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On Tuesday 27th June, the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, warming to her role as one of the newly reformed “listening” Tories tweeted this:

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An often outspoken MP, since the election failed to produce a majority for the Conservatives a string of public tweets and media appearances from Ms Allen have made it clear that she is uncomfortable with her party allying itself with the DUP and should begin to listen to the groundswell of opinion in the country that the policies of austerity are targeting the wrong people.

On Wednesday 28th June, the Labour party tabled the amendment below to the queen’s speech. It called for an end to cuts in the police and fire service, along with an end to the public sector pay freeze.

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One of the wonderful things about the sometimes complex and frustrating UK parliamentary system is that we all have access to our local MPs in constituency surgeries for face to face meetings, but also through correspondence via letter and email. With the growth of social media, both Facebook and Twitter have become a very public way of communicating with MPs too, and this access allows us to hold our MPs to account when their votes in parliament do not always correspond with their public statements.

On Wednesday morning, a number of South Cambridgeshire members took to social media and email to challenge Heidi Allen directly to vote in favour of Labour’s amendment in line with the very public statements she has made in support of ending the public sector pay freeze.  Unfortunately on this occasion she shared the lobby with the 10 members of the DUP and the rest of her party in voting against Labour’s proposal. Putting her seemingly in favour of the government position recently clarified by number 10 after an apparent U turn that nothing has changed and the pay freeze is not in fact under review.

This was Heidi Allen’s first opportunity in the new parliament for her voting record to match her apparent personal stance. It was an opportunity she chose not to take, expressing in an interview that the amendment was “too partisan”, and that removing the pay freeze might see a “blanket pay rise” including higher paid public sector workers which she could not support. We will wait patiently to see if, when the next budget comes, she votes against measures to continue the freeze on public sector pay if they remain in place.

As local labour supporters we must take every opportunity to hold Heidi Allen’s voting record up to scrutiny in public and I would urge members to exercise their democratic right to contact Heidi and in a spirit of respect and collegiate discussion, request that she votes with her conscience on issues she has supported in public, and question her actions following votes in which it appears she has not done so.

Holding Heidi Allen to account

On Tuesday 27th June, the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, warming to her role as one of the newly reformed “listening” Tories tweeted this:

IMG_7141_small.jpgA huge thank you to everyone who helped out during the election – and to Dan Greef for running such a positive and inspirational campaign.

 

While Conservative Heidi Allen may have retained her seat, Dan managed to reduce her lead dramatically. Dan’s vote increased from 10,860 votes in 2015 to 17,679. His vote share increased from 17.6% to 27.2%, cementing Labour’s place as the second party in South Cambs.

Heidi Allen, meanwhile, failed to increase her vote share despite thousands of potential extra votes from UKIP who did not stand this time around.

But there’s lots of work to be done. Another election could be just round the corner and we want to do even better in South Cambs. Can you help? Join the Labour Party now to be part of our movement for the many and not the few. Our next meeting is on June 20th – come along, get involved and be part of the fight for a fairer Britain in South Cambs!

Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out during the election – and to Dan Greef for running such a positive and inspirational campaign.  

032-IMG_1138small.jpgBrexit, Education, Health, the Environment and more. There's lots of issues people care about in this election, find out below what Dan has to say on the issues that matter to you.

Brexit

By going ahead with a ‘Hard Brexit’ the Tories have put an ideological immigration policy above the interests of our economy. The British people did not vote to leave the single market, and if the decision to leave the EU makes our country poorer then I will argue that article 50 needs to be reversed. More than 60% of voters in South Cambridgeshire voted to Remain in the EU in the referendum, along with nearly half the rest of the country. But yet we are hurtling towards a situation that will make future generations poorer, will harm our environment and isolate us from our nearest neighbours and allies.

I was against the referendum in principle. The Conservative Party gambled with our future and lost and we will all pay the price. However the result of that vote did not decide the path that we will take out of the EU. I have argued, and always will, that if it turns out that Brexit will damage our country then we must have the courage to stop it and explain to the country why. Parliament has the right to reject the Brexit deal and reopen negotiations.

Health

This is a symptom of the Tory Party’s disregard for the NHS and its patients as a whole. Years of underfunding and bad planning have left healthcare services around the country on the brink. The Labour Manifesto promises to plough an extra £6billion a year into the NHS by raising taxes on some of the nation’s highest earners. It also outlines how the £22billion Tory hospital cuts programme will be immediately halted and reviewed and a million people taken off waiting lists.

 

Education

005-IMG_8584small.jpgAs a teacher I have seen how the Government’s policy of forcing schools to become academies has damaged our children’s education. Now they want to bring back Grammar schools. I will campaign against these proposals which are a direct attack on social mobility, and instead seek to properly fund our schools so they no longer have to send begging letters to parents for vital funds.

Education has always been let down in Cambridgeshire and I will fight to right this wrong. The ‘Fair funding’ formula has been proven to let our students down and means that we receive some of the lowest funds per student in the whole country. On top of this our schools are facing massive cuts so teachers are losing their jobs. I’m proud of my time as a teacher and am also proud that Labour will reinvest in our young people so that education is once again a right and not a privilege.

The Environment

Animal welfare

Hunting foxes with dogs is a cruel and unacceptable pastime - the idea that there are those who gain pleasure from seeing a helpless animal ripped apart fills me with horror.When the Labour Party banned fox hunting in 2004 I was proud to be part of a movement which had the resolve to stand up to this kind of blatant animal abuse and if elected I will fight to keep the ban on the statute books. I believe the new Labour manifesto sets out a bold vision for animal welfare including increasing the maximum sentence for animal cruelty, end the badger cull, promote cruelty-free animal husbandry, prohibit the third-party sale of puppies and support the ban on wild animals in circuses.

 

 

 

 

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