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A Labour government led by Keir Starmer will build new technical excellence colleges. Creating skills, learning, and training opportunities is one of my priorities if elected as East Midlands mayor.
Imagine the potential for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire!
Our parliamentary candidate, Councillor Linsey Farnsworth !
Last week was a busy one, with every one of our members, and councillors in Amber Valley buzzing about our Parliamentary Candidate selection process in full swing!
With three fantastic candidates to choose from we most certainly had a lot to be buzzing about.
A HUGE 69% of the Amber Valley Labour membership voted in this selection, believed to be the largest turnout for selections in England so far!! Amber Valley is more than ready for change!!
Councillor Linsey Farnsworth, our selected candidate is ready to bring that change! In May she took a seat held by the Tories for 21 years, in Kilburn, Denby, Holbrook and Horsley. She managed to take this "unwinnable" seat by Linsey and her team knocking on every door in the ward and speaking to 3265 people.
Linsey feels passionately about Amber Valley as it is her home and where she is raising her family. She wants to bring about the positive changes in Amber Valley that we all so desperately need and she is more than capable of making sure that the people of Amber Valley have their voices heard again!
Her 20 years of public service in the CPS and her work as an international liaison prosecutor, tackling serious and organised crime has given her the insight into the inner workings of government so she knows how to get things done and she will fight for the people that are her community.
From speaking to people on the doorsteps Linsey knows that that the constituents are facing many challenges due to the cost of living crisis and she is focussed on how Labour in government can make things better for people, both locally and nationally.
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[2,370] people are waiting for treatment at [DERBYSHIRE HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST], according to figures published by the NHS today.
Of those waiting, a total of  have been waiting longer than a year. The NHS target is for patients to wait no longer than 18 weeks for hospital treatment, but [74%] patients on waiting lists locally are waiting longer than that.
The number of people waiting for treatment across England has increased every single month since Rishi Sunak pledged to cut NHS waiting lists. Since he became Prime Minister, waiting lists have grown by 724,000 patients.
Doctors’ strikes are hampering NHS efforts to bring down waiting lists, but the Health Secretary hasn’t met junior doctors since May or consultants since March. Rishi Sunak still refuses to meet either group of doctors.
Labour will cut waiting times and ensure that the target of treatment within 18 weeks is met once again. The party is pledging to oversee the biggest expansion of NHS staff in history, training thousands more doctors and nurses a year. The health service will also focus more on providing healthcare in the community and make greater use of modern technology, so problems are caught earlier when it is simpler to treat patients and cheaper for the taxpayer.
THE TORY GOVERNMENT ARE FAILING OUR SCHOOLS, AGAIN!
Parents need to know their children are safe in schools, not worrying that it could collapse with them in it!
Despite warnings years before the government are only just acting, as the children return from six weeks of holidays and they are refusing to publish a full list of the schools affected.
The Leader of Amber Valley Borough Council, Labour Councillor Christopher Emmas-Williams has sent the following letter demanding answers!
Labour Win Back Amber Valley
Chris Emmas-Williams Newly Elected Labour Leader of Amber Valley Council
In this article, the leader of Amber Valley Council sets out the plan of action now that Labour is back in control.
This year’s elections for the Borough of Amber Valley were always going to be different due to there being new ward boundaries for 42 seats (reduced from 45 councillors) and then the Government announcing that Photo ID would also be used for the first time. I was first elected in 1986 when the council was elected by thirds of 15 seats for three years out of four, and also had the committee system in place for service delivery, subsequently, we moved to the Cabinet system that we have today.
For this election, we had an excellent organising team, considerable help from our regional office team, and visits from Sir Keir Starmer, Liz Kendall, and Alex Norris. We also delivered a thumping 10-seat majority with 26 Labour councillors and kept control of the four major Town Councils of Alfreton, Belper, Heanor, and Ripley. I believe that the electorate has had enough of tired and incompetent councillors and put their trust in us to deliver during this very difficult financial period.
Just before the election, we had some defections to other parties and whilst we were fairly confident, we were not complacent, especially after losing control two years ago – despite us having an excellent track record on the Local Plan, regeneration, and the environment. This year’s manifesto centred on delivering our Local Plan (we’d not had one since 2006), continuing with our green agenda after we declared our Climate Change Emergency, regenerating our four town centres, building affordable ‘council houses’ for first-time buyers and furthering energy efficiency measures to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty.
As part of our Climate Change Emergency, which we declared four years ago, we created an Officer/Member Working Party, which led to a £700k grant. This allowed us to deliver housing improvements such as insulation and solar panels, start our ‘Forest of the Future’, and plant over 14,000 trees in a year with more to follow, sadly, that working group didn’t meet in the last year. The cabinet meetings, which were held at 10.30 am, will be moved to the evenings to show more transparency and give residents the chance to witness the decision-making process that affects them.
We know that we have a difficult period to steer the authority through, especially as the Council has not had the accounts externally audited for the last two years, which I was staggered to hear after we took control of the Council. We are more determined than ever to put Amber Valley Borough Council back on the political map and deliver our excellent manifesto.
AVBC statement on Radio Derby
"It is clear that the Tories on both the Borough and County Councils knew for some time of the precarious situation at Belper Leisure Centre, not least because a County Councillor is a member of the Leisure Centre's charitable board.
But they did nothing to address the problem and allowed it to get much worse.
As soon as Labour took control of Amber Valley Borough Council, we started to investigate how we could help, and met with the Leisure Centre and other interested parties a week after taking office. As well as 13 years of Tory austerity and a council which is already operating at a deficit, we have inherited a situation where council finances have not been fully audited and signed off for two years, the entire time that the Tories have been in office since Labour were last in control. On top of this we face other constraints including the large sums of money required and the short timescales.
Nevertheless, we continue to look for ways in which the Borough Council can support the Leisure Centre.
Belper's Labour councillors have called a public meeting to bring the community together to explore ways of rescuing this valued local facility from years of Tory neglect, and for our part we will do whatever we can."
Together we can rebuild Britain.
A The Labour Party Government will put your values into action with our Five Missions.
Since the tories came to power they cut 21,000 police officers 22,000 support staff And closed 900 police stations!
Local activists along with former MP Judy Mallaber, Amber Valley Labour Group Leader Chris Emma’s-Williams and Town Council Leader Paul Jones gathering support in Heanor for the Nurses today Very positive response from the residents.
The next Labour government will fix business rates, replacing them with a fairer system.
We are the party of business.
They have crashed the economy, now working people will pay for it.
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Britain in 2030 This report looks at the six big challenges facing our country over the coming decade, and how we can start to face up to them. It considers how we can deliver: