Coast and Country: Have your say about life in South Devon

Authored by Phillip Buchan

Rural and coastal communities, such as towns and villages across South Devon, face a number of unique problems that are often misunderstood by the politicians in London who set national policy. The results of recent local elections demonstrated that the deep divisions highlighted by the European referendum continue to exist, with clear voting differences and political deadlock between urban...

Coast and Country: Have your say

Rural and coastal communities face a number of unique problems that are often misunderstood by the politicians in London who set national policy. ‘Coast and Country: Have your Say’ is a free public meeting, giving you an opportunity to share your concerns about the challenges of living in rural and coastal South West Devon and beyond. Following your participation in themed discussions, our expert panel will hear and respond to the issues you raise. The panel includes politicians and researchers who are experienced in marine, coastal and rural policy.

The outcomes of the meeting...

Labour announce candidate for Devon & Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner role

Authored by Mary

Labour South West has announced today that the Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate in Devon and Cornwall will be Gareth Derrick.

The announcement of the candidate follows a selection process during which shortlisted candidates were subject to a ballot by local party members.

Gareth is a former Naval Commander and has experience of working in the Navy at several senior...

A&E crisis hits Derriford

Authored by News Desk

Across England, more than 30,000 patients each week now wait too long to be seen in local A&E departments – an increase of more than 50 per cent on the same period last year. In Derriford Hospital, this figure is at 54%.

For the first time, Labour Party analysis of official NHS England data names the A&E departments where performance deteriorated most significantly in the last...

Labour to deliver new trains for Great Western line

Authored by Mary

Labour has today announced that the south west will get new trains on the Great Western line between Penzance and London Paddington if Labour wins the General Election.

On a visit to Plymouth Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Michael Dugher, said he would take a decision on new trains on day one of Labour being in power.

The new franchise for the Great Western Line...

Labour unveils plan to improve Plymouth schools

Authored by News Desk

Labour have today launched plans to improve primary schools in Plymouth by capping class sizes, this follows a new report which shows that the number of infant pupils in large classes in Plymouth has jumped by 600% since the Conservatives took government.

In 2010 the Conservatives scrapped Labour’s policy to cap infant class sizes at 30 pupils. The proportion of class sizes bigger...

Veteran councillor to retire

Authored by George Dawson

Labour stalwart Councillor Jean Nelder is to retire as a Plymouth City Councillor after 28 years of public services to residents in the Sutton and Mount Gould area of Plymouth.

Cllr Nelder was first elected for the Sutton ward in 1987 and will have served as a City Councillor for an uninterrupted 28 years when her last term ends in May 2015.

Cllr Nelder was the first ever...

MP warns of air pollution risk to health

Authored by News Desk

Alison Seabeck MP has welcomed Labour’s commitment to protect people’s right to breathe clean air. Ms Seabeck has spoken out against the government’s inaction on air quality and welcomed the announcement that a Labour government will deliver a national framework for Low Emissions Zones.

Ms Seabeck said: “Air pollution causes 96 early deaths each year in Plymouth and 29,000 nationally...

Labour pledge to bring back Minister for the South West

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The Labour Party has revealed plans to appoint a new Minister for the South West to support regional growth, if elected in 2015.

The plans revealed earlier today in a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) by Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, Michael Dugher, could see ministers appointed in each of nine regions.

A previous system of regional...


Labour promises more jobs and homes in election manifesto

Authored by Sarah Parker

Plymouth Labour Party has released its 2014 City Council election manifesto with the promise to help create "more home and more jobs."

Cllr Tudor Evans, Labour Leader of the City Council said: "It has been 24 months since Labour made 100 pledges in our last manifesto. I am pleased to say that a Labour Council has delivered 99 of those 100 pledges and we still working on the last one...