The General Election has proved that Labour have now successfully completed stage one of our campaign to present a credible and popular strategy for government. Our thanks go out to the many hard working volunteers in the Party both here in Arundel and South Downs as elsewhere. This, together with a new dynamism and enthusiasm in the Party led to new levels of motivation not seen for a long time, and it is now acknowledged that this was down to the inspiring leadership of JEREMY CORBYN. The campaign was a great success although it did not lead to government this time round. It is said that ‘We won though we lost.’
Young people are the key to a new approach to politics, as it is their future that is at stake. It is also a sign that the ‘mainstream convention’ is out of date and needs to listen. Whilst the mainstream media missed the signs, a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour Party were able to connect with the heart of the country, who spoke emphatically against Tory austerity and a free hand on leaving the EU.
Now we must move on to stage two, namely;
BROAD APPEAL: To nurture our success and broaden our appeal.
UNITY: To embrace unity in the Party and in the country.
COMPROMISE To consider alternative policy options whilst remaining true to our values as Labour Party members.
MANIFESTO: To stress the role of the Manifesto in declaring policy based on the sum of collegiate decisions, not individual preferences.
LEADERSHIP: Local leadership candidates and MP’s are the ‘First among Equals.’ It follows that although different points of view may emerge, it is the consensual view based on consultation that must prevail. It is evident that Jeremy Corbyn adopted this policy, winning others to his side as he did so. Contrast this with the Presidential Pomp of Teresa May and the Dictatorial Donald Trump.
Be assured that Jeremy Corbyn will be our next elected PM if we all get behind him and vote him into Downing Street with a smile. With that will come a genuine new approach to government and a new hope for the future and the young, who are, after all, the future of our country.
The General Election has proved that Labour have now successfully completed stage one of our campaign to present a credible and popular strategy for government. Our thanks go out to...
Following the results from the General Election on June 8th, the Labour Party are the official Party of opposition in Arundel & South Downs.
Caroline Fife secured over 22.7% of the vote, which resulted in a 11.5% increase in our vote. In addition to the increase in Labour vote in 2015, Labour are gaining momentum in the constituency in an unprescedented way, indicating that the electorate have had enough of Tory cuts and austerity and lack of fresh ideas.
Many thanks to all those who voted for us.
Following the results from the General Election on June 8th, the Labour Party are the official Party of opposition in Arundel & South Downs. Caroline Fife secured over 22.7% of...
A vote for Caroline Fife, our Labour candidate for Arundel & South Downs, on June 8th is a vote to benefit the many rather than the few. The recent TV debates highlight the point perfectly.
Following the Leadership Special TV debates hosted by Channel 4 / Sky and BBC respectively, Jeremy Corbyn for the second time in less than a week looked assured and relaxed, providing compelling evidence that he and Labour have the answers to the challenges that face our country, whilst May looked weak, wobbly and evasive.
Jeremy Corbyn gave straight, honest answers to the audience. He spoke clearly, openly and passionately as he has done throughout the campaign, arguing the case for policies that benefit the majority of people, rather than the few. Jeremy showed us that he has the policies and character to win the next election.
In contrast, Theresa May dodged crucial questions, proving she has no answers to the challenges facing Britain. Furthermore, that vague promises from the leader of a government that have reneged on a myriad of promises whilst in power, Bedroom tax, Schools funding, Child poverty and the ever increasing need for Food banks, not to speak of the NHS, simply cannot be trusted.
It showed the clear choice on offer in this election: Labour's plan to transform Britain for the majority of citizens, and a Conservative Party that has held people back and puts the wealthy first.
That is why it is crucial to go out and vote for Caroline Fife, our Labour candidate on June 8th.
A vote for Caroline Fife, our Labour candidate for Arundel & South Downs, on June 8th is a vote to benefit the many rather than the few. The recent TV...
Hi, I’m Caroline Fife and I’m Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Arundel & South Downs.
I work as a Regional Organiser for a public sector union representing people across West Sussex. I’ve always fought for equality and decent standards.
It's clear from listening to local people they want change to improve their lives. I’m dedicated to making this happen.
As a working Mum, I know how important our schools are, yet class sizes are growing and headteachers are starved of cash. I, like many others, have volunteered to help develop children’s skills through Woodcraft Folk. However their core education desperately needs investment.
I’ve lived in the heart of the South Downs for 18 years. I want to ensure everyone has access to affordable homes and that renters have more rights. More reliable and affordable integrated bus and train services are essential for all.
I want to address low pay and enable everyone over 18 to earn £10 an hour.
I support a NATIONAL health service not a fragmented, semi-privatised one so I will lead debate about strengthening these services.
I’ll oppose any attempt to reinstate fox hunting or allow fracking that would industrialise this landscape and risk our health.
Finally, I do love the colour red – it’s strong and reliable and that sums me up.
Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate
Arundel and South Downs
Hi, I’m Caroline Fife and I’m Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Arundel & South Downs. I work as a Regional Organiser for a public sector union representing people across West Sussex....
SO THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH AFTER ALL
by Alwyn Dow.
Published in the Chichester Observer, 26/5/17.
The Tory Manifesto proposes that free lunches be abolished and in addition their ongoing strategies for ‘Free Schools’ are taking hold. An imaginary example is set out below but Labour will continue to offer child centred policies in a fully funded State system for ALL. In theory, what could that mean? In all possibility .......
ST TORYIANS FREE SCHOOL ARUNDEL
Our motto is ‘Floreat St Toryians’ which mirrors that of our predecessor St Trinians and that of a well- known public school.
Our Governors offer skills in business, marketing and IT without the encumbrance of formal educational qualifications at a high level and we do not encourage representation from the elected local authority
Our Teaching Staff may be NQT (Non- Qualified Teachers) if they can demonstrate qualities of leadership and endurance as in the SAS.
Our Curriculum is ‘fit for purpose’ within government guidelines but not hostage to a wasteful National Curriculum that spends too much time on useless subjects like History and Sociology for example.
Our Sponsors are few and we would like there to be more, especially if they fit the rubric set by one of our governors in the creation of this school on business lines adapted to a media age rather than a fossilised view of education based on virtue, learning and manners.
Our Parents and Volunteers. Gone are the days when schooling was left to the experts. We believe that money can be saved if parents and volunteers are encouraged to work on a voluntary basis to replace classroom teachers.
Although the above is supposition, it could well end up as reality. Education is a basic right as well as being the building blocks on which a fairer, happier and more enlightened society are built. Please feel free to do your own research on the subject of 'Free Schools'. Vote Labour on June 8th.
SO THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH AFTER ALL by Alwyn Dow. Published in the Chichester Observer, 26/5/17. The Tory Manifesto proposes that free lunches be abolished...
'Not Such a Fair Story'
by Alwyn Dow
Ms White goes to the Doctors.
Doc was there already of course, so Ms White went in first to ask about her test results. She had waited for 4 hours in A&E after sharp pains in the chest but the hospital had found nothing and sent her home. ‘Nothing to report,’ said Doc, ‘It’s the worst A&E performance for 4 years but like me they are up against the clock every day. Come in next week.’
Sneezy was next. He’d had a cold that would not go away and now he couldn’t stop sneezing. Doc thought it might be hay fever so prescribed paracetamol and a beclometasone spray. Dopey followed him in. He couldn’t cope on his zero- hours contract and felt very depressed. Doc felt that he needed someone to talk to and recommended that he try swimming.
Sleepy came in next. He said that he just couldn’t keep awake since he lost his job and had now lost his benefits as well. Doc recommended that he should appeal via the CAB.
Bashful refused to say what was the matter, but Doc noticed a bruise on his arm that he admitted was from a fall. Grumpy said that it was all a waste of time since he had had to give up his flat due to the bedroom tax and stormed off.
Happy was last and smiled all the time while Doc twisted his neck in a test for balance.’ Seems OK to me,’ he said.
Ms White wrote a letter of thanks. ‘You saw all of us in half an hour,’ she wrote, ‘I just don’t know how you do it. I think it’s time for a change of government don’t you? ’
Does this sound familiar? Tory cuts mean that our NHS and it's Doctors, Nurses and auxillary staff are stretched to the limit.
Vote Labour on June 8th to protect our NHS.
'Not Such a Fair Story' by Alwyn Dow Ms White goes to the Doctors. Doc was there already of course, so Ms White went in first to ask...
Caroline Fife has been selected as Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Arundel & South Downs Constituency to fight as our candidate in the General Election on June 8th.
Caroline, who is also standing as Labour Candidate for Storrington Division in the West Sussex County Council Elections on May 4th, is also currently chair of Arundel & South Downs CLP.
Speaking following her selection, Caroline said, ”I am really proud to be selected as Parliamentary Candidate for the Constituency in which I and my family live. Having already been campaigning for some time, and listening to local concerns, I look forward to challenging the sense of Tory cuts and failed austerity measures”.
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Caroline Fife has been selected as Labour Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Arundel & South Downs Constituency to fight as our candidate in the General Election on June 8th....
Here is a list of our Labour candidates standing in the West Sussex County Council Elections on May 4th.
Simon Birnstingl : Bramber Castle Division
I have lived in Upper Beeding for 18 years. It's a great place for someone like me who grew up in the countryside and loves the outdoors.
I have been a parish councillor for twelve years. I've been chair of the council for the last three years. Previously as chair of the Amenities Committee I oversaw the introduction of an ongoing tree planting policy that is transforming our village street scene. I also updated the play equipment in our children's play areas and introduced adult seating. My policy of reviewing and improving our community assets led to the annual maintenance scheme for the Beeding Memorial Playing Field that has led to it being recognised as one of the best sports fields in Sussex.
I believe that councils should look like the people they claim to represent so that they can make the right sort of decisions. I am used to working with people from every background to do the right thing for our communities.
Our aims should be to help our communities to thrive and develop for the benefit of everyone. I have always worked with this aim. The challenges of Brexit make this even more important.
Tory policies are hitting our public services just when we need them most. If Britain is to hold its own we need the best education for our children. The Tories are doing exactly the opposite. Schools are facing drastic cuts that put our future prospects in jeopardy.
Only Labour can offer us a better future, together.
Caroline Fife : Storrington
As the Candidate for Storrington Division I would work on the following areas.
Firstly I want to work on school funding. At the moment schools have been forced to restructure staff and cut jobs. I want to ensure there are jobs for local people. I want schools resourced to give children the best possible start in life. I work for a union and have recently been involved in a number of consultations with local schools. They have been forced to make cuts and are struggling to manage because of a lack of funding.
I want to plan to improve bus services by providing more frequent buses with affordable fares. My aim would be to integrate bus services with rail services. This would allow the community better access to public transport.
Pollution is a concern in Storrington and I plan to investigate options to improve improve traffic flow.
The NHS and Social Care need to work more closely to keep people well at home. I want to look at ways to achieve this to allow local residents to be cared for in their community. This would reduce pressure on the NHS and speed up treatment.
Horsham District Council implemented time limits and car park charges in rural car parks. The local Labour Party campaigned on this as local shops were concerned it would damage business. I want to review the time limits and charges to see what impact they have had locally.
I want to make this area to be a better place to live and work.
Roger Nash : Fontwell
Roger is well-known locally for his many years of service spent as Councillor on both Bognor Regis Town and Arun District Council. He is Vice-president of the Rocks football club as well as being organiser of the recent Southdowns Folk Festival. He has also been a central figure in driving forward Town and Regeneration issues.
Jane Mote : Pulborough
I am committed to making Pulborough a better place to live.
The current Tory dominance at West Sussex County Council needs challenging. Under their direction, education, social care and local transport services have been subject to unprecedented cuts. Under the Tories, local schools are facing a potential four day week, putting pressure on our childrens education as well as their parents childcare schedule. Additionally, adult social care budgeting has been slashed by £48m since 2010, leaving already vulnerable people without vital services and support.
As your councillor, I pledge to campaign tirelessly for fair funding for our schools and improvements to adult social care by opposing budget cuts. I will continue my campaign to fight rural car parking charges to protect Pulborough’s high street businesses, and lobby to take back Southern Rail from the disastrous ownership of Govia GTR. I will also support the reinstatement of Highways Rangers to improve our local roads and footpaths.
The current Tory leadership is simply not working. I urge you to vote Labour on May 4th and vote for change.
Norina O'Hare : Hurstpierpoint & Bolney
I have lived in Hurstpierpoint for 16 years and my two children attended local schools – St Lawrence’s and Downlands. I believe that properly funded public services are fundamental to our communities. I want our communities to thrive together to help the many not the few. I am tired of our local politicians doing nothing about the funding crisis affecting our local schools and cutting all the other local services to the bone. As your voice on West Sussex County Council I will fight for the resources we need here and make sure that your voice is heard at County Hall.
Darren Pearce : Angmering & Findon
I have lived in the Sussex Counties all my life. For many years, the Tories have taken the electorate for granted. I am totally committed to support local residents to fight for the services and changes that the ordinary, hard working people of Angmering and Findon Division deserve and demand from the County Council, whilst ensuring complete value and transparency for taxpayers money.
Darren is standing as Labour & Co-operative Party Candidate.
Freddie Tandy : Arundel & Courtwick
Born in Littlehampton nearly 30 years ago and brought up in Wick, I am a teacher at Littlehampton Academy and have always proudly called this area my home.
I have been active in the community for many years, and have been a Littlehampton Town Councillor since 2015. Too many people want to talk our area and its residents down. As a councillor my role is to seek to change this. If elected, I will fight to halt and reverse the cuts in services at County level which have a disproportionate impact on the most vulnerable in our society.
A decent council is not just a tax collector, but also a social contributor. My key priority would be to ensure that our young people are gifted community they can proudly call home, with decent housing, job opportunities and prospects for their future.
Linda Taylor : Hassocks & Burgess Hill South
As a recently retired teacher, I have first hand experience of how Conservative dogma is destroying our much-valued public services. I want to offer a positive Labour alternative and will push for a better deal for all. I am not a ‘career’ politician, just a local resident who will listen and work hard to get the resources that our community needs. This election is a chance to show those who take your vote for granted that you want to be listened to. If elected I promise to represent your interests and hold those in power to account. I will make sure your hard-earned money gets you the public services you want, need and deserve.”
As a recently retired teacher, I have first hand experience of how Conservative dogma is destroying our much-valued public services. I want to offer a positive Labour alternative and will push for a better deal for all. I am not a ‘career’ politician, just a local resident who will listen and work hard to get the resources that our community needs. This election is a chance to show those who take your vote for granted that you want to be listened to. If elected I promise to represent your interests and hold those in power to account. I will make sure your hard-earned money gets you the public services you want, need and deserve.
Helen Wright : Henfield
It is time to change the habitual Tory dominance at West Sussex County Council.
Under there leadership vital services have been cut to the bone. Schools have never faced such overwhelming budget pressures, adult social care has seen a £48m Tory cut to its funding and we are facing an unprecedented housing crisis.
As your local councillor I will work hard to provide fair and sustainable funding for our schools and reverse the spiralling crisis to social care for our elderly residents. I will campaign to oppose Tory cuts to our NHS services which are being starved of funds and threatened through privatisation. Whilst I support sensible, sustainable development that allow our younger generation to live locally, I will oppose housing developments that go against local Neighbourhood Plans.
I have come to know Henfield and its surrounding area well over the last 5 years, but have also witnessed a sharp decline in our public services. It is time for a change. We need a council that understands the concerns of its local population. I therefore urge you to vote Labour on May 4th and vote for a better future.
Here is a list of our Labour candidates standing in the West Sussex County Council Elections on May 4th. Simon Birnstingl : Bramber Castle Division I have lived in Upper...
Hundreds of shoppers signed a petition calling on the Government to spend more on the NHS as Arundel and South Downs Labour Party members joined a national day of action with protests in Hassocks and Storrington .
Many of those supporting the action spoke of the effect of cuts on their own lives and their worries for the future of services.
“We had a huge level of support for our call for more funding for the NHS with people telling us how cutbacks nationally and locally were seriously affecting them.” said our Chair Caroline Fife, after she led the campaign in Storrington.
“One lady in her 80s was left without support to bathe her husband who has a serious condition and a Doctor told us how a local care home was set to close with the loss of 70 much needed beds. The real cost of cutbacks on social care and mismanagement of the NHS impacts people and needs to be recognized and reversed.”
The support for more funding was equally positive in Hassocks.
“Shoppers were pleased to see people standing up for the NHS and wanted to send a message to the government to sort out the current funding crisis.” Linda Taylor, Secretary of Arundel and South Downs Labour Party.
Earlier this week Labour revealed that the amount spend on Adult social care last year (2015/16) was £167.3m compared to £203.5m in 2010/11 – with budget cuts in 5 out of 6 years amounting to £48.5m – even greater in real terms. *
At the same time the growth in the elderly population in West Sussex has pushed up costs of social care to new highs and this was putting increased pressure on the NHS.
West Sussex County Council’s draft budget for 2016/17 expresses serious concern about its inability to keep up with the rate of growth in the ageing population. It forecasts costs for elderly social care will rise by a further £21m over the next 4 years contributing to the £124m council funding gap.
Hundreds of shoppers signed a petition calling on the Government to spend more on the NHS as Arundel and South Downs Labour Party members joined a national day of action...
Southern Rail is failing commuters. We call on the Government to strip them of the franchise.
Labour Party members from Arundel and South Downs spent the morning and evening rush hours talking to commuters at Hassocks, Pulborough and Arundel Stations on Tuesday Jan 3rd. The action happened on the day that rail fares in Sussex went up by nearly 2% - double last year’s increase.
Labour member and Pulborough commuter Jane Mote said “The majority commuters we spoke to have lost days at work and had their family lives severely disrupted because of Southern’s appalling service and backed our call for the Government to strip Southern of their franchise. They were pleased to see our protest and promised to write to their MPs to ask the government to put passengers first, not profit."
Commuters in Sussex are fed up and have been hit hard by Tory rail policies and raising fares. The effects of awarding franchises to companies like Southern have allowed them to profit at a time of running worsening services. In our region there’s a double blow with commuters having to pay more to a train company that can't run trains on time.
The train operator that runs the Southern Rail has the worst customer satisfaction levels in the country. Last year over a third of trains ran late and many were cancelled altogether. The government and Southern Rail would like the public to think that the terrible service is the fault of the staff. The company is continually shifting the blame. The reality is that Southern Rail deliberately keeps staffing at minimum levels and relies of staff to do overtime in order to keep the service running. There are simply not enough drivers, platform staff and guards to run the timetabled service. This is the real reason that the service is so appalling. We say that any company that wants to run train services must employ enough staff to deliver the decent, reliable service that passengers want. The company should stop the scapegoating of staff.
Southern Rail are a total disgrace and the Government is washing their hands of the crisis and abandoning commuters. The complete shambles of the Southern Rail Service lies squarely on the shoulders of the Theresa May and her Government. They should intervene, remove the franchise from Southern and bring an end to the misery of those who have to use the trains.
Southern Rail is failing commuters. We call on the Government to strip them of the franchise. Labour Party members from Arundel and South Downs spent the morning and evening...