The Case For Reopening Lowestoft Hospital

In 2013 a decision was made to close and sell off Lowestoft Hospital. A public meeting called by the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group overwhelmingly opposed the plan. In a straw poll carried out by Lowestoft Coalition Against the Cuts 190 out of 194 opposed the closure. Nonetheless the plan to replace the…

Liam Fox with best friend Rodrigo Duterte (April 3)

The Tories And The Brexit Shambles

Jeremy Corbyn was proved right and again proved the critics wrong by supporting Theresa May’s “master stroke”, the snap election. The Tory election campaign was based on the fallacy that there was no credible opposition. The voters showed otherwise and the Tory party has lurched into division and crisis. Over Europe most Tory MPs want…

Who Pays For Brexit

After repeatedly ruling out a General Election Teresa May has now decided that one is both vital and urgent. If she wins it certainly won’t help with Brexit negotiations but what it would do is help her enforce any agreement, good, bad or indifferent. Crucially it would help her to put the costs of Brexit…

The Autumn Statement

After the previous chancellor’s policies of balancing the books were ditched and Teresa May’s vow to save the JAMS, the 9 million people who are ”just about managing”, apparently forgotten, new Chancellor Philip Hammond hasn’t done much. The Tories appeal to workers amounted to banning some up front fees for tenants, raising the National Living…

Lowestoft Does Support The Junior Doctors

On Tuesday 26th April, the first day of an all out strike by junior doctors, Lowestoft Coalition Against The Cuts tested public attitudes in Lowesoft’s shopping precinct. Dr Trevor Killeeen and colleagues Chloe Wade and Ben Kirk from James Paget Hospital answered questions about the new contract, about the stresses that they work under and…

Scandals Halt Lowestoft Care Home Opening

New CareUK home Mildenhall Lodge had scarcely opened when the Care Quality Commission (QVC) issued it with an enforcement order “to protect the health, safety and welfare of people using this service.” CQC findings included the wrong diet given to a diabetes sufferer, the inability to find staff, call bells left ringing and “a patient…

An Evening With Mr Ridley

Half of Waveney District Council is in the hands of officers at Suffolk Coastal Council based down the A12 in the picturesque old town of Woodbridge. Amongst them is Head of Planning Philip Ridley, noted for ignoring planning laws when he recommended the disastrous move of 500 council staff to an industrial park a mile…

Tony Kely 1937- 2014

After a very short illness Tony Kelly died aged 77 on Oct 14th in the James Paget Hospital and received a humanist funeral at Gorleston Crematorium on the 20th of October followed by a celebration of his life at the Bear and Bells in Beccles. To say that Tony was a lifelong campaigner is an…

Britain Needs A Pay Rise

Coaches from Yarmouth, Norwich, Ipswich and Lowestoft brought demonstrators from the region to join the TUC’s Britain Needs a Pay Rise march in London on Saturday the18th October after a week of industrial action by public sector workers. The Lowestoft contingent joined UNITE trade unionists near the head of the lively and noisy march and…