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Charlotte commits to #FizzFreeFeb

Charlotte commits to #FizzFreeFeb

Obesity and tooth decay are a real problem in parts of Plymouth. When one-in-three children leave primary school obese or overweight, it’s time to cut out sugary, fizzy drinks.

Police cuts have consequences for Plymouth

Police cuts have consequences for Plymouth

In recent years, police numbers have fallen and crime has risen, whilst the Conservative Government has slashed policing budgets in Devon and Cornwall by £63m since 2010.

Forcing our dedicated police officers to do more for less just isn’t working. The number of police officers in our area has fallen with official government figures reporting we now have nearly 600 fewer officers since 2010, and a staggering 21,339 fewer in England in Wales in total.

“Serious and rare”: Charlotte comments on expenses probe into Tory MP

“Serious and rare”: Charlotte comments on expenses probe into Tory MP

Commenting on today’s findings from IPSA following an expenses probe into Johnny Mercer MP, Charlotte Holloway, Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Moor View said:

“The findings of this expenses probe are both serious and rare; Mr Mercer has been found to have broken the rules on claiming public money. His dismissive statement today choses to blames everyone but himself.

Update on campaign to save Glenholt Post Office + Public Meeting on Monday

Update on campaign to save Glenholt Post Office + Public Meeting on Monday

The community in Glenholt has rallied round to try to save their Post Office and shop after it had to close suddenly two weeks ago. There is now a public meeting to talk about the future of the shop and Post Office this Monday 14 January at 6.30pm at St Anne’s Church. I’m urging local people to be there.

Charlotte campaigns to save Glenholt Post Office

Charlotte campaigns to save Glenholt Post Office

This week we had the bad news that Glenholt Post Office and the shop it is located in closed abruptly.

Glenholt residents, particularly older people and those with mobility issues, rely on their local Post Office. I

Read my latest Plymouth Herald column on being a new mum in politics

Read my latest Plymouth Herald column on being a new mum in politics

My latest column in Plymouth Live on being a new mum in politics talks about why it’s not right that Plymouth children don’t get their fair share compared to children in other parts of the country, and why too many people have lost faith that the next generation will do better than the last.

That, and my constant struggle trying not to leave the house covered in baby sick.

Charlotte writes to care company who fine workers £50 for calling in sick

Charlotte writes to care company who fine workers £50 for calling in sick

An investigation by the Guardian published today has uncovered evidence of cases in which Newcross Healthcare Solutions has failed to pay its employees if they cancel shifts because of illness without 24 hours’ notice, and has also docked money from their pay. Charlotte Holloway has written to the General Manager of Newcross Health’s Plymouth Office to ask for assurances that Plymouth care workers are not and will not be affected by these fines.

Over 11,500 households with older people in Plymouth could lose free TV licence

Over 11,500 households with older people in Plymouth could lose free TV licence

A new analysis by the House of Commons Library for the Labour Party has revealed that over 11,000 households in Plymouth are at risk of losing their free TV licences, 7,000 of them with someone aged 80 or over.

Millions of older people across the country are set to lose their TV licence in 2020 despite the Conservatives promising in their 2017 general election manifesto to protect free TV licences until 2022.

Charlotte joins her local Crownhill Christmas Light switch on!

Charlotte joins her local Crownhill Christmas Light switch on!

I took Izzy out in Crownhill this evening where we joined in the fantastic community spirit for the Christmas light switch on. It great to see so many local traders getting involved and hear the brilliant local choirs from Cann Bridge School and Widey Court Primary School.

Charlotte meets with CEO of Plymouth Citybus

Charlotte meets with CEO of Plymouth Citybus

Today I visited the Plymouth Citybus HQ and met with CEO Richard Stevens. I was pleased to discuss a number of issues which regularly appear in my inbox and come up when talking to people on the doorstep, including service availability, smart use of city data and keeping passengers and drivers safe.

Nobody voted for a Bad Brexit deal

Nobody voted for a Bad Brexit deal

It’s time to make your mind up, Mr Mercer. My message to our Tory MP on the Brexit deal:

You are yet to tell people here how you plan to vote on Theresa May’s deal with Brussels. Theresa May’s deal doesn’t deliver what people who voted Leave want and it doesn’t deliver for people who voted remain, so why would you vote for it Mr Mercer?

Charlotte backs Respect for Shopworkers Week

Charlotte backs Respect for Shopworkers Week

Every minute of the working day a shopworker is verbally abused, threatened with violence or physically attacked. I’m pleased to support a great campaign this week from the shopworkers’ union Usdaw, particularly after recent incidents in the last year here in Plymouth.

Tory MP says he wouldn’t vote Tory

Tory MP says he wouldn’t vote Tory

This evening our Tory MP Mr Mercer has said he wouldn’t vote for his own party if he wasn’t a politician, and branded his Government a “sh*t show”. A few initial thoughts from me…

This is a dire state of affairs from Mr Mercer. He is openly admitting he no longer believes in the Conservative values he was elected on. This is an MP who has recently taken a second highly paid job, bunks off key committee sessions, and now says he wouldn’t even vote for his own party.

Tory MP votes to cover up impact of Universal Credit on constituents

Tory MP votes to cover up impact of Universal Credit on constituents

Our Tory MP Mr Mercer has just voted to cover up the impact that Universal Credit is having on Plymouth families and people who most need support. Government has already admitted that some people will be worse off – and by some, they actually mean millions.

Latest from Charlotte on Universal Credit

Latest from Charlotte on Universal Credit

There’s going to be a lot of talk about Universal Credit this week – I disagree with our Tory MP Mr Mercer who claims that the biggest challenge about this policy is the “bad press” it’s getting. I say the worst thing about it is that it will harm the everyday livelihoods of the very Plymouth people and families it should set out to help. You don’t make work pay by making working people worse off.

Labour’s Charlotte Holloway on victory in saving HMS Bulwark and Albion

Labour’s Charlotte Holloway on victory in saving HMS Bulwark and Albion

Commenting on news that HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark are saved from the latest round of defence cuts, Charlotte Holloway, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Moor View said:

“Today is a big news day for Plymouth – I’m delighted that it’s been announced that HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark have been saved from this Tory Government’s proposed cuts.

Charlotte’s view on proposed police force merger

Charlotte’s view on proposed police force merger

Some people here in Plymouth Moor View have been asking my view in recent weeks on the proposed merger of Devon and Cornwall Police with the Dorset force. My view: now is not the time for a merger that could shift focus away from tackling rising serious and violent crime we’ve had in our communities, and tie up precious resources in merger bureaucracy.

Charlotte backs AgeUK #CareCrisis campaign

Charlotte backs AgeUK #CareCrisis campaign

I was delighted to back Age UK’s national #carecrisis campaign, which was in Plymouth City Centre today. I got to meet Penny the Piggy Bank who is here raising awareness of the social care crisis which is currently costing the NHS £500 a minute.

Charlotte responds to difficult CQC report for Derriford Hospital

Charlotte responds to difficult CQC report for Derriford Hospital

Today’s report from the CQC on Derriford Hospital outlines a number of serious issues. Our NHS is being chronically underfunded and it’s having a real effect on our hospital. Derriford has serious structural underfunding problems and Plymouth needs more money from Government to address this.

Mr Mercer misses parliamentary duties to appear on TV show

Mr Mercer misses parliamentary duties to appear on TV show

News that our Tory MP bunked off parliament early has made the national media. I shared your views that people here in Plymouth aren’t impressed that our Conservative MP clocked off early to chase the limelight. To add fuel to the fire, he missed an opportunity to grill the new Health Secretary on growing waiting lists and the primary health care crisis we are facing here in Plymouth. Read my comments in the Daily Mirror.

Charlotte writes to Police Commissioner and Conservative MP on crime rises

Charlotte writes to Police Commissioner and Conservative MP on crime rises

Today, Charlotte Holloway, Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Moor View, has written to the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner and our Conservative MP Mr Mercer to ask questions about recent crime increases, raising particular concerns on crimes that disproportionately affect women as well as Public Order Offences. 

Charlotte visits Kawasaki plant in Ernesettle

Charlotte visits Kawasaki plant in Ernesettle

I had a brilliant afternoon earlier this week with Steve Gerry from Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group & Lee Crocker, Managing Director at Kawasaki, at their site in Ernesettle.

Charlotte visits Ernesettle Community School

Charlotte visits Ernesettle Community School

I really enjoyed popping into Ernesettle Community School earlier this week. Thank you to Mr Meredith for showing me round. It was good to congratulate the team there on the school’s recent Educational Outcomes Award.

Charlotte speaks out against the Two Child Cap

Charlotte speaks out against the Two Child Cap

My view: It is wrong that this Conservative Government is making children a target for austerity. New figures show that over 70,000 families are affected by this Government’s two-child cap policy, with nearly 6 in 10 of families affected being in work.

The personal attacks in Plymouth politics must stop

The personal attacks in Plymouth politics must stop

I’ve just watched some remarkable behaviour from our Tory MP Mr Mercer on the BBC Sunday Politics show. Our MP justified repeated personal attack on neighbouring MP for Plymouth, Luke Pollard, and also demanded special treatment from the local press.

Charlotte welcomes Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP to Plymouth

Charlotte welcomes Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn MP to Plymouth

On Wednesday, I was delighted to join neighbouring Labour MP Luke Pollard and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn at a roundtable with firefighters and representatives of the police to discuss the impact that nearly a decade of cuts have had on local services and their ability to keep the public safe.

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