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“It’s a real privilege to have been selected as Labour’s candidate in Romsey and Southampton North.  In 2015 we doubled the previous number of votes cast for Labour.  Now I’m ready to once again speak up for a Labour alternative of a fairer, better future for the people of Romsey and Southampton North, instead of the Tories’ privilege for the few and austerity for the rest of us.

I came here to study in 2000, and I’m now a university lecturer in Southampton, where I live with my wife and two young children. My passion for education comes from my own experience as the first person in my family to go to university.

As a local councillor in Southampton, I’ve worked hard to speak up for local people and help to make our communities even better places to live, learn, and work.  I led the creation of the Fairness Commission that recommended actions to narrow the gap between the richest and poorest in our city, and I developed an Apprenticeship Action Plan to create hundreds more training opportunities for local young people. As Cabinet Member for Education, I have recently lobbied government so that they will stop making damaging real-terms cuts to the city’s schools – the first cuts since before the last Labour government was elected in 1997.

The choice on 8th June is clearer than ever: a strong Labour voice for Romsey and Southampton North, or a Tory who will carry on propping up Theresa May’s agenda, driving through vicious welfare cuts to the most vulnerable, privatising the NHS, dismantling our education system, and rewarding a privileged few at the expense of everyone else.

 

It’s time to stop this.

 

Vote Labour for a better, fairer future for all of us.”

 

Cllr Darren Paffey on being selected as our candidate for Romsey & Southampton North

“It’s a real privilege to have been selected as Labour’s candidate in Romsey and Southampton North.  In 2015 we doubled the previous number of votes cast for Labour.  Now I’m...

“I am delighted to have been chosen by the Labour Party to stand as a candidate in Southampton: the city I have called home since 1981. As Leader of the council for the last four years, I have worked tirelessly to improve our city despite the cuts imposed by the Tory government. 

Under my leadership your Labour Council has helped bring over 8000 jobs to the city and ensured local people get a good chance of getting them. We also have exciting plans to design and build the next generation of council homes for rent, employing Southampton workers. In addition we have kept open all our Sure Start centres and Libraries, unlike nearby Tory councils, and have invested heavily in the city's roads - with forty more major resurfacing jobs promised for next year.

We have also worked closely with the NHS to develop new solutions to Social care, opening our first ‘Extra Care’ housing earlier this year, with further schemes to follow.”

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Cllr Simon Letts on being selected as our candidate for Itchen

“I am delighted to have been chosen by the Labour Party to stand as a candidate in Southampton: the city I have called home since 1981. As Leader of the...

In the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the Parliament, Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, challenged the Government’s cuts to per pupil funding in Southampton schools.

 

According to figures from the House of Commons Library, current Government policies mean that school funding in Southampton has fallen by £475 per pupil (10.2%) in real terms since 2010-2011 – a drop in funding equivalent to the loss of 359 teachers in schools across the city by 2020.

 

Speaking today in the House of Commons, Alan Whitehead MP asked Theresa May what immediate action she proposes to address this crisis.

 

Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, said:

 

Schools in Southampton are already suffering from this catastrophic pupil funding regime. I’ve heard of one school in the city where parents are volunteering to clean school toilets because the cleaning budget has been cut to try to protect teaching jobs in the school. Action to deal with this crisis is needed now, not waffle about reviewing funding formulas for the future.

Local MP Alan Whitehead takes Prime Minister to task on funding cuts to Southampton schools

In the final Prime Minister’s Questions of the Parliament, Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, challenged the Government’s cuts to per pupil funding in Southampton schools.   According to...

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