Protect our public services

The NHS is under threat in the local area following the closure of the Blanche Heriot unit at St Peter’s Hospital and the failure to fully rebuild Weybridge Walk In Centre. Meanwhile, Conservative cuts put residents at risk as Surrey is left with just four fully functional police stations, and Esher Fire Station faces imminent closure.

Tory-led Surrey County Council aims to save a massive total of £104m in 2018, and top of their list is the adult social care budget – a predicted £25.9m of stinging cuts for the elderly and disabled to cope with, while the Children, Schools and Families budget takes a possible £22.1m hit. Surrey County Council Fire Authority made a cut of £10m to Surrey’s Fire Service last June and they plan to save an extra £3.58m this year. While local burglaries go unsolved, our nearest police desk in Esher operates office hours only and is closed at weekends. Street lights have been turned off at night and make us all feel less safe.

With currently just one Labour spokesperson on Surrey County Council, your support in the upcoming local elections is vital. A Labour voice is desperately needed on Elmbridge Borough Council to speak up for our public services. Public safety must be a priority.

Register to vote (and, if required, apply for a postal vote) by April 17th to ensure that you have a voice on who makes decisions for Elmbridge on May 3rd.

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Campaigning outside County Hall

Yesterday, Esher and Walton CLP members joined Unison Surrey, Save Our Services in Surrey and Labour Councillor, Robert Evans in Kingston.

We were there celebrating 69 years of our National Health Service, and campaigning to end cuts to vital health services in Surrey, and nationally.IMG-20170714-WA0005

Canvassing with Lana Hylands in Esher and Walton

Walton and Hersham Branch joined forces with the Election team from Cobham yesterday (20th May) to canvas the Rodney Road area of Walton.  Lana Hylands, our Parliamentary Candidate for Esher and Walton, plus her dedicated agent Irene Threlkeld, led the way as we knocked on doors to introduce ourselves to supporters (some), non-supporters (one or two), and floating voters (a few).

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Despite obviously disturbing some Sunday morning lie-ins (it was midday by this time) we were generally well received and all agreed it was worth doing to be seen to be active locally.  Plus it was good fun and something we would like to do more of in North Walton during the run-up to next year’s local Council elections when we stand an excellent chance of getting a much needed Labour representative elected for the first time in many years.

Canvassing with our Esher and Walton Parliamentary Candidate – Lana Hylands

More information on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/183343475524238/

Meeting place for canvassing with our Esher and Walton Parliamentary Candidate Lana Hylands and her team tomorrow, Sunday 21st May, outside Walton Station at 11 a.m.

We will be going on to St Johns/Sidney Road/Ambleside area. Please come along and help if you can. Nice pub opposite Walton Station (Ashley Park Hotel) for refreshments after and lots of coffee shops in central Walton too.

Esher and Walton Hustings Meeting

There will be a brief introduction, followed by 5 minutes’ initial presentation (to cover the main issues facing us in this election and what policy initiatives you are proposing) from each candidate, speaking order to be drawn by lot.

50 minutes of questions from the audience – questions to be submitted on cards available on arrival – with a 15-minute overrun period.

Please come along to these hustings and support Lana!

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Molesey

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Wednesday 31 May at 19:30

East Molesey Methodist Church
Manor Road, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 9JU

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Thames Ditton

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Thursday 1 June at 19:30

Our  Lady of Lourdes Church Hampton Court Way KT7 0LP

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Claygate

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Monday 5 June 19:00

St Christopers’s Claygate Lane Hinchley Wood, Esher, KT0 0AQ

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You don’t need a ticket or to book it.
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE!

How can you help in Esher&Walton’s GE campaign?

The most important thing you can give is…

Your time:

  • Leafleting your local community to spread the Labour Party message.
  • Canvasing your street to show residents that the Labour Party is alive and kicking in Esher & Walton.
  • Talking with friends and letting them know why you’re going to Vote Labour on 8th June.

Donations. Any amount you can donate will be graciously received by our CLP and used towards our important General Election campaign.

The Labour Party has set up a website, to make it easier for you to give a donation driectly to Esher and Walton. Thank You: https://donate.labour.org.uk/esher_and_walton

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  • Login/Register at My Labour and make sure your email address is correct and up-to-date. This is our primary contact method with you.
  • Like our Esher & Walton Facebook PAGE.
  • Join our EWCLP (members only) Facebook GROUP.
  • Attend our month-long, online campaign EVENT.
  • Follow @EWLabourParty on Twitter.

Only Labour can be trusted to care

Click here to meet all your local Surrey County Council Labour Party Candidates.

Education

The Tories are cutting funding for our children’s education for the first time since the 1 990’s. At the same time, they are throwing huge amounts of money at exclusive grammar schools.

The government wants to reintroduce selective education which would segregate our children, provide a privileged education for the few, and a second class one for the rest. Teacher shortages in England are at crisis point, with pupil numbers at secondary schools expected to increase by 500,000 to over three million by 2025. While the Conservatives have failed to present a coherent plan to combat this crisis, the Labour Party’s focus would be on quality and fairness, where all pupils are entitled to a high standard of education whatever their background.

Labour would ensure that our children are being taught by motivated and talented teachers, without the constant interference which has resulted in them leaving their respected profession in droves.

Housing

We didn’t need the Council’s stark housing-need figures, to tell us what we already knew; that we need more housing, affordable, t o rent and t o buy. Our young people have no choice but to move away to be able to find somewhere they can live, to work locally, or commute, and to raise a family. Shelter reports (2/3/17), that 80% of residents cannot afford to buy a home.

Our older residents need an increase in progressively supportive, assisted-living, affordable accommodation to rent. Hard choices must be considered to provide sustainable mixed developments of smaller homes, one and two bedroom flats, 2 and 3 bedroom houses.

A local charity reports that of those they rehoused, 40% have slept rough, and a third have mental health issues. They have seen increased numbers of older people who are becoming homeless at age 50 or above. All these people need homes. Labour has the determination to make sure we get the housing we need.

NHS and Social Care

After consultations with local authorities, NHS England have come up with new plans, STP’s, which over the next five years will radically alter the way in which health care is provided.

The South West London STP borders the Surrey Heartlands STP which includes Walton and Hersham. The SW Plan suggests the closure of one hospital, and changes to services which could have a negative impact on our local area.

The Tories have wiped a massive £4.7 billion from the social care budget since 2010, reducing the number of home care users by 19.4%. Last year Meals on Wheels charges went up in Elmbridge while the Lib Dems/Residents coalition awarded themselves a whopping 12.4% in expenses.

Labour have pushed for a reversal in proposed Corporation Tax cuts to release funds for social care. Only Labour can be trusted with effective, responsive, social care for all.

Roads and Transport

An extensive and frequent bus service provides a vital link to both local and distant shopping centres and train stations in Elmbridge; it also reduces the number of diesel-guzzling cars. Labour wants a reversal of recent local timetable changes which have created long waits at bus stops. The 564 route, the only one which linked Walton and Hersham to our Leisure Centre in Walton, should be fully reinstated.

Why did Surrey County Council spend £866,000 on an unwanted Cycle Lane when there is a multi-million-pound black hole in their road repair budget?

The pavement Cycle Lane is dangerous for cyclists at several points and fails to adequately protect pedestrians. Terrace Road was narrowed to incorporate the widened pavements but is now more dangerous for all road users, including the cyclists who it was designed to protect!

Labour would urgently review road safety and traffic flow issues in Walton and Hersham.

Click here to read Surrey Labour’s 2017 County Council Election Manifesto.

Robert Evans Response to Surrey’s Proposed 15% Council Tax Rise

Comments made by County Cllr Robert Evans (Labour) – Stanwell and Stanwell Moor

Source: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/your-council/council-tax-and-finance/council-tax/council-tax-201718

Surrey County Council’s Leader David Hodge (Conservative) has announced a recommendation to seek a council tax rise of 15% in 2017–18 to fund social care services. He believes this is the only way to protect these vital services following substantial cuts in Government funding and an increase in demand for them every year.

Why is this increase necessary?

Continue reading “Robert Evans Response to Surrey’s Proposed 15% Council Tax Rise”

Thank you @EWLabourParty – We #CareForTheNHS

On behalf of all the officers of the EWCLP, thank you to everyone who took part in today’s National NHS Campaign Day.

A special and HUGE thank you to the thousands of NHS staff who go above and beyond on a daily basis, who are working to keep the National Health Service running, whilst the Tories do their best to tear it apart. #WeCareForOurNHS

Continue reading “Thank you @EWLabourParty – We #CareForTheNHS”

Our NHS is in Crisis!

Our NHS is in crisis. It should motivate each and every one of us to act.

This weekend The Red Cross announced it is providing humanitarian assistance to NHS trusts that simply do not have the resources to cope.

I am asking every Labour member to urgently sign up to take action to protect the NHS on Saturday 21 January.

Pledge to take action on 21 January

People are lying on trolleys in corridors waiting to be seen. Hospitals have had to close their doors, unable to admit patients. The health service and social care are at breaking point. Continue reading “Our NHS is in Crisis!”