The Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme 2018/19

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This programme is about empowering women to take on leadership positions in the Labour Party, developtheir skills and join a growing network of talented women across the country. Labour will create a generation of women who can continue Jo’s fight in parliament, local government and in their communities.

 

The scheme has already produced two fantastic and hard-working Members of Parliament and encouraged numerous women to put themselves forward to take leading roles in the Labour movement and in the wider community. So if you’re a passionate member who wants  to lead in the Party and  continue the fight for Labour values in parliament, local government or your community – apply now. Applications are open until mid-night Monday 12 November. For the best chance of success, you are advised to make your application as detailed as possible. Please let me know if you do apply.

Best wishes, Mick Johnston, Secretary of Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party

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General Meeting 20th October – Agenda

  1. Report Back from 2018 Annual Conference – Delegates Mark White & Mick Johnston. Plenty of time to ask questions and discuss.
  2. Report Back from Women’s Conference. – Mick Johnston. Questions and discussion.
  3. Nominations to National Constitutional Committee. Under a new rule, constituencies now directly elect six members to the NCC. It deals with disciplinary issues such as complaints of racism and sexual harassment. It is proposed we nominate the Centre Left Grassroots Alliance slate. (Attached)
  4. Parliamentary Candidate Selection update – Mick Johnston
  5. Affiliation to Labour Coast and Country.
  6. Motion to NEC re National Campaign against fracking.

“This Constituency General Meeting notes with dismay the lack of urgency in response from both the National Policy Forum and the NEC to the overwhelming vote at Conference for reference back of the NPF Annual Report Climate Change section (Page 51). The basis for the reference back was the failure of the NPF to respond in its report to calls from constituencies for a national campaign against fracking and the request made twice in the course of the debate for a meeting of fracking front line constituencies to be urgently convened. We applaud the Party’s Green Energy Policies but until we get the Labour Government that will implement them the front line in the battle against climate change is at the fracking sites now in development across the North. Everyone knows fracking started at Preston New Road on 15th October 2018 but it is largely unnoticed that numerous sites now in varying stages of development are following. The CLPs faced with these sites have no choice but to play their part in campaigning against them but want the strength of being part of a national      Labour  campaign. We also want to be proud of our Party leading the campaign at national level in a co-ordinated and high-profile way. We are therefore formally repeating the request we made at Conference for the NEC to urgently convene  a meeting of fracking frontline CLPs to establish the basis for a national campaign against fracking.”

The Meeting is 11.00am to 1.00pm Saturday 20th October at The Friends Meeting House, 19 Castlegate, Pickering, YO18 7AX

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Link to The Bulletin Library

T&MCLP News Bulletin #28

Conference Report Back Meeting 20th October

Hope you enjoyed the daily reports from Annual Conference that Mark White sent. Conference was brilliant, extremely positive, and your delegates Mark and myself can’t wait to tell you about it. You can watch the Conference Hall events online, you can read full text of  all key speeches e.g. Jeremy Corbyn. But there is much more to Conference and you can’t fully ‘get it’ without being there or talking to people who were. So please come to this feedback meeting and ask any and all questions. Our Contemporary Motion on Climate Change was not selected for debate but we did win a Reference Back of the National Policy Forum Report on Climate Change which gives us a chance to push for a nationally led campaign against fracking.

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Our position on leaving the EU was the one carried unanimously by Conference but the motion we were supporting on Re-selection was defeated. (Kind of). The Report Back Meeting is 11.00am to 1.00pm Saturday 20th October at The Friends Meeting House, 19 Castlegate, Pickering, YO18 7AX.  Includes a report on the Thirsk By-election campaign, lessons learned for 2019 Council Elections, nominations for the National Constitution Committee, update on Parliamentary Selection  and affiliation to Labour Coast and Country.

Thirsk By-election Result.

Congratulations to Trish Beadle our candidate, Mark White our Agent and all who came and did some work including  York and Richmond CLPs. This was the first full canvas attempted by our Constituency for some time, the first using Contact Creator and the first time we contested Thirsk since 2007. It was a snap election. The Branch did a great job in organising an intensive campaign in a very short timescale. Trish came second with 25% of the vote, in the circumstances a great achievement and improvement on the 19% we got back in 2007.  Just contesting the seat after so long is a big milestone and while it remains a very Tory area the result gives us something solid to build on for next May.

Parliamentary Selection – York Outer

Region has invited applications for parliamentary candidate for York Outer. It is a women only shortlist. Any woman from our Constituency can apply. To do so get application form and details direct from secretary@yorklabour.org.uk Deadline for applications: Sunday 14 October at 12 noon. Let me know if you do.

Parliamentary Selection – Us

Our own selection remains suspended by the NEC pending outcome of the Boundaries Commission Review. The risk of a Snap General Election is higher than ever. We would much prefer a local candidate so it is essential that a few of our members are prepared to step forward at very short notice. Please let me know ASAP if you might consider this.                 

National Constitution Committee Nominations.

The Party has invited nominations for the National Constitution Committee. It’s open to any member but you need nomination from the Constituency endorsed by a Constituency General Meeting. If you are interested you must let me know ASAP so it can be dealt with at our SGM on 20th October.

Best wishes,
Mick Johnston,
Secretary of Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party

Link to the Bulletin Library

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.

Bulletin 27 2018-09-17

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.

Bulletin 26 2018-09-05

Mandate Your Conference Delegates

1st September 2018

Your delegates to Labour Party Conference, Mark White and Mick Johnston, are committed to representing your views as well as we possibly can. Conference may be difficult this year with a number of potentially divisive issues, the most obvious being antisemitism and the EU although other very important issues will be on the agenda. Please help us by coming to this Special General Meeeting to debate and vote to determine this Constituency’s policies.

You can, if you wish, submit proposals for a ‘Contemporary Motion’ to Conference but note that the criteria for these (attached) are very tight. If you would like to put forward any motions for debate at this meeting, whether a possible Conference Contemporary Motion or to establish Constituency policy on a Conference issue you must get the wording with proposer and seconder to Mick no later than Monday 27th August.

Late Motions will not be accepted but amendments to anything on the agenda may be put forward for debate at the meeting. Mick will circulate an agenda with any motions received prior to the meeting and will send out the National Policy Forum Annual Report and any other relevant stuff as soon as Mick gets it.

The meeting is from 11.00am to 1.00pm at Ryedale Community and Leisure Centre, Bowling Lane, Off Scarborough Road, Norton, YO17 8EG.

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Link to: CLP Events Archive

New: Members Chat Group

We have set up a private Members only Yammer group that allows CLP members to chat, organize and engage in friendly discussion.

This is walled off from the outside world and so is private, shared only with invited Thirsk and Malton Labour Party members. Our Membership Secretary Bryan has been sending out invitation from the Yammer group for you to join.

If you wish to ignore the invitation, please feel free to do so, but if you would like to take part, it’s is free to do so and you will be welcomed into this on-line community by like-minded souls.

Please note that by accepting the invitation, as a minimum your email address will be visible to other Yammer members, so no-one is anonymous. You may share as much or as little personal information that you desire…

The benefit, on top of purely being yet another communication tools, is in building a team, a sense of community, a virtual clubhouse, but also helping us get more organized for the next election.. The messages are not lost in the mass of everyday emails, you can drop in and take part in the conversations as you wish.

The participants are real verified people, so there are no anonymous trolls or fake news, and the CLP will not tolerate abuse, racism or sexism.

Yammer is accessed via this link: Thirsk and Malton Yammer

If you would like to take part and have not yet recieved an invitation, please email Bryan at membership@thirskandmaltonlabour.uk

Your invitation once sent will look like:

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If you follow the link you will be a taken to a log in Page:

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Fill in what details you wish to share (minumum of Name and a date you can remember) and then choose your groups:

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Remember it’s a private group for members only, nothng is shared on the internet or with any organization in engaged in psychological warfare against the UK.

NEC; Reports and Elections

The National Executive Committee is a crucially important body for the Party which is why the annual elections to it are of such interest. It has 41 members only nine of whom are directly elected by ordinary Party members; i.e. us. Your Constituency Exec Committee received many requests for nominations but decided to nominate the CLPD slate (attached) as it unequivocally supports Jeremy Corbyn and the current manifesto and is most closely aligned with the policies this constituency has supported in recent years.

To have maximum impact it is important to support candidates who have compatible policies and being on a slate ensures this. Voting will begin soon. Use your vote.  Reports on the last NEC meeting are attached

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Stop Press; Parliamentary Selection. At the weekend the North Yorkshire County Labour Party agreed to support our call to the NEC for consultation on the selection in the event of a snap election.

Who is on the NEC? Find out more about our National Executive Committee and its members

National Policy Forum 2018 Consultation

The Party has launched a review of its manifesto policies with an invitation to all members to submit their views online. Useful summaries of existing policies are followed by questions to encourage responses. They covers every possible subject. You can respond individually but it would be useful if Branches could organise discussions of selected topics and perhaps make Branch submissions as well. The documents are all online. Deadline for response is 24th June. All documents and the response form are Online.

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