Column Archive

Sure Start Call-In

Sure Start closures call-in: Labour submits grounds for challenge Today Medway Labour group submitted its grounds for calling in Cabinet?s decision to close six Sure Start centres and downgrade nine others to part-time satellite status. Our reasons are substantial and contrast with the empty rhetoric of Cllr Stuart Tranter, one of the Conservative councillors who […]

Standing up for Sure Start

Medway Labour Group to call in Cabinet decision on Sure Start cuts The Tory Cabinet has today approved a new cuts plan for Sure Start centres which will see six centres shut completely* and nine reduced to operating as ‘wellbeing centres’. Medway Labour Group will call in this decision, since there has been no opportunity […]

New Year’s Message

This is a good time for both reflection and forward planning as the year draws to a close and a new year begins.   2014 saw the 30th anniversary of the closure of Chatham Dockyard – a political decision by Margaret Thatcher’s government in the early 80’s that continues to have impacts today.  I know there are some Medway residents […]

Boxing Day Column

Christmas is a time for joy, a time for generosity, a time for caring.  This edition of the Medway Messenger will be landing on doormats on Boxing Day so I’m sure there will be many who will be enjoying time with loved ones, but the sad reality is for some families this Christmas will be a tremendously difficult time of year.     […]

Building on our passionate positive campaign

  I am very proud to be Leader of the Medway Labour team after Thursday 20th November. Although ultimately we didn’t get the result we would have wanted in Rochester and Strood, there can be no doubt in Naushabah Khan we had the best candidate – not just my opinion but something raised many times by national news outlets, many […]

Medway Summer Survey – Your voice

I wanted to take time out from the by-election to reflect on our Medway Survey which was launched in the summer. Firstly, a big thank you to the hundreds of people who took the time to share their views – clearly there is far more feedback than I could cover in the column but I […]