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 23 Councillors in office, Labour has the largest representation on 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 continues to implement 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 every year. In the five years to 2018, the Council had to slash £116 million from its budget, involving major cutbacks in programmes for transport, housing, libraries and leisure services.
Politically, since May 2018, Derby City Council has been in a position of 'No Overall Control', with a minority Tory administration controlling the cabinet through support from UKIP and the LibDems.
Now in opposition, Labour left office leaving Derby City Council with a strong balance sheet; with a General Reserves Balance of £10.9 million and Earmarked Reserves in a healthy position. Despite Tory government cuts, we kept council tax bills down to less than £20 a week for the majority of our households, still one of the lowest in the country.
We left office with a clear and fully funded programme to:
- Create 2,000 new jobs and apprenticeships by 2019
- Build a new swimming pool (note - Moorways was due to open in 2020)
- Reduce energy bills for Derby residents (note - RAM Energy was launched in October 2017)
- Deliver 500 affordable homes by 2020 for Derby people to rent or buy
- Invest in the Assembly Rooms and other key city centre sites (note - £42m was allocated to a new performance venue)
- Make Derby the cleanest English city within four years (note - £1.6m already invested to improve Derby's street scene and living environment)
Now it’s time for the Conservatives to put their money where their mouth is. Negative campaigning and empty pre-election pledges won’t cut it any more – it’s time for them to deliver against the endless promises they have made ... they might find it harder than they thought!
We hope the Tories continue our work to protect low income working age households through the generous council tax support scheme, and don’t fund their promises by reversing our spending commitment of over £30 million on new affordable housing.
It would be a travesty if the Tories raided the funds we had allocated for a £10m refurbishment of the Market Hall, or the £50m scheme to improve flood defences, or if they allow the project for a £33m new facility at Moorways to ground to a halt. Tory short-term pledges to refurbish and reopen the old Assembly Rooms - despite abundant professional advice not to - must not be funded by sacrificing Derby’s new £42m new performance venue.
Derby residents, that we meet regularly at public meetings and on the doorstep, are almost unanimous that we should fight for a Fair Deal for Derby whilst continuing to oppose the government's austerity policies nationally.
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.