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Maeve Kelly says “A massive big thank you to all the Labour party members/supporters who come to the scrutiny committee meeting yesterday and spoke out against these cuts in support of our campaign to fight these cuts: Paula Eaton, Sue Helliwell, Amelia Helliwell, Susan Munro, Ethel Ranson, Carol Bulman, and I think Ted from Macclesfield might also be a member/supporter? It was really appreciated! Our speakers were professional and organised and Cheshire East, were, basically, not. To have the press there for that was quite another level of embarrassment. Also the points made by Cllrs Laura Jeuda, Sam Corcoran, and Dorothy Flude had a great impact and really helped our cause. Onwards and upwards to the next meeting!”

Children’s centre campaigners at Cheshire East

Maeve Kelly says “A massive big thank you to all the Labour party members/supporters who come to the scrutiny committee meeting yesterday and spoke out against these cuts in support...

Due to popular demand from local supporters who are not on Facebook, we have created a website and a dedicated email address for the campaign. Please bear with us as we get it up and running and please forgive us for the lack of a flashy website, we don’t have the budget for much. The website will mirror the posts from Facebook so there is no need to follow both. Please get in touch on any medium if you would like to get more involved with the campaign.
Website: Here
Email address: chesheastchildrencentrefriends@gmail.com

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Friends of Cheshire East Children's Sure Start Centres

Due to popular demand from local supporters who are not on Facebook, we have created a website and a dedicated email address for the campaign. Please bear with us as...

The Department of Health has indicated it believes that there are up to 3000 too many pharmacies in England.  At the same time, they have proposed a series of policy measures which would divert investment from local pharmacies to other care settings or to online suppliers of medicines.  Beyond this, there is little detail about the Government’s plans.  Nevertheless, it is easy to see that the current direction of policy, if not challenged, will lead to a serious fracturing of the pharmacy network in England.

The Government is conducting a dangerous experiment which will see pharmacies close, thereby reducing people’s access to medicines and healthcare advice, and putting extra pressure on GPs and hospitals.   The proposals put at risk a part of the health system that holds the key to solving many of its problems. Patients would be the biggest losers.  There are particular concerns about the risks to the most vulnerable people and the most deprived communities, where local pharmacies are often (literally) a lifeline.

Read more here

You can help by writing to your local MP.

If you become aware of any pharmacies in your area that are under threat, then please let us know here.

Act Now – Support your Local Pharmacies

The Department of Health has indicated it believes that there are up to 3000 too many pharmacies in England.  At the same time, they have proposed a series of policy...

This Government wont stop until they've ripped apart our NHS beyond any recognition. The attacks on Junior Doctors contracts is part of a much wider picture. Student nurses and NHS students have had their bursaries scrapped, hospital departments have faced closure up and down the country, and they're slowly handing over chunks of our NHS to private companies.

It's all part of the Tories plan to shrink public spending across the board. Osborne has said he'll be announcing more cuts in his budget on 16 March. For the majority it's a disaster.

That's why the Junior Doctors strikes next week are absolutely crucial. It's about more than just doctors contracts - if the Government is defeated on this they can be defeated on other things too. If the strikes are going to win, everyone needs to do all they can to support them.

Here's how you can help:

1) Get down to picket lines

Next week Junior Doctors will be striking on Wednesday and Thursday. Picket lines will be at every major hospital from 8am - 6pm. 

 - Organise a time now with your workmates to go down together to your nearest hospital at lunch time or after work. 
 - Try and make contact with the BMA rep or any junior doctors in your local hospital in the next few days And tell them you'll be bringing people to support the strikes.
 - Speak to the union rep in your workplace about organising members to go to picket lines. If possible bring union banners, make placards, and help the doctors talk to the public about the strikes.  
 - People's Assembly groups will be organising times for people to go down to the picket lines.
 - Take photos & video of your delegation and share on social media. Use hashtag #JuniorDoctorsStrike & tag us in too: @pplsassembly 

In London, the People's Assembly is working with the BMA on organing an after work rally on Wednesday evening, please bring as many people from your workplace as possible.
Assemble: 5:30pm, Wed 9 March, BBC HQ, Portland Place, London W1A 1AA. Speakers TBA

2) March for Health, Homes, Jobs & Education, Saturday 16 April

The national demonstration on Saturday 16 April falls in between the last two strike dates (announced so far!). This is the moment to bring together tens of thousands of people from every section of society, to place demands on this Government, and fight for the alternative.

National Day of Action - Saturday 12 March
We are calling a national day of action where we are asking all our supporters to get out on the streets and help make sure the demonstration is massive. We'll be leafleting estates, streets, and shopping centres, talking to community groups, doing press stunts and more.

If you can organise something near you please get in touch. We can send you leaflets, posters, stickers and other publicity material. More info on activity will be sent out soon.

March for Health, Homes, Jobs & Education
Saturday 16 April 2016
Assemble: 1pm, Gower Street / Euston Road, London
More info here
Invite your friends on Facebook

3) London Wide Activist Meeting - Tuesday 8 March

On the eve of the doctors strikes we are organising a London wide activist meeting to plan solidarity actions for the strikes, plus talking about how you can get involved in helping with the national demonstration. If you're in London, please do come along.

Supporting the strikes & mobilising a mass demonstration on 16 April
6:30pm, Hamilton House, Maybledon Place, London WC1H 9BJ (Tubes: Euston / Kings Cross).
Please confirm your attendance on Facebook


The People's Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Junior doctors' dispute action plan

This Government wont stop until they've ripped apart our NHS beyond any recognition. The attacks on Junior Doctors contracts is part of a much wider picture. Student nurses and NHS...

Please take the time to write a small note to your local Cheshire East councillor regarding their recent vote on the Children's Centres. Feel free to use the excellent www.writetothem.com website which will facilitate your letter writing, you enter in your postcode and it tells you who your councillor is and facilitates you writing an email to them.

YES: If your councillor voted YES on the amendment to save children's centres please thank them. 


NO: If your councillor voted No on the amendment to save children's centres, and you are disappointed that they didn't vote 'yes', please ask them to change their minds as there is still time to save our centres. 


ABSTAIN: If your councillor voted ABSTAIN, please let them know if you're disappointed in them not voting Yes and ask them to change their minds as there is still time to save our centres.

For your reference, all representatives and their votes are listed below: Yes (to save children's centres) vs. No vs. Abstain vs. Absent from the vote.

Chris Andrew Macclesfield South Voted No
Ainsley Arnold Macclesfield Tytherington Voted No
Geoff Baggott Congleton East Voted No
Damian Bailey Crewe St Barnabas Voted Yes
Rachel Bailey Audlem Voted No
Rhoda Bailey Odd Rode Voted No
Gary Barton Wilmslow West & Chorley Voted No
Paul Bates Congleton West Voted No
Gordon Baxendale Congleton West Voted No
Michael Beanland Poynton West & Adlington Voted No
Derek Bebbington Leighton Voted Abstain
Suzanne Brookfield Crewe East Voted Yes
Ellie Brooks Wilmslow West & Chorley Voted No
David Brown Conlgeton East Voted No
Craig Browne Alderley Edge Voted Yes
Barry Burkhill Handforth Voted Yes
Penny Butterill Nantwich Voted Yes
Stephen Carter Macclesfield Hurdsfield Voted Yes
Clair Chapman Crewe East Voted Yes
Janet Clowes Wybunbury Voted No
Sam Corcoran Sandbach Heath & East Ward Voted Yes
Harold Davenport Disley Voted No
Stanley Davies Wrenbury Voted No
Martin Deakin Alsager Voted Abstain
Tony Dean Knutsford Voted Abstain
Beverley Dooley Macclesfield Voted No
Liz Durham Macclesfield Broken Cross Voted No
Steven Edgar Shavington Voted No
Irene Faseyi Crewe Central Voted Yes
Paul Findlow Prestbury Voted No
Rod Fletcher Alsager Voted Yes
Dorothy Flude Crewe South Voted Yes
Toni Fox Wilmslow Deans Row Voted Yes
Hilda Gaddum Sutton Voted Abstain
Stewart Gardiner Knutsford Voted No
Sam Gardiner Macclesfield Tytherington Voted No
Les Gilbert Dane Valley Voted Absent
Mo Grant Crewe North Voted Yes
Peter Groves Nantwich South & Stapeley Voted No
John Hammond Haslington Voted Abstain
Martin Hardy Broken Cross & Upton Voted No
Alift Harewood Macclesfield West & Ivy Voted Yes
George Hayes Congleton West Voted Absent
Steven Hogben Crewe South Voted Yes
Derek Hough Alsager Voted Yes
Olivia Hunter High Legh Voted No
Janet Jackson Macclesfield Central Voted Yes
Laura Jeuda Macclesfield South Voted Yes
Michael Jones Bunbury Voted No
Andrew Kolker Dane Valley Voted No
Jamie Macrae Mobberley Voted No
Dennis Mahon Handforth Voted Yes
Nick Mannion Macclesfield West & Ivy Voted Yes
David Marren Haslington Voted Yes
Andrew Martin Nantwich South & Stapeley Voted Yes
Simon McGrory Middlewich Voted Absent
Rod Menlove Wilmslow East Voted No
Gill Merry Sandbach Elworth Voted No
Arthur Moran Nantwich North & West Voted Yes
Barry Moran Sandbach Town Voted No
Howard Murray Poynton East & Pott Shrigley Voted Abstain
David Newton Crewe East Voted Yes
Michael Parsons Middlewich Voted Yes
Sarah Pochin Willaston & Rope Voted Abstain
Jill Rhodes Crewe West Voted Yes
Brian Roberts Crewe West Voted Yes
Joe Saunders Poynton East & Pott Shrigley Voted No
Mike Sewart Poynton West & Adlington Voted No
Margaret Simon Wistaston Voted No
Lesley Smetham Gawsworth Voted Abstain
Don Stockton Wilmslow Lacey Green Voted No
Amanda Stott Bollington Voted Yes
Gail Wait Sandbach Ettiley Heath & Wheelock Voted No
Bernice Walmsley Middlewich Voted Yes
George Walton Chelford Voted No
Liz Wardlaw Odd Rode Voted No
Mick Warren Macclesfield East Voted Yes
Jacquie Weatherill Wistaston Voted No
Hayley Wells-Bradshaw Knutsford Voted No
Jonathan Weston Bollington Voted Absent
Glen Williams Congleton East Voted No
John Wray Brereton Rural Voted No

Let councillors know what you feel about the closure of Sure Start Centres

Please take the time to write a small note to your local Cheshire East councillor regarding their recent vote on the Children's Centres. Feel free to use the excellent www.writetothem.com website which...

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