TENANT SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY SAYS SOUTHAMPTON LABOUR PARTY
On the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy (June 14), Southampton Labour Party is providing reassurance to council tenants that their safety remains the top priority.
Labour-run Southampton City Council is currently spearheading a citywide project to install sprinklers in its high rise blocks. It pledged to carry out works ahead of the Grenfell tragedy last year, and was one of the first cities to commit to installing sprinklers in all of its high rise flats.
The first three blocks – Albion Towers, Sturminster House and Shirley Towers – are already complete with contractors on site at eight further blocks with more to follow in the coming months.
However, funding the works, along with other measures such as new fire doors, will cost in the region of £15m. Money which is hard to find when Government has capped how much councils can borrow for housing, and ordered them to reduce rents.
Cllr Warwick Payne, Southampton City Council cabinet member for housing and adult care said: “The safety of our tenants is the top priority which is why we committed to sprinkler works even before the Grenfell tragedy, but these works cost millions and that prevents us modernising as many homes as we’d like to revamp and also reduces the number of new ones we can build.
“If Government wants councils to build more homes, our message would be ‘please help with the cost of fire safety works and you’ll get safer homes, and new ones too’. We are prioritising tenants’ safety, but that makes it harder to deliver everything else, and we are calling on Government to help with what still remains a national housing crisis.”
TENANT SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY SAYS SOUTHAMPTON LABOUR PARTY On the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower Tragedy (June 14), Southampton Labour Party is providing reassurance to council tenants...
44% of Labour Councillors in Southampton are Women
Southampton has produced many notable female campaigners: (Sarah) Emily Davies (1830-1921) campaigned for women’s access to education and founded Girton College in Cambridge; Lucia Foster Welch (1864-1940) was elected as Southampton’s first female Councillor in 1918 (the year some women got the vote) and then went on to be the first female Sheriff Mayor, Admiral of the Port and JP in Southampton as well!
One hundred years on, we have many more women contributing to public life, 32% of the UK Parliament and more women in key positions across many sectors and of course Councillors.
After the recent local election, which saw more female Labour Councillors elected, Sue Blatchford, a long-standing Councillor in Southampton and currently Councillor for Woolston and Chair of Licensing commented 'I am proud to be one of the 44% in this important centenary year of women's suffrage and the year that women were first allowed to stand as an MP'.
The Labour Party now has 11 female Councillors out of a total of 25 (Sue Blatchford, Sarah Bogle, Hannah Coombs, Lorna Fielker, Satvir Kaur, Cathie McEwing, Sharon Mintoff, Lisa Mitchell, Frances Murphy, Jacqui Rayment and Sarah Taggart). Two (Sue and Cathie) have held the role of Sheriff and Mayor, three (Jacqui, Satvir and Sarah B) have held or hold Cabinet roles, and several have taken on key leadership roles in the Council, for example chairing key committees.
44% of Labour Councillors in Southampton are Women Southampton has produced many notable female campaigners: (Sarah) Emily Davies (1830-1921) campaigned for women’s access to education and founded Girton College in... Read more
Cleaner buses and cleaner air for Southampton
Southampton City Council agreed today to accept £2.7m from the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund (CBTF) to retrofit buses with technology that will reduce harmful emissions.
Southampton is one of twenty cities that won Government money to address this issue from a total of £40m national funding. The aim is that older buses will as a consequence have lower emissions, and will take place prior to the introduction of the Southampton Clean Air Zone.
The four Southampton bus operators will benefit from the funding, and a total of 145 buses will be retrofitted by 2019. The bus companies have also agreed to provide match funding over the next two years of £815,680.
Cllr Rayment commented: ‘this is really positive step forward as part of the Labour Administration’s ambitious Clean Air Strategy. Bus use is increasing in the city, and we need the impact of those buses to have a minimal impact on the air we all breathe. This is particularly good news for busy routes across the city’s road network’.
Cleaner buses and cleaner air for Southampton Southampton City Council agreed today to accept £2.7m from the Government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund (CBTF) to retrofit buses with technology that...
Councillor Chris Hammond is the new Leader of Southampton Labour
Southampton Council’s Labour Group chose Councillor Christopher Hammond to lead the Labour Group and the city, and re-elected Cllr Jacqui Rayment as Deputy Leader tonight.
The vote to formally elect the Leader of the Council will take place on Wednesday 16th May.
Chris has been a Councillor since 2013, when he won in a by-election, re-elected in 2016 and was re-elected again last week for the ward of Woolston in the Southampton Itchen constituency.
He has served in the Cabinet since 2015, most recently as Cabinet Member for Sustainable Living, where he has delivered significant progress on a number of fronts, most notably the Clean Air Strategy.
Chris brings a range of private and public sector work experience, most recently as a Project Manager for Nationwide Building Society.
Chris commented ‘I am absolutely delighted and humbled to be elected as the Group’s new Leader. Simon Letts will be a hard act to follow. I am determined to build on the great achievements we have made to date as a Labour Administration to further transform the Council and make a positive difference for the people of Southampton’.
Councillor Chris Hammond is the new Leader of Southampton Labour Southampton Council’s Labour Group chose Councillor Christopher Hammond to lead the Labour Group and the city, and re-elected Cllr Jacqui...
Southampton sticks with Labour
Yesterday’s local elections produced no overall change for Southampton, leaving Labour still in majority control of the Council with 25 out of 48 seats.
Southampton Labour Party thank the people of this great city for entrusting the important task of running the Council in these elections.
We congratulate all our successful candidates, and also thank the dedicated Councillors and candidates who did not get elected as well as those who retired this year.
A special thankyou to former Councillor Simon Letts, who ably led the Council for the last five years through many challenges. His leadership has significantly benefited the city’s economic performance and his work to repair damaged industrial relations has been a critical building block in ensuring the council has a sustainable future.
We were elected to deliver an exciting and broad-ranging manifesto.
Investing in our infrastructure, particularly roads and pavements, improving air quality, investing in more housing including new Council housing, a focus on growing the economy, increasing apprenticeship opportunities, improving the quality of social care are just some of the priorities of this Administration.
Despite large Tory cuts to our budgets we have consistently sought to protect frontline services and try different approaches so we still have the services that people rely upon. We are one of the few Councils that have retained all their Sure Start Services, we have restructured the library service to keep all the libraries open by working with other community groups, we have sought new partnerships to offset the tough financial climate.
The Southampton Labour team looks forward to implementing this manifesto and delivering further improvements for the people of Southampton.
Southampton sticks with Labour Yesterday’s local elections produced no overall change for Southampton, leaving Labour still in majority control of the Council with 25 out of 48 seats. Southampton...
Door knocking and the Labour party go hand in hand as naturally as rain and the British summer.
But what is door knocking, and why is it such a big deal to us?
Simply put, door knocking is when groups of Labour Party supporters (or any party’s supporters) go up and down a targeted road knocking on people’s doors to have a conversation with them about what matters to them, and what their concerns are or might be. Southampton Labour Party are very active door knockers and usually have something happening most weekends.
One of the regular responses we get from residents when we knock on their door is ‘what are you guys doing here? You only come around at elections?’ We find that we often give people a nice surprise when we come around in the winter or early in the spring, as it helps dispel the myth that we only care about reminding people to vote in May.
We come around and talk to people as we want to hear what you have to say! If there are issues with your roads, your bins, or access to your GP, then we may not always be able to help straight away but we want to hear about it so that we can feed it back to the council services. Our session almost always includes local councillors, often for that area, who will then have a direct line to many of the services at the Council. We also do this as we are aware of a lot of the bad press that Politician’s – usually unfairly - get for being ‘out of touch’. We want to dispel this and say ‘hello, this is who I am, I am standing out here in the cold to listen to you’. We won’t deny that door knocking gives us valuable data about voting preferences so that we can target our resources effectively, but the main reason we do this is that we genuinely care what people think.
Door knocking and the Labour party go hand in hand as naturally as rain and the British summer. But what is door knocking, and why is it such a big... Read more
If anything good came from the 2017 snap general election, it was the mass mobilisation of young people to the Labour cause. No one saw it coming, especially a prominent section of the older, Tory-leaning generation who had been too busy dismissing us as avocado-munching millennials to realise how politically engaged we were. In the wake of this, the Labour Party has to be able to make the transition from simply mobilising young people at rallies and on social media, to organising and educating at all levels, from grassroots CLPs and University Labour Societies through to the Young Labour National Committee.
Young, working-class people across the country are united in their struggle against Tory austerity, increasing tuition fees, extortionate rents, unpaid internships, and insecure jobs in the gig economy. In Southampton & Romsey we have the added complication of living in the South East where everything is more expensive, from houses to beer. This is all well and good for those in well-paid, secure work, who can afford the benefits of living in the South East, but for young people working in supermarkets or as Deliveroo riders, it just presents another barrier. With two universities in the city bringing in a large, transient population of young people needing somewhere to live, the rent issue, in particular, is a prominent one here in Southampton. Ridiculous agency fees, high rents, absent landlords and substandard living conditions are a blight on young people who are just starting out on their own and make saving up for something better almost impossible.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. In the fight for equal rights and a more progressive society, young people are always at the forefront. With social media, young people are talking to and learning from people all around the world, living vastly different lives to our own. To truly transform the lives of the many we need to embrace both class politics and identity politics that transcends borders, and in a city like Southampton with its diverse population, international links, and strong Labour tradition, we are in a real position to do just that, with young people leading the way. When a Labour government comes to power it will be our young members, as well as young trade unionists and social justice activists, who are driving the radical social and economic transformation this country needs.
If anything good came from the 2017 snap general election, it was the mass mobilisation of young people to the Labour cause. No one saw it coming, especially a prominent...
Do you own an electric vehicle in #southampton, or are you considering getting one? As part of your Labour run councils clean air strategy, 30 new electric vehicle...
Construction will begin next week alongside some newly planted Trees
Green Wall Construction will begin next week alongside some newly planted Trees As part of our Clean Air Strategy, Your Labour-run Council are trialling a ‘Green Wall’ on the Western...
Our Labour councillor for Bargate, Sarah Bogle, has written this great article about the upcoming anniversary of women gaining the vote. It is so important that we exercise our right to vote.....
Tuesday 6th February is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which historically gave (some) women the vote for the first time, 8.5 million women over 30 and who owned property.
Equality of voting age (at 21) with men did not come till a decade later, but this was a significant step forward after many years of campaigning and protest.
2018 was also the year that women first got the right to stand for the UK Parliament, and 100 years on, we now have 208 women MPs 32% of the total.
Local government should be more representative, but we still have a way to go. Southampton has just 12 female Councillors out of the 48, just 25% of the total, Labour has 9 of them, and hopefully there will be more after this year’s local elections on 3rd May, partly thanks to Labour’s policy of all women shortlists (AWS).
I was first elected as a Councillor in Bargate on a 15% turnout, at which point I was delighted to be elected but quite upset at the level of voter engagement. Turnout has increased, but this has been partly because many of our more transient population are not registering in the first place, because of the new individual voter registration system.
It is strange to think that women were prepared to die for this right to vote not that long ago, and many countries, that right is still not established. Now, significant numbers do not even register to vote, and many never use their vote, particularly in local elections. I hope the focus on this important centenary this year will inspire more people, and particularly women to use their vote.
Our Labour councillor for Bargate, Sarah Bogle, has written this great article about the upcoming anniversary of women gaining the vote. It is so important that we exercise our right...