Labour Leader Ed Miliband with Blackpool Labour Group Leader Simon Blackburn at Labour's North West Regional Conference, November 2011, Imperial Hotel, Blackpool.
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Councillor Fred Jackson Councillor Simon Blackburn
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November 2011 - Site under reconstruction!
Following our landslide victory at the Local Elections in May, and having seen off the Tories (hopefully for good!), we're undertaking a review of our e-communications structure, and will be relaunching web-based provision soon.
We've still a couple of pages up and running here for your information - Details of all our elected members, their responsibilities, contact and surgery details.
A brief history
Blackpool under the leadership of your Labour Council came on leaps and bounds when Labour took over the reins of office in 1991 after 115 years of Tory Rule going back to 1876.
The stagnation, the neglect, the running down of the town's infrastructure, the loss of quality skilled industrial jobs as our factories were allowed to close with no effort to save them, the demolition of theatres, swimming pools, facilities for young and old, a desperate sense of despair that anything could ever get better - all this stopped just sixteen years ago when Labour was elected to office with a mission to make Blackpool "A great place to visit - an even better place to live".
But only since Blackpool once again became self-governing as a Unitary Authority in 1998 - have the possibilities for dramatic happenings come alive.
Since then, every school in Blackpool has had around a million pounds invested in its buildings, lots more teachers are employed, standards in education performance are shooting up.
Social Services have been transformed with a vast increase in resources to recruit key staff at all levels and make life more meaningful for the vulnerable among our residents.
Leisure and recreational provision is remarkable with a whole range of new experiences available to us all - Blackpool Sports Centre was the first major initiative for Labour in 1991. Now we have the £8 million Palatine Leisure Centre as well., build through investment by the previous Labour Government, and Labour council. The Libraries provide a modern service in buildings which are attractive and full of surprises every time they are paid a visit.
In partnership - Labour in Blackpool and Labour in Opposition Government- with the needs of our town being discussed directly with Ministers by our Labour MP, our town's legacy from the Tories of indifference and decay was just an angry memory of the past.
Following a brief hiatus, which saw the Tories make a spectacular mess of their four years in control of the Town Hall (Peter Callow et al, 2007-2011), Labour won a landslide victory on 5th May 2011, taking 27 seats, reducing the Tories to 14, and the Fib Dems to just 1.
We have a long way to go - up to 40% of our children are living in poverty, life expectancy is poor, we have high rates of preventable diseases. The Council is facing unprecedented budget cuts from a Government which neither understands our situation, nor cares. But your Labour Councillors are showing the way, and making things happen. Already, in our first 6 months in office, we have slashed the bill for councillors and senior managers. We are setting up a Fairness Commission to tackle the inequalities in our town, we are embarking on major pieces of work to tackle both child poverty and transience, as well as tackling the spread of Houses in Multiple Occupation, bad landlords and poor quality council housing. We have rescued Boundary Library and Mereside Library from closure, and reversed Tory plans to close Hoyle House Rehabilitation Centre - even expanding it's provision to include a much-needed dementia facility. Funding has been secured to keep disabled childrens playschemes going which the Tories were happy to see closed, and we've sourced new funding to ensure that children in our special schools can now access the hydrotherapy, speech therapy and physiotherapy they were previously denied.
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