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It is that time of year again when we look forward to the Annual Sandwell Labour Group Dinner where we will be welcoming as our guest speaker, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson MP.

The four course dinner, including wine, will take place at West Bromwich Town Hall on Friday 12th February at 7pm. After dinner there will be entertainment and a raffle.Tickets for the event are £35 each with all proceeds going towards Sandwell Labour campaign costs.

The menu for the event includes soup as a starter, a choice between lamb, chicken or a vegetarian option for main and traditional apple pie and custard to finish.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Sam Donoghue at samueldonoghue@gmail.com or on 07676 765 706 to confirm attendance and menu choices.

Annual Sandwell Labour Group Dinner

It is that time of year again when we look forward to the Annual Sandwell Labour Group Dinner where we will be welcoming as our guest speaker, Deputy Leader of...

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has criticised the increase in bus fares introduced by operator National Express earlier this week.


The cost of an Adult Single ticket increased by 10p to £2.30 and an Adult Daysaver increased by 20p to £4.40. In December, though, the cost of Brent crude oil sank to an 11 year low at just $36.05 a barrel.


Mr Watson said: “Fuel prices have been falling for several years now. National Express should be passing on these savings in full to their customers, not increasing the cost of some fares.”


Mr Watson has previously launched a petition calling on operators to lower fares in response to falling fuel prices.

Cut Black Country Bus Fares, says Tom Watson

West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson has criticised the increase in bus fares introduced by operator National Express earlier this week. The cost of an Adult Single ticket increased by...

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Many residents voiced a desire for a Christmas tree to be placed at Stone Cross this Christmas period and thanks to the hard work of local councillors from Hateley Heath and Charlemont with Grove Vale wards, they have one.

Councillor Liam Preece said "It's important we listen to what residents want and, where we can, try and meet requests."

One resident said "It's lovely when I drive past on my way home. It makes it all feel really Christmassy."

The lights were switched on at 4pm today.

Christmas Spirit at Stone Cross

Many residents voiced a desire for a Christmas tree to be placed at Stone Cross this Christmas period and thanks to the hard work of local councillors from Hateley Heath...

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We were out today with our MP and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson MP, on West Bromwich High Street encouraging people to sign the Labour Party's petition against the unfair tax credits cuts proposed by the Tory Government.

3 million working families will be on average £1,300 worse off because of these cuts and in West Bromwich East, 65% of families receive tax credits. That's 8,000 families, 6,100 of whom are in work and 10,000 children just in our area who will suffer directly as a result of these changes.

Tax credits are designed to ensure that work pays. Cutting them undermines the value of work, and means penalising those who work hard day after day just to get by and make ends meet. The Government should not be hitting hardworking families.

Labour is calling on David Cameron to stop the tax credit cut. We need to balance the books, but the way to do that is not to hit the wallets of working families.

Please sign our petition at labour.org.uk/taxcredits

National Campaign Day Against Tax Credit Cuts

We were out today with our MP and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Tom Watson MP, on West Bromwich High Street encouraging people to sign the Labour Party's petition...

Local councillors for Charlemont with Grove Vale, Liam Preece, Sue Phillips and Liz Giles are opposing plans for a new advertising hoarding in the area.


The 24ft wide LED screen would stand off Ray Hall Lane between West Bromwich and Great Barr, up to 60ft off the ground and has sparked anger among residents who are concerned it will be an eyesore and could even distract drivers.


Councillor Liam Preece said "I do actively encourage residents and the public to speak up about this proposal, whether it be for or against it. We, as ward councillors, can only act upon communication we have with residents".


An online petition has been set up by the ward councillors here: https://www.change.org/p/sandwell-mbc-no-more-advertisement-hoardings

Objections to New Advertising Hoarding

Local councillors for Charlemont with Grove Vale, Liam Preece, Sue Phillips and Liz Giles are opposing plans for a new advertising hoarding in the area. The 24ft wide LED screen...

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Earlier this week we held a Black History Month Seminar at Terry Duffy House. The event was organised by Councillor Jackie Taylor, who said:

"The evening was very interactive and we discussed various issues of concern such as the Government's persistence in trying to disempower our Trade Union movement and the changes to constituency boundaries but the main focus was on Individual Electoral Registration and that over a million voters are likely to drop off the electoral register."

"I urged the participants to get talking politics, to engage and empower young people to register and vote as well as others who they know are not registered."

Thank you to everybody who attended and a special welcome to the Sri Lankan and Somalian communities who attended such an event for the first time.

Black History Month Seminar

Earlier this week we held a Black History Month Seminar at Terry Duffy House. The event was organised by Councillor Jackie Taylor, who said: "The evening was very interactive and...

The new Wednesbury Leisure Centre including a 25m pool, learner pool, dance studios, fitness suite and new sports hall is due to open on 9th November. Sandwell Leisure Trust will be holding tours of the new facilities from Tuesday 27th October from 12pm until 8:30pm.

The sports hall will be named after 19-year-old Joel Richards, from Wednesbury, who died – along with uncle Adrian Evans, 49 and grandfather Charles Patrick Evans, 78 – while holidaying in Tunisia.

Deputy leader Councillor Steve Eling said: "It's fantastic to see this superb building completed. Wednesbury Leisure Centre will offer a state-of-the-art facility to meet the different needs of local residents. It will also be a great honour to name the sports hall after Joel Richards, who lived in Wednesbury and was a keen sports enthusiast. This will be a fitting tribute to him and his family."

£8.1m Wednesbury Leisure Centre Ready To Open

The new Wednesbury Leisure Centre including a 25m pool, learner pool, dance studios, fitness suite and new sports hall is due to open on 9th November. Sandwell Leisure Trust will...

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The Tories have broken their promise to stand up for working families with a plan to change tax credits, which will leave working families £1,300 a year worse off.

The changes will affect three million working families. In West Bromwich East alone, 6100 working families will be affected. That's 10,000 children who will be worse off just in our constituency. Instead of helping working people, the Tories are pushing through changes which will hit working families in the wallet.

Tax Credits are designed to ensure that work pays. Cutting them undermines the value of work, and means penalising those who work hard day after day just to get by.

The Tories have not planned any help to protect affected families. 2.7 million families with children will be left out of pocket, and there is a real risk that children will suffer directly as a result of these changes.

Labour has launched a campaign to call on David Cameron to stop the tax credit cut. Please sign our petition at labour.org.uk/taxcredits.

Stop The Tax Credit Cut

The Tories have broken their promise to stand up for working families with a plan to change tax credits, which will leave working families £1,300 a year worse off. The...

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Changes to the way people register to vote mean around one million people will be taken off the electoral register this year. In addition, the changes will also have major consequences for the redrawing of parliamentary boundaries, which are set to begin next April and will be based on the number of people on the register.

This Saturday is the Labour Party’s national campaign day on voter registration. The aim of campaign is to identify people who haven’t registered to vote and to motivate them to register.

We’d like you to join us on Saturday morning at 10am until 12 noon, meeting at Terry Duffy House, Thomas Street, West Bromwich, B70 6NT.

We’ll be sending teams of volunteers out with names and properties of local people who aren’t on the register, in order to sign them up.

We always want as many people as possible to be able to vote and it’s particularly important for next year’s local elections.

The Missing Million

  Changes to the way people register to vote mean around one million people will be taken off the electoral register this year. In addition, the changes will also have...

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Sunday morning door knocking sessions recommenced this morning in Newton. Councillors Keith Allcock, Dave Hosell, Simon Hackett, Paul Sandars, Jackie Taylor and local members were out in the Old Walsall Road area speaking to residents about local issues.

West Bromwich East Labour knock doors across the constituency every week which is an opportunity to engage with residents and listen to local concerns. If you would like to join us please get in touch for details.

Door Knocking in Newton

Sunday morning door knocking sessions recommenced this morning in Newton. Councillors Keith Allcock, Dave Hosell, Simon Hackett, Paul Sandars, Jackie Taylor and local members were out in the Old Walsall...

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