The Need for Affordable Housing

This article is part of a series based around our Plan for Affordable Housing which you can read more about here.

To sign the petition supporting our Plan for Affordable Housing click here.

In recent years a toxic mix of rising rents, stagnant wages, reductions in welfare benefits and cuts to social support services, has led to an increasingly severe housing crisis for the people of this country. Locally this has meant a rise in demand for affordable housing as seen by increases in the level of homelessness and the number of households looking to the council or charities for housing related advice and guidance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Plan for Affordable Housing

This article is part of a series based around our Plan for Affordable Housing which you can read more about here.

To sign the petition supporting our Plan for Affordable Housing click here.

Having lived almost all my life in Portsmouth, I’m passionate about our city and its residents. But in recent years we’ve been let down by a council leadership seemingly intent on destroying our public services and converting the local authority into Portsmouth PLC. The Tories have failed to invest in health, education, social care and for me most crucially in housing. Read the rest of this entry »


Portsmouth’s new MP pledges to fight for opportunities for all in maiden speech

Speech two.pngStephen Morgan, Labour’s first ever Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, today pledged to fight for opportunity for all, regardless of birth, class or age.

The “Fratton lad” paid tribute to the public service workers who had encouraged him to believe he could achieve his dreams and in a passionate call to the city’s young people he said: “aim high, work hard and you will achieve. Never, ever, accept anyone telling you you can’t succeed”.

The Labour Member said he was motivated by a simple notion: To ensure that the opportunities of a good education, a good home or a good job aren’t limited to the privileged few but can be enjoyed by all our citizens regardless of where they are born”. Read the rest of this entry »


Local MP praises work of Portsmouth based charity, WetWheels

Stephen Morgan with Geoff HoltA local charity has received a visit by the new Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, Stephen Morgan, to recognise their hard work in supporting people with a disability or long-term life limiting conditions.

WetWheels Solent, who have their headquarters in Gunwharf Quays, build disabled people’s confidence by providing the opportunity to access the sea in a fun, safe, stimulating and rewarding way using specially modified, fully accessible powerboats.

With the support of donors and partner organisations they provide water-based activity experiences for disabled people on board our specially designed boats, from centres within local communities.

Stephen Morgan, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South, said:

“Wetwheels is an inspiring local organisation where perceived barriers are reassessed, new skills are learned and new-found independence is discovered.

Geoff and his team are doing so much to encourage opportunity for all in our great city. Last year they helped over 1,600 people 80% of which have never been afloat before, worked with 48 different agencies and assisted people from all walks of life to build their confidence and self esteem.

It was great to pay the charity a visit to recognise the hard work they and so many other charities do in Portsmouth to make life better for all”.

Disabled people can face particular challenges developing confidence, self-belief, self-worth and independence.

Beneficiaries of WetWheels services are active participants, rather than simply passengers, with the opportunity to steer the vessel and learn seamanship, alongside their peers, friends, and families.

The visit to WetWheels was led by Geoff Holt MBE and DL, the organisation’s founder. Geoff, a sailor from the city, was paralysed in an accident aged 18. In 2007 he became the first quadriplegic yatchsman to sail solo around Great Britain.


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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Press Statement from Portsmouth Labour Party 4 June

Parliamentary candidates for Portsmouth, Rumal Khan and Cllr Stephen Morgan, shared their shock and dismay at the terrorist attacks on London Bridge and around Borough Market, the second atrocity to have taken place during this general election campaign.

Cllr Stephen Morgan, local candidate for Portsmouth South said:

“Once again it’s hard to imagine the horror for those caught up in this appalling act of terror, and I know I speak for our great city when I say our thoughts are with the victims, families and friends involved. These murderous acts aim to undermine our values and our democracy. We must never allow that to happen”

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Standing up for small businesses.

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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.”

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