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It’s election time!

Local elections will take place in our city alonside the AV referendum on May 5th.

Find out more about your candidates and ask them questions on Pitsnpots (link for Burslem Central Ward) and My Tunstall/My Burslem.

Visit Burslem encourages all the candidates standing for our communities to get involved in the online coverage and meet as many voters as they can, so that voters can be as informed as possible.

Good luck!

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Labour MPs attack ‘filibustering’:

Joan Walley (Lab, Stoke on Trent North) was down on the order paper today with the second PMB.

She did not get a chance to introduce her Public Bodies (Sustainable Food) Bill at second reading.

Tory MPs had used up all the time available talking out the Sustainable Livestock Bill introduced by Robert Flello (Lab, Stoke on Trent South).

via Labour MPs attack ‘filibustering’:

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YouTube – Joan Walley MP

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Discuss your experiences of the new political landscape at an E-Seminar

Parliament has risen and we thought this would be a good time to ask people to come together to discuss experiences of working in the new political landscape, so we are trialling our first ever Forum for Change e-seminar on working in the new political landscape.

Please join us onlineTuesday 3 August from 2-5pm.

We will be spending the afternoon looking at how the new political landscape is impacting on your campaigning and policy work, and the potential opportunities and challenges that it brings. We’ll be joined by a range of political experts and campaigners for the afternoon.

Each of our experts have been videoed giving a 10 minute presentation, after each video presentation you will have plenty of time to discuss the main issues with other delegates and the speakers themselves, who will be online to answer your questions.

This seminar is based on a previous free event we held back in May on working with a hung parliament, which received fantastic feedback:

–         “Short, sharp and excellent – glad I came!”

–         “Excellent – fascinating stuff”

–         “Brilliant speakers, wide variety”

If you haven’t already, please join the e-seminar group at to take part and have a look at our video instructions and guidelines to get the most out of the day.

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House of Commons updates: Joan Walley

FE Colleges (Capital Funding): 8 Jul 2010: House of Commons debates (

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Joan Walley’s good food Bill

Stoke North MP Joan Walley has introduced a Bill to Parliament to set legal standards for food served in hospitals, schools, the armed forces, care homes and all other public institutions.

She writes:

If successful, the Bill will mean that all public institutions will have to buy, prepare and serve food which is proven to be healthy, good for the environment and meets clear ethical standards.

The Bill is backed by leading environmental groups including Friends of the Earth and 10:10 and would require all public institutions to buy food that meets health, environmental and ethical standards included in a Code for Sustainable Food. This would result, for example, in public institutions buying food which meets high nutritional standards, promotes animal welfare, reduces carbon emissions from farming, including more organic food, and stops the purchase of endangered seafood.

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