A WIRRAL LABOUR VICTORY AS NHS BOSSES SAY EASTHAM ‘WALK-IN CENTRE’ CLOSURE IS ‘TEMPORARY’

A statement issued by Wirral Labour today says “NHS bosses appeared to reverse their decision to shut Eastham Walk-in centre telling Labour Councillors who called

Adrian, Chris & Paul were all at the meeting in Wallasey Town Hall – seen in the background.

them to explain their actions that the measure is ‘temporary’.”

At yesterday’s meeting of the Council’s Adult Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee “The Labour Group had called the local Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to the town hall to explain their controversial and unpopular decision after council leader Phil Davies had demanded the NHS managers look again at the decision to shut this service.”

Labour Cllr Moira McLaughlin, who chaired the committee, said it was “important that the decision-makers are held to account”. Local Labour candidate James Bennett’s petition was reported to have reached almost 5,000 signatures.

Adrian drew attention to the crucial role of our own Mill Lane Walk in Centre in referring injuries on to A&E.

Seacombe Ward Councillors are concerned that if the Eastham closure is not reversed it could set a precedent for further closures. Local medical centres are so heavily engaged that waiting lists can be alleviated when minor injuries can be dealt with at the Walk in Centre. Cllr Adrian Jones drew attention to the key role of Walk in Centres in identifying whether injuries needed to be transferred to the Accident & Emergency unit at Arrowe Park

Seacombe’s Wallasey Central Park romps home again with the coveted Green Flag

13th August 2017

Supporters arrive ready for the ceremony.


Thanks to the enthusiasm of the Park users and their committee Wallasey Central Park – situated in Seacombe but serving Seacombe, Egremont, Poulton, Liscard and beyond – has yet again won this prestigious award.

It has been a long, hard path, with a team of dedicated volunteers spending years, and countless hours of their unpaid time, to bring our park – the second largest on Wirral – up to its present condition. During these years those of us who use the park have all “taken our hats off” in recognition of the sterling work done by the professional maintenance workers of our Parks Department.

From Left to the right in the picture are: Terry Bainbridge, Wallasey team leader, parks, allotments, & countryside; Jean Benfield, secretary Wallasey Central Park Partnership; Councillor Janette Williamson; Councillor Bernie Mooney;
Diane Ledder, treasurer Wallasey Central Park Partnership; and Rod Mercer, Central Park volunteer co-ordinator.

The misrepresentation of Corbyn as “Hard Left” or “Extreme”

The darkest figure of European history declared infamously that the mass of a nation’s people fall prey more easily to a great lie than to a small one. The great lie is repeated, and repeated, and repeated – until it becomes engrained in the public consciousness as a self-evident truth.

Cllr Adrian Jones puts the case that Jeremy Corbyn is very much in Labour's mainstream.

Cllr Adrian Jones puts the case that Jeremy Corbyn is very much in Labour’s mainstream.

The British Establishment’s survival-instinct is a powerful force. It recognised and well understood the stark reality that its positions of excessive privilege were at greater risk from the re-emergence of “Mainstream” Labour than had been the case for a generation.
Its voices needed no orchestration to chorus its great misrepresentation of Jeremy Corbyn.

Not since the great, reforming, Mainstream, Labour government of Clem Attlee had the UK’s “workers by hand or by brain” chosen a leader so closely meeting their aspirations – and their legitimate needs – as Jeremy Corbyn.

Denigrated as “Extreme” and “Hard Left”, with almost clinical skill by the master-propagandists of an overwhelmingly Tory-biased news media it was only a small step for Corbyn to be perceived by those (some even of our own Party – schooled in a generation of neoliberalism) as “well-meaning, but unelectable”. Some, like Owen Smith, have since declared publicly that they were wrong. In her general election victory speech, following an overwhelming increase in her own electoral support, Angela Eagle paid tribute to Corbyn’s role – and to the relentless work of Party members.

Cllr Chris Jones:" We never doubted that Labour could win with Corbyn as leader.  Despite all the propaganda we very nearly did - and we are ready for an election as soon as it comes.

Cllr Chris Jones:” We never doubted that Labour could win with Corbyn as leader. Despite all the propaganda we very nearly did – and we are ready for an election as soon as it comes.

Overcoming the unprecedented propaganda-onslaught, Corbyn emerged as a phenomenally successful leader. Against all the common wisdom, that he was “unelectable”, he emerged to those who had doubted him as startlingly effective. But to those of us who supported Labour during the Mainstream Wilson Governments, and who never doubted (nor, like Corbyn, ever deserted) our Labour Party he was not seen as startlingly, but as predictably, effective.

He is now recognised, justifiably, as one of the most capable, far seeing, and publicly popular figures in Labour history.

At last, when Mrs May went to the polls last month (convinced it seems by her own side’s propaganda) in what she believed was the certainty of a great Tory victory, she had no idea of the collapse of support she faced.

We had every confidence that it would collapse!

All over the UK people were demonstrating today, 23rd January, just as your Labour (and ONLY Labour) Councillors and members were in Liscard shopping Centre.

All over the UK people were demonstrating today, 23rd January, just as your Labour (and ONLY Labour) Councillors and members were in Liscard shopping Centre.

For months before the general election your three Seacombe Labour Councillors, Chris, Paul and Adrian, were out in Seacombe, and neighbouring wards, knocking doors, and on street stalls along with other Labour activists – old, new, and very welcome returners. We were patiently explaining the Manifesto, and winning over those whose belief in the Establishment’s relentless propaganda-bombardment was already being shaken thin by Corbyn’s excellent performances on television – and by the inability of the Tory-biased media to repulse our message.

Cllr Paul Stuart:  "As the campaign went on we were winning people over to Corbyn, on the doorstep, and his television appearances were crucial. At last voters could see through the propaganda.

Cllr Paul Stuart: “As the campaign went on we were winning people over to Corbyn, on the doorstep, and his television appearances were crucial. At last voters could see through the propaganda.

We were always absolutely confident that when Corbyn could no longer be denied reasonable television and radio-time, minds would be changed. And increasingly they were.
When hundreds of thousands of supporters all over the country knocked doors, posted leaflets exposing the truth, and used social media – the chosen means of information-exchange for a new, young, generation – then the Great Deception, the Establishment’s denigration of Corbyn, would at last be challenged.
What was it that was so utterly convincing about Corbyn that, despite the relentless media and “Establishment” war against him, Labour came so close to winning and the super-confident Tories so close to disaster?

It was simply that he, and the Labour Party he leads, offered a Manifesto representing the interests of the great mass of the people – not the few, the very tiny few, whose interests had for decades taken precedence.

Clem Attlee, Labour Prime Minister who re-built our country after Hitler's war would have found nothing in Corbyn's Manifesto that was not mainstream policy.

Clem Attlee, the greatest of Labour Prime Ministers, who re-built our country after Hitler’s war would have found nothing in Corbyn’s Manifesto that was not mainstream policy.

The Manifesto was not “Hard Left” – it was not “Extreme”; it could have been presented by Clem Attlee or Harold Wilson. It embraced Labour’s timeless principle that the directly productive, and the socially useful, people in every land must not forever continue to be milked by a minority who have gathered the ownership of wealth-creating property to themselves.

It offered the hope of fairness for all; of controls to prevent merciless property-grabbing of a spiv-economy that condemns millions to poverty. Through the privatisation and concentration of ever more of the country’s existing housing stock into the hands of private landlords, home ownership has become yesterday’s dream for a huge chunk of the present generation. The Manifesto offered the restoration of workplace employment rights, the protection of the NHS and public health care, the restoration of public ownership of key parts of the “commanding heights of the economy”, increased rights for women, the restoration of equal educational opportunities for the young – no longer to be increasingly “rationed” to children whose parents who can afford to subsidise them during university and with their debts afterwards. And it offered greater hope for the old as well as the young.

Another great Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson would have been entirely at ease with Corbyn's mainstream Labour policies.

Another great Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson would have been entirely at ease with Corbyn’s mainstream Labour policies.

In short Labour’s Manifesto offered a future in which working people can produce co-operatively for the good of all. The bland alternative was, and remains, the Hard-right politics of our opponents – whose “ideology” (as they sometimes fancifully describe their crude dogma) regards human labour-power, the ability to work, as merely a commodity like any other to be disposed of by the workers who own it at the best wage-price they can get – and to be bought from them at the lowest market price to which employers can drive it down.

The “austerity” of the Tories and LibDems under Cameron and Clegg, and continued by Mrs May, is essentially a programme of wage depression – and the “Corbyn phenomenon” was the mass popular reaction against it.

From “ConDems” to “ConDUPs” – where next for the “willy-nilly wandering” party?

At the time of penning this note (16/09/17) the badly-leaking Tory Cabinet was widely reported on Sunday morning’s “Marr Show” and the “Andrew Neill” show just after) to be in a condition of chaos with a hopelessly divided, rudderless, party – jilted by their previous LibDem bed-fellows and now cuddling up to the DUP after conceding ££,£££,£££ from their “magic money tree”.

Yesterday, 18th July, the implosion of unity in the Tory Party was front-page revelations across even those newspapers that normally give such slavish support to them – itself an indication of the extent of confusion and internal turmoil in the Tory Party.

Today, 19th July, the media headlines tell us the Tory “rump” is biting its own head – as the main body of the Parliamentary Tory Party calls on Mrs May to sack her own Cabinet members for disloyalty. And this is the shambles of a Party that is running the country!

A new general election is badly needed. Seacombe Ward Labour Party will be ready whenever it comes.