Saturday, 30 January 2016

The Directory - Brand New Page

The Directory
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A new page has appeared on the Gorse Hill Labour website. The Directory provides links to over a dozen groups working in Gorse Hill ward and the wider area. Webmaster, Councillor Mike Cordingley describes his respect for the groups featured:

When you see the amount of work these groups are doing and the innovation and originality in their projects, it's just amazing what's happening across Gorse Hill Ward.

I know there are issues but when people can come together like this, you just know that the neighbourhoods are going from strength to strength. They're giving us a fantastic legacy.

Stretford ranked sixth most integrated town in UK

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Stretford has been revealed as one of the most racially integrated places in the country.

Think tank Policy Exchange has produced a list of the best and worst places in the country from the point of view of integration. The researchers analysed data from the 2011 census, comparing 160 places with a population of more than 20,000, of whom at least 15 per cent were from an ethnic minority.

Among considerations were the ethnic mix of neighbourhoods and how people interacted with work colleagues. Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston said:

It's fabulous that Stretford has been ranked as one of the most integrated places in England and Wales - a great way to put Stretford on the map.

I'm really proud to represent such a diverse, friendly and vibrant community with fantastic neighbours and friends.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's new video

The Labour Party has released its latest video.

In our latest Party Political Broadcast, Jeremy Corbyn explains how this year Labour will be campaigning hard to protect the things we value and stop the Tories making ever more savage cuts across the country. Join us on our journey -

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'Outdated and unpopular' Pacer trains set to be replaced

Manchester Evening News
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The outdated Pacer trains used on our line, are one step closer to leaving the tracks for good - with a deal now signed for their replacement.

Arriva, which won the Northern franchise last month with a commitment to replace the Pacers by 2020, has ordered 281 carriages. The first of the new trains will be rolled out by October 2018.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green demands public involvement in Trafford General downgrade plans

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Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green is demanding public involvement in decisions about urgent care at Trafford General Hospital – amid claims it could be downgraded by the summer.

Kate's insisting people in the borough must be involved and fully informed about decisions about the future of the Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at Trafford General Hospital.

This follows reports that the centre will soon be downgraded to a nurse-led unit.

...reports of changes are causing uncertainty and concern for both the public and staff. NHS managers need to share all the data they have about who’s using the UCC now, and what would happen to those patients in future. We can’t have decisions taken behind closed doors.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Revealed: Greater Manchester's hospitals facing massive £114m deficit

Manchester Evening News
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All our acute trusts are predicting huge shortfalls in their revenues, apart from Bolton.

The biggest problem is at Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, which at current rates is expecting a £30m deficit by April, rising to £60m next year if no action is taken.

Board papers from last month admit the position is ‘wholly unsustainable’, although it is unclear how the gap between the rising costs of running the hospital and tightly-controlled budgets will be closed.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

The Tories just voted down a rule requiring landlords to make homes fit for human habitation

Daily Mirror
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Tory MPs today voted down a rule that would have forced landlords to ensure their properties were fit for human habitation.

Shadow housing minister Teresa Pearce called for the new rules to be added to the new Housing Bill, currently being rammed through Parliament by the Government.

The new rules would require all private sector landlords to make sure their properties are fit for people to live in.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Operations cancelled and emergency rooms packed as only one Greater Manchester hospital meets A&E waiting target

Manchester Evening News
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All hospitals across Greater Manchester are creaking under winter pressures, exclusive new figures show. Almost all A&Es in the region failed to meet their four-hour waiting target over Christmas and New Year as over-worked doctors and nurses battled to cope.

Mary Mannion, from Trafford, was one of those elderly patients waiting hours to be admitted - despite the best efforts of medical staff around her. She was taken via ambulance to the A&E at Manchester Royal Infirmary with a suspected stroke. What shocked her family was the length of time paramedics had to wait with Mary until a bed became available in A&E.

They waited three hours in a corridor at the Manchester Royal Infirmary until a bed became free.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Landlord Tory MP Philip Davies says law requiring homes be fit for human habitation is an unnecessary burden

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Thanks to Roger Jones for sharing this one. Roger has nailed this; it is shameful for a Conservative to be arguing that homes shouldn't have to be fit for human habitation; he's not untypical. We regularly hear equally reprehensible interventions from Tory Councillors here.

Calling all mums with babies , FREE Buggyfit session (thanks to friends of Victoria park )

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Free session for anyone that fancies a workout with their baby & buggy in tow,

Every Wednesday 10.30am

Meeting outside tea room in Victoria park.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Fire at Jackson St, Stretford

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Thankfully, the fire service were able to deal successfully with this fire. According to another resident, they were not helped by drivers on Barton Road.

Now driving home down Barton road I've just seen the two most selfish drivers in the world undertake a Fire Truck whilst the poor driver was trying to reverse or manoeuvre to attend what could possibly be a life threatening emergency.

Gorse Hill Labour welcomes back the Fire Bridgades Union to the Labour Party

Microchip your dog - or face a hefty fine

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As pet owners welcome in the New Year, one of the biggest shake-ups is set to transform dog ownership in the next few months. Strict new laws introduced in April will make it compulsory for all dogs in England to be microchipped. Owners failing to do so could be fined as part of the new rules, which have been broadly welcomed by animal welfare charities.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Trafford Centre traffic chaos: some say they were stuck for THREE hours

Manchester Evening News
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Angry shoppers claiming they were stuck in queues of up to THREE hours around the intu Trafford Centre took to social media sites to complain about the traffic chaos.

Delays close to the centre prompted angry tweets as people were stuck across the shopping site and unable to access main roads from the car parks.

Richard Paxton, general manager at intu Trafford Centre, said: “We’re very sorry to any of our shoppers who’ve experienced difficulty exiting the centre today. We are working incredibly hard to get traffic moving again and our staff are out in the car parks redirecting cars to the nearest clear exits.”

Saturday, 2 January 2016

First Home Match of 2016

Fix My Street
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Half a season has passed. Like United, there's been ok weeks for Amey, Trafford's contracted partner in its match-day clean up, and like United there's also been some dreadful weeks and dire excuses:

We were stuck in Traffic!

But it's a New Year and we're in forgiving mood. Louis Van Gaal might turn it around, and so might Amey. We don't want bins overflowing before the match starts and the clean-up post match is vital. But we also ask United fans: This neighbourhood has been United's home for 100 years, its players have lived amongst us, Please treat us with respect, and enjoy the game.

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Mike C

Friday, 1 January 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's New Year Message

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Here's my New Year message...

Posted by Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday, 31 December 2015

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