I am humbled to have been selected as Copeland Labour Party's parliamentary candidate. I would like to thank everyone on my campaign team and all my supporters who helped during my campaign. I would also like to thank all the other candidates for running. It takes a lot to put yourself out there as a candidate. I would like to send my very best to them.
As I said during my campaign, I am going to be a candidate that: takes the fight to the Tories, does everything I can to re-energise the party, welcomes all members (old, new and dormant) to the party and party events, encourages us all to unite behind the manifesto, the values of the manifesto, and the leadership.
Thank you everyone.
Today – on International Nurses Day – we say a huge thank you to the nurses who work tirelessly to care for their patients.
In power, Labour will re-introduce n...ursing bursaries and will give the NHS the proper funding it needs.
Here's our promise to you → labour.org.uk/manifesto/healthcare-for-all
Which MP just voted for more NHS cuts?
Our very own "NHS defender" Trudy Harrison.
This time she voted for cuts to student nursing bursaries further worsening the crisis of recruitment in our NHS....
Our Conservative MP is voting for the very causes of the NHS crisis.
She had a choice. Yet she failed the people of Copeland yet again.
And what do nurses say?
Prior to the vote in Parliament, Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said:
"Ministers should think very carefully before risking a further drop [of nurses] at a time when our health and social care system is desperately short of nurses.
This is the quickest way to train top-quality registered nurses and should be expanded, not cut off. The current shortage of nurses is jeopardising safe and effective patient care and the Government urgently needs to encourage more people to enter the profession.”
Unless we invest in our own defence industry it will wither and it's reinstatement will cost much more
We have a proud tradition of shipbuilding in the UK. The Conservatives are trashing this by offering this work to overseas companies.
Labour will keep this work here, securing thousands of jobs and supporting UK industries.
The last Labour manifesto was committed to: proper funding for our schools, an end to the expansion of academies, and bringing academies back under local community control.
In contrast to this the Conservative 2017 manifesto called for hundreds of new academies to be created, and to this day our schools are still being underfunded by the government.
If I become Copeland's MP I will support: proper funding for our schools, an end to the creation of new academies and the transf...er of already established academies into local democratic control.
Academies represent the marketisation of our education system, and they often lead to poor management by inappropriate organisations outside of local people's control to the detriment of students, parents and teachers.
As Trudy Harrison attends a carefully choreographed photo opportunity outside the Whitehaven Academy, it's important for us to look beyond the spin of the Conservative PR machine and look at the root causes of the problems at the school. Alongside the troubled Bright Tribe (mis)management of this academy, an additional root cause of the problems is underfunding of our education system by this Conservative Government of which our Copeland MP is an enthusiastic participant and ...supporter.
And we can expect more of the same looking into the future.
According to https://schoolcuts.org.uk, due to Conservative education cuts "the Whitehaven Academy faces a real-terms cut of £48,116 and a per-pupil cut of £94 under the Government's education funding plans." This is on top of years and years of budget cuts already imposed by the Tories.
I hope Trudy Harrison's interest in local schools will soon be reflected in her actions at Westminster.
Labour achieved a solid set of results in the local elections.
We have consolidated and built on the advances we made at last year’s General Election, when we w...on the largest increase in Labour’s share of the vote since 1945.
In these elections we have won seats across England in places we have never held before. We won Plymouth from the Tories, who lost control of Trafford, their flagship northern council.
Labour has won even more council seats than at our high watermark of 2014 and we are on course to secure our best results in London since 1971.
Last year Labour showed the difference we can make in a full national campaign. This year our members and supporters campaigned in impressive numbers. And their energy, talent and enthusiasm will continue to take Labour’s message of real change to communities across the whole country.
In a sign of how worried they are about Labour’s advance, the Tories talked up our chances to unrealistic levels, especially in London. The results show they're right to be worried - we came within a whisker of winning Wandsworth for the first time in over 40 years.
The Labour Party is now well placed to fight and win the next General Election - and form a government that will work for the many, not the few.
Copeland isn't having local elections today. But if you know someone in a part of the country that is - like Carlisle or South Lakeland - remind them to vote Labour! #ForTheMany Hats off to Copeland Labour Party members Carl and Paul for their eloquent words in this latest Labour Party broadcast.
Double attack by the Conservatives on the NHS. At the West Cumberland Hospital specialties dwindle due to underfunding and poor recruitment. Yet Theresa May blocks foreign doctors from filling that gap.
Happy International Workers' Day.
United we stand. Divided we fall. As trade unionists, as a Labour Party, as a movement.
Sending my support today to the McDonald workers currently on strike for better pay and conditions.
We must invest in the future of nuclear power and I am publicly calling for this Conservative government to take a financial stake in Moorside right now, to secure its future by effectively underwriting it’s build to completion. The Government and Conservative Party must become reluctant converts to reality. The reality being that only central government funding will secure the future of the nuclear industry on the West Coast.
As the plans to move acute stroke services from Whitehaven to Carlisle move closer to reality is our Conservative MP Trudy Harrison going to support the local community and oppose this undermining of West Cumberland Hospital? Is she, like Labour MP for Workington Sue Hayman, going to stand up to Jeremy Hunt and defend our NHS? Has Trudy Harrison ever voted against the Tory cuts in parliament ravaging our NHS, cuts which are every day threatening the West Cumberland Hospital we so desperately need?
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt needs to listen to local concerns regarding the plans to centralise acute stroke services for Cumbria in Carlisle. There is a real danger the increased journey times to Carlisle will put patients at risk. If these plans go ahead, they will further weaken the long term prospects of a fully resourced West Cumberland Hospital with a proper range of skills and services to serve local people. #WestCumberlandHospital
I'm calling on the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to halt plans to axe stroke services in West Cumbria after a senior consultant admitted that some patients may... not get treatment in time if they have to go 40 miles to Carlisle.
I have written to Mr Hunt, calling on him to intervene to stop plans by NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group to end acute stroke services at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven and centralise them at a new unit at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.
I'm demanding action following a television interview last week in which consultant stroke physician Dr Paul Davies admitted that some stroke victims would not get potentially life-saving treatment within the critical 4-hour period following a stroke, if they had to be taken from West Cumbria to Carlisle.
This really is a matter of life and death. It is totally unacceptable to put the lives of West Cumbrians at risk by removing stroke services from their local hospital and telling them to go to Carlisle for treatment.
I and local people have been telling NHS North Cumbria for months that it often takes well over an hour to make the 40-mile trip up the single-carriageway A595, and now a consultant has admitted that some people won’t make it in time.
A core principle of the NHS is that it should be available to people based on need, not on their postcode, so I am calling on the Health Secretary to act now before people lose their lives.
Mirehouse yesterday: Local resident Ray Graham chatting about community concerns with Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Copeland Tony Lywood and County Councillor Mike Hawkins. It is the local community, not vested corporate interests or big business, that is our party's strength and inspiration. We will continue to reach out to the people of Copeland to listen to their concerns and share with them our vision for Copeland and the country. A vision #ForTheManyNotTheFew