This is my final newsletter for 2023 and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Back in January I wrote to you about my concerns for the winter – the cost-of-living crisis, abysmal NHS waiting times and a Government without a handle on how to turn things around. I’m sad to see these issues are still prevalent and we still have the incompetent Tories in power.
The Government have continued to plumb ever deeper depths in recent weeks; Suella Braverman was sacked as Home Secretary, her legacy from the role one of inciting hatred and violence in the UK, whilst David Cameron was farcically brought in as Foreign Secretary via the House of Lords.
The Supreme Court ruled this week that the Government’s ill-conceived Rwanda immigration policy was unlawful on the grounds that Rwanda is not a safe country for asylum seekers.
It is at times like these, when we are faced with the sight of unspeakable horrors, when we must, for the sake of our common humanity, find ways to come together: we speak out against atrocities and we call for responses that are lawful, and with the ultimate aim of finding a lasting solution for peace. The retaliation against Hamas’ barbaric actions must not sow even deeper, long-lasting hatred.
I have responded to the consultation into the closure of rail ticket offices. I am against the proposals and I am pleased the consultation response has been extended to the 1st September. You can read my response to the consultation…
The General Election is likely to take place in 2024 and as we saw with the recent by election results, nothing can be taken for granted. Rallying together to show Labour’s vision for Bedford to our constituents is crucial and getting my annual report out to each household is one important step.
This month has been characterised by intense campaigning in Mid Bedfordshire, following Nadine Dorries suggesting she would be resigning as Member of Parliament. Although to date she has not formally done so, I have been delighted to see Bedford and Kempston Labour Party members spending hours knocking on doors, and in some heavy downpours too.
Labour set out with the goal to become the largest party on Bedford Borough Council and we did just that with three excellent gains in Cauldwell, Queen’s Park and a new foothold in Kingsbrook alongside retaining all of our current seats. I’m so grateful to all our candidates for their tireless work.
Today’s Budget highlighted 13 years of the Conservatives mismanaging our economy. As Labour Leader Keir Starmer rightly said the Government are trying to disguise stagnation as stability.
Labour this week revealed how, under the Tories, civil-service spending has risen steeply, with lax rules allowing millions of pounds of frivolously wasted tax-payer money spent using government procurement cards (GPCs).
Much as we saw 2022 come to an end amidst the turmoil of strikes, in 2023 we are seeing workers from even more industries taking steps on industrial action…