Andy McDonald, Meets with the CLP in Helmsley

On Saturday the 3rd August, the CLP was delighted to welcome Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary for Transport.  Despite near perfect North Yorkshire weather, 40 members and visitors crowded into the Helmsley Arts Centre. For Andy this was a return visit to his honeymoon town, but he showed no sign of sentiment as he presented an incisive account of Westminster life and the challenges of dealing with our Tory adversaries. Preparing ourselves for the next general election was a key topic – and the CLP is being encouraged to work with neighbouring constituencies to maximize the impact of a Labour vote.

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In the second half of the meeting, small groups discussed priority topics : Rural Deprivation, Peoples Vote, Health and Social Care for Older People, Rail Transport, Bus Transport, Engaging Young People and Housing.  Each group presented their policy wish list in a sentence, and (Westminster please take note) there was a strong consensus in the room. We want young people engaged in politics; a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal; an equitable, not for profit health and social care system; integrated (UK) state run transport and fair rents for all.

Andy’s visit was a catalyst for a great discussion and it was heartening that many people were first attenders – maybe our ambition merely to dent the Tory majority in Thirsk and Malton at the next election should be revised upwards..

Many thanks to Chris and Nick for their hard work in organizing the event (and thanks to Jill for the photo)

Malton & Norton Branch Hold Tea Party

On Saturday 28th July, Malton and Norton Branch held a Tea Party in Norton, as a social get together and also to raise funds!

25 members attended the event and we raised £129.50.

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It was fabulous to see so many new faces come and join us for a glass of Prosecco in the afternoon sun.

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A huge thank you to everyone who attended and for your kind donations and also a special thank you to Judith Jones who organised the event!

Watch out for our next social event, which will be a wine tasting evening.

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Constituency AGM Saturday 9th June Guest Speaker Richard Corbett MEP

This is the most important organizational event of the year with election of  Officers and Exec, selection of Conference Delegates, Annual Reports, Review of the Constituency Plan and voting on any resolutions from yourselves.

Leader-EPLP-Richard-Corbett-4-1.jpgThis year we were lucky to have as our guest speaker Richard Corbett one of our elected Yorkshire Members of the European Parliament. Richard is currently Leader of the Labour Group and as it was, if Brexit isn’t stopped, our last chance to hear directly from the European Parliament made it a special and unrepeatable occasion.

Richard’s website can be found here..  https://www.richardcorbett.org.uk

All members were invited to attend and to make nominations for Officer and Exec positions and to put forward resolutions on policy, campaign or organizational issues.

 

Chris Williamson MP Public Meeting at Malton. 10th Feb 2018

The theme of the talk given by Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, was Give Peace a Chance. In addition he covered a range of issues includng austerity, privatisation and Europe and allowed plenty of opportuniies for questions and debate.

After an excellent meeting he found time to visit the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp with a group of our members to demonstrate our continued support for the local campaign against fracking.

Debbie Abrahams Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Saturday 12th May, Thirsk. 13.00hrs

Debbie Abrahams Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Saturday 12th May, Thirsk. 13.00hrs

Delighted that we were able to get Shadow Cabinet member Debbie Abrahams to come to speak at a public meeting in Thirsk. The Brexit supporting MP addressed the issues of poverty austerity and the failing welfare system and setting out the Labour Manifesto for dealing with them. See Debbie’s Conference Speech.

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It was held at The Friends Meeting House, 24 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL

Gordon Brown warns of Brexit ‘paralysis’

Britain could be “paralysed” for years because Westminster parties have not “woken up” to the causes of Brexit, ex-prime minister Gordon Brown says.

He said the country risked getting “trapped” in Brexit “small print”.

The former Labour PM told the BBC politicians also needed to focus on low wages, migration and the NHS.

He declined to criticise Jeremy Corbyn personally – saying the current Labour leader was a “phenomenon” who engaged young people in a way he couldn’t.

Mr Brown was the UK’s prime minister between 2007 and 2010 and backed Remain in the EU referendum.

‘Failure to act’

Speaking to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, he said Parliament had not yet grasped the “drivers of the dissatisfaction” that led to the 2016 vote to leave the European Union.

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Unless these “root causes” were addressed, he said: “We will not be able to unite as a nation and we face a future where we are paralysed into inaction by our failure to get our act together and move on.”

He listed stagnant wages, “left-out communities”, migration, sovereignty and the NHS as issues that needed to be addressed alongside the finer points of Brexit, describing the referendum result as a “huge political earthquake”.

Appealing to the “Westminster leaderships”, he added: “We’re not addressing these problems, we’ve got to address them now.”

He was also asked about the sale by the government of another tranche of shares in Royal Bank of Scotland.

Mr Brown, who was prime minister when the bank was bailed out, said there was “no excuse” for selling the shares at under their potential value.

He also warned that “there are still real risks in the financial system”.

See BBC Interview

Eddie Izzard urges party to stamp out ‘stain of antisemitism’ as he joins Labour’s NEC

Eddie Izzard has called on Labour to “stamp out the stain of antisemitism” as he replaced a senior party official embroiled in a row over Holocaust “hoax” claims.

The comedian will take a key seat on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) following the resignation of Christine Shawcroft, a left-wing ally of Jeremy Corbyn, who said she was stepping down as her membership had become a “distraction”.

Ms Shawcroft quit as chair of Labour’s disputes panel last week after it emerged she had opposed the suspension of a council candidate accused of posting a Facebook article describing the Holocaust as a “hoax”. She then had to stand stand down from the NEC on Saturday following intense criticism from Labour MPs and peers.

Mr Izzard was the second most popular candidate in the election for a seat on the NEC and he will hold Ms Shawcroft’s seat until the next election in the summer.

Eddie_Izzard_comes_to_Crouch_End.jpgThe political activist said: “Although this isn’t the manner in which I had hoped to join the NEC I’m honoured to step up and represent Labour members at the heart of our party.

“This is a very important time for the Labour Party and we must stamp out completely the stain of anti-Semitism from a minority of members. It has no place in our party.

“I have campaigned against hate my whole life and will continue to do so wherever it rears its ugly head.

Successful Foodbank Collection 24th Feb 2018

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North Ryedale Food Bank Collection, Sun Inn, 24th Feb 2018

North Ryedale Branch was launched at a public meeting with a talk on ‘Hidden Poverty in Ryedale’ by John Mackenzie (centre) from Ryedale Food Banks. He described the work of the Food Bank and the inexorable rise in the number of people referred to it for help. An impressive collection of donations of food from members was presented to John. The Branch agreed that it would continue to collect for this cause on a regular basis. It was also agreed though that it was a national disgrace that food banks should be necessary and that our wider aim is to campaign for the fall of the Tory’s austerity government and election of a Labour Government committed to work ‘For the Many not the Few’. Many thanks for all donations and to Richard Shepherd for organising the collection.

Campaigning at Malton Food Fest

A dozen members made a big impact on visitors to the Malton Food festival. We set up a stall and gave out leaflets and vote Labour stickers and talked to a lot of very interested people. We were surprised by the positive reception we received from so many of the people on the street. Significantly ‘undecideds’ were genuinely interested in finding out more about what Labour stands for in this election.

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