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Since the 2015 General Election, our constituency of Wycombe has experienced a political roller-coaster ride. Against the expectations of our local MP Steve Baker, Wycombe voted to remain in the EU Referendum. Since then Steve Baker has been an MP who does not have his constituents’ best interests at heart. Steve’s hard right libertarian vision for Brexit and his ultimate desire to see the whole EU dismantled clearly disregards not just Wycombe remain voters’ views, but also the views of many of Wycombe’s leave voters. Partly as a result of Brexit, his almost 15,000 majority was reduced to a little more than 6,500 votes at the recent General Election. Our leader Jeremy Corbyn’s popularity has not gone unnoticed, as he shocked the nation by jeopardising Theresa May’s plan for a hard Brexit. Nationally, we managed to gain 30 seats and prevent May from gaining a majority. Many factors contributed to this reduction, primarily the strength of Labours voice nationally, our manifesto for the many and a strong campaign run by our local Labour Parties. It shows that our policies are resonating well with people and we are offering a new brand of hope.

Troubling Tories

Most recently, our Conservative council has failed its constituents and then added insult to injury with an attempted cover-up. The Tories tried to disguise a loss of revenue for the Council caused by the failure of the recently introduced and now-defunct ANPR parking system. At least £1.3 million of the taxpayer’s money was lost (due to individuals managing to avoid paying for tickets) as a result of this £680,000 scheme. Councillor Katrina Wood (Leader of the Council) showed contempt for constituents already hit by austerity, by trivialising this important issue dubbing it ‘old news’. She continues to serve as Leader of the Council, despite calls for her to resign. The people of Wycombe, and Buckinghamshire as whole, cannot afford to be duped by the Conservatives any longer. With local public finances squeezed by Westminster’s ideologically driven and unnecessary cuts it is imperative that our Council manages its shrinking budget much more effectively than the Conservatives are currently managing. Our council seems content with wasting our money on failed projects, instead of investing in our public services. This must stop.

On a local scale, we have suffered significant austerity based cuts at the hands of the Tories.  Troubling policies implemented by the Conservatives are not strictly limited to a local level of course. Nationally, the people of this country have suffered astonishing cuts to Public Services that are essential to our everyday lives. It is outrageous that, nearly a decade on from the Great Financial Crisis, the poor and most vulnerable are still being asked to pay for the failures of bankers.  Regular cuts are made to our NHS, schools, children’s services, fire brigade, social services, road maintenance and other essential services. On average, a primary school student is losing out on £338 of funding since the Conservatives took charge. As the children progress, the amount lost increases as the average secondary school student receives £436 less than before. These cuts are jeopardising the education of our youth and in turn, harming our already dwindling economy. If the children do not receive a decent education, how can we expect them to contribute to this country and assist in our growth?

As ever, austerity remains a self-defeating policy, sucking demand out of the economy, restricting productive capacity and leaving people underemployed. Ministers have released figures exhibiting that by 2019/20, NHS funding in real terms will decrease by 0.6%. This is one national policy that will have a significant impact on locals in our own constituency, we are still reeling from the loss our very own A&E department. A department that we were prepared to campaign for the return of, if we were elected. Since 2005, constituents of Wycombe are forced to undergo approximately 1 hour journeys, for the sole purpose of finding an A&E department at a hospital. We require easily accessible and safe healthcare and are set to campaign for this. Other public services have suffered a similar fate to that of the NHS, with 265 firefighter jobs having been cut in Buckinghamshire alone, since 2010. A period of endless cuts seems to be the Tory way and we cannot remain idle as this occurs.

Our Local Revival

Wycombe Labour has acknowledged that times are changing and we remain in constant campaign mode. Since the election result, our outlook has become even more positive than before. We are holding regular street stalls on Saturdays to engage with our constituents and understand what issues they believe need addressing. We are a party that cares all the time, not just when we require your vote. We are engaging with our recently expanded local party membership to find people with the time, energy and skills to drive our local campaigning forwards. Wycombe Labour cares about the Many, not just the Few. That means we have to build a democratic grass-roots organisation in Wycombe Constituency.

In July we held our Annual General Meeting where we elected many new officers to roles that are important to us in fighting Tory austerity. We have assembled a team with a good blend of youth and experience, a mixture of political outlooks and a broad mix of skills and interests. We are looking to engage more with members and other individuals who support us and what we stand for. We will soon be selecting our parliamentary candidate and all local members will have a say.  It is a truly exciting time for our party.  We must build the foundations of our party as we work cohesively to undo Tory austerity. Our party will do our best to communicate with you, in whatever manner suits you best. With 23,450 people not going to the polls, we must work hard and engage with people in an attempt to encourage them to vote. Increasing voter turnout could be imperative to introducing a Labour MP in Wycombe.  We will ensure that your voice is heard and we only ask one thing of you…

Try to Get Involved

Your involvement and support is essential if we are to elect a Labour MP in Wycombe. We have seen the injustices of austerity at both a national and local level and it is intolerable. We face a gargantuan task ahead of us as we attempt to topple this disastrous austerity regime. If you aren’t a member already, and would like to contribute more to our local party, you are more than welcome to join us and attend meetings. Of course, you do not need to become a member to get involved. There are many activities you could involve yourself with to assist us. Whether it involves donating money to our cause or attending a street stall to engage with constituents, we would appreciate and welcome your help. If you have any queries please email us or even message us on social media, we are there to answer your questions. You can also sign up to receive e-mail updates on our website. Together, with your support, we can really make Wycombe red again. We are a party for the Many, not the Few.

Wycombe: A Changing Landscape

Since the 2015 General Election, our constituency of Wycombe has experienced a political roller-coaster ride. Against the expectations of our local MP Steve Baker, Wycombe voted to remain in the...




Wycombe Labour's Deputy Group Leader Cllr Khalil Ahmed called for the leader of Wycombe
District Council to step aside as leader as an act of belated sense duty for her failure to
reveal the true cost of the bungled ANPR system.

Councillor Khalil Ahmed, Labour’s Councillor for Disraeli, asked the leader a question during
a Full Council meeting last night,

"In light of the recent Bucks Free Press article relating to the loss of revenue through
uncollected fines from the now defunct ANPR system, can the leader explain to the public as
to why we are having to find out about the true cost of the failed project via FOI's and could
she also comment on why a full inquiry was not deemed appropriate to dispel any theories
of a cover up regarding the actual amountlost?"

The leader's response was a repeat of the answer previously given when she was challenged by
the Labour councillor for failing to carry out the necessary due diligence before
implementation of the ill-fated ANPR system and assertions that the cabinet member was
incompetent and negligent in her duty. Cllr Ahmed went on to say

The leader's comments in last weeks Bucks Free Press article refer to the ANPR system as
'old news' and frankly this is appalling, to say the least. Considering that the leader decided
to reshuffle her cabinet and opted to replace the Cabinet Member for Environment Services,
clearly, this was an acknowledgement of failure within her own team and would it not have
been fairer if she too had considered her position as leader, through a belated sense of
duty?

This prompted a very angry response from Cllr Katrina Woods who denied the claim that the
ANPR system as a fiasco as alleged by Cllr Ahmed.



Now it looks as though Wycombe Labour was right all along ever since the issue was
highlighted nearly two years ago. Cllr Ahmed and his colleagues were prevented from
raising this issue initially due to the legal challenge mounted by WDC against the
government. After losing this challenge at the cost of thousands of pounds, WDC were then
confronted not only by Wycombe Labour but the BFP also, after their investigation into the
ANPR system.

In light of everything that has unfolded and the huge waste of tapaers money, the leader
of WDC has no confidence left from the people she stands to represent and therefore should
resign.

Wycombe Labour calls for the resignation of Cllr. Katrina Wood as Council Leader over ANPR scandal!

Wycombe Labour's Deputy Group Leader Cllr Khalil Ahmed called for the leader of WycombeDistrict Council to step aside as leader as an act of belated sense duty for her failure...

Local Castlefield resident and local campaigner, Majid Hussain, has gained the seat of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield from the Conservative former Cabinet Member for Education. Majid said that "It has been really, really hard work. I have been working very hard in the community and I have had a great team behind me for the last three months. Now it is my chance to pay them back for their support and the faith that had in me. I will do my very best for the people of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield!"

This is proof, along with major increases in our vote share in key Electoral Divisions, that Wycombe Labour is fully ready to take on Steve Baker in June's General Election. Our communities need the strong and principled representation which Steve Baker has failed to provide. Our candidate, Cllr. Rafiq Raja, is determined to improve the lives of families across Wycombe and with the boost we've received from yesterday's result, we will get out there in big numbers and fight for him to be elected as Wycombe's next MP!

Labour's Majid Hussain ousts Cabinet Member for Education in election triumph!

Local Castlefield resident and local campaigner, Majid Hussain, has gained the seat of Booker, Cressex and Castlefield from the Conservative former Cabinet Member for Education. Majid said that "It has...

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