Claire 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.
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”
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.
“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.”
More bobbies on the beat would be delivered by Labour as announced by the party today.
Labour is committed to providing funding to the 43 forces across England and Wales to hire an extra 10,000 officers operating in community policing roles.
The move will be paid for by reversing cuts to Capital Gains Tax and comes at a time when reported crime is rising under the current Tory government. Read the rest of this entry »
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:
Portsmouth Labour is backing plans by the Portsmouth Cycle Forum to encourage more cycle-friendly initiatives in our city and showed its support for plans by inviting along representatives of the Forum to one of its recent meetings.
Cllr Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth’s Labour Leader, is a keen cyclist and has signed up to the pledges contained within the ‘City to Share’ plan developed by the Forum in consultation with the city council. Read the rest of this entry »