Aug 292017

Research by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling has shown the impact of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals on people in St Albans. These machines differ from traditional fruit machines found in pubs by allowing £100 to be gambled on a single spin. In the last 8 years it’s estimated that £11.6m was lost in St Albans and £16.8m lost in St Albans district as a whole on such machines. Last year alone almost two and a half million pounds were estimated to have been lost on FOBTs in St Albans district.

In our general election manifesto Labour promised to reduce the maximum stake from £100 to £2 and to increase the minimum time between spins to make these machines less addictive.

St Albans Labour Party Spokesperson and District Councillor Roma Mills said “With Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – people can place a £100 bet every 20 seconds and lose frightening amounts of money in a few minutes. FOTBs are dangerously addictive and cause real harm, often to vulnerable people and their families. The only gainers are the bookies and the Government – we don’t want to raise tax by causing such misery and the Labour Party is committed to taking action to stop it.”

Apr 192017

St Albans Labour Party has welcomed the opportunity to fight a general election on June 8th and has already begun work, with teams from the party canvassing across the parliamentary constituency just hours after the Prime Minister made her announcement in Downing Street.

The Alma Road based party, who came second in 2015 and held the Parliamentary seat from 1997-2005 has been on a general election footing for months and will move swiftly to formally select its candidate in days.

St Albans Labour Party has more than doubled in size since 2015, with more than 1000 members locally.

Cllr Roma Mills, Leader of St Albans District Labour Group said:

“St Albans Labour Party welcomes the chance to oust an MP who has let down St Albans and a government which has let down the country by pursuing an approach to Brexit that will damage St Albans and the country. Their policies have failed to address a crisis in our local NHS and care services and a growing crisis in school funding.

St Albans Labour Party will announce its candidate in the coming days, will fight this election and the county council elections with relish, and stand up for the values of the majority of people in St Albans”.

Mar 142017

Labour Councillors and members of St Albans Labour party talking to the public about the sudden closure of two wards at St Albans City Hospital.



Cllr Dreda Gordon Cllr Ian Grant and other supporters at the recent street stall

Cllr Roma Mills encouraging residents to sign a petition in protest at ward closures

Feb 232017

Kier Starmer will be attending a public meeting in St Albans on 14th March at St Pauls Church, Blanford Road. 

Organised by St Albans Labour Party and St Albans Stronger Together

In the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union 63% of the St Albans voting area voted to remain. As the Notification of Withdrawal bill progresses through Parliament the point at which the Government will invoke Article 50 rapidly approaches. The most important set of negotiations for generations will then commence.

At this time the Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Keir Starmer QC MP has agreed to speak in St Albans on his vision for the Brexit process, his vision for a fair society outside the EU, and how local groups can best influence the process.

As well as having the opportunity to hear Keir’s views on the challenges ahead the meeting is for Keir to listen to the views of local people on the negotiations and the impact of Brexit on St Albans.

The event is free but you will need to register to attend 



Jan 222017

Batchwood councillor Roma Mills will lead an inquiry into rail services between London and St Albans at a key council Scrutiny Committee on Thursday February 2nd.
Representatives of Govia and Network Rail will be appearing at the meeting to answer questions about the Thameslink service from Rail Users groups and members of the public.

Roma says, “This service has been described as one of the most expensive in Europe, yet is plagued by delays, cancellations and overcrowding. The committee will want to hear what Govia and Network Rail have been doing to solve the problems and what they intend to do in the future to improve the service.”

Anyone who wants to raise an issue can do so by emailing by Monday 30th January.

Jan 222017

Labour councillor Roma Mills has spoken out against the plan for large blocks of flats at the site of the former Maryland Convent in Townsend Drive. The Batchwood Labour councillor said at a planning meeting, “the flats will be out of character with the immediate surroundings please do not blight this area of Batchwood” . The Developers have stated that all the flats, including three and four bedroom properties, will be for people over the age of 55 years only and so have applied the parking standards for ‘elderly accommodation, a mere 1.25 spaces per unit. Roma made the point that this was quite inadequate for housing of this size.

Together with fellow councillor Malachy Pakenham, she was supporting residents in their opposition to the plan by Beechcroft Developments to build forty five flats in four blocks on the site.
Residents applauded the arguments put forward and the Planning Committee rejected a scheme for the site for the second time in five months.

Apr 272016

Thursday 5th May, the polling date for the district elections is fast approaching.

St Albans Labour Party is pleased to announce that it will be standing candidates in every ward.  A full list of candidates is below.

Our campaign was recently launched by the Labour Group Leader Roma Mills.  Pictured below with the Labour Group and party members and the four Labour Councillors up for reelection this year.

campaign launch 2016 website


Ashley – Momotaz Rahim

Batchwood – Malachy Pakenham

Clarence – Elizabeth Mills

Cunningham – John Paton

Harpenden East – Rosemary Ross

Harpenden North – Linda Spiri

Harpenden South – George Fraser

Harpenden West – Michael Gray-Higgins

London Colney  – Dreda Gordon

Marshalswick North – Paul Walker

Marshalswick South – Richard Harris

Park Street – Martin McGrath

Redbourn – Anthony Neville

Sopwell – Janeth Smith

St Peters – Alex Veitch

St Stephens – Janet Blackwell

Verulam – Michael Bartlet

Wheathampstead – Neill Sankey