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Labour party members and supporters received the following sad email from Cllr Pat Kelly today:

Dear Colleagues,

It is my sad duty to inform you that John Muckle died peacefully at home this morning. John was with his family as he had wished. John was a devoted servant to Dartford and to the Labour Party and he will be sadly missed. At this sad time our thoughts and prayers are with Ann, Tony and the rest of John’s family.

Pat Kelly
CLP Secretary

 

 

As former Leader; deputy Leader; Mayor; Borough and County Councillor, John’s influence on the Borough has been immense. His knowledge of, and influence with, the Thames Gateway area has resulted in Fastrack, Crossways Business Park, and Prospect Place; and informed thinking on so many of the development issues in Northwest Kent. In over 40 years of activism, he has supported so many people, in Temple Hill and elsewhere. John had a vast knowledge of development, transport, an housing issues; and his vision for Dartford was international in scope, including chairing the Town Twinning Association; and trade contacts in the Netherlands and South Korea.

Pat Kelly added:  “He was truly a giant of local politics in Dartford and throughout Kent”

Cllr John Muckle

Labour party members and supporters received the following sad email from Cllr Pat Kelly today:

Here are the 10 steps Ed Miliband will immediately take if we win the next election.Ed Miliband

 

We will:

  1. Freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 and reform the energy market
  2. Get 200,000 homes built a year by 2020
  3. Stop families that rent being ripped off and help them plan for the future with new long term predictable tenancies
  4. Cut income tax for hardworking people through a lower 10p starting tax rate, and introduce a 50p top rate of tax as we pay off the deficit in a fair way
  5. Ban exploitative zero-hour contracts
  6. Make work pay by strengthening the Minimum Wage and providing tax breaks to firms that boost pay through the Living Wage
  7. Back small businesses by cutting business rates and reforming the banks
  8. Help working parents with 25 hours of free childcare for three- and four-year-olds
  9. Tackle the abuse of migrant labour to undercut wages by banning recruitment agencies that only hire foreign workers and pressing for stronger controls in Europe
  10. Back the next generation with a job guarantee for the young unemployed and more apprenticeships

This is our contract with you. Vote Labour to make Britain better off.

 

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Labour's Cost-Of-Living Contract With You

Here are the 10 steps Ed Miliband will immediately take if we win the next election.  

Bridge traffic Simon Thomson, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Dartford, has criticised the announcement from the government that a decision on the location of new Lower Thames Crossing is now been further delayed.
The delay in the decision, which is now not expected to be made until 2016, will mean more uncertainty for people in Dartford. Labour in Dartford is clear that further delay is unacceptable and believes the case has already been made to rule Dartford out as a possible location.

Simon Thomson said this morning:

“Local people will be dismayed at the news that this decision has been delayed yet again. There is no case to build the new crossing in Dartford, but this dithering by the government is just going to create more uncertainty for local people and businesses. It’s another example of the government and Dartford’s Conservative MP letting local people down oSimon Thomsonver the crossing.
“Over the last year Gareth Johnson had the opportunity to influence the government to rule out Dartford as a potential location for the new crossing. He’s failed to do that and seems happy to see the uncertainty for Dartford drag on. I don’t believe that’s good enough from the town’s MP. I will campaign strongly against a new crossing being built here. The fact is that over a year after the consultation was launched, the prospect of another crossing at Dartford is still very much on the table and the Conservatives have done nothing to put local people’s minds at rest.
“The government should not be considering building another crossing in Dartford when we know doing so will simply cause even more congestion and pollution in our town. Instead of conveniently kicking the decision into the long grass, I’m calling for the government to end the uncertainty and rule Dartford out now”

 

Labour Leader on Dartford Council, Geoff Prout, commented:
“It’s short-sighted of the government to use the introduction of the Dart Charge Scheme as an excuse to delay a decision on the location of a new crossing. The removal of the barriers and plazas is welcome but that will not address the problem of future capacity in our road network, nor deliver the economic growth that building a crossing further east will. That’s the real issue the government needs to tackle. It’s clear that Dartford cannot support another crossing, and the continued threat that the government may build one here is bad for both.

Delay to crossing decision - criticism

Simon Thomson, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Dartford, has criticised the announcement from the government that a decision on the location of new Lower Thames Crossing is now been further delayed....

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