Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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...

I have another one of my coffee mornings in the constituency this week. Why not pop along to come and see me and talk about any issues you might want to raise?

This time I'll be at the Minton Centre in Hartshill from 10am on Friday. No appointment necessary!

Minton Centre Coffee Morning

I have another one of my coffee mornings in the constituency this week. Why not pop along to come and see me and talk about any issues you might want...

We won't be ignored by Jeremy Hunt - Our NHS is too important.

Following on from my question to Jeremy Hunt this morning I have written to him again with my Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove colleague Ruth Smeeth MP.

Ruth and I refuse to be ignored in our efforts to shine a light on the problems facing our NHS locally and we won't stop till the government and the Secretary of State take action to address the problems we have raised.

We won't be Ignored by Jeremy Hunt

We won't be ignored by Jeremy Hunt - Our NHS is too important. Following on from my question to Jeremy Hunt this morning I have written to him again with...

The Stoke-on-Trent Sentinel have run a very successful NHS SOS campaign highlighting the very real concerns local people have about the future of our NHS.

One of those concerns has been the problems of recruitment and retention in the NHS. Today in the House of Commons I asked Jeremy Hunt what he was going to do to address these problems in Stoke-on-Trent and whether he was prepared to meet and listen to the Sentinel and local people about their worries.

He couldn't even be bothered to answer the question and simply reeled off a series of statistics that we know highlight his failures rather than anything else.

Shouldn't the Secretary of State for Health actually care about what is happening in hospitals up and down the country? It appears not.

Jeremy Hunt continues to Fail Stoke-on-Trent

The Stoke-on-Trent Sentinel have run a very successful NHS SOS campaign highlighting the very real concerns local people have about the future of our NHS. One of those concerns has...

Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO's) are an important part a mixed housing economy. But in some areas of Stoke-on-Trent like Birches Head they are taking over large swathes of former family housing and putting pressures on parking and local services. Today I asked the government what they intended to do to give local residents the power to control or limit such large scale changes in our local community.

The Government needs to Empower Local Communities over HMOs

Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO's) are an important part a mixed housing economy. But in some areas of Stoke-on-Trent like Birches Head they are taking over large swathes of former...

Just occasionally I receive bile on my social media platforms that tries to denigrate Stoke-on-Trent. That tries to paint the picture of our city that no-one recognises. I don't think there could have been any more striking example of what an inclusive city we are than the wonderful Stoke Pride that happened over the weekend.

A day filled full of fun and laughter and every part of our diverse communities involved standing in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. A huge thank you to everyone who helped organise the events, the countless organisations who came and the wonderful members of the public who make the 12th Stoke Pride one of the biggest and best yet!

See you next year!

Gareth visits Stoke-on-Trent Pride 2018

Just occasionally I receive bile on my social media platforms that tries to denigrate Stoke-on-Trent. That tries to paint the picture of our city that no-one recognises. I don't think...

I'm a firm believer in the value of lifelong learning, so it's with great pleasure that I'd like to draw attention to some free 'have a go' sessions with Stoke Adult and Community Learning as part of this year's Festival of Learning.

For those who haven't heard of it, the Festival of Learning is an annual celebration of lifelong learning and the benefit it can bring to those adults who've used it to transform their lives. June is the 'have a go' month of the Festival of Learning, which brings with it some great opportunities.

The sessions here in Stoke are no exception and include training in diverse areas such as First Aid, E-safety, and English. Why not check out what's available at this link - there might be something you've always wanted to learn, or never thought about learning before now:

 

Festival of Learning 2018

I'm a firm believer in the value of lifelong learning, so it's with great pleasure that I'd like to draw attention to some free 'have a go' sessions with Stoke...

Tomorrow I will be hosting a stall with local Labour Party members at Stoke-on-Trent Pride. Pride is a wonderful event and an opportunity to celebrate community diversity and learn from each other, increasing compassion, understanding, equality and well-being. The event opens to the public at 1200, the parade around the park is at 1500 and the event closes at 1800.

It will be a fantastic day with food stalls, live music and stalls from organisations throughout Stoke-on-Trent. If you've not got anything planned I would highly recommend paying a visit!

Gareth to Visit Stoke-on-Trent Pride 2018

Tomorrow I will be hosting a stall with local Labour Party members at Stoke-on-Trent Pride. Pride is a wonderful event and an opportunity to celebrate community diversity and learn from...

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