Young’s have committed to keeping the Cromer Crab factory open but could not guarantee that the 230 jobs would remain. The report is in the EDP today and mentions Labour’s rally on Saturday.
North Norfolk Labour Party were back on the streets today petitioning people in Cromer to help save the Cromer Crab Company. Moreover, the party were also delivering window stickers to shops that were petitioning people too. The petition can be signed at www.keepitcromer.co.uk.
Stephen Fry has today backed the campaign to Keep It Cromer – tweeting that he thought plans by Young’s were “inconceivable” – and asking people to sign our petition.
North Norfolk Labour Party chairman Tim Bartlett writes to the EDP explaining why the Cromer Crab Company must be saved.
North Norfolk Labour Party were today on the streets of Cromer petitioning local people to help sign up to ‘Keep It Cromer’ campaign. We are asking the owners of Cromer Crab Company – Young’s and Lion Foods – to think again about closing the factory. An online petition has today started at www.keepitcromer.co.uk with the aim of assisting the paper petition that is being placed in shops across the town.
The local Labour Party is deeply concerned about the possible closure of the Cromer Crab Company. The loss of the largest private employer in the town would have a devastating impact on the local economy and the lives of the families with members who work there. North Norfolk Labour Party are urging the parent company Youngs to keep the Cromer operation open. Whilst it recognises that the current economic environment is making things difficult for businesses, it believes that the company should also consider the wider social and economic impacts of closing and look at alternative solutions. The party condemns the coalition government for making cuts too fast and too far. “This government’s policies are tipping the country back into recession,” says Labour Party Chairman, Tim Bartlett, “At the general election the economy was growing and unemployment was falling, but the government are putting people out of work at the same time increasing VAT. That has had a detrimental impact on family spending which, as we see, then affects businesses”. The party will be calling on Norman Lamb MP to back shadow chancellor Ed Balls five point plan for growth unveiled at this week’s party conference, which includes a temporary VAT cut and tax breaks for small businesses that take on extra staff. In a sign of solidarity with the workers of Cromer Crab, the North Norfolk Labour Party have postponed a planned campaign on youth service cuts this weekend. Labour campaign organiser Sam Rushworth explains: “instead there will be…
This week North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb votes on the future of the NHS. He must choose between what is right and what is easy. If Lamb puts his constituents first and votes against the planned break up of the NHS he will have to resign from his job as government whip (responsible for pressuring Lib Dem MPs to vote for Tory policies). That would cost him nearly 30% of his £92,000 salary and lose him the power and prestige of the cabinet table. But it would be the right thing to do. If he remains loyal to the Tory-led government he would be turning the clock back on 65 years of advancement in the National Health Service. According to expert legal advice commissioned by “38 degrees” (an independent campaign group), the bill will remove the duty of the Secretary of State to provide or secure health services. The loss of this principle, which has been at the heart of the NHS since 1946, will mean there would no longer be a “national” health service. The postcode lottery will increase, and the government will no longer be accountable for the quality of health services. Expert lawyers also warn that opening the NHS to competition will remove the limit on the amount of income that NHS hospitals can earn from private services, potentially undermining the ability of the NHS to deliver essential services. There is of course another aspect Lamb must bear in mind: will his constituents forgive him if he…