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Bexhill branch have launched a video outlining the community campaigns we're involved with locally.

Bexhill branch launches new video

Bexhill branch have launched a video outlining the community campaigns we're involved with locally.

Christine Bayliss and Skate Park users discuss a way forward to better Skate Park facilities in Bexhill.

Christine Bayliss, who was the Labour Party’s general election candidate in Bexhill and Battle, has launched a new campaign to help save Skate Park facilities in the Town.

She said “Young people helped me secure the best result for Labour since 1955 and I want to do something to pay them back for their support.  One issue that kept coming up on the doorstep was around the Skate Parks falling into disrepair”. At Galley Hill the half pipe has been dismantled and taken away while at Bexhill Leisure Centre there are bolts missing which mean that there are raised metal edges.

Christine invited the Park users and interested parties along to a street meeting at the Bexhill Leisure Centre Skate Park that was attended by around 50 adults and young people including a number of parents.

The meeting agreed to set up a Bexhill Skate Park Action Group to make sure the Skate Park is ‘Safe for Summer’ and then campaign to relocate and rebuild the Skate Park once the Downs Road site is redeveloped.

The Bexhill Stake Park Action Group has a virtual Facebook group where you can get further information. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1125954120838592/

Bexhill Skate Park Action Group Formed

Christine Bayliss, who was the Labour Party’s general election candidate in Bexhill and Battle, has launched a new campaign to help save Skate Park facilities in the Town. She said...

Jo Cox Lunch and Workshop

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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Jo Cox Lunch and Workshop

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...

Labour candidate Christine Bayliss

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’.

General Election Results

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...

If you're angry about Policing cuts in Hastings and Rother and the impact on reported crime please share this video.

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.

The impact of police cuts across Bexhill & Battle

If you're angry about Policing cuts in Hastings and Rother and the impact on reported crime please share this video. The statistics quoted have been obtained from Sussex Police's own...

Labour's candidate for the general election, Christine Bayliss, voices her opposition to the possible reintroduction of fox hunting under a future tory government.

Christine Bayliss speaks out about fox hunting

Labour's candidate for the general election, Christine Bayliss, voices her opposition to the possible reintroduction of fox hunting under a future tory government.

Social Care - the Unanswered Questions

Social Care - the Unanswered Questions? Some issues are too important - not just because of the amounts of money involved but because they affect too many lives at too deep a level – for petty political point scoring. One of these is the choice we now face on who pays for social care and how it is paid for. Everyone agrees the current system is complex and unfair and that as our population ages, radical reform is necessary. Labour recognises that the system is in deep crisis now and promises a £3 billion increase in spending per year to plug the black holes in local authority social care budgets and to build a National Care Service that fully integrates the NHS and social care systems.

Posted by Christine Bayliss for Bexhill and Battle on Thursday, 25 May 2017

Some issues are too important - not just because of the amounts of money involved but because they affect too many lives at too deep a level – for petty political point scoring.

One of these is the choice we now face on who pays for social care and how it is paid for.

Everyone agrees the current system is complex and unfair and that as our population ages, radical reform is necessary.

Labour recognises that the system is in deep crisis now and promises a £3 billion increase in spending per year to plug the black holes in local authority social care budgets and to build a National Care Service that fully integrates the NHS and social care systems.

In addition we also promise to ensure that care services providers can pay all their staff a real living wage and to implement the Ethical Care Charter to directly improve service quality.

And this investment would give us the breathing space to end the social care lottery which means that some elderly people accumulate huge lifetime care costs and have to sell their homes to meet them.

But precisely because this problem is so massive and so difficult to fix we don’t pretend that we have one solution and we have committed to find one that has real cross party support and can last for decades and will not need to be chopped and changed after every election.

As above all what elderly people living with or fearing the onset of dementia and their families need is certainty.

The Conservatives do think they have a solution and it is raising the assets threshold after which the elderly have to pay their own costs to £100,000.

Which on the face of it would help some elderly people in residential care as the current asset threshold above which they have to pay all their own costs is £23,250.

But as if often the case with Tory proposals the devil is all in the detail - and the crucial detail here are in their own words ‘this will mean that the value of the family home will be taken into account’ and that this applies to both residential care and to care in the home.

This is a hugely important change because under current rules when assets are calculated for residential care needs the value of the family home is often not counted (if for instance an elderly relative like a partner is still living there), and it is usually not counted at all when someone is receiving social care at home.

And to give the exact example that the Conservative candidate for Bexhill and Battle himself used at a hustings last Sunday this would mean that if your home is worth £500,000 and your care costs are £500,000 you ‘only’ have to pay £400,000 and that will ‘only’ have to be paid after you die.

As the implications for anyone who does have a home (and other assets) worth over £100,000 – which is pretty much every elderly person who owns a house or flat in Southern England – sunk in even Conservative-supporting newspapers started to call this a ‘dementia tax’.

So in an unprecedented U-turn Teresa May suddenly announced that there will also be a lifetime cap on total costs that have to be paid, although she had categorically ruled that out beforehand and won’t tell us what that cap will be, as clearly no one has worked out the implications.

And talking of implications nobody seems to have considered what the impact of deferring all re-payments for social care services until after death will have on the budgets of the local authorities that have to pay the costs of residential and home care each week.

This just won’t do.

People in Bexhill and Battle and people in the rest of the country need to know what they are voting for on June 8th.

A couple where one partner needs expensive social care but the other doesn’t needs to know what happens to them and the house the surviving partner is still living in when the partner who owes the social care bill dies.

A homeowner who has worked hard all their life to leave something to their children needs a better idea than ‘whatever happens we will let you keep the last £100,000 of your estate’ of what they will actually be leaving behind.

Local authorities struggling to meet their existing social care costs need to know how they will cover the new funding gap the Tory proposals for both a raised asset threshold and payments deferred after death will create.

The Conservative proposals on social care leave too many such fundamental questions unanswered.

Social Care: The Unanswered Questions

Social Care - the Unanswered Questions Social Care - the Unanswered Questions? Some issues are too important - not just because of the amounts of money involved but because they...

Christine Bayliss at the neighbourhood police panel
Christine Bayliss at the neighbourhood police panel

Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Bexhill has blamed Government cuts to local policing budgets for the sharp rise in crime figures for the town since the start of the year.

Christine, a former Sussex policewoman, who is standing in the General Election in the Bexhill and Battle seat, blames swingeing cuts to the police budget for a lack of resources that have led to the increase in crime. Crime statistics for the town showed that burglary, car crime, shoplifting and hate crimes had all increased year-on-year.

She said: “I am afraid this is another real-life example of the consequences of seven years of Conservative austerity. Sadly the consequences of the cutbacks are not felt by the few, but instead everybody who lives and works in the town suffers the consequences.

“A Labour Government would begin to reverse these cuts and put more bobbies back on the streets of our towns. I believe that there is a direct connection between these dramatic increases in crime figures and the reduction of police and community support officers on the beat in Bexhill. The Conservative cuts to the police budget are beginning to impact on public safety”.

The shocking crime increases were revealed at Bexhill Central Neighbourhood Police Panel on Wednesday evening 10 May. The Panel met at Bexhill Youth and Community Centre in Station Road.

They considered the new crime figures as the context for setting the priorities for policing in central Bexhill for the next three months. Overall shoplifting is up 57% on 2016, vehicle crime up 119% and Burglary up 74%.

A 27% increase in Hate Crime compared with the same period in 2016, coming nearly a year after the decision to leave the European Union in last year’s referendum, caused residents attending the meeting particular concern.

Bexhill Crime Statistics
   
1st January - 9th May
     
   
2016
2017
Increase
       
%
Shoplifting
 
51
80
57%
Vehicle crime
 
26
57
119%
Burglary
 
19
33
74%
Hate Crime
 
11
14
27%
Source: Bexhill Central Neighbourhood Police Panel

New Crime Figures

Christine Bayliss at the neighbourhood police panel Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Bexhill has blamed Government cuts to local policing budgets for the sharp rise in crime figures for the town...

Former Sussex policewoman Christine Bayliss, who is the Labour Party candidate in Bexhill and Battle, has said a return of the Conservative Government would be the end of “community policing”.

Labour candidate Christine BaylissChristine, who won a commendation for bravery from her time with the police on the streets of Hastings, says Government austerity has savaged the police budget effectively extinguishing the chances of ever seeing a ‘Bobby on the beat’.

She says that a vote for Labour on June 8 will give the police an injection of funds and pay for thousands of new officers.

During her nine years of service she helped establish the first Neighbourhood Watch area and was a pioneer community beat officer in St Leonards.

She is now horrified as the savage cuts to police officer numbers and that some duties like parking enforcement are no longer being carried out. Christine also believes the budget restrictions mean vital crime-fighting links between the police and local communities has been quietly abolished.

Hastings Observer ClippingShe said: “As a former police officer I know how important it is to have local police officers who know the neighbourhood and people in it. The Conservative Government have taken away twenty thousand police officers nationally which is why we rarely see a bobby on the beat.

“The Conservatives cuts have sent a wrecking ball through police numbers and community policing. People who want to see more police safeguarding our homes and communities need to vote Labour, as we will invest in all our vital public services.”

In Rother for example, the number of Police Community Support officers (PCSOs) has been cut by 43% compared with 12 months ago. The new police plan now aims to break the link between the PCSOs and their communities and pool this precious community resource as a way of saving money. Labour will reverse the cut of twenty thousand police officers since 2010 providing ten thousand new officers paid for by reversing the £2.7 billion cut in capital gains tax.

The Tories will tell you the General Election is all about Brexit but in reality a vote for the Tories is a vote to endorse their strategy of cuts to vital public services. Don’t let them get off scot-free. Vote for Christine Bayliss on June 8.

Caught Red Handed

Former Sussex policewoman Christine Bayliss, who is the Labour Party candidate in Bexhill and Battle, has said a return of the Conservative Government would be the end of “community policing”....

Christine Bayliss has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Bexhill and Battle constituency to stand in this June’s general election.

Labour candidate Christine Bayliss
Labour candidate Christine Bayliss

Christine has lived in Bexhill and Battle most of her adult life. She has been active in local politics, serving as a Rother District Councillor in the 1990s and most recently has been at the forefront of the Democracy4Bexhill campaign that aims to encourage Bexhill people to join in the debate about how Bexhill should be governed.

She is a Trustee of Aurora Academies Trust - a multi-academy trust based in Bexhill as well as a trustee of Mnarani Aid, a charity that raises money for children with special educational needs in Kenya.  She has worked for the Department for Education and commuted to London from Battle for 15 years. Since 2015, Christine has run her own consultancy business in Bexhill-on- sea. 

Speaking after the selection, Christine said;

“Bexhill and Battle is my home. It’s where I live and work and I am proud to be Labour’s candidate for June’s general election. This Tory government has overseen the biggest cuts to our public services in a generation. We have seen cuts to social care which in turn are putting a strain on the NHS, school budgets are being cut while at the same time Tories want to waste money on expanding grammar schools, Police officers and PCSO numbers are being reduced at the same time as we have seen a rise in crime and local transport is a mess.  It just doesn’t have to be like this. 

Labour candidate Christine Bayliss
Christine is at the forefront of the Democracy4Bexhill campaign

“People here in Bexhill and Battle need a local representative that will put them first. Its time for the voters of Bexhill and Battle to take back control and elect a representative that will listen and work with them to make their voices heard. It’s a choice between a Labour Party that will stand up for the people of Bexhill and Battle or a Conservative Party that only looks after the privileged few.”

Conor Hill, Chair of Bexhill and Battle Labour Party, added;

“I welcome the appointment of Christine as Labour’s Candidate for Bexhill and Battle for June’s general election. As someone who lives in the constituency, I know that if elected on the 8th June, Christine will put this area first and will be a committed and local MP – that’s what Bexhill and Battle deserves. 

“Christine is a committed local campaigner, with outstanding experience in many different jobs, including being self-employed running her own consultancy business, which means that she understands first-hand the struggles of working people.

“Over the coming weeks I will be joining Christine on the campaign trail and I am looking forward to supporting her as Labour’s candidate.”

Labour Announce Candidate for Bexhill and Battle Constituency

Christine Bayliss has been selected as Labour’s candidate for the Bexhill and Battle constituency to stand in this June’s general election. Labour candidate Christine Bayliss Christine has lived in Bexhill and Battle most...

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