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Cheshire East Council is being investigated by the NW Regional Organised Crime Unit. The external auditors have determined that they cannot formally conclude their audit and issue a certificate until the Police investigation reaches its conclusion. At the Audit & Governance Committee meeting on 29 September the auditors said that this could take years.

Background Information

A routine procurement audit commenced in 2015. This audit was expanded as a result of whistleblowing allegations into contracts awarded to Core Fit Ltd, a company run by the then Leader Cllr Michael Jones’s physiotherapist. Then the Chief Executive ordered an internal audit investigation reporting directly to him. In December both the Chief Executive and the external auditors said that no external investigation was required into the awarding of the Core Fit contracts, but then the Police launched an investigation and ordered the internal auditors at Cheshire East Council to stop work on their investigation.

Latest Developments

In a recent report to Cheshire East Council, the external auditors have recommended that the Council engage a suitably independent internal auditor to complete a rigorous and thorough review into procurement matters. In June/July the Chief Executive suggested that another local authority’s internal audit team reviewed the work carried out by Cheshire East’s internal audit team. Now the external auditors have said that the internal audit work should be completed and that the review should be overseen, directed and reviewed by a suitably independent internal auditor.

Steve Hogben, Labour Councillor for Crewe South, said, “The way the external auditors and the Chief Executive categorically stated that no external review was required is a matter for concern, but I am pleased that they have changed their minds. The results of this external review should be reported to the Audit & Governance Committee.”

Cllr Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “The independence of Internal Audit is a vital part of the culture of the Council. Staff must be allowed to carry out their duties with integrity and without fear of undue influence. I am pleased that the idea of involving the audit department of another council has been accepted. I hope that the Conservative Leader of the Council will recognise that it was a mistake to include Internal Audit within her own responsibilities and will move to correct any perception that she wishes to control Internal Audit.”  

Police Investigation of Cheshire East Council

Cheshire East Council is being investigated by the NW Regional Organised Crime Unit. The external auditors have determined that they cannot formally conclude their audit and issue a certificate until...

The Sandbach Peace pole was unveiled at a ceremony in Sandbach on Saturday, attended by Fiona Bruce MP, Keith Haines (Mayor of Sandbach), Rev Jeremy Tresise (Churches Together in Sandbach), Councillor Sam Corcoran and Bob Mynett and Val Atkinson who initiated the Sandbach Peace Pole project 3 years ago. Over 50 people attended the ceremony during which packets of jelly babies were handed out by Churches Together in Sandbach.

 

A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’. The Sandbach Peace Pole will display this message in English, German, Japanese and Arabic. The languages were chosen to reflect the former adversaries in world wars and the current troubles in Libya, Syria and Iraq.

 

Sam Corcoran, the lead councillor on the project, said, “Thank you all for coming here today for the unveiling of the Sandbach Peace Pole. I am grateful to Sandbach Town Council, Cheshire East Council and Churches Together in Sandbach for helping to make this happen.

This Peace Pole is currently covered by a red cloth. 20 years ago I spent 2 years in Kenya with the Volunteer Missionary Movement in an area close to Maasai country and that is a Maasai warrior cloak. Maasai warriors have a fearsome reputation, but they were the friendliest, smiliest people I know. Times change - fights between tribes in Kenya are now rare and Kenya is a relatively peaceful country. Most of the people here today have never experienced war. That is worth celebrating, BUT peace is something that must be continually supported. We must strive to settle arguments peacefully. We need only look to Syria to see what happens when things go wrong – to see the devastation that war causes. I am delighted that Cheshire East Council has agreed to welcome 3-5 Syrian refugee families.

The writing on the Peace Pole says May Peace Prevail on Earth in English, German and Japanese to remind us of countries who were our enemies in the First and Second World Wars and in Arabic to remind us of current conflicts in Libya, Syria and Iraq.

It is important to remember the horror of war and how important it is to promote peace. I would now like to hand over to Bob Mynett who, with Val Atkinson, instigated the Sandbach Peace Pole project..”

 

Rev Jeremy Tresise spoke about Jelly Babies which were marketed as Peace Babies in 1919 to celebrate the end of the First World War.

 

Councillor Keith Haines, Mayor of Sandbach, said, “I’m honoured to be here on behalf of Sandbach Town Council to mark the establishment of Sandbach’s Peace Pole. Congratulations to all who have worked so hard to bring this about and in particular, I want to thank Bob Mynett and Cllr. Sam Corcoran.

Earlier this year, on 1st July, I attended a ceremony at the War Memorial in the Market Square to mark the exact centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. To our generation, that battle, perhaps more than any other, defines the bloody, attritional nature of warfare. In five months of combat from July to November, an estimated one million men from all sides were killed, wounded or went missing.

Despite that carnage, humanity hasn’t learned the lessons of history. The 20th century was the most murderous in recorded history, with the total number of deaths from wars estimated at 187m. Taking 1914 as a start point, it was a century of almost unbroken war, with few and brief periods without organised armed conflict somewhere. Since the end of the cold war, it’s a matter of debate how far actions around the globe constitute a continuation of the era of world war. There’s no doubt that the 1990s were filled with formal and informal military conflict in Europe, Africa and western and central Asia, with the first 16 years of this century continuing the bloodshed. The world as a whole has not been at peace since 1914, and is certainly not at peace now.

On behalf of Sandbach Town Council, I’m proud to see this permanent reminder of the need to work for a civilised free society, liberated from the need for yet more slaughter.

Finally, I’d like to thank the fair organizers Joe White and his team for providing us with a p.a. system and delaying the start of the fair for us. Thank-you to everyone for coming along – the weather’s fine, so let’s all enjoy the delights of the funfair.

Sandbach Peace Pole

The Sandbach Peace pole was unveiled at a ceremony in Sandbach on Saturday, attended by Fiona Bruce MP, Keith Haines (Mayor of Sandbach), Rev Jeremy Tresise (Churches Together in Sandbach),...

Witters Field

The Secretary of State has granted permission to Gladman Developments Ltd to build up to 300 dwellings on Witters Field in Wistaston.

The ruling is bad news for the people of Wistaston village who have been campaigning against this development. The ruling is also bad news for Cheshire East as it raises technical issues about which of their planning policies can be considered up to date in the absence of a 5-year housing land supply. Yet again, Conservative-controlled Cheshire East Council has been criticised for not having a 5-year housing land supply and for not having an approved Local Plan. The deputy leader of the Council recently admitted that the Council might never have a 5-year housing land supply. It is unlikely that the Cheshire East Local Plan will be approved before 2017.

 

The ruling suggests that the ‘green gaps’ between towns and villages in south Cheshire are of little significance in determining planning appeals.

 

Dorothy Flude, Labour Councillor for Crewe South, said, “I am bitterly disappointed for the people of Wistaston village that planning permission has been granted to build houses on Witters Field. It concerns me that, with all the talk of a High Growth City for Crewe, we are not looking at the prospect of a garden city with plenty of green spaces between our small towns and villages. We need to acknowledge the historic nature of some of our towns and villages and work together to retain that historic settlement.”

 

Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “There is widespread agreement that as a nation we need to build more houses. Labour proposes building more council houses and would let local government planning determine where the houses should be built (such as brownfield sites in Stoke). The Conservatives have let loose private developers, allowing them to build on sites where they can make the greatest profit (greenfield sites in Cheshire).

Tories let private developers pick and choose the sites that make them most money.

Labour would have plan-led development. The Tories rely on the free market and are allowing developer-led planning.

The Witters Field is just the latest in a long line of green fields in Cheshire that are being lost as a result of Tory policy to let private developers have more power in deciding where to build houses.”

 

Brian Roberts, Labour Councillor for Crewe West, said, “At the planning committees we are trying to refuse applications which are detrimental to the rural aspect of villages. But our hands are tied by this constant referral to the lack of a 5-year housing land supply. We know the planning applications need to be refused but we are constantly advised by the planning officers of the developer’s high success potential at appeal and its subsequent cost to the Council. As a Councillor who represents a dense built up urban ward I am concerned at this further expansion of urban sprawl closing the green gaps.”

300 new houses in Wistaston

Witters Field The Secretary of State has granted permission to Gladman Developments Ltd to build up to 300 dwellings on Witters Field in Wistaston. The ruling is bad news for...

At the Cheshire East Council meeting on 22 October 2015, Sam Corcoran, Labour & Co-operative Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, proposed the motion that

This Council would welcome an appropriate number of Syrian refugees to Cheshire East.

On 13 September 2016 Cheshire East Council has agreed to welcome 3-5 Syrian refugee families to Cheshire East.

 

Speaking at the Cabinet Meeting on 13 September, Sam Corcoran said, “I am pleased to see that the Council has finally reached the position where it is ready to put forward a recommendation to accept some Syrian refugee families and I would like to suggest 2 amendments. Firstly remove the words ‘maximum’ and ‘across the lifetime of the programme’ from recommendation ii. These words make the Council sound mean and negative, allowing “a MAXIMUM of 3-5 families”. Why not sound positive and open and say ‘welcoming 3-5 families to Cheshire East’.

Secondly, section 7.3.2 sets out the net cost of roughly £220,000 of accepting 52 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC). I would like this Cabinet meeting to agree, in principle and dependent on the government financial support outlined in the report, to accept 52 children (UASC). I remember when my Council resolution was first brought to Cabinet the next item on the agenda was the Tour of Britain and Cllr Gilbert said that the costs of staging the Tour of Britain were unquantifiable at that time. We committed to the Tour of Britain and made a success of it. I look forward in due course to knowing just how much it cost to have a stage of the Tour of Britain in Cheshire East, but if we were prepared to make that commitment to the Tour of Britain then surely we can make a commitment where the costs are known and quantified. We can change the lives of 52 children.

There is also a political reason for agreeing today, in principle and dependent on the government financial support outlined in the report, to accept 52 children (UASC). I strongly suspect that the government will in due course force this Council to accept 52 children (UASC). How is this Council going to look if it is forced to accept refugee children? Wouldn’t it be far better to agree it now so that when the government does make its announcement the Council will be able to say “Yes we voluntarily agreed to do that on 13 September”.

 

Speaking after the meeting Sam Corcoran said, “I am pleased that the Council has agreed to welcome 3-5 Syrian refugee families to Cheshire East. I think this is a good start. I am also pleased that the Cabinet accepted my amendment to remove the word ‘maximum’ when referring to a maximum of 3-5 families. I think 3-5 is the right number for now. In due course, if the initial programme works well, then I hope that the Council will welcome more Syrian refugee families as the need is great.

I am disappointed that the Conservative Council Cabinet were not willing to agree to accept 52 unaccompanied asylum seeking children, even in principle. I strongly expect that the government will in due case force the Council to look again at accepting unaccompanied children as it is grossly unfair for councils in the Kent area to have to deal with all the unaccompanied children reaching our shores.”

 

Chehsire East welcomes Syrian Refugees

At the Cheshire East Council meeting on 22 October 2015, Sam Corcoran, Labour & Co-operative Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, proposed the motion that This Council would welcome an...

Congleton CLP has nominated  Peter Wheeler, Ann Black and Christine Shawcroft as its preferred candidates for the NEC

NEC Nominations 2016

Congleton CLP has nominated  Peter Wheeler, Ann Black and Christine Shawcroft as its preferred candidates for the NEC

At the Cheshire East Council Cabinet meeting on 3rd May, Labour councillors raised concerns that Cheshire East Council will be affected dramatically by the draft TTIP trade agreement with USA. TTIP will affect the services we all receive and the cost to the council tax and business rates payer. It will stop the council awarding contracts to local independent suppliers.

Under TTIP Macclesfield and other hospitals could face further privatisation of services, spiralling costs of drugs and many believe, we'll ultimately lose our hospital to cost cutting as a result of this agreement. Small businesses will be affected because they will come under increased, unfair pressure from much larger companies.

TTIP will make a nonsense of local planning decisions. It will increase the number of appeals and the workload of our, already overloaded planners and will ultimately take decision making away from the planners and put it in the hands of corporate lawyers.

The European Parliament has called for publicly-funded education, health and social services in the UK to be clearly excluded from the trade agreement. However, the past experience of Canada with exclusion clauses written into trade deals with the US, shows that such exclusion clauses are ineffective.

Talks are still taking place in secrecy with corporations being handed 'privileged access' to negotiations while civil society is locked out. It's a backroom deal that puts corporations before citizens, profits before the environment, and private interests before public services. Because TTIP negotiations are conducted in secret, there's no way of knowing what that system will look like until the agreement is signed. There is no transparency.

The proposed Investment Court System to replace the Investor State Dispute Settlement is already being criticised. Just a few days ago Germany's largest association of public judges and prosecutors publicly rejected the ICS questioning its legal basis and the EU's competence in its establishment. The ICS provisions "do not meet minimum standards for judicial office". And they went further, questioning an even more fundamental issue: is the proposal legal in the first place? When prominent judges question the legality of the Commission's plans, and their impacts on the existing court systems, then surely there is an urgent need to reassess the position.

This trade agreement poses a serious threat to environmental sustainability, consumer protection and more to the point, local democracy.

Janet Jackson, Labour Councillor for Macclesfield Central said, "In reality, TTIP isn't about free trade but about increasing corporate power and undermining the capacity of governments, both local and national, to regulate legitimate areas of public policy. TTIP will focus on so called 'non-tariff barriers to trade' such as environmental, and health and safety regulations."

The Conservative Cabinet rejected the proposal to call for an assessment of the potential impact of TTIP on local authorities, ignoring all the criticism at regional, national, and international level made of this process. The report to Cabinet, and its subsequent decision suggests that, irrespective of competing arguments, it had already made up its mind before the debate ever took place!

TTIP - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

At the Cheshire East Council Cabinet meeting on 3rd May, Labour councillors raised concerns that Cheshire East Council will be affected dramatically by the draft TTIP trade agreement with USA....

Splits within the local Conservative Party have emerged over the future of Children’s Centres, with a Conservative Cheshire East Council Cabinet member belittling the work of Conservative MP Fiona Bruce. At the Cheshire East Council Cabinet meeting on 3 May, Cllr Liz Durham referred to a letter from Fiona Bruce MP on Children’s Centres saying “The reporting of the contents of this letter implied that there is a parliamentary inquiry into Children’s Centres which is not the case” and referred to the group chaired by Fiona Bruce as an informal group of MPs.

Now it has emerged, following a Freedom of Information request by Labour Councillor Dorothy Flude, that Fiona Bruce’s letter to Cheshire East Council was wrongly excluded from the consultation results. The consultation opened on 4 January 2016 and the letter from Fiona Bruce obtained under the Freedom of Information Act is date stamped as being received by Cheshire East Council on 4 January, but it is not included in the consultation responses on the Council’s website and is not referred to at all in the Council’s report on the consultation. At the recent Cabinet meeting it was stated that, “All the correspondence we received during the consultation period regarding to the Children’s Centres themselves were included in all of the considerations.” That statement appears to be inconsistent with the exclusion of Fiona Bruce’s letter.

The proposals to cut £500,000 funding from Children’s Centres in Sandbach, Nantwich, Knutsford and Broken Cross (Macclesfield) were narrowly passed at a Council meeting in February. During a lively debate at the February meeting there was a notable difference between an individualistic Conservative approach and a community based Labour view. Conservative speakers advocated an individualistic one-to-one service and Labour councillors stressed how Children’s Centres promote communities and group support. Children’s Centres were praised by Labour Councillors for the way they bring people together and promote self-help in groups.

Cllr Rachel Bailey, at her first Council meeting as the new Conservative Leader following Michael Jones’s departure, said that some people didn’t go to Children’s Centres because they might meet people they didn’t want to mix with.

Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “Fiona Bruce’s letter is clearly headed “Re Consultation…” and is date stamped as being received during the consultation period. If Councillors had been aware of that letter from Fiona Bruce stating that she was against the closing of the Sandbach Children’s Centre, then perhaps more Conservative councillors would have been prepared to vote against their party whip and support my budget amendment.

“I am disappointed that the 3 Conservative councillors representing Sandbach, Cllrs Gill Merry, Barry Moran and Gail Wait and also Cllr John Wray for Brereton Rural all voted on party lines and supported the ‘de-designation’ of the Sandbach Children’s Centre. If Fiona Bruce’s letter had been available might they have voted differently and my amendment accepted?”

Dorothy Flude, Labour Councillor for Crewe South, said, “The failure to include Fiona Bruce’s letter in the consultation results calls into question the validity of the consultation process and therefore calls into question the validity of the whole decision making process.”

Tories split over children’s centres

Splits within the local Conservative Party have emerged over the future of Children’s Centres, with a Conservative Cheshire East Council Cabinet member belittling the work of Conservative MP Fiona Bruce....

Women Working For Women

We have now been in existence for six months and I am very pleased with how things have progressed. I was surprised to find that I had a membership list of 157 women across the constituency and started out by trying to make contact with everyone on the list. Most were contactable by e-mail but there were a few that only had phone numbers and some no contact details at all.   This was by choice not bad administration I hasten   to add.

 

Some members replied and some didn't but I have managed to get together a list of e- mails that appear to work and I have had no negative responses to my emails which is a bonus. However, we now find that a small number, around 25 attend the meetings at different times, and seek to participate in activities on behalf of the Party. This is a nice, friendly, workable number and I am encouraged to think what we can achieve working together for the good of women across Congleton. We also have a secret Facebook page. If you're not on it and want to be, contact me.

 

Our first meeting took place at my house in December and we had  a really good night of getting to know each other, eating, drinking and feeling festive. We will definitely be repeating that one.

 

Considering that it was Christmas week and it had been arranged very quickly at virtually the last minute, I was very pleased to have ten guests on that evening. (Better planning needed for this year's Christmas Bash).

 

 

Our January meeting was a curry night at Nobannos in Congleton and was attended by just eight people but bad weather and winter illness had caused six other people to call off at the last minute. It was a good night and we were made to feel very welcome by the excellent staff at Nobannos.

 

We will return.

 

February found us at the Beartown Tap in Congleton with Deborah Darnes speaking to us about Palestine. It was an  interesting  meeting during which Deborah told us all about her work  in  Palestine, the history of the region and the situation for the people living there. Food for thought, informative and fair reporting from our sister.

In March we were at The Market Tavern Sandbach where thirteen people met to hear Paula Eaton's talk on Fracking. We learned a lot and had a lively discussion about fracking and its implications for Cheshire East.

 

On April 15th a group of us attended a meeting at Addlington Hall near Macclesfield, which was hosted by the Wirral and Cheshire Badger Group. We listened to several speakers which included a scientist, a vet and Simon King from BBC's Springwatch.

 

They told us about the applications for licences to cull badgers in Cheshire. We learned about the science and the politics around the badger cull as well as the details of the shooting. We came away committed to finding out more and being active in any protests or actions against this terrible cruelty.

 

Melanie Lawton has agreed to be our lead woman on this and any other animal issue. Thanks Melanie you are now our Animal Champion.

 

On April 23rd we hosted a meeting at Congleton Town Hall where we were visited by Julie Ward MEP.   After she spoke to women she spoke to all members about Europe and her work there representing us, the

people of the North West. We had in excess of thirty people attend which was very encouraging.

 

After speaking for well over two hours, Julie did a walkabout in the Town Centre. She was well received and I managed to get coverage in the press helping to get the Forum known in the area.

 

Julie is an extremely hardworking woman and is totally committed to Europe and our remaining in.

 

There will be lots of work to do in the run-up to the referendum on 23rd June. All help thankfully received for leafletting and market stalls in all towns. Contact Peter Munro our EU Champion if you would like to volunteer. 01260 279235

 

We did manage to film her women's talk for those who were unable to attend on the day and it is available to all forum members. (Just ask)

 

On Wednesday 27th April I joined our Junior Doctors on  the picket line in Macclesfield to show the Forum's solidarity with   their strike action against the new contracts and creeping privatisation. It was an interesting day as the doctors had decided that rather than picket Macclesfield General they would teach C.P.R. in the Town Centre and get signatures for their petition.

 

I mingled amongst the crowd to recruit people for the C.P.R. training and to gauge the mood of the general public. Most were supportive of the doctors but there were a few nasty remarks, someone called them "murderers" and apparently I'm "disgraceful" for supporting them!!

 

I got an unexpected opportunity to see the doctors at work when a real life accident occurred; a lady fell and broke her shoulder. She was surrounded in seconds by more doctors than you could shake a stick at. They stayed with her until an ambulance arrived and then administered morphine and a sling, before sending her off to A&E; they're never really off duty or on strike.

 

I approached a young man on the street to ask him to sign the petition and learn C.P.R. He said he would but his head was everywhere as his wife had given birth to their first baby the previous night. "I know" said one young doctor, "I delivered her". The young man did a double take and said "Oh yes, so you did". It was a fantastic moment and a small insight into the life of one of our junior doctors; they were brilliant and deserve our full support.  I had a really good day and sharpened up my resuscitation skills.

 

A couple of things that have come up at meetings.

 

Training

 

People interested in standing for Cheshire East or any of the Town Councils in 2019, please contact me as I am in the process of trying to organise some training, which is available through Labour Women's Network. It would be fabulous if we could field some well-trained, able women to stand for Labour in 2019, so thinking ahead, even if you only think you might be interested, come along, learn more and do the training.

 

 

Your Party Needs You

 

Monthly Gift Campaign

 

This is an idea I had back at North West Conference where some Young Labour women were taking a collection of women's hygiene products for homeless women in Manchester and Liverpool. Apparently hostels for the homeless supply food, shampoo and soap, shaving supplies and even condoms but they don't supply tampons and towels for the women.  This means that women have real difficulty each month.

 

I did a bit of research and found that food banks are the same. Young mothers using food banks are having the same problem. So I came up with the idea of making a little pack containing a packet of tampons or towels and perhaps a little treat (bit of chocolate or a small bubblebath) and calling it Monthly Gift. It would also have a little card in identifying the Forum and our work.

 

For the Forum this would be a good outreach, women to women, and would help get    our heads above the parapet and show our concern and solidarity with women in the community who are suffering under the austerity policies imposed by the Tories.

 

I have been mulling this over since last October and dithering whether to go ahead or not.   I don't want to start something and be unable to continue with it. The constraints   are the usual, money and willing helpers and also the difficulty of getting into the food banks or women's hostels.  I have made tentative enquiries but the hostility to the   Labour Party is a massive barrier in Congleton. If anyone is interested in fundraising for this campaign and/or has some ideas for fundraising or accessing food banks, hostels etc then please contact me.  Otherwise I will ditch the idea as a non-starter.

 

Our next meeting is Thursday 26th May at 7:30 at Market Tavern Sandbach and we have a speaker from the Women's Refuge coming to tell us about their work.

 

A.G.M. This is 7:30, Monday 6th June at Market Tavern, Sandbach. I am up for re- election so please, please, pretty please, come along and vote for me to stay as your Women's Officer.

 

Susan Munro Women's Officer M: 07534510841

Very first Congleton Labour Party Women's Forum Newsletter

Women Working For Women We have now been in existence for six months and I am very pleased with how things have progressed. I was surprised to find that I...

Congratulations are certainly due to Labour members, supporters, and voters in Congleton CLP this week.  This week's local elections saw a Labour mayoral candidate win amidst strong opposition in the mass media and disgraceful scare tactics amongst some opposition parties.  But in addition to the London Mayor, Labour also won the two MP by-elections in Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough and Ogmore, South Wales.  Labour picked up wins up and down the country and have achieved a majority in the Wales and London Assemblies.  The last time these council seats were up for election was 2012 and the Labour wins there were considered a high water mark for Ed Miliband's leadership.  Although not all counting is finished we are seeing that any loses have been minimal and less than our major opponents in government.

But most important to ourselves in Congleton CLP was the win by 3,000 votes of David Keane as the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in Cheshire.  The Congleton CLP based campaign team worked hard in our part of Cheshire over the past few months dropping leaflets, running information stands, and hosting events and activities, many of which David Keane attended and supported.  And David has been very excited to come to our area, hear our concerns, and support Labour initiatives within the CLP.  He knew our area was vital to his success in this campaign and both he and our supporters' contributions did not go unnoticed.  This is why he and his campaign team celebrated this win in Middlewich Friday night.  Although the win was heavily contributed to by Warrington and Halton borough election turnouts, the Labour vote for Cheshire East was higher than might be expected for an area where less than 20% of the borough council is currently made up of Labour councillors.  Also to be considered impressive is the Labour support in light of the incumbent PCC being local to Cheshire East (Nantwich based).  The 3,000 votes David won by could easily have been lost in Congleton constituency or Cheshire East without this work by our members, supporters, voters, and campaigners.

But our success and celebrations this week would not have been possible without the work of our members and supporters on the ground within the Congleton constituency donating what time they could spare to getting the word out and getting the vote out on the day.  A massive congratulations and thank you to everyone who contributed their time within our constituency to supporting this campaign.  Because this win and future wins are only possible through the involvement of members and supporters on the ground, we would gladly welcome any time any members and supporters can spare in helping our local Labour initiatives, grassroots campaigns, and local Labour canvassing.  As a movement and a party led by members we encourage and welcome your ideas and suggestions at all of our events.  If you are interested in getting more involved at a local level, please come along to our monthly CLP or local branch meetings, get in touch with your branch secretary, or any local Labour councillors who will point you in the right direction to being more involved in this movement and achieving even more victories for Labour values within the Congleton constituency.  Well done all and thank you again for your continued support of our values for a more equal and fair society for all!

Congleton CLP plays strong role in Cheshire PCC Labour win and contributes to Labour success in 2016 elections

Congratulations are certainly due to Labour members, supporters, and voters in Congleton CLP this week.  This week's local elections saw a Labour mayoral candidate win amidst strong opposition in the...

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, welcoming the decision by BP shareholders at their AGM today in opposing a pay package of almost £14m for the corporation’s chief executive, said:

“The rejection by BP shareholders today of the director’s eye watering remuneration package is a welcome sign of ethical shareholder action, given the company is making large job cuts in other parts of the business.

“It further shows a sign of a growing revolt against the ‘rewards for failure culture’ that we have got so used to seeing at a boardroom level for far too long. Labour wants to encourage more shareholder activism linking to trade union pressure in order to secure increased accountability in our corporations.”

Rejection by BP shareholders of director’s remuneration package is welcome sign of ethical shareholder action

John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, welcoming the decision by BP shareholders at their AGM today in opposing a pay package of almost £14m for the corporation’s chief executive, said:...

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