To mark the life and work of the late MP Jo Cox, Bexhill and Battle Labour party hosted a lunch and afternoon workshop on Saturday 17 June at the Emmanuel Centre in Battle. The workshop looked at ending ‘Rape Violence’ with guest speakers from Sussex Police and Eastbourne Survivors and culminated in a vote on a motion which will be sent to the Labour Party’s National Policy Forum.
Organised by outgoing Women’s Officer, Greta Vipond, the day was inspired by a workshop she attended last year at the Labour Women’s Conference in 2016. Greta said “Rape seemed to be at the heart of all violence not only against women but against all manner of vulnerable people no matter their gender, age or culture so that to bring an end to rape, would go a long way to bringing an end to violence against women”.
Phil Johnson spoke on behalf of Eastbourne Survivors, a charity which supports victims of child sexual abuse and adults who were subject to abuse as children. Phil told his own story of abuse at the hands of Church of England clergy and his long fight for justice. His message was that we need to educate the public by talking about rape and sexual abuse.
Sam Fuller from Sussex Police Safeguarding Investigation Unit supported Phil’s message and welcomed the opportunity to talk about some of the distressing cases she had encountered. She said that more people need to come forward to report sexual abuse and rape so that patterns of offending can be detected and offenders successfully prosecuted.
Greta read out a message of support from Bianca Jagger whose Human Rights Foundation is campaigning to end violence towards women and girls. Bianca later posted a ‘thank you’ on social media to the local Labour Women’s group for organising the meeting which had earlier unanimously passed the motion ‘to bring an end to rape violence across the board and worldwide’.
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To mark the life and work of the late MP Jo Cox, Bexhill and Battle Labour party hosted a lunch and afternoon workshop on Saturday 17 June at the Emmanuel...
Bexhill and Battle Labour Party are celebrating a major breakthrough in the area after almost doubling their vote in the General Election and establishing themselves as the main opposition party to the Conservatives.
The Labour vote increased by almost 7,000 from the election in 2015 as its share of the vote rose from 14% to 25%.
The Party is now the main opposition in the constituency having comfortably pulled ahead of the Liberal Democrats, UKIP and Greens.
Christine Bayliss – The Labour candidate said: “We saw a surge in support in the final three weeks of the campaign with the publication of our manifesto with the alternative offer to invest in our public services and grow our economy”
“People were turned off by the Conservative’s negative campaign around Jeremy Corbyn – for every person who told me they couldn’t vote for me because of Corbyn there were two who said they would because of his integrity and honesty”.
“We’ve also seen literally dozens of new members join the Labour Party in Bexhill and Battle since the election was announced and seen many new faces who’ve come out to campaign with us for the first time”.
The local Labour Party chair Conor Hill said "The outcome has been a disaster for the Conservatives who now have to get into bed with the socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to get their manifesto programme through parliament”.
“We will be watching very carefully what happens and holding our newly elected MP Huw Merriman to account. Any backsliding on climate change, equality and women’s issues will be called out straight away”.
Christine added “I’d like to thank all the people who voted for me on June 8. Although we didn’t win here – we are determined to stand up for people here in Bexhill and Battle. Look out for our summer campaigns around better governance for Bexhill, making sure our schools are funded properly as well as fighting Tory plans to cut £35m from the Sussex police budget when we’ve never needed Bobbies on the beat more’.
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The statistics quoted have been obtained from Sussex Police's own website. For Heathfield it compares crime committed in Heathfield West and Central between the first three months of 2016 and the same period in 2017. The number of cases where no further action was taken in Pevensey is taken from 12 months of data ending April 2017 and the figures for Bexhill were reported by police officers to the Bexhill Central Neighbourhood Police Panel in May 2017.
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