Crime is up by 40% in Charnwood since 2013: I told our Police and Crime Commissioner about this. You can vote Labour on 2nd May if you want 10 more PCSOs

My video on Facebook with our Labour Police and Crime Commissoner Willy Bach.  Please have a watch.

Key numbers:

21,000 police officers taken off the countries streets since 2010.

550 off Leicestershire’s streets over that time (over 20% of police).

40% is the rise in recorded crime in Charnwood between Sept 2013 and Sept 2018.

107 officers are being recruited in Leicstershire over the next 18 months as a result o decisions by Willy Bach our Labour Police and Crime Commissioner.

10 PCSOs will be funded if Labour gets in at the Borough Council Elections on 2nd May.

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Why I’d be voting against Theresa May’s so-called deal unlike Loughborough’s current MP

By the time you read this, the Government will in all likelihood have lost its vote in Parliament on Theresa May’s so-called deal to leave the EU.

“So-called” because it is not a deal all at all. It contains no legal guarantees about our future relationship with the EU and it stretches our constitution to breaking point through the creation of the bizarre Northern-Ireland backstop. It creates what has rightly been called a “blindfold Brexit” which adds to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit when it should seek to end it.

I was shocked to hear Loughborough’s current MP Nicky Morgan become one of the first MPs not on the Government payroll to support Theresa May’s Brexit “deal”. The reasoning seeming to be that whilst not ideal, it is the only deal in town and we need a deal. She provides no further positive case, nor does she explain how this satisfies her previously articulated desire for a customs union (remember her speech alongside Clegg and Miliband).

Labour has been clear for a long time that guarantees are required at this stage on a permanent customs union, labour and environmental standards, and access to the single market. Without that, people in our region will suffer from investment going abroad and their standard of living going down.

As your MP I would take every decision on the basis of what I think is in the best interests of Loughborough constituents. That is why I would have voted against this so-called deal. It will create many years of the same kind of uncertainty we have endured since 2016. Uncertainty that will hold back the talents and potential of the many outstanding people who live here.

As for next steps. This Government cannot win key votes therefore it cannot govern. That means a general election is needed to get a government who can govern and take us towards a relationship with Europe that gives us the certainty and market access we need.

It is my strong conviction that the EU will give us more time to negotiate. The desperate ploy to say it is this deal or no deal is bogus: and all, including Loughborough’s current MP, know it.

50 years since the Race Relations Act 1968: where are we now? Time for politicians to step up to defend its legacy

Today is the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Race Relations Act 1968.  This was the first legislation to outlaw race discrimination in our workplaces and in other settings like in the letting of homes.

The passing of such a landmark leads many of us to reflect on the current state of race relations in our country and globally.  I think we’d all agree that current evidence shows progress is mixed.

Recent symbolic high-points like the wonderful royal wedding and its celebration of our diversity, have not been matched by the conduct of leading politicians around the world.

At home, the way that Boris Johnson recently, very deliberately, used his Telegraph Column to liken Niqab wearing Muslim women to letter-boxes and bank robbers, was a brazen exploitation of residual Islamophobia or Islamoscepticism in certain parts of our country.  Rhetoric that was not quite at the “rivers of blood” level of Enoch Powell, but worse because of Boris’s perceived position as a more mainstream politician and potential prime minister.

Then more recently we had Home Secretary, Sajid Javid tweeting about “sick Asian paedophiles” finally facing justice, and columnists Rod Liddle suggesting that it would be okay if suicide bombers blew themselves up in majority Muslim Tower Hamlets.

The Charity Tell Mama reported a spike in Muslim-directed hate crime in the aftermath of Mr Johnson’s comments. And their response to Mr Javid’s tweet, I think was telling of where we are on these issues:

“The current atmosphere in our country is polarised. The last thing we need is language that can be misread, abused or used to fan the flames of division. We agree with much that the Home Secretary does on tackling hate crimes, including anti-Muslim hate or Islamophobia, but on this matter, we disagree. We all need to ensure that communities feel accepted and respected at this time, whilst the victims of grooming should be first and foremost in our minds.”

We would all do well to try and walk in the shoes of British Muslims in the atmosphere that has prevailed since the start of the War on Terror and the increase in terrorism from those proclaiming to be Muslim.  And, to consider how the atmosphere has changed to all foreign and non-white people in the post Brexit vote era: best summed up in my experience by an emboldened gentleman born in Ireland, living in Loughborough telling me it was time for “them all to go home”.

This is all mirrored on the other side of the Atlantic, where Donald Trump failed to condemn the white supremacists at Charlottesville where one young civil rights protester lost her life.  Adding to a lifelong track-record of his peddling racist tropes and using inconsiderate language regarding those of colour, his endorsement of police brutality, and opposition to leading sportsmen taking a stand against institutional racism across the USA.

In all these cases above they are sad, firstly because the politicians concerned think it is okay to ignore their moral leadership position and court favour through thinly-veiled attacks on multicultural societies.  And secondly, because they feel that there is an audience in the country of such a size to make such comments politically advantageous.

The answer has to be for politicians who do take their moral leadership responsibilities seriously to stand up against such behaviour.  I have heard far too much that this is just Boris being Boris, or that the language may be unfortunate but X politician is at heart not racist.  The truth is that to acquiesce in such circumstances is to be complicit in behaviour that is undermining race relations in our country.

I am proud that at the next general election I will be standing for the Labour Party who were responsible for the Race Relations Act 1968, and other landmark equality legislation culminating in the Equality Act 2010.

That said, I would hope that politicians of all political colours would use today to reflect on the moral leadership that is required.  Not just for our country’s sake: in an era of discrimination around the world, be it against Rohingya in Myanmar or Uighur in China, also, so that we can also assume some moral leadership across the world.

Let’s build pressure to use our Loughborough Hospital to its full potential, sign my petition!

One of the most consistent messages that came out of my series of winter crisis public meetings was the desire to reopen beds and wards at Loughborough Hospital, and for its Urgent Care Centre to get more resource to take pressure of the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
That’s why I have started a petition to build pressure on our “Clinical Commissioning Group” (the body that decides what healthcare is provided).  Please join my campaign.

Stop the Incinerator: a health disaster for the health of all of us, children and athletes included!

Here is my response to this important consultation from the Environment Agency on the Shepshed Incinerator.  By way of background, this was rejected by the County Council, before being given planning permission by Tory Secretary of State Eric Pickles who went on to a £40,000 a year role with a waste management company.

Dear Sir/Madam,

As the Labour Candidate for the Loughborough Constituency at the next general election I have been contacted by people from across Loughborough and Shepshed with sincere and justified concerns about the construction of this incinerator.

The location of the proposed incinerator is highly proximate to the M1 at a well populated area along that key road with the large towns of Shepshed and Loughborough very close-by.

It is well known that the air quality in the area around the M1 is poor. The very heavy traffic leads to high amounts of nitrous oxide and particulate matter, along with the CO2 emissions that are produced.

The incinerator will only add to these pollutants in a way that can only deteriorate the quality of the air breathed by local residents.

Local families who already have to breath the substandard air caused by traffic on the M1 and other trunk roads in the area will be forced to breath yet poorer air. Particular concern has to be had for those living down-wind of the proposed site.

Loughborough is by quite some considerable distance the leading elite sporting university in the country if not the world with a considerable number of world leading athletes training there. This deterioration in air quality will be of significant detriment to the air they breath. Those using the world leading, multimillion pound facilities at the university will be inevitably exposed to the detriment resulting from the deterioration in the local air quality.

It is unclear how a proper assessment of these health impacts can allow the incinerator to proceed.

The location of the incinerator is inappropriate given the many populations that will be inevitably impacted by its construction. The below table is from the Local Air Quality Protection Group (

It is clear that this incinerator will have damaging impact on a disproportionate number of people from groups that include children, the elderly, and the most elite sportsmen and women in the world.

The people of Loughborough and Shepshed have long since become reconciled to living next to one of the busiest transport arteries in the country, the M1. Indeed many people live incredibly close to this very busy motorway. This has public health impacts, notably respiratory impacts, that are undeniable. It is also undeniable that there will be further deterioration as a result of the presence of this incinerator.

The impacts are disproportionate and indefensible. There must be far more appropriate locations further away from such populations.

Yours Sincerely,

Stuart Brady

Place at Risk People at risk Distance in km
Longcliffe Golf Club Outdoor sportsmen/women 1.1
Longcliffe Nursing Home Elderly people 1.8
Nanpantan Pre-school Children at play outdoors 2.0
Nanpantan Scouts Children at play outdoors 2.1
Watermead Nursery Children at play outdoors 2.2
Nanpantan Sports Fields
– Football, Cricket Outdoor sportsmen/women 2.2
Brush Bowls Club 2.2
Loughborough Tennis Club Open-air sportsmen/women 2.2
Loughborough University
– Holywell Pitches Open-air sportsmen/women 2.3
Holywell Primary School Children at play outdoors 2.5
Charnwood College Children at play outdoors 2.5
Booth Wood Primary School Children at play outdoors 2.5
Ashby Ward – Charnwood Residents 2.5
Nanpantan Ward – Charnwood Residents 2.8
Loughborough University
– Cricket Ground Open-air sportsmen/women 3.0
Loughborough University
– All-weather Pitches Open-air sportsmen/women 3.0
Loughborough University
– Athletics Track Open-air sportsmen/women 3.0
Mountfields Primary School Children at play outdoors 3.9
Loughborough Hospital Infirm people 3.7
Thorpe Acre
– Sheltered Housing etc Elderly people 3.9
Planned Garendon Park SUE Residents 1.0 – 1.5
Planned Science & Enterprise Parks Employees 1.5 – 2.0
DNRC Stamford Hall Infirm people 9

My Speech speaking out against the values President Trump represents #stoptrump #protesttrump

Yesterday I spoke at the Leicester demonstration against President Trump and what he stands for.  This is the speech as written (there may have been more than a few divergences in delivery!).

Speech to Trump protest 13th July 2018

Why is this protest against Donald Trump’s visit important?   We’ve hard won rights in this country like that which we celebrated in this town with the unveiling of the Alice Hawkins statue celebrating 100 years of some women getting the vote.

Rights that have been shared  by a community of nations.

Principles of respect and non-discrimination on the grounds of gender, race or sexual orientation.

These principles need to be preserved.  They are preserved by civilised countries and people coming together to show what is okay and what’s not okay.

And that is what this is all about.

We have a President in the White House who is a proven racist and mysognist.  And he is using the highest office in the world’s most powerful country to attack the hard-won values and freedoms that people, particularly from the Labour movement, have fought hard to win and retain.

So today is about saying enough is enough.

We cannot stand by as someone in his position:

  • Repeatedly objectifies and abuses women.
  • Repeatedly behaves in a racist manner.
  • Condones police brutality.
  • Puts into place migration policies that single out countries on the basis of religion.
  • Propagates the most hostile environment for migrants. Seperating children from their families at the border and caging them.  Potentially never to be reunited.

And today is as much about what sort of country we want to be, as what sort of president Mr Trump is. 

Because we see some of these characteristics coming into our politics.  The complete absence of humanity shown to people of colour in our migration policies.  The ongoing failure to address gender imbalances.  Narrow parochialism and casual xenophobia that has become so mainstream.

Well, enough is enough.

And we have a choice to make.  As our values are being challenged here and abroad, we have the rise of strongmen, from China, to Russia, to Turkey.  Free-speech, LGBT rights being challenged, gender equality failing to progress.

Do we turn a blind-eye for the sake of some mythical special economic relationship with a demagogue who has already rewarded our loyalty with massive trade barriers? Or do we use this opportunity to say to Trump, they way you talk, the way you act, the way you are trying to lead the Western world, it’s not okay, it has to stop, the world is watching you and will not dance to your tune.
So we should be proud of the reception we are giving Mr Trump, because this is who we are, and this is the the direction that the world should be going in.

Mr Trump you’re not welcome here.