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
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.
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 TheFriends 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 email@example.com 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.
Mick Johnston, Secretary of Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party
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.
It 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.
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.