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South Heaton elects Labour's Clare Penny Evans

On 16 March, residents in South Heaton elected Heaton resident and Labour Party candidate Clare Penny-Evans to represent them on Newcastle City Council.

Clare was elected with 768 votes and now joins John-Paul Stephenson and Denise Jones as a Labour Councillor for South Heaton.

Following the election, Clare thanked all residents for voting.

"Thank you to everyone who voted in the by-election and for those who placed their faith in me. I'm grateful for the support I received and I've really enjoyed speaking to residents throughout the campaign. 

"I now look forward to working alongside John-Paul and Denise to represent all residents across South Heaton".

South Heaton result

Clare Penny-Evans - Labour - 768

Green - 444

Lib Dem - 260

UKIP - 88

Conservative  - 80

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Clare Penny-Evans elected in South Heaton by election

South Heaton elects Labour's Clare Penny Evans On 16 March, residents in South Heaton elected Heaton resident and Labour Party candidate Clare Penny-Evans to represent them on Newcastle City Council. Clare...

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Just over a century ago the first International Women’s Day was a rallying point for action around ordinary women’s struggles for decent pay and conditions, the right to vote and the right to paid work. In that radical, progressive tradition, for 2017, women from Young Labour across the UK will be raising crucial funds for Refuge and taking a stand against the prevalence of domestic violence in the UK today.

Starting this International Women’s Day, I’ll be joining 25 other Young Labour Women from across the country in our marathon challenge for the domestic abuse charity Refuge.

As of January 2017, Refuge provides vital support to more than 4,600 women, children and men on any given day through a range of services; including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.

This year, Young Labour Women's Officer Charlotte is running the London Marathon for Refuge. So to help raise money, we're taking part in our own marathon challenge: 

26 women. 26 miles. One week.

We're taking part because we want to see an end to domestic violence. Two women per week are killed in England & Wales by a current or former partner. Recent research by Refuge indicates that over half of young women (18-21) have experienced at least one violent incident from a boyfriend, husband, or partner. This cannot continue.

Our team come from Young Labour groups from right across the UK. Our individual miles will take place in a variety of different ways- running, swimming, cycling, walking, and more. Our goal is a shared one- a future without domestic violence. 

Our marathon is important not just as a means of raising funds for Refuge and the transformative, life-saving work that they do – but also to act as a visible solidarity to both those experiencing and those who have survived  domestic violence. As Labour Party members we are on their side in  our goal of envisioning a future without domestic violence, yet also in defending the vital services which support victims and survivors from the brutal effects of Tory austerity.

The situation couldn’t be more urgent.

The Women’s Aid Annual Survey 2015 found that:

‘On just one day, 92 women and 75 children were turned away from refuge. For nearly half of the women (45.65%), it was because there was not enough space for them. Over two thirds (66.1%) of referrals to refuges were declined and only a third (33.9%) were accepted. Nearly a quarter (23.27%) of the total referrals were declined due to the refuge’s lack of available bedspace’ (Women’s Aid, 2016).

Theresa May has offered £20 million in funding for domestic abuse services, yet after years of austerity, our support services are teetering on the brink.

Please donate anything you can and share our page by using the link below. Anything you can give helps us help Refuge support women and children experiencing domestic violence, and to continue their campaign to end domestic violence altogether. 

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=YoungLabourWomen

#YLWmarathon #TeamRefuge

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 Hannah McCarthy is a resident of South Heaton, a member of Newcastle East CLP and works as a Teacher.

 

  

 

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International Women’s Day

Just over a century ago the first International Women’s Day was a rallying point for action around ordinary women’s struggles for decent pay and conditions, the right to vote and...

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Thank you to everyone in Newcastle who voted in the elections on 5th May.

Thousands of you all across Newcastle supported Labour in the recent elections. Labour made gains on the City Council, winning the seats of Ouseburn and North Jesmond from the Lib Dems. Our Labour Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, was also re-elected. 

Labour works all year round across the whole city, not just at election time. Over the past year we have spoken to thousands of residents, asking your views and making sure we represent you effectively.

Time and again, you told Labour volunteer campaigners how betrayed you felt by the Lib Dems, who voted with the Tories to impose unfair cuts, the Bedroom Tax and a huge increase in student Tuition Fees.

This Tory Government isn’t interested in Newcastle. The Conservatives haven’t had a councillor elected here since 1992! Their unnecessary and damaging austerity programme of cuts continues to hit families in our city hard. Only Labour is a strong and effective voice for our city, standing up for our communities and holding the Government to account for the decisions they have made.

Through these tough times, we aim to protect those in our communities who are likely to be severely affected by these cuts, and will continue to invest in making Newcastle a great place to live and work. This includes building new houses, installing new cycle routes, protecting our parks and green spaces, upgrading roads and pavements, installing super-fast broadband and making our city centre more welcoming and attractive. 

Council Leader Nick Forbes said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who showed their support for Labour in these elections. Unlike the other parties, we don’t take your vote for granted.

“Our hardworking teams of Labour councillors and volunteers are active across the city all year round. We also send regular newsletters updating you on our work and campaigning in the city.

“We will continue to listen to your ideas for improving council services and work with you to make things better in Newcastle. If you’ve got a problem or suggestion to make, please get in touch with the local Labour team in your area and we’ll do what we can to help.” 

Thank You for Voting Labour

  Thank you to everyone in Newcastle who voted in the elections on 5th May.


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