Gareth Snell MP

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

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In light of the news that the government are preparing to privatise the UK Military Fire and Rescue Service and award the contract to Capita, I have tabled the following early day motion and am asking fellow MPs to sign it. I know that many of the people who follow my social media aren't from Stoke-on-Trent. If you aren't, please share far and wide!

The text of the EDM:

That this House strongly objects to the awarding of the Defence Fire and Rescue Project contract to Capita Business Services; notes the recent decision of the Government to strip the same company of a £400 million maintenance contract due to significant concerns raised by the National Audit Office; believes that the safety of the armed forces should be at the forefront of every decision made by the Government; recognises the importance of keeping these services in-house; acknowledges the work that Unite the union has done on protecting its members' interests; and calls on the Secretary of State for Defence to reconsider outsourcing the contract, reversing the current decision and setting out the reasons for seeking the liability announced in the Written Statement.

EDM Against the Privatisation of the UK Military Fire and Rescue Service

In light of the news that the government are preparing to privatise the UK Military Fire and Rescue Service and award the contract to Capita, I have tabled the following...

It is simply extraordinary that the government, despite the recent scandal of Carillion and the repeated failures of Capita have awarded them the contract to run the UK's military fire and rescue contract. It's even more incredible when you read that Capita scored "10 out of 10 for risk" in a document prepared for the MoD. One indicates the lowest probability of distress and 10 the highest".

It's not surprising that Capita have been labelled as high risk as they've recently posted huge losses and been forced to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds. They've also had MOD contracts taken off them by the government because they've failed to deliver on their contractual obligations.

I'm strongly against this decision and I will be working with the Trade Unions to fight it. Why is the British government privatising a service that works well and awarding it to a provider with a poor track record?

Government award CAPITA UK Military Fire and Rescue Contract Despite High Risk Scores

It is simply extraordinary that the government, despite the recent scandal of Carillion and the repeated failures of Capita have awarded them the contract to run the UK's military fire...

I have another one of my coffee mornings in the constituency this week. Why not pop along to come and see me and talk about any issues you might want to raise?

This time I'll be at the Minton Centre in Hartshill from 10am on Friday. No appointment necessary!

Minton Centre Coffee Morning

I have another one of my coffee mornings in the constituency this week. Why not pop along to come and see me and talk about any issues you might want...


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