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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...

It's the last week of campaigning for the Smithick by- election.  The choice is between Labour and the Tories so please help us make sure we have a great win and show the Tories just what Falmouth thinks of them. 
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Count-down to Smithick by-election

It's the last week of campaigning for the Smithick by- election.  The choice is between Labour and the Tories so please help us make sure we have a great win... Read more

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The 1948 Act establishing the NHS gave the Secretary of State for Health the duty to provide universal health care.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 removes this duty and introduces a market. Allyson Pollock describes why we need to worry.

Allyson Pollock is Professor of Public Health Research & Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She is one of the UK's leading medical intellectuals, and undertakes research and teaching intended to assist the realisation of the principles of social justice and public health, with a particular emphasis on health systems research, trade, and pharmaceuticals.

She trained in medicine in Scotland and became a consultant in public health. Among her previous roles she has been director of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh and director of research & development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust. She is the author of NHS plc and co-author of The New NHS: a guide. Follow her on Twitter

The talk was given in 2014, it's still relevant today.

Privatisation of the NHS: Allyson Pollock at TEDxExeter

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The 1948 Act establishing the NHS gave the Secretary of State for Health the duty...

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,...

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