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The Boundary commission has not listened to the residents of Grimsby and is ploughing ahead with their flawed proposals to split Grimsby in Half. The rules for the commission are set by the Tory Government and are meant to help them cling onto power. Any Government that will resort to gerrymandering the the electorate has got to go!grimsby_split.jpg

Grimsby has the second largest objections lodged with the commission in the region, this should have been enough to make them think again, but no, they have ridden roughshod over the consultation, if you can call it that, and have made a concession. Namely changed the name of the two constituencies to Great Grimsby North and Great Grimsby South + others!. This is to reflect the fact that we are one of the oldest constituencies in the Country and was invited to the first parliament including commoners.

We know the boundary commission has a history of failure, eg the ill fated county of Humberside. Putting Regional Boundaries just south of Humberston, so that Tetney and Holton le clay are in a different region to us. It's farcical!

At the moment only the shoddy deal the Tories have done with the DUP might help put the proposals to bed.. The DUP stand to lose seats and are known to oppose the proposals, therefore a rough ride through parliament is expected..let's hope so!

It is a sad state of affairs when the fate of the parliamentary seat of Great Grimsby lies in the hands of a small sectarian party in Northern Ireland.

Even so, the fight must go on, look to this website for the latest response to this abysmal proposal, and share this article far and wide!

Grimsby Carved up by Tory Party proposals

The Boundary commission has not listened to the residents of Grimsby and is ploughing ahead with their flawed proposals to split Grimsby in Half. The rules for the commission are...

While the Tories continue to weave their unhappy way through Brexit and other crises they have created not only for themselves, but for all of us, here in North East Lincolnshire I’m delighted to say Labour is seeing our ambition to improve the lives of our residents begin to take shape.

Oxby-web-200x300.jpgOur role in moving our communities forward to a brighter future is something many of you are directly involved in and recently, we’ve had a number of prime examples of how this area is evolving and regenerating itself. In different ways, all of these spell out what we’re trying to achieve here- helping re-invigorate the area and working with our communities to help them help themselves.

Doing that successfully and sustainably is the key to our future prosperity

Many of you will already be aware of our ambitious multi-million pound town deal proposal for Greater Grimsby, which has now been presented to central  government.  We’ve drawn up the proposals that could become the blueprint for how similar towns across the country work with government on major regeneration.

This really is groundbreaking stuff, not pie-in-the sky ideas, but a clear 10-year plan aimed at growing the local economy by more than £216 million per year, creating up to 5,400 jobs across the Enterprise Zones and other key employment sites, building 7,700 new homes and increasing North East Lincolnshire’s contribution to UK plc. It will transform the ‘place offer’ through the development of a new higher education presence, waterfront housing, cultural and leisure facilities through the redevelopment of historic sites including the Silo at Victoria Mills and the Kasbah at the Port of Grimsby. 

Colleagues, we should be proud that this is a Labour administration bringing key UK players together to hopefully deliver some real, tangible and long-term benefits for our community. And while there’s still a long way to go on this, I’m optimistic the project will be included in the Government’s Autumn Statement.

On the same theme and despite some hiccups with the status of the popular Barge, I’m confident we’re also now in a position to see a new cinema complex at the Riverhead in town move forward. We’ve held very productive talks with both the owner of the Barge and the cinema complex developers to explore a number of options to ensure we not only look to the future with the development of the cinema and restaurant project, but also maintain our links to the past by securing a sustainable future for the Barge and its users. Again, all about working together for the benefit of the whole area-and oh.,listening to and responding to our residents concerns, especially those in the West Marsh.

Parallel to this, we’ve also worked to bring more than £6m of external investment into Cleethorpes, via CoastNEL, which was awarded nearly £4million from the Coastal Communities Fund to help deliver a number of key projects in the town and £1.9m Heritage Lottery Funding which was awarded to us to support our Townscape Heritage programme in Cleethorpes.

Comrades, while these highlight the progress we’ve made, we’ve also got to be careful about taking our eye off the ball, despite the usual political point scoring from our opponents.

Taking challenging and difficult decisions in the face of continuing cuts from central Government is something none of us find easy. But we need to be clear that these decisions have to be taken in order that the Council remains solvent and we’re in a position to continue to protect our most vulnerable residents. To be in a position to deliver on our promises, we’ve got to do all we can to maximise the regeneration of this wonderful place we all call home.

And in doing all of that, we must continue to ensure our residents know where the real blame for continuing cutbacks lay and that we’re doing our very best for them in spite of the Tories and their blundering leadership and misguided austerity rhetoric.

Ray Oxby

Leader

A Leader's vision

While the Tories continue to weave their unhappy way through Brexit and other crises they have created not only for themselves, but for all of us, here in North East...

Hammond has added £5,380 per household to the national debt since becoming Chancellor!

 Labour research reveals that during Philip Hammond’s first year as Chancellor, he has added £145.8 billion to the national debt – the equivalent of £5,380 per household. 

The eye watering increase of £145.8 billion over the first 12 months of Philip Hammond’s tenure at the Treasury was the largest cash terms increase in the national debt in the first 12 months of any Chancellor for which records are available. 

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, said: “The lack of any plan from this weak Tory government is exposed when it comes to the national debt. After just one year into the job and Philip Hammond has managed to borrow a record amount of money compared to any of his predecessors’ first years. 

“These figures highlight the continued failure of the Tories on the economy, following seven years of falling wages and austerity cuts.

“Only a Labour government would be prepared to strategically invest in our economy, while setting out a serious plan for the public finances, underpinned by our Fiscal Credibility Rule; in order to build the high wage, high skill jobs of the future for the many not the few.” 

 I thought I would put this article on in the form I read it in, the press do not tell these type of stories  due to their vested interests...so please like and share this.

 

Tories Struggle with national debt

Hammond has added £5,380 per household to the national debt since becoming Chancellor!  Labour research reveals that during Philip Hammond’s first year as Chancellor, he has added £145.8 billion to...

Getting rid of Tollbar roundabout is causing concern to residents of the area. This concern is being stoked up by local Tories who have short term electoral success ahead of long term benefits for the local population. Let's look at some facts:-

  1. The roundabout is heavily congested at peak times.
  2. School children don't have a safe place to cross (the heavily congested junction)
  3. There are going to be hundreds if not thousands of new houses built in the area, thus compounding any problems.
  4. Evidence has shown that intelligent light increase traffic flow (Riby square for example)
  5. New scheme has independently scrutinised.

Having just a few of these facts, it seems sensible to get on and improve the junction now, before it becomes even more congested and even more dangerous for the school children.

Tollbar roundabout

Getting rid of Tollbar roundabout is causing concern to residents of the area. This concern is being stoked up by local Tories who have short term electoral success ahead of... Read more

So, as the Maybot "car crashes" her crowning glory speech, her own Mp's are circling overhead stabbing her in the back.. It seems that Tory Mp's are not to be trusted. They don't want her, but they dare not stand because Brexit is on the horizon, No bottle to take her on in sticky times.

I have a solution:- make way, we are ready to take over!

You can't trust a Tory!

So, as the Maybot "car crashes" her crowning glory speech, her own Mp's are circling overhead stabbing her in the back.. It seems that Tory Mp's are not to be...

If you watched  the Maybot over the weekend, she promises that the Tories are now listening to young people( now that they know they vote!), I say too little too late. lets examine their record:-

  • On education we(Labour) will create a National Education Service that will be free to access for young and old alike, starting at early years through to life-long learning and adult skills. This is so important because: The Tories have closed over 1200 Sure Start Centres.
  • Over half a million children are being taught in classes of with over 30 children.
  • Education Maintenance Allowance, which helped less well-off children fund their further education, has been abolished.
  • Student university fees have tripled, making Higher Education less attractive for those who don’t want to be saddled with £30,000 student debt.
  • A billion pounds has been taken out of the adult education system so it is nearly impossible to access training courses as an adult

The Tories have systematically withdrawn support or young people, if you are single and under 35 and lose your job, they expect you to move back in with mammy.. If you don't they will only give you enough jobseeker's allowance to share a house with strangers..

And don't forget about Council Cuts, this affects young people too, in our area Council run youth clubs have had to close, other services scaled back..

 

Tories, Too little to late for Students

If you watched  the Maybot over the weekend, she promises that the Tories are now listening to young people( now that they know they vote!), I say too little too... Read more

Pay and display parking machines across the borough will cease to accept the old £1 coin from Friday.

From Friday 29 September the old coins will no longer be accepted by Council-owned pay and display parking machines at car parks across the borough.

The round £1 coin, which has been in circulation for over 34 years, is currently being withdrawn from circulation and ceases to officially be legal tender at midnight on 15 October 2017.

pay and display

Pay and display parking machines across the borough will cease to accept the old £1 coin from Friday. From Friday 29 September the old coins will no longer be accepted... Read more

Your Labour Cabinet has approved plans for the introduction of a scheme to help out small businesses in the area. As a result three new schemes are to be introduced to support businesses, in particular, those that face the steepest increases in their business rates bills as a result of the revaluation this year. The new Discretionary Relief Scheme is part of a £300million scheme nationally. The allocation for our  area over the next four years is: 2017/18 - £279,000,  2018/19 - £136,000,  2019/20 - £56,000, 2020/21 - £8000.

small businesses

Your Labour Cabinet has approved plans for the introduction of a scheme to help out small businesses in the area. As a result three new schemes are to be introduced... Read more

Wow! real Labour policies helping the most disadvantaged groups in our borough. What am I talking about you might ask? Independent inspectors, Ofsted, have awarded North East Lincolnshire Council’s Children’s Social Care Service a “good” rating in the latest inspection. The Council is one of only four other councils in the country with the highest levels of deprivation in their population to be judged Good - a significant achievement. An achievement well worth talking about.

more good news-Children's services

Wow! real Labour policies helping the most disadvantaged groups in our borough. What am I talking about you might ask? Independent inspectors, Ofsted, have awarded North East Lincolnshire Council’s Children’s... Read more

This week has been a challenging one regarding the Shoreline-Boston Mayflower merger. The council met on Thursday to consider any recommendations to Cabinet suitably arranged on Friday. With only a small number of residents having participated in the consultation process, the outcome from them, was favourable to the merger. Many Labour Councillors were torn on what decision to make, however news came out on Tuesday Last week that article 93 was to be enacted by the Tory Government. This means that in 6 months Time Shoreline would be free to merge without Council Consent.

Shoreline

This week has been a challenging one regarding the Shoreline-Boston Mayflower merger. The council met on Thursday to consider any recommendations to Cabinet suitably arranged on Friday. With only a... Read more

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