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Meet Labour's candidates for SLDC elections, May 3rd, 2018

 

Meet our candidates for SLDC

 

1918 was a milestone in the history of women, for the first time many women were able to vote. It was a huge step forward and the culmination of decades of campaigning and activism. To commemorate this historic moment, South Lakes Labour have put together a small display focusing on some of the many local suffragettes and suffragists.  The display is in Kendal Library from today until 20th May.   If you are in Kendal do pop in and have a look and meet Mary our Suffragette, and find out why she is holding a toothbrush! (No clues, you'll have to go find out for yourself!)

Labour candidates Penny Henderson (Windermere) and Hanna Burke (Kendal Rural) with the South Lakes Labour Suffragette Display in Kendal Library

Photo shows Labour candidates for SLDC Penny Henderson (Windermere Ward) and Hanna Burke (Kendal Rural Ward) with Mary the Suffragette,  after setting up the display in Kendal Library. 

Votes for Women!

1918 was a milestone in the history of women, for the first time many women were able to vote. It was a huge step forward and the culmination of decades...

Labour candidates for Kendal Town Council

Taking place on May 3rd, the same day as the district council elections, electors in Kendal will be able to vote for councillors for Kendal Town Council. 

The town council is the third, or lowest, tier of local government for Kendal. It has responsibility for providing allotments, it manages initiatives such as Mint Clean and Kendal in Bloom, and makes grants to a range of charitable, community and festival projects each year. 

There are 28 town councillors across 14 town wards, currently every seat on Kendal Town Council is occupied by a Lib Dem councillor.  We intend to change that!

Our candidates for the Kendal Town Council wards are:

Castle
Phil Atherton

Fell
Kate Tordoff, Steve Palmer

Heron Hill
Lois Sparling

Highgate
Paul Braithwaite

Kirkland
Tony Rothwell, John Bateson

Mintsfeet
Mick Downes, Tom Lynch

Nether
Helen Stafford

Oxenholme
Alison Gilchrist

Stonecross
Trevor Batchelor, Ian Law

Strickland
Jim Ring, Jo Magne

See our Facebook candidates page here: https://www.facebook.com/south.lakes.labour.council.candidates/

Labour candidates for Kendal Town Council

Taking place on May 3rd, the same day as the district council elections, electors in Kendal will be able to vote for councillors for Kendal Town Council.  The town council is the third,...

Your Labour candidates for SLDC

South Lakes Labour candidates are contesting every ward on South Lakeland District Council that falls within our constituency area. 

Ambleside & Grasmere
Mark Harrison, Joshua Gilroy

Arnside & Milnthorpe
Barry Morgan

Bowness & Levens
Charlie Whinney

Broughton & Coniston
Paul Martin

Burton & Crooklands
Paul Casson

Cartmel
Kate Random Love

Grange
Nicola Kennedy

Kendal East
Phil Atherton, Maggie Mason, Helen Stafford

Kendal North
Jim Ring, Jo Magne

Kendal South & Natland
Alison Gilchrist, Lois Sparling, Ian Law

Kendal Town
Paul Braithwaite, Mick Downes, Alison Ireland

Kendal West
Tony Rothwell, Trevor Batchelor, Kate Tordoff

Kendal Rural
Mike Hallsall, Hanna Burke

Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale
Nick Cross

Windermere
Penny Henderson

See our Facebook candidates page here: https://www.facebook.com/south.lakes.labour.council.candidates/

Labour candidates for SLDC 2018

South Lakes Labour candidates are contesting every ward on South Lakeland District Council that falls within our constituency area.  Ambleside & GrasmereMark Harrison, Joshua Gilroy Arnside & MilnthorpeBarry Morgan Bowness...

On Thursday 3rd May the whole of South Lakeland District Council is up for re-election. Currently SLDC is LibDem dominated, with 31 seats out of 51. The Tories have 16, Labour currently has just 2. This is not good for local democracy as decisions are taken with no effective opposition: e.g. the closure of the New Road car park, and the removal of the disabled parking bays from the Market Place in Kendal. 

Many people are rightly angry that the LibDem-controlled council are ignoring their voice, and of course the Tories are seeking to capitalise on this and take control of the district council. That would be just swapping one bad idea for another! We need  more Labour councillors on the district council: to give a balance, to provide checks on decision-making, and to be a voice for the people.

In this year's council election the Wards have been changed, and instead of lots of smaller Wards as previously there are now 18 larger ones, most of which will elect three councillors, the remaining ones will elect two councillors. 

We are asking you to vote with your heart and for a Labour candidate. 

With more councillors, Labour can improve lives here!

With more councillors, Labour can improve lives here

 

Local elections in South Lakes

On Thursday 3rd May the whole of South Lakeland District Council is up for re-election. Currently SLDC is LibDem dominated, with 31 seats out of 51. The Tories have 16, Labour currently...

Labour can improve lives here!

South Lakes Labour are fielding candidates in many wards across South Lakeland and for Kendal Town Council. With 51 seats to fill, we offer a real alternative to Tory austerity and LibDem authority policies. The LibDems currently have an overall majority on South Lakeland District Council (31 out of 51 seats) and we mean to change that. 

Kendal Town Council is totally LibDem controlled, and a single-party council is not good for local democracy. 

Voting Labour on May 3rd will help redress the balance on SLDC and KTC and give voters a real voice on their local councils. 

With more councillors, Labour CAN improve lives here!

Labour Candidates for May 3rd Elections 2018

South Lakes Labour are fielding candidates in many wards across South Lakeland and for Kendal Town Council. With 51 seats to fill, we offer a real alternative to Tory austerity...

Guest Blog Post by Nick Dearden of "Global Justice Now"

Yesterday the Labour Party released its new development policy, called ‘A world for the many, not the few’. It contains many ideas which we’ve supported for years – which is why I wanted to let you know, and to say thank you.

Ideas once ignored by the majority of politicians, are now commitments of the official opposition. Campaigning works.

Six months ago, Shadow Secretary of State Kate Osamor asked me to join her International Development Taskforce, along with other campaign leaders, journalists and academics. We took evidence from dozens more campaigners, including southern activists. And this evidence was fed into the Labour Party’s policy document released today.

So what’s so important about these policies?

For a start, the Department for International Development (DfID) would no longer focus only on relieving extreme poverty – it would also be legally bound to fight global inequality, the scourge of our age.

There’s a clear acknowledgement that ‘market knows best’ economics has failed. Rather than spending aid money on private schools and healthcare, or well-heeled corporate consultants from London, we must prioritise building public services across the world.

And there’s a recognition that handing over charity to clear up the mess which western governments and corporations create is not the right approach. We need to change those policies, radically reform international institutions and, critically, redistribute power globally.

There’s much more which the policy paper says about building peace, tackling climate change and clamping down on tax dodgers.

Of course, these policies don’t contain everything we’d like to see. But they represent a very clear step in the right direction. We hope that they will galvanise political support, both in Labour and also other parties, behind the truly radical political actions we need to see.

What’s more, I don’t believe these policies would have been adopted without the years of campaigning we have engaged in as an organisation. There’s a long way to go – persuading other political parties to adopt them, and persuading a future government to implement them, will take continued, persistent campaigning.

But at a point of history when there is much to be afraid of, much to be angry about, let’s celebrate our successes, and embrace hope.

Read my blog on 10 highlights of Labour’s new internationalism

Thank you,

Nick Dearden,
Director of Global Justice Now
http://www.globaljustice.org.uk

Nick Dearden was a member of the International Development Taskforce which helped collect evidence for Labour's new policy.

Read the whole policy document on the Labour Party website

Labour's new policy on International Development

Guest Blog Post by Nick Dearden of "Global Justice Now" Yesterday the Labour Party released its new development policy, called ‘A world for the many, not the few’. It contains...

Across Cumbria the number of youngsters now living below the breadline has hit 20,000, whilst in our own area of South Lakeland, the number of children living in poverty is 2754 (percentage 15.88%) [Source: Figures from "End Child Poverty", July-Sept 2017. 

The ward figures across South Lakes are as follows:

Ambleside and Grasmere - 98 (19.36%)

Arnside and Beetham - 39 (8.33%)

Broughton - 38 (11.65%)

Burneside - 53 (15.26%)

Burton and Holme - 87 (11.32%)

Cartmel and Grange West - 49 (18.86%)

Coniston and Crake Valley - 17 (8.49%)

Crooklands - 42 (10.31%)

Grange North - 50 (25.01%)

Grange South - 28 (12.76%)

Hawkshead - 32 (15.01%)

Holker - 63 (20.8%)

Kendal Castle - 36 (10.94%)

Kendal Far Cross - 123 (23.04%)

Kendal Fell - 69 (21.66%)

Kendal Heron Hill - 17 (5.3%)

Kendal Highgate - 56 (15.65%)

Kendal Kirkland - 158 (32.01%)

Kendal Mintsfeet - 70 (20.81%)

Kendal Nether - 42 (10.19%)

Kendal Oxenholme and Natland - 39 (9.95%)

Kendal Parks - 39 (8.51%)

Kendal Romney - 53 (12.53%)

Kendal Stonecross - 36 (9.69%)

Kendal Strickland - 69 (15.84%)

Kendal Underley - 118 (21.69%)

Levens - 50 (17.39%)

Low Furness - 35 (14.48%)

Lyth Valley - 53 (16.32%)

Mid Furness - 48 (7.37%)

Milnthorpe - 113 (24.55%)

Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale - 91 (10.05%)

Staveley-in-Cartmel - 51 (22.18%)

Staveley-in-Westmorland - 56 (16.95%)

Ulverston Central - 65 (18.46%)

Ulverston East - 169 (29.61%)

Ulverston North - 54 (14.69%)

Ulverston South - 50 (16.37%)

Ulverston Town - 68 (24.69%)

Ulverston West - 49 (18.25%)

Whinfell - 33 (8.81%)

Windermere Applethwaite and Troutbeck - 35 (14.76%)

Windermere Bowness North - 42 (11.38%)

Windermere Bowness South - 41 (11.52%)

Windermere Town - 92 (18.47%)

The full story across the whole county may be read here

Shocking child poverty figures for South Lakes

Across Cumbria the number of youngsters now living below the breadline has hit 20,000, whilst in our own area of South Lakeland, the number of children living in poverty is 2754 (percentage...

Despite last week's near-Arctic temperatures, our hardy members were out and about chatting about local issues with residents and handing out our latest leaflet at Saturday's street stall at the Birdcage. 

Braving the Cold in Kendal

Braving the Cold

Despite last week's near-Arctic temperatures, our hardy members were out and about chatting about local issues with residents and handing out our latest leaflet at Saturday's street stall at the...

Dates for your Diary: 19th - 28th July 2018

Why? "The Trouble with Women" is happening in Kendal!

Kendal Community Theatre present another ground-breaking drama festival 19-28 July 2018. It celebrates a century of women's suffrage and is called The Trouble with Women. Five plays, including new writing and some exciting town-centre street theatre (* see more below) which pays tribute to strong women. It's just 100 years since women gained the vote and the struggle in Cumbria was robust. The issue cruelly divided friends and families just as keenly as any political argument today.

Location: Castle Street Community Centre, Kendal Museum, and Kendal Town centre streets, Kendal

Contact Details
Contact Name: Kendal Community Theatre 
Contact Address: Kendal Community Theatre, 
Castle Street Centre, Castle Street, Kendal LA9 7AD 
Contact Telephone: 07777 621520 
Email: lockwood224@btinternet.com 
Website: www.kendalcommunitytheatre.org

* One of the the organisers said,

"Any word-spreading would be good, but we would be delighted to welcome women (and men) on 21st July to be chained to the Birdcage and sing the March of the Women in an exciting piece of street theatre. There will be up to 3 rehearsals for this - details later."

"I hope everyone knows Jacky Fleming's work - we have ripped off one of her titles (with permission) and she is planning to come across for the Festival."

The Trouble With Women

Dates for your Diary: 19th - 28th July 2018 Why? "The Trouble with Women" is happening in Kendal! Kendal Community Theatre present another ground-breaking drama festival 19-28 July 2018. It...

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