Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

I know from the casework that my offices receives, regulation of private landlords is something of great concern to many local constituents. While the majority of private landlords are excellent and provide a good service to their tenants we know this isn't universal. That is why I have sponsored a ten minute rule bill (Private member's bill) put forward by Phil Wilson MP to change the law to ensure that all Private Landlords are registered with their local authority.


It will mean absent private landlords can't simply allow properties to fall into disrepair, ignore issues of pest control or dealing with anti-social behaviour of some tenants. If the local authority and police can simply and quickly access information of the landlord these issues can be dealt with swiftly and save the public money.

Gareth sponsors Absentee Landlords Bill

I know from the casework that my offices receives, regulation of private landlords is something of great concern to many local constituents. While the majority of private landlords are excellent...

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This week I met with Trade Minister Greg Hands and Treasury Minister Mel Stride with members of the ceramic industry to discuss the impact of Brexit.

I will continue to work with the ceramic industry and lobby government to ensure that our future trading relationship with the European Union doesn't jeopardise the future of local jobs and industry growth.

Gareth meets Trade & Treasury Ministers

This week I met with Trade Minister Greg Hands and Treasury Minister Mel Stride with members of the ceramic industry to discuss the impact of Brexit. I will continue to...

This morning I signed Early Day Motion 785 celebrating the life of Cyrille Regis and calling on the government do redouble its efforts to tackle racisim in sport. You can read the text below of the EDM, but I've also shared a very moving piece by his nephew and fellow footballer Jason Roberts which includes interviews with footballers Brian Deane and Dion Dublin. Cyrille can be described as a brilliant footballer and the strongest of advocates for equality, but he was a very decent and nice man.


"That this House notes the passing of footballer Cyrille Regis MBE at the age of 59; recognises his achievements as one of the most talented, dynamic and prolific footballers of the 1970s and 1980s and his huge popularity at the clubs he played at, in particular West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City where he spent the bulk of his career, as well as Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and in winning five caps for England; remembers his charisma on and off the pitch, and his tireless charity work following his retirement from playing; salutes his contribution to tackling racism in sport, and his status as a role model at a time when black players experienced severe racism; calls on the Governmment to redouble efforts to work with governing bodies and clubs to eradicate all racism in sport; and extends sincere sympathy to his family, his friends and all who mourn him".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42690428

Gareth Celebrates Cyrille Regis

This morning I signed Early Day Motion 785 celebrating the life of Cyrille Regis and calling on the government do redouble its efforts to tackle racisim in sport. You can...

The update yesterday that another cabinet meeting has been called next week to discuss this proposed move is welcome. There are many concerns about this proposed move, not simply about the process and the lack of scrutiny, but about the future levels of service to residents. I have issued a joint statement with Ruth Smeeth MP:


“The Tory and Independent coalition running Stoke-on-Trent City council has effectively announced its intention to privatise its housing services. The Council has signalled its intention to reduce the level of service offered to council tenants and to put the profits of outside organisations ahead of the quality of service on offer to residents.


Housing development, growth and homelessness services should be at the heart of this council's agenda, not siphoned off to outside agencies. It's no surprise that instead of being open about this intended flawed proposition they've kept councillors and opposition members in the dark.


We will work with local councillors, stakeholders and tenants to fight this privatisation that will do nothing to benefit local people or the quality of services they receive”.

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/260-more-council-jobs-set-1051718

Stoke Council Privatising Housing Services

The update yesterday that another cabinet meeting has been called next week to discuss this proposed move is welcome. There are many concerns about this proposed move, not simply about...

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This morning I met with Richard Williams, the FBU chairman for region seven (West Midlands area). We had a long and detailed discussion about some of the very real concerns facing our Fire Service and Fire Fighters.

We talked about the concerns about cuts to budgets and the ongoing challenges the service is facing, including the unwelcome attempts from the Police and Crime Commissioner to try and take over the Fire Service.

I am incredibly grateful for the work of the FBU and its members who are working on the front line in very difficult and often life threatening situations. I'll be continuing to do all I can to raise the concerns of Fire Fighters in the House of Commons. It's time this government started to listen to the professionals, doing a dangerous job to keep us safe.

Gareth meets FBU Chair Richard Williams

This morning I met with Richard Williams, the FBU chairman for region seven (West Midlands area). We had a long and detailed discussion about some of the very real concerns...

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On Monday I raised the issue of Conservative plans to merge the police and fire services in Staffordshire in the House of Commons.

As many of you will know from my previous posts, I am wholeheartedly against the proposal from the local Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner to take over the Fire Service. I believe that the commissioners plan to 'rationalise both police and fire service estates' will lead to the closure of police stations, that savings will mean job losses and fewer firefighters.

Sadly, despite the cross party support of councillors on Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council against the move and with no tangible public support the Minister continues to bury his head in the sand.

Gareth raises new concerns over police and fire merger

On Monday I raised the issue of Conservative plans to merge the police and fire services in Staffordshire in the House of Commons. As many of you will know from...

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The UK city of Culture 2021 bidding process gave our towns and cities like Stoke-on-Trent the chance to showcase our rich heritage to the nation. It brought people together who were passionate about celebrating their communities.

I've written the following letter to the Secretary of State with cross party support of other MPs representing shortlisted bids to ask for support to ensure this isn't the end for those who didn't win and that we can harness the energy and ideas created through this process.

Gareth calls for Stoke to build on energy of City of Culture bid

The UK city of Culture 2021 bidding process gave our towns and cities like Stoke-on-Trent the chance to showcase our rich heritage to the nation. It brought people together who...

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I recently signed the TUC Dying to work charter in Parliament.

Since its launch in April 2016, The TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter now protects over half a million employees with companies such as Legal and General, Santander, Co-Op, Carillion, Rolls Royce and the Royal Mail joining E.On and signing up along with a number of public sector bodies including NHS trusts, police authorities and many local authorities.

The Dying to Work campaign was set up following the case of Jacci Woodcook, a 58-year-old sales manager from Derbyshire, who was forced out of her job after being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. The campaign is calling for a change in the law to prevent the same thing happening to other working people.

The campaign has also been endorsed by a number of trade unions and charities, including The National Council for Palliative Care, Hospice UK, Breast Cancer Care and Second Hope.

Gareth signs TUC 'Dying to Work' Charter

I recently signed the TUC Dying to work charter in Parliament. Since its launch in April 2016, The TUCs ‘Dying to Work’ Voluntary Charter now protects over half a million...

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This morning I surprised Terri Weaver from Greenways Primary Academy in Stockton Brook with her prize as the winner of my Christmas card competition.

I was joined by Hayley Grocott-Smith (teacher) and Matt Lovatt from the Monkey Forest who presented Terri with her family pass to Monkey Forest.

Thank you to all the school children across my constituency for entering. It was a tough decision and I'm proud to represent such a talented group. You can see the winning design below.

Gareth surprises winner of Christmas card competition

This morning I surprised Terri Weaver from Greenways Primary Academy in Stockton Brook with her prize as the winner of my Christmas card competition. I was joined by Hayley Grocott-Smith...

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On Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions I raised with the Prime Minister a letter written by Right Reverend Geoff Annas, the Bishop of Stafford, who wrote to the Conservative run Stoke-on-Trent City Council to plead with them not to cut £1million out of the homelessness support budget.

I asked "Does the Prime Minister agree with Bishop Geoff when he said that the measure of society can be found in the way that we treat our vulnerable people? And if so, will she join his calls for the City Council not to cut its homelessness support budget?

Sadly the Prime Minister decided to ignore my question and failed to condemn the Council for their proposed cuts.

But I'm not going to shut up about homelessness and I'm not going to stop talking about the council's awful proposals. I believe that we have a duty to protect the most vulnerable in society and I think the government and the council should be ashamed of their actions. Let's not forget as we enjoy the festive period there will be 120,000 children will do so in temporary accommodation. It's quite frankly a national disgrace.

Gareth raises concerns about homelessness at PMQs

On Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions I raised with the Prime Minister a letter written by Right Reverend Geoff Annas, the Bishop of Stafford, who wrote to the Conservative run...

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