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A letter from South Cambs CLP chair John Beresford to the Cambridge News responding to Tory MP Heidi Allen's announcement she hopes to stand for mayor of Cambridgeshire. See article here.

Dear sir,

So, our South Cambridgeshire MP, with the apparent backing of the Prime Minister, thinks she can be a part-time Mayor of Greater Cambridge and Peterborough.

That is, overseeing road, transport, housing and higher education policy in the area, along with ongoing consultation with the seven different councils involved.

How much of the £70,000-odd salary and the near-£2,000,000 set-up costs for a part-time mayoral office is Ms. Allen prepared to defer?

If having a Mayor is the cost of all the financial benefits that the area is to receive, let’s at least have a full-time one.

John Beresford

Chair, South Cambridgeshire Constituency Labour Party

 

Cambridgeshire deserves a full time mayor

A letter from South Cambs CLP chair John Beresford to the Cambridge News responding to Tory MP Heidi Allen's announcement she hopes to stand for mayor of Cambridgeshire. See article...

15216084_914674216477_2081929618_o.jpgThe most recent South Cambridgeshire Constituency Labour Party meeting was held in Cottenham where we had MP Dan Zeichner as our guest speaker, and we examined some upcoming issues including the forthcoming mayoral candidate selection and county council elections in 2017.

Dan spoke on how things are going within the Parliamentary Labour Party and some recent events, such as his experience of the policy forum at Loughborough and his commitment to better public transport provision.

After this he went on to discuss the EU Referendum result and his reasons for supporting the UK remaining as an EU member, Gove and Johnson’s irresponsible handling of the whole situation, and the Prime Minister’s lack of vision as to what may come next. The Conservative mangling of our NHS and the changing of our employment landscape were also mentioned at length, both of which were interesting but potentially concerning for the future of the UK. 

The floor was then opened to the assembled members’ questions which included topics such as the rise of the far right in Europe, Dan’s views on Universal Basic Income, and the Cambridgeshire housing market. Overall it was an informative visit which was appreciated.

The rest of the meeting looked at South Cambridgeshire’s county council elections next year and the prospective candidates. We have a lot of eager people who are committed to fighting for seats in the region, even if it is going to prove a challenge – but just because something is hard does not mean it should not be done! 

15231592_914674221467_383412261_o.jpgThe mayoral election was also mentioned, including that the selection of candidates would be carried out at Alex Wood Hall on December 8th at 19:30. After Dave Baigent’s amazing efforts as Police and Crimes Commissioner candidate and how close that election was, it bodes well for Labour efforts to win the mayoral office.

Although we may be living through a period of uncertainty, it was heartening to see and speak to members from across South Cambridgeshire and there was a real sense of purpose for the coming struggles ahead. 

City MP speaks at November meeting

The most recent South Cambridgeshire Constituency Labour Party meeting was held in Cottenham where we had MP Dan Zeichner as our guest speaker, and we examined some upcoming issues including...

Some words from our chairman John Beresford following the recent leadership contest and reelection of Jeremy Corbyn


 

I want to address three groups of members in our constituency. I would ask those of you who are considering leaving to stay with us, and join with us in the fight against austerity, privilege and bigotry. I left the Labour Party after we entered Iraq because I was appalled that the leadership could contemplate the slaughter of civilians over what I suspected, and what turned out to be, a lie. I don’t think Jeremy Corbyn has done anything quite so appalling. I have to say that in the event of Owen Smith being democratically elected as our leader, I would still be standing here before you.

I ask those who are contemplating resignation: where do you go to fight the Tories? To the Lib Dems, with their 8-strong presence in the Commons? To UKIP, whose current leader polled 8,000 votes in their leadership election, some 332,000 less than our leader? There is no alternative – the Labour Party can be your only home if you support the principles we stand for.

I want to address those of you who hold heart-felt beliefs that you find echoed by Jeremy Corbyn. Locally, we cannot sit back and hope that the party message is absorbed by the electorate by a process of osmosis. We do have to get out there and make our presence felt. The Tories have the Daily Mail, The Sun, the Express, the Times and the Telegraph, along with an apathetic acceptance of the status quo, to spread the message in South Cambridgeshire. We have our own devices – we need to kickstart and harness them.

I want to address those of you who are staying, and are prepared to go out and argue and deliver on doorsteps. It is you to whom we look to deliver the Labour Party’s message. The media won’t do it for us. It is you who need to go out and prick the consciences of the South Cambridgeshire electorate, to tell them that they can afford more of their income to pay for social services in the county, to pay for Mental Health care, to pay for decent schools for all our children.

 

Going forward in South Cambs

Some words from our chairman John Beresford following the recent leadership contest and reelection of Jeremy Corbyn  

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