With just two and a half weeks until the Waterside by-election the Liberal Democrats have finally revealed why the candidate they previously advertised in leaflets is no longer running – she’s too busy. As we previously reported, the Liberal Democrats are in disarray in north Norfolk as the councillor for the Waterside ward resigned and their selected candidate for the election pulled out at the last minute. A leaflet now reveals that Emmanuel Sheehan – who was selected by the Lib Dems – has stepped back “in order to devote her time to her fundraising role with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau” despite the party having delivered leaflets with her name on. If this hasn’t confused electors enough, the wife of the former Lib Dem councillor is running as an independent candidate, and the Tory candidate defected from the Lib Dems under a year ago. Denise Burke, Labour’s candidate for Waterside, said: “Unlike the other parties you know where you stand with me. A vote for me is a vote for Labour, and a strong voice for Waterside.” “The Conservatives have made north Norfolk a ‘no go’ zone with increases in car parking fees and cuts to bus subsidies – meaning less services and increased fares. Their next assault is on the taxi drivers. It is only Labour that is prepared to fight the Tories on these devastating proposals”. The District Council by-election in Waterside is set for Thursday April 26th.
North Norfolk Labour Party has accused the District Council of taking local taxi drivers “for a ride” as it plans new charges that will make them some of Norfolk’s most expensive. Labour claims the leading Conservative group has failed to listen to concerns of taxi drivers in the district as it plans to hike up vehicle licenses from £138.43 to £190 a year. This is over £60 more expensive than charges in South Norfolk, Norwich, and West Norfolk. Furthermore, under the proposals, a taxi driver’s license will increase from £48.82 a year to £56.00. An operator’s license for firms will also increase from £145.33 to £150, and £190 for hackney carriage operators. Denise Burke from North Norfolk Labour Party said: “Our District and County Council are making north Norfolk a “no go” zone with increased car parking fees now in place, axed bus services, as well as increased bus fares because of cuts to bus subsidies. Now they are taking the taxi drivers for a ride too.” “The Conservatives at North Norfolk District Council consulted the taxi drivers on these changes but the proposed fees rises have not changed. It’s another case of them failing to listen to the people they are meant to represent.” The proposals were approved by the licencing committee in March and will be discussed by full council on April 18th. Council Cost of a private hire / hackney vehicle license Breckland £109 West Norfolk £112 – £115 Norwich £113 – £132 South Norfolk £115 North…
North Norfolk Labour Party has today criticised the government handling of a “self-inflicted fuel crisis” which has led to uncollected bins across north Norfolk as well as an increase in petrol costs. Labour has argued that the fuel “crisis” was created solely by the government announcing mixed messages following the news of a possibility of a strike by petrol tank drivers. It led to unnecessary queues of traffic and panic buying across north Norfolk. The reaction from petrol stations in some parts of North Norfolk was an increase in the cost of fuel, causing even further pain for consumers. At Sainsbury’s in North Walsham the cost of petrol since Thursday increased by three pence. Meanwhile, North Norfolk District Council could also not explain today whengarden bin collections would resume despite it being “business as usual” for petrol stations in many parts of the district. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party said: “This self-inflicted fuel crisis was created by an out-of-touch government who have already hit the consumers hard with rising petrol costs. They have created panic across north Norfolk leading to empty pumps.” “To make matters worse for north Norfolk’s residents petrol stations have cashed in on this crisis by increasing the costs at the pumps, and bins have been left uncollected because our District Council was left unprepared.”
North Norfolk Labour Party has expressed disappointment that Holt residents have been hit harder by increased car park fees.
Denise Burke, North Norfolk Labour Party’s candidate for the Waterside by-election, has branded the election so far a “game of political musical chairs”. The saga began last year when a Liberal Democrat County Councillor in Waterside defected to the Conservatives – refusing to stand down for a by-election. He is now the Conservative candidate in the Waterside District Council by-election after the local Liberal Democrat District Councillor stood down. Since the election was called Norman Lamb’s Liberal Democrats have named two different people as their candidate. The official candidate has been nominated by the former councillor on official documents. If that wasn’t confusing enough, the wife of the former Lib Dem councillor (and a former Lib Dem candidate herself) is now running as an independent – even though her husband stepped down because he was busy with other commitments, suggesting it was nothing to do with national politics. Denise Burke, Labour’s candidate for the Waterside by-election, said: “This has turned into a game of political musical chairs for the coalition parties with nobody knowing where they stand. Unlike the other candidates, my priorities for Waterside are clear, and with Labour you know where we stand”. With four weeks to go until the Waterside by-election, who knows what twist this ConDems saga will take next. Are you from the media? All North Norfolk Labour enquiries should go to email@example.com.
North Norfolk District Council has confirmed that Denise Burke is the Labour candidate for the forthcoming District Council by-election in the Waterside ward. The paperwork was successfully submitted to North Norfolk District Council this morning, and now confirms that Denise Burke, from Happisburgh, is the local Labour candidate. Denise, who is the new chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, has already fought for improved access to local facilities and services through better public transport, reduced fares for young people, cheaper car parking in town centres and sustainable tourism. Speaking to Labour members at a selection meeting this month, Denise told Labour Party members: “This is a two horse race between Labour and the coalition parties, and I believe Labour can win in Waterside and make a real difference.” She added: “I believe in getting the best for North Norfolk’s rural and coastal communities for all those who live, work, and visit here. This will mean creating more local job opportunities for our younger and older residents, and committing to the continued protection of our local environment too.” She is no stranger to local politics having worked in local government in Peterborough and for the Mayor of London. She has led the development of many different childcare and youth schemes, and has been a chair of school governing bodies for 25 years. In her spare time she volunteers at the Happisburgh Lighthouse and sings in the Coastal Parishes Choir. Denise currently runs a social enterprise with her husband Stephen, United for…
The Government offers no alternative to rising youth unemployment figures in North Norfolk, North Norfolk Labour has claimed. Youth unemployment in North Norfolk rose by 92% over the last year, but last week’s budget did not address the dire situation for young people and jobs in the country. North Norfolk Labour Party has criticised the budget which put the emphasis on cutting corporation tax and giving a tax cut for the richest in Norfolk. The government has paid for these measures by effectively introducing a tax on pensioners – after freezing the tax-free allowance threshold that they can earn – squeezing their incomes at a time when they all face cuts to the winter fuel allowance. Denise Burke, Chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, commented: “The Government is giving a few thousand top rate taxpayers in Norfolk a tax cut at the same time as imposing a granny tax on pensioners. They have prioritised giving the richest a tax cut, but in just a few weeks hundreds of families in North Norfolk will lose out from cuts and broken promises on tax credits. On top of this, youth unemployment has risen by 92 per cent in North Norfolk. Now how can they say with a straight face ‘we are all in it together’?”
A rally was held in North Walsham today calling on North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb to rethink his stance on the government’s plans to overhaul the NHS. The event, organised by North Norfolk Labour Party, brought together opponents of the Health and Social Care Bill including health unions, health care professionals, and concerned patients in North Norfolk. Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said: “Nobody supports this bill. From the doctors, patients, or health care professionals. Even Norman Lamb’s own party failed to give their support to this bill, but our MP has continued to vote for it. We have used this rally to send a united voice to Mr Lamb”. Campaigners fear that this bill will have a huge effect on patient care as private companies are invited to takeover running services in the NHS, and believe it will create a privatised NHS. Lamb’s own party failed to give their support to this bill, but our MP has continued to vote for it. We have used this rally to send a united voice to Mr Lamb”. Between 400 and 600 postcards were signed by people in the towns of North Norfolk today – which were delivered to Norman Lamb’s office. A final vote on the Health Bill is expected on Monday.
North Norfolk Labour Party today has launched a new website calling for North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb to rethink his stance on the controversial Health Bill – which could become law in just ten days time. The concept of www.dropthenhsbill.co.uk is simple, allowing local people to send an email direct to Norman Lamb asking for him to support dropping the bill. The website also contains information regarding a rally planned for Saturday at 2pm in North Walsham, which will bring together a wide range of opponents to the bill. They include concerned local people and local doctors and health care professionals too, as well as unions and Labour party members. Over the last weekend more than 25,000 people have tweeted Lib Dem MPs, including Norman Lamb, urging them to reconsider their stance of support for the bill. This adds to the 170,000 who have signed a national ePetition calling for the bill to be dropped. Norman Lamb initially spoke out about the NHS bill last May telling the BBC: “The row over tuition fees will be nothing compared to this one if we get it wrong. The public won’t forgive us if we get it wrong.” He has, however, continued to vote for the bill claiming his concerns were no longer relevant – despite widespread opposition from health care professionals and now his own party activists. Additional information about Saturday’s ‘Drop the Bill’ rally in North Walsham market place will be made available shortly.
Dear Councillor, I am writing to you regarding Wednesday’s budget and more specifically the proposed hike in car park fees. Over the past six months the arguments against the proposed increase in car parking charges have become compelling. The increased costs all year round continue a stealth tax of the most regressive kind, and are therefore, an assault on the pockets of those that rely on parking in town centres – for example the elderly, young parents, and the disabled. The proposal has been condemned by the chamber of trades, town councils, and residents alike. Furthermore, plans to charge for car parking in the evenings have been criticised by community groups. Town councils have attacked plans to impose charges on the car parks which were previously free. Via a Freedom of Information request, North Norfolk Labour Party can now prove none of the aforementioned towns can be considered better off in the winter months. In fact of the nearly one and a half million pounds in revenue raised from the council’s car parks in 2010/11, nearly a quarter was made during the month of August alone and a negligible 3pc of revenue was taken in December. This data supports the case for a seasonal tariff, with a modest increase over part of the year offset by reductions in the quiet months. So for the local resident who parks just as frequently throughout the year, their annual parking bill could actually decrease, while the overall revenue would significantly increase. This would…