Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

On Sunday I went to the Greyhound pub to participate in the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz. The World’s Biggest Pub Quiz is a national event run by local pubs through Pubaid to raise money Prostate Cancer UK, and all Titanic Brewery pubs are joining in..
Through £1 entry, the first drink being free in return for a donation, 25p from every Titanic Brewery beer and a raffle with Titanic Brewery prizes, the unbelievable generosity of the Greyhound pub in raising a substantial amount of money for Prostate Cancer UK.


This money will make a huge difference to the lives of those suffering from prostate cancer and their families. It’s the most common type of cancer among men in the UK, with 40,000 men being diagnosed every year and 1 in 8 men suffering from prostate cancer in their lifetimes. Prostate Cancer UK’s work research has generated in improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support; and will continue to do so.


I’d like to thank Mike and everyone else at the Greyhound pub for organising the event locally and for their and the Titanic Brewery’s generosity. I would also like to thank everyone who participated in one of the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz events locally for their own generosity. I’m always proud to see the way our communities pull together to support a good cause, and I’m more than happy to support other charity fundraising events wherever possible.


If you missed the event in The Greyhound there will be World’s Biggest Pub Quiz events in The White Star here in Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow at 8pm, and one in The Bulls Head in Burslem at 7.30pm on Thursday. It’s a great way to have some fun and raise money for an important cause, and I can’t recommend going enough!


You can find the details here: https://www.titanicbrewery.co.uk/worlds-biggest-pub-quiz-returns/

Gareth participates in World's Biggest Bar Crawl charity fundraiser

On Sunday I went to the Greyhound pub to participate in the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz. The World’s Biggest Pub Quiz is a national event run by local pubs through...

Above is the letter that Ruth Smeeth MP and I wrote to Council Leader and Deputy Leader, Councillor Dave Conway and Councillor Abi Brown yesterday to express our concerns about the sorry state of the council’s finances.


Running a council budget is a difficult task under the current Conservative government’s determination to cut local government to the bone, but the Conservative-Independent coalition has been spending their reserves far faster than could be reasonably expected.


Their poor financial management has seen key services such as Adult Social Care and Children’s Services go over-budget and therefore are now at a significant financial risk, and we hope that Councillor Conway and Councillor Brown will now come forward with a plan in place to tackle the problem before our constituents end up suffering as a result of the poor financial management of the council.


I will keep you updated on the situation and will always fight to protect the local services that matter to my constituents.

Gareth writes to Council Leader re Council Finances

Above is the letter that Ruth Smeeth MP and I wrote to Council Leader and Deputy Leader, Councillor Dave Conway and Councillor Abi Brown yesterday to express our concerns about...

Last Wednesday's visit to parliament by over a hundred activists from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire highlighted the strength of local people. We will not stay quiet and we will keep fighting for our community beds to reopen and for the best quality of care for local patients. You can watch my interview that was broadcast on ITV news supporting the campaign on my Facebook page (there's a slight delay on the recording): https://www.facebook.com/garethforstoke/videos/2036947389919345/

Gareth interviewed by ITV about Community Beds

Last Wednesday's visit to parliament by over a hundred activists from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire highlighted the strength of local people. We will not stay quiet and we will keep...

About to start live on BBC One. We're going to be discussing Brexit, Carillion and House building.

Gareth appears on BBC One

About to start live on BBC One. We're going to be discussing Brexit, Carillion and House building.

This week I attended the Coalfields Regeneration Trust's parliamentary reception and pledged to support their work in delivering a lasting and positive impact on the employment, skills and health of residents in​ ​former mining towns and villages.


Since 1999 The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) has invested over £250m in the English coalfields. This has supported grass roots community groups, voluntary organisations and strategic partners to deliver activities that have made a positive difference to lives of tens of thousands of people. I'm proud to support their work.

Gareth attends Coalfields Regeneration Trust's parliamentary reception

This week I attended the Coalfields Regeneration Trust's parliamentary reception and pledged to support their work in delivering a lasting and positive impact on the employment, skills and health of...

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Air Force museum in London to see first hand the work being done as part of the Centenary works. I would certainly recommend a visit if you're interested in the history of aviation.

Gareth visits RAF museum

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Royal Air Force museum in London to see first hand the work being done as part of the Centenary works. I...

Yesterday I signed early day motion 902 on fly-tipping. The motion calls on the Secretary of State for Justice to simplify the court process for the prosecution of fly-tippers; and to introduce community payback sentencing for fly-tippers to help address the increase in illegal fly tipping.


I know from my own casework how infuriating fly-tipping is for local residents and frustrating it is that often the perpetrators get away with it. I hope the government can take action on this and help communities blighted by the selfishness of others. In the meantime, if you spot fly-tipping please do use the below form to report it or let my office know.

Gareth signs motion on Fly-Tipping

Yesterday I signed early day motion 902 on fly-tipping. The motion calls on the Secretary of State for Justice to simplify the court process for the prosecution of fly-tippers; and...

Yesterday morning I joined UCU members taking industrial action at the University of Keele. I fully support the staff of Keele University who are taking part in industrial action over the next 4 weeks. The proposed changes from Universities UK to pensions will leave thousands of staff in an insecure position upon retirement and no longer able to access the pension they deserve. UCU members voted overwhelmingly in support this action, showing the united force behind these stri...kes and genuine concern members share about the USS pension scheme changes.

UCU members at Keele work hard to provide top quality educational experiences in North Staffordshire, and produce world leading research; I am proud to represent an area with such high academic achievements. These staff deserve a fair pension that is reflective of their work and contributions to our community and the wider intellectual community.

I, and I am sure the staff, appreciate the disruption these strikes will cause, but these unprecedented circumstances would result in a far graver situation for those involved if immediate action is not taken. I hope that negotiations can continue between employers and staff to find an amicable solution, and I encourage the use of ACAS as a mediator to try and end the dispute. However until a resolution is found, I offer my support and solidarity to the UCU members during this time of industrial action.

Gareth joins UCU picket

Yesterday morning I joined UCU members taking industrial action at the University of Keele. I fully support the staff of Keele University who are taking part in industrial action over...

Citizens Advice are a trusted and well respected source of information and advice for people up and down the country. I recently attended their drop in session in Parliament to be taken on a ward-by-ward virtual tour of Stoke-on-Trent Central and shown the problems people living in the area are getting help for at Citizens Advice.


The maps - called Constituency Dashboards - also revealed the spread of issues facing different types of people in Stoke-on-Trent such as disabled people, younger constituents and minorities. According to evidence from the charity, Citizens Advice helps to solve two in three people’s problems, reducing the number of people who turn to public services for support on welfare, health and housing issues. For every £1 invested in the Citizens Advice service government and public services save £2, amounting to £420 million last year.


Citizens Advice works on the frontline to help people with a huge variety of important issues, which means they are well-placed to identify the problems residents are facing. I’m always keen to find new and inventive ways of staying informed about the concerns of my constituents. These dashboards are illuminating and the data they contain provide strong evidence on which to act.
Most importantly, when they highlight a change in policy is having a detrimental effect on the lives of ordinary people the government should listen and take note. Too many times, organisations like the CAB have been telling us about the suffering of individuals affected by government policies and the government have been deaf to their concerns.

Gareth attends Citizens Advice drop-in

Citizens Advice are a trusted and well respected source of information and advice for people up and down the country. I recently attended their drop in session in Parliament to...

Can you help us win locally again? Can you donate just £5 to help Labour fight the Tories in Stoke-on-Trent? https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fundraising-to-win-for-labour-in-stoke-on-trent

A year ago today, all eyes were on Stoke-on-Trent as the country's press descended on our city to cover a by election that they said The Labour Party was going to lose. It was a tough campaign. UKIP selected its leader Paul Nuttall to be its candidate. They thought it was in the bag. But they took the public for granted and they underestimated the power of our movement.

Our movement at its best, members and supporters from trade unions and Labour Parties across the country coming together. Young and old, new members and those with decades of experience knocking on doors and delivering leaflets to put forward a message of hope and tolerance. And residents in Stoke-on-Trent Central replied loud and clear. They voted against the politics of hate and division. They voted to bring investment and new jobs into our city. To start building more council houses so everyone can have a decent home. To keep our NHS public and get it the funding it desperately needs To give new opportunities to the next generation and hope for the future.

Help Gareth fight the Tories

Can you help us win locally again? Can you donate just £5 to help Labour fight the Tories in Stoke-on-Trent? https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fundraising-to-win-for-labour-in-stoke-on-trent A year ago today, all eyes were on Stoke-on-Trent...

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