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New year message 

I’ve always been proud to be born and bred in Portsmouth. But in 2015 communities across this great city face huge challenges.
In parts of the city centre 65% of children grow up in poverty, whilst some of the housing stock is in desperate need of repair. This isn’t acceptable in today’s age.
I’ll fight hard on these and many other issues next year and hope you’ll join me to improve other’s lives.
Happy new year, 2016 

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Let's work together to tackle social isolation this Christmas

Isolation affects communities across Portsmouth



Copy of my letter to the local paper today:
Dear The News,
Let’s work together to tackle social isolation
More than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. And despite what some people think, loneliness is not a normal part of ageing. It not only makes life miserable, it can have a serious impact on physical and mental health too.
Unless we act together, our rapidly ageing population in Portsmouth means we’ll see ever greater numbers of lonely older people and, because social isolation undermines resilience, this also means more pressure on our already stretched NHS and social care services in the city.
Older people’s loneliness really matters. I believe there is more the council and other public agencies can do to prevent and tackle it. But it can’t just be fixed by the public sector alone – we all have a role to play: by being friendly to the older people around us; making the effort to stay in touch with older relatives; or by actively supporting local voluntary groups that help older people to make new friends.
I want to draw attention to this big issue for older people, mobilising others to help prevent and alleviate it, and encourage the council to do more.
So this Christmas please spare a thought for those socially isolated, and let’s do something about it together.
Stephen Morgan, Labour candidate for Charles Dickens ward, Portsmouth City Council
 

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Views of Portsmouth

I’m quite enjoying the different views of Portsmouth whilst out delivering leaflets and talking to residents across Charles Dickens ward.
Here’s one from this morning in Buckland, the quiet before the Christmas shopping storm!
More images on the campaign Instagram @stephen4portsmouth

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Hot topics on the doorstep in Charles Dickens ward


The future of adult social care services, concerns over cuts at the council, and community safety are all issues which are being raised by local people in communities across Charles Dickens ward this week. Stephen Morgan, Labour’s candidate for the ward for the local council elections next May has been out and about this week talking to fellow residents.
Stephen said: “It has been great to talk to residents in Ian Gibson Court, sheltered accommodation for the elderly in the ward, and other residents in the blocks across north Somerstown this week. The future of important services such as adult social care and community safety concerns are all hot topics on the doorstep…
….The council is currently consulting on increasing council tax to help pay for adult social care demands in future. I urge everyone to have their say. During this time of change at the council and in public services, I want Labour to be on the side of residents who care, and need, these important services”.
For more information about Stephen’s campaign in Charles Dickens ward visit www.stephenjmorgan.org or follow him on Twitter @sjmorganuk

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Help keep trade union secondments: sign the petition


A petition to ensure this important service stays at Portsmouth City Council:
https://www.change.org/p/councillor-donna-jones-leader-of-portsmouth-city-council-keep-trade-union-secondments-in-portsmouth-city-council?recruiter=424666934&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share