Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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Staffordshire's Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner is consulting on plans to take over the Fire Service in Stoke-on-Trent.

Under the plans, the current Fire Authority, made up of elected councillors from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, would be replaced by just one person - the Lichfield-based Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis.

Staffordshire County Council are opposing these plans, as do I along with my Labour colleague Ruth Smeeth MP. The Fire Brigades Union and the Labour Party in Stoke-on-Trent are also concerned that these plans are not right for Stoke-on-Trent.

Ruth and I have written to the City Independent and Tory Coalition who run the City Council and asked them to also oppose the take-over by Commissioner Ellis.

We both believe that the commissioners plans to 'rationalise both [police and fire service] estates' will lead to closure of police stations, that savings will mean job losses and fewer firefighters and that Stoke-on-Trent will lose its voice in decisions being made that affect our city.

If you are concerned about these plans, you can make your voice heard by emailing staffspcc@melresearch.co.uk and you can read the full take-over plans at https://melresearch.co.uk/page/staffspcc

You have until the 4th September to have your say!

Gareth opposes changes to Fire Service authority

Staffordshire's Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner is consulting on plans to take over the Fire Service in Stoke-on-Trent. Under the plans, the current Fire Authority, made up of elected councillors...

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Last week I visited a foodbank in Bentilee supported by St. Stephen's Church. It was difficult to see how many families are struggling with feeding their children during the holidays. During the first week of the holidays it fed nearly 70 children.

The aim of this food bank is to make sure that children are getting at least one hot meal per week. Tragically, foodbanks have become part of our community, not only offering food but also games and crafts so that the children and parents could interact with others.

I'm so very grateful for those donating their time and food to the foodbank. But in the 21st Century, in a rich country like Britain, the fact that so many families are so close to the financial cliff is a tragedy and a national disgrace.

Gareth visits food bank in Stoke

Last week I visited a foodbank in Bentilee supported by St. Stephen's Church. It was difficult to see how many families are struggling with feeding their children during the holidays....

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Good luck to everyone taking part in Park Run tomorrow in Hanley! It's great to know that local Taekwondo star Charlie Maddock will be taking part. If you fancy joining them tomorrow, then please see http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hanley/ for more details!

Gareth wishes Hanley Park Runners good luck

Good luck to everyone taking part in Park Run tomorrow in Hanley! It's great to know that local Taekwondo star Charlie Maddock will be taking part. If you fancy joining...

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Today has been my regular surgery Friday. If you would like the opportunity to talk to me about an issue or require any help then please don't hesitate to contact my office team for help. If we can't help you on the telephone or via email we will be happy to invite you to one of our surgeries or point you in the right direction for the support you need.

Gareth holds regular Friday surgery for constituents

Today has been my regular surgery Friday. If you would like the opportunity to talk to me about an issue or require any help then please don't hesitate to contact...

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Today is A Level results day and for many young people across Stoke-on-Trent and across the country it's going to be a nervous, exciting and for some a disappointing day.

I know how hard young people across Stoke-on-Trent have worked and the incredible work of our local teachers in our schools and colleges. I just wanted to offer some words to you on what is likely to be a day you will remember for the rest of your life.

Firstly. If you've got the grades you needed, then congratulations! You should be hearing from your University of choice soon!

If you've not quite got the grades you needed, then call your University to check to see if they will accept your grades. Sometimes if you've not quite performed as well in your exams as predicted then you can still be accepted.

Finally, if your results weren't what you hoped for and you haven't gotten into one of your primary choices then don't panic. Each University will publish a clearing number which you can call to discuss your results and what other options you have such as a different course. Alternatively, visit https://www.ucas.com/clearing2017 and follow UCAS's very good advice on perhaps choosing a different University or perhaps re-sitting some of your exams.

Whatever your results today, you should be incredibly proud of the work you've put in and certainly don't listen to those saying exams are getting easier or it was tougher in their day.

Whether you're celebrating your results or waiting nervously for news, please remember that a set of scores will not define your future. Whether today is a step forwards or a small step backwards, be confident in your own ability, keep working hard and you will bounce back!

Good luck!

Gareth congratulates students on A-Level results day

Today is A Level results day and for many young people across Stoke-on-Trent and across the country it's going to be a nervous, exciting and for some a disappointing day....

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I'm tentatively delighted to report that there has been a complete U-turn regarding the train service serving Kidsgrove that had been operated by London Midland. Whilst I've not had it confirmed from all sources, it does appear that people power and common sense has won the day and we will retain our affordable train service to London.

Gareth celebrates victory on Kidsgrove train service

I'm tentatively delighted to report that there has been a complete U-turn regarding the train service serving Kidsgrove that had been operated by London Midland. Whilst I've not had it...

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I had a very productive meeting with Staffordshire's new Chief Constable Gareth Morgan.

We discussed the challenges which are being faced by Staffordshire Police and what we can do to work together to keep all residents in Stoke-on-Trent Central safe.

I raised my concerns about the number of warranted officers in Staffordshire, the poor response times from the 101 non-emergency number and the loss of the 24/7 access to Hanley police station.

Nationally, our police are coming under ever increasing pressure because of funding cuts, loss of officers, rising costs and huge increases in demand.

Gareth meets Staffordshire's new Chief Constable

I had a very productive meeting with Staffordshire's new Chief Constable Gareth Morgan. We discussed the challenges which are being faced by Staffordshire Police and what we can do to...

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I suspect after a by-election and General Election just a few months in-between the last thing the voters in Stoke-on-Trent Central wanted to see are leaflets and letters with my face on it!

But in February and June I made a promise, that unlike some of my more well-known opponents I would be a week in week out MP. That I would be working with local residents all year round to take on the issues that matter to them.

This morning I was out in Birches Head knocking on doors and delivering my local survey on a variety of issues. It was good to talk to people about the NHS, Education and of course Brexit.

I'm going to continue knocking on doors locally all year round and keep listening - because that's what you elected me to do.

Gareth out campaigning in Stoke-on-Trent Central

I suspect after a by-election and General Election just a few months in-between the last thing the voters in Stoke-on-Trent Central wanted to see are leaflets and letters with my...

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Happy National Oatcake day! On such a special day for those of us in the Potteries and in the Staffordshire area it would be unforgivable not to enjoy the culinary feast that is the oatcake on its national day! Cheese and beans remain the favourite accompaniment with my team members. Enjoy yours on this special day!

Gareth celebrates National Oatcake Day

Happy National Oatcake day! On such a special day for those of us in the Potteries and in the Staffordshire area it would be unforgivable not to enjoy the culinary...

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Last week I wrote a handwritten note to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt inviting him to Stoke-on-Trent. This is because despite letters from me and Ruth Smeeth MP we are yet to receive a response to concerns about heath provision and reforms in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

The funding crisis affecting the Royal Stoke Hospital and the loss of community beds deserves his attention. Unfortunately, despite our letters and those of the City Council he is yet to respond satisfactorily.

He has also failed to fulfil his promise to visit the hospital and meet with staff on the frontline. The cynics amongst us might come to the conclusion that he was only interested in these pressing concerns when there was a by-election on and the prospect of electing a Conservative MP.

I'll keep you posted.

Gareth writes to Jeremy Hunt about Royal Stoke Hospital

Last week I wrote a handwritten note to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt inviting him to Stoke-on-Trent. This is because despite letters from me and Ruth Smeeth...

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