Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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On Saturday I had the pleasure of joining the Royal British Legion to help launch this year’s Poppy Appeal for Stoke-On-Trent. It was a real honour to receive with my fellow MPs one of the first poppies of the appeal. I know the people of Stoke-on-Trent will join me in supporting the campaign and wear their poppies with pride and remembrance of the sacrifice of our armed forces to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.

Gareth meets Royal British Legion to launch Poppy Appeal

On Saturday I had the pleasure of joining the Royal British Legion to help launch this year’s Poppy Appeal for Stoke-On-Trent. It was a real honour to receive with my...

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You may have seen on the news that the government have commissioned 58 independent studies on the likely effects of Brexit on key industries.

Staggeringly though, this didn't include a report into the effects of Brexit on the Ceramic industry. An industry that exports over £200million worth of goods to the European Union. Nationally the industry has a £2bn turnover and employs over 20,000 people directly and many more in supply chain industries. A significant cluster of the Ceramic industry is based in Stoke-on-Trent and adds £285 GVA to our local economy and is responsible for £180million of export sales from Stoke-on-Trent based companies.

Today myself and Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove MP Ruth Smeeth have written to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis urging him to explain this inexplicable oversight and to instigate a report into effects of Brexit on the Ceramic industry urgently and publish it to show the government is doing all it can for this world-leading British industry during Brexit negotiations.

Gareths criticises Government for forgetting ceramics industry

You may have seen on the news that the government have commissioned 58 independent studies on the likely effects of Brexit on key industries. Staggeringly though, this didn't include a...

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On Tuesday night I attended the Fire Brigades Union 'Love your Fire Fighter ' event in Parliament. It was a pleasure to meet the men and women on the front-line keeping us safe.

It was also the opportunity to watch two important short films. Firstly, the ‘Operator’ won the Bafta short film award last year (2016) for its depiction of a control room operator taking an emergency fire call. Then ‘The Firefighters’ Dilemma’ was made this year to convey the stress fire crews are under when they turn out to a fire if they have to wait for a second fire engine before entering the premises due to service cuts.

Our Fire Fighters are doing an incredible job in our local communities. All they ask is that we support them in ensuring our world class service in maintained. I know that I'll be doing all I can to do this inside and outside Parliament.

Gareth supports our firefighters

On Tuesday night I attended the Fire Brigades Union 'Love your Fire Fighter ' event in Parliament. It was a pleasure to meet the men and women on the front-line...

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On Monday evening I held an adjournment debate regarding the future of health care provision in North Staffordshire. Adjournment debates or discussions are held at the end of business in the House of Commons so that MPs can bring to the attention of the House an issue that is important to their constituents. In this case I wanted to bring to the attention of the government the ongoing problems affecting my constituents' right to access the levels of health care they deserve.

I used this opportunity to discuss the funding crisis affecting our local hospital, made worse by the governments capped expenditure process that inflicts financial penalties when hospitals, already underfunded, fail to meet unrealistic budget targets. I brought up the fact that it is nearly a year since Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council passed motions referring the decision by North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to the government regarding their decision to cut community beds. Despite acknowledging this cross-party concern, there has been no satisfactory response from the Secretary of State.

The debate also included mentions about the worrying statistics that show locally, the NHS is failing to meet targets on cancer waits, waits for operations and to be seen in Accident and Emergency. You can view the full debate on Parliament TV (http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Commons) by viewing Mondays evening schedule and see my full speech and the response of the government.

In my closing remarks, I again invited Jeremy Hunt or a member of his Health team to meet me in my constituency to see first hand the challenges the NHS are facing and how the government should listen to clinical professionals and patients and change course to ensure my constituents get the care they need.

Gareth asks Government to give NHS more support

On Monday evening I held an adjournment debate regarding the future of health care provision in North Staffordshire. Adjournment debates or discussions are held at the end of business in...

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Several people have been in touch with me today about universal credit. I will of course be in the chamber today and with my Labour colleagues asking for the government to pause and fix the bill.

Gareth asks the Government to pause and fix universal credit

Several people have been in touch with me today about universal credit. I will of course be in the chamber today and with my Labour colleagues asking for the government...

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If you could ask the government a question about local health services - what would you ask? Please share!

On Monday 23rd October I have an adjournment debate in Parliament on healthcare provision in North Staffordshire. It's my opportunity to challenge the government about or concerns about the sustainability and future of good quality healthcare in our region.

But I want to hear from you! I want to hear about what you would ask the government so that I represent you as well as I can.

What would you ask the government? Please share this video and either write your question below or email me on gareth.snell.mp@parliament.uk

Gareth invites constituents to have their say on NHS services

If you could ask the government a question about local health services - what would you ask? Please share! On Monday 23rd October I have an adjournment debate in Parliament...

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I’m urging everyone in Stoke-on-Trent to take part in wear it pink on Friday 20th October.

It’s such a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love. It was lovely to meet and talk to broadcaster Jacquie Beltrao, a Breast Cancer survivor and now advocate for Breast Cancer now to promote the campaign.

So don't forget to do your bit and wear pink on Friday 20th October.

Gareth encourages Stoke to 'Wear It Pink'

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose...

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting STAND.

(Stoke-on-Trent Area Network for Disability) in my constituency office. STAND are leading a campaign against loneliness in Stoke-on-Trent called the Blue Iris Project. A simple but great idea. You sign a pledge to be open to chat to people when you wear your blue iris badge. The badge is a sign that you will be willing to chat. No pressure, no home visits, you just wear the badge when you feel you have the time to chat. The chats can be anywhere in a public place, shops, bus stops, doctors etc.

I was proud to sign the pledge and get my own badge. If you would like to know more about this tremendous project and sign up yourself, why not visit their website at http://www.stand-stoke.org.uk/blue-iris/

Gareth meets with 'STAND'

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting STAND. (Stoke-on-Trent Area Network for Disability) in my constituency office. STAND are leading a campaign against loneliness in Stoke-on-Trent called...

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This afternoon I raised the tragic case of my constituent Geoffrey Elwell with the Prime Minister.

In October 2016, Geoffrey was transitioned from DLA to PIP last year and after a new application was considered he lost the support he desperately needed. In June, Geoffrey passed away waiting for his appeal to be heard. Just two days later, after he died, his appeal was heard and he his support was posthumously reinstated in full and back dated from January.

Today I asked the Prime Minister what her message she thought I should pass onto Geoffrey's partner Carol. I'm afraid her answer of warm words of condolence won't change a failing system that is penalising some of the most vulnerable in our society. In this case, it won't take away the appalling stress placed upon Geoffrey and Carol when they should have been cherishing their final months together.

Geoffrey deserved so much better from this government. When he needed help, compassion & support, they abandoned him.

Gareth raises case of Geoffrey Elwell with PM

This afternoon I raised the tragic case of my constituent Geoffrey Elwell with the Prime Minister. In October 2016, Geoffrey was transitioned from DLA to PIP last year and after...

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Jeremy Hunt apologies to the people of Stoke-on-Trent. But, sorry isn’t good enough.

Nearly a year ago Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council passed motions referring the decision by North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to the government regarding their decision to cut community beds. Despite acknowledging this cross-party concern, there has been no satisfactory response from the Secretary of State.

Since then, both myself and Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth have written to the Secretary of State to urge him to act and to investigate this unpopular and unsuccessful decision. But, yet again the people of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire have been forgotten by this government.

The Secretary of State may have apologised this afternoon, but he needs to offer more than words to regain our trust on his handling of our beloved NHS.

Gareth tells Jeremy Hunt: "Sorry's not good enough!"

Jeremy Hunt apologies to the people of Stoke-on-Trent. But, sorry isn’t good enough. Nearly a year ago Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council passed motions referring the decision by...

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