Danielle Stone

  Danielle Stone


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This Conservative administration has brought shame on our town through a series of really bad decisions.

They sold off Sekhemka, our own local treasure.

They borrowed  £3 million to dig up Abington Street at a cost of another £3 million in interest.

They built a new bus station in the wrong place that is too small, too cold in winter, too hot in summer.

They have presided over increasing poverty in the town with a ten-fold increase in the use of food banks.

They have allowed loan sharks, casinos, betting shops unrestricted access to our town centre.

Our residential areas are spoilt by litter, fly tipping and filthy streets.

 

WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS

Your Labour Councillors will fight

  • for the living Wage for workers in our town
  • against zero hours contracts

We will work

  • with local traders to bring life back to the Market Square and Town Centre.
  • for more and better housing, an end to the misery of the bedroom tax, the misery of overcrowding and the misery of homelessness.

We will review the Enterprise contract and make our town cleaner and safer.

 

 

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The Borough faces a two year period of great uncertainty. We will be subject to an imposed Local Government reorganisation with central government and the County Tory MPs calling the shots. This is what has happened so far:

1974     

The Conservative Government created a two tier system of Local Government and imposed a County Council for Northamptonshire. Prior to this Northampton was a County Borough (i.e. a Unitary Authority) and ran its own services including social care and schools. There was a fight back against this over the years, but it was not supported, even by County Labour Councillors

2017

January               

Motion calling for a Unitary Northampton taken to Borough Council by Labour and amended by the Tory administration was passed with cross party support.

February             

Inspector sent in to the County

March 15th         

Inspector Reports the County is bankrupt and guilty of financial mismanagement.

March 27th          

Secretary of State statement to abolish the county, reorganise Local government in Northamptonshire, send in commissioners for Governance and for Finance.

April                     

Letter signed by leaders of all the Council parties to Secretary of State calling for a Unitary Northampton.

May 3                 

Special Council Meeting called by all the political parties with a joint motion calling for an information and awareness campaign to engage all residents in support of a unitary Northampton.

May                      

Meeting with Civil Service. Districts and Boroughs were told the Government:-

Wants One Proposal for reorganisation

Will not agree to changed boundaries

Insists that reorganisation would be on the basis of no less than 300,000 head of population

Will not provide more money

Has ruled the County debt will be carried by the reconfigured authorities

All the Districts and Boroughs agreed one, joint proposal to government with two unitaries- West Northants and North Northants. PWC commissioned to write proposal. To be consulted on using focus groups by deadline date of end of August.

May 9th                

County Labour Leaders and PPCs meet Secretary of State for communities. Andrew Gwynne MP acknowledged Northampton’s position but commented he thought Government is unlikely to budge.

May 14th             

Tory administration argued against and voted against its own motion. Labour puts up a vigorous and well-argued case for Unitary Northampton. Vote was 18/22 against.

June 4th              

Tory administration to bring a paper to Council reversing Borough policy on Unitary for Northampton.The CLP has posted a petition. Please use the link here. https://www.change.org/p/fight-for-northampton-we- need-our –own-council

In the meantime the Sixfields saga rumbles on with no conclusion.  The budget for 2016/17 has not yet been signed off. Tory incompetence piled on Tory incompetence.                                                  

Unitary- where we are now

The Borough faces a two year period of great uncertainty. We will be subject to an imposed Local Government reorganisation with central government and the County Tory MPs calling the...

I am proud that Labour has championed a Unitary Northampton ever since 1974 and that we brought a motion to council in January 2017 proposing a Unitary Northampton as Borough policy.

The motion was strengthened by the administration and passed with cross party support.

The motion before us seeks to build on that and is asking for a number of actions to be urgently put in place. The need for urgency is because the government is intending to abolish the county, abolish the borough and create a new authority for West Northamptonshire. This proposal puts our wonderful historic and growing town in with South Northants and Daventry. What kind of a shelf life do you suppose this will have? One term? Two terms? It is unlikely to succeed. There is no geographical, cultural, social, economic or political reason for it.

The urgency is because the people of the town do not know what is being proposed.

 It is urgent because the people of the town have not been consulted and have not given a mandate.

It is urgent because we have 2 ½ MPS who have failed to fight for Northampton. Who have treated the county and councillors from their own party with contempt.  Who have arrogantly presumed to find a solution to issues with reorganisation without any consideration of what is in the best interests of Northampton.

These are the MPs that belong to a government that is starving the county of funding. That are presiding over a situation where we have growing child poverty, an acute crisis in adult social care, escalating crime figures and a growing sense in our communities of alienation from politics and civic life.

The prospect of a Unitary Northampton is an exciting one. It puts the people of the town, and their elected representatives in the driving seat. At last. No more paternalism from Big Brother county council. We have everything we need in this town to become a successful Unitary town. We have population growth bringing more jobs, more housing, more spending power. We have a wonderfully diverse community that can offer existing employers and incoming employers the skills, knowledge and expertise to trade in the global economy. We have rich and developing cultural industries which together with our cultural heritage will put us on map as a tourist destination. We are a university town, we have  a major  railway hub, good communications , and an enterprise zone.

Diluting our position by setting us within a rural context is not going to work for Northampton and isn’t wanted by South Northants or Daventry. They will be, how can I put this? - Reluctant bedfellows.

Our role as the Borough Council is stand up to government. To continue the proud dissenting tradition of the town, to fight for Northampton and its people.

Please support the motion calling for an awareness campaign so that our citizens understand all the issues, that seeks support from all sectors for a Unitary Northampton,  that invites the secretary of state and our MPs to engage with us.

Special Council Meeting- fighting for Northampton

I am proud that Labour has championed a Unitary Northampton ever since 1974 and that we brought a motion to council in January 2017 proposing a Unitary Northampton as Borough...

Message from the Leader of the Labour Group April 2018
As expected the government inspectors report into the Conservative County Council has identified serious weaknesses in the financial controls at the county. The inspector is calling for the abolition of the county and is suggesting a two unitary solution.                                                                                                                            
This would put Northampton with South Northants and Daventry.
This would not be good for the people in Northampton.
It would help if all the  trade unions and local organisations wrote into me and to the leader of the council, Jonathan Nunn, calling for a Unitary Northampton with fairer funding from the government. Please also consider writing to the press and radio and the three MPs.
 
Cllr.dstone@northampton.gov.uk
Cllr.jnunn@northampton.gov.uk
editor@northantsnews.co.uk
northampton@bbc.co.uk
michael.ellis.mp@parliament.uk
andrew.lewer.mp@parliament.uk
andrea.leadsom@parliament.uk

Many thanks
Danielle

http://www.northamptonlabour.org.uk
Twitter: @Npton Labour Group   

URGENT. Action Needed

Message from the Leader of the Labour Group April 2018As expected the government inspectors report into the Conservative County Council has identified serious weaknesses in the financial controls at the...

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