Chris Ostrowski slams fare increases for Watford commuters
Watford's commuters are set to be hit with a brutal increase in train fares in 2019. The Tory Government announced an increase of up to 3.2% on all regulated fares which includes season tickets. Labour's parliamentary candidate for Watford, Chris Ostrowski, commutes daily to London for work. Chris has backed calls for calls for the lower Consumer Prices Index (CPI), rather than the Retail Prices Index (RPI) to be used to set January rail fare rises.
"The cost is extortionate, yet the service is clearly underfunded. I paid £3,568 for my annual season ticket from Watford Junction to central London at the beginning of this year. In 2019 I'll have to pay £114 more - why? This news is yet another smack in the face for Watford's hard working commuters who have been hit again and again by the Tories' rail fare rises."
“Labour would bring our railways into public ownership, this would mean capped fairs, more reliable services and more investment. It’s time to put passengers first, not profit and run our railways for the many, not the few.”
Labour campaigners have been out on the doorstep in Meriden ward collecting signatures on a petition calling on the County Council (HCC) to guarantee a bus service once the 324 service stops at the end of September. Over 1,000 have signed including residents of Tudor ward who are also affected. By collecting 1,000 John Dowdle has the right to present this petition to the HCC. He said, "I am confident that our campaigning and residents support gives us the best opportunity to save this vital service".
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Labour has moved quickly to save the vital bus service that links Meriden and Garston with Watford Town Centre and the Hospital. Arriva have decided to axe the service from the end of September leaving residents who use the route angry and isolated. Read More
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Watford Labour celebrate NHS 70 with giant birthday card
Labour members were out campaigning again in Watford High Street on 7th July to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS - Labour's greatest achievement in government.
Chris Ostrowski, Watford Labour’s Parliamentary candidate said, “This was a celebration and a display of gratitude. The Labour Party created the NHS and this is Watford's way of saying thank you to all those who make free healthcare a reality.At least 200 people signed the NHS birthday card on Saturday and there were lots of touching stories ending with the words '.....so I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the NHS'. It was lovely to see children born in Watford General, including my own, write their names inside. We cherish the way it puts people first and supports us at every stage of our lives, but we need to work together to ensure it serves us for generations to come.”
Watford Labour campaigners were out on Monday 26th June campaigning for better services on the Euston line and promising a fully publicly owned rail service under a Labour Government. Play 'Tory Rail Mayhem the game.
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Watford Labour Party has put it's weight behind a campaign for a second referendum on the terms of Brexit negotiated by the Tory Government to let the British People decide. Read the full text of the resolution debated and passed by members here.
The by-election in Oxhey ward on 21 June is being hotly contested by Labour. Oxhey resident Sue Sleeman is carrying the flag for Labour and is out with her team working to end the Lib Dem stranglehold. Sue said, "I have lived here for almost 20 years. I love living in Oxhey and want to make it an even better place to live. I am the genuinely local candidate. I haven't just moved in hoping to get on the Council. The Lib Dems have become complacent taking Oxhey for granted. It's time for a genuinely independent voice that will stand up for Oxhey residents." Contact Sue
Condemnation of Gaza killings
Watford Labour Party members adopted a motion this month condemning the Israeli Government for the killing of over 60 Palestinian including children and the wounding of over 2,100 others who were protesting on the 70th anniversary of expulsion from their homes.
The motion added, 'We believe Britain’s international role must be an extension of our vision at home – to champion our core values of equality, social justice and opportunity for all. To that end we must strive to safeguard the rights of all human beings that are facing great challenges to secure their freedoms and opportunities.'
The local Party supported the statement made by Emily Thornberry, Shadow Foreign Secretary : “We condemn unreservedly the Israeli government for their brutal, lethal and utterly unjustified actions on the Gaza border”.
The Tories and Lib Dems are trying to blame the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan even though it was the government who pulled the plug on the scheme. Read the facts here.
Emily Thornberry attacks Tories over Brexit and customs union
The Shadow Foreign Secretary was in Watford where she lashed Theresa May’s record on Brexit saying, “The Prime minister is only interested in addressing divisions in the Conservative Party, not in doing the right thing for Britain. Labour supports the UK remaining in a customs union with the EU to ensure frictionless trade and protect thousands of jobs in place like Watford. I hope it won’t be long before there is a General Election and Labour can take over these negotiations in Britain’s interests.”
Labour Shadow Ministers in Watford
Shadow Minister for Brexit, Sir Keir Starmer and Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, Dawn Butler were in Watford to support local mayoral candidate Jagtar Singh Dhindsa and promote Labour's Day of Action on police cuts in Hertfordshire - which has lost some 190 front line police officers. Keir Starmer said, "A Labour Government will put bobbies back on the beat."
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