Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

Our movement and our party has always prided itself on being at the forefront of political change. Nowhere was this ethos more prominent that in our own city of Stoke-on-Trent.

From 1953 until 1966, Stoke-on-Trent was represented in Westminster by Harriet Slater. Her victory came, much like Gareth’s, in a by-election. Prior to her election, Harriet served as the National Organiser for the Co-operative Party.

During her thirteen years representing our City in Westminster, Harriet became the first woman to serve as a Government whip. Harriet broke through a glass ceiling which, today, seems unimaginable but at the time, her appointment as a whip was ground breaking in politics.

And yet her achievements and contributions to our society has been, sadly, forgotten but more importantly, her status as a successful woman politician in what was at the time a very male-dominated world.

To celebrate her, we are launching the ‘Harriet Slater Memorial Lectures’. This series of lectures will be entirely delivered by women who have made significant contribution to the world of politics, current affairs, business and the labour movement.

The first of these lectures is taking place at 6.30pm on Friday 6th July 2018 and it kindly being co-sponsored by the North Staffordshire Co-operative Party and the National Co-operative Party and will be held at the Co-operative Academy, Westport Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4LD. Light refreshments will be served from 6.00pm

As a tribute to Harriet’s time as the first women to serve as a Government whip, we are delighted to announce that the first lecture will be given by The Rt. Hon. Baroness Taylor of Bolton who was the first women to serve as Government Chief Whip, doing so between 1998 and 2001. Baroness Taylor was also the first women to serve as Leader of the House of Commons. To this day, Baroness Taylor remains an active member of the House of Lords.

As fellow co-operators, it would be great if you could join us for this free event to hear from Baroness Taylor and celebrate our of our party’s greatest parliamentarians.

Book your free place on Eventbrite by following this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/harriet-slater-memorial-lecture-baroness-taylor-tickets-45512975535

Harriet Slater Memorial Lectures

Our movement and our party has always prided itself on being at the forefront of political change. Nowhere was this ethos more prominent that in our own city of Stoke-on-Trent....

I have big news and I need your support! Me and my office team are going to be walking the Potters 'Arf marathon on Sunday the 10th June. Yes, you heard that right, I'm going to be doing a half marathon, well walking it.

We're going to be doing it to raise money for two incredible local causes. The first and one I'm going to talk about in this post is the Macari Foundation which was established by former Stoke City manager Lou Macari. It supports local homeless people or those at risk of becoming homeless or those who are suffering from associated issues such as substance mis-use, mental health problems or crime and anti-social behaviour in North Staffordshire. They support people by providing night shelter accommodation, food and support to them to help them move on to independent living

The work they do is simply incredible and we want to help them with some funding. So please do click on this link and give whatever you can afford to support my wonderful team Helen Harrison, Emily Horsfall, Jo Woolner, Shaaron Banerjee, Jack Alexander Johnson, and Christopher Bloore in raising £500!

Gareth & Office Team to Walk Potters 'Arf Marathon in Aid of Macari Foundation

I have big news and I need your support! Me and my office team are going to be walking the Potters 'Arf marathon on Sunday the 10th June. Yes, you...

Does this government really care about Stoke-on-Trent?

Many of you will remember the announcement from HMRC that they intend to close its Blackburn House Tax Office in Hanley and put at risk 200 jobs. I immediately wrote to the Treasury to ask them to meet with me and local stakeholders to discuss a way forward and try and plot a different way forward. However, as you can see from the below letter the government won't even sit down with us.

They don't even have the courtesy or time to sit down with those affected. To me this is scandalous and shows that the promises of support for regions outside London and the South East are utterly meaningless. We will fight on though.

Government won't Meet Those Affected by Blackburn House Closure

Does this government really care about Stoke-on-Trent? Many of you will remember the announcement from HMRC that they intend to close its Blackburn House Tax Office in Hanley and put...

Many local residents have been in touch with me about the announcement last week from RBS that they intend to close several of their branches across North Staffordshire, including their Hanley Branch. There is no hiding from the fact that this is incredibly disappointing news, not only for local customers, but Hanley as a whole.

I've written to express my disappointment at this decision and question why there has been no consultation, just simply a press release blaming the rise of online banking and the decreasing numbers of people using the branch. I know from local small business owners how important a personal relationship with your local bank manager can be and no online app or person at the end of the telephone can replace that.

Gareth Writes to RBS re Bank Closures

Many local residents have been in touch with me about the announcement last week from RBS that they intend to close several of their branches across North Staffordshire, including their...

I wanted to share some news from Stoke-on-Trent City Council that they have announced their plans to close Snow Hill roundabout for repairs from 7pm tomorrow for two days

I think anyone who uses this roundabout can testify to the outrageous condition it had been left to fall into. Motorists weren't simply dodging potholes, but sheer gaps in the road that were dangerous. Whilst I welcome the added investment, the Council should never ever let our road surfaces get into such a ...dangerous state again.

If you spot a dangerous pothole please do report it online at https://www.stoke.gov.uk/…/report_a_pothole_and_other_dam…/1

Picture courtesy of SOTC twitter feed.

Snow Hill Roundabout Repairs

I wanted to share some news from Stoke-on-Trent City Council that they have announced their plans to close Snow Hill roundabout for repairs from 7pm tomorrow for two days I...

Concerns over the growing number of Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) has been a growing issue for local residents across Stoke-on-Trent. At my coffee mornings and surgeries, many residents from areas such as Birches Head have contacted me concerned about the impact on local communities.

I've raised these concerns with the Council, yet there seems to be no action or consideration from them about the impact the growing number of HMO's is having on areas like Birches Head. Instead of converting the terraced houses of Birches Head into HMO's to answer our chronic shortage of housing we should be building new homes on the abundance of brown field sites across Stoke-on-Trent. There is a demand for one and two bedroom properties that needs to be met but this needs to be met with new homes and meeting demand, not turning family homes into seven bedroom properties. Local residents deserve better and those who need somewhere to live deserve better.

You can find a link to a Sentinel Article on the topic here

Gareth Concerned about Growing Number of HMOs

Concerns over the growing number of Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) has been a growing issue for local residents across Stoke-on-Trent. At my coffee mornings and surgeries, many residents from...

This morning I am at the count for the Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council elections so please excuse the rosettes and stickers. But at 12pm we left the count to observe a minutes silence for Firefighters Memorial Day. We stand to remember those lost in front line service and their families for their sacrifice in keeping us safe. To remember those who run into the fire, when the rest of us are running for safety. It is an honour to stand with Andy Fox-Hewitt, Rob Moss and Peter Owen from Newcastle Fire Station.

Firefighters Memorial Day

This morning I am at the count for the Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council elections so please excuse the rosettes and stickers. But at 12pm we left the count to observe a...

I wholeheartedly support the campaign for justice for those members of the Windrush generation, so horrendously let down by the government. As a signature to David Lammy's original letter to the Home Office I'm appalled at the governments bumbling response to what was an attack on the rights of British citizens.

Some people have asked why I wasn't there for the vote. Like many other Labour MPs I was given permission by the whips to be in the West Midlands yesterday helping in key council battlegrounds. There had been an expectation that this would have been the same for Conservative MPs too for an opposition motion, until they made the unusual and last minute decision to put a three line whip on such a vote.

I'm saddened that the government in face of their obvious failings have now decided to be deliberately obstructive in our attempts to bring transparency to the issue of what they knew and when.

Gareth Supports Campaign for Windrush Justice

I wholeheartedly support the campaign for justice for those members of the Windrush generation, so horrendously let down by the government. As a signature to David Lammy's original letter to...

Delighted to see Chris Bryant's and Holly Lynch's campaign to #protecttheprotectors received cross party support today and now goes to the House of Lords.

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill, introduces a new offence of common assault against an emergency worker and require courts to treat attacks on emergency workers as an aggravating factor for sentencing purposes.

A fantastic result and I'm proud of my colleagues and Trade Unions involved who were integral in getting this through the House of Commons.

Protect the Protectors Bill

Delighted to see Chris Bryant's and Holly Lynch's campaign to #protecttheprotectors received cross party support today and now goes to the House of Lords. The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences)...

When I recently met with local group Stoke-on-Trent Area Network for Disability (STAND) I was deeply concerned to hear from their members about the ongoing problems of access to public buildings. I was told that residents attending the North Staffordshire combined justice centre in Newcastle where PIP appeals are held faced a large number of steps, couldn't park or were asked to remove life saving equipment to be scanned to simply get in the building.

STAND as part of their complaint, which I support, have suggested several small changes that will make the building accessible for all and not to add further stress and anxiety to residents taking part in appeals. In the House of Commons I tabelled the following written question: What discussions he has had with HM Courts & Tribunals Service on improving physical access to courts and tribunals for people with disabilities.

At the start of this clip you can see the Ministers answer to this. Followed by my follow up verbal supplementary question. The Minister's answer was positive and I shall post it below this text. But the people I represent need more than warm words, so ill be are ensuring action is taken before thanking the government just yet:

The Minister replied:

"The hon. Gentleman is right: I am aware of that. The charity he mentions—the Stoke-on-Trent Area Network for Disability—made a complaint, and HMCTS had a meeting on 5 April to discuss the issue. It is looking at the feasibility of implementing the suggestions that were made, such as putting in place automatic doors, signage and improvements to the waiting area, but I would be very happy to meet the hon. Gentleman and his constituents to discuss them".

Gareth Speaks on Disabled Access to Public Buildings

When I recently met with local group Stoke-on-Trent Area Network for Disability (STAND) I was deeply concerned to hear from their members about the ongoing problems of access to public...

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