Concern over future of our city centre grows


Portsmouth’s Labour Leader has raised concerns at the potential loss of another high street brand from the city centre following a major announcement by an international retailer.

M&S has confirmed today that it is considering closing its store in the Cascades Shopping Centre, Commercial Road, and is now consulting with 100 staff members at the store about the move.

If the proposal goes ahead, staff would be redeployed at nearby stores, with closure early next year.

Whilst news that the company plan to open a new food hall at Ocean Retail Park in Burrfields Road early in 2018 is welcomed, there is concern over the impact of this potential decision by the store will have on the rest of the city centre’s important shopping area.

Portsmouth Labour has been calling for a better deal to regenerate our city centre, and create something for future generations to be proud of. 

Earlier this year, Cllr Stephen Morgan who represents the city centre on the council, called for more action to be taken to make Commercial Road a destination once more.

He said:

“These latest proposals from M&S are a real concern to local people. More must be done to keep international retailers and well-known brands on our high streets.

I’m committed to securing a prosperous future for our city and, to do that, Portsmouth needs to retain businesses and attract more private sector investment to help create the good quality jobs that local people need.  

It’s time the heart of our city gets its beat back and is a destination once again”.

Statement from Cllr. Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth Labour Group Leader:


“This general election will be a fight for the future of Britain. A government has many duties, not just the very important issue of Brexit. This government has failed on the economy, on the cost of living, on health, on schools and on housing. This election  is about the desperate need for a better deal for all in Britain”.

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Concern over closure of the Co-op Bank

Following news that yet another bank branch in our city will be closed in June, Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s Labour Leader, has backed plans to tackle bank closures.

The Co-operative Bank, in Commercial Road in Charles Dickens ward, Portsmouth, has announced it will shut its doors on June 27, meaning the nearest branch will be in High Street, Chichester. Read the rest of this entry »

Rhetoric on social mobility has not been matched by results

Children from poorer homes are nearly half as likely to attend an outstanding primary school as richer children, research finds.

Only 15% of children from the poorest 30% of families currently go to outstanding primary schools, a study by education charity Teach First suggests. This compares to 27% of children from the richest 30% of families who attend a school rated highly by inspectors.

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Local people invited to learn about city’s heritage

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A walkabout to recognise and celebrate the city’s heritage is planned for later this month.

The Portsea Heritage Walk has been organised for Saturday 22 April 2017 from 10am starting at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Gate on The Hard, led by Dr Ann Coats, University of Portsmouth. Read the rest of this entry »

Portsmouth’s Labour Party is ambitious for every child in our city.

Local party volunteers were out in force this Saturday (8 April) talking to shoppers and local people in Commercial Road about Labour plans for schools in our city.

Current projections suggest that Portsmouth may gain only modestly from a new funding formula by government but by spreading this over all the schools – and with changes to national insurance, pensions and increased charges for services – many will continue to struggle to make ends meet. And information presented by the teaching unions suggests that schools across our city are facing significant cuts to their services to children. Read the rest of this entry »

Portsmouth Labour backs plans for free school meals for primary school children

school dinners

Plans for the next Labour Government to provide free school meals for all primary school children have been backed by Portsmouth Labour. 

This policy will benefit the educational attainment and health of all children.

Research by the National Centre for Social Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies has shown offering universal access to free school meals improves educational attainment through improvements in pupils’ productivity, enabling primary school pupils to advance by around two months on average. Read the rest of this entry »