Friday, 28 November 2014

THE NHS WITH LABOUR IN 2015




 A very informative and lively meeting with LORD PHILIP HUNT in West Windsor tonight (27th November 2014). 

We talked about the mad rush to privatisation that this government is leading, how it is being starved of the support it needs and how Labour can repair the damage if elected in 2015. People came from far and wide to hear him speak and ask questions. Members of the public raised difficult issues and some carried on talking long after Philip left (photo below). A very worthwhile and enjoyable evening! 




Wednesday, 26 November 2014

NHS PUBLIC MEETING 27th November 2014




WINDSOR LABOUR will be holding a public meeting
on the future of the NHS. Our key speaker is LORD
PHILIP HUNT
, Shadow Health Minister; he was born
locally, is looking forward to spending some time with
us and will be answering questions. Please give him a
warm Windsor welcome by coming along.

YOU WILL BE MET WITH NIBBLES,
REFRESHMENTS, A BAR, GENERAL GOOD
HUMOUR AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO
WELCOMING YOU!

What: PUBLIC MEETING ON THE NHS,
When: 27th of November 7.30pm
Where: New Windsor Community Association
Centre On Hanover Way, Clewer North,
Windsor SL4 5NW
Who: Fiona Dent, your Prospective parliamentary
Candidate will host the event.

FREE ENTRY!
_______________________________________________

Friday, 14 November 2014

UKIP THREATENS OUR NHS

For a long time now I have been saying beware of UKIP because they want to completely privatise the NHS. You no longer have to take my word for it, here it is from the lips of Nigel Farage

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nigel-farage-caught-camera-admitting-4617184

Please watch this short clip of recent film, taken at a UKIP gathering which explains why OUR NHS is not safe in UKIP's hands.

Do you want your taxes to be spent of shareholder dividends?
Do you want to pay additional private insurance for life saving treatment that is currently universally free at the point of need?
Do you want to end up like US citizens who thought they were insured but had their treatment payments rejected by smart insurance companies?

I do not want any of these things, that is why I am fighting to be heard across Ascot, Windsor, Sunningdale, Binfield and the rest of the constituency. That is why I am offering you a credible alternative to the current Tory MP who voted for all the damaging changes to the NHS.

£34 BILLION of taxes has not been collected from companies and this is just the figure we know about. Labour will collect those unpaid taxes to prevent the further undermining of the NHS and the livelihoods of British citizens.

The Tories and the LibDems have brought our NHS to it's knees by putting the NHS on a fast track to privatisation. UKIP want to finish the job. For the sake of your families please vote Labour in 2015 to stop this madness.

Fiona Dent

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..........


STOP TTIP AND THE PRIVATISATION OF THE NHS.

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

Monday, 19 May 2014

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Update on missing laptops at RBWM

Over five months after our letter to the council which asked key questions about the 388 missing laptops, we've received a response from them. We've given copies of the response to the local press we've also put them here.

Why have we done this before we respond ourselves? Well we wanted to enable other people to give feedback on the situation. We have our own views and to be frank, we're more than a little shocked how bad the information security regime seems to have been at RBWM.

Kudos to reporter Dan Whiteway at the Royal Borough Observer - if it wasn't for him picking up on a chance comment (that wasn't minuted) in a council meeting, we would not have known about this gross waste of money and potentially even worse situation regarding citizen data protection.

For the Chairman of the Audit Panel originally describing the issue as "not a major security breach" in November, the council have gone to disclosing the issue to the Information Commissioner's Office (the ICO) in March, following our questions.

Here are the documents the council sent us:



We remain very concerned as you can see from our press release today. Please have a look at the council's response to us and give us your feedback by the 23rd of May 2014 via our email contact: windsor@windsorlabour.org.uk We'll then ensure all the received points are covered in our response to the council.

Concern for Residents’ Data Grows Following Council Report Into 388 Lost Laptops

This press release was sent to the local newspapers on the 14th of May 2014:

Windsor’s Labour Party has expressed concern at a report into 388 missing laptops at the Royal Borough’s council.

The report follows a letter from the Windsor Labour Party containing 10 key questions for the council to answer about the 388 missing laptops. After waiting over five months for answers to the Labour Party’s questions, the council finally responded on the 7th of May.

The startling report shines a light on information security incompetence at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead council over a period of at least ten years revealing that no disciplinary action has taken place over the issue and that the laptops could not be found. They also appear to have misled the public in a response to a Freedom of Information request by stating that only 6 laptops were missing.

Jenny Ward, the new Chair of Windsor Labour said “the council simply doesn’t know what data was on the missing laptops, or seemingly who they were issued to and that is extremely worrying.”

The council admitted that they’d sent a report to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on the 28th of March following an investigation prompted by Windsor Labour’s query. In November 2013, a Councillor described the issue as “not a major security breach”.

The Labour Party has made the council response available on their blog at blog.windsorlabour.org.uk for local residents to enable them to give feedback before a formal response is made to the council.

Monday, 10 February 2014

European Union Debate


For those of you are interested in European Politics, this a a great opportunity to listen to a selection of European Election candidates. All are welcome to attend.