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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...

Waveney Labour and the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk have expressed concern over the appointment of the outgoing head of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) as the new boss of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), which is struggling with an ongoing funding crisis.

Labour's Cllr Jane Murray, Waveney District Council Shadow spokesperson for Community, Health and Safety, said: 'Mr Lejk spoke at the Beccles Health meeting on Wednesday 7 March. Several Waveney District councillors and members of the Waveney Labour Party attended. He spoke as Executive Lead of the Norfolk and Waveney STP and informed us about the future plans of the NHS within Norfolk and Waveney. The next day Mr Lejk resigned from this role to take up a highly paid post as CEO of the NSFT! Can we say our health services are in safe hands?'

A spokesperson for the Campaign told the Eastern Daily Press (EDP): 'This is a disastrous appointment for service users and carers, the head of the commissioners who have starved NSFT of funding has now taken over the organisation. It’s a travesty and the council of governors whose job it is to represent service users, carers, staff, and the public ignored the views of the appointment panels and approved this appointment instead of listening to feedback.'

Please see the full story on the EDP website.

Waveney Labour expresses concern about key health appointment

Waveney Labour and the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk have expressed concern over the appointment of the outgoing head of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability...

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