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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has splashed out more than £100 million in a cruel and callous attempt to deny disabled people the benefits they desperately need, damning new figures show.

DWP splash out more than £100m trying to deny disabled people vital benefits

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has splashed out more than £100 million in a cruel and callous attempt to deny disabled people the benefits they desperately need, damning... Read more

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Our economy is rigged in favour of a wealthy elite. Labour will put it back in the hands of the many, not the few.

Our economy is rigged in favour of a wealthy elite

Our economy is rigged in favour of a wealthy elite. Labour will put it back in the hands of the many, not the few. Read more

As now we have reached one hundred years after women first won the right to vote in the United Kingdom, I think it is worth reflecting on how Great Britain recovered from two world wars to see what could happen today to help us get back on our feet.

Click on the picture for a blog all about Britain’s recovery after World War II

Getting Great Britain Back on Its Feet

As now we have reached one hundred years after women first won the right to vote in the United Kingdom, I think it is worth reflecting on how Great Britain... Read more

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Fantastic news. Louise Coley standing in Smithick for Labour has won by 583 votes. Jeff Muir for the LibDems got 202, Richard Cunningham for Tories 181 and Tom Scott for the Greens 99. Well done Louise who now joins Falmouth Town Council.

Louise Coley elected to Falmouth Town Council

Fantastic news. Louise Coley standing in Smithick for Labour has won by 583 votes. Jeff Muir for the LibDems got 202, Richard Cunningham for Tories 181 and Tom Scott for...

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After a strong campaign with the commitment by Labour members  and supporters, Jayne Kirkham now is representative for Smithick on Cornwall Council.

Jayne Kirkham Wins Smithick

After a strong campaign with the commitment by Labour members  and supporters, Jayne Kirkham now is representative for Smithick on Cornwall Council. Read more

Evening classes were once such an unshakable part of the British landscape. They were the setting for TV and radio sitcoms, editions of the London guide Spotlight used to fly off the shelves on release and the standard advice of 70s ‘Agony Aunts’ – make friends, join an evening class – was the butt of comedians. My own experiences have included learning to touch type, creative writing, car maintenance and pottery. Most of my contemporaries have done evening classes in something, including the near ubiquitous foreign language courses.

Adult education: a fundamental good

Evening classes were once such an unshakable part of the British landscape. They were the setting for TV and radio sitcoms, editions of the London guide Spotlight used to fly... Read more

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Harry Leslie Smith: Earlier this month, I was struck by pneumonia at the age of 94. It ­almost made me give up the ghost as I grew so ill I required a hospital stay and intravenous antibiotics.

Veteran Labour Activist Harry Leslie Smith on the NHS

Harry Leslie Smith: Earlier this month, I was struck by pneumonia at the age of 94. It ­almost made me give up the ghost as I grew so ill I required... Read more

Schools don’t usually group all disadvantaged pupils together and deliberately teach them badly.  A lack of progress by this sub-group maybe a result of more generic issues across the school; disadvantaged children are just impacted on more.

DIY Review of Pupil Premium – Start at A

Schools don’t usually group all disadvantaged pupils together and deliberately teach them badly.  A lack of progress by this sub-group maybe a result of more generic issues across the school;... Read more

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We are pleased that Jo Garrett, pictured on the left and Chris Mullins on the right, are standing as Labour candidates in the Penryn by-election, which takes place on Thursday 15 February. Watch this space, follow us on Truro & Falmouth Labour Facebook. We hope to be campaigning near you in the coming weeks. Please help and volunteer for canvassing and leafleting over the coming weeks.

 

Penryn West by-election Thursday 15 February

We are pleased that Jo Garrett, pictured on the left and Chris Mullins on the right, are standing as Labour candidates in the Penryn by-election, which takes place on Thursday... Read more

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Over the last few weeks Jayne Kirkham and Louise Coley with many Labour volunteers have been speaking with Smithick constituents.

Jayne says, “people are talking a lot about the NHS in Cornwall.  They are worried about the changing shape of Cornwall’s health service and possible future privatisation and potentially losing MIUs and local hospitals.  They will be very pleased at today’s news that the government has been forced into pausing the introduction of ACOs until they can be properly considered.  Labour has been campaigning against the ACS/ACO system being brought in in Cornwall without full consultation and to keep Cornwall’s Minor Injuries Units and cottage hospitals, such as Falmouth.

"People are very worried about planning decisions in Falmouth.  Just recently 4 blocks of flats for students and luxury apartments have been passed by central Bristol Planning Inspectors despite local council objection and refusal.  We are going to work to push through the Local Plans for Cornwall and Falmouth so the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol is less able to do this.  We are also going to put pressure on the university to honour the s.106 agreement to build for the new 2,500 students they requested rather than leaving it to private developers to do in a piecemeal, profit driven fashion.

"They are concerned about the state of HMOs/student houses.  There is currently a licence you should apply for when running an HMO for which you need to prove the house is in a good state,  but many landlords manage to avoid this and it only costs £365 (on a renewal) for 5 years.  Labour’s plan for Cornwall Council is to push towards charging council tax on all residential properties that are short term let (eg holiday lets) to be paid by the house owner."

Jayne goes on to say, "empty homes should be charged at double council tax.

We are also delighted to note today that the cuts to the Cornwall Council budget affecting Cornwall Citizens Advice Service have been overturned. This was first picked up on and opposition to this was first brought by the Labour Group on Cornwall Council.”

What people are saying on the doorstep

Over the last few weeks Jayne Kirkham and Louise Coley with many Labour volunteers have been speaking with Smithick constituents. Jayne says, “people are talking a lot about the NHS in...

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