Nantwich Street Stall
Today, we set up a stall in the town square in Nantwich. We set up these stalls to allow residents and shoppers to come and talk to us about what we’re doing and what concerns they have. We had Laura with us, two important petitions and a charity box for feminine hygiene producrts – a campaign setup by the Women’s Forum of Crewe & Nantwich Labour Party setup to help with the ridiculous costs of these important consumables – we will have more on that in a future article so check back often. We filled out both the petitions nicely. The Save Our Buses petition is still making the rounds at bus stations in the area until the Cheshire East bus service consultation finishes on Wednesday. The other petition was one started by Macclesfield Labour Party to save the Millbrook Unit at Macclesfield District General Hospital. There is more information and a chance to sign the petition online here.
Laura Smith MP
We were able to be joined by newly elected MP for Crewe & Nantwich Laura Smith before she headed over to Pickmere Court. Laura was able to talk and give advice to those around the town and have a chance to congratulate her. Laura’s office is not long off being setup now and appointments and surgeries will available soon.
Laura has been busy in Parliament this week, focusing on HS2 and Education.
Laura asked Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling about a guarantee that the hub in Crewe would be based at the existing Crewe station which was confirmed. Laura has promised to hold him to this guarantee and will work to ensure that travel on the new high-speed rail link will be affordable for ordinary people.
Laura also got to ask Education Secretary Justine Greening about the Conservatives plans for the new Spending Formula, which purports to protect per-pupil funding. The extra money found is actually not extra money but money moved from other parts of the Department for Education. Laura said about the plans,
“As always, the devil will be in the detail but the Tories’ plans for education continue to unravel. This is merely a sticking plaster over a very big wound and will not resolve the issues I raised in my question. Our schools need more money now.”
Save Our Buses
Various activists have taken on a campaign to convince Cheshire East council to reverse proposed bus service cuts. There is a consultation on at the moment which closes Wednesday 26th July but rarely these are anything more than a few breadcrumbs of hope to those who use them the most. Those activists have been regularly visiting both bus stations in Crewe and Nantwich and targeting residential areas where routes will be lost or diverted. So far they given out a load of paper consultations as well as a very successful petition that has been at both our street stalls and the bus stations. We will continue to mount pressure to a more sensible approach and make sure bus services are not lost where the most vulnerable need them and where they are vital to communities.