Nov 222013

ed_m_bedroom_taxComments from St Albans’ Tory MP likening the bedroom tax to a fairy tale have provoked an angry response from local residents. Speaking in a debate organised by the opposition which culminated in a vote on whether to drop the highly controversial policy, Mrs Main left MPs bemused by saying “unicorns aren’t real, fairies aren’t real and the bedroom tax isn’t real”

The comments have provoked a furious reaction from local residents with some drawing unfavourable comparisons with Mrs Maine’s own expenses record. Local residents have joined Labour Parliamentary Candidate and former MP for St Albans Kerry Pollard in recording a short video on the policy, and are inviting residents to have their say on the bedroom tax by posting below;

Labour Parliamentary spokesperson for St Albans Kerry Pollard said;

“With hundreds of people locally feeling the effect of this policy, these comments are deeply misjudged. MPs had a chance to scrap this self defeating and destructive policy and they failed. While it continues families will struggle, pressure on housing stock continues, and in all likeliness housing benefit goes up as more people are housed in the private sector. It is shameful. The majority of people are opposed to this destructive and self defeating policy and its time the majority spoke up.”

If you think the Bedroom Tax is a reality, if you think its hurting communities and failing in its objectives, its time to say so. Please leave a reply below;



Sep 242013
Kerry Pollard joins party activists outside St Albans Abbey

Kerry Pollard joins party activists outside St Albans Abbey

Kerry Pollard has been selected to be Labour’s candidate to be the next MP for St Albans.

Hundreds of local Labour party members overwhelmingly selected Mr Pollard to be the party’s candidate in St Albans at the general election in 2015 at a special meeting in September. Mr Pollard was MP for the city between 1997 and 2005. Before that he was both a County Councillor for St Albans South and District Councillor for Sopwell ward and has been a prominent campaigner and charity worker for decades.

Labour Party figures heralded the start of a big push to win back the parliamentary seat as party members queued down the street to cast their ballot in the party’s selection at Mallborough Road Methodist church in the heart of the city centre.

Mr Pollard ran a selection campaign promising to campaign on the issues that matter to people in the City: housing, local hospitals, local schools, Railfrieght, more sustainable energy and travel policies and a bigger emphasis for the city to encourage tourism.

Speaking to a buoyant local party after the result Kerry said;

Kerry said ” I am humbled, and a bit choked at the support that I have received today. I won’t let you down and together we won’t let St Albans down. I know we can do it, and we’re ready for the challenge ahead”