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Last Thursday (14 April) Roberta Blackmann-Woods, MP for Durham and Shadow Housing Minister, visited Great Yarmouth to learn about the good work the last Labour-led council had done to tackle the local housing crisis. Roberta, Cllr Trevor Wainwright, Leader of the Labour Group, and Chris Jones, Labour's Police Crime Commissioner candidate for Norfolk, visited The Old Fire Station and Trafalgar House in the town centre. These two listed buildings used to be unused council assets and were sold to Saffron Housing, who redeveloped the buildings into apartments and allocated the homes to tenants on a basis of need. 

Roberta, Trevor and Chris also visited a resident on Kingfisher Close, one of twelve new build council houses. These houses were built as eco homes with tenant's energy costs and usage in mind, and were the first council houses to be built in 20 years. 


Roberta said “I really enjoyed my visit to Great Yarmouth last Thursday and particularly seeing some of the good work that Labour did there whilst in control of the Council such as putting schemes in place for social rent and building new, high quality Council homes.

I also spoke to tenants who were concerned about the impacts the measures in the Housing and Planning Bill would have on them and their ability to keep their families securely housed.

Whilst Labour recognises that it is important to have initiatives that apply to different buyers and renters across the market, it seems that the Tory government are only interested in helping those who can already afford up to £250,000 in Great Yarmouth. Labour wants to see as many people as possible buy their own homes but we also want to ensure that people on low incomes are housed properly too.

Clearly the Housing and Planning Minister, who is the local MP, needs to do more to meet the needs  of those in Great Yarmouth, and elsewhere, like improving standards in the private rented sector and ensuring housing availability for those looking to rent- at reasonable rates- as well as buy.

I’d like thank the Leader of the Labour group for such an interesting visit”.

 

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Shadow Housing Minister visits Great Yarmouth

Last Thursday (14 April) Roberta Blackmann-Woods, MP for Durham and Shadow Housing Minister, visited Great Yarmouth to learn about the good work the last Labour-led council had done to tackle the local...

Labour's Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Richard Burgon visited Peterborough on Monday (11 April) to join local Labour Party activists in campaigning ahead of the local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 5 May.

Richard Burgon joined activists including Labour councillors Jonas Yonga and Lisa Forbes, council candidates Bonita Yonga and Dr Christian DeFeo and Labour's Police Crime Commissioner candidate for Peterborough & Cambridgeshire, Dave Baigent, to talk to voters in Paston and Walton ward.

Richard Burgon said, 

"I was delighted to join local Labour volunteers in Peterborough speaking to local residents on their doorsteps this week.

"We know Conservative cuts are hitting councils jobs and services, harming those who can least afford to lose them. That’s why Peterborough Labour is working so hard for local residents.

"To elect a council who will stand up for ordinary people, make sure you vote Labour in Peterborough on 5th May."

 

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Photo - Richard Burgon MP joins Peterborough Labour Councillors Jonas Yonga and Lisa Forbes, Labour's Peterborough & Cambridgeshire PCC candidate Dave Baigent and local Labour volunteers out on the doorstep in Paston and Walton ward ahead of this May's important local and PCC elections. 

Shadow Treasury Minister visits Peterborough

Labour's Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Richard Burgon visited Peterborough on Monday (11 April) to join local Labour Party activists in campaigning ahead of the local and Police and Crime Commissioner elections...

News from Labour: Shadow Transport Secretary visits Thurrock to discuss proposed new Lower Thames crossing
 
Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, visited Thurrock yesterday (31 March) to discuss the proposed new Lower Thames crossing with Thurrock Council Leader John Kent and other Labour councillors. 
 
Lilian Greenwood said:
 
"I was pleased to accept Cllr John Kent's invitation to see for myself the impact the proposed Lower Thames Crossing would have on Thurrock. 
 
"Local Labour councillors clearly share residents' concerns about the Government's proposals and are determined to protect the best interests of the area they represent.
 
"Major infrastructure projects are always controversial so it's vital that local people are properly consulted and have a real voice about the options under consideration. It's worrying to hear that there's such deep concern about the consultation process in this case and Ministers need to respond to the issues raised." 

Shadow Transport Secretary visits Thurrock to discuss proposed new Lower Thames crossing

News from Labour: Shadow Transport Secretary visits Thurrock to discuss proposed new Lower Thames crossing   Lilian Greenwood MP, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, visited Thurrock yesterday (31 March) to discuss the proposed new Lower...

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