Support John Wells for Bilton

Byelection – Thursday 6 November

John Wells 1Introducing your local Labour candidate, John Wells

John has lived in Bilton for many years, bringing up his family who attended local schools. An experienced campaigner, as a trustee of Hill Street Youth Centre he helped save the centre from impending closure by Warwickshire County Council. He walks around Bilton every day, talking to residents and listening to their concerns.

John knows Bilton and the issues that matter: he is determined to fight for access to GP surgeries, and is passionate abut protecting open and green spaces and ensuring that Rugby Borough Council is run properly and efficiently

Labour for Bilton

  • Reduce the Cost of Politics – Labour supported continuing to ask the Boundary Commission to reduce the number of borough councillors from 42 to 33, and would move to have elections every 4 years rather than every year. These would save £285,000 over 4 years. Rugby Tories agreed to this six months ago, but quietly dropped it in September – Why?
  • Protect green and open spaces - Did you know that while council tax has been frozen for 5 years, the council received £1,000 for every new property built under the New Homes Bonus? Is the explosion in new housing development, regardless of its effect on residents, a good idea? Labour wants properly thought through development that minimises the impact on local residents, provides much needed affordable, quality housing, with proper plans for infrastructure at the start of building, not the end. We call for an end to a free-for-all for developers to do what they like.
  • Put residents first on transport – Too much of our road network is clogged up and is not working for us. Labour would call for greater investment in safe cycle paths and ways to reduce traffic jams. We also want to see roads such as Magnet Lane being protected from being used as a rat run.
  • Encourage rewarding employment – We need to help local businesses and encourage good rates of pay. Low pay and zero hours contracts do not provide an incentive to work.
  • Listening to the voters - Unlike other parties, who just want to talk at residents, John Wells and Labour in Bilton want to listen to your concerns and priorities. Please contact us at

A vote for Labour is a vote for change.

UKIP doesn’t stand up for working people. The Tories voted against saving money on politics, and use housebuilding to keep Council Tax temporarily low.



Have you had to wait a week to see your GP?

Labour’s parliamentary candidate Claire Edwards asks “Have you had to wait a week to see your GP?”  The NHS 2014 survey showed that over 1 in 10 people in Rugby and Coventry (over 50,000 people) had to wait a week or more to get an appointment with their GP, and 43% said they only saw their preferred GP some of the time or never.”

With pressures of a growing Rugby population we want to hear your views. Email us here

Rugby is the fastest growing borough in the West Midlands but access to GP services are clearly not keeping up with demand.  In Brownsover we are crying out for a new medical centre but after 3 years are still waiting. When is this government going to stop blaming someone else and sort out the extra GPs we need in Rugby?

The next Labour Government has guaranteed to invest £100 million in GP surgeries – and to guarantee appointments within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it.

If you have had problems getting an appointment with the GP you want to see, or within two days, please email us here and let us know.


Positive response to Parkfield consultation

parkfield road masterplan consultationClaire Edwards has urged Newbold residents to support the new plans for Parkfield Road open space development to include new allotments, play area, protected wildlife areas and landscaping.

In conjunction with Rugby Borough Council and the Newbold on Avon Community Partnership, consultation forms have been delivered across Newbold with noticeboards at key places across the area.

Claire Edwards said,

“I am delighted that Newbold on Avon Community Partnership has wholeheartedly supported the plans for a new protected area in Parkfield Road. At our recent AGM a number of residents attended and we all agreed the plans were very welcome, and made a number of suggestions to enhance it for local residents to enjoy in the decades to come.

“Support for the new plans generally has been really positive and I would urge residents to have their say. Completed forms can be delivered to the Co-op in Main Street or Nagra’s Supermarket in Norman Road, email us on or ring 01788 533739.

“It will include a number of allotments, protected areas to encourage wildlife and butterflies, some outdoor gym equipment, a number of trees, green spaces and footpaths to enable everyone to enjoy the area.

“As newly elected Secretary of the Newbold on Avon Community Partnership, I am really pleased that we will be involved in protecting this area and enhancing Parkfield Road for residents in the future.”


Tributes to Christine Oddy

_76585051_coddyChristine Oddy, who served as Labour’s Member of the European Parliament for Midlands Central then Coventry and North Warwickshire, sadly died last weekend.   She was a true champion for her constituency and retained many friends in the Labour Party.

Christine was an unconventional and unique politician who made a real difference. She was passionate about Coventry and Warwickshire. Her work in the European Parliament brought rights that we now take for granted – such as limiting working hours, entitlement to paid holidays and proper maternity leave.

Andy King said:

“I am greatly saddened to hear that Christine passed away last weekend. She was a great champion of those who were oppressed across the world and will be sorely missed.”

Claire Edwards added:

“I had the privilege of working for Christine and learnt a lot from her. She was a passionate advocate for the city of her birth, Coventry, and across Warwickshire and Solihull. It still isn’t common for people to be able to relate to their Euro MP, but lots related to Christine because she stood up for them.

“She was a particular advocate for international human rights, especially in her work with Casa Alianza battling to protect street children in Central America and her campaigning in the horrors of Sri Lanka.

“She was committed to working hard for people, never refused to undertake casework, wherever it led, and helped solve a lot of them. She worked at a very grassroots level with regular summer roadshows and actively supporting local campaigns and charities. ”

James Shera said:

“I am deeply saddened to know that Christine is no longer with us but her devotion and commitment to the Rugby community as a Euro MP will always be remembered. She was indeed a real people’s person and her death is indeed a great loss. May God bless her soul and comfort her family and friends.”


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