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Welcome to the Lewes Labour Party

This is the site of the Lewes and Ouse Valley Labour Party. We are part of the Lewes Constituency Labour Party:

http://www.lewesseahavenlabour.org.uk/

Our Candidate for Parliament is Lloyd Russell-Moyle

lloydLloyd grew up in Lewes and after a short spell working in Bradford and then Brussels now lives here with his family. He currently has a contract writing reports for the United Nations and previously worked with youth workers and youth work development around the world. Lloyd says:

Having been raised in Lewes, I went to the local school and college and worked in the town. I then studied and worked at University of Bradford followed by a short spell in Brussels.

I have had a background in co-operative businesses as a director of one of the UK’s oldest Fair Trade cafés, Company Secretary for a housing co-operative and founder of a bulk-buying food co-operative. I’ve worked for East Sussex County Council’s Youth Service and ran a Lewes childrens’ group, the Woodcraft Folk.

After becoming Vice-President of the European Youth Forum, (the campaigning arm of youth organisations including sports clubs, the Guides and the YMCA), I moved back to Lewes and got active locally again.

You can contact Lloyd by telephone: 01273 25 2929, skype & twitter: lloyd_rm or email: lloyd.russell-moyle@leweslabour.org.uk
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Council candidates in Lewes

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Lewes Labour has announced the candidates who will stand for the District Council elections in May, they are:

Lewes Castle Ward candidates
Philippa Thompson & Linda Drabble
Lewes Priory Ward Candidates 
Louis Blair, Pam Lewis & Gaby Weiner
Lewes Bridge Ward Candidates 
Gill Short & Denzil Jones

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Between them they have years of community activity in Lewes, from helping with food banks to supporting bonfire societies.They have professional experience which ranges from Council Housing to Education. They welcome any comments from people in Lewes at info@leweslabour.org.uk and will really challenge the current administration which has failed Lewes time and time again.

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Freeze Bus Fares

Labour Party candidate, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, calls for freeze on bus fares.

Mr Russell-Moyle, Labour’s candidate to be MP in the Lewes Constituency, has written to local bus providers asking them to consider freezing bus fares for 2015/2016 and requested a meeting with all interested parties to ensure that bus services are maintained.

Mr Russell-Moyle said: “with falling petrol costs due to remain throughout 2015/2016 I’m requesting that the bus companies make a commitment to support the travelling public and pass on the savings by freezing or reducing bus fares in the coming year”

East Sussex County Council voted for reduction to the travel subsidy in December last year and allowed bus companies that run routes commercially to set their own bus fares. Routes supported by the council are allowed to seek a fare increase of up to 30% with officers deciding the increase on each case.

Mr Russell-Moyle stated: “with wages still not increasing at anywhere near the rate of increase in public transport it would seem fair that the bus companies across Sussex make a commitment to both freeze prices and also meet to discuss plans on how to increase numbers of services reaching out to the rural areas of our county”

Labour has pledged to give councils greater powers to set fares, regulate buses and award routes to either non-profit or publicly owned providers if they wish.

ENDS

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Lloyd Russell-Moyle is the Labour Party’s Candidate for Lewes Constituency, where he grew up and lives with his family. He can be contacted on 01273 25 2929 or lloyd.russell-moyle@leweslabour.org.uk. He has been working with the non-party coalition “Lewes Stop the Cuts” to fight the bus cuts in East Sussex.

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Norman Baker MP accused of accepting cash from homophobic Stagecoach buses boss against the interests of the travelling public

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Section 28 protestors stop a Stagecoach BusResearch by a national website, Guido Fawkes, and Labour’s candidate to be MP in Lewes, Lloyd Russell-Moyle, has revealed that Norman Baker, the current MP for Lewes and former LibDem Transport Minister accepted a donation from Brian Souter, chairman of Stagecoach buses and prominent anti-gay campaigner. The donation has been condemned by Stonewall a Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual equality charity and Mr Russell-Moyle.

The donation of £3,500 was registered by Mr Baker in the register of members’ interests in Parliament at the end of 2014. In 2000 Mr Souter ran a campaign in Scotland to prevent the repeal of Section 28, which prevented the instruction or “promotion of homosexuality” as an equal relationship. This homophobic law was introduced by the Tories and repealed by Labour in Scotland in 2000 and in England and Wales in 2003.

Mr Russell-Moyle said “it’s unbelievable that our MP would accept a donation from a person who fought so hard to prevent the fair treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people across the country. Section 28 put fear in to the minds of teachers, and council workers, preventing them supporting LGBT people for decades and contributing to homophobic hate in our schools and workplaces.”

The gay rights group Stonewall told Guido Fawkes in a statement “Despite accepting this donation from a notorious opponent of equality, I’m sure Norman Baker and his team will be seeking to avoid the same fate as the unsuccessful campaigns [Mr] Souter has funded against equality for gay people in Scotland.”

Mr Souter is also the founder and chairman of one of the UKs largest private transport companies and is the reason Mr Baker gives for the donation stating to Guido Fawkes: “The donation is not about gay rights. He thought I was a good Transport minister and he wants me back in parliament.”

Commenting on Mr Baker’s connection with big bus companies, Mr Russell-Moyle stated “whilst we have been fighting to save buses in East Sussex Mr Baker is accepting cash from big bus companies to protect them and not the travelling public. Mr Baker claims he protected buses whilst Transport Minister, but this donation would suggest all he protected was the profits of the companies that take 14 pence of every pound out of public transport and into private pockets. Labour has promised to allow councils to take control over bus lines and run them not-for profit.”

Stagecoach made over £140 million in profits last year and on average over £3million from its routes in each of its areas. Stagecoach runs the former Eastbourne Buses and Hastings and District Buses and receives a subsidy from East Sussex County Council. East Sussex County Council has cut its £1.8 million subsidy without protecting all services across the county, despite East Sussex Labour’s motion to stop the bus cuts passing the full council late last year.

Members of Lewes Labour Party have suggested that Mr Baker should return the money or donate it to the Lewes Stop the Cuts Campaign in support of protecting bus services in East Sussex.

 

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Concerns raised at increasing traffic if incinerator is expanded

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Labour’s Candidate for MP in Newhaven has raised concerns that the proposed expansion of the Newhaven Incinerator could increase traffic in Newhaven.

Mr Lloyd Russell-Moyle has written to the County Council and to the Operators of the incinerator seeking assurances for the expansion and seeking greater investment in Newhaven to alleviate our already crowded roads.

He wrote in the Sussex Express this week:

For the Newhaven/Seaford Edition of the Sussex Express.

Dear Editor

I am writing about my concern at the planning application from Veolia to expand operations at the incinerator in Newhaven. The application was put in at the end of the year, and I believe that many people are unaware of its consequences. It would allow Veolia to accept waste from further afield and is worrying because of the nature of the already congested roads in Newhaven and the ongoing effect that the incinerator has on the well being of people who live in Newhaven. Many residents may not know that Veolia only uses around 140 of the almost 230 allocated HGV “movement” slots per day. Whilst the application “only” predicts an extra 8 HGVs trundling through Newhaven a day, 60% increase of current movements is permitted without going back to the planners.

One resident said to me: “The traffic is already bad in Newhaven from increased lorries going to the incinerator. If we take rubbish from the French, which has always been Veolia’s plan (as a French company), then the bridge would have to open more often and make matters worse”.

In the application Veolia state that bringing waste from further afield will allow for bulk-heading (ie collating the waste off site and bringing it in all in at once) but the latest Network Rail review of Sussex foresees only one train a day to the site and no increase up until 2030, so it looks as if the roads and town will suffer the burden of this increase.

For too long Newhaven has been abandoned by the political classes, surely it is time to draw a line in the sand and look at ways to develop Newhaven for the greater good of those that live here.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle
Labour’s candidate for MP in Newhaven
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The planning application can be seen here: http://ift.tt/1xLXVJJ

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Madness of train fare increases must stop.

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ByNhYeXIUAASMIr.jpgSince 2010 the Government has allowed the train companies to hit passengers in Sussex with massive fare rises of over 20%. A season ticket for passengers from Lewes to London (All Terminals) has gone up by 24% to £4,408.00, an increase of over £800.

The latest fare rises came into effect on 2nd January 2015 adding to commuters new year hangover. 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour’s candidate for MP in Lewes and Seahaven has joined others calling for better regulation and the introduction of a nationally owned railways company to protect commuters.

Lloyd said he would “campaign for a people’s railway run not-for-profit but for the people” commenting on Labours’ Track record Lloyd said “Labour nationalised the tracks and stations after the Tory sell off of our railways and I would campaign for us to continue to fight for the people that need to use the railways not big business”

Lloyd joined, Nancy Platts, Labour’s candidate for MP in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven in saying: “I will continue to campaign for a better deal for railway passengers and taxpayers. This can be done by reforming the railways, simplifying the ticketing system and enforcing a strict cap on fares on every route. 

Forcing people to pay more to travel on trains that are frequently delayed and overcrowded to get to work is not acceptable. That why I will be pressing for rail franchises to be returned to public ownership as each one comes up for renewal  so that all profits go back into providing a better deal for passengers and not into the pockets of shareholders.”

Labour will give passengers a voice in how the railways are run and stop passengers getting fleeced at ticketing machines by making it a legal right for passengers to be sold the cheapest available ticket for their journey.

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Labour calls for greater regulation of buses after Conservatives vote to cut rural bus services.

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Bus_Campain.pngLloyd Russell-Moyle, Labour’s candidate to be MP in Lewes and Seahaven has joined the campaign to allow greater regulations of buses after the East Sussex Tory administration pushed ahead with bus cuts.

Labour will give greater control to local communities over local bus services in East Sussex with Lloyd Russell-Moyle backing the campaign called “Passenger Power”. The campaign aims to put communities and passengers in control of local bus services. Labour has pledged to hand powers back to local communities in East Sussex to save crucial bus routes.

 

Lloyd said: “The recent petition of 7,000 signatures from across East Sussex shows people really care about their buses. Its a tragedy of both democracy and public services that the Tory administration ignored a full council vote and instead has gone ahead with cuts to buses. These cuts will harm rural areas and the poor”

 

Across England, over 1,300 bus routes have been cut since 2010. People living in rural areas in particular are seeing their bus services disappear. In rural areas, the number of miles of local bus service has dropped by a massive 23 per cent compared to 2010.

 

At the same time, bus fares have increased by 25 per cent since 2010 – an increase five times faster than wage growth. Over the same period, operating costs for local bus services has stayed the same. The new figures reveal that bus passenger fare receipts from this year were half a billion pounds more than in 2010. And the operating revenue for the bus companies has increased by four per cent since 2010.

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