Our patient, determined campaigning against further privatisation in our local NHS over the last year has finally succeeded. In a dramatic climbdown councillors on Cornwall Council's Cabinet now claim they are abandoning Accountable Care altogether.
It looks as though they’re going for a much softer approach to integrating health and social care - and that there will no longer be a proposal on the agenda for the Cabinet meeting on 28th March for any change to a single organisation managing a single budget.
Huge well done to all those, in our party, in the unions, campaign organisations, and among the general public, who wrote letters, signed petitions, leafleted, made our feelings known at consultation events, gave evidence to the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, marched through Liskeard, and stood outside council meetings in the rain and wind waving placards. All those things, over time, add up - and prove that we can effect massive change even without being in power. The techniques of broad-based grassroots campaigning work - because local councillors, no matter how much pressure is put on them, are accountable to the voters, and when we can convince enough of the electorate, they have to listen.
There is still a long way to go to reverse the cuts and privatisation which are already bleeding the life out of our precious NHS. We call on Cornwall Council and the health organisations in Cornwall to now halt their plans to close local facilities and reduce access to treatment, and instead throw their weight behind our demands for full funding and an end to expensive private provision, until all communities can get the access to health and social care they need.
Thanks to Steve Wilkinson of Tamar Valley Labour for the picture.
Our patient, determined campaigning against further privatisation in our local NHS over the last year has finally succeeded. In a dramatic climbdown councillors on Cornwall Council's Cabinet now claim they...
For the second time in recent years, the doctor’s surgery in the village of Millbrook is under threat!
On Monday the 15th January, the Rame & Torpoint Branch of South East Cornwall CLP hosted an incredibly busy public meeting to try and help alleviate the concerns of residents of this thriving village at the edge of the constituency. The meeting was attended by all walks of Millbrook life and was a positive and friendly meeting, helping to bring the community together and focus energies on doing the best thing for the village and its residents in regard to our health care provisions.
Richard Clarke, Chair of Rame & Torpoint Branch Labour Party, reported:
“For the second time in as many years Millbrook Surgery is facing an uncertain future. The Rame & Torpoint Labour branch was contacted by local people who wanted to hear the facts rather than the rumours. We therefore organised a public meeting inviting speakers who would be able to inform local residents of the current situation. Once we received confirmation that NHS England and George Trubody would attend, our members came together to hand deliver flyers to all residents of Millbrook.
We recognise that regardless of political affiliations this is a matter of great importance to our community and while we are members of the Labour party, we are members of this community first. Unfortunately, we were informed the day before the meeting that NHS England were no longer willing to send a representative, and our local Cornwall Councillor, George Trubody would not attend.
It was great to see a packed hall despite the terrible weather. Residents expressed that they were “disgusted” and “appalled” that the NHS, as well as our local Council representatives, were not coming to address their concerns. The mood of the room was positive, and many felt reassured to be given a forum to air their views and ask questions, which were noted down to forward to NHS England. Statements were read out from NHS England and The Rame Group Practice, as well as the relevant comments regarding the surgery from the previous Parish Council meeting. The room was also advised by a member of the public that the NHS were currently unable to purchase the Surgery because Dr Scaglioni, who is the Landlord and used to run the practice, has set the asking price 30% higher than that of the valuation.
Despite the lack of representation from the NHS those attending were able to make recommendations for further action and those attending were invited to leave their contact details, so we can keep them up to date on our progress. We were pleased to note that news of this meeting forced Mrs Murray to issue an update about the Surgery’s future, which failed to address any of the concerns raised at the meeting. Rest assured Rame & Torpoint Labour are pursuing The Rame Group Practice and NHS England for cast iron guarantees that Millbrook won’t lose its Surgery.”
For the second time in recent years, the doctor’s surgery in the village of Millbrook is under threat! On Monday the 15th January, the Rame & Torpoint Branch of South...
Our constituency Chair, Ruth Wilson, passed away from cancer on 17th January. Up until the very end, Ruth was still thinking and caring about the local party, and only a few weeks before her death, she wrote down her vision for SE Cornwall Labour.
Ruth was surrounded by love and kindness in her last moments as was her wish, she left us peacefully and pain free. Details about her funeral, to be held on 27th January, can be found on our facebook page.
At our Executive meeting on 15th January, we adopted Ruth's vision as the guiding principles we want to try and follow in our leadership of the local party. We're now circulating it among our members, and will be presenting it to the full Constituency Labour Party (CLP) meeting in March.
So my VISION is close to Jeremy Corbyn's, I believe.
* we are a member-led constituency, with every member feeling they have something unique to offer, their skills recognised and effectively utilised;
* the branches are the building blocks of the party; branch members will be encouraged and supported to campaign on issues of importance in their community;
* a confident member-led CLP will support and strengthen branches, maintaining the agreed overall strategic direction of the constituency;
* the CLP will actively campaign on constituency-wide and national issues, thereby becoming an important resource for constituents;
In order to achieve that, I believe we need to:
* have a membership that reflects the community in which we're based, including groups normally excluded from participation in public life;
* continually seek to draw out the skills and knowledge of our membership;
* be a visible and active resource in our communities;
* stand, support and campaign for candidates to represent Labour at all levels of government;
* ensure members are involved in decision making;
* work together as an Executive to make sure members' decisions are acted upon;
* ensure members access training, conferences, personnel and IT resources that increase their skills and effectiveness.
For me as Chair that has meant:
* supporting the development of new branches;
* working with others to identify skills, knowledge and leadership abilities in branch members and encourage people to step forward into roles that suit their abilities;
* supporting and being accessible to branch and CLP officers;
* being a visible, enthusiastic and active campaigner;
* supporting others to build and lead campaigns;
* being organised and meeting deadlines for local and national events;
* ensuring our 'public face' gives appropriate messages to the public by reviewing press articles, leaflets, etc;
* ensuring CLP meetings are timely, inclusive and participative with members having good information at their disposal.
I think as a CLP we could:
* step up our inclusion/ equalities work, as we still have some way to go there;
* improve communication between branches. This can only get better if the Exec continues to meet regularly;
* initiate internal training on a range of issues;
* improving our Internet, social media and press presence;
* build our electioneering resources.
Our constituency Chair, Ruth Wilson, passed away from cancer on 17th January. Up until the very end, Ruth was still thinking and caring about the local party, and only a...
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...