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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
Read more about me here

Join us in canvassing in Lewes and Newhaven

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CCUAMXSWYAAQmbi.jpgUpcoming campaigning events

Come out on Thursday evenings or over the next few weekends to knock on doors and help to identify where the Labour vote is and/or deliver leaflets to every household. Every little bit of support you can offer will help. Dates and contacts for voter identification and leaflet deliveries in the Lewes area are:

Saturday 18th April 4-6pm– Hill Top Way, Harbour View Road, Haven Way Meet at bottom of Haven Way, near entrance to Seahaven Academy (Phone Jan 07747784613)

Saturday, 18th April – meet 11.00am at St Pancras Stores, St Pancras Road, Lewes. 
Contact Louis Blair louis.blair@btinternet.com

Sunday, 19th April – meet 11.00am at Malling Community Centre, Hereward Way, Lewes. 
Contact Gill Short gillshort1@gmail.com

Sunday, 19th April – leaflet delivery, Ringmer – meet at 2.30pm at the Green Man pub in Ringmer.
Contact Linda Drabble lindadrabble@btinternet.com

Saturday 25th April 11-1pm – Northdown Road, Northdown Close, Southdown Road, Southdown Close Meet at junction of Gibbon Road and Northdown Road  (Phone Jan 07747784613)

Saturday, 25th April – meet 11.00am at Southover school car park. 
Contact Louis Blair louis.blair@btinternet.com

Sunday, 26th April – meet 11.00am at Malling Community Centre, Hereward Way. 
Contact Gill Short gillshort1@gmail.com

Wednesday 29th April 5-7pm – Hillcrest Road Meet at 3, Western Road (Phone Jan 07747784613)

Thursday, 30th April – meet 6pm at Leicester Road Stores, Lewes. Contact Louis Blair 
louis.blair@btinternet.com

Saturday, 2nd May – Lewes street stall, Cliffe Bridge, Lewes. Meet 9.30am at Lewes Labour party office, 3, North Street, Lewes. Contact Linda Drabble lindadrabble@btinternet.com

Monday, 4th May – meet 10.30am at Old Malling Way, Lewes.
Contact Linda Drabble lindadrabble@btinternet.com

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Britain can be better

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This morning Ed Miliband launched Labour’s Manifesto which will see people in Lewes and Seahaven given a much needed boost under the next Labour Government.

Labour have committed to:

    • Reverse the Government’s final cut in corporation tax to pay for a reduction in rates for small businesses
    • Invest £2.5 Billion in the NHS, funded by a mansion tax on the very wealthiest of properties.
    • Cut tuition fees to £6,000 a year, funded by reducing tax relief on pensions for those earning over £150,000 a year.
    • Cap gas and electricity bills and force energy companies to pass along savings to customers.
    • Increase the minimum wage to at least £8 a year by 2020.
    • Provide up to 25 hours of childcare for working parents with 3 and 4 year olds.

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Labour’s secret weapon in this election is you. Members of the public contributing their time and money are having a big impact.

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Britian can be better

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This morning Ed Miliband launched Labour’s Manifesto which will see people in Lewes and Seahaven given a much needed boost under the next Labour Government.

Labour have committed to:

    • Reverse the Government’s final cut in corporation tax to pay for a reduction in rates for small businesses
    • Invest £2.5 Billion in the NHS, funded by a mansion tax on the very wealthiest of properties.
    • Cut tuition fees to £6,000 a year, funded by reducing tax relief on pensions for those earning over £150,000 a year.
    • Cap gas and electricity bills and force energy companies to pass along savings to customers.
    • Increase the minimum wage to at least £8 a year by 2020.
    • Provide up to 25 hours of childcare for working parents with 3 and 4 year olds.

 Click the image to view the full manifesto online

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Labour’s secret weapon in this election is you. Members of the public contributing their time and money are having a big impact.

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Freeze on train fares, improvments to A27 but no wastful new road.

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a27d.pngLabour is pleased to announce it will limit train fares, whilst investing in safety works on the A27 but postponing the new by-pass and road expansion.
 
Labour has pledged to introduce a strict cap on annual rail fares across all routes. We will also introduce a state owned railway company which will bid for the franchises when they come up. Just as we did with East Coast if railway companies fail to meet their targets, we will look at taking them back into the state railway company. Southern’s performance has meant that we will consider using all existing powers to ensure that trains run on time and are affordable.

At the manifesto launch yesterday the Labour Party comment on the A27 was: “Labour is today saying that we intend to go ahead with the agreed works on the A27 with the exception of the specific Arundel bypass – this is due to cut through a National Park and so raises a number of environmental issues that need be resolved before we give this one section of road improvement the go ahead.  “Instead of an uncosted Tory plan they have no idea how they will pay for, Labour will deliver a fully funded rail fares freeze”

Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Lewes Constituency Labour Party candidate) said : “We’ve heard promises on improving links between Lewes and Eastbourne before, but with little action. We will keep rail fares downs whilst improving the safety of the A27.” Unlike other parties the Labour Party is united in this view with Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Jake Lambert (Eastbourne Constituency Labour Party candidate) jointly saying: “Labour will press to ensure that local residents and businesses see the benefits. Investment needs to continue to make the A27 safer whilst improving train and bus routes.”

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Newhaven Denton and Meeching Ward Candidates announced

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The Labour Party has announced the new candidate for Newhaven Dention and Meeching Ward who will be standing in the District election on the 7th May 2015.

Introducing Doug and Jan, Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour’s candidate for Parliament in Newhaven) said “I’ve been working with Jan and Doug for the last couple of years and they will be great councillors who will put Newhaven first. They will be a new face to the tired old administration and I welcome supporting them in their election on the 7th May.

Newhaven Denton and Meeching Ward Candidates

jan_doug.jpgDoug Johnson (left): I have lived locally since 1973 and have taught I.T. in a number of schools in Brighton and East & West Sussex, including 12 years at Seaford Head. Recently, I was instrumental in setting up and promoting an e-petition to protest against ESCC’s attempts to sell off the former Grays School site in Western Road.

doug@newhavenlabour.org.uk

Jan Woodling (right): I have lived in East Sussex for over 40 years. I have been a teacher in a primary school, in a further education college and in HM Prison, Lewes. I have also worked as a development officer for the Basic Skills Agency, seconded to the Prison Service and later the Probation Service, to advise and develop policy and strategy in education.

As life-long labour supporters, we are both committed to creating a fair society that looks after the interests of all local people, including those with some of the greatest needs.

For real housing provision, real business and job support, real plans and solutions for Newhaven

jan@newhavenlabour.org.uk

Doug and Jan need your support to:

  • Make sure the poorest do not suffer most from cuts to council funding
  • Enable the voices of local people to be heard and acted upon
  • Ensure the proposed, excessive housing development planned for Newhaven is based on the needs of local people rather than making profits for property developers
  • Ensure any development includes the provision of affordable, social housing and appropriate infrastructure in terms of school places, health care, transport, etc.
  • Continue the fight to return the beach to the local community
  • Encourage the growth of businesses and jobs in Newhaven and turn it into a ‘living wage’ town
  • Start making progress on resolving the daily log-jam on our roads, the flooding on the east bank, the over-charging from having two water companies and the multitude of problems caused by the incinerator

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Labour talks prison system

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Lewes Labour Party has taken politics to the people with a series of public meetings on key topics of the day.  So far we have had public meetings on the following: North Street Development (August 2013); Transport – rail, bus, bike and 20-mile limit, (September 2013); NHS (October 2103), Lewes as a Living Wage town (November 2013); and Violence Against Women (December 2013). The meetings usually take place on the first Monday of the month, 7.30-9pm, at Lewes Labour rooms, North Street, Lewes, and have been well attended and lively with a mix of speakers and discussion. 
 
Our 6th Public meeting took place on 2 March this year on the topic of Prisons and the criminal justice system.
 
A representative from the Prison Officers Association (POA) who cannot be named for fear of reprisal was mainly concerned about the low level of staffing which meant that prisoners, many of who suffer from mental illness, could not be guaranteed safety, neither could they work or get proper training and rehabilitation. The level of prison suicides had risen dramatically and staff no longer felt sufficiently trained or in sufficient numbers to cope with the situation.  Lewes as a local prison was certainly not the worst case, but nevertheless was under acute strain. This state of affairs he attributed to the cost-cutting austerity measures of the current government, which is only likely to get worse if the Conservatives retain power.
This was followed by a short talk by Sara Hyde who has worked in the criminal justice system and is currently working with women leaving prison.  She gave several examples of what happens to women who leave prison and who often suffer from mental or drug-related problems, and the difficulties of finding them proper accommodation and support. Many of these women, Sara said, shouldn’t have been given custodial sentences in the first place as they did  not constitute a public threat. Reductions in legal aid and the privatisation of the probation service had only made matters worse.
 
Sara who is hoping to stand as a future Labour parliamentary candidate expressed the hope that Labour, when in power, will reverse the privatisation and race-to-the-bottom of conditions both for staff and prisoners, and also reverse the changes made to legal aid and the probation service
People who have been to these meetings say that the speakers have been interesting and informative and that they now feel better informed about what they should be demanding from their councils and politicians, local and nationally. Details of meetings have been advertised through the Lewes Labour Party website and in the windows of the Labour Party Office, 3 North Street.
 
Gaby Weiner, convenor

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Police cuts condemned

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Lloyd Russell-Moyle the Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes has condemned the cuts which are being imposed on Sussex Police through cuts by this government.

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Lewes which is the home town of the Sussex Police Headquarters will be particularly badly hit and Lewes Labour party is liaising with Unions to ensure a co-ordinated response.

Mr Russell-Moyle went on to say “rather than cutting frontline services and support staff we should scrap the useless and costly Police Crime Commissioners, be looking at integrating management and admin from all blue light services across sussex and ensuring that community policing is preserved” 

UNIOSN stated: “The UNISON Sussex Police and Justice Branch together with our colleagues in the Police Federation now consider that we have reached a tipping point and that Policing in Sussex will become increasingly withdrawn to small urban areas leaving vast districts of the county without a Police presence. The Federation believes that these cuts will have consequences and we fully endorse that statement.”

Responding to the news from Sussex Police Force, Shadow Policing Minister, Jack Dromey MP, said:
“The news that Sussex Police is to cut a fifth of its serving officers serves as yet another reminder of the catastrophic consequences of the cuts that this Government has imposed on our Police Service.

“Time and again we have offered the Government solutions with smarter savings that would protect over 1,000 frontline officers but instead they insist on an approach that risks the safety and security of our citizens.”

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TO contact Lloyd Russell-Moyle for further comment email lloyd.russell-moyle@leweslabour.org.uk or phone 01273 25 2929

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