Gareth Snell MP

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

News from Stoke on Trent Central

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting STAND.

(Stoke-on-Trent Area Network for Disability) in my constituency office. STAND are leading a campaign against loneliness in Stoke-on-Trent called the Blue Iris Project. A simple but great idea. You sign a pledge to be open to chat to people when you wear your blue iris badge. The badge is a sign that you will be willing to chat. No pressure, no home visits, you just wear the badge when you feel you have the time to chat. The chats can be anywhere in a public place, shops, bus stops, doctors etc.

I was proud to sign the pledge and get my own badge. If you would like to know more about this tremendous project and sign up yourself, why not visit their website at http://www.stand-stoke.org.uk/blue-iris/

Gareth meets with 'STAND'

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting STAND. (Stoke-on-Trent Area Network for Disability) in my constituency office. STAND are leading a campaign against loneliness in Stoke-on-Trent called...

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I’m urging everyone in Stoke-on-Trent to take part in wear it pink on Friday 20th October.

It’s such a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love. It was lovely to meet and talk to broadcaster Jacquie Beltrao, a Breast Cancer survivor and now advocate for Breast Cancer now to promote the campaign.

So don't forget to do your bit and wear pink on Friday 20th October.

Gareth encourages Stoke to 'Wear It Pink'

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose...

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This afternoon I raised the tragic case of my constituent Geoffrey Elwell with the Prime Minister.

In October 2016, Geoffrey was transitioned from DLA to PIP last year and after a new application was considered he lost the support he desperately needed. In June, Geoffrey passed away waiting for his appeal to be heard. Just two days later, after he died, his appeal was heard and he his support was posthumously reinstated in full and back dated from January.

Today I asked the Prime Minister what her message she thought I should pass onto Geoffrey's partner Carol. I'm afraid her answer of warm words of condolence won't change a failing system that is penalising some of the most vulnerable in our society. In this case, it won't take away the appalling stress placed upon Geoffrey and Carol when they should have been cherishing their final months together.

Geoffrey deserved so much better from this government. When he needed help, compassion & support, they abandoned him.

Gareth raises case of Geoffrey Elwell with PM

This afternoon I raised the tragic case of my constituent Geoffrey Elwell with the Prime Minister. In October 2016, Geoffrey was transitioned from DLA to PIP last year and after...

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Jeremy Hunt apologies to the people of Stoke-on-Trent. But, sorry isn’t good enough.

Nearly a year ago Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council passed motions referring the decision by North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to the government regarding their decision to cut community beds. Despite acknowledging this cross-party concern, there has been no satisfactory response from the Secretary of State.

Since then, both myself and Stoke-on-Trent North MP Ruth Smeeth have written to the Secretary of State to urge him to act and to investigate this unpopular and unsuccessful decision. But, yet again the people of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire have been forgotten by this government.

The Secretary of State may have apologised this afternoon, but he needs to offer more than words to regain our trust on his handling of our beloved NHS.

Gareth tells Jeremy Hunt: "Sorry's not good enough!"

Jeremy Hunt apologies to the people of Stoke-on-Trent. But, sorry isn’t good enough. Nearly a year ago Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council passed motions referring the decision by...

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Another coffee morning in the constituency today giving local residents the opportunity to raise local and national issues with me. We're at St Stephens Church in Bentilee this morning till 12pm. No appointment necessary, just come down.

Gareth holds coffee morning in Bentilee

Another coffee morning in the constituency today giving local residents the opportunity to raise local and national issues with me. We're at St Stephens Church in Bentilee this morning till...

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Let's bring Channel 4 to Stoke-on-Trent!

So, this morning you may have heard me on BBC Radio Stoke whilst eating your breakfast talking about my joint campaign with Stoke-on-Trent North and Kidsgrove MP Ruth Smeeth to bring Channel 4 to Stoke-on-Trent.

You might not know that the government is currently considering moving the broadcaster’s headquarters out of central London.

That’s why we’ve written to the Secretary of State to ask her to consider Stoke-on-Trent as the new home for Channel 4. In recent weeks, our city has joined together to celebrate our heritage, culture, and sporting prowess as we bid to be the UK City of Culture in 2021.

This process has showcased what we already know; Stoke-on-Trent is leading the world in the creative arts – not just with our world famous ceramic industry, but in gaming and digital design too. We are a former European City of Sport and a future City of Culture, the home of football legends such as Sir Stanley Matthews and Gordon Banks and darts champions Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis.

But we are a city that needs investment and support to attract new businesses to create better paid jobs. If the government is serious about decentralising away from London, naming Stoke-on-Trent the new home for Channel 4 would do more than signal their intent – it would ensure a massive economic boost for our city that could have a tremendous effect on wages and jobs.

What do you think? Please share this post and let's get some excitement behind the campaign! #localandproud

Gareth backs campaign to bring Channel 4 to Stoke

Let's bring Channel 4 to Stoke-on-Trent! So, this morning you may have heard me on BBC Radio Stoke whilst eating your breakfast talking about my joint campaign with Stoke-on-Trent North...

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Do you regularly use the bus?

Do you use it to get to work, get to appointments, go to school or college?

Is the bus you use operated by D&G?

If so, I want to hear from you!

This week I’m meeting with local bus operator D&G to talk about changes they’ve made to local services and to raise any concerns and questions from local constituents.

So, whether it’s the cost of a ticket, where the bus stops (or doesn’t!) or if you have any suggestions then now is your chance. You can leave your comments or questions below – or you can email me at gareth.snell.mp@parliament.uk

Gareth wants to hear from local bus users

Do you regularly use the bus? Do you use it to get to work, get to appointments, go to school or college? Is the bus you use operated by D&G?...

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Last week at Labour Party conference in Brighton I had the opportunity to meet some fantastic organisations and learn more about some important campaigns from across the country. One of those important campaigns is run by Prostate Cancer UK, a campaign with a simple but important ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the focus over the next 10 years to radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we can stop prostate cancer being a killer.

If we’re honest, men are sometimes not the best at looking after our health. And talking about your prostate isn’t something that comes up in your average conversation. But Prostate Cancer UK are running a campaign in partnership with Jeff Stelling and professional footballers and managers to get men talking about their health.

You can learn more at https://prostatecanceruk.org/ about how you can support the campaign. I’ll continue to support the campaign in every way I can.

Gareth pledges support for Prostate Cancer UK

Last week at Labour Party conference in Brighton I had the opportunity to meet some fantastic organisations and learn more about some important campaigns from across the country. One of...

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Our postal workers do an incredible job and provide a first class service that is the envy of many other countries. That's why I'm supporting our postal workers in their fight for the future of our postal service.

Gareth supports postal workers

Our postal workers do an incredible job and provide a first class service that is the envy of many other countries. That's why I'm supporting our postal workers in their...

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Another coffee morning today for local residents in Hanley Park and Shelton. We're in Verve at Staffordshire University on Leek Road. We're here till 12:30 and no appointment is necessary. Pop down if you can!

Gareth holds coffee morning in Hanley Park and Shelton

Another coffee morning today for local residents in Hanley Park and Shelton. We're in Verve at Staffordshire University on Leek Road. We're here till 12:30 and no appointment is necessary....

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