Rokeby & Overslade Surgery

Your local Labour team invite you to attend its next Advice Surgery on:

Monday 7 July 2014
6.00 – 7.00 pm

Overslade Community Centre
68 Buchanan Road
Rugby CV22 6AY

Please come and raise any issues or concerns regarding the proposed Ashlawn Road development, report any litter, fly tipping, and other issues affecting you.

Councillor Howard Avis will be there, along with Claire Edwards, our Parliamentary Candidate


James Shera stands down as Leader

Following the Annual General Meeting of the Borough Council’s Labour Group of Councillors held last Friday, longest-serving councillor James Shera has announced that he is to stand down as the Group’s leader, a job he has held for the last 8 years.james2014

Labour Party Chairman Alan Webb said “James has selflessly served our Party and the people he represents for more than half his life. He has never put himself first and has been a close friend to me and an inspiration to so many people.

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Thank you

We would like to thank everyone who supported Labour on Thursday. We appreciate every single vote, every person who helped deliver leaflets or knocked on doors.

Labour did not make any gains in the Borough Council elections, but remain the main opposition to a Tory group who lost two seats. UKIP did get votes, but have no councillors and are behind Labour in the key seats like Admirals and Coton & Boughton.

James Shera, Labour Group Leader, was re-elected in Benn for a tenth time. Ram Srivastava in Newbold & Brownsover and Steve Birkett in New Bilton were also re-elected. These hard-working councillors are grateful for the chance to represent local people for another four years.


Today’s front page

One of out candidates too some time out of campaigning for the elections to get a dangerous situation sorted out – harmful chemicals from a building site used to vandalise children’s play area

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End the Tenancy Fees rip-off

Claire Edwards has today written to the local MP for Rugby, Mark Pawsey, calling on him to back Labour’s amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill, an amendment which would ban letting agent fees for tenants. The amendment will be debated later on Tuesday (tomorrow) in the House of Commons, after which Labour will call a vote.

[Update 12 May 2014 - Mark Pawsey voted against the ban in the vote rtoday, supporting the continuation of excessive agent fees]

A copy of the open letter is below :

Dear Mark Pawsey

Nine million people are living in rented homes today, more than a million families, and more than two million children. With tenants in Rugby and Bulkington facing rip-off fees from some lettings agents and insecure tenancies, Labour has announced the biggest change in a generation to make the system fairer for renters. Continue reading


Our 2014 Team

Labour Candidate_2014Your Labour candidates in the Rugby Borough Council elections, with some of our volunteers and Claire Edwards.

For more information about our positions and policies, and who is standing in your area, see our 2014 Election page


Injury during the blackout

In the early hours of last Thursday morning, 72 year old Victor Moore of Junewood Close Brownsover was severely injured when he fell into an open drain outside his house because the County Council had switched the streetlights off.

A mischief-maker had removed and discarded the covers from two drains in the street. On returning from a family visit, Mr and Mrs Moore arrived home at about 1:30 am. Mrs Moore got out of the passenger door and crossed the pavement to their house, but poor Mr Moore, having to alight onto the road and walk around the back of the vehicle, stepped into the exposed drain which was quite hidden by the darkness.

The scene of Mr Moore's accident

He fell full length, scraping his arm and leg, bumping his head on the non-illuminated lamp post, broke his dentures, and had to visit the injury unit at the Hospital of St. Cross.

Mr Moore contacted County Councillor Alan Webb in complaint of the lighting policy, who explained that except at traffic junctions, and in areas of high reported crime, the County would not leave lights on after midnight. Cllr Webb reported the incident to the Police, who refused to log the removal of the drain covers as a crime, because the covers had not actually been stolen.

Cllr Webb said “Furthermore, the County Council will probably not compensate Mr Moore, as they were not aware that the covers had been removed, and therefore could not be held responsible. Mr Moore will incur quite a cost getting his teeth repaired, apart from the suffering he had to go through.

“The lighting policy has a lot to answer for particularly when this sort of mindless vandalism occurs. I hope the perpetrator feels guilty for the damage they have done to poor Mr Moore. It was a lark that went very badly wrong.”

Cllr Webb physically replaced the drain cover himself to save taxpayers money, after photographing the scene.


Edible Garden Opened

On Sunday April the 6th, the New Bilton Community Association unveiled the new Edible Garden at the Jubilee Recreation Ground. The local Labour councillors have fully supported the Community Association, and were on hand to help get the planting underway.

newbilton ediblegardenNew Bilton & Lawford County Councillor Maggie O’Rourke, Claire Edwards and the New Bilton Borough Councillors Steve Birkett, Ish Mistry and Tina Avis were all smiles before the hard work of digging started.

Local residents are welcome to help tend the plants as they grow, and to harvest the produce – treating it as a public allotment. Rugby Borough Council has provided the planters for the garden, and the Community Association will oversee the project.

More pictures can be seen on our facebook page


Royal Mail Fire Sale


“The Royal Mail privatisation was botched” says Labour’s Rugby Parliamentary Candidate, Claire Edwards, this week as a national report showed that the sale had cost the public hundreds of millions of pounds.

In the House of Commons, Business Secretary Vince Cable MP had to face questions from Labour’s Chuka Umunna MP following the publication of the NAO (National Audit Office) report into the privatisation, which concluded ‘ministers could have achieved better value for the taxpayer”.

Following the shock announcement, Claire Edwards said:

“People in Rugby will rightly be asking what were the Tories and Lib Dems thinking when they sold off Royal Mail for such a price. Tax payers have been short changed by hundreds of millions of pounds and this week stamp prices have increased once again after first class stamps already went up by 30% last year.

“As families locally struggle, and Mark Pawsey tours the local Foodbank, his colleagues think selling Royal Mail shares at a third less than the value today (trading is at 70% more than the shares were sold for) is good news.

“Well I have news for them – it isn’t. This government’s priorities are for the few not the many – and this is proof once again where their loyalties lie.”


New play area opens

The new play area at the Avon Mill recreation ground was officially opened last week. This was the result of a grant from SITA, and work from Rugby Borough Council. The recently formed Newbold Community Partnership was instrumental in the project.

Councillors Andy Coles, Ramesh Srivanastava and Claire Edwards at the new Avon Mill play area

The local Labour Councillors for Newbold and Brownsover, Andy Coles, Ramesh Srivastava and Claire Edwards are founder members of the Community Partnership, and have fully backed the project.