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There are two well known and popular events held in every election - please come along if you can.

The Churches Together Hustings is on 30th May

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The Adeyfield School Question Time Event is on 6th June.

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Question Time and Hustings Events

There are two well known and popular events held in every election - please come along if you can. The Churches Together Hustings is on 30th May   The Adeyfield...

The young guy on the BBC News in their vox pop was one of the savvy ones. 

“People need to give us a bit of credit,” he said. “We see all the stuff on the news and in the papers. We can see if it’s biased and we can see through it all to the issues."

It chimed with my experience. The older generation often rant against the young with all their modern ways. It has always been that way and is probably jealousy about their youth and energy. But you won’t hear it from me.

I look back to when I was just of voting age. I’m sure I didn’t have an in-depth grasp of the issues besetting the country then. But I grew up in a Daily Mirror-reading, Labour-voting family and the talk about caring for the weaker members of society who struggled to take care of themselves made sense to me. 

Now I have two children making their way in the world. They know and understand what is going on around them. They grasp more about health, education, jobs, housing, the environment – and the growing inequalities of modern life – than I ever did at their age.

Young people today have it tough. They have to land themselves with huge amounts of debt if they want to get themselves educated. Then what? Unpaid internships? Part-time, zero-hours contracts?

What about housing? Rents are huge. There is a lack of social housing. How do they get themselves on the property ladder when they can’t afford deposits?

It has meant that while many young people ‘get’ the real problems that need solving in our society, they feel disillusioned. 

They feel their parents were part of a lucky generation that could afford houses and had greater employment opportunities and protection.

As a result of that disillusion, many now feel disengaged with the political process, as if their voice will not be heard and taken into account.

One of the reasons we now find ourselves out of the European Union, figures show, was because so many people under 25 did not vote. Those who did were largely in favour of remaining.

There is evidence to suggest that it is changing with this election. More than a million people have clicked on to the election registration website since this election was called.

Suddenly people can see this as a major opportunity to make this cruel Tory government think again.

They are arrogant in counting on your vote because they focus on Brexit with Theresa May almost demanding that we strengthen her hand in negotiations.

The reality is that the Tories are seeking a big majority to implement hard line policies on employment and social care to take us back to the dark ages of the weakest being cut adrift. 

But they don’t get away with it that easily. The programme of hope that Labour is offering on health, education, transport, energy and myriad other issues is appealing to many and the Tories are worried. They should be. 

That concern will increase if young people register to vote and make their voice heard. If you are young and haven’t registered to vote, please do so. If you know a young person who hasn’t registered please urge them to.

The deadline is MONDAY 22nd MAY and here is the link…

gov.uk/register-to-vote.

It takes less than five minutes. 

That’s less than five minutes to claim your right - and a chance to make a difference. 

To change our society for the better by voting for Mandi Tattershall and Labour’s politics of hope, not the politics of despair. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calling Young People!

The young guy on the BBC News in their vox pop was one of the savvy ones.  “People need to give us a bit of credit,” he said. “We see all the...

Mandi Tattershall has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Hemel Hempstead constituency to stand in this June’s general election.

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Mandi lives in Leverstock Green and was brought up in Bennetts End where she was educated at Belswain and Longdean where she is now a governor.  She achieved a law degree as a single mother before becoming a Citizen’s Advice volunteer and an employment tribunal representative. She now works in housing and sings with the Berkhamsted Choral society and Rockchoir.

Labour announce candidate for Hemel Hempstead

Mandi Tattershall has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Hemel Hempstead constituency to stand in this June’s general election. Mandi lives in Leverstock Green and was brought up in Bennetts End where...

You’ve heard it said lots of times – our MP says it at every opportunity: ‘Labour did!’. But is this true?  It’s certainly true that Labour were in power at Westminster at the time but that’s not where the decision was made: 

  • The decision to close Acute Services at Hemel Hempstead hospital was taken by the independent West Herts Hospital Trust.
  • This decision was taken despite opposition from patient groups and local residents, including many members of the local Labour Party.
  • Conservative-led Herts County Council had the statutory power to object to the closures. They chose not to exercise that power.
  • The Secretary of State for Health could only reverse the plans if there had been an administrative mistake in the process. There was none, meaning the decision could not be challenged.
  • The closure announcement was made in November 2006. Mike Penning has been MP for Hemel Hempstead since 2005.
  • So yes, the acute services moved to Watford during Labour’s time in office at Westminster but the final decision was made by Conservative-led Herts County Council. 

Who closed Acute Services at our hospital?

You’ve heard it said lots of times – our MP says it at every opportunity: ‘Labour did!’. But is this true?  It’s certainly true that Labour were in power at...

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We were very sad to hear that Frank Burgess has passed away at 90. Frank was an amazing man who was an active member of the Labour Party, Unite and the Co-op Party, regularly attending meetings in Hemel until very recently.

His funeral will take place at 2pm on 4th May at West Herts Crematorium North Chapel, Garston.  Family flowers only, donations if desired to British Heart Foundation c/o Co-operative Funeral Service, Wood Lane, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 4TP

Our thoughts at this time are with Frank's children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, the rest of his family and his friends.

Frank Burgess

We were very sad to hear that Frank Burgess has passed away at 90. Frank was an amazing man who was an active member of the Labour Party, Unite and...

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