Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Our campaign against Hospital fines - please keep sharing!

I was recently interviewed by the BBC regarding our campaign against the CCG's plans to fine University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust nearly ten million pounds for missed targets. In case you missed it, here is the full piece that aired on BBC Midlands Today.

Still no response from Jeremy Hunt to my letter calling for him to intervene!

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Hospital Fines

CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Our campaign against Hospital fines - please keep sharing! I was recently interviewed by the BBC regarding our campaign against the CCG's plans to fine University Hospitals of...

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I popped into the Etruria Canal Festival at the Etruria Industrial museum. Glorious weather, good food and great community spirit. Well done to all those that helped organise the day!

Gareth Visits Etruria Canal Festival

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I popped into the Etruria Canal Festival at the Etruria Industrial museum. Glorious weather, good food and great community spirit. Well done to...

While slightly different to most of my posts, today is nonetheless important as it's National Fish and Chips day! If you've not heard of the day before, that's because it's only the third year it's been celebrated.

Personally, I think it's an important celebration. Fish and chips is a beloved dish here in Britain and many small business owners and workers owe their livelihoods to the continued popularity of the dish. If you'd like to find out more or get involved in the day, you can do so here: http://www.neoda.org.uk/fishandchipday

We celebrated in the office today by getting some food from our local chippy - Loftus - how will you be celebrating the day?

National Fish and Chips Day 2018

While slightly different to most of my posts, today is nonetheless important as it's National Fish and Chips day! If you've not heard of the day before, that's because it's...

From today until the 7th of June is National Volunteers' week - an opportunity to say thank you to the countless unsung heroes of our community.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and the work they do all too often goes unnoticed. One of the greatest pleasures of being the MP for Stoke-on-Trent central has been the opportunities to meet some of the volunteers who work hard day in day out to improve our city.

This year's Volunteers' Week is about volunteering for all - a celebration of the wide range of people who contribute in so many different ways. I can't thank enough everyone who gives up their time for the community here in Stoke-on-Trent nor state properly how amazed I am at their contributions. If you'd like to get involved in National Volunteers' Week, check out the website here:

National Volunteer's Week 2018

From today until the 7th of June is National Volunteers' week - an opportunity to say thank you to the countless unsung heroes of our community. Volunteers are the lifeblood...

Over 100 tickets have already been reserved for the first of the Harriet Slater Memorial Lectures, meaning that if you want to go make sure you book your place now before the rest of the tickets go!

The tickets for the event are free and you can book your space on Eventbrite by following this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/harriet-slater-memorial-lecture-baroness-taylor-tickets-45512975535

For those who might have missed my previous posts, Harriet Slater was one of my predecessors as an MP for Stoke-on-Trent, representing our great city from 1953 till 1966. During her thirteen years in Westminster she became the first ever woman to become a Government Whip, smashing through a glass ceiling at a time when politics remained a much more male dominated world.

However, her achievements as a politician and as a woman in politics have now sadly been forgotten. To rectify this myself and Ruth Smeeth MP have decided to host the Harriet Slater Lecture Series.

The first of these will be at 6pm on the 6th of July at the Co-operative Academy, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST64LD.

In honour of Harriet Slater's achievement in being the first woman to become a Government Whip, we've invited The Rt. Hon Baroness Taylor of Bolton who became the first woman to be the Chief Government Whip between 1998 and 2001. She was also the first woman to become the Leader of the House of Commons and remains an active member of the House of Lords to this day.

I can't wait for this fantastic event and I hope you'll be able to join us on the 6th of July. You can find more details at this Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2075593352521776/

Over 100 Tickets Sold for the First Harriet Slater Memorial Lecture!

Over 100 tickets have already been reserved for the first of the Harriet Slater Memorial Lectures, meaning that if you want to go make sure you book your place now...

I'm standing with consumer champion group Which? and 83 of my fellow MPs to make a stand against banks charging rip-off overdraft fees that can be worse than a payday loan. It's time for the banks to stop cashing in on those who can afford it least. Which? first raised the alarm over these fees in 2016, but new research shows the issue still exists.

The consumer champion compared the cost of borrowing £100 for 30 days in an unarranged overdraft across 16 high-street banks with borrowing the same amount for the same length of time through a payday loan. Overall, 13 of the banks investigated charged more than a payday loan company, and considerably more so in several cases.

The FCA previously capped payday loan charges, meaning that the cost of a loan in our scenario would be £24. Which? found:
• Santander is almost 7.5 times* higher and £155 more expensive, charging its customers a massive £179 over 30 days.
• TSB is over 6.5 times more costly, charging £160.00.
• This is followed by HSBC and First Direct – over 6 times higher, at £150.
• RBS and Natwest are £144 and 6 times higher.

Now, Which? has written a letter to the FCA along with 84 MPs from all the main parties, demanding the Financial Conduct Authority takes urgent action to end this unfair practice by restricting unarranged overdraft charges to the same level as arranged overdrafts.

Gareth signs Which? Campaign Letter against Banks charging Rip-off Overdraft Fees

I'm standing with consumer champion group Which? and 83 of my fellow MPs to make a stand against banks charging rip-off overdraft fees that can be worse than a payday...

Many of you will have seen the news regarding Sainsbury's proposed merger with ASDA. You may have even seen the footage of Sainsbury's CEO Mike Coupe singing ''we're in the money" in-between interviews on the news.

Yet at the same time Sainsbury's is planning to cut the pay packets of their own hardworking staff meaning some staff could lose up to £3,000 a year. Despite basic wages going up, cuts to allowances for those working nights and unsociable hours will see their pay cut. Bonuses and paid breaks are also set to go.

It's simply staggering that Sainsbury's are attacking their own staff in such a way and trying to pretend their staff will be better off. I've joined many of my colleagues in signing the letter below that has been sent to the PM and would urge you to sign this petition.

Sainsbury's - ASDA merger: Sainsbury's must not cut staff pay

Many of you will have seen the news regarding Sainsbury's proposed merger with ASDA. You may have even seen the footage of Sainsbury's CEO Mike Coupe singing ''we're in the...

Stoke-on-Trent makes Channel 4 shortlist!

Today's news that Stoke-on-Trent has made the shortlist to be one of the home of Channel 4's new creative hubs is brilliant news for our city, our region and the talented and innovative people who live here.

Since my first meetings with Channel 4 last year with my colleague Ruth Smeeth MP and the subsequent meetings, it's clear we have what Channel 4 are looking for and I'm eager to get started on bringing the investment and jobs our local residents deserve.

Clearly Channel 4 has recognised the incredible opportunity that Stoke-on-Trent offers to them as a base for one of their new media hubs. To be shortlisted is fantastic, but now all our fingers are crossed that we can go all the way!

Stoke-on-Trent makes Channel 4 Shortlist!

Stoke-on-Trent makes Channel 4 shortlist! Today's news that Stoke-on-Trent has made the shortlist to be one of the home of Channel 4's new creative hubs is brilliant news for our...

University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust faces a deficit of £70 million because of chronic government under funding of our NHS.

Yet the local CCG thinks implementing a £9.2 million fine is the best way to improve performance.

I think that's perverse and wrong and it's time the government stepped in to clear up the mess they've created. Please like and share this video on Facebook if you agree.

CCG Fines Campaign Video

University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust faces a deficit of £70 million because of chronic government under funding of our NHS. Yet the local CCG thinks implementing a £9.2 million...

It was good to sit down with Group Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Brian Moss to talk about the challenges facing our local Fire Service.

We talked about a variety of issues, including the growing challenges of recruitment and retention in the Fire Service as well as growing concerns about the resources available to our Firefighters. I'm always incredibly grateful for the opportunity to sit down with Brian and talk about the work of our Fire Service. Those that run into the fire whilst we run for safety deserve our unflinching support and I will continue to speak up for them and against cuts to the resources they need to keep us safe.

Gareth speaks to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Group Manager Brian Moss

It was good to sit down with Group Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Brian Moss to talk about the challenges facing our local Fire Service. We talked about...

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