• Simon Thomson selected to fight Dartford at next General Election • Thomson: “I’m here to put Dartford first”
Dartford Labour Party has this weekend selected Simon Thomson, a former BBC news journalist, to be its candidate – and the next Labour MP – for Dartford.
Mr Thomson, born and bred in North Kent, was selected at an open meeting of local Labour Party members on Saturday (5th Oct).
Speaking immediately after the meeting, Mr Thomson said, “I’m incredibly proud to have been selected to fight and win Dartford for Labour at the next election.
“Over the coming days, weeks and months, I’ll be setting out my stall as to what I will do for the constituency if
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Friday was the closing date for the consultation on the Sure Start cuts, and Labour leaders met local residents at Temple Hill to try to protect the local Centres.
Gordan Cowan, Leader of Labour Group on KCC, came up to Dartford to meet Cllr Geoff Prout and Cllr Tom Maddison at the Living Well Centre. Tom collected the petition against the planned cuts signed by local residents – several hundred signatures – and has sent it to Cllr Jenny Whittle, the Cabinet Member for Specialist Children’s Services on Kent County Council.
Labour’s key message is that vital services both for all families and very young children, but especially for those most in need and “deprived” are being clobbered by Tory Kent
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Today Waitrose has announced plans to close its Dartford branch, which employs 128 people. Reacting to the announcement, Labour’s leader in Dartford, Cllr Geoff Prout, said:
“This is yet another body blow for our once proud town centre and devastating news for those whose jobs will now be at risk. It just goes to show how fragile and premature any talk of economic recovery is round here.
“Sadly while the Tories have put all their eggs in one Tesco basket, we’ve seen the Co-op knocked down, the town dominated by betting shops and payday lenders, and Tesco’s intentions are far from certain. They may have secured planning permission but they still haven’t said when and if they will proceed
….. Continue reading Dartford Labour Party Statement on Waitrose
This week Ed Miliband set out Labour’s vision for how Britain can be better than this.
At the Labour Party conference, Ed made a series of major policy announcements which will help families and businesses across Dartford, including:
• A major house building drive that will see a million new homes built across the country. This is great news for thousands of people across Dartford who are worried about securing a decent affordable home for themselves or their family. Labour will make housing both affordable and available.
• A commitment to freeze energy bills until the start of 2017 which will help everyone in Dartford who has been feeling the pressure of ever-increasing bills over the last
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Labour in Dartford has welcomed Thursday’s (5 September) planning approval for Tesco’s latest application to build its long-awaited town centre store. But with the development being far smaller than anything previously proposed by Tesco, Labour has called upon the Tory-run council to stop relying on the retailer to deliver the regeneration that our town desperately needs and to urgently develop a more diversified strategy.
Tesco’s latest application proposes a store that’s a mere 45 per cent of the size of the store proposed in Tesco’s previous application, approved as recently as November 2011. While the residential element of the scheme – with just 107 units – it now also modest; Tesco’s 2008 proposal envisaged over 900 residential units. While
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Dartford’s Labour councillors have called for two Children’s Centres in the borough to be saved, describing plans for cuts as “political cynicism of the highest order.”
Tory-led Kent County Council (KCC), in proposals announced earlier this month (4 July 2013), plans to close Maypole Children’s Centre and halve the hours of the centre at Temple Hill – despite the latter being in one of the most deprived areas in the county. Plans to cut the centres come just two months after an election campaign during which the KCC Tory Cabinet Member responsible, Cllr. Jenny Whittle, said, “there are no plans to close any children’s centres.”
“In the ward I represent, on Temple Hill, one in three children live in poverty,
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Labour in Dartford has told the government that they must drop any plans to build another river crossing here in Dartford.
In responding to the government’s consultation exercise on location options for a third river crossing, Labour has opposed Dartford as a possible site option and, instead, has come down broadly in favour of ‘option C’ in the government’s consultation document. That option would see another crossing built east of Gravesend – connecting the M2 with the A13 and the M25 between junctions 29 and 30.
Dartford has suffered enough – we don’t want another crossing in Dartford
Labour says that another river crossing in Dartford would be a disaster for the town. The air pollution and congestion caused
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This week Tesco has finally submitted the long awaited revised planning application for a new store and residential development in Lowfield Street.
Dartford Labour Party welcomes the fact a new application has come forward, however we do question why it has taken so long. To try and speed things up and put pressure on Tesco, we’ve worked alongside Cllr Kite and his colleagues in recent months in the best interests of the town and agree Tesco have taken long enough.
But it doesn’t change the fact that this delay has happened on Cllr Kite’s watch, and after all this time we’ve now got a far less ambitious – and frankly uninspiring scheme – that won’t deliver anywhere like the original
….. Continue reading Dartford Labour Party Statement on Tesco
Following his convincing victory in the Newtown by-election last Thursday (27 June), newly elected councillor, Dave Baker, has been out in his ward, meeting residents – but also thanking them for their support.
Newly elected borough councillor for Newtown, Dave Baker
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Newtown for the support that many of you gave me when I was elected on the 27th June as your Borough Councillor,” said Cllr. Baker in a letter to all Newtown residents. “I am looking forward to working with residents and groups in the area to help improve local facilities, so please keep me informed of your concerns and I will do my best to make
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With just days left before voters go to the polls to elect a new councillor for Newtown, Labour’s campaign team were out in force in the ward again today (Saturday 22 June) – knocking on doors with Dave Baker, Labour’s councillor candidate for the ward.
Labour’s campaign team in Newtown
“We’re getting a great response on the doorstep,” said Dave Baker. “Residents are clearly fed up with a Tory council that’s doing Newtown no favours, and with ineffective local Tory councillors.”