Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

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This morning I met with Richard Williams, the FBU chairman for region seven (West Midlands area). We had a long and detailed discussion about some of the very real concerns facing our Fire Service and Fire Fighters.

We talked about the concerns about cuts to budgets and the ongoing challenges the service is facing, including the unwelcome attempts from the Police and Crime Commissioner to try and take over the Fire Service.

I am incredibly grateful for the work of the FBU and its members who are working on the front line in very difficult and often life threatening situations. I'll be continuing to do all I can to raise the concerns of Fire Fighters in the House of Commons. It's time this government started to listen to the professionals, doing a dangerous job to keep us safe.

Gareth meets FBU Chair Richard Williams

This morning I met with Richard Williams, the FBU chairman for region seven (West Midlands area). We had a long and detailed discussion about some of the very real concerns...

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On Monday I raised the issue of Conservative plans to merge the police and fire services in Staffordshire in the House of Commons.

As many of you will know from my previous posts, I am wholeheartedly against the proposal from the local Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to take over the Fire Service. I believe that the commissioners plan to 'rationalise both police and fire service estates' will lead to the closure of police stations, that savings will mean job losses and fewer firefighters.

Sadly, despite the cross party support of councillors on Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council against the move and with no tangible public support the Minister continues to bury his head in the sand.

Gareth raises new concerns over police and fire merger

On Monday I raised the issue of Conservative plans to merge the police and fire services in Staffordshire in the House of Commons. As many of you will know from...

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The UK city of Culture 2021 bidding process gave our towns and cities like Stoke-on-Trent the chance to showcase our rich heritage to the nation. It brought people together who were passionate about celebrating their communities.

I've written the following letter to the Secretary of State with cross party support of other MPs representing shortlisted bids to ask for support to ensure this isn't the end for those who didn't win and that we can harness the energy and ideas created through this process.

Gareth calls for Stoke to build on energy of City of Culture bid

The UK city of Culture 2021 bidding process gave our towns and cities like Stoke-on-Trent the chance to showcase our rich heritage to the nation. It brought people together who...


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