Campaigning for better tower block safety.

Claire UdyClaire Udy, party member from Charles Dickens ward was out in Buckland this afternoon talking to residents about local issues and gathering signatures on our petition calling on Portsmouth City Council to install sprinklers in its high rise tower blocks.

Claire says:

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Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness.

LonelinessStephen Morgan, Portsmouth South’s first Labour MP, has met with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness and made a pledge to tackle loneliness in the city. 

Jo set up the Commission, along with 13 organisations including before she was murdered just over a year ago. The Commission is continuing her legacy by raising awareness about loneliness and working to try and reduce the stigma of being lonely. Read the rest of this entry »


Portsmouth has a great get together.

IMG_0571Local people are coming together across Portsmouth this weekend in celebration of the tremendous work of Jo Cox who tragically lost her life one year ago.

Jo Cox, who was brutally murdered last year, who worked tirelessly to unite communities, famously said in her maiden speech in the House of Commons that “We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than that which divides us”. Read the rest of this entry »


Standing up for city playgroups

Local parents are organising a protest in Guildhall Square on Tuesday 2nd May, at 12.30.

Council spending cuts mean that local pre-school groups could close.

Organisers, Holly Harrison and Roxanne Chappell, set up a Facebook event to build support. They say:

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Concern over future of our city centre grows

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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. Read the rest of this entry »


Ivy Close, Somerstown.

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A new development named ‘Ivy Close’ is taking shape in the heart of our city. The £8.1m housing scheme is being built by Portsmouth contractors PMC.

51 flats and nine houses are planned by the council on the Blackfriars Close site will be completed next summer at which point the development will offer an additional 72 bedrooms compared to the ageing Arthur Pope House block which used to sit on the plot.

You can now watch the homes rising from the rubble in the new time lapse video.  Read the rest of this entry »


It’s time every single child has the chance to succeed

There are 4 million children in the UK in poverty. This is shameful in the sixth richest country in the world. Yet, in 2015, the Tories scrapped Labour’s child poverty targets.

This week Labour introduced a bill to parliament to bring targets back and an action plan to end child poverty once and for all. The proposals, announced nationally by Dan Jarvis MP, have Portsmouth Labour’s full support.

Children in poor households tend to perform less well at school, impacting on future education, training and employment opportunities.

There is also a strong link between health inequalities and poverty.

To tackle poverty, what happens in childhood is critical. Poverty is the strongest determinant of poor outcomes for children when they reach adult life.

Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s Labour Leader said:

“In order to give children the best start in life their development in the first five years of life is crucial. 

Children who grow up in poverty are four times as likely to become poor adults, becoming the parents of the next generation of children living in poverty”.

Poverty is the single greatest threat to the wellbeing of children and families. Any family can fall on hard times and find it difficult to make ends meet. But poverty isn’t inevitable. With the right policies every child can have the opportunity to do well in life, and we all share the rewards of having a stronger economy and a healthier, fairer society.

In the past few years, child poverty has increased. Research shows that 22.3% of all children aged 0-19 are deemed as living in poverty in our city.

This rises sharply in some parts of Portsmouth, demonstrating real pockets of deprivation. In Charles Dickens ward over 44% of all children aged 0-19 live in poverty.

As a Charles Dickens ward member, Cllr Morgan added:

“Where you are born shouldn’t determine where you end up in life. Yet too many people are being held back and left behind. That’s why tackling child poverty is so important. Every single child in our city deserves the best chance in life.

Across Portsmouth, people dedicate their lives to transform the lives of others. I hugely value these services, will always support and try to protect them.

I entered public service to help make sure every single child in every single community in our great city has the opportunity to succeed.

I fully support Labour’s national campaign to finally end child poverty. I hope you will show your support too”.

To show your support to end child poverty and to sign the online petition visit: www.nochildpoverty.org.uk