Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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...

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...

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