Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

I've just finished my latest coffee morning In Abbey Hulton at the Abbey Hulton Sports and Social Club. We had a really good turnout this morning and a variety of issues raised ranging from parks, council housing, anti-social behaviour and concerns over local NHS services.


These coffee mornings are important because It's vital that local residents know that I'm in the community and they can come to talk to me about what matters to them. Thank you to everyone who attended this morning, especially John (pictured), Chair of Abbey Hulton Sports and Social Club for hosting us.

Gareth holds surgery in Abbey Hulton

I've just finished my latest coffee morning In Abbey Hulton at the Abbey Hulton Sports and Social Club. We had a really good turnout this morning and a variety of...

As you are aware, as part of my role as your MP I hold many regular advice surgeries held at a range of locations throughout my constituency. One of my main aims as your MP is to listen to the concerns of you and others and do my upmost to address these issues and find a suitable solution which is best for all concerned.

I am aware that some people may not feel able to attend a formal surgery, as such I have arranged a local informal coffee morning where I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting you and your community. I would be delighted if you could attend as it would help me greatly to address any issues and advocate further for those most in need, not just locally but nationally also.

The location and times for the coffee morning are as followed:

Date: 16th of March
Time: 10.00am-12.00 noon
Venue: Abbey Hulton Sports and Social Club, Abbots Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8DY

Gareth to hold surgery in Abbey Hulton

As you are aware, as part of my role as your MP I hold many regular advice surgeries held at a range of locations throughout my constituency. One of my...

Last week I joined local residents in a very well attended meeting about the plans to build 1300 homes at Berryhill Fields. I'm grateful to Don Evans, chairman of Saxonfields Residents’ Association for holding the meeting to have a frank and robust dialogue about resident's concerns about the project and the consultation that has just closed. I value our greenfield sites in Stoke-on-Trent and I think the local plan should concentrate on building on brownfield sites first. But what do you think?


Please watch and share my video here: https://www.facebook.com/garethforstoke/videos/2041072236173527/, and do get in touch with your thoughts via email at gareth.snell.mp@parliament.uk

Gareth opposes Berryhill development

Last week I joined local residents in a very well attended meeting about the plans to build 1300 homes at Berryhill Fields. I'm grateful to Don Evans, chairman of Saxonfields...

Great news and wonderful to see Stoke-on-Trent in the run down of places bidding to become one of the new regional hubs of Channel 4. I've already been in contact with local stakeholders about the best way forward to formulate a bid that showcases the depth of talent and potential our city has.

Gareth supports Channel 4 bid

Great news and wonderful to see Stoke-on-Trent in the run down of places bidding to become one of the new regional hubs of Channel 4. I've already been in contact...

The news that some CCG's are offering financial incentives to GP's not to refer patients is shocking. I raised it in the chamber yesterday as part of my ten minute rule to give people real powers to hold CCG's to account. Financial incentives should NEVER be part of patient care. Our NHS, its staff and of course patients deservers so much better than this.

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/garethforstoke/videos/2038958193051598/

Link: Gareth Presents bill on NHS transparency and accountability

The news that some CCG's are offering financial incentives to GP's not to refer patients is shocking. I raised it in the chamber yesterday as part of my ten minute...

Practices that offer financial incentives to GPs not to refer patients should be blocked. This is exactly the sort of policy that mean we need greater scrutiny, accountability and democracy in our NHS to hold CCGs to account.


I'll be posting full coverage of my speech presenting my ten minute rule soon. Thank you to everyone who has emailed me to support me, it's really appreciated.

Gareth presents bill to increase NHS accountability and transparency

Practices that offer financial incentives to GPs not to refer patients should be blocked. This is exactly the sort of policy that mean we need greater scrutiny, accountability and democracy...

It's time to bring back democracy and accountability to our NHS. Tomorrow I will be proposing a ten minute rule bill that gives power back to the people to hold Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's) to account. To stop the downgrading of our services, to keep our community beds open and to keep our NHS public.


As soon as PMQ's is finished, I will be presenting my bill from the back benches and starting the process of rolling back the governance reforms that have reduced transparency and accountability in our NHS.

Gareth to present bill to increase NHS accountability and transparency

It's time to bring back democracy and accountability to our NHS. Tomorrow I will be proposing a ten minute rule bill that gives power back to the people to hold...

I'm supporting Breast Cancer Now's #iamsavinglives campaign this Mother's Day.


Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. More women are surviving. But more are being diagnosed than ever before. One in eight women in the UK will face breast cancer in their lifetime. And every 45 minutes, another woman dies from the disease. Breast Cancer Now are working hard to change that and are leading the fight for investment into research to tackle this disease that is taking far too many lives.


You can find out more information about the campaign by visiting http://breastcancernow.org/get-involved

Gareth supports Breast Cancer Now's #iamsavinglives campaign

I'm supporting Breast Cancer Now's #iamsavinglives campaign this Mother's Day. Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. More women are surviving. But more are being diagnosed than ever...

On Sunday I went to the Greyhound pub to participate in the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz. The World’s Biggest Pub Quiz is a national event run by local pubs through Pubaid to raise money Prostate Cancer UK, and all Titanic Brewery pubs are joining in..
Through £1 entry, the first drink being free in return for a donation, 25p from every Titanic Brewery beer and a raffle with Titanic Brewery prizes, the unbelievable generosity of the Greyhound pub in raising a substantial amount of money for Prostate Cancer UK.


This money will make a huge difference to the lives of those suffering from prostate cancer and their families. It’s the most common type of cancer among men in the UK, with 40,000 men being diagnosed every year and 1 in 8 men suffering from prostate cancer in their lifetimes. Prostate Cancer UK’s work research has generated in improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support; and will continue to do so.


I’d like to thank Mike and everyone else at the Greyhound pub for organising the event locally and for their and the Titanic Brewery’s generosity. I would also like to thank everyone who participated in one of the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz events locally for their own generosity. I’m always proud to see the way our communities pull together to support a good cause, and I’m more than happy to support other charity fundraising events wherever possible.


If you missed the event in The Greyhound there will be World’s Biggest Pub Quiz events in The White Star here in Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow at 8pm, and one in The Bulls Head in Burslem at 7.30pm on Thursday. It’s a great way to have some fun and raise money for an important cause, and I can’t recommend going enough!


You can find the details here: https://www.titanicbrewery.co.uk/worlds-biggest-pub-quiz-returns/

Gareth participates in World's Biggest Bar Crawl charity fundraiser

On Sunday I went to the Greyhound pub to participate in the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz. The World’s Biggest Pub Quiz is a national event run by local pubs through...

Above is the letter that Ruth Smeeth MP and I wrote to Council Leader and Deputy Leader, Councillor Dave Conway and Councillor Abi Brown yesterday to express our concerns about the sorry state of the council’s finances.


Running a council budget is a difficult task under the current Conservative government’s determination to cut local government to the bone, but the Conservative-Independent coalition has been spending their reserves far faster than could be reasonably expected.


Their poor financial management has seen key services such as Adult Social Care and Children’s Services go over-budget and therefore are now at a significant financial risk, and we hope that Councillor Conway and Councillor Brown will now come forward with a plan in place to tackle the problem before our constituents end up suffering as a result of the poor financial management of the council.


I will keep you updated on the situation and will always fight to protect the local services that matter to my constituents.

Gareth writes to Council Leader re Council Finances

Above is the letter that Ruth Smeeth MP and I wrote to Council Leader and Deputy Leader, Councillor Dave Conway and Councillor Abi Brown yesterday to express our concerns about...

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