Saturday, 28 November 2009

Eid ul Adha

I send my best wishes to all Muslims in Crewe and Nantwich for the occasion of Eid ul Adha, which remembers the sacrifice of Abraham.

Marking the end of the Hajj, this most holy occasion commemorates our common humanity and reminds us of the importance of devotion, fairness and the equality of all human beings before God.

It allows those of us of other faiths, and none, to reflect on the unique Islamic contribution to Britain and to share with you in celebration of all that has been achieved by Muslims across so many walks of life.

Today Muslims around the UK and the world will be reflecting on many challenges that face us and the deep moral issues like conflict, poverty and climate change.
Together we can stand up to these challenges and move forward to a better world.

Eid Mubarak to you all.

Thursday, 26 November 2009


David Williams, the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has reacted angrily to further delays by Cheshire East Council that could put the planned government investment in upgrading Crewe Railway Station at risk.

Having had sight of a ‘Briefing Note’ by Councillor Jamie Macrae, the Portfolio Holder for Prosperity, an angry David Williams said, “It is little wonder that there is a lack of progress on Crewe Station with the ‘dead hand’ of Cheshire East Council in charge. Not only is there a business case, but there were funds put aside for the Crewe Gateway Scheme. Where has that money gone to?”

The Briefing Note from Councillor Macrae suggests that Cheshire East has abandoned the already agreed Crewe Gateway Scheme and states that “it is premature to act immediately on the DfT announcement” which promised investment to upgrade Crewe Railway Station.

David Williams said, “I brought Geoff Hoon to Crewe to make the case against moving the station to Basford. Along with CREAM we persuaded the then Transport Secretary that the Gateway Scheme was the way forward. I thought at that point we had buried the Basford proposal, but it appears that over a year later Cheshire East Council is still talking about it.”

“I then met with Lord Andrew Adonis on his tour of the UK’s rail system, along with Cheshire East Councillors Roy Cartlidge and Chris Thorley. We again made the case for the Crewe Gateway Scheme. Lord Adonis listened and confirmed the future of Crewe Railway Station on the current site and with new money for its upgrade.”

Former Leading County Councillor Dave Newton, who worked on the cross-party panel in drawing up the Crewe Gateway Scheme, said, “I am so angry that Cheshire East Council is dragging its feet on this. Is anyone surprised that the Councillor responsible for this is a Tory from Mobberley? He knows nothing about Crewe and apparently cares even less. This scheme is vital to the future prosperity of Crewe. Where are the Tory Councillors who supposedly represent Crewe and Nantwich? They appear to be sitting on their hands doing nothing.”

Cheshire East Labour Councillor Roy Cartlidge added, “Someone at Cheshire East is getting on edge about publicity again. So is this a Macclesfield Tory trying to gag Crewe people, who have a genuine concern for Crewe, from speaking out. The ‘Briefing Note’ talks about ‘the absence of a valid business case for the Crewe Rail Gateway Scheme’. Maybe someone should tell all the partners who contributed to it, such as MMU Cheshire, The Chamber of Commerce, the former Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council and the former Cheshire County Council, that they cannot produce a valid business case. I wonder if the Deputy Leader of Cheshire East agrees with his colleague’s assessment of our lack of business acumen locally?”

David Williams commented, “The business case for the Crewe Gateway Scheme has already been made and is very clear. It opens up development land for around 8,000 new jobs and a redeveloped station on the existing site is central to that scheme. The scheme is crucial if Crewe and Nantwich is to take advantage of the economic recovery.”

“I have obtained a copy of the Crewe Gateway Scheme plan, put together before Cheshire East Council took over, and I’ve sent it to the Department for Transport myself, as the minister requested. Let’s see if that gets the ball rolling. I will also be seeking meetings with some of the senior partners involved in drawing up that plan, including MMU Cheshire, the Chamber of Commerce and the North West Development Agency. We need to regain the momentum for the future prosperity of Crewe and Nantwich.”

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

David Williams welcomes prevention of violence against women

David Williams, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has welcomed today's Government announcement of an ambitious strategy aimed at ending violence against women and girls.

As well as measures to further protect victims and tackle perpetrators, the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy signals a new focus on preventing violence from happening.

From 2011, preventing violence in relationships will be included in personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education so attitudes that condone and perpetuate violence against women are addressed before they become entrenched in young people.

An awareness-raising marketing campaign to change behaviour will start in the New Year with a high profile drive to tackle violence in teenagers’ relationships.

David Williams said, "Violence against women and girls is an obscenity, ruins lives, breaks up families and has a lasting impact across the generations.

"Much has been done over recent years to increase protection for women and to punish their attackers with new legislation, extra resources and front-line training. Now we need to increase our focus on prevention.

"This complex problem demands a broader response to stop violence from happening in the first place. Changing attitudes that tolerate violence against women and girls will take time, but is essential if we are ever to break the vicious cycle."

The strategy sets out a range of actions for the police, local authorities, the NHS and government departments across three key areas:

Prevention: Aims to address social attitudes and myths about violence, which perpetuate it. Our long-term ambition is to change behaviours and stop violence happening in the first place.

Provision: Where violence does occur, the Government is committed to offering victims the help they need such as counselling and access to specialist services.

Protection: Measures to help women in contact with the criminal justice system to improve their experience and steps to better manage offenders.

Sandra Horley OBE, Chief Executive of Refuge, said, “Refuge is pleased that the Government’s new strategy focuses on preventing violence against women and girls. This huge social issue will only end when people are educated about why it happens and where they can get help.

“Prevention will help in the long-term, but in the meantime there is an urgent need for services for abused women and children. Whilst we acknowledge that additional funding has been pledged, much more will be needed if we are to reach every single woman and girl. As it stands, one third of local authorities still provide no domestic violence services whatsoever.”

David Williams calls for an end to spin and lies

David Williams has called for an end to spin and lies in the run up to the general election.

David Williams said, "There are clear differences of policy between Labour and the Tories and people in Crewe and Nantwich will have a real choice. Voters are not best served with misleading press statements, they are clearly saying to me that they want to see an open, honest and respectful debate between the candidates. I believe that's the least they deserve."

David Williams was commenting after seeing misleading Tory accusations about the funding of Labour's new National Care Service. David Williams continued, "We are offering free personal care for those with the highest need, in their own homes. It is completely wrong to claim that funding for any aspect of Labour's care reform proposals in the Queen’s Speech comes from cutting people's benefits. All the proposals are funded through efficiencies and reprioritisations in the Department of Health and in Local Government.

Health Secretary, Andy Burnham said, "We have already ruled out using Disability Living Allowance for under-65s. Those currently receiving Attendance Allowance and those over 65 receiving DLA would continue to receive an equivalent level of support and protection in any reformed system”

David Williams concluded, "That is a clear and categorical assurance from the Minister, which I very much welcome. I hope that lays to rest the false accusations. Perhaps the Tories would do better to tell us about their care plans instead of misrepresenting Labour's."

Monday, 23 November 2009

David Williams urges support for Labour's global poverty promise

David Williams, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, is urging local people to go online and back a new campaign to turn a promise to tackle global poverty into a law. The website is part of a campaign to put the Government’s promise to raise international development aid to 0.7% of national income by 2013 into legislation.

David Williams said, “people tell me they are proud of what Labour has achieved and the help given to people living lives of poverty in developing countries. We’ve campaigned to Make Poverty History and kept our promises through this global recession. I am urging people to go online and join me in backing ‘’.”

Douglas Alexander, Labour’s International Development Secretary, said, “Aid increases and debt cancellation have helped to get 40 million more children into school, while the number of people with access to AIDS treatment has increased from just 100,000 to over 4 million. The proportion of the world’s population living in poverty has fallen from a third to a quarter thanks to a combination of both aid and trade.

“The Tories say they want a consensus on international development but when you scratch the surface, you find that they have changed their branding but not their beliefs. When they were last in Government, the Tories halved the British aid budget while Labour has trebled it. Now they refuse to back our plan to put our promise into law.”

- Last year alone, Labour’s Department for International Development helped train over 100,000 teachers, vaccinate more than three million children against measles, provide a million people with clean water, protect seven million people with anti-malaria bednets and give more than 12 million people access to better sanitation.

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More about the Government’s international development work

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Labour Minister brings the rail academy a step closer

David Williams, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich has welcomed the personal commitment of Lord Adonis to the establishment of a rail academy.

Speaking to the Campaign for Better Transport the Secretary of State for Transport said, "Equipping our workforce with the skills to support new rail construction and maintenance is vital.

"So today I can announce my backing for a bid to launch a National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering, to address skills shortages in the rail sector and to develop UK railway industry expertise.

"The Academy would train railway staff at all levels, and equip apprentices with a broad range of design, construction and maintenance skills to support key projects like Crossrail, and our rail electrification programme. It will complement the Crossrail Tunnelling Academy, which will be set up next year to train 1000 people in tunnelling skills.

"It’s all about preparing Britain’s rail industry for the future, and not just delivering a better, more efficient railway at home, but also selling our products and expertise abroad.

"The Academy, if approved, could very likely have its first centres in Crewe and London."

David Williams said, "I am absolutely delighted that the Secretary of State has given his personal commitment to the rail academy. This is something that the rail and engineering trade unions have long campaigned for. Such an endorsement from a Cabinet Minister takes us a whole lot closer to delivering this much needed investment in skills training. I really believe it will now happen.

"This investment is only available because Labour has been prepared to put money into jobs and training to help Britain out of the recession. Investment that wouldn't be available under from the Tories who have persistently and criticised Labour for our fiscal stimulus. A fiscal stimulus that has lead to more apprenticeships, training and job opportunities for young people in Crewe and Nantwich. It's time the Tories were honest."

Pictured: David Williams lobbying Lord Adonis at Crewe Station

Friday, 20 November 2009

Standing up for Crewe Works

Statement from David Williams, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich
I was due to meet management and union representatives from Bombardier at Crewe Works today at 1pm along with North West Euro MP Brian Simpson. Overnight developments have now lead me to withdraw from the meeting.

I was informed late yesterday that my presence at the meeting had lead to angry complaints to the Company from Edward Timpson MP. I believe this intervention placed the management and unions in a very awkward position and I have decided to withdraw from the meeting so that Company and Unite the Union representatives have the opportunity of meeting Brian Simpson MEP. Brian is an important ally given his position as the local MEP and Chair of the European Transport Committee.

I was surprised by the intervention of the MP. I think it is a huge mistake to attempt to make the future of Crewe Works a 'political football'. The employees on that site need all the help they can get and I would have hoped that all parties could have worked together for the future prosperity of one of the Town's largest employers. This is an occasion when I would have thought that it was far more important to find a speedy resolution to Bombardier's problems rather than obstructing genuine moves to seek the help they so desperately need.

Bombardier and their employees continue to have my 100% backing. I will carry on lobbying Ministers for support for the company and particularly Crewe Works. I want to make sure that Labour's record investment in the railways brings jobs and work to Crewe and Nantwich and I would have hoped that the town's MP would have shared my concern and lent his assistance in this.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Tory spin and lies

Conservative campaigns on the NHS have been wrong every year. Once again they are propagating a dirty, pernicious, misleading campaign, designed to confuse some of the most vulnerable people.

In 2006 they claimed 20,000 jobs were being lost in hospitals - but within days Andrew Lansley was forced to concede this was not true and, when pushed, could only identify two jobs that were being cut - both administrative posts.

In 2007 they claimed 29 hospitals were at risk - but the hospitals they had identified not only refuted their claims but criticised the Tories for scare-mongering.

In 2008 they claimed 1,700 GP surgeries would be closed - but their Health spokesman admitted in Parliament that concerns over GP practice closures were unjustified.

Today once again the Tories are scare-mongering on health. It is completely wrong to claim that we are funding any aspect of our care reform proposals by cutting people's benefits.

All the proposals we outlined in the Queen's speech are funded through efficiencies and reprioritisations in the Department of Health and in Local Government. Labour has categorically ruled out using Disability Living Allowance for under-65s and been absolutely clear that those currently receiving Attendance Allowance and those over-65receiving DLA would continue to receive an equivalent level of support and protection in any reformed system.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Fair deal for agency workers

David Williams has welcomed the Government’s commitment to legislate for a fairer deal for agency workers.

The announcement in today's Queen's Speech, that the Government will deliver for agency workers the right to the same terms and conditions of employment as permanently employed workers.

David Williams said, "I have long campaigned for this measure and I'm delighted that the Government has listened. This will not only benefit the agency workers themselves, but it will stop rogue employers from undercutting permanently employed workers by exploiting agency workers.

"Many people in Crewe and Nantwich have said to me that they are unhappy that wages, terms and conditions are being driven down by the use of agency workers. That is clearly unfair and the Government is addressing that unfairness.

"I am not opposed to the use of agency workers. Used correctly there are real advantages for employers and employees. Indeed my wife chooses to be an agency worker as a supply teacher. But it is wrong that they can suffer lower pay and employment rights."

Agency workers will be entitled to the same pay, holidays, overtime, breaks, rest periods, night work and duration of working time as permanent workers after 12 weeks.

David Williams warned, “Press reports indicate that the Tories plan to frustrate the Government’s programme of legislation. This legislation is supported by the trade unions and responsible employers alike. I hope they will give this measure their full support to end the exploitation of agency workers and the undercutting of permanently employed staff.”

Tuesday, 17 November 2009


David Williams, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has welcomed the announcement by Transport Secretary Lord Andrew Adonis today of the launch of a £50m fund for improvements in ten key railway stations in England following the report of the ‘Stations Champions’ on the state of facilities for passengers across the country.

The announcement comes in support of the call by the ‘Champions’ for a comprehensive list of minimum standards for all stations aimed at improving the daily travelling experience of passengers and attracting more passengers on to the railway.

More than £3bn is already being spent on stations over the next five years but ten major railway stations have been identified as being in need of major improvement. Crewe is identified as being one of these ten.

David Williams said, “This additional Government investment in Crewe Station is very welcome. It is further confirmation that we need to upgrade the station in it’s current location and reject the ridiculous idea of moving it to Basford. I thought we had laid that idea to bed when I brought the then Secretary of State Geoff Hoon to Crewe and he confirmed that there was no funding to move the station.”

Transport Secretary Lord Andrew Adonis, together with ‘Stations Champions’ Chris Green and Professor Sir Peter Hall, is today embarking on a whistle-stop tour of the ten stations that will benefit from new £50m fund, supplemented by commercial and third-party contributions by Train Operating Companies.

David said, “I met with Lord Adonis at Crewe Station recently, and, along with Labour Councillors, we made the case for the ‘Crewe Gateway Scheme’. Soon after that the Rail minister Sadiq Khan confirmed that the Government would welcome a proposal from Cheshire East Council. I was shocked therefore to learn that the Council has not sent that business case to the Department for Transport. What is even more shocking is that the Council has since employed consultants to come up with a vision for Crewe and they have produced a document that refers to the possibility of relocating the station again. I would like to know how many thousands of pounds the Tory-controlled council is spending in undermining the ‘Crewe Gateway Scheme’.”

Former leading Cheshire Country Councillor David Newton added, “I do not understand why Cheshire East is delaying on this. I, and the late County Councillor Alan Richardson, worked on a Panel to put together the ‘Crewe Gateway Scheme’. The plan is in place and it should have been sent to the Rail minister as soon as he asked for it. What’s the delay? Where has the money for the scheme gone?

Pictured: David Williams, Cllr Chris Thorley and Cllr Roy Cartlidge lobbying Lord Adonis for investment in Crewe Station.

Saturday, 14 November 2009


David Williams, the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has welcomed the announcement that the East Coast Main Line will be taken back into public ownership from midnight tonight.

National Express has lost the East Coast Main line railway franchise which operates train services between London and Edinburgh. National Express was committed to pay £1.3bn under the original franchise terms, but attempted to ease those terms in talks with the Department for Transport broke down earlier this year.

The Transport Minister, Lord Adonis issued a formal termination notice to National Express last Wednesday and said that the franchise will be transferred to a new publicly owned and government controlled company, ‘Directly Operated Railways, trading as East Coast’ as from 11.59pm on 13th November 2009. He said, “I can assure the travelling public that services will continue without disruption and all tickets will be honoured.”

The staff currently employed by National Express East Coast will transfer to the new operator, and services are likely to remain in public hands until at least 2011.

David Williams, in welcoming this move, said, “Throughout the history of the railways, Labour Governments have had to step in when privately run railway companies have failed to deliver. This time it is National Express and I’m sure we will see more in the future.”

He added, “I was working for Gwyneth Dunwoody MP when the Tories forced through the privatisation of the railways in 1994 against the will of local railway workers. I share the view of the railway unions that bids for train operating franchises should be tested against a not-for-profit operator. If a private bidder can win on that basis, let them have the franchise, otherwise let’s make sure that the benefit of Labour’s record investment in the railways goes to the passengers and not to the shareholders.”

A Spokesman for National Express said, “During the past five months the group has worked with the Department for Transport and the proposed operator to ensure an orderly handover.”

Directly Operated Railways has been set up by the Department for Transport and will be headed by the transport expert Elaine Holt. As Chief Executive she will lead a team of railway industry experts with expertise in engineering, administration and human resources.

David Williams said, “I have spoken to many former British Rail employees in Crewe and Nantwich, who can only marvel at the amount of money Labour is pumping into our railway infrastructure. They tell me that if the current level of Government subsidy had been available in the dark days of Thatcher and Major, we would have the best railway in the world.”

Friday, 13 November 2009

This week David Cameron announced that John and Edward are his favourites to win X-Factor. It’s hardly surprising.

David Cameron and George Osborne are the Jedward of politics. Hilarious to watch. All spin and no substance. But you won’t be laughing if they win.

Labour tightens immigration system

In the current climate people need to know that the rules for immigration are fair.

That’s why Labour has brought in new rules for employers. They must prove they cannot fill a post with a resident worker before they bring someone from outside Europe.

Labour's Australian style Points Based System is reducing the overall numbers of migrants and making sure we attract only those people with the skills our economy needs.

Migrants must also support themselves, learn English, pay taxes and obey the law. Their progress towards citizenship will be slowed if they don’t play by these rules.

This week the Labour Government has announced that the immigration system will be tightened further. We're doing this because our top priority at the moment must
be to get people back into work as the economy recovers. People living here already shouldn't lose out to migrants, as that would be unfair.

So this week we announced that when the Migration Advisory Committee advises us of skills shortages our priority will be to train people already living in this country, and take some occupations off the list of jobs open to migrants.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

The choice: a guarantee or a gamble on the NHS

The NHS is one of Labour's greatest achievements for Britain. A service that is available to all based on need - not ability to pay. From being on its knees in the mid 90s the NHS is now in better shape with more staff on the ground and new hospitals.

But although there has been investment and improvement I think you want know what we have planned for the future. The answer is that Labour is going to give more power to patients.

In the New Year Labour will introduce three legally enforceable rights. So by law if our local NHS Trust cannot meet the following three guarantees they will have to find you somewhere which can treat you as soon as possible. Even if it is in the private sector.

The three new rights are:
• Seeing a cancer specialist within 2 weeks if your GP suspects you may have cancer.
• A free health check every five years for those aged 40-74.
• All treatment, for any illness, should be within 18 weeks of GP referral.

And we want to go even further than these guarantees.

Our cancer pledge is to give people the legal right to get tested for cancer and get results within one week of seeing your GP. Labour also wants to bring in the right to see a GP at weekends or in the evening, and to abolish practice boundaries for good.

I will be campaigning for these new rights to be brought in as soon as possible.

The Tory Gamble

The Conservatives like to call NHS targets and guarantees "bureaucracy" and "red tape". They say they will get rid of all of Labour’s guarantees for patients. Including the guarantee that you will see a specialist within two weeks if you have suspected cancer. And they refuse to match Labour’s new one-week cancer diagnosis pledge. All the Tories offer on health is a gamble.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Armistice Day

David Williams, the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, stresses the importance of remembering those who gave their lives in the fight to keep our country free in conflicts past and present.

David said, “In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month I had the honour of laying a wreath on behalf of the Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party at the War Memorial in Crewe during the Armistice Day service. I was very pleased to see the turn-out both yesterday and on Remembrance Sunday to pay our respect to the people of Crewe and Nantwich who made the ultimate sacrifice. I was especially pleased to see that, in addition to representatives of the Armed Forces and the veterans themselves, there were large numbers of school children and young people present. It is important that we continue to remember those who gave their lives and I am heartened by the presence of so many young people. This year our thoughts are especially with those members of the Armed Forces fighting in Afghanistan, and with their families and friends. I know that they have the support and respect of the people of Crewe and Nantwich.”

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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Tom Dunlop supports David Williams

Former Borough Councillor Tom Dunlop from Shavington supports David Williams as the next MP of Crewe and Nantwich.

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Sunday, 8 November 2009

Today we remember

Today – as we do each year - we remember the sacrifices made by generations of our armed forces who have given their lives in the service of this country. We celebrate their courage; we honour their extraordinary dedication and we remember them with pride.

For the sacrifice – and the great achievements - of our armed forces are defining features of our nation - a testament to the strength and irrepressible spirit of a Britain always prepared to do what is necessary to protect the liberty and security of its people; a Britain that fights for its values; that stands up against the things we know are wrong.

This is not just an essential part of British history – it is at the heart of modern Britain – and epitomised today by the immense service and sacrifice of our armed forces engaged in operations across the world, especially in Afghanistan.

So, today we rightly remember and honour many generations of British service men and women - we also pay tribute to all those who have been killed or wounded serving in Afghanistan.

As a nation we share the sorrow and grief that comes from the loss of their lives. 93 have been killed this year. That 93 is not just a number; but 93 families whose lives will never be the same again. 93 families without a Dad, or a husband, a brother or son. 93 families this Christmas with a place at their table no-one else will ever be able to fill.

And as well as those who have died, more than 100 have been seriously wounded this year - in ways that will change their lives, and the lives of their families, for ever.

These men are our heroes. We pay tribute to their memory today and every Remembrance Sunday. And though we owe them a debt of gratitude we can never repay; we will remember them.

Just as in the past we learnt of the bravery and sacrifice of British soldiers in the First and Second World Wars; in their fight to protect freedom both in our nation and the world; so our children will learn of the heroism of today's men and women fighting in Afghanistan - protecting our nation and the rest of the world from threat of global terrorism.

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Saturday, 7 November 2009


David Williams, the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, urges the elderly to keep warm as winter approaches.

David said, “As the weather starts to get colder and the dark nights gather, it is often the more elderly members of our community that feel the cold most. Labour recognised this and have given the over 60s a Winter Fuel allowance for a number of years now. I know from my conversations with people in Crewe and Nantwich that this extra help during the winter is much appreciated and over the years has made the lives of countless people that bit more comfortable.”

He added, “I am also hearing a great deal of concern from elderly residents who are worried that a future Tory Government may means test pensioner benefits like the Winter Fuel Allowance.”

Lucy Smart, pictured with husband Ron, from Sydney in Crewe said, “When the Tories talk about ending benefits for middle class people, I know that is just another way of saying they will introduce means-testing. We have enjoyed the benefits of things like the free bus passes and free eye tests and we have managed to put a bit of money away for a rainy day. We will be the ones to lose out if they start means-testing and it just isn’t fair.”

David said, “When the Tories talk about an age of austerity, they mean for ordinary folk like Ron and Lucy, who rely on the benefits introduced by the Labour Government. I remember when the Tories told pensioners to wear coats, gloves and hats in their own living rooms instead of offering money to help pay the heating bills. I am campaigning to stop the Tories from means-testing our benefits, especially those that the elderly rely on.”

Citizen's Advice Bureau advice for over 60s

Roy Cartlidge supports David Williams

Roy Cartlidge who represents Crewe West on Cheshire East Council supports David Williams as the next MP for Crewe and Nantwich. David Williams : Standing up for Crewe and Nantwich.

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Friday, 6 November 2009


David Williams, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has expressed shock and concern at the recent announcement that there may be further redundancies at Crewe’s Bombardier works.

David said, “I am shocked that Bombardier has decided to make a further 69 redundancies so soon after the last set.”

He added, “This is very worrying news for the workforce and for the town in general.”

This latest announcement will take the total workforce at Bombardier from over 700 in May 2008 to under 300. At one time Crewe Works was the largest employer in the area, with many thousands of people being employed there.

David commented, “I am seeking a meeting with the company to discuss the current state of affairs as a matter of urgency.”

Thursday, 5 November 2009


David Williams, the Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, is delighted to add his voice in support of the campaign when he was asked by a local member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to sign their ‘Letter to the Future’.

David said, “It is really important that we support environmental issues at the moment, but it is not all about the big questions of CO2 emissions and the discussions that will take place in Copenhagen. It is really important that we tackle issues on the ground to ensure that the birds, insects, flora and fauna thrive and flourish for future generations.”

The ‘Letter to the Future’ asks the Government to invest in a healthy economy and a healthy environment – to protect jobs, to tackle climate change and to protect our seas, countryside and wildlife.

David commented, “I have become one of the million voices for nature and I would encourage everyone to join me and sign up for the RSPB’s campaign.” He added, “I am hoping that many thousands of people will join me in signing up. Together we can be a powerful voice for nature.”

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RSPB’s ‘Letter to the Future’

Picture: David Williams together with Sarah Cartlidge, local RSPB member, and Councillor Roy Cartlidge who champions environmental issues, signing the ‘Letters to the Future’.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009


Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, David Williams, has condemned the decision by ‘First Bus’ to close their depot as short-sighted.

David is a former bus driver for PMT, the predecessor of First Bus in Crewe. He said, "I am appalled at the action of First Bus to pull out of Crewe. The company appears to be seeking to save on garaging costs by making employees pay additional travelling costs. This would be a disgraceful imposition on the drivers who may well be threatened with redundancy if they do not accept the move to Newcastle, as has happened before.

First Bus has said that they were unable to guarantee that there will be no redundancies as a result of their switch from Crewe to Newcastle. Workers will now have to commute from Crewe to Newcastle which will cost them in both time and money.

David Williams commented, "There also has to be questions asked about the impact on the environment and congestion, because this decision by the bus company must surely lead to more 'out of service' miles travelled and will force their staff into cars to travel to and from work.”

He added, “I am calling on Cheshire East Council to review any assistance or subsidy that First Bus receives in the light of them abandoning Crewe.

“I fully back the drivers and support staff at the Crewe depot and I am contacting Unite the Union to offer my help.”

There are forty Drivers, Supervisors and Engineers who will be affected by the decision to close the Crewe Depot on 19th December and some who have already made the switch from Crewe to Newcastle have said the travelling has hit them hard in their pockets.

Sentinel: Jobs threatened in bus depot closure

Adrian Knapper supports David Williams

Adrian Knapper supports David Williams as the next MP for Crewe and Nantwich.

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Monday, 2 November 2009


Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, David Williams, joined with Usdaw colleagues in Crewe town centre to support the Union's Freedom From Fear campaign.

David Williams, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, met and talked with shoppers in Crewe town centre yesterday, 2nd November 2009.

Usdaw (the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) have highlighted the fact that one in every ten shop workers has been physically assaulted whilst at work. The survey also reveals that every minute of every day another six shop workers are verbally abused and a further one is threatened.

As part of a nation-wide campaign, members of USDAW set up their stall in Crewe town centre yesterday to ask shoppers to pledge to ‘keep their cool at Christmas’. David Williams has pledged his support for the campaign and joined with the USDAW members to meet and speak with local shoppers in the run-up to the hectic Christmas Shopping period.

David said, “The number of shopworkers physically or verbally abused is totally unacceptable. Shopworkers are people who are doing their job and they deserve our respect. In the hectic Christmas shopping period, they are often working under pressure and customers may get frustrated when faced with long queues or if the item they want is out of stock. Unfortunately it is often the staff in store that get it in the neck”

He added, “Another flash point for abuse is when customers buying age-restricted items are asked to prove their age. I know of shopworkers who have been hit, sworn at and threatened for refusing to serve alcohol to an under-age customer.

The campaign also calls for more police and PCSOs patrolling the street and more use of monitored CCTV to protect both customers and staff.

David commented, “Even if things do not go as smoothly as you would wish when shopping this Christmas, please show shop workers respect and keep your cool at Christmas.”

Usdaw's Freedom From Fear Campaign

Steven Roberts supports David

Steven Roberts, a former Mayor of Crewe & Nantwich is supporting David Williams as the next MP as he speaks up and stands up for Crewe & Nantwich.

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Sunday, 1 November 2009


David Williams, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, met and talked with shoppers in Nantwich town centre last Saturday.

Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party held a street stall in Nantwich town centre last Saturday, 31st October, as part of their initiative to meet and talk with the residents of the Crewe and Nantwich area.

David Williams said, “Since I was selected as Labour’s candidate I have made it a priority to get out and meet people. I have now covered almost half the streets in the constituency, but today I joined shoppers at the farmers market in Nantwich.”

He added, “People are clearly worried about the global economic downturn and want to know whether Gordon Brown’s action to bring about a recovery will work, before they decide who to vote for.

“I am keen to listen to people’s concerns and help where I can. It is also a great opportunity to explain the choice they have at the next election between a Labour Government that invests in jobs and real help for people now; against the Tories who would leave people to sink or swim in a recession.”


David Williams, the Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has stressed the need for firework safety in the run-up to 5th November, and supports a crack-down on ‘Firework Yobs’.

David said, “This year we want bangs not burns at firework displays so it’s really important that individuals and families follow the firework code. I know fireworks can be a worry for many people in Crewe and Nantwich, especially in the run up to Guy Fawkes Night, and the control of fireworks really matters.”

Fireworks yobs can be hit in the pocket. On the spot fines of £80 for disorder can be issued against anyone causing a nuisance with fireworks at this time of the year.

David commented, “We need to make sure that fireworks are enjoyed safely and that the majority of people are protected from the small minority who misuse fireworks. I know of cases where families have been disturbed in the early hour of the morning, children have been threatened by ‘Firework Yobs’ and elderly relatives have felt trapped inside their homes.”

Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18 by law. The Labour Government has also introduced powers for the police to fine those who cause a disturbance late at night, let off fireworks in the street or carry fireworks in public. The law is clear on anti-social behaviour: It’s simply against the law to possess fireworks in public if you're under 18 and it’s against the law to throw or set off fireworks in the street.

David Williams added, “Bonfire night is a time families enjoy. But unfortunately accidents can and do happen. Even if you think you know how to handle fireworks look again at the Fireworks Code to ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and happy time on bonfire night.

“Better still, enjoy Bonfire night and spectacular fireworks by going to one of the properly organised celebration such as the one in Queens Park organised by Crewe Lions. It’s safe, has impressive displays and you get a lot more bangs for your buck! That is where me and the family will be enjoying November 5th.”

Derek Morgan, President of The Crewe Lions, said, “I agree with David. The best way to enjoy fireworks is by attending an organised display such as ours, but if you must have your own, please make sure that you follow the Fireworks Code and stay safe.”

Photographs: David Williams with Derek Morgan, President of Crewe Lions

We want to make sure that firefighters have a quiet week, so please follow the firework code:
• Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
• Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
• Keep fireworks in a closed box.
• Follow the instructions on each firework.
• Light at arm's length, using a taper.
• Stand well back.
• Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
• Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
• Always supervise children around fireworks.
• Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
• Never give sparklers to a child under five.
• Keep pets indoors.

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