About Mike Rawlins

I moved to Stoke from Manchester 13 years ago and I can say hand on heart it is one of the best places I have lived, I love the people and the city.

City Council to review City Centre night time economy

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader Mohammed Pervez has asked for a task and finish group to be set up which will tasked with carrying out what is being call a comprehensive review of the city centre’s night-time economy.

The task and finish group will be made up of a number of city councillors who will work with businesses, visitors and licensees. They will collect information on the current night time economy of the city centre and make recommendations for future improvement. Continue reading

City Independents take Springfields and Trent Vale from Labour

In a shock result which rendered the previously vociferous Labour Twitterati silent last night, City Independent candidate Jackie Barnes won the Springfields and Trent Vale by-election.

The seat formerly held by Sarah Hill until her resignation from the cabinet & the city council was thought to be a safe Labour seat. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent City Council awarded £50,000 by Technology Strategy Board

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have been awarded £50,000 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills sponsored Technology Strategy Board.

The award is for the council to carry out a feasibility study showing how they could integrate their transport, communications and other infrastructure to improve the local economy, increase quality of life and reduce impact on the environment. Continue reading

500 words from Gary Elsby Independent candidate for Springfields & Trent Vale

I have lived and worked the whole of my life in Stoke-on-Trent and hopefully, this gives me some knowledge and understanding of what is either right or wrong with the City. It is here, I choose to live, work, raise a family, run a business, serve 20 years as a school governor and pay my taxes.

Like every candidate in any election, I hope to win and serve to the best of my ability. What is certain is that I am a man of my word and when I say I will speak out, nothing will stop me. Continue reading

500 words from Mubsira Aumir Labour candidate for Springfields & Trent Vale

Mubsira AumirIt is a privilege to be selected as Labour’s candidate for Springfields and Trent Vale ward for the City Council by-election on Thursday 26th July.

If I am elected, I will stand up for the local community and be their strong local voice in the Council Chamber. The things that are a nuisance to residents are important issues to me, whether they are the cracked paving stones on Kensington Road, or the potholes on Collin Road. I firmly believe in starting as I mean to go on. The Labour campaign team and I are on people’s doorsteps listening to residents’ concerns and tackling their problems. Continue reading

500 words from Michael Coleman BNP candidate for Springfields & Trent Vale

Michael ColemanI would like to make known my views on two vital issues affecting Stoke-on-Trent.

1 – It’s transparently clear to me that the hate-filled powers that be (the political establishment of London) are imposing a terrible programme of social change upon us. This change, the enforced multi-racialising of Stoke-on-Trent, has never been discussed on the public stage by the Lib/Lab/Con front organisations. This ‘population replacement’ policy has never been put to the people of this city for their consideration, never has this vile plan ever been promoted as part of an election campaign, it does not appear in any of the ‘establishment parties’ manifestos! I put it to the people of Stoke-on-Trent that this city is the subject of a diabolical plot to permanently change this city from being the proud, English industrial city that we know and love and into being a multi-culti dump where foreigners outnumber the indigenous Stokies!
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500 words from Matthew Wright TUSC candidate for Springfields & Trent Vale

Matthew Wright will be standing as a Trade Unionist & Socialist Coalition candidate for the Springfields & Trent Vale by-election on the following 5 point programme-

1. Oppose all cuts to council jobs, services, pay and conditions – we reject the claim that ‘some cuts’ are necessary to our services.

2. Reject increases in council tax, rent and service charges to compensate for government cuts.

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BCRS provides first loan to Stoke-on-Trent business

The recently launched business loan service set up in Stoke-on-Trent has provided its first loan to a business in the city.

The business loan service was set up by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Black Country Reinvestment Society (BCRS) in June with an initial loan fund of £200,000 to provide loans of between £10,000 and £50,000 to Stoke-on-Trent businesses who are having problems getting the funding they need from traditional sources. Continue reading