Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 11th Sept

Update from Phil Smith

Finished off leafletting Carlton Minniott this evening, thanks to the efforts of Marcus Missen, Richard Walter and Trish Beadle. Next up is Sandhutton, Catton and Kirkby Wiske on Thursday. Meet up at the Kings Arms Sandhutton at 18:30. All welcome to help out.

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Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 27th Sept

Update from Mark White

We were out again on Thursday on the final road group in the Hambleton estate. This was a smaller canvass – 115 houses. We had a lot of people not answer but we did get 14 Labour promises. Mark shouts out his thanks to Philip Smith, Marcus Missen, Sally Hughes, and Richard Walter. We are in Carlton Minniott on Sunday morning at 10:30am; please note that the meeting place has changed – we will now meet outside the Vale of York pub in Carlton Minniott.

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David Milliband says his party has ‘no strategy’ on EU withdrawal and should back Final Say referendum

David Miliband has accused Labour of a “dereliction of duty” over its refusal to back calls for a final say on Brexit.

Speaking on the eve of the party’s annual conference, the former foreign secretary said Labour had “no strategy” for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

The issue is expected to dominate the gathering in Liverpool, with Jeremy Corbyn facing mounting pressure to support a public vote on whatever deal Theresa May negotiates with Brussels.

Grassroots activists hope to use the conference to force a change in policy towards backing a final say referendum.

t comes after Theresa May admitted negotiations were at an “impasse” and warned that the UK would leave the bloc without a deal unless EU leaders agree to compromise.

Mr Miliband, a former Labour leadership candidate, told BBC Radio 4 Today: “Labour has got to be much, much stronger. The truth is that waiting for the government to foul up is no strategy at all. The country desperately needs a strong government but it also need a strong opposition.

“Labour’s tragedy over 20 years – and I include my own period in this – is that there was almost a complacency about Europe. The Tory tragedy was to be obsessed about Europe and the Labour tragedy was to be complacent about Europe.”

He added: “Finally the complacency is breaking, at least at the constituency level of the Labour Party, but it’s an absolute dereliction of duty for the Labour Party leadership not to embrace the fundamental principle that since the Brexit that people were sold two years ago is not available, it’s essential that the Brexit deal the prime minister does is put to people.

“The most corrosive thing in the long term will be a Brexit on terms that were missold.”

Mr Miliband predicted Ms May would “eke out” a “paper-thin deal” with Brussels and then “use the threat of no deal and the disaster that represents to try to bludgeon people to support it”.

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 20th Sept

Update from Mark White

We were out in Hambleton east again on Wednesday evening. We called at nearly 200 houses (including some that we missed on Monday) and we have a large number Labour promises and people are taking posters.

The next event is the street stall in Thirsk Market Place on Saturday (September 22nd) morning starting at 10am until 3pm, and the next canvassing session is in in Hambleton East on Thursday September 27th – meet outside ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm for a prompt 6pm start.

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Many thanks to Philip Smith, Deanna Pearce, Andy Hart, Sally Hughes, Marcus Missen and Janet Guy.

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Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 18th Sept

Update from Mark White

We almost completed the road group In Hambleton East last night; it was 187 houses but we fell 39 short when it became too dark to see the board! It was fruitful though, we gained 43 Labour promises and seven people took posters to put up.

My thanks to Trish Beadle, Philip Smith, Deanna Pearce, Richard Walter, Andy Hart and to Barbara Hawkins who came over from Richmond CLP.

We are out again on Wednesday and a couple of the regulars can’t make it so I really, really need some help. If you can make it then please do as we have 201 houses to knock.

We are meeting at the junction of Dowber Way, St Mary’s Walk and Herriott Way, Thirsk at 5:45pm for a prompt 6pm start. Please come and help.

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T&MCLP News Bulletin #27

Help us win Thirsk By-election. Act Now!!

The Vale of York Branch is working flat out to score a historic victory over the Tories in the Thirsk by-election on October 4th. Most households in the ward have been leafletted and the campaign now continues with knocking on doors. This is the critical phase where we identify potential voters who we can get to the polling booth on October 4th. Council by-elections have notoriously low turnouts and with Tory voters not exactly highly motivated at the moment a big turnout from Labour voters would win it. Every voter canvassed gets us nearer to winning.

65_800x800.jpgIt is in the interests of all Thirsk and Malton members that we win Thirsk but only two members from outside of the Vale of York Branch have been along to campaign so far. Now that the focus is on door knocking we need more members involved if we are to get to the whole electorate. Look at the dates in the calender straight away and please put at least one in your diary. (Details attached). With just over two weeks to go you must act now to make a difference. We also need volunteers on election day to do a stint taking number at the polling stations. Call Mark White 07831 306795, Phil Smith 07789 513791

Monday Sept 17th
@ 18:00: Door knocking in Hambleton East – meet outside ATS Tyres on Long Street, Thirsk
Wednesday Sept 19th 
@ 18:00: Door knocking in Hambleton East – meet at junction of Dowber Way, St Mary’s Walk and Herriott Way Thirsk
Saturday Sept 22nd 
@ 10:00 : Street stall in Thirsk market square
Thursday Sept 27th 
@18:00: Door knocking in Hambleton East – meeting place to be confirmed
Sunday Sept 30th 
@ 18:00: Door knocking in Carlton Minniott – meet outside the Vale of York pub on Carlton Road
Monday Oct 1st 
@at 18:00 : Door knocking in Norby – meet at the Black Swan, Northallerton Road
Tuesday Oct 2nd 
@ 18:00 : Door knocking – Location to be confirmed
Wednesday Oct 3rd 
@ 18:00: Door knocking – Location to be confirmed
Thursday Oct 4th – Election Day
@10:00 – 22:00: Get Out The Vote – meet at 6A, Saxty Way, Sowerby

Crisis at Broadacres Housing Association.

In 1993 Tory controlled Hambleton Council gave all its council housing to Broadacres Housing Association. The Association has now been slammed by the Government regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency as being Non Compliant with governance standards. ‘The provider does not meet our governance requirements. There are issues of serious regulatory concern and in agreement with us the provider is working to improve its position.’ This arises from concern that liabilities of Broadacres’ speculative businesses could spill over to threaten the council housing that Hambleton Council gave it. Voters may want to know what Hambleton Council are going to do to protect the tenants of the houses that they gave away.

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Are You Coming to Conference?  

If you are coming to Annual Conference in Liverpool for a few days you may like to get in touch there with your delegates, Mark White & Mick Johnston, or with other Thirsk and Malton members who may be there as visitors. If so you can do this through our Conference WhatsApp group. Just let me know and give me your mobile number and I will add you to the group. We are hoping to give you daily reports from Conference but you can watch the whole of Conference LiveOnline                         

Farewell Gathering for Jill Knight.

Friends of Martin and Jill Knight are invited to a farewell gathering for Jill on Saturday 22 September, 2.00 to 5.00 at the Worsley Arms, Hovingham. Please let Martin know if you will be attending: 01653 628977.

Best wishes, Mick Johnston, Constituency Secretary.

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Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 8th Sept

Update from Nick Howarth Pulleyn

Julie and Nick went leafleting on Saturday afternoon in the rain. They covered all the streets in the Thirsk Central triangle, and then cracked through most of Carlton Miniott too.

Trish has full details of streets covered, and also has the remaining leaflets, posters and the maps she lent the team, so please reach out to Trish at trish.beadle@thirskandmaltonlabour.uk if you wish to take part in the midweek push…

Here is a photo of the team with Trish when they had finished on Saturday.. Well done…

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Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 5th Sept

Update from Mark White

First canvassing session of the Thirsk by-election tonight. Thanks to Trish Beadle , Philip Smith , Richard Walter, Mick Johnston, and Deanna Pearse. We knocked 168 doors and found a fair number of Labour promises and our core messages were positively received. All this and a photo too! The nights are shortening so we could really do with help to get round.

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T&MCLP News Bulletin #26

5th. September  2018

Thirsk By-election 4th October 2018

We have a great chance to take a seat on Hambleton District Council from the Tories.  Our candidate Trish Beadle stood as an Independent in the 2015 District Council election and polled 778 votes without any support; a testament to how well known and respected she is in the ward. The Tory in second place polled 1,423 votes. Combining Trish’s popularity with our ability to get numbers out on the streets supporting her we definitely can win.  As a result of the campaigning that Vale of York Branch have been doing over the last two months we already have  100 Labour promises.

The Branch has created a campaign plan for the next four weeks, culminating in all day Election Day effort to get out the vote. In a by-election, when turnouts tend to be low, this will be crucial. The plan starts with a door knocking session on 5th September starting 6.00 and meeting up at Blytheway Stores, 10 Sutton Rd, Thirsk YO7 1DJ. This is followed by two or three leafletting and door knocking sessions every week up to 4th October. The full campaign programme is attached with contacts for each event. This is a well organised campaign being run by a keen local team. With your help we can win this one, which would be a huge step forward in giving voters proper representation and raising the profile of the Party across the Constituency.  Every member should do their best to get to at least one of the campaign events. If you haven’t campaigned before the Team will look after you and pair you with an experienced campaigner. This is also a wonderful opportunity to get experience of campaigning ahead of the 2019 Council elections when we will be contesting a large number of seats. Call Mark White  07831 306795, Phil Smith           07789 513791 or Trish Beadle   07526 435103 for further information.

Conference Mandating Decisions

Annual Conference. The mandating meeting on 1st September was well attended with 30 members present. Following a high quality and thorough debate the following decisions were made mandating the delegates:

On leaving the EU. A motion supporting the Party’s current policy of opposing any deal which does not meet Keir Starmer’s six tests and working for an early General Election with a manifesto commitment to a people’s vote on any new deal negotiated by an incoming Labour Government. Carried 16 For, 9 Against, 5 Abstensions.

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Climate Change & Fracking. Motion calling for national campaign against fracking. Carried unanimously.

Motion for Conference. Climate change & fracking was chosen by 22 For, 3 Against, 5 Abstensions.

Democracy Review. The proposals were supported unanimously.

Rule Changes. The change making parliamentary reselections automatic was supported. 10 For, 9 Against.

Full wordings will be placed on the website.

Women’s Conference. A small but enthusiastic group discussed the topics on the agenda for Women’s Conference and agreed to cast our votes for Social Care and Social Security to be discussed at Conference.

Also highlighted the need to get more women involved in the branches and on the Constituency Exec and agreed to consider what could be done to achieve this. The Women’s Officer Rosie Adam said that she would like each branch to appoint a Women’s Officer. Agreed to hold a Conference report back meeting.

Best wishes, Mick Johnston, Constituency Secretary.

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Update to the Conference Mandating Meeting

4th September 2018

On the first of September, Thirsk and Malton Constituency Labour Party members met in Malton to discuss the constituency’s motion to be sent to the Party Conference to be held in Liverpool from the 23rd to the 26th of September.

There were motions put forward by members concerned with Brexit and Fracking and Climate Change. After a full discussion on both topics, the conference decided to put forward the motion concerning Fracking and Climate change.

Although the meeting recognised the concerns put forward by members on the impact that Brexit would have on the lives of constituents, it was felt that there would be many similar motions put forward by other constituency Labour Parties and that this constituency would be better served by building on its success at the last Labour Party Conference in getting a pledge to ban fracking into the last Party manifesto.

The full text of the motion is:

Action against climate change and fracking

Conference notes:

1)  7th August. Doctors accuse Tory Energy Minister of using Lancashire people as fracking ‘guinea pigs’ despite scientists’ uncertainty over impact on human health.

2)  9th August. Report that four days in London may be as detrimental to health as smoking three cigarettes a day. In Britain 40,000 premature deaths a year because of air pollution.

3) 13th August. Report ‘2018 will be fourth hottest year on record’. The heatwave caused devastating fires and drought.

4) 28th August. Report that air pollution causes reduction of intelligence.

5) Investment in renewables fell by 50% in 2017.

Conference supports:

1) Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rises below 1.5°C

2) Action to raise living standards and build a cleaner future.

a) Taking the big six energy supply companies into public ownershiP
b) A public program of insulating 12 million homes by 2030
c) Taking rail and buses into public ownership
d) Major expansion of public transport
e) Banning combustion engine car sales by 2030 and supporting the UK’s car industry to make electric vehicles

3) Our manifesto pledges to clean up illegal levels of air pollution and ban fracking.

4) Our strategy for 60% of energy to come from low carbon or renewables by 2030 creating hundreds of thousands of new green jobs.

Conference condemns the government’s reckless pursuit of fracking and neglect of renewable energy. Conference notes that the National Policy Forum ignored submissions calling for a campaign against fracking and therefore calls on the Party to lead a co-ordinated national campaign to halt fracking pending election of a Labour Government.

Alan Avery

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Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party
Tel 01751 474043
avery_uk@yahoo.com