Opposition politicians say they are "not surprised" but a critical report on Northamptonshire's fire service that highlighted lack of funding as one of the reasons it beeded improvement.
A great canvassing session in Spencer today with Northampton South Labour Party activists. We had lots of positive conversations with residents and picked up lots of casework too...see you soon! Gareth 🌹😊✌️
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I am immensely proud of Kieron Conway tonight, a fantastic performance, full of heart...despite it being ruled a draw, he did Northampton proud and could easily have won. Let’s get a rematch on and bring it home champ. Well done! 👏🥊Kings Heath Boxing Club
📺 WATCH: yesterday I took no pleasure in speaking for a motion calling for the resignation of NCC Leader, Cllr Matt Golby. This followed the recent reports that stated the council had failed to take precautionary action to protect two children who went on to be murdered on his watch. Sadly, accountability will not be forthcoming, as the Tories all voted against. 😔
📺 WATCH: here is my contribution to the debate in a motion calling for NCC to declare a Climate Change Emergency. Despite some Conservative dinosaurs speaking against it 🦖👎, the motion pleasingly was agreed in the end. Phew! 🌍🌱👍
Joint statement on collaborative work to help people sleeping rough. Really good news that Northampton Borough Council, Northampton Hope Centre and Churches Together led by Oliver Coss have been able to reestablish ways of working, this can only be of benefit to those unfortunate individuals that end up on our streets. My sincere commendations to all involved. Full statement is here: https://www.northampton.gov.uk/news/article/2969/joint-statement-on-collaborative-work-to-help-people-sleeping-rough
Everyone in Northampton needs to be supporting Kieron Conway on Friday night, he could become the towns first British boxing title holder...he’s another product of the fantastic Kings Heath Boxing Club - his fight against Ted Cheeseman for the British Super-Welterweight title is on Sky Sports on Friday night. Good luck champ, bring it home! 🥊💪🤞
❤️🌹- what a team! 👏
I know how empathetic Father Oliver Coss is, so appreciate how difficult a decision this would have been to serve notice on those in the encampment. But if he feels this course of action is correct, I absolutely trust his and all at All Saints' Church, Northampton judgement. They have my full support.
I’m obviously disappointed that the Conservative Councillors voted this motion down. To be crystal clear, I and Labour have no problems with stakeholders being involved in shaping any final plans for the Town Centre, considering feedback from the most important people, the public. However, Northampton Borough Council is the statutory authority responsible for the Town Centre and is the named accountable body in the submission to the government. So for elected Councillors to therefore not be permitted to vote and sign off any plans being made in their name, is simply wrong. The absence of such a vote could actually open up the potential for a judicial review, which of course no one wants. I will continue to speak out on this matter and others inside the council and stand up for what I think is right.
These are four of Channel 4 News’ most recent encounters with Conservative leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson. He was the only candidate not to attend Sunday’s Conservative Party leadership debate on Channel 4.
Clucking hell?! 🐔👂🏻
A record 16,337 people have won appeals against the Governments cruel disability benefit tests in just three months. Two things here, if you’re affected: 1. Always, always appeal. 2. The success rate of the appeals (74%) confirms how poor the original decisions are.
Police investigate bribery and misconduct in public office allegations over Northampton Town FC loan.
UPDATE: MISSING £10.25 MILLION LOAN...here is a police update on the Northampton Missing Millions investigation. PLEASE LIKE 👍 and SHARE 👆 They are using the word ‘corruption’ for the first time. ‘Theft, fraud, money laundering, bribery and misconduct in public office’. Also talking about ‘trials’ and ‘convictions’...fingers crossed for justice! 30 suspects so far, including individuals previously connected with: - The Parliamentary Seat of Northampton South - Northampton Town FC - The local Conservative Party - The Borough Council - The Bushey based business County Group - Plus others
Please watch to the end and reflect.
This child abuse victim shows us why Boris Johnson is unfit to be Prime Minister.
Licensing committee member Councillor Gareth Eales said: “I would suggest that we refuse on the grounds that the applicant has neglected to furnish us with information we reasonably require for the purpose of informing our decision.”
Is your child off school roll and home educated? Complete this two minute survey to help get more support with their home education. Survey is here 👉 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CBDT9GL For more info on Northants Home Education Support please visit https://northantshomeeducationsupport.co.uk/who-we-are
So to be clear; Tory austerity creates hungry children and Tory Councillors vote against trying to find a local solution to it. Staggering! Well done to Cllr. Emma Roberts - Delapre & Briar Hill for proposing the motion.
Councillor Gareth Eales said the decision to go for 2029 instead of 2025 seemed ‘pragmatic’. He told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: “If we are going for City of Culture, it would be good to get our own cultural house in order first.”
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Labour introduced free TV licenses for the over 75s in 2000, today the BBC has announced that they will no longer issue free TV licenses for those aged over 75 after the Tory government withdrew funding, after promising to not do it in their 2017 manifesto, in the same week Boris Johnson promises tax cuts for the richest. Thousands of pensioners in Northampton South will be affected by this. 📺😠
These are the food boxes on offer at Shop Zer0 Micro £3.50 Small £7.00 Large £12.00 (Admin Charge) They are available to everyone wanting to keep good food from going to landfill. You can call in during opening time to collect, no need to order. Join the food revolution. #ZeroFoodWasteNorthants ❤️
Bring it on.
This is extremely worrying. This is not a fair and transparent approach, I have therefore submitted a formal complaint to NCC, on behalf of the people of St James, who I represent.
Should he stay or should he go?
Two councillors walked out of a planning meeting due to proposed homes from a council-owned company not being ‘eco-friendly’ enough.
Great showing from the Northampton South Labour massive, helping on the doors to assist the fabulous Lisa Forbes in the Peterborough by-election. Fingers crossed local people get her as their new elected Labour MP 🤞🌹
At a time when we don’t have enough money to keep our children safe...bargain!
📺 WATCH: BBC LOOK EAST on failings of Tory-led Northamptonshire county council in the run up to the deaths of two children. 🚨NOTE: is it me or are the words “lessons have been learnt” just not good enough?
📺 WATCH: BBC NEWS (National) on failings of Tory-led Northamptonshire county council in the run up to the deaths of two children. 🚨NOTE: despite these events, another £10 million in cuts is to be stripped from children’s services this year!
Cllr Golby said: “I’m not going to stand down. When this sort of stuff happens you need to do some soul searching and it is only right we do that. We are really sorry about what happened but I stand by the department. I acted in the most diligent way I possibly could and asked the questions of directors. I was aware the department had challenges but was given reassurances that everything was being done.”
Informative view on the tragic deaths of two children in the county, please read.
This is truly appalling - how on earth can children be allowed to die, due to negligence of our local authority. A day of shame and some people should consider their positions and resign!
A borough and county councillor has expressed concerns that a proposed children’s trust to take over children’s services will be an ‘unaccountable quango’.
Our NHS is not for sale.
I’d like to wish all Muslim people celebrating in Northampton and around the world, Eid Mubarak! ☪️
📣UPDATE: PLANNING APPLICATION - BARKER BUILDING, COUNTESS ROAD. Thank you to the several local residents who responded and made their objections to this planning application. A number of objections have been registered with the council planning department and importantly Northamptonshire Highways have also made formal concerns know about parking. So fingers crossed common-sense will prevail. 📊 POLL RESULTS...519 people voted in the video poll and 86% believe this current proposal should be opposed, so it’s great my view is shared by the majority of residents. Updates to follow!
Northampton County Beer Festival has come along way since 1973 when a few ale enthusiasts would stand around a dozen casks of ale in the old bus station.
We need a General Election now to bring the country together and build a fairer society for the many, not the few.
Calls to make Northampton carbon neutral and ban single-use plastics at schools will be debated by councillors as part of a discussion over a ‘green revolution’ in the town.
Cruel Tory benefit reforms are today compared to a Victorian workhouse by a United Nations Special Rapporteur.
Labour and myself welcome the formulation of a Town Centre Masterplan and that a bid for up to £25 million funding from the governments Future High Streets Fund could only be a positive thing for Northampton, especially if we are successful. However, Labour are deeply concerned about the process that is being adopted, which contravenes some fundamental protocols. Until it no longer exists or is replaced, Northampton Borough Council is the current authority with responsibility for the Town Centre and regeneration and yet this fundamental role is being circumvented during the Town Centre Masterplan process. The formation of 'Northampton Forward' has been undertaken without any mandate from Full Council or indeed the cabinet and this entity is answerable to no-one - as such there is a deficit of democracy and accountability, as the board of 'Northampton Forward' is scheduled to be the sole decision maker on any final bid that goes forward and the body that considers any public feedback. There is of course a role for stakeholders and partners, but it is imperative that Northampton Borough Council and elected members play a role in what should be a positive process, as is our elected responsibilities. The Town Centre Masterplan and the grouping that drives it should not be something that operates in a veil of secrecy with a huge whiff of cronyism, this town has suffered enough of that. To remedy this situation and to ensure the best outcomes, Labour are submitting to the 3rd June Full Council meeting a motion, seeking the following steps; 1) Full Council to nominate Councillors from each political grouping to sit on the Northampton Forward board. The numbers should be; Conservative 3, Labour 2 and Lib Dem 1. These Councillors should play active roles as board members in considering the feedback from the public and shaping any final plan that is submitted for consideration, working in parity with the rest of the board. 2) Full Council should formally vote on any final Town Centre plans that are to be part of any bid. This plan can be pre-agreed by the Northampton Forward board ‘in principle’ and then brought to Full Council for rubber-stamping. Labour had hoped such a motion wouldn't be necessary and common-sense would have prevailed already. I know a number of Conservative Councillors are unhappy about this issue too. With cross party involvement and Councillors on the Northampton Forward board, it will ensure ‘buy in’ from all political groups and everyone positively focused on the best outcome for the town, whilst still respecting the role and democracy of Northampton Borough Council. What we cannot have is an unelected and unaccountable quango to take control of our towns future or for this Conservative Council to outsource our democracy and accountability.