Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

Paying charges of up to £3 to access your own money is simply unacceptable. The threat to the LINK ATM system across the UK is deeply troubling and will have a significant effect on the finances of those without a nearby free cash machine. That's why I'm supporting efforts for the regulator to step in and stop this happening before the network is significantly reduced.

Threat to LINK ATM System

Paying charges of up to £3 to access your own money is simply unacceptable. The threat to the LINK ATM system across the UK is deeply troubling and will have...

This morning I have joined many of my parliamentary colleagues in signing the Global Justice Now pledge detailed below. I'm here to represent my constituents in the most difficult of times and help with complex situations and I want them to have the confidence that they can see me without fear.

"As a member of parliament, I pledge to represent and advocate for all people living in my constituency as equal members of the local community, regardless of their immigration status. My constituency and surgery are safe places and I welcome all my constituents to seek representation free from fear of immigration enforcement. I will not report on anyone who seeks my advice to the Home Office for immigration enforcement and will ensure my office correctly handles sensitive personal information to prevent this from happening.”

Mps not Border Guards

This morning I have joined many of my parliamentary colleagues in signing the Global Justice Now pledge detailed below. I'm here to represent my constituents in the most difficult of...

This Friday is the inaugural Harriet Slater lecture with Baroness Taylor as the guest speaker. There are still some free tickets left for what should prove to be a fantastic evening. If you would like to attend simply click on the event below and follow the link to secure your place.

Harriet Slater served as a Councillor on Stoke-on-Trent City Council from 1933 until 1965 and as the Labour & Co-operative Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent North after she successfully fought a by-election in 1953. Prior to her by-election, Harriet was a national organiser for the Co-operative Party.

During her thirteen years representing our City in Westminster, Harriet became the first woman to serve as Government whip. Harriet broke through a glass ceiling which, today, seems unimaginable but at the time, her appointment as a whip was ground breaking in politics.

To celebrate her, we are launching the ‘Harriet Slater Memorial Lectures’. This series of lectures will be entirely delivered by woman who have made significant contribution to the world of politics, current affairs, business and the labour movement.

First Harriet Slater Memorial Lecture - Final Notice

This Friday is the inaugural Harriet Slater lecture with Baroness Taylor as the guest speaker. There are still some free tickets left for what should prove to be a fantastic...

Thank to the Sentinel for covering our last ditch effort to stop the damaging governance merger of the Police and Fire and Rescue Service.

Let's see how many of our fellow Staffordshire MPs listen to the public and join us to call for the abandonment of the proposal.

Last ditch effort to stop the damaging governance merger of the Police and Fire and Rescue Service.

Thank to the Sentinel for covering our last ditch effort to stop the damaging governance merger of the Police and Fire and Rescue Service. Let's see how many of our...

This Friday my Local Health Scrutiny Bill is given its second reading in the House of Commons. Many of you who are involved in local health campaigns across the country will no doubt have been frustrated about the unaccountable actions of local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

Currently CCG’s remain not only unaccountable to local groups such as local councils but to the very people they are meant to be serving, the public. CCG’s and their Chief Officers are taking life changing decisions about the future of our NHS services without the public being able to hold them accountable for their actions.

This has to stop and that’s why I’ve introduced my bill to change the law and bring in strict checks and balances so that the public can hold CCG’s to account for the decisions they are taking about the future of local services. It's our NHS and we have to fight for it.

My Local Health Scrutiny Bill

This Friday my Local Health Scrutiny Bill is given its second reading in the House of Commons. Many of you who are involved in local health campaigns across the country...

Had a great start to the morning back in Stoke-on-Trent visiting St John's Primary School in Trent Vale. I was shown round by Head Teacher Pauline Bloor and two school governors Heather and Chris. It was great to meet the local children who are enjoying what they are doing and teachers who are working so hard to give our children the best education possible.

St. John's Primary School Visit

Had a great start to the morning back in Stoke-on-Trent visiting St John's Primary School in Trent Vale. I was shown round by Head Teacher Pauline Bloor and two school...

I'm appealing to Staffordshire MPs and the government to re-think their proposals to hand over governance control of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to the Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis. In a last ditch effort to raise the concerns of the public, local councillors, Firefighters and Trade Unions I have tabled an Early Day Motion calling for a humble address to annul the statutory instrument to hand over powers to the Police Commissioner with the support of Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove MP Ruth Smeeth.


There was little appetite from the public for the creation of the role of Police and Crime Commissioner role, there’s even less public support for the prospect of the PCC taking over the governance arrangements of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. This is a final throw of the dice for the government to do the right thing and I would appeal to fellow Staffordshire MPs from all parties to support us and represent the views of their constituents. This isn’t about providing better governance; it’s the back door to further cuts.

Early day motion 1453: Fire and Rescue Services

I'm appealing to Staffordshire MPs and the government to re-think their proposals to hand over governance control of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to the Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew...

It was wonderful to see over the weekend and this week all the photos from across the country of people taking part in the 'great get together' in the spirit of the wonderful Jo Cox.


I didn't know Jo personally, but from the words of her friends I'm confident she would have been so proud of everyone sitting down over a cup of tea and cake and talking last weekend. I joined residents at West End Community Centre in my constituency for a lovely afternoon full of smiles and laughter.


We must always remember that we do have 'more in common' even when we disagree passionately about important issues and never let it divide us.

Great Get Together 2018

It was wonderful to see over the weekend and this week all the photos from across the country of people taking part in the 'great get together' in the spirit...

I was delighted to join many of my colleagues this week in showing support for the organisation Show Racism the Red Card and their work to help tackle racism and educate young people about tolerance and respect for others.


Whether it be in sport or in everyday life there is never an excuse for racism and I'm proud to support an organisation that is fighting racism in every corner of the UK. Thank you to Ged and his fantastic team for all the work they are doing and if you would be interested in learning more about their work then please visit http://www.theredcard.org/.

Let's Show Racism the Red Card

I was delighted to join many of my colleagues this week in showing support for the organisation Show Racism the Red Card and their work to help tackle racism and...

I've signed this Early Day Motion (text below) because cost should never stand between children and their rights to be British Citizens. I hope the government takes notice and takes action to remedy this.


"That this House believes that tens of thousands of children born and living in the UK and entitled to register as British citizens under the British Nationality Act 1981 are nevertheless undocumented and therefore unable to access public services, social security, private rented accommodation, the labour market and many other benefits of citizenship; further believes that some will simply be unaware of the requirement to register and many others will not have the means to afford the fee of over £1,000 charged by the Home Office; notes that the estimated cost of processing such applications is only £372; believes that no child should be prevented from taking up their entitlement to British citizenship simply because of cost; calls for the fee for applications to be reduced to no higher than the cost of processing, for exemptions for children in local authority care, and for fee waivers for children who cannot afford to pay any fee at all; and further calls for steps to be taken to raise awareness of the need to register the right of these children to British nationality".

Early day motion 1262: Fees for Registering Children as British Citizens

I've signed this Early Day Motion (text below) because cost should never stand between children and their rights to be British Citizens. I hope the government takes notice and takes...

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