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Labour Party members in West Bridgford have selected their three candidates to contest the County Council elections in May 2017, and for the first time they are all women - Cllr.Liz Plant, Dr Lizzie Edgerton and Nadia Whittome. Three new one-member West Bridgford divisions have been created following a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission.

 

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Councillor Alan Rhodes, leader of Nottinghamshire County Council says “Nottinghamshire Labour has delivered for West Bridgford and will continue to deliver with the selection of three excellent women candidates for the May 2017 County Council elections- Cllr. Liz Plant, Dr. Lizzie Edgerton and Nadia Whittome. This is the first time all three West Bridgford Labour candidates are women. Three local women candidates working for a better, safer, vibrant West Bridgford for all.”

Liz Plant is currently a County Councillor for West Bridgford Central and South, and Borough Councillor for West Bridgford Central, and will contest West Bridgford North, which includes the borough wards of  Lady Bay, Trent Bridge, and parts of Abbey ward.

Liz has lived in West Bridgford for over 20 years. She worked in primary education as a teacher, headteacher and consultant. She has also been a member of the West Bridgford Infant School’s governing body for over 20 years.
 
She was elected to Rushcliffe Borough Council for the Trent Bridge Ward in 2007 and elected to Nottinghamshire County Council in May 2013 representing the West Bridgford Central and South Division. She is currently Chair of the Corporate Parenting Sub-Committee and Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Committee. Liz is passionate about the importance a good school can make to a child’s life chances.

Lizzie Edgerton has been selected for West Bridgford South, which includes Edwalton and Gamston South ward, part of Abbey ward, and Musters ward.

Lizzie has lived in West Bridgford for over 20 years. She attended the University of Nottingham as a mature student, gaining a degree and a Ph.D, and was the first member of her family to go to University.  She has worked as a Parliamentary Researcher, teacher and Fundraising Manager for a large charity.

Nadia Whittome has been selected for West Bridgford West which includes Compton Acres, Lutterell and part of Musters ward.
 
Nadia is a former pupil at the West Bridgford School and is currently studying Law at the University of Nottingham. She is keen to ensure that local democracy represents the interests of everyone. She has been involved in local politics and community work since the age of 16 and is enthusiastic about representing the West Bridgford area.

Women for West Bridgford – Labour selects all-women candidates for new County Council divisions in West Bridgford

Labour Party members in West Bridgford have selected their three candidates to contest the County Council elections in May 2017, and for the first time they are all women -...

Research by the Labour Party Health Team has shown that the backlog of NHS maintenance has soared over the past year and investment in reducing the backlog has fallen.

The total backlog has risen from £4.3 billion last year to nearly £5 billion this year.

The figures on ‘high-risk’ maintenance backlog are particularly concerning having soared 69.3% in a year from £458 million last year to £775.5 million this year. In the East Midlands the ‘high-risk’ maintenance backlog stands at £29.2m, with a backlog of £154.1m identified as ‘significant risk’.

‘High risk’ maintenance are categorised as an urgent priority in order to prevent ‘catastrophic failure’ and ‘serious injury’. Despite being categorised as an ‘urgent priority’ the amount of high-risk maintenance has increased significantly over the past year.

Ten hospital sites across England have a high risk backlog of more than £10 million.

Each region except the North West has seen their maintenance backlog grow, with the total growth in maintenance backlog totalling £783 million.

In London alone the high risk backlog has grown by £338 million, with just two Imperial College Sites making up 1/3 of the total high-risk backlog in England.

One of the key problems cited in reports that place hospital trusts in special measures, such as St George’s earlier this month, has been “neglect of maintenance”.

The financial crisis facing the NHS under the Tories means that funds are so stretched that even the most urgent repairs are being left undone.

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Health, said:

“These figures are shocking.

“It’s symptomatic of the financial crisis facing our NHS that even the most high risk repairs, which could cause ‘catastrophic failure’ and ‘serious injury’ are being left undone.

“Jeremy Hunt promised to make patient safety his top concern as Secretary of State, but these figures show that promise lies in tatters. It’s time for the Government to tell us what they are going to do about it.”

Surge in backlog of NHS high-risk repairs under the Tories

Research by the Labour Party Health Team has shown that the backlog of NHS maintenance has soared over the past year and investment in reducing the backlog has fallen.

Following a selection meeting held tonight, Wednesday, local man Jim Clarke has been selected by Labour members to be Labour’s candidate for the forth-coming Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election.

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Jim is a hardworking local man who knows first-hand the challenges that people in Sleaford and North Hykeham face. He knows what it takes to stand up and represent local people.

Following his selection, Jim said: “This is my home and it will be a great honour to represent Sleaford and North Hykeham. I am delighted that Labour party members have put their trust in me to stand as Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming by-election.

“People here in Sleaford and North Hykeham need a local representative that is going to stand up for them and be their voice in Parliament.

“It is not right that in 2016 working people here in Sleaford and North Hykeham are having to choose between heating and eating.

“It is not right that Grantham hospital hasn’t enough doctors to keep the hospital A&E open overnight. I will fight for the resources to protect our local NHS and I will stand side by side with local people campaigning to keep Grantham A&E open 24 hours a day.

“We have a Tory Government with no plan for Brexit. Here in Sleaford and North Hykeham 62 per cent of people voted for Brexit. But they didn’t vote to put their jobs at risk, they didn’t vote to lose their rights at work and they didn’t vote for price rises on everyday essentials.

“Immigration played a big part in the Brexit result and I will not ignore that. We need to earn people’s trust and show that we respect will of the people, but will also hold the government to account on ensuring the best deal for Britain, which protects our local jobs.

“I will be a campaigning candidate, and I will be out on the doors from tomorrow, standing up for local people showing them that only Labour will put Sleaford and North Hykeham first.

“I am ready for the challenge to be Sleaford and North Hykeham’s next MP.”

Jim Clarke is Labour’s Choice for Sleaford and North Hykeham

Following a selection meeting held tonight, Wednesday, local man Jim Clarke has been selected by Labour members to be Labour’s candidate for the forth-coming Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election.

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