Derby, a Labour city
For more than 115 years (with the sole exception of 5 years), the citizens of Derby have been represented by at least one Labour MP - it gives us pride to say that no other UK city can equal this record!
Today Labour has two MPs with Margaret Beckett and Chris Williamson representing the constituencies of Derby South and Derby North respectively. Furthermore, with 26 Councillors in office, Labour holds a majority on the Derby City Council.
Derby is a special city. Whether people are heading to work on a Monday morning, or celebrating the Rams beating Forest on a Saturday afternoon, it's a place where there's always a buzz and a friendly atmosphere. It's a city big enough to have a strong sense of pride but compact enough to enjoy a community spirit. Perhaps that's why the TV broadcaster and political commentator Jeremy Paxman once famously asked: "Why isn't the rest of Britain like Derby?"
Through this site you'll be able to contact your local Labour Councillors or MP, you'll also you'll see what's happening in your city and how you can get involved - through events, campaigns, as a volunteer or by donating.
The Conservative government is implementing an 'austerity' programme to shrink public services. The vast majority of local authority funding comes directly from central government so, since the Tory cuts began in 2010, Derby's City Council has been forced to reduce services by millions of pounds year after year. In the last five years the Council has cut £116 million from its budget and is required to make further cuts of £45 million by 2019; this will further damage Derby's social care services, affecting both children and adults, and will mean major cuts in programmes for transport, housing, libraries and leisure services.
Derby residents, that we meet regularly at public meetings and on the doorstep, are almost unanimous in their view that this is unfair and not what they voted for. It is they that ask us to oppose the Government policy nationally, whilst locally continuing to fight for a Fair Deal for Derby.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have a local issue, believe the government 'austerity' programme is unfair, need further information about the Labour Party in Derby or wish to join our campaign for a Fair Deal for Derby.