Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, addressed a well-attended meeting of Huddersfield Labour Party in February.
We have a 150 year old infrastructure but a lack of investment to make it fit for the people who use it. The East Coast mainline is a debacle. In public ownership the line delivered £1 billion to the Treasury – but the Tories handed it to private profiteers – and it has failed again. Privatisation has led to higher fares but increasingly overcrowded and unreliable services. Public funding has become private profit. Much transport is state-owned –not by our state but by Germany, Holland and others... Andy heard the case from Councillor Peter McBride for the electrification of the Transpennine rail services. London is ‘boiling over’ and we need to invest in regions.
Andy agreed with the meeting on points about the need for for safer, lower driving speeds and that deregulation of bus services has been a failure.
Labour will invest in public service over private profit to ensure an affordable and reliable transport system.
We just need that Labour Government. Come and join us...
Andy McDonald, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, addressed a well-attended meeting of Huddersfield Labour Party in February. We have a 150 year old infrastructure but a lack of...
“The Co-operative Party centenary”
At our Huddersfield Labour Party meeting in January, we welcomed Jonathan Reynolds MP and John Drewery to talk about the Co-operative Party.
John Drewery, Huddersfield Cop-op Party secretary, reminded us that the Co-op Party was formed a hundred and one years ago. He gave a recap of the events leading to its foundation and distributed a newspaper marking the centenary.
John Reynolds, Labour & Co-operative MP, spoke about the history and achievements of the party. There are 38 Co-op MPs in Parliament and Jonathan gave a tribute to Barry Sheerman, a fellow Co-op MP, for his friendship and energy in pursuing the Co-op’s aims.The Co-operative Party believes that the principles that lie behind successful co-operatives - democratic control by customers and workers, and a fair share of the wealth we create together - ought to extend to the wider economy and our society.Jonathan referred in more detail to co-operative housing, Fair Trade, credit unions and social responsibility. He argued against the imbalance of power and wealth and that we should work to replace that with an insistence on social responsibility and local voices in, and control of, the NHS. The Co-op Party has been involved in the writing of Labour’s Manifesto, including about the need for an investment bank.
There followed a lively discussion and Jonathan took questions about the tragedy of the failure of the Co-op bank, ethical standards, the closure of local co-op branches, Co-op academies, BAME representation and green energy.
Click here to find out how to join the Co-operative Party, and the huge amounts of work they do. https://party.coop/
“The Co-operative Party centenary” At our Huddersfield Labour Party meeting in January, we welcomed Jonathan Reynolds MP and John Drewery to talk about the Co-operative Party. John Drewery, Huddersfield Cop-op...
Labour party members, supporters, councillors and MPs are working together with other groups to reverse the CCG proposal to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. You can help.
We are supporting 'Hands Off HRI' who are attempting to force a judicial review into the legality of the proposal. You can donate here. Every pound counts.
'Keep our NHS Public' campaigns across the country to do just that.
Information, background and links below.
NHS Campaigns Update on Judicial Reviews
Hands Off HRI
An application for Judicial Review (JR) was made challenging local proposals made by the NHS Trust to downgrade the local hospital and close A & E. However, permission to proceed has been declined. HOHRI received the following statement from Irwin Mitchell, the law firm that is leading the case.
“Our clients believe that the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has produced a flawed business case, which does not present all the necessary evidence or follow the government guidelines. We are now applying for an oral hearing in court to seek permission for a Judicial Review”
The judge has now agreed to allow an oral hearing which will take place in March.
Link here to the HOHRI website.
999 & JR4NHS
At the same time ‘999 Call for the NHS’ and ‘Judicial Review For The NHS’ (JR4NHS) have submitted JR requests relating to “Accountable Care Organisations”.(ACOs) These requests have been agreed.
The group believes that the model contract is unlawful because it would threaten patient safety, forcing hospitals to prioritise saving cash over clinical judgement. The contract does not link payment to the number of patients or the treatment they need but must work within a fixed budget. That budget is limited in order to meet the £22bn funding shortfall by 2021.
Read the full story here.
And the Keep our NHS Public newsletter here.
NHS England and the Secretary of State plan to introducing new, commercial, non-NHS bodies (the ACOs) to run health and social services without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny. Instead, they would have control of the allocation of taxpayers’ money for the NHS under commercial contracts.(That's going well...) Did you know this? No, because it is being carried out by stealth, without parliamentary scrutiny. However, you can find out more via these links:
Politics.co & NHS privatisation.
BMJ article on concerns about ACOs.
If you want to get involved - click on the links above or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Labour party members, supporters, councillors and MPs are working together with other groups to reverse the CCG proposal to close Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. You can help. We are supporting 'Hands...