Author Archives: Andrew Newman

What the general election means for education

I recently attended the AGM of Wiltshire branch of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) at the Angel Hotel in Chippenham, which was an opportunity for a constructive dialogue about the Labour Party’s education policy. The basic facts behind Labour’s … Continue reading

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We need a Labour government to save the NHS

With the general election just weeks away, it is worth considering what the stakes are for the NHS. When Labour came to power in 1997, the Conservatives had run NHS spending down to breaking point: health spending was at around 5% … Continue reading

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Hustings in Bradford on Avon – 20th March

Organised by Bradford on Avon Area seniors forum 20th March, 7 pm to 9 pm. St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon

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Why I am concerned about TTIP

Several voters in the Chippenham constituency have contacted me with their concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United States, the eighth round of which are being held from  2nd … Continue reading

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Why I oppose Trident replacement

I am totally convinced that Trident replacement is contrary to the UK’s national interest. The expected cost of £130 bn is simply unaffordable, and these nuclear weapons are useless in addressing the changed national security landscape of the 21st century. … Continue reading

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Why Chippenham should welcome the Range distribution centre

I have been asked by several people what my position is relating to the proposed Distribution Centre for the Range, as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Chippenham. I have subsequently spoken to the Range’s national head of distribution to confirm … Continue reading

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Visiting the European parliament to address exploitation of agency workers

I am going to Brussels tomorrow to visit the EU parliament on 21st January to discuss Agency Worker exploitation. I am accompanying a delegation of GMB trade unionists from Marks and Spencer distribution depot in Swindon, to visit the European … Continue reading

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Time to tackle rogue employment agencies

I was delighted to see the commitment from Ed Miliband that the next Labour government will tackle the unscrupulous activities of some recruitment agencies. There is a legitimate role for agencies providing temporary workers, to fill gaps where an employer … Continue reading

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Israel’s recent military actions have been criminal

As the Labour Party’s parliamentary candidate for Chippenham, it is not often that I have praise for the actions of a Conservative, but I was impressed by the act of personal integrity by Baroness Warsi, who recently resigned from the … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Labour’s Clare Moody MEP for the South West

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