Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

I have written with my colleague Ruth Smeeth MP to Stoke-on-Trent City Council calling for answers on why there seems to have been no progress made on acquiring a iGene CT Scanner for use by the Coroners Court. Post-mortem Computed Topography is a key piece of technology that can be used to provide a dignified post-mortem for members of religious communities who consider invasive autopsies as the desecration of a body.

We know that the previous Labour-led Council had made progress in delivering this facility, so we were shocked to hear from the Coroner that little or no progress has since been made. In the mean time, some families are having to travel all the way to Birmingham to gain access to such technology. This simply isn't good enough.

In the meantime we are looking to UHNM to see if we can deliver a temporary stop gap service, and we've written to the Council seeking answers on this disappointing delay.

Delay in Council Progress in Acquiring an iGene CT Scanner

I have written with my colleague Ruth Smeeth MP to Stoke-on-Trent City Council calling for answers on why there seems to have been no progress made on acquiring a iGene...

This week I'm wearing my 'Together for short lives butterfly badge'. I'm doing so because I'm in awe of the work children's hospices are doing across the country to support children and parents and I want to show them my support.

Children’s Hospice Week (21st - 27th May) is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the vital services across the UK that support the 49,000 seriously ill children and young people who will have short lives.

You can learn more and show your support at https://www.togetherforshortlives.org.uk/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/initiatives-and-appeals/childrens-hospice-week/.

Children's Hospice Week 2018

This week I'm wearing my 'Together for short lives butterfly badge'. I'm doing so because I'm in awe of the work children's hospices are doing across the country to support...

One of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on the doorstep, in my inbox and at my surgeries is their fear about the crisis engulfing our NHS. A funding crisis that threatens our most precious public service and threatens the health of our nation.

In recent days I have been made aware that despite the massive financial pressures on the University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust, it is facing a ten million pounds bill in fines from the local CCG. I have written to the accountable officer of the CCG Marcus Warnes to urge him to use the powers available to him to reduce the level of fines and not further compound the financial headaches facing the Trust.

Instead of making an already difficult situation worse the CCG should be working with the Trust to ensure patient care is maintained and improved on. That is the job that local people expect, not to be levying fines at time when the Trust is suffering from reduced income because of cancelled operations.

I've written to the Secretary of State for Health asking him to intervene as a matter of urgency as I believe actions like this highlight the CCG to be not fit for purpose.

University Hospital of North Midlands Trust facing £10 Million Fines

One of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on the doorstep, in my inbox and at my surgeries is their fear about the crisis engulfing our NHS....

I'm supporting the proposed Lucy's law to ban the sale of puppies in pet shops and commercial dealers to bring an end to the puppy farming industry in the UK. An incredible 143,000 people have signed a petition to support the introduction of such a law and I'm delighted to give it my full support. Puppy farming is a cruel and exploitative trade that not only harms the mothers used to breed, but often leads to puppies being kept in terrible conditions.

I will be doing all I can to support efforts for this to be voted on in the House of Commons and ensure Lucy's law becomes a reality.

Gareth Supports Lucy's Law

I'm supporting the proposed Lucy's law to ban the sale of puppies in pet shops and commercial dealers to bring an end to the puppy farming industry in the UK....

The determination to end Modern Slavery in our communities is a passion that I know all MPs from all parties share. That is why I have joined many other Parliamentarians asking the Prime Minister to support the Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill in the House of Commons.

The Government currently provides victims with a limited period of care on a non-statutory basis while the authorities decide if the person is a victim, but then the support ends. Although some victims are entitled to further help, the vast majority (and this is true of victims across the UK) are left to fend for themselves, often at risk of homelessness and vulnerable to being re-trafficked.

The Bill will give victims in England and Wales a guaranteed right to support during the initial period when the decision about the status is being made, and for a further 12 months afterwards. Separate and stronger legislation already exists in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Now is the time for action.

Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill

The determination to end Modern Slavery in our communities is a passion that I know all MPs from all parties share. That is why I have joined many other Parliamentarians...

100,000 people a year die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), 620 of these are people under the age of 35 and 270 of these deaths happen to children within schools. If defibrillation takes place within the first three minutes of a SCA, the patient’s chances of survival increase by upwards of 80%.

My parliamentary team and I are doing the Potters ‘Arf marathon Sunday 10th June. The team will be walking (none of us are natural athletes) and hopefully enjoying the sunshine! We are raising money for AED donate – hoping to provide life saving equipment for our local communities in Central.

You can help us with our fundraising campaign by making a donation at this link, by taking on a fundraising challenge or simply by doing your everyday online shopping with major retailers through the website Give As You Live and nominating AEDdonate as the charity you wish to support.

If you are interested in becoming a Community Champion yourself or are aware of any places which may benefit from having public access to a defibrillator then please contact AEDdonate office on 01785 472224 or info@aeddonate.org.uk. We will help you manage the campaign from start to finish, helping you to help your community on its way to becoming heart safe.

Gareth & Office to do Potters 'Arf Marathon

100,000 people a year die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), 620 of these are people under the age of 35 and 270 of these deaths happen to children within schools....

At a time when our colleges and FE establishments are desperate for the funding being starved off by the government. The news that a £1.3 million under-spend in the department was redirected to other priorities is simply outrageous.

On behalf of local students, parents and teachers, I asked the Minister for the money back!

Sadly, she seemed more interested in my head movements than giving our children the best education possible.

FE Establishments need Funding Taken by Government

At a time when our colleges and FE establishments are desperate for the funding being starved off by the government. The news that a £1.3 million under-spend in the department...

As a member of the Public Accounts Committee it's my responsibility to ask the tough questions about implementation of government policy to ensure that the public is getting value for money. If you have a few minutes spare to read this article, you will see from my questioning that there seems to be a distinct lack of evidence to prove that forcing inadequate schools to become academies either offers value for money or secures better standards.

No Evidence of Value for Money in Forced Academisation

As a member of the Public Accounts Committee it's my responsibility to ask the tough questions about implementation of government policy to ensure that the public is getting value for...

Very pleased to welcome so many employers to Strathmore College’s Employer Forum today and hope that connections can be made between students and local businesses to ensure they can have key skills and excel in the workplace.

It is fantastic to hear from the students themselves about the impact work placements and further employment has on their lives, and how Strathmore College has enabled them to expand their horizons and expectations.

Gareth visits Strathmore College Employer's Forum

Very pleased to welcome so many employers to Strathmore College’s Employer Forum today and hope that connections can be made between students and local businesses to ensure they can have...

Congratulations to Stoke City's own Jack Butland for being named as one of the three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's England Squad for the World Cup in Russia. We know you'll do us proud!

Congratulations to Jack Butland

Congratulations to Stoke City's own Jack Butland for being named as one of the three goalkeepers in Gareth Southgate's England Squad for the World Cup in Russia. We know you'll...

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