When my constituents heard about the proposed 10% pay rise for Members of Parliament earlier this year, they were quite rightfully outraged. They wanted to know whether Alan Whitehead thought it was fair for MPs to get such a big pay rise when most others were getting a lower one, or indeed no pay rise at all.
He didn't and said this week 'I always knew that I would not keep the extra rise. The rise is automatic and there is no mechanism for refusing it before it it hits our pay packets, so I thought the best thing to do would be to donate it to charity. After careful consideration I thought the most appropriate thing to do would be to donate the money resulting from the extra pay rise to local charities who are working with disadvantaged people in and around Southampton.'
In the midst of some brutal Tory cuts it is local charities and organisations who are part of the fight to make sure vulnerable people do not fall through the net.
With this in mind Alan decided to donate two thirds of the extra pay rise to the Rose Road Association. He has worked closely with The Rose Road association since becoming an MP for Southampton Test. They are a charity based in the Aldermoor area of Southampton and they do fantastic work with children who have complex health needs, across Southampton and Hampshire. However the running costs of Rose Road are over £5000 a day, which is why Alan decided to donate the majority of the rise to them.
The other third of the pay rise will be going to other local charities, which Alan will be able to reveal later this month.
When my constituents heard about the proposed 10% pay rise for Members of Parliament earlier this year, they were quite rightfully outraged. They wanted to know whether Alan Whitehead thought...
We have some good news about your bus routes in Sholing and Woolston!
We were concerned that First Bus' decision to remove the number 5 bus from service was going to leave the residents of Sholing and Woolston without any means to travel to the centre of town, and to and from the doctors' surgeries that the bus route served. This would have been a massive inconvenience to all, and would have left those without alternative transport isolated.
However, Southampton Labour Council, through working with Bluestar buses have managed to secure an alternative. From September 6th Bluestar will introduce a brand new bus route, that will operate every 30 minutes throughout the day. This bus route will link up Woolston, Sholing and the City Centre and it will run on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Bluestar confirmed the new route this week mentioning that:
"In this case, we have been working closely with Southampton City Council to preserve services for customers living in or wishing to travel between Sholing, Woolston and the city centre - particularly since another operator decided to cease operations in part of this area."
Proving once again that the Southampton Labour Council is delivering for our city.
Councillor for Sholing Dan Jeffery who worked alongside Councillor Jacqui Rayment Cabinet Member for Transport to arrange alternatives to the number 5, was delighted with the news saying:
“Sholing should get as fair a deal as other parts of the city. Labour in Sholing is delivering for residents and I’m proud to be part of it. I’ll never take for granted the needs of residents in the area.”
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We have some good news about your bus routes in Sholing and Woolston! We were concerned that First Bus' decision to remove the number 5 bus from service was going...
Last Thursday we had a social to welcome the hundreds of new members that have joined Southampton Labour Party since the election.
I'm the Campaign Organiser at Southampton Labour Party, and it was wonderful to be able to welcome so many new and enthusiastic members to our team.
I know that if we want to keep Southampton Council in Labour's hands come 2016 we need every single one of our members. Our strength as a party comes from the time that they tirelessly give to us week after week.
Judging from the group that came together on Thursday night it is clear to see that our party here in Southampton is thriving. Our new members range from teachers to nurses, from small business owners to students and all were there because they believe that the Labour Party offers a better future for the people of Southampton.
Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, was there to say a few words about what he thinks it means to be part of our movement. He attributed his increased majority in Southampton Test at the current election to the dedication of Southampton Labour party activists, and told the new members 'This is now your party too'.
If you are a new member and you want to find out more about getting involved just click here or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing you soon
Southampton Labour Campaign Organiser
Last Thursday we had a social to welcome the hundreds of new members that have joined Southampton Labour Party since the election. I'm the Campaign Organiser at Southampton Labour Party,...
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