News from the Leader of the Labour Group



I am proud to be the leader of the Labour Group.  We are 17 hard working Councillors.  We hold the Conservative administration to account and work with local residents for improvements in the wards. We are in opposition but we can still make changes that improve the lives of people in the town. A good example of this is that Northampton Borough is now a Living Wage employer. At the full council on November 2nd 2015 we pressed for the Borough to extend the Living Wage to all sub-contracted workers and to apply for accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation. This was agreed. We have also pressed for action to be taken to prevent FGM in the town. This was agreed. We are campaigning against cuts to tax credits and for an anti-poverty strategy for the town. There is a crisis in housing in Northampton with too many families being forced into an insecure private rented market. We are campaigning for more affordable homes, more council housing and more regulation in the private sector. We recently called in the decision to contract out Environmental Services when the present contract expires. The Call In was upheld. Our motion on Dying to work was passed. We pressed for and won for a statue of Margaret Bondfield to be placed in the courtyard in the centenary year of women's suffrage. We are setting the agenda on the regeneration of the town The Tories Northampton Alive project seems to be dead. They have run out of ideas. We are the administration in waiting. However, we now have another crisis caused by the inept Tories at the County Council. Their mismanagement combined with the governments austerity measures have made the county bankrupt and the Government has decided to abolish the county and re-organise our local authorities. The plan at present is to create two unitary authorities with Northampton going in with South Northants and Daventry to create a new West Northamptonshire Council. This is bad news for Northampton. We have long thought that Northampton should be an authority on its own with responsibility for all our services. We say Don't Scrap Northampton. Organise to save Northampton. Scrap the Tories.

Each Councillor  welcomes volunteers  so please do get in touch if you want to help! In addition to the Councillors there are Community activists campaigning on Labour values in most areas. Contact us if you would like to know more.The Borough Councillors have roles and responsibilities.

Regeneration and Planning- Cllr. McCutcheon. Finance- Cllr. Chunga. Housing- Cllr. Ashraf. Environment- Cllr. Haque. Community Engagement and Safety- Cllr. Duffy Town Centre and Sports Clubs- Cllr. Birch. Homelessness- Cllr. Smith

Cllr. Danielle Stone


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