The poor side of life

I arrived at Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre a few minutes early. Before arriving I had noticed one of our regular attendees hovering around the local shops waiting for me to arrive. Another was already waiting for me for a food parcel. These food parcels are invaluable and are going at record speed these days. I hate the idea that anyone has to depend on a food parcel, because everyone should have access to food, water, heating and electricity and waiting for me to arrive is a sad indictment of how society treats its most vulnerable. 

Not long after I arrived my comrade Gordon arrived with the food parcels in his car. I don’t drive and couldn’t afford to if i wanted to anyway. So this is a massive relief for me. As soon as they arrived two were handed out, and I had a nice chat with the man that…

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Wow just Wow. I followed your journey on live tracker, awesome job.

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Completing the Montane Spine Challenger at first attempt, as a first competitive Ultra.2016 had been a good year, finally managed to summit mont blanc in July, and had signed up for the Montane spine challenger at the start of the year, which is a 108 mile non stop race across the pennines in winter, start date was Jan 14th 2017 so I had in essence a whole year to prepare.Race history was limited going into this, I had only completed one trail marathon in the lake district, and a couple of 10ks, my main events prior to this were mountain marathon type events, mainly the OMM, and Rab mini’s, although I had a lot of mountain and nav experience gained in my time spent in the forces.

Training actually started in august after the family holiday, and didnt go well my first run ending in me damaging my right…

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The poor side of life

I never know what to expect at our weekly demonstrations. It’s hard to judge what could happen. The DWP system makes life chaotic for claimants so we work around that.

We gave our food parcels out in record time again. Many thanks to Pauline for this. They have become a lifeline for claimants.

We had good news from one of the claimants who was on our video that we made with the guardian. Not Melvin sadly, but another chap. At last he’s had his first ESA payment and he can now eat. What a feeling that must be. I can bet he is in a state of shock. He told me that he will pay our kindness forward. How fantastic is that. I hope that it won’t be too long before he is offered somewhere permanent to live.

We had coffee and cake sent over from a local cafe. I…

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27th October 2016 NEC Report just received, so could not issue this sooner: Press release starts; It is regrettable that the Confidential Report on Wallasey Labour Party was leaked to the press wit…

Source: Wallasey Constituency Labour Party ~ Press Release

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27th October 2016

NEC Report just received, so could not issue this sooner:

Press release starts;
It is regrettable that the Confidential Report on Wallasey Labour Party was leaked to the press with misleading Spin which has given  a false impression of Wallasey Labour Party and it’s members. 
 
The newly elected officers of the Party , including myself, first heard about the allegations of Homophobic behaviour and intimidation  via TV and press reports. 
 
We immediately got advice from the Police and proposed that the matter be referred to them for a professional investigation because Homophobic Acts are a criminal offence This proposal was circulated to all our 1500 members on 20th July and copied to the Labour Party. 
 
The new Officers stood for election because we wanted to change the way the Party in Wallasey is run. As soon as elected we drew up guidelines for the…

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The poor side of life

Around a month or so ago we spent three weeks filming with a journalist and film maker from The guardian. Having worked with The guardian before I held  a certain level of trust with them because they have always been nothing short of brilliant. Always giving a fair and honest opinion and treating both ourselves and the claimants with the respect we all deserve.

I’m not sure that John and his team from The guardian knew what to expect. They had a remit which was to make a film that backed up Ken Loaches film I, Daniel Blake. To counteract the naysayers and the right wing that would say that its just a piece of fiction. And I was proud to have been asked. After all Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre is one of the worst in the country. A reputation very much deserved.

So for three weeks they joined us…

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Around a month or so ago we spent three weeks filming with a journalist and film maker from The guardian. Having worked with The guardian before I held  a certain level of trust with them because t…

Source: Our short film with The Guardian.