Clive joined commuters at Eltham Station on Tuesday as part of a national protest at the latest price hike in rail fares and campaign to bring our railways back into public ownership.
The latest increases - brought in at the beginning of the New Year - mean that rail fares have gone up by an astonishing 27 percent since the Tories came to power, rising three times faster than wages.
At the same time local commuters face daily chaos on our trains – with cancellations, overcrowding and delays now routine. Speaking on Tuesday morning Clive said "We need a new approach which will keep fares down by bringing the railways back into public ownership, putting passengers before private profit."
"In January, the Secretary of State for Transport promised the then Mayor of London that Southeastern’s rail services would transfer to Transport for London when the franchise came up for renewal. We have already seen how good a job TfL has done on the Overground Line and I am sure they would dramatically improve our rail services. However, we now know that the minister wrote to Boris Johnson in 2013 saying he would not allow this to go ahead “because I would like to keep suburban rail services out of the clutches of any future Labour mayor”.
"I have raised this repeatedly in Parliament demanding that the Minister be held to account for putting political partisanship above sorting out the chaos on our trains. It is time we said ‘enough is enough’ and demand that the Tories keep their promise to allow TfL to take responsibility for our trains."
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Clive joined commuters at Eltham Station on Tuesday as part of a national protest at the latest price hike in rail fares and campaign to bring our railways back into...
Thousands of people turned out to watch the Christmas lights being turned on at Eltham Lights Up. The event also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl as many of the characters of his books took to the streets of Eltham.
Both Eltham Police Station and Fire Station opened their doors providing festive entertainment to hundreds of local children and their families. Clive was on hand to turn on the lights along with our Mayor Olu Babatola and leader of Greenwich Council Denise Hyland.
As ever the main attraction was the amazing lantern parade put on by hundreds of children from schools from across Eltham.
Thousands of people turned out to watch the Christmas lights being turned on at Eltham Lights Up. The event also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl...
Clive has called for plans to be privatise local NHS orthopedic services to be scrapped after a special meeting of Greenwich Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee halted the contract on Thursday.
Speaking at the meeting, Clive slammed the proposals saying that Greenwich CCG (our local health commissioners) had failed to follow the proper procedure when awarding the contract and had not carried out any assessment of how the privatisation would impact on our local NHS. In addition Clive pointed out that Parliament had been misled in answers from ministers to questions he had tabled about the process followed by the CCG when letting the contract
Signing of the £73 million contract to private contractors Circle Health has now been halted at least until a proper impact assessment has been done.
Clive is now demanding that the local health commissioners scrap the whole process: “There is nothing that the commissioners want to achieve to make services more efficient that cannot be achieved through partnerships with local NHS health providers. We do not need to go through this expensive and wasteful process.”
Clive says, “Parliament has been misinformed about the conduct of this process. It seems NHS England allowed members of the committee that let this £74m contract to be counted more than once to make the meeting quorate. There is no proper scrutiny and so it has been left to local MPs, residents and the council to work together to expose what is going on.”
Clive introduced a private members’ Bill in Parliament back in 2014 which would have helped save the NHS from this sort of privatisation. Despite enjoying overwhelming support in the Commons - with only 18 MPs voting against - the Bill was talked out by Conservative backbenchers.
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Clive has called for plans to be privatise local NHS orthopedic services to be scrapped after a special meeting of Greenwich Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee halted the contract on Thursday....
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