Over 150 NHS supporters took to the streets in Liskeard this morning to protest about the failure of the Tory Government to address the NHS funding crisis in Cornwall. Marchers congregated just a few doors down from Tory MP Sheryll Murray's office, where over 300 letters calling for an end to Tory underfunding of the NHS in Cornwall were hand delivered.
The rally was addressed by speakers including a recently retired GP, a health worker, a UNISON Rep and the Chair of Rame & Torpoint Labour group, Rich Clarke. They each stated that “only under a Labour government” would the NHS be in safe hands.
Jan Macfarlane, a former GP, raised concerns about the move to transform Cornwall NHS into an Accountable Care Organisation (ACO) – an issue that the Labour Party have demanded be the subject of an emergency debate in Parliament. There are concerns that becoming an ACO would mean a reduction in patient services and wholesale privatisation of the NHS.
The campaign has only just begun, and Cornwall Labour NHS Campaign Group’s next step will be demanding that, prior to implementation, the ACO should be discussed by a full Cornwall Council Meeting rather than be approved by a scrutiny committee composed of only 6 councillors’.
The rally came to an end on a high note, with local folk singer, Eddie Farrell, whose songs included calling for more effective measures to combat tax avoidance to better fund the NHS and the very apt “where’s Sheryll” – who was not there to receive the 350+ letters from concerned constituents that were delivered.and Torpoint Labour Group, Rich Clarke. They each stated that "only under a Labour Government" would the NHS be in safe hands.
For more pictures and videos, and press reports on the march, see Rame and Torpoint Branch
Over 150 NHS supporters took to the streets in Liskeard this morning to protest about the failure of the Tory Government to address the NHS funding crisis in Cornwall....
Please join Rame and Torpoint BLP in marching on the 9th December 2017 in Liskeard to deliver to our MP, Mrs Sheryll Murray, hundreds of letters expressing our concern over the catastrophic underfunding that the NHS is suffering at the hands of this Conservative government.
We will meet in the Cattle Market car park at 10am and march together to Mrs Murray's office where we will deliver our letters, listen to speakers, and hopefully hear a response to our concerns.
The damage to the NHS affects everyone, please spread the word and let's make this a march that makes our MP start fighting for our communities!
Contact us for a copy if you haven't yet signed the letter, please print and bring with you, print copies for your neighbours and bring them as well ... this is about more than Labour supporters, we need to save our NHS!
If you feel you could help make noise, please bring instruments (drums, trumpets) along to be as loud as possible!
Please do contact me if you have any questions, on email@example.com
Please join Rame and Torpoint BLP in marching on the 9th December 2017 in Liskeard to deliver to our MP, Mrs Sheryll Murray, hundreds of letters expressing our concern...
Low pay is a huge issue in Cornwall. Let's make our voices heard calling for fair pay for all on Saturday 21st October. The event, organised by Cornwall Trades Council and the South-West TUC, will include stalls, music and speakers, and takes place in Lemon Quay in the centre of Truro (more details here).
It promises to be a great event for all the family, with people coming from all around Cornwall. We're making Labour placards to carry, and feel free to make your own, and bring whistles, drums etc to make some noise! There will a short march, beginning and ending from Lemon Quay, with speeches from a variety of different speakers beforehand and again at the end (including the inspiring Frances O'Grady, General Secretary of the TUC), as well as music from local bands including our own Eddie Farrell.
We will be travelling as a group to take advantage of group-save travel (one-third off tickets) - if you'd like to join us please come to Liskeard station for 10am. The train times are:
St Germans: 10.08am
Low pay is a huge issue in Cornwall. Let's make our voices heard calling for fair pay for all on Saturday 21st October. The event, organised by Cornwall Trades...
How incredibly heartening it is to spend three days at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival! Especially if, like me, you’ve ever asked yourself whether Labour can really make a difference in a rural constituency like South-East Cornwall. Don’t movements for change only ever begin in crowded urban areas? And yet the trade unions name this tiny Dorset village their ‘roots’... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE>>
How incredibly heartening it is to spend three days at the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival! Especially if, like me, you’ve ever asked yourself whether Labour can really make a difference in...
ALFIE HILLSON is our committed and active Youth Officer, eager to campaign with other young people around the issues affecting them.
Young people have been particularly under the cosh under the Tories austerity programme and we are delighted to be taking this work forward.
Young people made a fantastic difference in this year's elections and SE Cornwall CLP looks forward to welcoming many more into our social movement at this exciting and crucial time.
Check out the Facebook page here
ALFIE HILLSON is our committed and active Youth Officer, eager to campaign with other young people around the issues affecting them. Young people have been particularly under the cosh...
The gap is closing not just here in South East Cornwall but nationally. Would you like to do your bit and help the campaign? Every little helps. Find out about leafleting opportunities on Gareth's Facebook page here. It's not too late to display a poster in your window. If you would like one, contact us.
The gap is closing not just here in South East Cornwall but nationally. Would you like to do your bit and help the campaign? Every little helps. Find out about... Read more
After the shock announcement of the general election we are gearing up to give Sheryll Murray and run for her money and show that the Labour Party is now a force to be reckoned with in South East Cornwall. Our candidate is Gareth Derrick who came within 1% of winning a shock victory in the Police and Crime Commissioner election last year. We can repeat that success.
Gareth Derrick chatting with constituents outside The Drill Hall, Lostwithiel
To do that we need YOUR help.
We have a series of events planned around the constituency, please come along and show your support. If you can wear something red that would be even better!
Tuesday 16th May come and help leaflet in Darite. Meet at the village hall opposite the school at 6pm. This will be followed by a campaign meeting starting at 7.30pm. Come to one or both - you will be very welcome.
Wednesday 17th May we will be in Looe taking to people about fishing, tourism, health and housing. Meet at the Quay car park 10am.
Friday 19th May meet in Sainsburys car park Torpoint at 11am to talk to shoppers followed by leafleting.
Saturday 20th May join us in Saltash for a street stall in Fore Street where we will meet at 11am. Leafleting afterwards from 2-4pm.
Monday 22nd May meet outside Liskeard Post Office at 2.30pm to go leafleting. Later the same day we will be in Pensilva from 5.30pm until 7pm canvassing. Meet outside Kenwyn - The Growing Project.
PLUS!!! DON't MISS...
At 7.30pm on 22nd May join us at Sterts Theatre for Stand Up for Labour - an evening of music and comedy. Click here for details.
Keep up with all events in the campaign by checking for our emails every Monday and Thursday during the campaign or look for updates on the website.
You can also see what Gareth has been up to and what events are planned by clicking here.
We need all the help we can get in all kinds of ways. Let us know if you can help with any of the following in addition to the events above:
- Put a poster in your window
- Put a Vote Labour board in your garden
- Leafleting your street
- Canvassing (don’t worry if you’ve never done it before, we’ll pair you up with experts. It actually good fun!)
All this activity costs money. Please help us by donating whatever you can afford - every pound helps us gain votes. Click the Donate button on this website. Alternatively send a cheque to 6 Dean Terrace, Liskeard PL14 4HG.
Please also sign up for the 500 Club. For as little as £1 per month you could win a cash prize and help us raise funds too. A 500 cub is like a private lottery. It is only open to members and supporters of the Labour Party in South East Cornwall. There are up to 500 numbers in each month's draw. Each number costs £1 per month by standing order. Members keep the same number each moth. You can buy as many numbers as you wish e.g. 20 numbers for £20 per month. The administrator allocates numbers to players based on their standing order. There is a draw every month with three prizes of £100, £50 and £25 if all numbers are sold. (Alternatively prizes will be based on 35% of the value of numbers sold.) For numbers to be eligible for the draw, payment must have been received into the CLP bank account for that month.
If you would like to participate in the Club:
Email Paul Sheridan: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Martin Menear, Secretary SE Cornwall CLP by emailing email@example.com or by post to 6 Dean Terrace, Liskeard PL14 4HG.
Please then set up a standing order £1 for every number you wish to purchase) to:
SE Cornwall CLP 500 Club Unity Trust Bank, Sort Code 60 83 01 Account No. 20356679.
Please join in - even £1 per month will help us beat the Tories.
The Tory government is disastrous for South East Cornwall - help us change that.
After the shock announcement of the general election we are gearing up to give Sheryll Murray and run for her money and show that the Labour Party is now a...
MEET THE LABOUR CANDIDATES
TYLER BENNETTS - Liskeard West and Dobwalls
I have lived in or close to Liskeard all my life. I went to school at Trewidland as a junior and Liskeard as a senior. After working in retail for many years, in 1999 I decided to do something more people-focused. I studied for a diploma in counselling at Plymouth College, and volunteered for a youth project. I then worked with people with dependency issues.
In 2007 I began working for Cornwall Council. My role there was to improve the level of care supplied by the caring sector. I saw both ends of the spectrum; highly motivated caring people who worked hard to support the most vulnerable in our society, and organisations driven more by profit than the need to provide care.
Liskeard is only forty miles from Truro but sometimes it might as well be a million. We need strong and dogged representation in County Hall and I’m prepared to enter the fray on behalf of our communities.
I am married, with two dogs. I volunteer for the ECHO Centre in Liskeard. I am also a co-opted and enthusiastic Liskeard Town Councillor and am standing again for the town council.
I’ve fought for vulnerable people for ten years, and if I am elected I am sure I can make a real difference to our lives here in Cornwall. Cornwall deserves to thrive: help me to make that happen for everyone. I am determined to see that no-one gets left behind.
KERRY CASSIDY - Liskeard North
I grew up locally, attending Upton Cross Primary, comprehensive school in Callington and college in Saltash. My son attends nursery at 'Bumbles B' and will be starting school this coming September.
I am a single parent and working mother living in council-owned housing so feel well-placed to represent the views of the majority of people living in Liskeard.
I have worked for Great Western Railway as a train driver since 2009,
and am a trade union representative, so I know how important affordable transport is to local people. I am passionate about education, transport, social care and the NHS.
GRAHAM FOX - Callington
I live in Callington with my wife & am proud to call it my home. If elected I will work as a councillor for the benefit of the local community.
Tel. 01579 641238
DOROTHY KIRK - Gunnislake and Calstock
A Cornwall councillor since 2013, I have served my community & earned their trust as their Labour councillor protecting & working for their interests & environment.
MARTIN MENEAR - St Cleer
Proud Cornishman & public servant all of my life. As a school governor & town councillor in Liskeard I saw the impact of Conservative cuts & I will campaign to restore funding.
SUSAN SHAND - Liskeard East
I have lived in Liskeard for eighteen years. Three of my children attended school here, and I am active in the community as a Liskerrett Community Centre Trustee and volunteer, a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Team, and in supporting various other community initiatives.
As an ex-Nurse and the mother of a disabled young adult I am very concerned by the cuts in funding the NHS and other essential services, and to school budgets.
If elected I will be an active Councillor working for the benefit of Liskeard and its people.
ALASTAIR TINTO - St Dominick, Harrowbarrow and Kelly Bray Ward
I lived in St Dominick for 30 years. I've been in adult social care all my working life. From 1990 to 2015 I ran Fernleigh House Residential Care Home and domiciliary care service. I know the area well. I am now retired.
My campaign will be framed by my dismay at 7 years of needless austerity which has seen the welfare state shrunk to its lowest level for years. Everywhere you look, health, adult care, education, housing, welfare, services are struggling to provide even the bare minimum. If I am elected I will be particularly concerned about Cornwall's social care provision.
RUTH WILSON - Lynher Ward
STOP PRESS - Read Ruth's Huffington Post article on the Labour party and it's support for pensioners.
I am fighting this election on solid Labour policies, such as working for social justice, properly funded publicly owned and run services, protecting our NHS, decent affordable housing and free education for all.
I have been a community worker with vulnerable people for all of my working life. I currently run The Growing Project, a community garden in Pensilva. We support volunteers with a range of challenges to get involved, work together and build skill and confidence. I am passionate about communities working for everyone and can see that we are failing many in our rural Cornish villages.
There has been a cosy consensus at County Hall for long enough. By sending more Labour councillors to Truro we can start to make the changes needed to achieve a more prosperous Cornwall that works for everyone. For the first time in many many years we are standing 8 Labour candidates in SE Cornwall alone: this is reflected across the County.
I would like to hold public meetings, or talk to community groups in as many village halls as we can manage. If you are part of a community group, or can collect a group interested in hearing about Labour's plans for change, I'd be delighted to speak to them.
Check out the Moorland Labour Branch Facebook page to find out about canvassing opportunities.
MEET THE LABOUR CANDIDATES TYLER BENNETTS - Liskeard West and DobwallsI have lived in or close to Liskeard all my life. I went to school at Trewidland as a...
Want to know what Labour in Cornwall stand for?
Look at the Labour Cornwall Manifesto for 2017 Council elections here.
Want to know what Labour in Cornwall stand for? Look at the Labour Cornwall Manifesto for 2017 Council elections here.
MARCH FOR THE NHS IN TRURO
Saturday 4th March
Assemble 2.15pm at Lemon Quay and march to Truro Cathedral for a rally with speakers
TRANSPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE
Our campaigning has been having an effect. Where Cornwall councillors were refusing to commit even to a proper scrutiny of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan by a vote in full council, that has now been agreed, and many are opposing it outright. NHS funding looks set to be the biggest issue that the local election will be fought on. But we need to keep up the pressure.
Last Friday's Cornish Times reported the 'temporary' closure of St Barnabus' community hospital in Saltash and the transfer of its staff to Liskeard. The closure has not been presented as a cut, but rather a change resulting from a local recruitment crisis in Liskeard. However, the closure is ushering in the STP plans of rationalising and cost-cutting, and may indicate that the community hospital beds in Saltash are earmarked for closure.
Now is the time to stand up for our local health service and act in solidarity with campaigners from all around the country. Health Campaigns and unions in Cornwall have called a march in Truro to protest about the STP and save our local hospitals; and Labour throughout Cornwall will be supporting the march. It's the same day as the national march in London and saving the NHS will be high on the news agenda. Please come to Truro with us to march behind the SE Cornwall Labour banner!
It's been great to see how many of our members want to show care for our NHS since this campaign began; and we'd like to organise transport to Truro from this area. Can you offer a lift or will you need one? If there is enough interest we may be able to put on a bus... In any case we'll want to organise meeting up in advance so that we can march together. So please reply to this email - or contact your branch secretary - and tell us if you're planning to come.
Look forward to hearing from you,
yours in solidarity,
South-East Cornwall Constituency Labour Party
MARCH FOR THE NHS IN TRUROSaturday 4th MarchAssemble 2.15pm at Lemon Quay and march to Truro Cathedral for a rally with speakersTRANSPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE Our campaigning has been having...