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We were out with residents on Friday to start what hopefully will become a more regular gathering of local residents around Shipton St and those that remember the Shipton St School.

The Smarty Party was created by local residents who are interested in the local heritage and history of Clifton around Shipton St School. As local Councillors, we support, encourage and help all our local community groups and are delighted to see a Shipton St group emerge.

If you would like any more information about this group or would like any help to organise your own get-together, please let us know.

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We were out with residents on Friday to start what hopefully will become a more regular gathering of local residents around Shipton St and those that remember the Shipton St...

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The Transport Secretary, following the rise of Parliament, has made it known that he will scrap the electrification of the TransPennine route, otherwise known as HS3. York passengers would have gained from the electrification project which would have improved journey times to Leeds, Huddersfield, Manchester and Liverpool and as a result increased capacity on the trains which are frequently overcrowded.

It was only on Thursday that the Transport Secretary scrapped the electrification of three other routes in Wales, the Midlands and the North West. Having been dragged to Parliament late on Monday night after slipping out a written statement on HS2 on Monday; Mr. Grayling refused to come to the House of Commons on Thursday to explain his cuts to rail. He didn’t even have the courtesy to put the TransPennine route announcement into a written statement before the rise of Parliament, instead waiting until the first day of the Parliamentary summer recess to make his plans known, avoiding any scrutiny by MPs.

Rachael Maskell MP for York Central and Shadow Rail Minister says:

'Parliament, MPs and the public have been treated with complete contempt by the Transport Secretary who will not face MPs until September. The public deserve a full explanation now. The way that this Government has been treating our ‘Parliamentary democracy’ since the election has been disgraceful.

'This is a slap in the face for the commuters and businesses in the North, including those in my constituency of York Central. Just six weeks ago the Tories promised the electrification of the TransPennine route as an integral part of the Government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’. This is not only damaging for those who use the service, but also for York’s economy.

'For years the Tories have promised electrification for the North, delivering faster, greener and more reliable services along with the significant economic benefits brought about by improved connectivity. The Tories have gone from Northern Powerhouse to Northern Powercut. Another broken promise from a Government that's hit the buffers. As the Shadow Rail Minister I will be doing all I can to get this work back on track. I am ambitious for the future of York and the wider economy, and won’t let the Tory Government stifle economic opportunities for our city.

'People won’t be fooled by Grayling’s claim that the same benefits will be realised without electrification as we know that this is simply not the case. Labour are committed to deliver a Crossrail for the North, and it’s clear only Labour have the ambition to transform the economies of the North of England.'

Tories Scrap Rail Electrification Plans

The Transport Secretary, following the rise of Parliament, has made it known that he will scrap the electrification of the TransPennine route, otherwise known as HS3. York passengers would have...

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Labour’s recently elected councillor for Micklegate ward, Jonny Crawshaw, has scooped a national award for his campaigning work on education.

The National Union of Teachers Award recognises the efforts of those outside the trade union who’ve campaigned tirelessly on education issues. 
 
Launched in 2008, the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award has been previously awarded to journalists Fiona Millar and Melissa Benn, for championing the benefits of state comprehensive schooling, to Michael Rosen, the respected award winning children’s author, for his work on education campaigning and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girls education campaigner who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012.
 
Jonny Crawshaw was added to this illustrious list for his work in campaigning for children’s right to a decent education over a number of years. 
 
Jonny is a founder member and spokesperson for the national parent-led organisation ‘Rescue Our Schools’ and has spoken on behalf of children and teachers at events both locally and nationally. He says he fundamentally believes in the ability of properly resourced comprehensive schools to deliver the best possible education for all, rather than the increasingly fragmented, competition-led system that has developed in recent years.
 
Jonny comments:
 
'This is huge honour and I’m very grateful to the NUT here in York for nominating me for this prestigious award. To follow some of the names previously given the award is very humbling. 
 
“The last couple of years have seen grassroots campaigns spring up both here in York and all across the country as parents see the changes happening in the education system. Groups such as Rescue Our Schools have highlighted the teacher recruitment and retention crisis, the real-terms funding cuts and the flawed logic of the current testing regime, which benefits neither pupils nor teachers and in some cases just makes them unwell. 
 
'Education should be broad ranging, stimulating and fulfilling but sadly schools are being pushed away from providing this breadth of experience due to an obsession with increasingly narrow measures of success and less and less support being made available. Successive Education ministers having lost sight of what a real education looks like but parent-led groups like Rescue Our Schools and the More Than A Score coalition are challenging the conventional wisdom and fighting back'.
 
Jonny’s involvement locally for Rescue our Schools includes the first ‘Keeping Schools Creative’ campaign and the more recent ‘More Than a Score Yorkshire’ event.
 
He also helped to ensure the national funding of schools became a key election issue after coming up with the Twitter hashtag #schoolsjustwannahavefunds.  The problem of insufficient funding of schools was seen as one of the reasons people turned away from the Conservatives in last month’s General Election.
 
Jonny picked up the national award from NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney in London yesterday, before a swift turnaround to attend his first Full Council meeting as a Labour councillor in York last night.
 
Labour Group Leader, Coun. Janet Looker said:
 
'We’re extremely fortunate to have Jonny become part of York Labour Group and it’s little wonder with the work he’s been doing on education in Micklegate ward, that he was elected with such a strong majority.  We congratulate him on a well deserved award'.

York Labour councillor picks up national award

Labour’s recently elected councillor for Micklegate ward, Jonny Crawshaw, has scooped a national award for his campaigning work on education.

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