Les Porch Liberal Democrat candidate in the Springfields & Trent Vale byelection

Campaigning postman Les Porch has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Springfields and Trent Vale by-election.

Les Porch has been a prime mover in the petition campaign by Riverside residents demanding a rethink over Stoke City FC’s plans to expand their training academy.

The Lib Dems, starting in a strong second place, have high hopes that they will break back onto the City Council in the by-election. Continue reading

500 Words From Harold Gregory Conservative Candidate Springfields & Trent Vale

My name is Harold Gregory, I live in Riverside Road, Trent Vale, and am married with 3 children, one attending St Joseph’s and one at St Teresa’s. I spent 20 years in the Army, serving in the first Gulf War and also in Northern Ireland, as well as many other postings around the world. Continue reading

Brompton cycle hire comes to Stoke-on-Trent

Great news for the new executives that John van de Laarschot is hoping to entice to Stoke-on-Trent with the prospect of self bulild executive homes in the city, Bromptondock the automated cycle hire scheme has arrived just in time!

A Bromptondock automated bike hire scheme, featuring the Brompton folding bicycle, has been installed at Stoke-on-Trent railway station, only the second of the schemes to be launched this year in partnership with Virgin Trains, the first being set up at Manchester Piccadilly station in March. Continue reading

Socialist Party announce Matthew Wright as their candidate for Springfields & Trent Vale by-election

The Stoke-on-Trent branch of the Socialist Party have announced Matthew Wright as their candidate in the Springfields and Trent Vale by- election.

Matthew says

Labour councillors in Stoke are passing on £24 million in cuts on top of last years £35.6 Million without much more than a whimper. If elected I’d be a voice in the council chamber for all those who have been affected by these cuts and want to fight back.

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Conservatives Select Harold Gregory For Springfields & Trent Vale Byelection

Stoke-on-Trent Conservatives have today confirmed that their candidate in the forthcoming Springfields and Trent Vale byelection will be local father of 3 and former soldier Harold Gregory.

Harold, who lives in the ward, now works for Network Rail however spent many years in the Army, stationed all around the world. In his spare time, he volunteers as an instructor with local Army cadets, using his skills to help young people. Continue reading

New website looks at who funds UK-based think tanks and political campaigns

Who Funds You LogoA new website launches today calling for think tanks and public policy campaigns to publish their annual income and name their major funders.

For its pilot project, Who Funds You? – http://WhoFundsYou.org – asked 20 leading UK-based think tanks and political campaigns to disclose their major funders and rated them on the depth of their responses. Continue reading

City Council announce plan to become self-sufficient in low carbon energy

As reported on Pits n Pots 2 weeks ago, Stoke-on-Trent a city self sufficient in low carbon energy?, Stoke-on-Trent City Council yesterday announced that they are one of just six authorities nationwide to make it to the second stage of the ‘Creative Councils’ programme, securing £150,000. The funding will help the council create a trail-blazing local authority power company which will help the city become self-sufficient in low carbon energy – a first under the 2011 Localism Act. Continue reading

1369 respond to Stoke-on-Trent school terms consultation

Stoke-on-Trent school terms are set to remain the same after a 14 week consultation with parents, teaching and support staff, pupils, school governors, trade unions and other groups which got 1,369 responses.

The council’s cabinet will decide next week on the pattern for Stoke-on-Trent school terms for the next academic year 2013-14 and beyond, the recommendation put to the cabinet will be to stay with the traditional three-term system, with breaks for Easter and Christmas, and a six-week summer holiday. Continue reading

Labour announce Joy Garner as their candidate for Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Staffordshire Police CrestJust coming in, Joy Garner has been announced as the Labour candidate for the role of Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in the elections in November.

Joy  was up against former police authority chairman Michael Poulter in the vote and currently sites on Staffordshire Police Authority & Staffordshire Joint Police and Crime Panel. Continue reading