Gareth Snell MP

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

News from 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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I recently signed the TUC Dying to work charter in Parliament.

Since its launch in April 2016, The TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter now protects over half a million employees with companies such as Legal and General, Santander, Co-Op, Carillion, Rolls Royce and the Royal Mail joining E.On and signing up along with a number of public sector bodies including NHS trusts, police authorities and many local authorities.

The Dying to Work campaign was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The campaign is calling for a change in the law to prevent the same thing happening to other working people.

The campaign has also been endorsed by a number of trade unions and charities, including The National Council for Palliative Care, Hospice UK, Breast Cancer Care and Second Hope.

Gareth signs TUC 'Dying to Work' Charter

I recently signed the TUC Dying to work charter in Parliament. Since its launch in April 2016, The TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter now protects over half a million...

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This morning I surprised Terri Weaver from Greenways Primary Academy in Stockton Brook with her prize as the winner of my Christmas card competition.

I was joined by Hayley Grocott-Smith (teacher) and Matt Lovatt from the Monkey Forest who presented Terri with her family pass to Monkey Forest.

Thank you to all the school children across my constituency for entering. It was a tough decision and I'm proud to represent such a talented group. You can see the winning design below.

Gareth surprises winner of Christmas card competition

This morning I surprised Terri Weaver from Greenways Primary Academy in Stockton Brook with her prize as the winner of my Christmas card competition. I was joined by Hayley Grocott-Smith...

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On Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions I raised with the Prime Minister a letter written by Right Reverend Geoff Annas, the Bishop of Stafford, who wrote to the Conservative run Stoke-on-Trent City Council to plead with them not to cut £1million out of the homelessness support budget.

I asked "Does the Prime Minister agree with Bishop Geoff when he said that the measure of society can be found in the way that we treat our vulnerable people? And if so, will she join his calls for the City Council not to cut its homelessness support budget?

Sadly the Prime Minister decided to ignore my question and failed to condemn the Council for their proposed cuts.

But I'm not going to shut up about homelessness and I'm not going to stop talking about the council's awful proposals. I believe that we have a duty to protect the most vulnerable in society and I think the government and the council should be ashamed of their actions. Let's not forget as we enjoy the festive period there will be 120,000 children will do so in temporary accommodation. It's quite frankly a national disgrace.

Gareth raises concerns about homelessness at PMQs

On Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions I raised with the Prime Minister a letter written by Right Reverend Geoff Annas, the Bishop of Stafford, who wrote to the Conservative run...

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Earlier in the year I signed up to the Armed Services Parliamentary Scheme joining the RAF to learn more about the work of our service men and women. Just a few days ago I joined fellow MPs visiting RAF Waddlington to learn more about our Air Command surveillance and reconnaissance assets. Sadly, that's about as much as I can say about the visit. But it's a privilege to spend time with those serving in the armed forces.

Gareth visits RAF Waddlington

Earlier in the year I signed up to the Armed Services Parliamentary Scheme joining the RAF to learn more about the work of our service men and women. Just a...

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I recently called into Tesco in Hanley to support their excellent #everycanhelps campaign in aid of the Trussell Trust. If you're able support the campaign by donating one or two items from your next shop I know it will make a real difference.

I'll continue to do all I can to raise with the government that their policies continue to push vulnerable people and families in poverty. In the meantime I'm grateful to all those supporting the most vulnerable in our society over the Christmas period and all year round.

Gareth supports Trussell Trust Christmas campaign

I recently called into Tesco in Hanley to support their excellent #everycanhelps campaign in aid of the Trussell Trust. If you're able support the campaign by donating one or two...

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Today is national postal workers day when we celebrate the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of postal workers, who collect, sort, and deliver letters, parcel and packets all year round.

Today will be one of the busiest posting days of the year and I'd like to thank them for all their hard work and ensuring many of our Christmas cards and presents get where they need to be during the festive period!

Gareth celebrates National Postal Workers Day

Today is national postal workers day when we celebrate the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of postal workers, who collect, sort, and deliver letters, parcel and packets...

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On Friday I held the latest of my informal constituency meetings at All Saints Church in Joiners Square. These meetings give local residents the opportunity to come and have a cup of coffee and talk about the local or national issues that matter to them. On this occasion residents raised anti-social behaviour, heritage funding bids and Brexit.

It was great to be joined by local PCSO Lucy Slater and thank you to all those residents who took the time to come and see me. Finally, thank you to Katie and all those at All Saints Church for hosting us.

Gareth holds coffee morning in Joiners Square

On Friday I held the latest of my informal constituency meetings at All Saints Church in Joiners Square. These meetings give local residents the opportunity to come and have a...

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