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Bob Blizzard, Labour Candidate for Waveney

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Bob Blizzard, local Labour General Election candidate for Waveney has pledged to support local pubs and breweries.

The three pledges are highlighted in the Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, which sets out a package of reforms they are seeking from the next Government. These important pledges are to: 

  • Support well-run community pubs
  • Promote Britain's breweries
  • Represent pub goers and beer drinkers.

Tim Page, CAMRA’s Chief Executive welcomed Bob’s support, saying: 

“We are delighted that Bob has pledged their support for pubs, breweries and consumers. As, on average, 31 pubs close each week it is absolutely vital that our elected representatives recognise and champion the value of these important community assets, and work to protect them. 

“CAMRA is urging the next Government to act to ensure that pubs are better protected in the planning system, that large pub companies treat their licensees fairly and that beer duty is set at a level which supports UK brewing.”

Bob added: 

“I am proud to be speaking up for pubs and real ale. Well-run community pubs play a crucial role in local life and make a huge contribution to the local economy – with each injecting around £80,000 to the local area every year.

If elected, I will continue to show my support in Parliament.” 

BOB PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR LOCAL PUBS AND BREWERS

Bob Blizzard, local Labour General Election candidate for Waveney has pledged to support local pubs and breweries. The three pledges are highlighted in the Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale...

The government have announced £15billion of road investment, but not a penny for Lowestoft or Waveney.

They claim investment in the A47 is a big boost for Lowestoft.

Bob Blizzard:

I did a survey when I was MP and the A47 is of little use to Lowestoft.

Most of what they propose to spend on the A47 is the other side of Peterborough, and what they propose to spend on the A12 is the other side of Ipswich.

BOB ON LOOK EAST - AUTUMN STATEMENT

The government have announced £15billion of road investment, but not a penny for Lowestoft or Waveney. They claim investment in the A47 is a big boost for Lowestoft. Bob Blizzard:...

We are getting used to David Cameron’s broken promises.

  • He promised to balance the books but he’s failed spectacularly and is now borrowing a staggering £219 billion more than he planned.

  • He promised to protect the NHS but his damaging £3 billion re- organisation has caused chaos and put NHS finances on a knife edge.  His pledge this week of £2 billion extra funds has already unravelled , as this is recycled cash from NHS budgets,- offering no help at all to ease the pressure this winter or to reassure us about the future of the NHS.

  • He promised to get immigration down to tens of thousands- not ifs not buts.  But that target is in tatters too.

  • And he promised rising living standards for all of us when in fact working people are £1600 worse off under the Tories - another broken promise.

 The truth is that on just about every test he has set himself, David Cameron has failed.

 He’s made breaking promises into an art form.

DAVID CAMERON HAS MADE BREAKING PROMISES INTO AN ART FORM

We are getting used to David Cameron’s broken promises. He promised to balance the books but he’s failed spectacularly and is now borrowing a staggering £219 billion more than he planned....

In just four years, David Cameron has turned the NHS from a service that was succeeding to a service in crisis. He has closed a quarter of walk-in centres,  wasted £3 billion on a top-down reorganisation that no one wanted, created a crisis in A&E, overseen a rise in waiting times, and scrapped Labour’s guarantee that patients could see a GP within 48 hours.

This week’s Autumn Statement was a chance for David Cameron to put things right and be straight with the public about his plans for our NHS.  A chance to rebuild trust after he chose to put its finances on a knife’s edge with his costly and damaging reorganisation.

But instead we got more of the same.

The Government’s promise to give an additional £2 billion to the NHS at the weekend, was already unravelling by the time the Autumn Statement was delivered.  Closer examination revealed the money isn’t new, much of it being recycled from within the Department of Health budget. If new money really is available, the government should use this to avert local bed cuts at Carlton Court

The Government’s spin is of no help at all to an NHS in real crisis now. They are offering nothing to ease the pressure this winter and only false promises for the future.

More broken promises this week confirm what we have always feared:  you can’t trust the Tories with the NHS.

Labour will save and transform the NHS. Our plan is fully funded and will give the NHS £2.5billion a year over and above the plans left by this Government- delivering 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs, while guaranteeing that everyone can see a GP within 48 hours. 

MORE BROKEN PROMISES ON THE NHS AND NO HELP TO EASE THE REAL CRISIS NOW. LABOUR WILL SAVE AND TRANSFORM THE NHS

In just four years, David Cameron has turned the NHS from a service that was succeeding to a service in crisis. He has closed a quarter of walk-in centres,  wasted £3 billion...

The Autumn Statement this week gave us the final proof, if it was ever in doubt. George Osborne and David Cameron have now broken every promise they ever made on the economy.

They promised we’d be all in this together. But then they gave ­millionaires a huge tax cut.

They promised people would be better off. But most people are not feeling the recovery and working people are now £1,600-a-year worse off under the Tories.

And this cost-of-living crisis is why the Chancellor had to admit that his key promise – to balance the nation’s books by next year – now lies in tatters. Wages aren’t rising and too many are stuck in low-paid jobs, the tax revenues we need to get the deficit down aren’t coming in.

George Osborne has now borrowed a staggering £219billion more than he planned. And the economy is set to slow down next year and forecasts for wage increases have been revised down again.

How can this Government claim that the economy is fixed and its plan is working?

What we needed at the Autumn Statement this week was the better, fairer plan that Labour has set out.

Labour’s plan will raise the minimum wage, expand free ­childcare for working parents, scrap the bedroom tax and cut business rates for small firms.

There will need to be difficult decisions on spending, like cutting the winter fuel allowance from the richest five per cent of pensioners. And Labour won’t make any promises without saying where the money is coming from. But we will balance the books in a fairer way, starting by reversing the Tories’ £3 billion-a-year tax cut for the top one per cent of earners.

Changing stamp duty to help people on middle and low incomes is welcome, but we also need to get more homes built.  To help raise extra funds for our NHS we should ask those in high-value properties over £2 million to pay a bit more each year through a mansion tax.

With an extra £2.5 billion a year on top of Tory spending plans we can get the extra 20,000 nurses and 8,000 GPs we need to help transform our NHS and save it from the Tories.

George Osborne’s last Autumn ­Statement before the election has shown he is out of touch.  

We will need a Labour Government to make the changes Britain needs. 

THE TORIES’ ECONOMIC RECORD IS ONE OF REPEATED BROKEN PROMISES

The Autumn Statement this week gave us the final proof, if it was ever in doubt. George Osborne and David Cameron have now broken every promise they ever made on the...

In front of an audience of over 50 people at St Andrew's Community Church Hall in Roman Road, Lowestoft, Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, listened to local concerns about immigration and explained how a Labour government would tackle the problems it presents.

She told people she is committed to:

  1. A crackdown on illegal immigration with 1000 extra border guards (paid for by a new extra £10 charge on visa procedure), using finger print technology and counting people out as well as into the country.
  2. Stopping the exploitation of immigrant workers used to undercut wages and jobs, by outlawing agencies who only recruit from abroad.
  3. Denying benefits to migrants until they have contributed through taxes for at least two years and stopping claims for children not living in this country.

Bob Blizzard said,

"On the doorstep the two issues most frequently mentioned are immigration and the need for a third crossing. I therefore invited people who raised immigration to come and meet Yvette Cooper to have their say and hear Labour's message first hand from the top. It was well worth doing and I invite anyone with concerns about immigration to get in touch with me."

YVETTE COOPER SPELLS OUT LABOUR'S IMMIGRATION POLICIES TO LOCAL PEOPLE

In front of an audience of over 50 people at St Andrew's Community Church Hall in Roman Road, Lowestoft, Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper, listened to local concerns about immigration...

Bob Blizzard, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Waveney, has written to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, asking him to use some of the extra £2billion now being made available to the NHS to save in-patient beds at Carlton Court, Lowestoft, which are due to be cut next year. Twenty acute adult beds are due to be closed and services moved to Gt Yarmouth by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust, in response to the government 's demand for 20% budget savings over 4 years.

Bob Blizzard, who has been campaigning against cuts to mental health services at Carlton Court for over two years, said:

"The Trust is making these cuts because it has been told to make savings by the government. From a FOI request I made, we can see that the acute ward at Carlton Court has been full or over full continuously since September 2012, so we do need them.

"Local patients have had to be sent far away to find a bed and now we can see that even those have run out, with the police complaining they are having to put acutely ill patients in cells. Here in Waveney I have details of local patients being denied a bed, including one who went on to commit suicide.

"Now that the government has decided it does have more money after all, it's only fair for some if it to be used to save the beds at Carlton Court. Otherwise we will be back to where we were before I intervened as an MP to get in-patient facilities built, with nothing in Suffolk's second largest town.

"Mental health is the most widely used part of the NHS with one in four people suffering. It deserves priority."

USE EXTRA NHS CASH TO AVERT LOCAL BED CUTS SAYS BLIZZARD

Bob Blizzard, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Waveney, has written to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, asking him to use some of the extra £2billion now being made available to the NHS...

Local pubs have received a boost from a new law passed in the House of Commons last week, enabling landlords to buy their beer supplies more cheaply.

A Labour led amendment to the Small Business and Enterprise Bill, with cross party support, which saw the Government defeated by 284 - 269, abolished the notorious 'beer tie' under which 'tied ' pubs are currently forced to buy their beer at inflated prices from large pubcos that own the pubs, instead of being able to shop around for better value.

The amendment is supported by the Federation of Small Businesses, The Forum of Private Business and CAMRA.

Waveney MP, Peter Aldous was one of the actual signatories to the amendment, but astonishingly then voted against it, as he toed his Party's line.

Bob Blizzard said,

"About half of Lowestoft's pubs are set to benefit from this change. The 'beer tie' is bad for landlords and customers as it prohibits proper competition.

"Peter Aldous has been presenting himself as a champion of local pubs, but when it came to the crucial vote, he put his party loyalty first."

It is estimated that 57% of landlords tied to a pubco earn less than £10,000 pa and pubs have been closing at the rate of 27 a week across the country.

John Waters of the Norman Warrior on Oulton Rd/Fir Lane, Lowestoft, said,

"The new law is great news for local pubs. It will bring in a fairer system that will benefit landlords and customers, and help to save pubs from closing."

GOOD NEWS FOR LOWESTOFT'S PUBS DESPITE WAVENEY MP'S U-TURN

Local pubs have received a boost from a new law passed in the House of Commons last week, enabling landlords to buy their beer supplies more cheaply. A Labour led...

From the Lowestoft Journal:

Fears have been raised about a “really serious problem of low educational standards in Lowestoft” as a third secondary school out of four in the town is today put into special measures.

Benjamin Britten High School (BBHS) becomes the latest school in the area to get an “inadequate” rating from Ofsted when its report is published later this morning.

Bob Blizzard, Waveney’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Waveney and a former teacher, said:

“It’s very sad to see yet another Lowestoft school go into special measures.

“It seems to be a part of what is now a really serious problem of low educational standards in Lowestoft.”

Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, acknowledged that it is a “very difficult time for parents and for children at the school” but pointed to initiatives such as Lowestoft Rising, a partnership of groups working together to improve the town which involves education providers.

However Mr Blizzard warned:

“Playing around with structures and changing the sign outside the school is not the answer.

“Tougher, more deprived places in the country than Lowestoft have had standards raised.

“It can be done but there has to be a stronger commitment from Suffolk County Council to put resources in, support our schools and drive up the quality of teaching.”

His call was echoed by Sonia Barker, a former BBHS history teacher who is now opposition spokesman for education at Suffolk County Council and leader of Waveney District Council’s Labour group.

She said: “It is now imperative that an action plan is drawn up by the county council’s learning improvement service to support staff and students.

“Rather than just hammering the schools, a support system needs to be there.

“It isn’t just about leadership or teachers - you need to have some sort of system to get the parents and young people on side.”

BBHS has submitted a recovery plan to the director of children’s services at Suffolk County Council, which includes a focus on classroom practice, looking at training, and more focus on individual students.

Ms Chambers added: “It is essential that we all work together to ensure that the pace of improvement is swift and long-lasting.

“The outcomes for children are simply not good enough and we have a collective responsibility to acknowledge this and address it. We are the champion for every child and therefore we are challenging schools to make sure every single child is making expected levels of progress.”

NUT county secretary Graham White said it had been unfair to inspect BBHS on October 15 and 16, when two-thirds of its teachers were on strike due to industrial action over the school’s pay policy.

He said: “I don’t think the schools deserve these ratings. One can always improve, but let’s give them real credit for the things they are doing well. Let’s support our teachers and give them proper funding - then we’ll see higher standards.”

She suggested other teachers from schools elsewhere in Suffolk provide support and share best practice.

'FEARS RAISED AFTER THIRD OUT OF FOUR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN LOWESTOFT IS PUT IN SPECIAL MEASURES'

From the Lowestoft Journal: Fears have been raised about a “really serious problem of low educational standards in Lowestoft” as a third secondary school out of four in the town...

Our local Mencap has won the £50,000 top prize from the Anglia region People's Millions by coming top of yesterday's vote.

A big thank you to all who supported us by casting their vote.

Local Mencap President, Bob Blizzard said:

"It's wonderful that so many people got behind Mencap's bid and voted for the People's millions prize money. It will make a real difference to the lives of local people with learning disabilities who find the Unity Centre such a valuable facility."

Many thanks too for the great help that the Lowestoft Journal gave us with such a prominent piece in last week's paper.

LOWESTOFT AND DISTRICT MENCAP WINS THE PEOPLE'S MILLIONS

Our local Mencap has won the £50,000 top prize from the Anglia region People's Millions by coming top of yesterday's vote. A big thank you to all who supported us...

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