Hello, and welcome to West Suffolk CLP.
I don’t think any of us could have imagined that we would still be feeling the brunt of this cruel pandemic a year on, although, thankfully, we appear to be seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. Let us just hope that, with the upcoming easing of restrictions, that the light isn’t a train coming in the opposite direction.
I would compare the success of the vaccination programme, carried out by the NHS, to the shambolic Test and Trace system costing an obscene amount of public money that was entrusted to the private companies owned by the donors, cronies and friends of the Conservative Party, and in particular our own MP in West Suffolk, Matt Hancock.
Even after being found guilty of illegal practices in the awarding of coronavirus contracts, he still brazens it out insisting he and his team should be applauded for their work. What does this man have to do to get sacked? Or what does he know?
Our social media is barely able to keep up with him in an effort to highlight the magnitude of his incompetence, and unsuitability for high office.
Over 120,000 people in the UK have now died from causes attributed to COVID-19, and that is commonly accepted as a conservative estimate. No pun intended. This is no laughing matter.
The Health Secretary’s slow reaction to the situation, and the muddled messages coming out of Downing Street, has caused pain and suffering to a greater number of people than necessary and could have been avoided had he acted sooner on the information provided by the medical advisors.
It appears that they only follow the science when it protects the economy, not the health of the population. The COVID restrictions have made it extremely difficult to carry out our normal CLP and Branch business. But our representatives on the various local councils have been playing their part in helping residents through these worrying times.
Special mention should go to our colleagues on Newmarket Town Council, under the leadership of Mayor Mick Jefferys, who helped to set up and run the community project that the assisted vulnerable and needy of their town.
In Haverhill, the work put in by Alan Stinchcombe in highlighting the inequality of GP services across West Suffolk CCG to the detriment of the town has been monumental, and a constant thorn in the side of the local Tories. Let us hope that the new structure that is to be put in place is an improvement.
Thanks, also, to Roger Spiller for assisting in our response to the consultation on the government’s proposals to change the planning regulations. If this were to go through it would be a charter for developers to tear up the countryside at their whim.
So where does this all leave us? Pretty much where we have always been; fighting inequality and injustice in all its forms, whilst doing our best to get people that represent our views elected to public office. It would be so easy and tempting to just throw in the towel and leave as some have chosen. But we aren’t beaten until we give up, and we in West Suffolk Constituency Labour Party remain committed to bringing about a fairer and inclusive society, one that benefits everyone not just the privileged few.
We also now have a great cross CLP women’s forum, connecting West Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds and South Suffolk constituencies.
Our Youth Officer, Saffron Anderton will be connecting across the county with other young people and Labour Youth Officers.
Our new BAME Officer Indy, has been brilliant in helping reach members and residents through our social media channels.
There will be lots more to come soon…