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Members turned out tonight for the first meeting of the General Election 2017 campaign in West Bromwich East tonight.

Tom Watson MP addressed the meeting and highlighted how tough this campaign is going to be. With only 7 weeks until election day there is an awful lot of work to be done.

If you can help out with any of the following activities please get in touch:

  • Telephone Labour Party members asking them to get involved in the campaign
  • Telephone residents asking them for their support
  • Visit voters on their doorsteps to seek their support
  • Deliver leaflets, letters and election materials
  • Help with street stalls
  • Put a vote Labour poster in your window
  • Put a vote Labour all-weather poster board in your garden
  • Facebook and tweet your support for Labour
  • Donate money to the campaign
  • Take residents to the polling station on election day

General Election 2017 Campaign Launch

  Members turned out tonight for the first meeting of the General Election 2017 campaign in West Bromwich East tonight. Tom Watson MP addressed the meeting and highlighted how tough...

Yesterday, we were honoured to be joined by Lia Lesser at Sandwell's Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration service. The service was held at Highfields House, where Sandwell's Holocaust memorial plaque stands.

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Lia escaped Nazi Germany and came to Britain on the Kindertransport aged 8. Kristallnacht had just rocked Nazi Germany. The pogroms killed dozens of Jews, burnt hundreds of synagogues and imprisoned tens of thousands in concentration camps. But amid the horror, Britain agreed to take in children threatened by the Nazi murder machine. 

The theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day was "How can life go on?". Times of genocide are always times of acute social upheaval; tens of thousands, sometimes millions, of people are forced from or flee their homes. The question of how life can go on is bound up with where it goes on. We were privileged to hear Lia's very moving story of how she was welcomed to this country with open arms and made a new life here.

HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process.

Councillor Melia led those present in making the Statement of Commitment, the full text of which can be found here

The final point in the Statement of Commitment is "We will continue to encourage Holocaust remembrance by holding an annual UK Holocaust Memorial Day. We condemn the evils of prejudice, discrimination and racism. We value a free, tolerant and democratic society"

Now more than ever, we must ensure that we understand the causes of the Holocaust and reflect upon it's consequences.

Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration

Yesterday, we were honoured to be joined by Lia Lesser at Sandwell's Holocaust Memorial Day Commemoration service. The service was held at Highfields House, where Sandwell's Holocaust memorial plaque stands....

The closure of the court in September has created misery for local people seeking justice, says West Bromwich MP Tom Watson.

Sandwell is now the only Black Country borough without a magistrates court after the Government closed the Oldbury facility back in September.

Many of Sandwell’s judicial cases have been transferred to other regional courts, including Wolverhampton, which has come in for heavy criticism from the West Bromwich MP.

Mr Watson said: “The Government’s decision to close Sandwell has caused chaos. Many cases have been transferred to Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court and the facilities there cannot cope with the increased demand - there’s a real crisis.

“There’s been a general over listing of Sandwell cases and lengthy waits for hearings, with cases adjourned due to a lack of court time. On at least two occasions, when a case has been listed for 10am, it’s not been dealt with until after 4pm, meaning that the police and the public have waited around all day.”

Mr Watson has written to the Justice Secretary Liz Truss to demand that the Ministry of Justice urgently reviews the provision of court facilities in Sandwell.

Mr Watson added: “There are also many problems with cases from Sandwell being moved to the afternoon from the morning because the Wolverhampton court has not had time to deal with them. I’m even aware of examples whereby the court has failed to notify defendants of adjourned hearings leading to a further adjournment being required.

“The Government cannot say they weren’t warned about this. They wasted £3.8 million on a new proposed court, which was then scrapped in West Bromwich, and then shamefully closed the only court we had left in Oldbury. The closure of Sandwell was wrong and poorly thought out from the start.”

CLOSURE OF SANDWELL MAGISTRATES’ COURT HAS 'CAUSED CHAOS', SAYS MP

The closure of the court in September has created misery for local people seeking justice, says West Bromwich MP Tom Watson. Sandwell is now the only Black Country borough without...

Over the past weeks, Sandwell's Autumn Safer 6 campaign has been underway across the six towns in Sandwell.

Safer 6 is all about targeting their efforts and providing extra reassurance during the darker nights, fireworks and bonfire season – a time when crime and anti-social behaviour can rise.

Councillors Pat Davies, Liz Giles, Laura Hickey and Steve Melia were on hand at the West Bromwich launch along with representatives from West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, Sandwell Trading Standards, Health, Adults and Children's Services, Neighbourhoods Teams, Sandwell Libraries and Crime Prevention.

In addition to the launch event, lots of activities took place that week across West Bromwich, including speed checks, litter picking and junior PCSO training.

Councillor Laura Hickey said "The launch was a great success. Everyone particularly seemed to like the chip pan fire demonstrations and meeting the Trading Standards dogs. Crime Prevention were also handing out purse bells which went down particularly well."

Safer 6

Over the past weeks, Sandwell's Autumn Safer 6 campaign has been underway across the six towns in Sandwell. Safer 6 is all about targeting their efforts and providing extra reassurance...

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At Labour Conference 2016, Angela Rayner announced Labour's major campaign, 'Education not Segregation', opposing the Tories' plans to open new grammar schools.

On Saturday, Sandwell councillors and labour activists were out on West Bromwich High Street letting residents know about the campaign and collecting signatures for the petition.

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The Tories would segregate our children by opening new grammar schools: a privileged education for a few, a second class education for the rest. And they are extending their plans into higher education, by hiking student fees and scrapping student grants, cutting opportunities for the many.

The Tories' education policies are failing children and parents. While they obsess about school structures and new grammar schools, school budgets are falling, there are chronic teacher shortages and not enough good school places.

Every child has potential. Every child can succeed. If you agree that no child should be left out or left behind, sign our petition opposing the Tories' divisive education plans

Education Not Segregation

At Labour Conference 2016, Angela Rayner announced Labour's major campaign, 'Education not Segregation', opposing the Tories' plans to open new grammar schools. On Saturday, Sandwell councillors and labour activists were...

People in Sandwell are being urged to recognise and report hate crimes as part of a new campaign.

Sandwell Against Hate will launch on Monday 10 October at a special event in Oldbury at the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Sandwell Council, West Midlands Police, Rights and Equality Sandwell and Victim Support are among a number of organisations to have joined forces to take the campaign across the borough.

The key message is: Don’t be a victim of hate just because of who you are, what you look like, what you wear, what you believe or who you love. REPORT IT!

The campaign will launch at a best practice forum on tackling hate crime at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury.

Monday’s event will focus on how to better support victims of hate crime and encourage reporting – and ask attendees to make a pledge on how they will help tackle it in their community.

Also planned for National Hate Crime Awareness Week in Sandwell are:

  • School visits – to help young people recognise and report hate crime and explain what support is available; and
  • A community roadshow – the hate crime team will be at West Bromwich YMCA on Friday 14 October, 10am – 12 noon.

Councillor Preet Gill, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “Hate crimes must be recognised, recorded and dealt with wherever they take place.

“I want to thank the Safer Sandwell Hate Crime Partnership Group for organising these activities for National Hate Crime Awareness Week. This is just the start of our campaign.

“We need to get the message out there that hate crimes will not be tolerated in Sandwell and that no matter what type of crime it is – we are here to help and give support.”

Hate crimes can take place anywhere and to anyone, whether it is face-to-face, on the phone, online or a verbal or physical confrontation.

Sandwell Police’s Superintendent Richard Youds said: “We want people to have the knowledge and confidence to report hate crimes, and to know their reports will be taken seriously by the police, council and other partners.

“It’s not just victims who can report hate crimes – we urge anyone who witnesses a hate crime to report it. Support is available for all those who are affected by these horrible incidents.”

There are several ways to report a hate crime.

You can report online via Sandwell Council's website or the Report It website.

Or you can call:

  • Sandwell Council: 0121 569 6000
  • Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111
  • Police (non-emergencies): 101
  • Police (emergencies): 999

Places in the local community where you can report will also be announced soon.

 

Source: Sandwell Council Press Release

Sandwell Against Hate

People in Sandwell are being urged to recognise and report hate crimes as part of a new campaign. Sandwell Against Hate will launch on Monday 10 October at a special...

Our MP Tom Watson has today launched a campaign to #ScrapTheFee. Domestic violence victims are not automatically eligible for Legal Aid and GPs charge a fee to provide proof.

As Tom Watson MP says "Help for domestic violence victims should never come at a price."

Please sign and share our petition here.

http://www.tom-watson.com/scrapthefee

Scrap The Fee

Our MP Tom Watson has today launched a campaign to #ScrapTheFee. Domestic violence victims are not automatically eligible for Legal Aid and GPs charge a fee to provide proof. As...

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has today demanded Walsall Council improve security on Delves Common to prevent further unlawful traveller encampments.

The site, which borders both Walsall and Sandwell boroughs, has seen multiple traveller encampments over the last 18 months.

Mr Watson said: “People on Yew Tree and Tame Bridge tell me they are fed up and want something done. This site has no security and is being repeatedly breached. Low level fencing, boulders, a perimeter mound or stumps would act as a deterrent.

“Walsall Council own the majority of the site. I understand Sandwell Council would be prepared to fund securing the small section of land near Cherry Tree Avenue but we need Walsall to step up to the mark, too.”

Mr Watson has written to the chief executive of Walsall Council, Paul Sheehan, to ask for security at Delves Common to be reviewed as a priority.

MP CALLS ON WALSALL COUNCIL TO SECURE DELVES COMMON

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has today demanded Walsall Council improve security on Delves Common to prevent further unlawful traveller encampments. The site, which borders both Walsall and Sandwell...

On Friday evening Tom Watson MP led a vigil for Jo Cox MP at the West Midlands Regional Office in West Bromwich. MPs, MEPs, local Councillors and members were in attendance to pay their respects to Jo.

Tom Watson MP made a moving and emotional speech and those present signed the West Midlands Labour Book of Condolence. Messages of condolence, support or solidarity for Jo Cox's family can also be left in the Labour Party's online Book of Condolence at labour.org.uk/jo-cox

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Vigil for Jo Cox MP

On Friday evening Tom Watson MP led a vigil for Jo Cox MP at the West Midlands Regional Office in West Bromwich. MPs, MEPs, local Councillors and members were in...

With only 54 days to go until the local elections on May 5th, we are asking volunteers from across the constituency to help us in our key ward, Charlemont with Grove Vale.

There will be a West Bromwich East Campaign Day on Saturday 19th March. With your help, we hope to be able to get a piece of literature delivered across the ward in a single weekend. Volunteers will be able to drop in to Terry Duffy House between 10am-12pm to pick up a round to deliver.

In addition, we have a busy campaign schedule over the next week, including:

Saturday 12th - Charlemont with Grove Vale at 1pmmeeting outside 1 Esher Rd, West Bromwich, B71 1QX
Sunday 13th - Charlemont with Grove Vale at 11am, meeting outside 5 Smithmoor Crescent, West Bromwich, B71 3EZ
Monday 14th – Friar Park at 1pm, meeting on the corner of Freeman Road and Manor Road, Wednesbury, WS10 0HJ
Monday 14th – Charlemont with Grove Vale at 5pm, meeting outside 1 Tompstone Rd, West Bromwich, B71 3SN

Don't forget, we also have the Sandwell Phonebank running every Thursday from 4pm-8pm at Terry Duffy House.

It would be great to see you at any of these activities.

Campaigning in West Bromwich East

With only 54 days to go until the local elections on May 5th, we are asking volunteers from across the constituency to help us in our key ward, Charlemont with...

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