Your vote matters

Your vote matters Around seven million people are not correctly registered to vote in the UK. Are you one of them? If you haven’t registered by 22 May, you won’t be able to vote in the general election on 8th June. That means you won’t get to choose the person who will represent you in […]

Schools are facing cuts under the Tories

Schools are facing cuts under the Tories Schools across New Forest West will be cutting staff and not spending on things like books, computers or support services like speech therapy and counselling. Even the Conservative-dominated Public Accounts Committee says that funding cuts could ‘threaten the quality of education and educational outcomes’.

Labour promises 10,000 more police officers

Labour promises 10,000 more police officers This blog post was written before the Manchester bombing. Labour is promising 10,000 more police officers on the streets, to reverse Tory police cuts and to reduce crime. Since 2010, the Tories (with Theresa May as Home Secretary) have cut police funding and we now have 20,000 fewer police […]

Introducing our candidate: Jo Graham

Labour select Ringwood businesswoman to fight general election I grew up in Southampton, where I went to a comprehensive school and was the first generation of my family to go to university. I trained as a primary teacher, starting my career in Bradford. I moved on to work at the Science Museum in London, where […]

We will build a better, fairer Britain

We will build a better, fairer Britain Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the party’s campaign launch in Manchester, said: It’s great to be launching our campaign in Greater Manchester where you showed the way for the rest of the country by electing a Labour mayor, Andy Burnham. Andy will be a […]

Cuts cause crime rate increase

‘Fewer police blamed for big rise in crime’ Crime in the New Forest has increased by over 20% in 2015/2016, according to figures given to the District Council. But at the same time, Hampshire Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane have written to the government complaining that Hampshire Police are underfunded compared […]

Potholes getting worse

Mind the potholes! Our roads seem to get worse every year, with more and deeper potholes. Some are getting so big that they damage cars driving through them – meaning the council has to pay compensation for the damage. In fact, last year Hampshire paid out more compensation than any other local authority – over […]

Social care cuts cause hospital bed crisis

Social care cuts cause hospitals bed crisis Under Labour, NHS waiting times were at record lows and the numbers of nurses, doctors and operations grew. The NHS got better under Labour. But since the Tories took control, the NHS has gone from bad to worse and now it faces the worst crisis in its history […]

Fly-tipping closes New Forest lane

Fly-tipping – an ever increasing problem Hampshire County Council have cut local recycling centres opening hours, increased charges and added new restrictions for DIY and building waste. Now local residents are complaining that fly-tipping is increasing. We warned the County Council that their changes would lead to more problems like this, but even we were […]

Letter to The Guardian – ASLEF

The will of the people – except when it’s ASLEF Our local party chairman Brian Curwain writes to the Guardian urging the government and Southern railway to accept the democratic legitimacy of the vote and settle the dispute:- So, Southern rail drivers have voted 54% to 46% to reject the Aslef-negotiated deal and plan more […]