Election ’17: ‘Positive Change for Our Country’ with Stephen Morgan

Mark Wright speaks to Labour candidate for Portsmouth South Stephen Morgan about the urgent need to fight the Tory cuts in Portsmouth, his enthusiasm for Labour’s radical manifesto and the necessity for all of us to engage with the democratic process.  Mark Wright: With the general election coming up, what do you think are the Read more

Election ’17: Save Women’s Pensions in Portsmouth

Pensions is a key issue in the forthcoming General Election. The Solent branch of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign is pressing for fair transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s who have been hit by state pension age rises with little or no notice. Group Joint Coordinators, Shelagh Simmons and Carolyne Jacobs, told S&C, ‘Our campaign has Read more

‘Not Your Meeting’: Democracy in the Council Chamber

S&C regular and pensions campaigner Shelagh Simmons highlights one in a series of failures of local democracy, following her experience at last week’s Full Council meeting. Additional reporting by Sarah Cheverton. The Solent Combined Authority and the Arts Lodge at Victoria Park were just two instances where public opinion was swept aside at the Full Read more

Young and Old Standing Together

In this poignant thinkpiece Shelagh Simmons looks at the impact of austerity on older people in our community and celebrates past generations of local activists.   In the last edition of Star & Crescent, Phoebe Corbett-Stenson had some angry words for those she holds responsible for the financial, employment and housing problems facing young people today. Read more