A number of party members have mentioned over the past few weeks that they would like to know more about what is going on at Trafford Council, and about the work of the Labour Group in the borough. I have therefore decided to start a monthly blog which will be completed about this time every month.
A motion to Trafford Council’s January meeting will call upon the government to action to protect fire service budgets in light of the superb job done by fire fighters whose role in tackling the recent floods across Greater Manchester went a long way to minimising the devastation caused. The motion – which calls for fire spending to be protected in the same way as Police budgets – will be moved on the 20th January. Cllr David Acton, the Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Authority said in support of the Trafford Labour Motion to Trafford Council:
We deeply value the contribution that junior doctors make to our NHS every day.
We understand that they already work 7 days a week, 24 hours a day helping to deliver the world-class service that our NHS provides.
We know that the removal of safeguards on hours worked and shift types endangers both junior doctors themselves and their patients.
We recognise that junior doctors are not, and have at no point, asked for a pay rise but that they cannot accept a significant pay cut. We also recognise that they already provide an extensive out-of-hours service and that changes to their contracts should not be at the cost of their well-being and their private and family life.
We stand behind junior doctors and we sincerely hope that ACAS talks can be re-established and that the government refrains from the bullying and point-scoring tactics that have previously been employed. We advocate treating junior doctors and all our valued NHS staff with the same respect and compassion with which they treat our loved ones.
Trafford Labour Group has reacted with disappointment to the news that the government has awarded an exploratory fracking licence to the company Ineos, covering much of the Altrincham area. The licence is the first step towards fracking taking place in Trafford and opens up the possibility of a planning application for the controversial process to begin in the Altrincham area.
Labour Group Shadow Executive 2015/16
Labour Group Leader Cllr Andrew Western has confirmed the composition of his Shadow Executive for the next 12 months:
Cllr Andrew Western - Leader of the Labour Group
Cllr Catherine Hynes - Deputy Leader and Shadow Executive Member for Communities & Partnerships
Cllr Steve Adshead - Shadow Executive Member for Environment & Operations
Cllr Jane Baugh - Shadow Executive Member for Children's Services
Cllr Mike Cordingley - Shadow Executive Member for Economic Growth & Planning
Cllr Anne Duffield - Shadow Executive Member for Transformation & Resources
Cllr Joanne Harding - Shadow Executive Member for Adult Social Services & Community Wellbeing
Cllr Tom Ross - Shadow Executive Member for Finance
Cllr Barry Brotherton - Shadow Lead Member for Sports, Culture and Leisure
Cllr Judith Lloyd - Shadow Lead Member for Integration of Health and Social Care
Cllr Kevin Procter - Shadow Lead Member for Safeguarding