Harlow teachers set to strike next week

TEACHERS across Harlow are set to strike next week as part of a national day of action national strike action. The National Union of Teachers’ (NUT) will strike next Wednesday (March 26) as part of a campaign to protect pay, pensions and teachers’ workload.

But perhaps UKIP have the answer to school crossing patrol threat?

AN ESSEX UKIP councillor may have found the solution to solving to saving the jobs of school crossing patrols in Harlow and across the county. Basildon councillor Kerry Smith has suggested that responsibility for crossing attendants’ salaries be transferred to each district’s individual Local Highways Panel. Each panel, chaired by every elected county councillor for […]

Stride slams “Another bankers budget”

GEORGE Osborne keeps talking about a recovery but people in Harlow are £1,600 worse off under the Tories than they were under Labour. Each family is £861 worse off because of Osborne’s tax and benefit changes but he still managed to find the money to give a tax cut to millionaires. At the same time he has introduced 24 different tax rises.

Halfon praised as bingo duty halved in budget

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon was praised by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, after he reduced bingo duty as part of the 2014 budget. Mr Osborne said the number of bingo halls had “plummeted” by three quarters over the past 30 years and so bingo duty will be halved to 10 per cent.

Hospital bosses defend record after CQC criticism

“Staff know this and share my disappointment. When it comes to legal rights, we must remember we have considerable legal powers at our disposal for mental illness and we must always use them lawfully. This is partly a training issue and the CQC will be back to independently check our progress.”

North Weald Bassett Master: Planning study – further public participation

THE opportunity for further comments from local residents and stakeholders as part of the on-going North Weald Bassett master-planning study has been welcomed by Councillor Richard Bassett, Planning Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council. He said: “Following the Council’s commitment to protect aviation activities at the Airfield, this study offers a genuine opportunity for the local community to help shape the future of North Weald Bassett. I would encourage those with an interest in the future development of North Weald Bassett to have their say and contribute to the development of the study.”

Labour’s Suzy backs jobs guarantee

THE Compulsory Jobs Guarantee will also apply to adults aged 25 or over claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance for two years or more and will be funded for the whole of the next Parliament by: a repeat of Labour’s successful tax on bank bonuses at the start of the next Parliament; and restricting pensions tax relief for people earning over £150,000 to the same rate as basic rate taxpayers. The bank bonus tax will help to fund the first year of the Compulsory Jobs Guarantee when there will be a large number of long-term unemployed people to help and the changes to pensions tax relief will ensure an annual revenue stream to fund the policy throughout the next Parliament.

Have the unions in Harlow just given UKIP a free advert?

YESTERDAY, a leaflet dropped onto the doormats of Harlow properties. One dropped through the Your Harlow letter box. With Nigel Farage’s face beaming out, we thought for a while that this was part of the big Day of Action on March 29th. In fact the leaflet is published by www.unionstogether.org.uk and is part of a campaign in Harlow to ‘expose” UKIP.

The Harlow Conversation is coming….

ON Saturday 5th April, 80 citizens from Harlow will gather in Harlow for a one-day community event. The People’s Poll is part of a new research project being undertaken by the University of Cambridge. For the first time the People’s Poll is taking place in Harlow.

Harlow Conservative MEP on campaign trail over economy (and UKIP).

CONSERVATIVE MEP, Vicky Ford joined Harlow MP, Robert Halfon in Staple Tye at the weekend to campaign on a number of issues. Most of the issues involved the economy, from energy prices to VAT on fuel. The formidable Ms Ford has a clear message for the Harlow voters whether it is local, european or general elections and she also has a clear message for UKIP as well.

Bans and fines for three Harlow bus companies

DEPUTY Traffic Commissioner for the East of England, Miles Dorrington, determined that Roadrunner Coaches Ltd, Olympus Bus and Coach Ltd and Roadrunner Buses Ltd must pay a total of £10,450 following evidence they failed to meet standards for registered bus services.

Suzy asks what do women want in Harlow?

Suzy Stride hosted a community event with women in Harlow to mark International Women’s Day and heard them talk about their day to day lives, the challenges they face as women and how they can overcome them.

The event was part of a national day of action organised by Labour to celebrate and ensure women’s voices are heard with events also taking place up and down the country.

Nigel Farage plans UKIP Day of Action in Harlow

A further war of words occurred on Saturday (March 8th) Thurrock UKIP tweeted a photo of four of their team who had been out campaigning. The tweet was seen by Harlow Councillor Tony Durcan who, in his own inimitable way, noted that not one of them was a woman. “Nice to see the ladies of UKIP not available,cleaning behind fridge?”

“Some UKIP members are like Nazis” says Robert Halfon

MR Halfon, MP for Harlow, said: “To me there are two kinds of UKIP – the Godfrey Bloom guy who’s like a cross between Sid James and Bernard Manning, and then there’s a much more sinister element, like the MEP who said every Muslim has got to sign a declaration of non-violence, which to me is literally akin to the Nazis saying Jews should wear a yellow star.

Burnt Mill and Passmores top school places bid (but stats make grim reading for Mark Hall and St Marks)

PASSMORES ACADEMY and Burnt Mill Academy have once again topped the poll judging by the number of applications they received for pupils to enter Year 7 in September 2014. Passmores Academy had 706 applications in total for just 210 places. Burnt Mill Academy wasn’t far behind with 643 applications for their 210 places.

MP Halfon raises tragic case of Eystna Blunnie in House of Commons

BEFORE she met her ex-fiancé, Eystna was a happy young woman who had a close relationship with her family. During her relationship with her ex-fiancé she became withdrawn, and had little contact with her mother and father. In April 2012, she was taken to hospital after being strangled and falling unconscious. She was pregnant at the time, with a daughter called Rose. She made the decision to leave her ex-fiancé, and returned to live with her family. But two months later, and just days before her baby was due, she received a text from him saying he had a surprise for her. She was found by the roadside with over 50 injuries, and died shortly afterwards from severe head injuries.

Questionnaire for proposed M11 junction 7a reopened

A QUESTIONNAIRE about the proposals for the new M11 junction 7a has been reopened for further comments to alleviate some confusion which arose around the last question. The questionnaire, which originally closed on 31st January 2014, has been reopened until 17th March 2014, with the question which had previously caused some confusion subsequently revised.

Labour education minister impressed with ambition in Harlow students

LABOUR shadow education minister, Lucy Powell visited Harlow College, Burnt Mill Academy and Passmores Academy and was clearly impressed with the drive and sense of purpose shown by the students and staff that the shadow minister met. YH caught up with Ms Powell, who was joined by Labour candidate, Suzy Stride, and assessed what her impressions were of Harlow students.