Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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...

Today is the first National Numeracy Day!

National Numeracy Day is all about recognising some people aren't very confident with numbers and helping people sharpen their skills and build their confidence. Being better with numbers isn’t a special talent, it’s something we can all learn.

So if numbers are something you avoid or aren't very confident with. Why not head over to the official website and take up the support that is on offer at www.numeracyday.com

National Numeracy Day

Today is the first National Numeracy Day! National Numeracy Day is all about recognising some people aren't very confident with numbers and helping people sharpen their skills and build their...

The revelation that our local colleges have missed out on millions of pounds of funding is a betrayal of local children and our excellent local colleges. It's hard to disagree with the Principal of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth From College Mark Kent, who has labelled the news 'scandalous'.

There seems to be no coherent explanation from Ministers on why this has happened and that's why I'll be pushing for answers in the coming days and weeks. What is clear is that this money could have made a massive difference to the education of local children, which has been denied to them because of government failure.

Stoke Schools and Colleges Miss out on Funding

The revelation that our local colleges have missed out on millions of pounds of funding is a betrayal of local children and our excellent local colleges. It's hard to disagree...

The death of 58 civilians and the injuries sustained by over 2000 people yesterday in Gaza are simply unacceptable. As the United Nations have made clear today, the rules of ‘use of force’ under international law have been unquestionably broken in yesterday’s events. The news emerging of protesters being shot almost 700m away from the border, some in the back and the deaths of children cannot be justified and must be condemned in the strongest terms.

Prime Minister Netanyahu must take responsibility and apologise unreservedly for the disproportionately violent response that his armed forces have undertaken. There can be no justification for these deaths and I'm horrified to hear Prime Minister Netanyahu this evening trying to justify what has happened. The actions of his military have further damaged Israel's standing in the international community and will further hinder attempts towards a peaceful political resolution.

I also condemn those extremists in Hamas who have exploited and induced ordinary Palestinians through financial incentives to encourage and participate in violent clashes at the border. Those in Hamas who talk about peace, but have actively tried to orchestrate violent clashes have no doubt contributed to the deaths of more Palestinians.

There will be no peace until compromise and tolerance prevails over hatred and violence. I support my colleague Emily Thornberry in calling for an immediate halt to the violence and for the UN Security Council to order an urgent investigation.
Yesterday's events are a tragic reminder of the failure of the peace process in the Middle East and must act as a catalyst for world leaders to restart the journey to a peaceful political resolution. My thoughts are with those grieving tonight and I add my voice to those calling for immediate international action.

Statement on the Deaths of 58 Civilians in Gaza

The death of 58 civilians and the injuries sustained by over 2000 people yesterday in Gaza are simply unacceptable. As the United Nations have made clear today, the rules of...

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This year they are focusing on the issue of stress in our day to day lives and how this can have a negative effect on our mental health and those around us.
By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.

If you visit https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week you can read more about self-testing for stress, reducing stress in your life and what to do if you think things are getting on top of you.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This year they are focusing on the issue of stress in our day to day...

On Saturday afternoon I joined thousands of Trade Union and Labour Party activists and many others who took part in the TUC march on Saturday in London. The march was organised by the TUC to campaign for a 'new deal for workers and public services' that have been hit the hardest by austerity.

The TUC's own research has highlighted that the squeeze on the pay of ordinary workers is the worst in modern history and wage growth is at the slowest in two hundred years.

The weather stayed pleasant as we marched through London, but by the time we reached the rally point in Hyde Park we did get rather wet! However, spirits were not broken as we heard from many speakers including Jeremy Corbyn, call for a higher minimum wage and investment in our public services. It was a fantastic day, not just for the march and the rally, but the opportunity to speak to activists fighting for ordinary people across the country. There has never been a more important time to join a union and if you are already a member, why not considering being an active part of local campaigns and activities?

Gareth joins TUC March

On Saturday afternoon I joined thousands of Trade Union and Labour Party activists and many others who took part in the TUC march on Saturday in London. The march was...

So our bid has been submitted! I'm so proud of our city and the incredible talent we have within it. I hope Channel 4 recognise this when they are making their decision on where to locate its regional hubs. Fingers crossed!

Channel 4 Bid Submitted

So our bid has been submitted! I'm so proud of our city and the incredible talent we have within it. I hope Channel 4 recognise this when they are making...

Tomorrow at 11am, I'll be joining the TUC (Trades Union Congress) March & Rally in London for a New Deal for Working People. You can find details of the march here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/new-deal-working-people-tuc-march-and-rally

I'm marching because while the Tories have spent the past eight years telling us "we're all in this together", we're not. Because wages are still lower in real terms than they were before the crash. Because too many workers are stuck in zero hour contracts and the gig economy when they'd prefer stable work, with the security of a regular pay cheque and the comfort of being able to plan their lives without worrying about being called into work at the last minute.

Because while our nurses, firefighters, police and other public sector workers have had to suffer a pay freeze. Because workers deserve dignity at work and fair pay for honest work. Because our public services need to be protected, not put at risk by cuts.
But I'm not just marching because I'm angry at the shocking state of the country. I'm also marching to support the TUC's 'Great Jobs Agenda'. It's a powerful manifesto for change, which includes much-needed policies like a proper National Living Wage so that a fair day's work means a fair day's pay, workers on company boards to make sure their interests are listened to, and making sure that those who don't want to be on zero hour contracts aren't so they can have some security and stability. You can find the full document here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/great-jobs-agenda.pdf

Gareth to join TUC March

Tomorrow at 11am, I'll be joining the TUC (Trades Union Congress) March & Rally in London for a New Deal for Working People. You can find details of the march...

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