UNISON has formally nominated Jayne Kirkham as the union’s choice for Labour in Truro and Falmouth. We caught up Jayne to talk about the realities of life in Cornwall and what motivated her to want to be an MP. Jayne, a UNISON member, was the Labour candidate in 2017 and slashed the Conservatives majority from 14,000 to just 3,792 votes. Before moving to Cornwall she worked as a solicitor for Thompsons and specialised in health and safety cases – including some on behalf of U
Anyone who has known me for a long time will understand how for my bid to be selected as Labour candidate for my constituency of Truro & Falmouth in the next general election. After I qualified as a solicitor in the late 1990s, I left the commercial firm where I had completed my training and moved to a law firm that acted exclusively for trade unions and their members, OH Parsons & Partners. We acted for members of a wide spectrum of trades unions from UCATT, the construction
I am proud to have the endorsement of the Fire Brigades Union in my campaign to become Labour parliamentary candidate for #TruroandFalmouth. The Government’s new white paper threatens to change the governance of the service and will impact the rights of the workers. See https://www.fbu.org.uk/.../attack-workers-rights-fire-and... My other endorsements are here https://www.jaynekirkham.co.uk/endorsements
I cannot stress enough how precarious the situation in health and social care is in Cornwall. In April the CQC (a bit like Ofsted for health and social care) did an inspection across Cornwall and the IOS. They have just announced their findings: “It was clear the majority of the services we inspected were trying to provide good care. However, there was lack of cross organisational working which meant the system was under extreme pressure and struggling to meet people’s needs
We've acquired a former holiday park near Hayle to increase the amount of available temporary accommodation for those in need. Sandbanks in Upton Towans will provide accommodation for around 20 households.
I found myself unwittingly quoted in Cornwall Live! This issue of the business rates loophole has been brought to the fore again by the Government’s decision to allow authorities to charge double council tax on empty second homes. Currently, still, if a residential property is available for let for 140 days per year (next year to be actually let for 10 weeks per year)￼ then the owners can register for business rates, rather than pay council tax. If the rateable value of the p
This report makes it clear that the cap on care costs that comes in next ￼year could cost taxpayers £29 billion. Local authorities will need thousands more social workers to do assessments and be responsible for millions more pounds worth of social care. Without a greatly increased workforce and funding they will drown. Rural authorities are set to be particularly hard hit to the tune of about £7.6 billion. The lion’s share of the Government’s National Insurance increase will
The launch of my campaign to be selected as the Labour General Election candidate for Truro & Falmouth today at New County Hall, with local Party members and our councillors. Check out: www.winningwithjayne.co.uk
This is about the motion Councillor Kate Ewert and I are taking to Cornwall council on Tuesday. - "We feel the council and government have reacted far too slowly to what has become a homelessness and housing crisis in families, particularly single parent families, in Cornwall," said Cllr Kirkham. "We want to make sure that the council quickly takes all practical measures that we can to help people who are trying to cope now with homelessness and bad housing. That is the purpo
I am standing to be selected as the Labour candidate for the parliamentary seat of Truro and Falmouth. Standing for Parliament is difficult for many reasons, time consuming and expensive. It excludes many people. To make sure the voices of more Labour women with children are heard and represented, and to hopefully change the culture in Parliament, the MotheRed scheme has been set up to help with grant funding. I'm really proud to be one of the first 18 women chosen to benefit
Families in Cornwall are being hurt by the cost of living crisis - a consequence of Conservative choices. We urgently need an emergency budget, including a windfall tax on the oil and gas companies, to fund support up to £600 for families struggling with their energy bills.
Parliament are debating this today. The Conservative government voted against a windfall tax on oil and gas companies yesterday. 5 of our 6 Cornish MPs voted against the tax which could have saved £600 fro
I gave a quote for this article as I was surprised that 5 of our Cornish Conservative MPs think that not taxing oil and gas companies, who have just made unexpected windfall profits, is more important than helping people with up to £600 off their energy bills when inflation is skyrocketing to 9%. Yet those same MPs voted to raise national insurance - a tax on the people who will be struggling with their bills this year. Whose side are they on?
Brilliant to have Luke Pollard MP in Falmouth to campaign with us on the First Homes Not Second Homes campaign that he & I have been running. There are over 21,000 households on the housing register in Cornwall & we are campaigning for wider and faster solutions than the Government are offering. It’s great that Luke is making Truro and Falmouth’s voice heard in Westminster, until we have our own Labour MP to do it for us! Truro and Falmouth Labour
Cornwall’s performance is particularly poor. The average for Category 1 (target 7 mins) was over 18 minutes in March with a 90% figure of nearly 34 minutes (target 15 mins). In other words for the most serious life-threatening situations 10% of patients were not reached for over 34 minutes. For Category 2 – against a national target of 18 minutes, actual performance for NHS Kernow area was just over 4 hours in March with 10% of patients not reached for over 10 hours These are
A good summary of the current situation with Ships and Castles from Cllr Jude Robinson: It was absolutely brilliant to see the Princess Pavilion packed last night, with people keen to support the campaign for a swimming pool for Falmouth. I will never understand what possessed Cornwall Council to allow Ships and Castles to be run down and closed before even beginning to think about a new pool but it has happened so we have to deal with it. The amazing people of Pendennis Lei