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Labour has called on Peter Aldous to seek 'real assurances' from the Government that Waveney's fishing community will not be used as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations.

Local fishing leaders have described the Government's failure to take proper account of the industry in the transition deal negotiated with the EU last month as 'catastrophic'.

Ministers agreed that even after Britain leaves on 29 March next year fishing in Waveney and along the Suffolk coast will be bound by EU rules until the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

But under the terms of the transition deal agreed by the Tories the UK won't even have a seat at the EU negotiating table when quotas are negotiated in December 2019 and will have no say.

Cllr Sonia Barker, leader of the Waveney Labour Group, said false hope had been generated by fisheries minister George Eustice's appearance at an East Anglian fishing conference in March. A Commons debate called by Peter Aldous last week attended by a handful of MPs would do little to help.

Cllr Barker said: 'The Waveney Labour Group is very concerned the Government has sold the fishing community of Lowestoft down the river with the recent Brexit transition deal.

'The reassurances to the industry in Lowestoft given last month by George Eustice have been shown to be worthless. Despite their fine words the Government is more concerned when negotiating Brexit to put other sectors - particularly finance - before the needs of our fishing industry.

'Peter Aldous needs to do more than call very poorly attended debates. Our fishing industry needs real assurances - not more platitudes.'

Can we trust the Tories to fight for our fishing industry?

Labour has called on Peter Aldous to seek 'real assurances' from the Government that Waveney's fishing community will not be used as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations. Local fishing...

Waveney Constituency Labour Party and the Waveney Labour Group welcome Jeremy Corbyn's successful application for an emergency debate on the convention that parliament should approve military interventions in Syria and elsewhere.

Mr Corbyn called for the debate, which will take place today, after expressing concern that the government's failure to seek parliamentary approval for last Friday's air strikes on Syria sets a precedent for further action that risks a reckless escalation of the war, and the danger of direct confrontation between the US and Russia.

The conflict has already cost more than 500,000 lives and led to five million refugees being forced to flee Syria, and the internal displacement of another six million.

Writing in yesterday's Guardian Mr Corbyn said: 'There can be no question of turning a blind eye to the use of chemical weapons. Their deployment constitutes a crime, and those responsible must be held to account.' But rather than resorting to further 'symbolic' and 'ineffective' ad-hoc strikes he argued pressure should be applied through sanctions, embargoes and, if necessary, the international criminal court. UN approval should be sought before any further military action is taken.

Mr Corbyn continued: 'We have to remove the scourge of chemical weapons but also use our influence to end the still greater scourge of the Syrian war. A diplomatic solution that will allow for the country to be rebuilt, for refugees to be able to return home and for an inclusive political settlement that allows the Syrian people to decide their own future could not be more urgent.'

Waveney Labour expresses support for Corbyn Syria debate

Waveney Constituency Labour Party and the Waveney Labour Group welcome Jeremy Corbyn's successful application for an emergency debate on the convention that parliament should approve military interventions in Syria and...

Waveney Labour group has expressed concern that Tory-led Waveney District Council (WDC) is accumulating significant reserves while cutting services and imposing big council tax increases.

Research by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the National Audit Office shows that WDC's reserves have increased by £9.3m to £14.3m since 2010/11, and now stand at 1.5 times its annual expenditure. WDC blames Westminster funding cuts and the council tax freeze imposed on councils between 2010/11 and 2016/17 for the spending reduction.

But Councillor Sonia Barker, leader of the Waveney Labour Group said:

'We oppose the Tory government's funding cuts but WDC must take responsibility for its own decisions. We are concerned that residents are paying more but getting fewer services. WDC has cut services and increased council tax rates despite sitting on significant reserves, and despite shifting a number of expensive liabilities to Lowestoft Town Council, where council tax increases have had to be higher than in predominantly Tory areas elsewhere in Waveney. We voted against WDC's unnecessarily high council tax increase.

'We understand that maintaining some level of reserves is necessary, but this is not the right way to manage our resources. People are paying more but getting less with the Conservatives.'

Please see the Eastern Daily Press for details on the research carried out by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the National Audit Office.

Fewer services, higher council taxes - but more reserves

Waveney Labour group has expressed concern that Tory-led Waveney District Council (WDC) is accumulating significant reserves while cutting services and imposing big council tax increases. Research by The Bureau of...

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