North East Hampshire Labour Party
Elections 2023 – Hart District Council
District Council elections will be held on Thursday 4th May 2023. Postal votes are being sent out from 12th April onwards. This is your chance to show your support for Labour, not just locally but when the votes and councillor numbers are added up across the country and demonstrate the unpopularity of this incompetent government and the failure of Tories at all levels to call out its corruption, sleaze and disregard for the people of this country. Your vote can provide inspiration across the Labour movement to work even harder towards a new national government at the next General Election.
In North East Hampshire, we are putting forward candidates in the following wards of Hart District Council. Click on a name below to see what they stand for and how they can help you if elected as councillor. Your Ward will be shown on your polling card, or you can find it by going to maps.hart.gov.uk/mycouncil.aspx and entering your postcode and house number/name.
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The deadline for registering to vote in this election is 17th April 2023. You can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Petition to Support Hart Foodbank
The Hart Foodbank charity was being charged £450 a month by Hart District Council for storage space in the old Fleet town centre toilets. This was money that could otherwise be used to feed the neediest in our community – arguably the responsibility of local or national government. Local churches are providing distribution space but the Foodbank also needed storage space. By operating in Hart, the Foodbank is saving money for Hart District Council (and its council tax payers), and saving it the embarrassment, in this area of relative wealth, of having its residents go short in their basic and urgent need for food. We found it appalling that Hart was taking resources from this charity.
We raised an online petition to Hart District Council to highlight this and to demand action. Hundreds of residents signed it. This resulted in Hart agreeing to consult with the Foodbank, and making a £10,000 grant to the Foodbank. The Foodbank manager told us that our petition led directly to this, and thanked us for our action.
Preventing health cuts by Hampshire County Council
Conservative-dominated Hampshire Council proposed massive cuts to health services in 2021, at a time of huge need. We in Labour campaigned through social media to make sure that as many people as possible responded to the consultation – and you the residents of Hampshire stepped up and provided a huge response. The Tories were forced to back down on the cuts.
Our Position Statements
Housing Development in Hart, and the Shapley Heath issue
The issue of more housing being developed in Hart is a contentious one, but there has been considerable misinformation and misunderstanding on the topic. The “Shapley Heath new town” is much discussed online.
We have set out our position on this page, where we attempt to clarify the important points.