Chris Ostrowski demands deal is rejected as it's 'Bad for Watford'
Chris Ostrowski, Labour Parliamentary candidate has called upon Watford Tory MP to vote against Theresa May's Brexit deal. Here is Chris's full statement.
"I voted remain as I think Brexit will be bad for Britain. As the Labour candidate at the last election I promised to vote against any deal that made Watford worse off. I challenge our Tory MP to make the same commitment to the people of Watford, and vote against Theresa May's deal. "The result of the referendum was clear: the majority of British people want us to leave the EU - I respect the result.
"The Labour party has three simple steps which I fully support: Firstly, we will vote against any deal that fails Keir Starmer's 'six tests'; secondly we will force a vote of no confidence in the Government in order to have a General Election; thirdly, if faced with a constitutional crisis or a no deal catastrophe, Labour will consider the option of a new referendum to let the people decide."
Labour Councillor Nigel Bell has launched a petition to protect Hertfordshire's fire services from further cuts and to stop the removal on one of Watford's two fire engines. Read more on this story here
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Two members of the German State Parliament and four members the Social Democratic Party youth section from Watford's twin town of Mainz held joint campaigning and discussions with Watford Labour councillors and members on a range of issues including the impact of Brexit.
Read full story here.
Read Watford Observer article here.
Watch video on Brexit discussion here.
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.
"No more money for Police" - Chris's disappointment with Tory Budget
Commenting on the Tory Government's budget, Chris Ostrowski, Labour's local candidate said, "I am disappointed, but not surprised, to see that this budget will do little to improve the lives of people in Watford.
"This budget still fails to protect residents in Watford as there is no commitment to police funding. Under the Tories, the number of police officers in Hertfordshire has fallen by 178 and crime has consequently soared. This reckless Tory government continues to protect residents on the cheap.
"I was saddened to see that potholes are worth more than our children's education and schools. When teachers are having to buy basic classroom equipment out of their own pockets and headteachers have gone on strike over the funding crisis in schools, it is a profound insult for Phillip Hammond to suggest using the one-off payment to fund "little extras".
"This budget does nothing for the future generations of Watford and the country."
Labour Councillors win support for ethical debt collection
Watford Council has unanimously supported a Labour motion committing the authority to a more humane and ethical policy for the collection of debts from local residents. As a result, the Council will work with residents to establish affordable debt repayment plans. Proposing the motion, Councillor Matt Turmaine said, "Problem council owed debt can place unparalleled stress on people and lead to homelessness." The motion stressed that all debts would continue to be pursued but using effective practices already used by other local authorities. Read the full motion here
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.
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