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Bradford Labour group has this evening elected Susan Hinchcliffe as its new leader, backing her pledge to increase Bradford’s national profile and build strong ties with other major cities.

After outgoing leader David Green completed his four-year term, the Windhill and Wrose councillor was successful in a leadership ballot at a Labour group AGM this evening.

She will be formally nominated as Council Leader at the Council AGM on 17th May.

Strong local election results last week saw Labour increase its majority on Bradford Council.

Susan Hinchcliffe said:

“I’m hugely proud to have been chosen by my fellow Labour councillors to lead my home city at this challenging but exciting time.

“I want to pay tribute to the work of my predecessor Cllr Dave Green. He took on the mantle of leadership at an extremely difficult time for our Party and brought about major change and significant improvements for our district – he stands down with Bradford in far, far better shape than when he became leader.

“Now I want to take us to the next level. As a Bradfordian who has had great opportunities from a comprehensive education and upbringing here, I want even better for future generations.

“I want Bradford to fulfil our potential - to be known for our distinct brand of energy, diversity and entrepreneurialism.

“I want us to have strong ties with other major cities and increase our national positive profile.

“We know more disproportionate and damaging cuts are on their way from David Cameron’s Tory government and I’ll stand up against them, but we can’t stand by and wait for a change in Westminster. Bradford needs to punch above its weight now on the regional and national stage, and that’s what I’ll aim to provide in my leadership.”

Bradford Labour elect Susan Hinchcliffe as new Leader

    Bradford Labour group has this evening elected Susan Hinchcliffe as its new leader, backing her pledge to increase Bradford’s national profile and build strong ties with other major...

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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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