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RICHARD WILSON MEETS CHRISTIAN AID CAMPAIGNERS AT LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE IN MANCHESTER

Richard Wilson, Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford, met Christian Aid campaigners at the party conference in Manchester and heard about the charity’s work, including its ‘manifesto’ for the 2015 general election.

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Richard Wilson said, “It was great to meet the Christian Aid campaigners at the party conference in Manchester last week. While at the conference I took the opportunity to hear from a range of organisations about their work to help those most in need.

“We should always remember that poverty occurs due to political decisions, in this country and around the world. British people understand this and are among the most generous donors to humanitarian causes. Like most of the voters in Guildford and Cranleigh, I support Christian Aid’s call for gender equality, real action on climate change and a clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance. Britain needs a new government which can be a global leader to protect the most vulnerable everywhere in the world.

“Christian Aid is an excellent organisation – working to tackle the root causes of poverty around the world. “

Laura Taylor, Christian Aid Head of Advocacy, said: “We were very glad to meet Richard and have the chance to discuss how best the UK can help end global poverty and tackle the climate crisis.

“Christian Aid is not party political and would never try to influence who is elected, but we know that poverty doesn’t happen by accident and that the policies that politicians choose to implement can have a huge impact on tackling poverty.

“So we are trying to influence all parties’ General Election manifestos, by publishing one of our own. Our Contract With the World’s Poor outlines the policies we’d like to see all parties adopt. The UK can help to create a world in which poorer and more vulnerable people get a fairer deal.”

“It focusses on what the next Government can do to achieve a real step change in global development, in areas such as tax and climate change. The next Government really can take a huge step towards ending aid dependency in the developing world.

“I encourage you to get involved here: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/getinvolved” 

For more information please contact: Richard Wilson, 01483 511272, richard@guildfordlabour.org, Twitter: @RichardWLabour, Facebook.com/GuildfordLabour

 

Richard Wilson meets Christian Aid campaigners

RICHARD WILSON MEETS CHRISTIAN AID CAMPAIGNERS AT LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE IN MANCHESTER Richard Wilson, Parliamentary Candidate for Guildford, met Christian Aid campaigners at the party conference in Manchester and heard...

Guildford Labour Party members spoke to travellers last Tuesday about forthcoming rail fare increases due to be announced that day.

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Supporters Nick Trier, Michael Hassell and Brian Walter handed out over a thousand postcards as part of the Action for Rail campaign to limit fare increases in January.

 Many passengers were very concerned that whilst wages are stagnating, rail fares could well increase by up to 5%, making them barely affordable for Guildford’s already hard-pressed commuters.

One member of the public who stopped for a chat said that if she had to pay another £300-£400 for her season ticket it would be taken away from the money available to spend on her children.

The Labour Party has recently announced that it will allow public sector operators to compete for rail franchises and tougher caps on rail fares after 6% rises in 2011 and 2012 have hit commuters hard.

 Guildford PPC Richard Wilson said:

I’ve spoken to dozens of passengers over the past few months who have found their travel costs, as with living expenses, rising quicker than their wages resulting in less money to live on each month. The way we operate the railways needs reforming but the coalition is simply letting prices spiral with no signs of a remedy.

“The government had already cost taxpayers over £50 million with the West Coast Main Line debacle; a Labour government would make these processes more competitive, more accountable and more affordable.

Labour Members Protest Train Fare Rises

Guildford Labour Party members spoke to travellers last Tuesday about forthcoming rail fare increases due to be announced that day.

Thousands of patients wait over a week to see GP under David Cameron

1 in 5 patients in Guildford and Waverley waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found. 

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20% of local patients – 40,000 people - faced a wait of a week or more when they phoned for an appointment in the last year. This is even worse than in England as a whole where 16%, or one in 6 patients, had to wait over a week.

Labour has pledged to invest £100 million in GP surgeries - saved by scrapping David Cameron's NHS market rules that waste millions on lawyers’ fees and contract tendering - to guarantee appointments within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it.

Richard Wilson, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate in Guildford said:

"David Cameron has made it harder for people in Guildford to get a GP appointment - proof he can't be trusted with our local NHS.

"Within days of the last election, he abolished Labour's appointments guarantee and now thousands of people here are waiting over a week. Labour will scrap David Cameron's NHS market and invest the savings in helping people get a GP appointment within 48 hours or on the same day for those who need it."

 

“This survey shows that in Guildford and Waverley the number of people waiting over a week for a doctor’s appointment is one of the highest in England. Residents of Guildford and Cranleigh tell me about unacceptable waits to see a GP nearly every day on the doorstep. The two current local MPs, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and former Public Health Minister Anne Milton, must act now to restore access to GPs with 48 hours. If elected next May repairing the damage caused to the NHS by the Conservative-LibDem Coalition will be my highest priority.”

Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, said:

"This survey confirms what Labour has been saying. People want to be able to see the GP they trust, and who knows their family history, but are left phoning the surgery day after day only to be disappointed. Patients are waiting days or even weeks for appointments and that is forcing people to A&E in record numbers. 

“People know from their own experience that the NHS is heading downhill under this Government."

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 Notes:

  • GP survey statistics - NHS England CCG Report (July 2014) see “Making an Appointment” sheet, column BN:  http://gp-survey-production.s3.amazonaws.com/archive/2014/July/weighted/July%202014%20CCG%20Report%20weighted.xls
  • Richard Wilson is available on richard@guildfordlabour.org or 01483 511272. He was selected by local party members as Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for 2015 last November. He is a 42-year-old airline pilot who has lived in Surrey for 14 years.
  • The figures above are for Guildford and Waverley CCG. Guildford parliamentary constituency covers nearly half of the CCG’s area. Most of the remainder is in South West Surrey parliamentary constituency, whose MP is Jeremy Hunt, the current Health Secretary.

 

 

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Guildford Labour Party

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