Labour Fights Fracking – Jack Ashton

Jack Ashton, Labour’s Candidate for Malton Ward writes “Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing not only our nation, but the entire world.

The work that Frack Free United is doing must be applauded and we must seize this opportunity to continue the fight here. As a Labour candidate I am proud to fight fracking, a needless and polluting venture.”

“Since becoming a father, the environment has become all the more important to me. It means growing up in good health for my daughter now and the inheritance of a sustainable world for her future.

The area I grew up in was one of farming, tourism and countryside. I want to offer my daughter the same opportunities I had.”

Read more about Frack Free United here: Frack Free Press Release

Labour listens to local residents

On Saturday 10th November I, along with fellow Thirsk and Malton Labour activists, held a street stall on Malton marketplace. It was brilliant sunshine for the entire 6 hours we were there, and we spoke to a large number of people about the issues that matter to them locally as well as challenging the lie that Theresa May continues to repeat, “of an end to austerity”. If austerity is over then why are schools still facing huge budget cuts?

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We went out with one simple question “What could Labour do to help make Malton and Thirsk better?” with a particular emphasis on what we can do for Ryedale. The district council elections are now less than 6 months away after all, and we are passionate to ensure that our manifesto will address the real needs of local people.

We got some really fantastic ideas about things that matter hugely to local people. Almost everyone we talked to said fracking was one of their biggest concerns. Labour will ban fracking nationally but Ryedale cannot wait till a general election! Any councillors we get in May will fight fracking, and continue the work that Thirsk and Malton Labour has done in the past to oppose the development at Kirby Misperton.

Another major issue was the roads in and around Malton and transport, roads and paths between the villages and towns in Ryedale, the lack of cycle lanes and the dangerous railway crossing between Malton and Norton. This clearly needs some serious work and Labour are ready to put in the time and effort for Ryedale and fix these issues.

Lastly, and possibly most importantly in my mind, the issues of access to local councillors, accountability and honesty were raised. This goes to the heart of any local democracy.  I heard too many times on Saturday that people cannot get to see their district councillors, that they don’t answer questions and that they only ever see them when its election time. I promise you now, all wards that elect a Labour district councillor in Ryedale will see weekly Labour surgeries and ward walks so that you can always access us, hold us to account, and raise issues that affect you throughout the year. Not just when it’s time to vote.

Labour is committed to making a real difference on things that really matter to the people of Ryedale!

If there is anything you would like to see on Labour’s Ryedale District Council manifesto 2019 please comment on this post or email me at:
jack.ashton@thirskandmaltonlabour.uk

Len Simpson, Why I’ve Joined Twitter

In many ways, social media does not interest me. Some of my reservations are to do with my age and era. Do I really want to learn new skills just so I can involve myself in so much trivia?  Some of it is so offensive, intolerant, and divisive that I want nothing to do with it.

Occasionally, I will look at my wife’s, Marion’s, facebook page, to keep up with some distant relatives and mutual friends.

Then, along came Bryan Barrett. A chance meeting over a football match in the local pub has led to an increasingly committed awareness of what it means to be a socialist

A lifelong commitment to the Labour Party is turning into something much more tangible.

Wherever I have lived, in three completely different geographical parts of the country, I have had to accept complete Tory dominance. When we moved to Norton just three years ago, I was dismayed to discover that this was yet another bastion of callous Toryism. Put a blue rosette round a pig’s neck, and it would win a seat in Parliament.

But now, something is stirring. People from all walks of life are beginning to see that austerity is/was not a necessity; it is a political decision, driven by Tory ideology which always favours the rich at the expense of the poor.

And real people are really suffering, particularly those not lucky enough to be born in the late 40s, early 50s.

Tory policies are increasingly being questioned. Complacent, comfortable MPs like Kevin Hollinrake are finally being held to account, to justify their lack of genuine involvement with their constituents.

And though I am just a novice, I am beginning to realise that Twitter can be a powerful weapon to bring together those of us who seek genuine social change, by shining a light on cruel and unnecessary Tory policies.

At a branch meeting I attended last night, 15 people of widely different ages and life experiences met with renewed hope and enthusiasm for a better future for the many – not the few. Several were there as a direct result of their involvement with Twitter.

Something is stirring;  watch this space….

Len Simpson
#tandmclp Member
Born April 1947

 

Campaign Day: 10th November 2018

Come and join us handing out leaflets and chatting to shoppers about how the Labour Party is planning to help local people and to hear views on what matters to local people.

It’s a fun and friendly day and we hope as many members as possible can support this.

Malton Market Place, 10:00 – 14:00 Saturday, November 10th

Malton Market Place

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