Gareth Snell MP

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

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Gareth opposes changes to Fire Service authority


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 and you can read the full take-over plans at

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


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