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Gill Furniss, Labour’s candidate in the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election, has urged women across the constituency not currently on the electoral roll to mark International Women’s Day by registering to vote.

Women make up over half the population but at the General Election last year over a third of eligible women didn’t vote.

Women are more likely to work for less pay than men. More women work part-time and in low paid sectors, and are disproportionately affected by cuts to public services. The gender pay gap means that women in the UK take home just 81p for every £1 a man earns. This is well below the EU average - and at the current rate it will be another 47 years until the gap is closed!

Gill Furniss said:

“We owe a huge amount to the suffragettes a century ago who campaigned so hard for women to have the right to vote, but today too many of us don’t see the point in voting and are disengaged with our democratic process.

“Us women make up over half the population – if we all voted we could decide the outcome of an election by ourselves!

“Women across Brightside and Hillsborough are struggling to make ends meet as Tory cuts hit us even harder than men. Between 2010 and 2020, 81% of the savings made to the Treasury through tax and benefit changes will have come from the pockets of women.

“The Tories are content to ignore the effect their policies have had on women. In order to make them sit up and take notice, it is vital that women register to vote and make sure their voices are heard in this by-election, to send a strong woman Labour MP to parliament.”

 

Make sure you have your say - mark International Women's Day by registering to vote, says Furniss

Gill Furniss, Labour’s candidate in the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election, has urged women across the constituency not currently on the electoral roll to mark International Women’s Day by registering...

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A highly critical report into the effectiveness of Humberside Police published by HMIC today (Thursday) is a damning indictment of Humberside Police under current Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove, according to Labour PCC candidate Keith Hunter.

The “PEEL: Police Effectiveness 2015 national overview” report published this morning declares that Humberside Police is graded “requires improvement” overall, and “requires improvement” in three of the four categories assessed.

The Force “requires improvement” in “Preventing crime and anti social behaviour”, “Investigating crime and managing offenders” and “protecting vulnerable people.”

Only in “tackling serious and organized crime” did the Force score a “good” grade.

This latest damning verdict on the performance of Humberside Police under Matthew Grove comes just a couple of months since the Force was graded ‘inadequate’ in an assessment of its efficiency.

Keith Hunter, Labour’s candidate in May’s Police and Crime Commissioner election, said:

“This latest report from HMIC is hugely disappointing for resident of the Humberside Police area. It is only a couple of months since the force was graded as ‘inadequate’ in respect of its efficiency and now it is rated as ‘requiring improvement’ in its overall effectiveness.

“Of particular concern is that fact that Matthew Grove’s priority area of ‘protecting vulnerable people’ is one of the areas that specifically requires improvement. When that area was examined by HMIC and reported on separately in December, Matthew Grove buried the report and did not make public the fact that the force had been rated as requiring improvement.

“In that report the Inspector stated “the force’s ability to investigate and safeguard vulnerable victims is a cause for concern for HMIC”. The PCC should be on the side of the public, not hiding inconvenient facts from them. Grove has failed the force and he is failing the people he is meant to represent – this report is an indictment on his record as PCC.

“The only aspect of the force to be rated as ‘good ‘ was the response to organised crime which, coincidently, is the area least affected so far by the changes Grove has overseen.

“It should not go unnoticed that the only force to be rated as ‘outstanding’ is a Force with an ex-senior police officer representing the Labour party as the PCC. That is a winning combination we hope will soon be repeated in Humberside to kick-start the recovery from this disastrous period of stewardship under Matthew Grove.”

HMIC Report ‘an indictment’ on Humberside Police under Matthew Grove, says Hunter

A highly critical report into the effectiveness of Humberside Police published by HMIC today (Thursday) is a damning indictment of Humberside Police under current Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove,...

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West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has been reselected to be Labour’s candidate for May’s election.

He was unanimously approved by all the Constituency Labour Parties and affiliated organisations across West Yorkshire.

Since being elected in November 2012 Mark has delivered on the pledges he made to West Yorkshire people. He has:

  • Protected neighbourhood policing as a fierce advocate in the face of unprecedented government cuts to police budgets and campaigned tirelessly regionally and nationally to get the best deal for West Yorkshire Police and the public.
  • Created a Safer Communities Fund that puts the proceeds of crime seized in West Yorkshire back into our communities, an innovation that has seen over a million pounds invested in community safety groups and projects throughout the county.
  • Put victims first with the creation of the nationally acclaimed Help4victims website, providing impartial information and advice to victims and witnesses of crime, establishment of victims' hubs and has set up the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in West Yorkshire.
  • Safeguarded those who are most vulnerable by providing extra resources to better tackle complex threats such as CSE and cybercrime, human trafficking and terrorism. This includes the setting up of a dedicated anti-trafficking unit in West Yorkshire and a national anti-trafficking network for Police and Crime Commissioners to be launched by Mark at The Home Office next week.
  • Delivered improved services and helping reduce crime in collaboration with many partners, alongside meeting his election commitment to reduce the cost of his office. As well as being a leading PCC in the fourth largest in England and Wales, his office costs are the third lowest in the country.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: 

"I am honoured to have been reselected as Labour's candidate for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in May.

“It has been a real privilege to serve the people of West Yorkshire as their PCC over the past three years and have had the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people and their families in our communities.

“Despite unprecedented cuts to the policing budget I have worked closely with West Yorkshire Police, council leaders, many other partners and the public to protect frontline policing, cut crime and re-offending, tackle anti-social behaviour and address community concerns such as road safety and hate crime across the county.

“There is still, however, much more to do to make sure our communities are safer and feeling safer and I will be asking people across West Yorkshire to support me in the May election to continue to make a difference. To protect frontline policing, safeguard those who are vulnerable and put victims first, and work in even greater partnership to prevent crime and tackle threats such as CSE, domestic abuse, cyber crime, trafficking and terrorism.”

Mark Burns-Williamson reselected as West Yorkshire PCC candidate

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has been reselected to be Labour’s candidate for May’s election. He was unanimously approved by all the Constituency Labour Parties and affiliated...

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