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Labours Friday 13th Could Go On For Years

A draft of my article I was going to write about the Labour Election.

The first thing I would like to say in our recent defeat on 12th December is sorry. I was wrong, Labour was wrong and now the people who need help the most will be the ones to suffer while we spend the days Navel gazing. Something I know I will be guilty of and am lucky enough to be able to do that. But not everyone is so lucky. The people who have no homes, the single Mother struggling to make ends meets. The disabled man found to be fit for work despite all the evidence to the contrary. Those are the ones who have been let down, and don’t have the luxury many of us do to lament over our lost. Instead there suffering will be prolonged, as the Tories ram through Brexit and turn the UK in too a low regulation, low pay country resting on the shore of the EU in the pocket of Trump.
So what am I apologising for? Well lots of things so here it goes.
1st, Voting to back a second Referendum at conference and voting to back…

Labour Chair

If you're reading this it is probably because you want to know why I'm running to be chair of the Labour Party in St. Austell and Newquay, at least that is what I hope anyway.
Well I want to keep it simple and list my five pledges I will work towards if I am lucky enough to be elected as your chair:

1)Help get Felicity into Parliament whilst ousting Steve Double.
2) Work towards making the CLP greener and more environmentally friendly 
3)Energise our members to get them more involved through ensuring all feel valued and welcome within our party.
4)Support the members who are already working hard for us by finding a way to give back to them as they have given so much to us.
5) Getting the Labour Party out into the constituency more to show we are the party for the many not the few
If you care about these things, and I'm sure you do that's why you're in the party then I ask you to vote for me so we can make them happen, don't throw away this chance! 

Our Democracy Is Under Threat

Boris Johnson is trying to destroy democracy.  He is trying to steal our democracy from us by shutting down our parliament. This is an unelected leader voted in by a few Tories unrepresentative of our country. A unelected leader pushing through an agenda people didn’t vote for. No-Deal wasn’t put to us in the referendum, it wasn’t put to us during the 2017 election. He is subverting the will of parliament, who expressly ruled out a no deal. How? By shutting down our parliament and removing our voice. We must rise and make our voices heard and tell him that he can’t take our democracy away from us and destroy our country. 
Some detractors say this is normal for a new government. A lie. In over 70 years there has never been such a long proroguing, let alone at a time of national crisis. How is it democratic for an unelected PM to close our elective parliament because it doesn’t agree with him? They say its fine as Parliament rises during this time for party conference season, and that…

Fraddon Is Leaking

The pipes on Parka Road, Fraddon are not fit for purpose. For everyone living on Parka Road and the joining areas their water supply is at risk.  Over the last year we have experienced numerous burst and leaks. Here is a list going backwards:

23/24-8-19 midnight, break in end of Parka Rd., water main, roundabout.
23-8-19  main water pipe brook again in same place as replacement
15-8-19  main water pipe broke
22/23-7-19  in night break took out most of the road.
28-1-19 main water break

The pipes needs replacing, the issue is getting worst. And it is only a matter of time before we have a serious break that could cause serious damage, and leave us without drinking water. 

Cormac have stated:

"South West Water have advised that the water main has been identified for capital improvement. The recent series of bursts and associated reinstatement costs have only strengthened the case for its replacement. South West Water will be progressing this main for capital funding in the next fi…

St. Austell And Newquay Policy Officer And Climate Response Coordinator

On August 15th St. Austell and Newquay Labour hosted it's AGM. It was a well attended event, and it was really positive to see numerous socialists coming together to discuss how we can make our country a better place.

 I applied for the role of Chair, and Vice-Chair however sadly I did not get appointed in these roles but I strongly feel that the CLP made the right choice in who they appointed and I would like to congratulate them both. They have their work cut out for them in these turbulent times, but I'm sure we are in safe hands. I did however get chosen for the roles of Policy Officer and Climate Response Coordinator, something which I feel honoured to undertake.

 Since the AGM I have been vigorously researching (which currently I still am) on policies that will benefit not just Cornwall but the Cornish people aswell. Cornwall Council have drastically let the people of Cornwall down, with rapid housing expansions being built but with the local people not feeling the benef…

Food Banks

We’ve all been there, gone to the cupboard and you have nothing to eat. Well that not quite true, you have some tinned tuna, Chinese 5 spice and a can that lost it label long ago. Oh well you think, I’ll make a quick stop to the local shop Or better yet it’s an excuse for a take away. Yum! However for some people when they go to the cupboard they really have nothing to eat. And worst yet they can’t afford to just pop to the shops or get a takeaway.
1,182,954 people in the financial year 2016-2017 had to be given emergency food supplies by the Trussell Trust, this is up from 1,109,309 the year before, which itself is up from 25,899 from 2008-2009. A upward trend that is sure to shock even the most stoic among us. The reasons for this increase are easy to see, but sadly not easy to fix. 50% of the people referred are referred because of Low Income and problems related to benefits.
At 1st you may think these statistics are taken from some dystopian sci-fi book, or an impoverished 3rd…

Climate Emergency And Extinction Rebellion

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I recently attended a meeting of the Socio-political movement Extinction Rebellion. Having recently voted for the Parish Council to declare a climate emergency and joined the sub-committee team to start working on this, I decided to attend one of the EX meetings in hope to learn and gain some insight into what we can do within our Parish.

Regardless of what you think of the group and the tactics of Civil Disobedience I'm sure we can all agree on the fact that something needs to be done to prevent a climate breakdown and ecological collapse. This was the reason I voted to declare a climate emergency, and why I became part of the sub-committee team to start work on what we can do as a parish to combat climate change. Yes we may only be one Parish, but localisim is a key part of our work. And if every parish town and city council joined us in combating climate change this would make a huge difference.

But what can you do right now?

Well luckily for you I have a few things that you ca…

Indian Queens Victory Hall

I was pleased to have finished making the website for Indian Queens Victory Hall. It unfortunately took longer then I would have liked due to a range of reasons however it is now finally live, you can check it out HERE. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a website designer and just someone who uses the internet a lot (Maybe too much.) However I hope you will agree that it looks sleek and is usable. Any thoughts and the like would be most welcome.
It's been both interesting and challenging bringing the Victory Hall into the 21st century with the committee, but for those of you who have been there recently I'm sure you'll agree the hall is much better for it. The members of the committee have gone above and beyond for the hall and their hard work and dedication have been worth it. But it is not just the committee it's also the like of CRCC and its staff that have also helped make the Victory Hall the hall for our community. So if you've not had a chance …

Lay Police Observation

After a recent police report at a Parish Council meeting we heard about a scheme Devon and Cornwall police offer called Lay-observation. The scheme is where a member of the public can apply to shadow police officers to observe all the hard work that they do. (You too can apply by following this link.) 

After hearing about the scheme, I decided to apply and was thrilled to be able to go and spend an afternoon with the Police services within Truro. They were very kind and welcoming and more then happy to answer any and all questions that I asked them. It was a interesting afternoon, however there was a negative part which was where I witnessed how stretched these hard working police officers are. With just 5 officers to cover the huge area around Truro they are forced to work above and beyond what can be expected of anyone.

Just in my afternoon alone two officers had to stay on and work overtime due to not having enough staff to deal with everything happening that afternoon. (I was told…

Menopause Breaking The Stigma

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With all the warranted protesting (Of which I will write a post on in the future after further research.) at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 9th July it was buried that the council debated and voted unanimously to the motionfor the council to work to increase menopause awareness among its staff and across the wider community. (The word ‘menopause’ comes from ‘meno’, meaning your menstrual cycle, and ‘pause’, meaning to stop.) I think this is a great idea and something that reaches further then the inside of New County Hall. As something that will affect half the population it is worth talking about and removing the stigmatisation. The website Rock My Menopause has great resources on this, and have started a campaign to stamp out the taboo and raise awareness of the menopause. You can start right now on social media with only a simple post, using the Hashtag; #Menovist (One who stands up for those going through the menopause : a person who openly encourages and engages in conversat…