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Labour Candidate, David Jamieson was joined by Shadow Policing Minister and Birmingham MP, Jack Dromey, on a walk-about with community wardens in West Bromwich as part of his campaign to be the next West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.DJsmall.jpg

 

David and Jack joined the community wardens to highlight the importance of visible neighbourhood policing across the West Midlands. Neighbourhood Policing was introduced by the previous Labour government as a way of giving communities peace of mind and making streets safer.  It was considered to be a great success but, as a result of cuts from the Tory-led Government, Neighbourhood Policing has suffered.

Labour’s Police & Crime Commissioner candidate, David Jamieson said, “Neighbourhood Policing is a key priority for me if elected. I will protect it and strengthen it. The Street Wardens scheme ran by Labour-run Sandwell Council is a great example of how local Councils can work with the Police to make areas safer, cleaner and more pleasant places to live. If elected I will work with local Councils closely to make sure that the Police are in touch with local concerns and on top of local issues.”

Jack Dromey said: "Neighbourhood Policing was introduced by Labour and is crucial in ensuring the safety and security of local people where they live and work. A Labour Police & Crime Commissioner and a Labour Government will protect and strengthen Neighbourhood Policing.”

Along with protecting neighbourhood policing, David Jamieson has pledged to recruit more police officers; keep Police Community Support Officers and the vital work they do; stop the privatisation of the police and ensure they are accountable to the public and not shareholders and make sure police are on the beat and not behind a desk.

Police and Crime Commissioner candidate goes on the beat.

Labour Candidate, David Jamieson was joined by Shadow Policing Minister and Birmingham MP, Jack Dromey, on a walk-about with community wardens in West Bromwich as part of his campaign to...

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones passed away.  Leading Labour Party figures have paid tribute to and offered their condolences to Bob's family.

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Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband MP, said:

 

“It is terribly sad news that Bob Jones has passed away.

 

“He was a dedicated public servant, who cared deeply about his local community.

 

“He served with distinction both as a councillor and – more recently – as West Midland’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

 

“Bob Jones was respected across the political spectrum for his service and huge contribution to improving policing.

 

“My thoughts today are with Bob’s wife Sarah and his family.

 

“I know he will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues in the Labour Party and by people from across the West Midlands.”

 

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

 

“This is very sad news and comes as a terrible shock to us all. My thoughts are with Bob’s wife Sarah and his family and friends at this tragic and difficult time.


“Bob was a very kind and intelligent man who cared deeply about the communities he represented. He served with great distinction as Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, and before that led the West Midlands Police Authority, always championing neighbourhood policing and victims’ rights. I have benefited from his advice and wisdom over the years and he was rightly awarded a CBE last year.


“He was also dedicated to the Labour Party and had served as a councillor for 33 years, right near where he was born and in the community he served so diligently.


“He will be badly missed in the Labour Party and in the West Midlands as a caring public servant and a friend.”

 

Shadow Policing Minister Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, said:

 

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of West Midlands PCC Bob Jones. Bob was a great champion of all that is best in British policing and a thoroughly decent man. I had the honour to launch his campaign for election to the post of PCC and I worked closely with him as he stood up in tough times for Neighbourhood Policing. Kind, gentle, always courteous, he will be remembered with great affection as a man who made a real difference.” 

Statement on the death of Bob Jones, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones passed away.  Leading Labour Party figures have paid tribute to and offered their condolences to Bob's family.

A potteries MP has accused the Government of having “lost control of the NHS’s finances” after highlighting figures showing nationally the NHS is more than £100 million in the red.

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Rob Flello, who represents Stoke-on-Trent South for Labour, spoke as reports suggest ministers are using emergency funds to tackle an unprecedented summer crisis in accident and emergency departments and an increasing backlog of operations.

He said: “For the Government to have allowed the NHS to rack up a deficit of £108 million is almost beyond belief and smacks of appallingly bad management.”

The MP spoke as it emerged that the NHS in England faces a funding gap of up to £2 billion – about two per cent of its budget – for the next financial year.

 “This astonishing figure, and deficits at English trusts including six in the West Midlands, including the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UNHS - £25 million), Mid-Staffordshire (£13.56 million) and Burton (£0.79 million), shows ministers have lost control of the NHS’s finances,” said Mr Flello.

The figures, obtained from foundation trust regulator Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and the House of Commons Library, highlight deficits up to the third quarter and at the end of the 10th month of the previous financial year.

Overall, the data illustrates a marked deterioration of NHS finances in the past year, with one in three acute trusts (58) now in deficit compared to one in 10 (16) at the time of the last General Election in 2010, shortly after the global economic crisis hit.

Two thirds of hospitals that have slipped into the red since the poll (27 out of 42) have done so in the last financial year, with the worsening most advanced in four regions, including the West Midlands.

Mr Flello said: “What I find particularly hard to bear is that these financial difficulties, including those at the UHNS, have followed a Government re-organisation of the NHS which was unwanted, unnecessary, cost £3 billion and was against their key pledge.

Government has "lost control of NHS finances”, says Potteries MP

A potteries MP has accused the Government of having “lost control of the NHS’s finances” after highlighting figures showing nationally the NHS is more than £100 million in the red.

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