Ed Miliband interview

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Good news from Bracknell Town Council

Great news from Bracknell Town Council – Russell Reeve, Alan Moffatt and their team have today installed an outdoor music mixing deck in the Mill Park Olympic legacy play area. This is the first of its kind in the UK and great credit must go to the staff of Bracknell Town Council for their innovative thinking. The mixing deck will amplify music played from mobile phones. I’m seen below with Russell Reeve and Alan Moffatt. I tried the system out and it works brilliantly. Also shown are photographs of the beautifully sculptured logs (from felled trees in South Hill Park). Not only are they an extraordinarily attractive feature, they make an ideal spot for children to rest and play. I encourage everyone to pop down and see these new additions. Mill Park is an oasis in the centre of Bracknell, with a large lake and coffee spot (I’m told their breakfasts are really worth trying!). Thanks again to Russell, Alan and their team. Bracknell can be proud of them.

Roy Bailey's photo.Roy Bailey's photo.
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Today’s Budget – message from Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor

There’s one thing we can be certain of about George Osborne’s Budget today: from start to finish, it will be a cover-up of his terrible record as Chancellor.

Before he stands up in Parliament, I’m asking you to help me stop George Osborne rewriting history.

Forward this email to family and friends now to share the truth that:

  • The Conservatives came into office saying they’d protect our NHS, make people better off and balance the books — but all three promises have been broken.
  • Our NHS is in crisis. Waiting lists have grown and it is getting harder to see a GP.
  • Tax and benefit changes since 2010 have left families on average £1,127 a year worse off — because this Chancellor gives with one hand while taking away much more with the other.
  • Wages after inflation are down by £1,600 a year since the last election…
  • …And because people are earning less, tax revenues have fallen short — which is why George Osborne has broken his promise to balance the books by this year.
  • In short: The old Tory idea that simply cutting taxes for a few at the top means wealth will trickle down to everyone else hasn’t worked.

And there’s worse to come if the Tories win the election:

  • The Chancellor now says he wants to go far beyond balancing the books: he has a target of a £23 billion budget surplus in 2019/20 and £10 billion of unfunded tax promises, which mean…
  • The Tories are now planning even deeper spending cuts in the next four years than during the past five.
  • These cuts will devastate our public services: the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies says the cuts will need to be “colossal” if George Osborne carries out his plans.
  • Our own analysis shows that the cuts to our police, armed forces and social care which these plans would require would be so deep that they would be close to impossible to achieve — even for this Chancellor.
  • That’s why everyone knows the only way the Tories can make their sums add up is by breaking their promises again — raising VAT and putting our NHS at risk.

The Tories came into office promising to protect our National Health Service, make people better off and balance the books. But their plan hasn’t worked.

We need a better plan that puts working families first and saves our NHS, and it will take a Labour Budget to deliver it.

We’ll be talking about our plans throughout the campaign, but for today: let’s not allow George Osborne to pull off a huge deception over the British public. Forward this email to family and friends now.





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Changing Britain together – Labour’s commitments for government

Please read this important document. It contains Labour’s commitments for government should it win the general election.

Message from ED MILIBAND

My mission is to make Britain work for everyone, not just for a privileged few. Building a recovery that works for you and your family, ensuring that the next generation does better than the last and that the NHS has time to care for those that need it most. Over the last four years we have worked hard to listen and respond to you: the British people. With just months to go before the next General Election I want to give you a sense of what we have heard and how we will seek to turn things around.

People are they being told there is a recovery when they aren’t feeling the benefits. They are working hard, but not being rewarded. Young people fear that they are going to have a worse life than their parents. Even those making a decent living are often still unable to afford to buy a house. Families worry that the NHS, one of the foundation stones of their security, is under threat. Meanwhile they see a privileged few doing better and better.

These are symptoms of a country that is too unequal. It is a country I am determined to change and that is why I want to be your Prime Minister. Some people say this is too difficult, that it doesn’t matter which party you vote for. Or that Britain not working for hardworking people is just the way things are, especially when there is a deficit to bring down. I don’t agree and the policies outlined here show why. There is a very real choice on offer. I am proud of our policy programme, our plan for Britain.

This isn’t our manifesto, because there is more to come and we want your ideas. But in setting out our priorities for Britain it should give you an idea of just how deep our commitment to change runs. It explains how together we can build our economy on the success of the many, a society based on our shared values and a politics that gives power away instead of guarding it. And it shows that even when there is less money around we can change things with big reform not big spending. Millions of people in this country are resting their hopes for a fairer, more just, more equal Britain on us. We will not let them down. As we finalise our manifesto we want to hear your views about this plan and what else we need to do. Please get in touch by visiting  labour.org.uk/changingbritaintogether.

Ed Miliband

Leader of the Labour Party


1. Raise the Minimum Wage to £8 an hour and ban exploitative zero hour contracts

2. Freeze energy bills until 2017 while reforming the broken energy market

3. Cut the deficit more fairly by asking those earning over £150,000 to contribute a little more through a 50p rate of tax

4. Get at least 200,000 homes built a year by 2020 and deliver a fairer deal for private renters

5. Scrap the Bedroom Tax

6. Require all firms that have a major government contract to offer apprenticeships

7. Repeal the Tories’ plans to bring competition and privatisation to the NHS

8. Ensure the NHS has time to care with 8,000 more doctors

and 20,000 more nurses, funded by a mansion tax on homes worth over £2m

9. Control immigration so that entitlements to benefits are earned and wages are not


10. Devolve power to Scotland, Wales, and the cities and counties of England


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Democratic governance of the police

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Written evidence submitted to the House of Lords committee on standards in public life – police accountability.

An nteresting read – see E7. My recent research about the ability of the Surrey Police and Crime Panel to hold its Police and Crime Commissioner to account is cited. I hope to publish that research in the near future.

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Labour councillor helps residents in Chadwick Mews, Bracknell

Email received today from Guy Langstaffe, Robert Heath Contractors, about remedial works to heating and water systems in Chadwick Mews, Old Bracknell. This follows repeated issues suffered by residents. Councillor Roy Bailey has pressed both Affinity Sutton and Robert Heath to carry out these essential works.

Good Afternoon Roy,

 I would like to update you concerning the planned works at Chadwick Mews and the actions being under taken by Robert Heath Heating on behalf of Affinity Sutton.

We will be sending out lettered appointments in the next two days (Starting on 18th February 2015) concerning the planned works that will start on Monday 2nd March 2015.

We intend to complete 2 – 3 properties a day and will also consider weekend works if it means the project will be completed.

There will be Forty Properties in Total out standing so this will be a 4 week project.

I will keep you updated on the progress of this project weekly via a spread sheet to advise which properties have been upgraded or if we have had any access issues

Kindest Regards


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Latest newsletter update about the Easthampstead Post Office

Post Office newsletter

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Easthampstead Post Office counter – Good news

Post Office counter Councillor Roy Bailey (holding the letter from the Co-operative) with Kath Nugent (fourth from right), Diane Thomas (Third from right), the store manager (fourth from left), a member of the Post Office counter staff (first on left) and local residents outside the Easthampstead Co-operative store in Bracknell this afternoon – celebrating the decision to retain the post office counter. Good news all round.

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Press release – Post Office counter at the Easthampstead Cooperative store

“I’m delighted that my actions, on behalf of the local residents and Bracknell Labour Party, have resulted in the Cooperative’s decision to keep the Post Office counter in Easthampstead open. Local residents alerted me to the proposed closure when canvassing last Saturday. I immediately spoke with the manager of the store, who confirmed the rumours, and then I wrote to, and spoke with, senior managers in both the Cooperative organisation and the Post Office. I made the point that this Post Office counter was an essential community facility and that its closure would have a dramatic impact on local residents, especially the elderly. As a member of the Cooperative Party, I was really pleased to receive a telephone call this morning from Nicola Osborne, who told me that their decision to close the counter had now been reversed. This is great news for everyone in Old Bracknell and Wildridings.”

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The Post Office counter at the Easthampstead Cooperative Store has been saved

Labour councillors have responded to concerns from local residents about the proposed closure of the Post Office counter at the Easthampstead Cooperative Store. Apart from organising a local petition, Councillor Roy Bailey wrote to the head offices of both the Co-op and the Post Office. As will be seen from the attached letter from the Co-op, a decsion has now been made to keep the Post Office counter open, which is good news for everyone in Old Bracknell and Wildridings. This is a tremendous victory for common sense, as well as a recognition that the post office provides a great community service. Good news!


Letter from Co-op

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