Fulwood Summer Foodbank Collection

A really successful Summer Foodbank Collection last weekend. Fulwood residents have again been very generous and we managed to fill 30 crates with food and other items. They also donated more than £140, the highest figure for any of our collections to date, which will be used to buy the items most needed by the S6 Foodbank. 

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Ecclesall Labour at Pride

This afternoon members from Ecclesall and other branches attended the Pride festival in Endcliffe Park. We collected signatures opposing the deal between the Tories and the DUP. Our 'Never Kissed a Tory' sticker went down a storm.Pride_event_29th_July.jpgsticker.PNG

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Campaigning in Bents Green

Ecclesall members were out in the sunshine leafleting homes in the Bents Green area this evening (Sunday 16th July). This is the first session of our our whole-Ward leaflet. We are thanking voters for their support during the campaign and asking them to share their opinions and questions with us. We are keen that voters are aware of Jared's record and passion for supporting disabled people. We also invite all our supporters to join the Party and restate some of the key ideas that we fighting for.16th_July.jpgOur_Leaflet.PNG

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Campaigning Against School Cuts

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Parents gave a friendly welcome to local members as they handed out leaflets at the gates of Holt House Infants and Carterknowle Junior School.
The leaflets detailed how the next round of cuts were going to eat into the budgets of these two schools which, while they fall into Ecclesall Ward for local elections, are in Sheffield Central Constituency for general elections.
Most parents, who were also braving the pouring rain, took the leaflets with a cheerful smile and a 'thankyou'. Several stopped for a chat. One parent was a school governor with a particular interest in special schools and mentioned the terrible impact of cuts to these schools.
The detail of how each school will be affected by cuts is available on the NUT website. This is how much Holt House and Carterknowle will lose:
Carterknowle by 2022 -£97 795, equivalent to 3 teachers
Holt House by 2022 -£81 734, equivalent to 2 teachers

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General Election Report

First Labour victory inspired by socialism

Many new, renewed and long-standing members turned out in droves to work for our first Labour victory in Sheffield Hallam, largely inspired by the extraordinary resurrection of socialism in the Labour Party which saw Jeremy Corbyn elected as leader.

We started work straight away after the election was called, building on the campaigning groundwork historically undertaken by our branch all year round. We held street stalls, visited the parks, leafleted the entire ward, erected garden stakes and leafleted parents at our schools’ gates. Most importantly, we knocked on a record number of doors to ask our friends and neighbours to support Labour’s comprehensive and inclusive policies, especially the innovative economic policy developed by shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

More and more members and supporters became involved as the campaign progressed. At first we were without a candidate but, after his selection, Jared O’Mara came to join us for our activities, including a street stall at Millhouses also attended by former deputy leader John Prescott.

Sheffield Hallam became a marginal, in which the Tories didn’t stand a chance, in 2015, when Labour slashed the Lib Dem majority to 2353. Once that message started to get through, and after the manifesto, “For the many not the few”, was published, the mood change was tangible. Increasing numbers of people pledged to support Jared and “vote Labour” posters cropped up everywhere. It helped that, in the last few days of the campaign, the website “My nearest marginal” recognised how close the likely outcome in Sheffield Hallam had become.

We were delighted but not surprised by the result. We believed it to be in the interests of all of us who lived in Ecclesall to vote for Labour. We all need the NHS, we use state schools and the younger generation struggles to get mortgages. None of us wants to see people dependent on food banks or begging and sleeping on the streets and none of us wants to be party to the tragic injustices meted out to the needy and the many who have been left behind during the age of austerity.

We now have a magnificent victory to defend. The branch remains active, welcoming new members, ready for the general election, which can’t come too soon, and preparing for the local council election next year.Prescott_.jpg

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Jared O'Mara - Interview with the Guardian

After the 'Portillo' moment of 2017 with Jared toppling Nick Clegg. Sheffield Hallam has its first ever Labour MP.

Read the interesting interview he gave the Guardian after winning.

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Jared at the Fete

Good to see our new MP Jared O’Mara at the Hallam School Community Fete on Saturday. It was a beautiful day and the event was very well attended. 

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A bit about me - Jared O'Mara

I’m a 35 year old Sheffielder and I work as an Event Organiser – prior to that, I worked as Press, Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer for a national disability rights charity.  I have a 1st class honours degree from Staffordshire University in Journalism having studied for A Levels at Tapton Sixth Form.

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Why I'm Standing - Jared O'Mara

I’m standing for Labour because I want to see a stronger local and national economy that we can all benefit from. Both Public Sector and Private Sector wages for everyone but the super rich have been held down by Tory austerity. Britain needs a pay rise. Sheffield Hallam needs a pay rise.

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Sheffield Disability Campaigner Is Hallam Labour Candidate

Hallam Constituency Labour Party are pleased to announce that Sheffield disability campaigner Jared O'Mara will be our candidate in the General Election.

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