Roger Pepworth will be Labour’s candidate for the upcoming Dunstable Town Council by-election in Manshead ward brought about by Desmond Moffatt’s ejection for non-attendance.
Roger, the Chair of Dunstable Branch Labour Party, was unanimously selected to fight the election by a meeting of the branch held at the Beecroft Centre on 28th November.
A retired head teacher of 13 years and long-time local resident, Roger has previously served as Councillor for Manshead ward, narrowly missing out on re-election in 2015. He also served 4 years as Chair of Governors at the ward's St Augustine's Primary School.
Roger says, “I’m keen to get back on the job, so I can work for the people of the ward in which I live, to offer a real and positive alternative to the complacent, smug and failing council that we now have, and to try to bring life back into our once-thriving market town.”
Constituency Labour Party Secretary Phil Crooks welcomed Roger’s selection: “That this by-election is taking place at all is an indictment of Tory neglect of the people of Manshead ward. The cost of staging it shows up Tory claims to represent good value for local voters’ money as the empty rhetoric they are. Manshead deserves a town councillor like Roger, committed to fighting for their interests every day instead of ignoring them.”
Roger Pepworth will be Labour’s candidate for the upcoming Dunstable Town Council by-election in Manshead ward brought about by Desmond Moffatt’s ejection for non-attendance. Roger, the Chair of Dunstable...
Hello everyone. My name is Phil Crooks, and as of our October meeting I'm the new Secretary of South West Bedfordshire CLP.
I'm from Leighton Buzzard and I was our CLP's delegate to this year's Conference. For the last two and a half years I've been the acting Trade Union Liaison Officer for South West Beds, and in my day job I'm an Usdaw shop steward and branch officer. Certainly I know how to keep myself busy! It's been striking to me just how much goes into keeping the CLP running behind the scenes, so I can't praise Mike and Marko highly enough for their hard work keeping the operation running effectively. I hope that I can carry on in their stellar example.
Having properly introduced myself, I want to tell you about what's going here on this website. Of late it's not received the attention I'd like to have been able to give it for a variety of reasons. Over the next few weeks, the plan is for that to change. I will be looking to rebuild the website from the ground up, to make it a better tool to help us do what we're all here to do -- hold the Tories to account, spread our vision for Britain, and put Labour into government. Obviously that's going to take some time to do.
So, for the moment, this website is officially under construction. There will be more frequent news updates through our Facebook pages for the CLP as a whole, Leighton-Linslade and Dunstable & Houghton Regis branches, and our youth section in Chiltern Young Labour. Thanks for bearing with us as we get to grips with this. I'm very much looking forward to showing you our work here when it's done!
Hello everyone. My name is Phil Crooks, and as of our October meeting I'm the new Secretary of South West Bedfordshire CLP. I'm from Leighton Buzzard and I was our...
Budget cuts to Bedfordshire Police are now threatening children’s safety from reckless road users. Houghton Regis Town Councillor Tim Welch reports:
“On Monday 9th I picked up my sons from Queensbury School at the end of the day. As I was waiting in my car, a motorbike with two young male riders rode up very close behind me, mounted the kerb and rode up the pavement, nearly colliding with several members of the public. A second bike then followed, with another two male riders.
“When I called the police they told me that they had already had many reports of these riders. Later on, as I was speaking with Queensbury’s principal on the roadside, the bikes passed by on the pavement again, narrowly missing children. At the same time a police patrol car passed the school, without stopping to assess the situation or apprehend the dangerous riders. I phoned the police again while the principal kept watch, and was told that this was not considered urgent and that no officer was available to patrol the area surrounding the school.
“Bedfordshire Chief Constable Boucher has already told us that budget cuts have left the police without the resources they need to protect Bedfordshire’s citizens -- budget cuts that the Tories have imposed in the name of austerity. Now it seems that our police are so badly starved of resources that even reckless riders endangering our children can’t be considered an urgent matter. Will it take children’s deaths to compel the Tories to give our police the funding they need to protect our communities?”
Budget cuts to Bedfordshire Police are now threatening children’s safety from reckless road users. Houghton Regis Town Councillor Tim Welch reports: “On Monday 9th I picked up my sons...
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