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RECORD breaker Rosie Duffield will be in Margate on Sunday (30) to support a Labour candidate in next week's by-election (Aug 3)

 
The Canterbury MP won a seat that had been Conservative since it was created 100 years ago, becoming its first Labour and its first female MP.
 
The mum-of-two is supporting Ian Venables' bid to win a seat on Thanet District Council for Margate Central ward on Thursday (3).
Ms Duffield said:
 

I am looking forward to campaigning in Margate. I care about health, education and jobs, I'm extremely worried about the NHS and I know these are big issues in Margate.

 
Ian Venables said:
I am delighted Rosie is coming to support us in Margate. We've stood together on many a campaign and will stand together on many more. Sunday will be a great opportunity for Labour supporters to meet her.
 
The duo will canvas the ward. Rosie is expected in Margate at midday. If you'd like to get in the ian4margate campaign on Sunday, please email ian4margate@gmail.com 
tweet/facebook @ian4margate or call him on 07534 283844

Rosie Duffield joins Labour's Margate Central Campaign

  RECORD breaker Rosie Duffield will be in Margate on Sunday (30) to support a Labour candidate in next week's by-election (Aug 3)   The Canterbury MP won a seat that had been Conservative since it was created 100 years ago, becoming its first Labour and its first female MP.   The mum-of-two is supporting Ian Venables' bid to win a seat on Thanet District Council for Margate Central ward on Thursday (3). Ms Duffield said:   I am looking forward to campaigning in Margate. I care about health, education and jobs, I'm extremely worried about the NHS and I know these are big issues in Margate.   Ian Venables said: I am delighted Rosie is coming to support us in Margate. We've stood together on many a campaign and will stand together on many more. Sunday will be a great opportunity for Labour supporters to meet her.   The duo will canvas the ward. Rosie is expected in Margate at midday. If you'd like to get in the ian4margate campaign on Sunday, please email ian4margate@gmail.com  tweet/facebook @ian4margate or call him on 07534 283844

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When Rosie Meets Martin….

We’re thrilled to be able to announce that the UK’s most controversial cartoonist is now coming to Herne Bay to meet Britain’s most unexpected MP.

Rosie Duffield will be hosting/compéring Rowson on Rowson at the King’s Hall, Herne Bay on Sat Aug 5th @ 3pm

Until recently, a comedy writer and satirist herself, Rosie overturned a 10,000 majority to become the first non-Conservative Member of Parliament for Canterbury and Whitstable since 1885. 

Three weeks ago, Martin Rowson achieved an unique soubriquet for a political cartoonist when he was attacked in a two page editorial in the Daily Mail as “sick and disgusting and deranged and offensive”.

But according to stand-up comedians like Mark Thomas and Phil Jupitus, Martin Rowson is: is “an inky Ninja” and “the best cartoonist working in Britain today”.

While Tory Grandee (and frequent victim) Lord Baker hails Rowson as: “a brilliant cartoonist who is just as funny in person as he is on paper”.

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Martin Rowson and Rosie Duffield will be appearing together @ 3pm on Saturday Aug 5th at The King’s Hall, Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, CT6 6BA.

Admission is free. But tickets can be reserved here:

 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rowson-on-rowson-tickets-35660626895

And for info on other events and exhibitions in the Cartoon Festival:

https://www.facebook.com/HBCartoonFest/

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When Rosie Meets Martin...!

When Rosie Meets Martin…. We’re thrilled to be able to announce that the UK’s most controversial cartoonist is now coming to Herne Bay to meet Britain’s most unexpected MP. Rosie Duffield will be hosting/compéring Rowson on Rowson at the King’s Hall, Herne Bay on Sat Aug 5th @ 3pm.  Until recently, a comedy writer and satirist herself, Rosie overturned a 10,000 majority to become the first non-Conservative Member of Parliament for Canterbury and Whitstable since 1885.  Three weeks ago, Martin Rowson achieved an unique soubriquet for a political cartoonist when he was attacked in a two page editorial in the Daily Mail as “sick and disgusting and deranged and offensive”. But according to stand-up comedians like Mark Thomas and Phil Jupitus, Martin Rowson is: is “an inky Ninja” and “the best cartoonist working in Britain today”. While Tory Grandee (and frequent victim) Lord Baker hails Rowson as: “a brilliant cartoonist who is just as funny in person as he is on paper”. Martin Rowson and Rosie Duffield will be appearing together @ 3pm on Saturday Aug 5th at The King’s Hall, Beacon Hill, Herne Bay, CT6 6BA. Admission is free. But tickets can be reserved here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rowson-on-rowson-tickets-35660626895 And for info on other events and exhibitions in the Cartoon Festival: https://www.facebook.com/HBCartoonFest/

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Be part of the campaign to win the Margate Central seat for Labour!

 

The by-election is on Thursday 3 August and our candidate is Ian Venables who, with his agent, Emma Cooney, has been running a highly enthusiastic and well organised campaign ever since the by-election was called.  Ian is an excellent and truly local candidate who is well-known in the area, having worked in public health in Margate for 25 years.

This ward has two councillors, one of whom is Iris Johnston who has been the Labour councillor on this ward for many years. She has always done a brilliant job and is well-known in the area as a dedicated councillor, so this has given Ian's campaign a tremendous head-start. Iris was once a Parliamentary candidate almost toppling Roger Gale!

This is definitely a winnable seat for Labour and with the recent excellent results for Labour in the general election, there are motivated activists who are determined to put every effort into winning this seat.  However, more volunteers are needed and there is a chance for you - whether you are a seasoned campaigner or completely new to the party and to campaigning - to get involved and to be part of a winning team in Margate. There's plenty to do, either in the office, on the doorstep or out leafleting.

Get in touch - even if you only have an hour to spare!  

M: 07432 512 645 E: ian4margate@gmail.com; Facebook: ian4margate: Twitter @ian4margate

Emma Cooney (07977 98997)

Phil Charlton (07581 442126).

 

Campaign to win Central Margate seat on Thanet District Council

Be part of the campaign to win the Margate Central seat for Labour!   The by-election is on Thursday 3 August and our candidate is Ian Venables who, with his agent, Emma Cooney, has been running a highly enthusiastic and well organised campaign ever since the by-election was called.  Ian is an excellent and truly local candidate who is well-known in the area, having worked in public health in Margate for 25 years. This ward has two councillors, one of whom is Iris Johnston who has been the Labour councillor on this ward for many years. She has always done a brilliant job and is well-known in the area as a dedicated councillor, so this has given Ian's campaign a tremendous head-start. Iris was once a Parliamentary candidate almost toppling Roger Gale! This is definitely a winnable seat for Labour and with the recent excellent results for Labour in the general election, there are motivated activists who are determined to put every effort into winning this seat.  However, more volunteers are needed and there is a chance for you - whether you are a seasoned campaigner or completely new to the party and to campaigning - to get involved and to be part of a winning team in Margate. There's plenty to do, either in the office, on the doorstep or out leafleting. Get in touch - even if you only have an hour to spare!   M: 07432 512 645 E: ian4margate@gmail.com; Facebook: ian4margate: Twitter @ian4margate Emma Cooney (07977 98997) Phil Charlton (07581 442126).  

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Hundreds of local people have signed our petition to put the street lights on.  We feel that KCC must find the money urgently to switch on all the lights across Thanet.  Many people have reported their dark streets and concerns to us as we've been collecting signatures.  

Please sign the online petition and share!

For fuller news on Cllr Karen Constantine's campaign, read Adele Couchman's article in Kent Live News.

Labour's continuing street lights campaign

Hundreds of local people have signed our petition to put the street lights on.  We feel that KCC must find the money urgently to switch on all the lights across Thanet.  Many people have reported their dark streets and concerns to us as we've been collecting signatures.   Please sign the online petition and share! For fuller news on Cllr Karen Constantine's campaign, read Adele Couchman's article in Kent Live News.

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Message from Cllr Karen Constantine

I was astonished today when Conservative Kent County Councillors voted to award themselves a whopping 15% pay increase. Yes that’s right, it’s not a typo – an eye watering fifteen percent.

The independent pay review board had recommended a 1.5% award to councillors at County Hall. This was based on evidence, comparisons, and interviews with councillors. Of course, commissioning this review would have cost tax payers’ money, but even though it’s independent and has a price tag, it appears easy enough to disregard.

The motion for a 15% increase in councillors’ allowances was put to the floor. A number of points were raised including the fact that the councillors hadn’t had a ‘rise’ since 2009.

How can councillors who supported and voted for this increase look their residents in the eye? So many of those who we represent are struggling with the Conservative government’s austerity measures. Many are the public sector workers on whom we all rely. None of these groups of workers are receiving anything like 15%. Public sector pay is capped at 1%. Public sector workers are increasingly demoralised.

As a newly elected Labour councillor, I had the opportunity to ask my first question in the KCC chamber today. It was designed specifically to wrinkle out what was happening to street lights in Thanet. Why are 3000 lights off? I wanted to know that proper consideration been given to safety on our unlit streets. Especially after the savage serious sexual assault that took place against my own daughter. Apparently the cost of retro fitting the concrete post style lamps was not fully factored in and there is now no money.

Isn’t it simply adding insult to injury when those Tory councillors whose own party policies put crippling austerity measures in place then award themselves a staggeringly high award with no factual justification?

Other members then claimed that this ‘hike’ would encourage much needed diversity in the Chamber. But lacked any evidence of ‘how’ this would produce that outcome. It sounded like a poor attempt at justifying their greed!

As I said in my response, if this is an equality measure then let’s look at it properly, set stretching and timely targets, commission and use best research and fully resource the ambition to create a more diverse chamber.

On reflection I wonder whether the Conservative leader of the council, Paul Carter spied an opportunity to slip this in, just before the summer recess and with so few Labour councillors to resist. The Labour group are down from 13 experienced and long serving councillors to 5 absolutely new starters, myself included. The timing is obviously planned, if you think that after the initial ‘rumpus’ it will all settle down in the autumn. No doubt this will pique the interest of other Tory controlled councils. More will follow, I’m sure.

I’ve no doubt that the public will see it as Conservative snouts in the tough! This undermines public conference in all of us as public servants. As I pointed out, the residents in my division, Ramsgate, one of poorer areas in the County, will be less than impressed.

All Labour councillors voted against this and spoke up against the rise. Sadly, we were accused of ‘virtue signalling’ and coming pre-prepared to run to the press. This wasn’t the case – we genuinely were shocked to see that this was ‘palatable’ to fellow Conservative members.

Will there be money for street lights in September? I certainly hope so! Otherwise I’m afraid my fellow councillors will be accused of advancing their own desires at the expense of public safety.

I will be accepting the award but using the additional money to fund local community campaigning and political campaigning that will see the Tories challenged robustly in Thanet.

Labour did not support this in any way.

For a full explanation of Labour's position click here for an interview with Karen.

Labour councillors outraged as Kent Tories award themselves 15% increase

Message from Cllr Karen Constantine I was astonished today when Conservative Kent County Councillors voted to award themselves a whopping 15% pay increase. Yes that’s right, it’s not a typo – an eye watering fifteen percent. The independent pay review board had recommended a 1.5% award to councillors at County Hall. This was based on evidence, comparisons, and interviews with councillors. Of course, commissioning this review would have cost tax payers’ money, but even though it’s independent and has a price tag, it appears easy enough to disregard. The motion for a 15% increase in councillors’ allowances was put to the floor. A number of points were raised including the fact that the councillors hadn’t had a ‘rise’ since 2009. How can councillors who supported and voted for this increase look their residents in the eye? So many of those who we represent are struggling with the Conservative government’s austerity measures. Many are the public sector workers on whom we all rely. None of these groups of workers are receiving anything like 15%. Public sector pay is capped at 1%. Public sector workers are increasingly demoralised. As a newly elected Labour councillor, I had the opportunity to ask my first question in the KCC chamber today. It was designed specifically to wrinkle out what was happening to street lights in Thanet. Why are 3000 lights off? I wanted to know that proper consideration been given to safety on our unlit streets. Especially after the savage serious sexual assault that took place against my own daughter. Apparently the cost of retro fitting the concrete post style lamps was not fully factored in and there is now no money. Isn’t it simply adding insult to injury when those Tory councillors whose own party policies put crippling austerity measures in place then award...

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Article below from Adele Couchman in Kent Live

Thanet Labour councillors have slammed the 15% pay increase councillors voted themselves yesterday afternoon (July 13), branding it greedy and a 'slap in the face for ordinary people'.

Read more: Kent County Councillors have just voted themselves a 15% pay increase

County councillors for Ramsgate and Margate, Karen Constantine and Barry Lewis, are among those who spoke out against the proposals.

'Huge over inflation rise'

48 councillors voted in support of the hike, 8 abstained and 13 voted against –including Conservatives who voted against their own party.

 

Margate councillor Barry Lewis is concerned councillors could be earning more than some Thanet residents

Although the leader of Kent County Council defended the increase saying councillors hadn't had a pay rise since 2008, the Tax Payers Alliance have branded it a 'huge over inflation rise'.

Read more: Kent County Councillors are now the highest paid councillors in England

Labour KCC Councillor for Ramsgate Karen Constantine said: "It's a slap in the face for the people of Thanet who are struggling using food banks or are tenants in the midst of a housing crisis.

'Simple old fashioned greed'

"I was worried that this was a bad move in terms of public perception of councillors, but the Tories seem to think this will improve the diversity of councillors.

 

Ramsgate councillor Karen Constantine says councillors should not be getting an allowance increase during austerity

"But if they wanted to increase the percentage of women and different ethnic groups, a detailed plan would need to be resourced and driven from the top.

Read more: Kent County Council votes to increase its share of council tax by 3.99 per cent

"Using diversity veils the dispute, and this really is simple old fashioned greed."

'It's not supposed to be a wage'

Barry Lewis, KCC councillor for Margate, added: "Now KCC councillors are being paid more than some people in Thanet.

"Being a councillor is a public service, which is not supposed to be a wage.

Read more: Five key car parks in Thanet could have their daily rate slashed by a huge amount for residents

"Now our county councillors are the highest paid councillors in the country.

"It's preposterous."

Defending the move, council leader Paul Carter said national average wages of workers had increased whilst councillors' basic allowances had been frozen.

 

A slap in the face of Thanet's working people

Article below from Adele Couchman in Kent Live Thanet Labour councillors have slammed the 15% pay increase councillors voted themselves yesterday afternoon (July 13), branding it greedy and a 'slap in the face for ordinary people'. Read more: Kent County Councillors have just voted themselves a 15% pay increase Kent County Council (KCC) disregarded independent advice suggesting members should have a 1.5% in their allowances, meaning they are now the highest paid councillors in the country. County councillors for Ramsgate and Margate, Karen Constantine and Barry Lewis, are among those who spoke out against the proposals. 'Huge over inflation rise' 48 councillors voted in support of the hike, 8 abstained and 13 voted against –including Conservatives who voted against their own party.   Margate councillor Barry Lewis is concerned councillors could be earning more than some Thanet residents Although the leader of Kent County Council defended the increase saying councillors hadn't had a pay rise since 2008, the Tax Payers Alliance have branded it a 'huge over inflation rise'. Read more: Kent County Councillors are now the highest paid councillors in England Labour KCC Councillor for Ramsgate Karen Constantine said: "It's a slap in the face for the people of Thanet who are struggling using food banks or are tenants in the midst of a housing crisis. 'Simple old fashioned greed' "I was worried that this was a bad move in terms of public perception of councillors, but the Tories seem to think this will improve the diversity of councillors.   Ramsgate councillor Karen Constantine says councillors should not be getting an allowance increase during austerity "But if they wanted to increase the percentage of women and different ethnic groups, a detailed plan would need to be resourced and driven from the top. Read more: Kent County Council votes to increase its share of council tax...

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Thanet District Council and Kent County Council councillor report. June 2017.

Well it’s been such a hectic time since being elected to Kent Council Council on 4th May 2017. Those of you that have read my reports before will be aware that I try to do a fairly regular report in order to be transparent and accountable, but also to spread knowledge and make connections. You can see previous reports here.

As a ‘double hatter’ (sitting on two councils) I will continue to do that. I hadn’t set out to become a ‘double hatter’, initially in 2014 I wanted to get Will Scobie elected to Parliament and to win a seat for myself on Thanet District Council (TDC). I fully believe in local politics. Events in South Thanet took an historical turn with the rise of UKIP. My mission became to beat back what I believe is a racist and extremist far right party. This has led me into taking a long term sabbatical from my full time career as a trade union official. I’m grateful that I can concentrate full time on local politics. I intend to make the most of it. I have a lot to do and a lot to learn.

Nationally the country is changing. The scars of inequality are deep and many people are throughly sick of poverty. We are seeing distressing evidence every day that shows how the public sector – our public services – are becoming unstitched. We are witnessing how the profit motive never delivers for the public good. It’s just a basic fact!

Internationally, climate change, global security and global trade means in reality we are all ‘close’ cousins and must work together recognising our mutual responsibilities to each other.

Kent County Council Committees

I have taken seats on several committees at Kent County Council (KCC):

  • HOSC – health overview and scrutiny committee
  • Policy and Resource
  • CCF – the staff consultative forum
  • Treasury
  • Member of Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority

Activities in Newington and Ramsgate

Pop Up Surgeries
I have started to run ‘pop up surgeries’ so far these have taken place at Vinyl Head Cafe, Addington street, 16th June and The 26 Harbour Street Bar, 24th June. A further one is planned at the Labour office on 14th July, with more afterwards on a regular basis. My intention is to be as accessible as possible. Details of forthcoming dates will appear on the home page of my website.

Case work
There is a steady increase in casework, with housing needs and issues absolutely dominating. The introduction of Universal Credit will make the situation worse. More in this soon.

Rubbish
A other big issue is rubbish removal. I’m still pressing for a bulk rubbish removal scheme. We have asked TDC again. We will keep asking.

Pleasurama
I’m pressing really hard to get a response from KCC on the on going saga of Pleasurama. Again I will keep pushing for this.

Ramsgate Port
I’ve raised the issue of whether it’s time to think again about the port’s designation as ‘industrial’. The rise in tourism is most undoubtably our future in Ramsgate.

Manston
I attended another public consultation held by Riveroak Strategic Partners (RSP), who wish to revive Manston Airport as an airfreight hub. South Thanet Labour Party‘s position is clear. We feel the time is long overdue to enter into a useful discussion with Stone Hill Park (SHP). The consultation was confused. Different people were given different information, so agreed facts are hard to come by. What was clear is a cargo hub will account for 80% of the business, with a possibility – nothing in concrete yet – of some passenger flights. Night flights are a certainty. Jobs created will not be the high quality future focussed employment that SHP offers via advanced manufacturing.

Councillor’s Grant
Along with KCC county councillor Barry Lewis, we have decided to use our grants, as far as possible, to support local organisations. I am currently processing about 6 applications. More applications from groups seeking to promote and enhance community activities would be welcome.

Newington Road congestion
I’m meeting with KCC highways department to arrange a walkabout and have organised another big meeting at St. Lawrence School to discuss the escalating traffic congestion on Newington Road. I have meet with the fire service and our request for ‘hatchings’ (Rosa markings) has been agreed to. The meeting is on 12th July from 6.00 pm at St Lawrence School. All those with an interest are welcome.

Warre Rec children’s area park
I have now been able to get this fenced off and have also had a couple of benches installed on site.

NHS
Many of you will be aware that Kent & Canterbury Hospital has closed some services. We have been campaigning to stop this. You can see the press release and more details about the local impact here.

Street lights and safety at night
Labour leader Jenny Matterface and myself are starting an online 38degrees petition and a hard copy petition to get the 2,500 lights in Thanet, which are currently not retro fitted to energy saving LED and will not be retro fitted, switched on. Our demand is that Paul Carter must find this money or lobby our government to acquire this money. We are kickstarting this on Friday 21st July with a street stall in Ramsgate town centre. If anyone would like to support us we have colour petitions, posters and black and white petitions you can print off available as PDFs. Please contact me for more details.

Day to day news

Report from new Labour KCC Councillor Karen Constantine

    Thanet District Council and Kent County Council councillor report. June 2017. Well it’s been such a hectic time since being elected to Kent Council Council on 4th May 2017. Those of you that have read my reports before will be aware that I try to do a fairly regular report in order to be transparent and accountable, but also to spread knowledge and make connections. You can see previous reports here. As a ‘double hatter’ (sitting on two councils) I will continue to do that. I hadn’t set out to become a ‘double hatter’, initially in 2014 I wanted to get Will Scobie elected to Parliament and to win a seat for myself on Thanet District Council (TDC). I fully believe in local politics. Events in South Thanet took an historical turn with the rise of UKIP. My mission became to beat back what I believe is a racist and extremist far right party. This has led me into taking a long term sabbatical from my full time career as a trade union official. I’m grateful that I can concentrate full time on local politics. I intend to make the most of it. I have a lot to do and a lot to learn. Nationally the country is changing. The scars of inequality are deep and many people are throughly sick of poverty. We are seeing distressing evidence every day that shows how the public sector – our public services – are becoming unstitched. We are witnessing how the profit motive never delivers for the public good. It’s just a basic fact! Internationally, climate change, global security and global trade means in reality we are all ‘close’ cousins and must work together recognising our mutual responsibilities to each other. Kent County Council Committees I have taken seats on several committees at Kent County Council (KCC): HOSC – health...

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