Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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Today is national postal workers day when we celebrate the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of postal workers, who collect, sort, and deliver letters, parcel and packets all year round.

Today will be one of the busiest posting days of the year and I'd like to thank them for all their hard work and ensuring many of our Christmas cards and presents get where they need to be during the festive period!

Gareth celebrates National Postal Workers Day

Today is national postal workers day when we celebrate the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of postal workers, who collect, sort, and deliver letters, parcel and packets...

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Earlier in the year I signed up to the Armed Services Parliamentary Scheme joining the RAF to learn more about the work of our service men and women. Just a few days ago I joined fellow MPs visiting RAF Waddlington to learn more about our Air Command surveillance and reconnaissance assets. Sadly, that's about as much as I can say about the visit. But it's a privilege to spend time with those serving in the armed forces.

Gareth visits RAF Waddlington

Earlier in the year I signed up to the Armed Services Parliamentary Scheme joining the RAF to learn more about the work of our service men and women. Just a...

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I recently called into Tesco in Hanley to support their excellent #everycanhelps campaign in aid of the Trussell Trust. If you're able support the campaign by donating one or two items from your next shop I know it will make a real difference.

I'll continue to do all I can to raise with the government that their policies continue to push vulnerable people and families in poverty. In the meantime I'm grateful to all those supporting the most vulnerable in our society over the Christmas period and all year round.

Gareth supports Trussell Trust Christmas campaign

I recently called into Tesco in Hanley to support their excellent #everycanhelps campaign in aid of the Trussell Trust. If you're able support the campaign by donating one or two...

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As many of you know myself and Ruth Smeeth MP have been working to promote Stoke-on-Trent as the new home of Channel 4. We think our emerging and exciting creative hubs locally offer a perfect home for some of the commissioned work that Channel 4 do.

We visited the Channel 4 offices in London to meet with Channel 4 executives to 'sell' our region and the benefits of moving to the Potteries. We felt the meeting went well and we look forward to hearing more from the government on whether they'll support our efforts! #localandproud

Gareth meets Channel 4 Execs promoting move to the Potteries

As many of you know myself and Ruth Smeeth MP have been working to promote Stoke-on-Trent as the new home of Channel 4. We think our emerging and exciting creative...

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On Friday I held the latest of my informal constituency meetings at All Saints Church in Joiners Square. These meetings give local residents the opportunity to come and have a cup of coffee and talk about the local or national issues that matter to them. On this occasion residents raised anti-social behaviour, heritage funding bids and Brexit.

It was great to be joined by local PCSO Lucy Slater and thank you to all those residents who took the time to come and see me. Finally, thank you to Katie and all those at All Saints Church for hosting us.

Gareth holds coffee morning in Joiners Square

On Friday I held the latest of my informal constituency meetings at All Saints Church in Joiners Square. These meetings give local residents the opportunity to come and have a...

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There’s only one word to describe my feelings on the news that Stoke-on-Trent won’t be the UK city of Culture in 2021. Gutted.

It’s been an incredible journey and despite the disappointing result, I am incredibly proud of all that has been done to promote our wonderful city to the rest of the UK.

I’d like to thank the bidding team for all their hard work in putting together a very compelling case for Stoke-on-Trent. I’d like to pay particular tribute to Paul Williams, who has championed Stoke-on-Trent as a potential city of culture for many years. I would like to thank the Sentinel for their unwavering support of the campaign, BBC Stoke, Signal and all other media outlets who have championed our bid day in and day out.

But most importantly, I would like to thank the people of Stoke-on-Trent. They’ve put up posters, voted in online polls, and updated their Facebook and Twitter to lobby the judges, given brilliant TV and radio interviews to show to the rest of the country what an incredible city we live in. A city rich in history, diversity and ingenuity.

So whilst we are all disappointed with the result. Let’s make a promise to continue to work together, to show the same level of excitement and pride in our city and to ensure that Stoke-on-Trent remains in the headlines as a city on the up, proud of its past and excited for its future.

Gareth thanks people of Stoke after City of Culture announcements

There’s only one word to describe my feelings on the news that Stoke-on-Trent won’t be the UK city of Culture in 2021. Gutted. It’s been an incredible journey and despite...

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On Sunday I popped along to the brilliant Stokie Christmas market, which was held at Hanley Fire Station. It was a lovely day with lots of Christmas treats available all for a good cause.

The day raised an incredible £3839 for the Fire Fighters Charity and UHNM Wards 202/201 which are the Leukaemia Wards.

I would like to pay tribute to Kelvin Chell, Neil Cheshire and Mark Hammersley for all their hard work in organising and local residents for supporting what was a brilliant event.

Gareth visits local Christmas Market

On Sunday I popped along to the brilliant Stokie Christmas market, which was held at Hanley Fire Station. It was a lovely day with lots of Christmas treats available all...

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Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting some of the small business owners in Stoke-on-Trent as part of Small Business Saturday, which aims to celebrate and support our local and independent companies.

Thank you to all at Alias Quiff & Combs Beauty Boutique, Little Dessert Shop Stoke Hanley, Mart's Craft Beer and BottleCraft for taking the time to show me around your businesses and discussing the challenges and rewards of running a small business in North Staffordshire.

Gareth meets small business owners on Small Business Saturday

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting some of the small business owners in Stoke-on-Trent as part of Small Business Saturday, which aims to celebrate and support our local...

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On the 23rd of November Stoke-on-Trent MP’s met with Cllr Abi Brown, representatives from SHAPE and SASCAL to discuss a proactive and co-operative way forward in dealing with the recently accrued debt in the Higher Needs Block without removing funding from the schools block funding.

A consensus was reached that the best way forward was for the City Council not to request a top-slice of 3% from the schools block but look to carry forward a deficit in the higher needs block which, in turn, would be serviced from the future savings made by re-engineering the higher needs provision in the city in conjunction with schools, colleges and providers.

To help facilitate this, the three City MPs agreed to write to the Secretary of State endorsing this plan and requesting a little additional time for the City Council to be able to make an initial pitch to DfE on the 30th November but have flexibility to submit more detailed information after the 30th November.

Despite this and without the support of local Head Teachers, the council has now reneged on this agreement and pushed forward with a request to top slice 0.5% of the DSG, meaning around £790,000 will be taken out of the hands of Head Teachers and local schools.

Schools will now be forced to make difficult financial decisions that will impact on staffing numbers. I’m saddened that this agreement has been broken and shocked and angry that the Council will now be taking money out of local classrooms to cover up its budgetary mistakes. Our children deserve better.

Gareth opposes school cuts in Stoke

On the 23rd of November Stoke-on-Trent MP’s met with Cllr Abi Brown, representatives from SHAPE and SASCAL to discuss a proactive and co-operative way forward in dealing with the recently...

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Today is World Aids Day; a time for us to come together and show our support to those living with HIV in the UK and around the world.

We must continue to fight the myths and stigma associated with HIV and never let anyone feel they're alone or feel they have nowhere to turn.

Gareth marks World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day; a time for us to come together and show our support to those living with HIV in the UK and around the world. We must...

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