Press Release 23rd May 2017

Saffron Walden Constituency


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


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.



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.

NHS Campaign Day

Today  local Labour members had a fantastic campaign session in Saffron Walden led by our excellent county council candidate for the town, Simon Trimnell. We hope to raise awareness about the shocking underfunding of the NHS which The Red Cross have called a humanitarian crisis.

January Social Evening

January saw the return of our popular new year get together which was well attended despite some badly timed snow.  In addition to a pleasant evening members arranged a collection for a local Foodbank.

AGM update and new secretary

Hello, this is just a quick update to inform members not at the AGM that I was very honoured to be elected to succeed Peter Donovan as secretary of our constituency party at the AGM in November.  Peter and I will be working together over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth handover. I’d also like to thank Peter for his years of service, I’m sure he will be similarly indispensable in his new role as membership secretary.  There remain a number of other vacant positions on the executive committee, especially a youth officer, a BAME officer and a campaign coordinator.  If you’re interested in one of those roles or in volunteering in any other capacity then please get in touch. The last 18 months we have seen a dramatic increase in our local membership and the exciting challenge now is to grow this into an effective campaigning force that can work for real change in our communities.

Tom van de Bilt

Dunmown Social Evening

In January many of us enjoyed a great curry at our new year social event in Dunmow Maltings. Our speaker Megan Dobson from the TUC (centre in the picture) took us through the implications of the Trade Union Bill now going through Parliament, and the impact it will have on all our rights and freedoms. Megan explained the serious issues clearly, but also with humour. Our thanks to her for coming to speak, and to Coral, Janet, Dave, Hilary and John for all their hard work on the arrangements. See more about the Trade Union Bill here. We’ll be ready to join with the major TUC campaign in February.