Patients left on trolleys in a corridor

Experiencing the NHS crisis is a sombering affair

The NHS is broken On Sunday I witnessed first hand the pressure the NHS and its staff are under. It was nothing short of shocking to see patients lined up on trolleys, left in corridors because there were either no beds or not enough staff to help. This is not an attack on the staff, they were fantastic, their dedication and professionalism is beyond reproach. They should not have to work in a system like this.  It’s unfair on them, it’s unfair on the patients.  The doctors, nurses and patients deserve better, the situation is a national disgrace. About a

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Hamilton Smith

Hamilton Smith, some questions to answer.

Hamilton Smith, no evidence to corroborate his claims One of the key figures in the recent football child sexual abuse scandal is Hamilton Smith, a former director of Crewe Alexandra who made very public claims that he told officials at Crewe Alexandra that Barry Bennell was abusing children. To this day, no evidence has been uncovered to support Smith’s claims.  Three police investigations have found that Crewe Alexandra, John Bowler and Dario Gradi, (two of the people Smith has named in his claims) had no knowledge of the despicable crimes Bennell carried out. Crewe Alexandra statement On Friday 3rd March,

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Barry Bennell

Did Manchester City cover up Barry Bennell’s offending?

Crewe Alexandra were not aware of Bennell’s offending. This week Barry Bennell has been convicted of a string of horrific sexual offences against young boys. These offences took place over several years at his home and at several football clubs. When the story first broke attention focused on our football club, Crewe Alexandra, as it panned out other clubs would find themselves implicated in a far great way than Crewe. Many fans were angry at the way our club was been singled out given there have been allegations of his offending at other clubs. Fans didn’t want special treatment for

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A local by-election is a metaphor for everything that is wrong with the Tories.

The Tories are a party in disarray. The Tories are fighting a by-election today in Crewe, sadly it is an example of everything that is wrong with the Conservatives. In June Labour won back the Crewe and Nantwich Constituency from the Tories, this was a huge effort organised and led by local grassroots members, their efforts put in place the foundation for victory. Everything that is wrong with the Tories was highlighted that night. The polls had closed and members of the Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party all gathered with MP to be Laura Smith, a team united by a

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theresa may

Theresa May used the latest terrorist attack to launch a policy

Enough is enough Those were the words Theresa May used earlier when she addressed the nation from the steps of Downing Street. We all expected a statement, it’s what a Prime Minister is required to do in times like this, sadly though, although not all that surprising, May crossed a line and used the attack as a platform to announce a new series of policies to tackle terrorism. Last night I posted this on Facebook: People trying to make political points out of the tragedy in London should be ashamed of themselves. To be honest, when I posted that I

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Edward Timpson

Does the general election explain why Timpson changed his mind?

A bold claim but was it true Edward Timpson made a claim that “there are no budget cuts”, it is a bold claim, one that many people in Crewe and Nantwich see simply as untrue or disingenuous. Firstly, I wish to allay your fears: there are no budget cuts. Back in April Edward Timpson wrote that in a letter to my daughter, keep that in mind when you read the rest of this, “there are no budget cuts”. Since the general election has been called Timpson has been all over the local press saying he has been fighting hard against

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Debate the cuts to public services, don’t weaponise them like UKIP has

With Monday’s tragic events still at the forefront of everyone’s minds the debate has inevitably moved on, the focus rightly or wrongly now seems to be on police numbers and the cuts to public services. The graph below shows a clear drop in police officer numbers since 2010 a reduction of about 20,000. That headline number however doesn’t tell us the detail, what forces or which specialised units have lost staff since 2010. [visualizer id=”421″] Back in 2007 at the time of the London attacks police numbers were at 142,000. More police officers is no guarantee that what happened on Monday

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The very worst of the human race, the very best of humanity

Human life is precious Just over 48 hours ago we witnessed the utter barbarism of the human race, thankfully we also saw the very best of humanity come to the fore shorty after. In the briefest of moments one man’s disgusting act has change the lives of many forever, the aftermath of the attack on Monday still unfolding. A is now nation united in hope that those who are injured in hospital make the fullest recovery. Some families are still waiting for news of their loved one, their agonising wait for information sadly goes on. As more details emerge we can only

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winter fuel payments

A winter of discontent

A tough winter ahead for the elderly The Tories have announced changes to the Winter Fuel Payment meaning some pensioners in the UK will no longer receive it. To make matters worse, there are no details of how this will work, just the headline announcement. According to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions 22,000 pensioners in Crewe and Nantwich claim the Winter Fuel Payment, just unser 30% of the people in the constituency. Thanks to this Tory announcement, roughly 1 in 3 pensioners face going to the ballot box not knowing what the future holds for them, money that

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letter from edward timpson

Edward can’t have his cake and eat it

Cuts or no cuts Edward? In little over a month Crewe and Nantwich MP, Edward Timpson appears to have contradicted himself with regards to the proposed Tory education cuts. Take a look at the following quotes. Edward Timpson April 11th 2017 Firstly, I wish to allay your fears: there are no budget cuts. That quote is from a letter he sent to my daughter back in April. Edward Timpson, 15th May 2017 Over the course of this consultation I’ve listened to a wide variety of views on school funding. It became clear to me at an early stage that it needed

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