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KeirS.pngLabour MP and Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Keir Starmer, visited Fresh Beginnings in Colchester today.
Sir Keir Starmer, Labour MP for Holborn & St Pancras and former Director of Public Prosecutions, is visiting Colchester to speak to workers, volunteers and clients at the local charity, Fresh Beginnings. The charity has been instrumental, with Colchester Borough Council, in resettling four Syrian refugee families in Colchester with a fifth family arriving imminently. Sir Keir has taken a keen interest in the refugee crisis and was one of three Labour MPs who wrote to Prime Minister, David Cameron, last September seeking urgent action to address the issue.
Sir Keir was joined by Labour councillors Tina Bourne, Rosalind Scott, Julie Young and Tim Young who have all been involved in Colchester’s positive response to the refugee crisis.

Cllr Tim Young said,
 
"We are honoured that Sir Keir Starmer wanted to visit Colchester to see the work we are doing to help refugees settle in Colchester. Fresh Beginnings are doing a superb job and they can show Sir Keir what has to be done in order to allow refugees from Syria settle comfortably and successfully into our communities."

Keir Starmer Visits Colchester

Labour MP and Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Keir Starmer, visited Fresh Beginnings in Colchester today.Sir Keir Starmer, Labour MP for Holborn & St Pancras and former Director of...

Tollgate and the Local Plan

Sadly a lot of misinformation has been circulated about the Tollgate Planning application - some claims by the Tories are misleading.

The Borough Council has to have a strong robust Local Plan to protect itself from developers building anywhere. The Local Plan in place designates land for certain development purposes which then allows the Council through the Planning Committee to control what development takes place and where. Ignoring the Local Plan and allowing departures opens up the Countryside to developers and defeats the whole purpose of having locally agreed plans. 

  • All parties support this approach.
  • The Tollgate application was not consistent with the Local Plan
  • The Local Plan was agreed by all Parties and the Tories should be supporting it not trying to undermine it
  • One senior Tory Councillor also voted AGAINST the application.
  • The Tories (including Pritti Patel MP) did not raise the issue of the designation of Tollgate during the Local Plan process
  • The Tory manifesto does not pledge to scrap the Local Plan
  • The Local Plan should be kept under review and adapted from time to time but not just to respond to one proposed development

Stanway Tollgate

Tollgate and the Local Plan Sadly a lot of misinformation has been circulated about the Tollgate Planning application - some claims by the Tories are misleading. The Borough Council has...

Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Vince Chosen

Chris Vince has been chosen as candidate for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner elections.

 

Chris_Vince_625.pngThe Labour Party has chosen from the Essex Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, Chris Vince, who will be contesting the Police & Crime Commissioner elections in Essex, on Thursday 5th May 2016.

Chris Vince was chosen following ballots of Constituency Labour Parties within the relevant police force area. 

 

Chris has already been to Colchester on 4 occasions helping with canvassing for the local Council elections.

 

Find out more about Chris Vince here

PCC Candidate

Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Vince Chosen Chris Vince has been chosen as candidate for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner elections.   The Labour Party has chosen from the Essex Police & Crime...

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