Saturday, 11 October 2014

Campaigning for the NHS in the heart of Windsor


We had a fantastic day campaigning in Peascod street, Windsor today. Lots of people were keen to sign our petition to stop the privatisation of the NHS and also to take part in our survey of resident's views.

10 of us chatted to passers by and got a very positive response. 2 of our new helpers were Dr Megan John, a local GP, and the unstoppable Ms Terry Quadling who has around 60 years experience of working in the NHS - and she is stiil going!

The text of our petition is..........


Petition to Adam Afriyie MP: We the undersigned, ask you to withdraw your support of the further privatisation of our NHS and vote for an exemption for the NHS from the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).

Thursday, 9 October 2014

NHS PUBLIC MEETING 27th November 2014

Fantastic opportunity to find out how the NHS will be improved under a Labour Government in 2015.

27th November 2014.

Click HERE for details.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Next Meeting!

The October meeting of Windsor Labour Party is on Thursday 16th at Clewer Lodge on Mill lane where we will be mulling over the events of Conference and new policy announcements. As usual there will be plenty of tea, biscuits and discussion!

Fiona Dent, our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate may also be persuaded to tell us some stories from the People's March for the NHS (300 miles from Jarrow to Westminster to save the NHS!)

(Coming from central Windsor along the Maidenhead road, turn right into Mill lane; Clewer Lodge, a church building, will be on your right.)

We start prompt at 8pm. See you there!

Party Wall Notices and the benefit of tea and biscuits

Monday, 4 August 2014

21st Century JARROW MARCH

Fiona Dent will be walking from Jarrow to Westminster to petition politicians to
Please support her at the above link and through Facebook and Twitter. THANKYOU! 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

SUMMER BARBECUE! 19th July 2014

All Labour members, supporters, friends and families are welcome at our SUMMER BBQ!

Spike and Rosanna are hosting the BBQ at 12 Llanvair drive, Ascot, SL5 9HT at 12 noon on Saturday 19th July 2014. There will be a 'Vote Labour' sign in their front garden!

£6 is the charge for adults and £4 for children and vegetarians.

The music and ambiance will, as usual, be exceptional and we hope that you will come to everyone's favourite event of the summer!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

PETER SHEARMAN; Labour candidate for the Clewer North by-election 24-7-2014

As a local man with a young family I know how important it is that communities have a strong voice, and are able to influence and shape their future. I have heard from many in Clewer North about the struggles they have with local planning, and how marginalised they feel by the council. I will work tirelessly to stand up for the residents of Clewer North, to ensure the community retains its character and regains control of its future.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

My Queen's speech.

On the 4th June the Queen read out the programme of Bills that David Cameron has lined up for the next few months. There were not many of them so perhaps he needs some help with his planning. This is the Bill that I would like to see discussed at Westminster.........

Given free reign to propose a bill for the Queen’s speech, I would like to choose something that would be a vote of confidence for the scientists, medics, engineers and manufacturers of the UK. Technical professions such as these are not generally well paid in the UK and there has long been a drain of our talent, particularly to the US. Our research and development ability is second only to the US and it is a crying shame that we do not value these people, their skills and knowledge as much as they deserve. There have been many examples over the years of our universities and hospitals developing new treatments or medical breakthroughs only for a private company to snap it up, register the patent, then sell the product back to the NHS at great expense.

For too long the direction of knowledge development and technical innovation has been skewed by the private sector. For example the pharmaceutical companies put great effort into developing drugs for chronic conditions in order to ensure a steady, long term income from their efforts. That is, after all, the purpose of a private company, to make a reliable profit. However, ideally, as a government, we would commission research in a more methodical way, to ensure our priorities are met and not just rely on the vagueries of the market. There are complex and life threatening conditions and diseases that are under researched  and that we need to find treatments and medications for.

My bill would create a Medical Science, Technology and Engineering Foundation. It’s role would be to commission research and development for new treatments, new medication, new bionic prosthetics and other new medical technologies. Centres of excellence around the country would be commissioned to perform the research and ultimately to work alongside manufacturers in order to bring certain products to completion. Not only would this benefit each special area of expertise but it would also create long term economic growth and specialist manufacturing in each of the regions.

In the case of the scientific or medical development, the Patent would belong to the Foundation and over time this would provide an income for the Foundation. This income would not be the only financial benefit to the UK tax payer: The new treatments, medications and technologies would only be cost price for the NHS and they would also help to ensure a happier, healthier and therefore more productive population making fewer demands on the NHS. Now wouldn’t that be a bill to smile about?

This blog was also published by the centre left think tank Progress 4-6-2014
Photo taken in Ed Milliband's office on 4-6-2014