Fracking was in the news this weekend with Jeremy Corbyn visiting Derbyshire and voicing his opposition to Shale Gas Fracking…..
Meanwhile it has been announced that Natascha Engel a former MP has been appointed as Shale Gas Commissioner by the conservative government. As Ms Engel is also a former employee of the fracking company INEOS, questions have been raised about her impartiality.. Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the appointment.
Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake stated that he “didn’t think that Natascha is an independent person in this debate, clearly she has been appointed by the government and the government’s strategy is to push ahead with shale gas” …… going on to say she is “definitely there to try and help the government to roll out its policies on shale gas exploration which I support”
You can watch the Look North broadcast on BBC iPlayer until 10:30 tonight…. BBC Look North
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
Report Back from 2018 Annual Conference – Delegates Mark White & Mick Johnston. Plenty of time to ask questions and discuss.
Report Back from Women’s Conference. – Mick Johnston. Questions and discussion.
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)
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 TheFriends Meeting House, 19 Castlegate, Pickering, YO18 7AX
During Mondays Norton Town Council Meeting, Bryan Barrett asked the developers to ensure that local people are given priority in the allocation of the affordable homes which will make up 35% of this development! 550 new homes and school plan for Norton
Bryan notes that it’s not realistic just continue to build more and more houses, and not invest in other infrastructure. Planners need to ensure that the developers will contribute to providing Schools, Doctors Surgeries, Hospital faciliies, and Public Transport in Norton, to cope with the growth in population the development will bring.