Standing up for small businesses.


Small businesses in Portsmouth have recently suffered a series of burglaries. Cllr Stephen Morgan, Labour‘s parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South, is hugely concerned.

The burglaries come at a time when overall crime in the city has gone up, including a worrying increase in violent crime.

Stephen explains:

“Small traders, shops and businesses are at the bedrock of our local economy. Owners are doing the best they can to contribute to the city’s economic growth and I am worried about the impact of this spate of incidents on many a small business struggling to make ends meet.”

Cllr Morgan contacted the Superintendent for our district and asked them what action they are taking to address this issue. He also asked for crime prevention advice, so further incidents can be prevented.

Having heard their response, he says:

“I am reassured to hear that several arrests have been made and the force are working hard to prosecute suspects. They have identified that a number of different people are carrying out the offences, even though the modus operandi are similar.

 “I am glad that the police have increased both uniform patrols and plain clothes activity, to try to catch offenders in the act. It is my understanding that officers are well briefed about who the suspects are, which means they can be stopped and searched if officers see them.”

Cllr Morgan has this message for small business owners:

“I am told that neighbourhood officers will be visiting local businesses to offer advice and reassurance. If you are based in Portsmouth South and would like to share your concerns with me, or explore whether I can offer any support, please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

Cllr Morgan also has a request for the local community:

“Labour will increase the number of bobbies on the beat in our city, and I very much welcome these plans. Yet we all have a part to play in tackling crime.

So let’s all keep an eye out for suspicious activity around our local businesses. If you have any useful information to share, please contact the police or Crimestoppers. Together we can help to keep Portsmouth safe.”

Portsmouth Labour value the diversity and vibrancy of city’s small business community. Small firms make a big difference to their community and life in every corner of our city.

Research tells us that for every £1 spent with a small or medium-size business, 63% is re-spent in the local area. This is compared to 40p in every £1 spent with a chain or larger business.

The Tories Go For the Elderly

The Tory manifesto, or is it Teresa May’s charter, says it’s about tough choices. But who exactly is making them and who is on the receiving end? Can they really say they are designing a new system of social care for older people when they’re simply offloading responsibility for it onto older people themselves. With the ditching of the triple lock on pensions, people would be more vulnerable to rising prices without the guarantee of an annual pension rise of 2.5 per cent.

The Tories introduction of a means test for the winter fuel payment would be likely to discourage many people from claiming it, even if they are entitled to, because of the stigma attached. For many older people it’s a process they’re not willing to undertake. Elderly men and women would be unable to heat their homes this winter. And let’s not be under any illusion about what this sentence means: Read the rest of this entry »

Broken promises by the Tories.

UmbrellaLabour has today published a document looking at the Tories’ record of broken promises.

 ‘One Tory Manifesto. Two years of Failure. 50 Broken Promises’ – lists 50 examples of when the Conservatives broke their word. From the NHS to education, from living standards to policing, the Tories have broken their promises time and again.

  • They promised on the economy, but they have missed every debt and deficit target they set themselves
  • They promised to raise living standards, but working families are set to be on average over £1,400 a year worse off
  • They promised to improve all standards of NHS care, but A&Es are in their worst state on record and hospitals are in financial crisis
  • They promised to protect school spending, but per pupil spending is going down and class sizes are soaring

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Rumal Khan, Labour candidate for Portsmouth North, shares his thoughts on the future of education in the city:

As a father of three children who have grown up in Portsmouth, I know the importance of a good education and the value of the schools who provide it. I am proud of what my two daughters and son are achieving and am grateful that they have had the chance to experience things through their education that are helping them get on in life. But I also know only too well that it is not like this for all children.

One in four of them are living in poverty in the UK right now. The total figure has soared by 400,000 since the Tories came to power. Source: the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Read the rest of this entry »

Stephen wants a new deal for our railways.

RailwaysUnder-investment in our rail is leading to chaos and cost to commuters. We were told by the Tories that higher fares would fund investment, but vital projects to improve reliability have been delayed for years.

Passengers are paying even more to travel on increasingly overcrowded and unreliable trains. Read the rest of this entry »

Tax hike for local landlords means rent rises

At a hustings for June’s General Election this week, local landlords expressed their worries about the government’s changes to Mortgage Interest Relief (MIR) and how this will affect the income they earn from their properties. Taxed on their turnover from April this year, instead of their profit, many of them will find themselves pushed into a higher tax bracket.

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Rumal follows Labour tradition in Portsmouth North

Previous Labour MPs for Portsmouth North have endorsed Rumal Khan’s candidacy in this General Election.

Syd Rapson was elected in 1997 and served as local MP until he retired in 2005.  Syd was a local councillor for many years and became Lord Mayor of Portsmouth in 1990. As MP for Portsmouth North, Syd’s proudest memory was serving as parliamentary private secretary to the defence  minister, helping to ensure Portsmouth part-built and was to become the home port for two new aircraft carriers.  In 2015 he was given the honour of  being unanimously chosen to have the title Freeman of the City of Portsmouth awarded to him.

Syd says:

“Rumal Khan is an ideal choice to represent Portsmouth North. He understands our needs and has the ability to ensure that our voice through him will be heard in Parliament as our M.P.”

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