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Today, former Dartford Councillor and Labour MP for Corby, Andy Sawford introduced a bill to parliament that would allow public and mutual rail operators to bid for rail franchises and I was happy to see it progress to a second reading.

Currently the Conservative led government bans anyone but private operators bidding for franchises. This perverse rule has resulted in the not-for-profit public operator currently running the East Coast line - which has achieved record passenger satisfaction and service levels, invests it’s profits in better services and has returned over £800m to the taxpayer - being prevented from continuing to provide that service in order to allow a private operator to take over.

Andy’s bill is important for rail passengers here in Dartford. We continue to put up with the failing performance of the Southeastern franchise – consistently ranked as one of the country's poorest train operators. Expensive fares, delays and cancellations and poor customer satisfaction have contributed to years of frustration for passengers.

We shouldn’t have to put up with it. However, instead of holding Southeastern to account, Dartford’s MP Gareth Johnson and his Conservative colleagues decided to reward them with a new contract – meaning Dartford is stuck with Southeastern until 2018. Dartford deserves better than an MP that puts the interests of train bosses before passengers.

We need a real fresh start. We need a railway which puts passengers first, not profits. That’s why I support Andy Sawford’s bill and why today Labour MPs delivered more for Dartford’s rail users in a single day than our own Conservative MP – who didn’t vote today - has achieved in four years. If elected Dartford’s MP next year, I’ll join them to work to for the rail service that Dartford and the country needs and deserves.

Labour stands up for Rail Passengers in Parliament

Today, former Dartford Councillor and Labour MP for Corby, Andy Sawford introduced a bill to parliament that would allow public and mutual rail operators to bid for rail franchises and...

General Secretary of the GMB



Friday 28th November 2014

7.30pm at Darenth Village Hall

Ladywood Road

DA2 7LL 



Bring your own drinks and nibbles

Members, supporters and friends are invited to the all members' night on Friday 28th November at 7.30pm in Darenth Village Hall.

Click here for a map.


Our guest speaker will be Paul Kenny, the General Secretary of the GMB. We are delighted that Paul, who is one of the leading figures in the Labour movement, is able to come and speak at this event.



There will the customary raffle and the 100 club draw.

Members and guests are invited to make a voluntary donation of £5.00 in aid of Labour's 2015 election campaign in Dartford. 

This promises to be an excellent evening in the company of the leader of Britain's third biggest trade union.




Pat Kelly

CLP Secretary

Dartford Labour Party welcomes Paul Kenny

General Secretary of the GMB 

Friday 28th November 2014 7.30pm at Darenth Village Hall

Thursday 11th December at the Swanscombe Pavilion at 7.30pm


The Grove,
Swanscombe,
DA10 0AD


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On Thursday 11th December there will be a 'Stand up for Labour' comedy night at the Swanscombe Pavilion beginning at 7.30pm. There will be a full bar and the acts will feature Arthur Smith, Norman Lovett and Mary Bourke: 



Tickets are on sale and at the moment, they only cost £10 but the price will go up to £12 after October 31st. Tickets are available to everyone - members, friends, family, neighbours etc so first come, first served. They can be reserved through Santha on 01322 525261. However you get the tickets, please make sure you pay for them before October 31st!

Tickets can also be bought online at the Stand Up For Labour website



Stand up for Labour promises to be an excellent night of comedy so please book early to avoid disappointment. 







Pat Kelly

CLP Secretary

ARTHUR SMITH

A huge laugh and a career that blends surrealism and one-liners in equal measure are Arthur Smith's signatures. His immense humour, and willingness to laugh himself hoarse at others' jokes make him unusual in an industry eaten up by cool. On TV, he's been a regular Grumpy Old Man. But it's as a stage performer and writer where Smith's strongest talents make themselves felt.

NORMAN LOVETT

He was well into his thirties before deciding to go into comedy. Best known for the role of Holly in cult sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf, he considers himself to be a stand-up comedian who can act a bit, and is yet to appear in a pantomime. His comedy has a quiet, dead-pan surrealism.

MARY BOURKE

 

She's performed on the comedy circuit for more than a dozen years and the experience shows. Bourke's utterly composed on stage, performing with a relaxed delivery, and the soft sing-song of her Irish lilt contrasts nicely with her punchy and somewhat acerbic material. She punctuates the pomposity of the Mumsnet website with list of unreasonable demands on the Albanian nanny with the refrain 'am I being unreasonable?'

 

Stand Up For Labour Comedy Night

Thursday 11th December at the Swanscombe Pavilion at 7.30pm
 The Grove,Swanscombe, DA10 0AD

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