Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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...

Really interesting coffee morning in Hartshill today. Grateful to those local residents who called my office to bring up local issues and those that attended today to speak face to face.

I'm conscious that not everyone can make these meetings during the day, so please remember you can always call my office or email me with any concerns or attend one of my surgeries.

Just give my office a call for more details.

Hartshill Coffee Morning

Really interesting coffee morning in Hartshill today. Grateful to those local residents who called my office to bring up local issues and those that attended today to speak face to...

In light of the news that the government are preparing to privatise the UK Military Fire and Rescue Service and award the contract to Capita, I have tabled the following early day motion and am asking fellow MPs to sign it. I know that many of the people who follow my social media aren't from Stoke-on-Trent. If you aren't, please share far and wide!

The text of the EDM:

That this House strongly objects to the awarding of the Defence Fire and Rescue Project contract to Capita Business Services; notes the recent decision of the Government to strip the same company of a £400 million maintenance contract due to significant concerns raised by the National Audit Office; believes that the safety of the armed forces should be at the forefront of every decision made by the Government; recognises the importance of keeping these services in-house; acknowledges the work that Unite the union has done on protecting its members' interests; and calls on the Secretary of State for Defence to reconsider outsourcing the contract, reversing the current decision and setting out the reasons for seeking the liability announced in the Written Statement.

EDM Against the Privatisation of the UK Military Fire and Rescue Service

In light of the news that the government are preparing to privatise the UK Military Fire and Rescue Service and award the contract to Capita, I have tabled the following...

It is simply extraordinary that the government, despite the recent scandal of Carillion and the repeated failures of Capita have awarded them the contract to run the UK's military fire and rescue contract. It's even more incredible when you read that Capita scored "10 out of 10 for risk" in a document prepared for the MoD. One indicates the lowest probability of distress and 10 the highest".

It's not surprising that Capita have been labelled as high risk as they've recently posted huge losses and been forced to borrow hundreds of millions of pounds. They've also had MOD contracts taken off them by the government because they've failed to deliver on their contractual obligations.

I'm strongly against this decision and I will be working with the Trade Unions to fight it. Why is the British government privatising a service that works well and awarding it to a provider with a poor track record?

Government award CAPITA UK Military Fire and Rescue Contract Despite High Risk Scores

It is simply extraordinary that the government, despite the recent scandal of Carillion and the repeated failures of Capita have awarded them the contract to run the UK's military fire...

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