At face value a disappointing result but there are positives for Labour in Alwoodley.
There is no doubt the Conservative Party knew it had to hold Alwoodley and that there would be very little joy for them in the rest of Leeds NE, so Alwoodley was the focus of their attentions. In the face of this pressure, with UKIP the home for the vote of those people with a real distrust and alienation from mainstream politics, Labour still polled much the same vote as in 2012; and this without the volunteers that would have helped put more work in to the ward and build a greater connection.
If we learn from Moortown and Roundhay, where over recent years Labour have built a substantial presence leading to resounding victories for Sharon Hamilton and Ghulam Hussain then there is no doubt that Labour can and should build a similar presence and have a real impact in Alwoodley.
This year was always going to be tough. Many people across the ward have said that Peter Harrand has been an effective ward councillor for many years, so we wish him well, and we will continue to scrutinise Alwoodley’s three Conservative Councillors and hold them to account.
As we now look forward to 2015 and the next Council Elections which will be alongside the General Election we must look carefully at how Labour makes it relevance to Alwoodley clear, and gets its message across.
And to the 1910 people who voted Labour and voted for our candidate Keith White this year – Thank You, and we will continue to work for you across the ward in partnership with our Labour colleagues in Roundhay and Moortown and our Labour MP Fabian Hamilton.
Keith White Labour’s Alwoodley Candidate for the 2014 Council elections has welcomed Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson’s new initiative to help reduce burglaries and help local people who are burgled.
This new initiative involves:
- ensuring full house to house enquiries are conducted close to a burgled house so that people are aware that a burglary has taken place and any evidence available is gathered;
- making sure the victim knows what action has been taken and the police are there to prevent any repeat or other offences locally; and
- offering crime prevention advice to local residents including a home security assessment to make properties more secure.
Keith comments “For Alwoodley preventing, reducing, and detecting burglaries is a local policing priority and recent information shows burglaries in our area reducing by 18%. This new initiative will make a difference and help to reduce crime further in our community.”
Labour is also campaigning to keep more of the proceeds of crime seized by the police local so they can be used to support measures to tackle and reduce crime further. Currently the Treasury takes half and only half is kept here in West Yorkshire. Labour is campaigning to keep all that money here working to make your area safer. You can sign the petition here.
We’ve all known for a while that the Tory instigated and unnecessary changes to our NHS will cause problems, and now those problems are hitting Alwoodley.
A much needed new Health Centre proposed to be built off King Lane near Moor Allerton Centre has been delayed thanks to the abolition of the local Primary Care Trust that had given the proposal the go ahead.
The Tories top down changes to the National Health Service mean that even though the scheme has the backing of the Council, local GPs and the local community keen for new services and an end to parking misery around older GP’s surgeries, the scheme now needs a new approval from NHS England; and that doesn’t look like happening quickly.
Your Labour council is working hard to try and break this logjam working with all relevant parties; and Alwoodley Rose will keep you informed.