Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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. So if you would like to speak to me about an issue then why not pop round to see me at my coffee morning tomorrow?


The location and times for the coffee morning are as follows:
Date: 5th April
Time: 10.00am-11.30am
Venue: Arnold Bennett Room, Ground Floor, City Central Library, Bethesda St, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3RS

City Central Library Surgery

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...

Some of you may be aware of the appalling campaign of anti-Muslim hate that is being peddled under the banner of ‘Punish a Muslim Day’.

People around the country have received letters inciting violence against them, and against their Muslim friends and neighbours.

This vile racism has no place in our society or in our city. Those who threaten our communities with violence and abuse are a disgrace and must be held accountable.

Our city’s motto is Vis Unita Fortior - ‘United strength is stronger’. We know that the people of Stoke-on-Trent will stand united now in saying no to racism and to anti-Muslim hate.

We stand in solidarity with all our communities here and across the country, and we urge anyone who receives one of these letters to contact the Police immediately.

Joint statement from Gareth Snell MP, Ruth Smeeth MP, Cllr Mohammed Pervez, Cllr Amjid Wazir and Cllr Majid Khan

Some of you may be aware of the appalling campaign of anti-Muslim hate that is being peddled under the banner of ‘Punish a Muslim Day’. People around the country have...

I'm reluctant to draw attention to those individuals who appear to be behind a series of hoax emails sent to local schools and colleges. However, as you can imagine the article below has concerned parents across the city. I have been in touch with the Police who have reassured me that they don't believe this is a credible threat and have issued the following statement:

"This morning we received a number of calls from schools across the county concerning a malicious email. The emails were not isolated to the county’s schools and are believed to have been sent to schools across the country.

None of the threats received by schools in Staffordshire are believed to be a threat to our communities. We would like to thank schools for remaining vigilant and urge them to report anything suspicious".

As a parent myself, I'm grateful to both the teachers and Police involved for their professionalism in this matter and the cooperation of parents.

Article link: https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/staffordshire-schools-targeted-hoax-threat-1394400

Gareth Praises Professionalism of Teachers and Police following Hoax Threats

I'm reluctant to draw attention to those individuals who appear to be behind a series of hoax emails sent to local schools and colleges. However, as you can imagine the...

Last week I was amongst a list of nearly 100 MPs who wrote to the Prime Minister calling on her to set up a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care. The Commission, in effect a special select committee of both Houses of Parliament, could take an independent, cross Party approach to an issue of national importance and help to break the political deadlock that has prevented a realistic approach to increasing resources for health and social care.

Modelled on the Banking Commission that was set up in the wake of the Libor scandal, a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Care could draw on cross Party and outside expertise, engage with the public, and report back more swiftly than a Royal Commission. It could examine current demand and funding needs but also take a long term view, including the value of improving prevention in order to improve well-being and reduce future costs.

It's time the Prime Minister and the government acted with urgency to address this problem that is having such a detrimental effect on the lives of people in Stoke-on-Trent and throughout the country.

Gareth writes to Prime Minister on Health and Social Care

Last week I was amongst a list of nearly 100 MPs who wrote to the Prime Minister calling on her to set up a Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social...

Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the English National Travel Concessionary Scheme. The TUC Midlands Pensioners Network is going to be celebrating this landmark with a tour of the Midlands. The group will be visiting North Staffordshire on the 13th of April and the timetable for the day is listed below.

But why is it so important that we support the day? In recent election campaigns there has been speculation that there should be changes to the scheme. Some have argued that it should be means tested or even removed. I strongly disagree, I believe that the scheme has not only been an economic success, but it has ensured independence for many pensioners, not only in Stoke-on-Trent, but across the country.

As your MP I will continue to defend the scheme and fight to keep it as a universal benefit available to all.

Gareth Defends Bus Passes

Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the English National Travel Concessionary Scheme. The TUC Midlands Pensioners Network is going to be celebrating this landmark with a tour of...

This morning I received this letter from the government regarding the proposed take over by the Police of the Fire and Rescue Service. I am extremely disappointed about the announcement made this morning that governance of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue will be handed to Matthew Ellis the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). During the consultation phase opposition to this decision was loud and clear from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire County Council, The Fire Brigades Union and many members of our communities. I am concerned that Matthew Ellis will now embark on a raft of closures of Police Stations, and take money from the FRS budget in order to hide the underfunding in our Public Services.

The FBU have issued the following statement:

Barry Downey – Executive Council Member of the FBU says “The fire brigades union is disappointed that the views of our members in Staffordshire and those of MPs and councillors across the county have been ignored in what appears to be an ideologically driven takeover of governance of the fire service. Our aims remain protecting front line response and maintaining the independence of the service from law enforcement which has historically allowed firefighters to help the most vulnerable in society”

Gareth Disappointed in Fire Governance Move

This morning I received this letter from the government regarding the proposed take over by the Police of the Fire and Rescue Service. I am extremely disappointed about the announcement...

Ruth is quite right to raise this in the House of Commons. At a recent meeting with the Staffordshire Police Commissioner in Parliament that we both attended, we both raised it as a matter of concern.


When offering support for those who have been sexually assaulted, it should be a service that is easily accessible and this is even more the case when Children are involved.


One large regional centre replacing smaller local centres is not a model which anyone will be comfortable with.

Ruth Smeeth MP is right - the Children's Sexual Assault Referral Centre must stay in the city

Ruth is quite right to raise this in the House of Commons. At a recent meeting with the Staffordshire Police Commissioner in Parliament that we both attended, we both raised...

Questions on the new NHS pay deal: Is Jeremy Hunt incapable of giving an answer to a question about the NHS?


I welcome the news that the government are set to offer an improved pay offer to NHS staff, but these are the same staff that have seen their real-terms income fall by an estimated 14% in the past eight years. Both UNISON and the GMB deserve immense credit for their work on getting an improved deal for their members. Yet today, when I asked a simple question about the pay deal and the future direction of this government's attitude to pay for our public sector workers Jeremy Hunt couldn't even bother to give an answer.


I hope today is the start of the government recognising that the public sector pay cap isn't only hurting those directly involved, but also harming our economy and making it difficult to recruit people into our public services. But I fear it might be a cynical attempt to deflect attention from the ongoing NHS crisis that Jeremy Hunt has presided over and made worse. I'll be keeping a close eye on this.


So whilst Tory ministers tour the TV studios lauding today's decision. Remember this is still a real terms pay cut for NHS staff.

Gareth criticises public sector pay cap

Questions on the new NHS pay deal: Is Jeremy Hunt incapable of giving an answer to a question about the NHS? I welcome the news that the government are set...

You can read my latest personally speaking column in the Sentinel today. I've focussed on the growing problems across our entire education sector. From the funding of our primary schools, to the missed targets on recruiting new secondary school teachers and the FE funding crisis that are all harming social mobility in Stoke-on-Trent.

Gareth in the Sentinel - 'We need to end this school funding crisis'

You can read my latest personally speaking column in the Sentinel today. I've focussed on the growing problems across our entire education sector. From the funding of our primary schools,...

It's difficult to sit in the House of Commons and listen to the Conservative frontbench education team talk about increased funding for our schools. It's difficult because we know that in Stoke-on-Trent like the rest of the country, schools are being forced to find savings and create revenue schemes, instead of focusing on their work in the classroom.


The institute of fiscal studies have projected that in real terms, school budgets will be cut by 4.6% in the period of 2015-2020. On the ground, this has consequences. 80% of Head teachers have reduced the number of hours worked by teaching assistants and 47% have had to reduce the non-educational support and services for children. Locally we’ve seen Stoke-on-Trent City Council having to use government funding meant for our classrooms to plug council budget holes.


I know who I trust on what's really happening in our school's and it isn't the government.

Gareth talks about Stoke's schools in parliament

It's difficult to sit in the House of Commons and listen to the Conservative frontbench education team talk about increased funding for our schools. It's difficult because we know that...

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