The left and in particular Jeremy Corbyn, get criticised for being anti-business. To be fair, some things are best nationalised.

The idea that there's real choice in the market when the private sector becomes the monopoly is a fallacy. At home we have one water pipe, one gas pipe, one entry for our electricity.

If anyone suggests that we have choice, well South West Water is the only water we get in Cornwall. Yes we can go with various companies for our electricity. Some may be slightly cheaper. If we wanted truly green energy coming through our wires - not physically possible.Your neighbour may be with one company and you with another. The gas supply is the same.

Mixing care with profits is just toxic, care will will always loose out. We can't kid ourselves.

In Cornwall we have a monopoly for rail and bus public transport, First. Is transport public transport cheap, affordable? No.

Housing, cheap rents, rents on average 25% of the average income? No. Housing as investment. Yes.

However, most other products really do work well in the private sector. Nationalise food, earrings, perfume, new kitchens, builders, hairdressers? The list is endless. No, don't be ridiculous.

Labour has shared interests with small businesses. First Business Opinion: 'Jeremy Corbyn on the common ground between SMEs and the labour movement', argues how.

Small business owners have a number of shared interests with the labour movement, from fair taxation and tackling late payment to increasing productivity, writes Jeremy Corbyn Leader of the Labour Party.

Britain’s 5.7 million small businesses are crucial to the life of our country and the future of our economy. They provide 60 per cent of private sector employment and will be at the heart of the next Labour Government’s plans to rebuild and upgrade our economy.

Millions of jobs and the future of our country depend on small business owners and entrepreneurs turning their dreams into successes.

What motivates someone to start their own business, to serve their community and meet people’s needs, while creating an income for themselves and jobs for others, is far closer to the principles of the labour and co-operative movement than our political opponents would like to admit. Read more

Labour has shared interests with small businesses

The left and in particular Jeremy Corbyn, get criticised for being anti-business. To be fair, some things are best nationalised. The idea that there's real choice in the market when...

Thinking failure, failure by the private sector to provide public services.

When a company such as Carillion is seen as too big to fail, involved in absolutely everything public services, does, well, fail.

When outsourcing say forensic analysis, fails to meet regulation standards...the knock on effect, cost of trials, false imprisonment. Whoa!

The list is endless, failed Public Private Partnerships, or the opposite of what the Government wanted to achieve, save money, does precisely the opposite and cost taxpayers for future generations, a fortune.

Getting the private sector involved in writting green papers. We should be worried. Kitty Jones in 'Rogue company Unum’s profiteering hand in the government’s work, health and disability green paper' provides a brilliant analysis of why we should be wary of private companies being involved at the heart of Government. Unelected, whose main drivers are profit, then we should be worried.

Rogue company Unum’s profiteering hand in the government’s work, health and disability green paper

Thinking failure, failure by the private sector to provide public services. When a company such as Carillion is seen as too big to fail, involved in absolutely everything public services,...

Creeping privatisation. We must say 'No' to ACOs.

Yesterday protesters in Truro called for sweeping changes to the way the NHS is run in Cornwall to be scrapped. 

I think John Furze sums up ACOS well, "WHY THE ACOs ARE SUCH A CONCERN: ACOs derive from the USA's enormously expensive public/private healthcare systems. With their advent we, the public and taxpayers, will face having to pay increasingly for our healthcare costs. To get prompt, accessible treatment we will have to pay for it out of our own pockets and/or pay for health insurance.

Those of us who can't pay will face care rationing, delays, care denial and suffering for ourselves and those who matter to us. High risk patients, the sickness-prone and elderly, will face exclusion from care." Sign the petition and get out on 7th of Feb to protest against the ACOs.

Further info here:

No More 'N' in HNS Cornwall by Graham Smith, North Cornwall

Accountable Care by Keep Our NHS Public

Campaigners prepare judicial review to block roll-out of ACOs by Nick Bostock on the 8 December 2017

Say 'No' to ACOs

Yesterday protesters in Truro called for sweeping changes to the way the NHS is run in Cornwall to be scrapped.  I think John Furze sums up ACOS well, "WHY THE...

Dear Member,

I’m writing to all Labour Party Members in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to encourage you to take part in our campaigns in 2018.

You will have had a message from our Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, explaining the opportunities and challenges we face in the coming year. I can do no better than to reiterate his call to action in order to create a society for the many, not the few.

Throughout the year, your Constituency Labour Party (CLP) or Branch (BLP) will be organising street stalls, door-to-door canvassing, social events and other activities to improve the profile of Labour in your area, raise funds and run election campaigns. Throughout the year there will be by-elections to Town and Parish Councils — indeed, there are some in progress right now — and your help will be needed, and appreciated, in these. If you’re up for helping, whether it’s by putting a poster in your window, canvassing voters or anything in between, please contact your BLP or CLP Secretary

In addition, there will be campaigns covering the whole of Cornwall and Scilly, from protecting our NHS to promoting fair housing for all. All CLPs will be co-ordinating these campaigns through the Local Campaign Forum (LCF). The call will go out for volunteers to work on these campaigns and, again, I urge you to take part. As you know, the Labour Party can best influence political decisions by having members elected. It is vital that we improve our level of representation across Cornwall and Scilly. Following the sad death of Candy Atherton last autumn, Jayne Kirkham has been selected as our Labour candidate for the by-election for the Falmouth Smithick division of Cornwall Council on 1st February. This election is really important: we need to retain the seat in order to maintain our numbers on Cornwall Council; we need to honour the memory of Candy, who did a lot for Cornwall; and we need to build on the hard work done in the General Election (Truro & Falmouth is now a Labour-Tory marginal seat) and show that Labour is making progress in Cornwall. To that end, I urge you to get involved in Jayne’s campaign — contact your CLP Secretary to offer help in whatever capacity you can. Of course, campaigns cost money so any donations should also be sent via your CLP Secretary.

All in all, I am sure that 2018 is going to be a good year for Labour in Cornwall and Scilly and therefore a good year for Cornwall and Scilly. May I wish you Bledhen Nowyth Da — Happy New Year — and let’s all work, for the many, not the few.

Pedyr Prior
Chair, Cornwall Labour Party / Local Campaign Forum
31st December 2017
pedyr@hotmail.com

A Message to all Cornwall Labour Members from Pedyr Prior, Chair of Cornwall Labour Party

Dear Member, I’m writing to all Labour Party Members in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to encourage you to take part in our campaigns in 2018. You will have...

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We had a good reception from the public on Saturday for the National Campaign Day for health and social care. 22 members turned up to help which was great. 

Good reception for campaign to save NHS

We had a good reception from the public on Saturday for the National Campaign Day for health and social care. 22 members turned up to help which was great. 

According to Theresa May, and much of the broadcast and print media that support her, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party have in the last three weeks or so (through the policies they have announced and the much discussed leaked and actual Manifesto) 'taken us back 40 years' to the 1970's. As many people have pointed out there was much about the seventies to applaud. In addition to many cultural references on which there will likely be much difference of opinion #GreatThingsFromThe1970s has prompted much political discussion. Here are just a few I found:

What's The Past Got to Do With It?

According to Theresa May, and much of the broadcast and print media that support her, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party have in the last three weeks or so (through the policies...

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Today Ian Wonnacott from Big up The NHS network posted on Save NHS Cornwall Facebook page. He said, "speaking on Radio Four last week, the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust’s CEO, Susan Acott, questioned the core NHS principle of universal healthcare free at the point of use after it was revealed the health service overspent its budget by a record £2.45 billion in 2015-16.' IT DIDN'T OVERSPEND, IT WAS UNDERFUNDED !!!!!"

"She suggested the NHS may have to start charging patients for its services," wrote Simon Allin in his article Manager of NHS Trust in the Gravesend Reporter on Monday 23 May.

Overspent! The NHS is Underfunded

Today Ian Wonnacott from Big up The NHS network posted on Save NHS Cornwall Facebook page. He said, "speaking on Radio Four last week, the Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust’s CEO, Susan... Read more

The Truro & Falmouth Labour Party announce our Labour candidate for the 2017 General Election

We are delighted that Jayne Kirkham is standing as our Labour candidate.

Announcing our Parliamentary Candidate

The Truro & Falmouth Labour Party announce our Labour candidate for the 2017 General Election We are delighted that Jayne Kirkham is standing as our Labour candidate. Read more

Throughout the local election campaign we have had tremendous support from members and supporters to make it a success. From people simply displaying 'Vote Labour' signs and posting on social media, to canvassing on the doorstep and delivering leaflets. The whole event was very good humoured.

We thank all those people who helped us over the last few months.

Labour wins in the local elections

Throughout the local election campaign we have had tremendous support from members and supporters to make it a success. From people simply displaying 'Vote Labour' signs and posting on social... Read more

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