Gareth Snell MP

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

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Gareth opposes changes to Fire Service authority

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Staffordshire's Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner is consulting on plans to take over the Fire Service in Stoke-on-Trent.

Under the plans, the current Fire Authority, made up of elected councillors from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, would be replaced by just one person - the Lichfield-based Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis.

Staffordshire County Council are opposing these plans, as do I along with my Labour colleague Ruth Smeeth MP. The Fire Brigades Union and the Labour Party in Stoke-on-Trent are also concerned that these plans are not right for Stoke-on-Trent.

Ruth and I have written to the City Independent and Tory Coalition who run the City Council and asked them to also oppose the take-over by Commissioner Ellis.

We both believe that the commissioners plans to 'rationalise both [police and fire service] estates' will lead to closure of police stations, that savings will mean job losses and fewer firefighters and that Stoke-on-Trent will lose its voice in decisions being made that affect our city.

If you are concerned about these plans, you can make your voice heard by emailing staffspcc@melresearch.co.uk and you can read the full take-over plans at https://melresearch.co.uk/page/staffspcc

You have until the 4th September to have your say!

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