Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

This morning marks the first day of industrial action taken by lecturers and members of the UCU up and down the country. They are taking action because of proposals to change pension arrangements.


Independent modelling of the proposals show that a typical lecturer would lose £200,000 in retirement if the UUK plans were imposed. That's potentially £10,000 a year for some members. Last week the vice-chancellors of Warwick and Loughborough universities broke ranks to criticise UUK for failing to guarantee retirement incomes for USS members.


I support today’s action, but recognise the impact it will have on students. It's time the Universities got back around the table and agreed a fair way forward.

Gareth supports the UCU

This morning marks the first day of industrial action taken by lecturers and members of the UCU up and down the country. They are taking action because of proposals to...

Last week I went on an excellent visit to Vodafone's Hub in Stoke-on-Trent. I was really interested to hear about their plans on local jobs and their role in expanding our digital infrastructure. I'm committed to working with businesses of all sizes to bring more high skilled jobs to our region.

Gareth visits Vodafone Hub

Last week I went on an excellent visit to Vodafone's Hub in Stoke-on-Trent. I was really interested to hear about their plans on local jobs and their role in expanding...

I was delighted to welcome Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Debbie Abrahams to Stoke-on-Trent today. Debbie is currently touring the country talking to people about how a future Labour can provide dignity and security in retirement. The tour is designed to better understand people's experiences of the pension system, with a view to guaranteeing a secure and healthy retirement for all. Special mention to the incredible WASPI women and North Staffordshire Pensioners Covention for a fantastic turnout.

Gareth welcomes Debbie Abrahams MP to Stoke

I was delighted to welcome Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Debbie Abrahams to Stoke-on-Trent today. Debbie is currently touring the country talking to people about how a...

As a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme It was an honour to visit the RAF Benevolent Fund team this week.


The RAF Benevolent Fund offers a range of support aimed at serving and former RAF personnel and their dependants. This includes welfare breaks, grants to help with financial difficulty and getting about inside and outside the home, specialist advice on benefits and support with care needs, as well as support for young people through their Airplay programme.


They also work with a variety of other charities working to ensure our Armed Forces during and after their service get the support they need. You can learn more about their work at https://www.rafbf.org/

Gareth visits RAF Benevolent Fund

As a member of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme It was an honour to visit the RAF Benevolent Fund team this week. The RAF Benevolent Fund offers a range of...

As many of you know from earlier posts I am deeply concerned about whether the right infrastructure is being proposed to meet the needs of our region.


That's why I met with Midlands Connect this morning to discuss their A500/A50 study, to discuss M6 smart motorway J15-16 improvements and their Derby-Stoke-Crewe rail study that could support logistics & ceramics growth in North Staffordshire.

Gareth meets Midlands Connect

As many of you know from earlier posts I am deeply concerned about whether the right infrastructure is being proposed to meet the needs of our region. That's why I...

It's not often you'll see a picture of Jack Brereton MP on my Facebook wall, but yesterday we spoke on the same issue (HS2 - West Midlands to Crewe Bill) one after each other. I followed Jack's speech, but didn't share his enthusiasm for a current HS2 bill that in its current state offers little economic benefit for the people of Stoke-on-Trent. As I said in my speech yesterday:

"The principle behind a high-speed rail network is absolutely fine, but the Bill should actually... be entitled the devastation of Staffordshire Bill. It will lay an iron scar across our county, and it will bring very little in the way of economic benefits. All that it does is seek to take all the potential benefits and, through a bottleneck, funnel them down to London and the south-east, where there will be no benefit for my constituents". Another missed opportunity for government to support our region.

I also asked if there Minister could give assurances that HS2 won't mean fewer West Coast Main Line services calling at Stoke-on-Trent. Frustratingly the Minister refused to do so.

Gareth speaks on HS2

It's not often you'll see a picture of Jack Brereton MP on my Facebook wall, but yesterday we spoke on the same issue (HS2 - West Midlands to Crewe Bill)...

I'm currently at the Bentilee Neighbourhood centre talking to the Potteries 'money wise' team about the help and support they're able to offer local residents in lowering their energy bills. They're here till 12pm today, so please do pop down if you would like to take advantage of this excellent service.

Gareth visits Potteries 'Money Wise' Team

I'm currently at the Bentilee Neighbourhood centre talking to the Potteries 'money wise' team about the help and support they're able to offer local residents in lowering their energy bills....

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked this Saturday the 27th of January and marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.


It is difficult to sum up in words to describe how I felt signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment. I wanted to pay tribute to those murdered and remember those who survived. But also to remember that the path to such horrendous acts often starts with prejudice and intolerance. With hate filled words and the dehumanisation of those we disagree with.


I'm grateful to the Holocaust Educational Trust for all the work they do and encourage my constituents to show their support for such an important day.

Gareth signs Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked this Saturday the 27th of January and marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of...

Yesterday in the House I used my time to raise the impact of Carillion's collapse on its workers. In particular, I wanted to raise the issue of TUPE and how workers now facing uncertainty because of the government's changes to employment law.

I asked the minister to ensure that workers with a long standing service history are now not faced with the prospect of little or no redundancy payments ...or benefits because of Carillion's failure.

I also asked the Minister for his comments on Stoke-on-Trent City Council's proposal to further outsource housing services. A decision that will likely reduce the level of service to residents and with inflationary uplifts likely greater larger deficits in the long run. A decision that is based upon chronic underfunding of local government by national government, forcing councils into making short term decisions that will have a detrimental long term affect on services and budgets.

Finally, instead of favouring privatisation and outsourcing. I asked the Minister to consider championing cooperative models of service delivery that empower workers and can help shape better services based on experience rather then the need to make a profit.

Gareth speaks about Carillion Collapse

Yesterday in the House I used my time to raise the impact of Carillion's collapse on its workers. In particular, I wanted to raise the issue of TUPE and how...

More than 150,000 people are set to get higher disability benefits because the High Court have ruled that the Tories action on PIP was 'blatantly discriminatory'.


Today I asked Esther McVey to apologise for the hurt and suffering her government caused. Sadly, instead of apologising she wanted praise for not appealing the decision. Shameful.

Gareth asks Esther McVey to apologise

More than 150,000 people are set to get higher disability benefits because the High Court have ruled that the Tories action on PIP was 'blatantly discriminatory'. Today I asked Esther...

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