent offences rose 49% while anti-social behaviour grew 39%, accounting for 20% and 30% of total reported crime, respectively.

Saffron Walden is one of the communities targeted for cuts under the Tories as Essex reduces the number of police stations in the county from 80 to 30 in a bid to save the force £63 million between 2017 and 2020.

Local MP Kemi Badenoch Fails to Make the Grade

Local MP Kemi Badenoch fails to make the grade in an end-of-year report by Saffron Walden Labour Party.

Constituents have complained to local Labour activists that she is failing to pay attention to their concerns. Response times to letters have been one area of concern with many claiming it can take weeks for a response.

Many are shocked by the answers they receive, which appear to have been plagiarised from other MPs’ statements. Responses to letters on the UN’s criticism of the government’s treatment of disabled people were identical to a letter Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP issued on her website (https://www.amberrudd.co.uk/disability-rights-violations). Local residents also received letters in response to concerns over universal credit that were very similar to a statement made by Conservative MP Graham Stuart on his website (https://www.grahamstuart.com/campaign-responses/universal-credit/). See attachments.

Saffron Walden CLP Chair Bill McCarthy said: “Constituents have been used to Alan Haselhurst’s prompt and individual responses, even if they disagreed with him.

“While she has grand ambitions, our MP isn’t prepared to do her own homework and instead plagiarises her colleagues. It’s poor form and she doesn’t make the grade.

“According to the press, she isn’t even willing to make the constituency her permanent family home. Many are wondering whether she’s taking local people seriously.”

Best Result for 47 Years as Labour come 2nd in Saffron Walden

Labour made history in Saffron Walden, gaining 2nd place for the first in 47 years, and with the highest number of votes ever.
Labour’s candidate Jane Berney, almost doubled her vote from her 2015 campaign, and established Labour as the opposition in the Constituency, and with further polls showing an additional 8% increase in support for Labour nationally and yet another substantial increase in membership of the Party all since polling day.
Labour are now confident in making further in-roads into the Conservative heartland in Essex, with another possible General Election looming due to the Governments loss of their overall majority.
Jane Berney called upon the newly elected MP Kemi Badenock to apply whatever pressure she can on the Prime Minister to take a collaborative approach to Brexit Negotiations, and to forget about working with the DUP to keep their very slim majority in the Commons, as this would invalidate the Good Friday Agreement to be impartial, and put the Northern Ireland Peace Process at risk. Jane Berney urged Mrs Badenoch and Mrs May to put the good of the Country above personal and Party interests.

General Election 2017: Saffron Walden

Conservative
Kemi Badenoch 37,629 61.8%
Labour
Jane Berney 12,663 20.8%
Liberal Democrat
Mike Hibbs 8,528 14.0%
UKIP
Lorna Howe 2,091 3.4%

Majority 24,966
Turnout
60,911
Conservative hold
Swing
2.2% To Labour

Campaigning was suspended today due to second mass murder of civilians

The tragic events of last night on London Bridge and in the Borough Market are heart breaking. This is the second mass murder of citizens of all opinons, faiths, race, and nationality during this election campaign. The Labour Party stands united with the Country in our condemnation of such barbarism, and in our resolve to carry on our democratic way of life regardless.

I am a Muslim and there is nothing Islamic about killing innocent people in Paris, San Bernardino, or anywhere else in the world. True Muslims know that the ruthless violence of so called Islamic jihadists goes against the very tenets of our religion.
We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda. They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.
Speaking as someone who has never been accused of political correctness, I believe that our political leaders should use their position to bring understanding about the religion of Islam and clarify that these misguided murderers have perverted people’s views on what Islam really is.

Response to Head Teachers Questions about funding Schools in Essex

Jane Berney’s response to questions from Head Teachers
What are your priorities with regard to the allocation of funding to all schools and each pupil?
Labour will not waste money on inefficient free schools and the Conservatives’ grammar school vanity projects. Instead we will reverse the cuts in real terms made by the current Conservative government and the Conservative – led coalition that proceeded it. We will introduce a fairer funding formula that will not leave a school worse off and we will also redress the historic underfunding of certain schools.

How will you ensure that school budgets are protected in real terms for the duration of the next parliament? Please avoid telling me that more is being spent on schools; we have more children of school age than ever and costs are rising.
By introducing a fairer funding formula, we can ensure school budgets are protected in real terms. We will also put £150 million back into schools by reversing the Conservatives’ plan to impose the apprenticeship levy on school.

Some schools are looking to create classes of 60-100 children in the school hall because they cannot afford enough teachers. What are you going to do to prevent that?
Labour has pledged to reduce class sizes to under 30 for pupils aged five, six and seven. We also aim to do this for older children as resources allow. This will be achieved by reversing the cuts imposed by the Conservatives.
Our children should be provided with a broad curriculum, great support and enriching activities. How will you ensure that my child has the educational experience they deserve?
Labour believes that every child is unique and a Labour-led education system will enable each child to find their own learning path through a wide choice of courses and qualifications. As part of this we will also stop ‘teaching to the test’ and ensure that teachers and school leaders have the training, the support and resources they need.
Labour believes that investment in schools and education is vital for the future prosperity of our country. My children have benefited from an excellent state education, that has met their needs and instilled in them a love of learning and equipped them with the skills to participate fully in the world of work. Their school, like so many others, is facing funding cuts which can only mean future generations will not receive the same benefits. I think this represents a gross a dereliction of duty on the part of the current government and should be condemned as such.
We will also scrap Tuition Fee’s from September, stopping our young people from being saddled with debt for choosing to enhance their education and social worth that we all benefit from in the long run.

How will you ensure education for children with Special Educational Needs is adequately resourced? A large funding gap in this area is detracting much needed funds from all schools.
Labour’s policy on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is based on inclusion. This focus on inclusion will be further embedded into teacher training so that all school staff, children and their parents are properly supported.

Campaign Resumes in Great Dunmow

After the tragic events in Manchester, all parties have agreed to carry on the General Election Campaign from Saturday 27th May 2017.

Members held a street stall in Great Dunmow High Street, giving out leaflets and talking to voters.

Press Release 23rd May 2017

Saffron Walden Constituency

GENERAL ELECTION 2017 PRESS RELEASE

Due to the tragic events in Manchester last night,

the Saffron Walden Constituency Labour have suspended campaigning in the Saffron Walden Constituency for the General Election until further notice

The Labour Candidate Dr Jane Berney stated

“our thoughts go out to the victims, families and friends of all those involved in this senseless and brutal act.”

 

Press Release 15th May 2017

Saffron Walden Constituency

GENERAL ELECTION 2017 PRESS RELEASE

Labour have selected Dr Jane Berney FCA, 55 from Saffron Walden as their General Election Candidate for the Saffron Walden Consistency.

A Chartered Accountant, with a PhD in History, she has lived in the constituency for over 20 years. She is married and a working mother with two children who have attended local state schools. Her professional experience means she understands the needs of business in a modern economy; her domestic experience mean she understands the needs of and pressures on families.

In her speech to Party Activists she outlined her priorities for the area, which stretches from Saffron Walden in the north down to parts of Chelmsford.

“This region voted to leave the European Union and this election is a chance to transform a Britain outside of the EU, into a society that is inclusive, prosperous, fair and just. For the many, not just the few.

I will be campaigning locally on key issues that impact on local people.

Broomfield Hospital Accident & Emergency is facing relocation to Basildon under Conservative plans. Labour will invest in the NHS to maintain A&E in the constituency.

Schools in the Constituency are facing a funding crises and so parents are being forced to foot the bill, and class sizes increasing to unsustainable levels. Labour will invest in our Schools to ensure education is a priority, and scrap tuition fees.

Labour will act to prevent the local workforce wages being undercut, and invest in local housing for local people without changing the fabric of rural life. Our young people can’t get onto the Housing Ladder, as the Conservatives have failed to invest in Housing, and have reduced security in private accommodation.

Crime is going back up, and Theresa May slashed police numbers in Essex every year she was Home Secretary. Labour will restore Police Numbers. Crime fell every year under the last Labour Government.

The Conservatives are planning to remove the triple lock on pensions, and raise National Insurance, but Labour is pledged to maintain it, and if you earn under £80,000 a year you will not pay any more income tax or national insurance than you do now.”

As a regular commuter into London, I understand the frustrations of increasing rail fares, paying through the nose for standing room only carriages, while funding the profits of overseas nationalised train companies. That’s why I am passionate about bringing our trains back into public ownership which Labour will do. Why should German and French tax payers get a discount, paid for by British commuters?

I am proud to be standing as a Labour Candidate as I believe only Labour has the vision to take our country forward.

Labour will invest in the economy, Labour will invest in your children’s education, Labour will invest in providing health care, Labour will invest in housing, and transport. The Conservatives will isolate and hold back Britain, and turn us into a tax haven for the few, on the backs of the many.

 

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Jane Berney: your Labour candidate

We are pleased to announce that Jane Berney will be our Parliamentary Candidate for the 8 June General Election.

Jane lives in the constituency and knows all about looking after a young family as well as the challenges facing older members of our families. She has a working career, and is a regular user of our public transport to travel between work and home. She is well aware of the range of needs in our diverse constituency, and has been an active campaigner for Labour here for many years.