Party Conference Update, Tuesday 25th

I enjoyed yesterday; the atmosphere in the hall was really energised. The day was dominated by standing ovations – two for Kier Starmer; three for Emily Thornberry and three for Diane Abbott plus several during the Palestine debate, although perhaps the latter should be described as carnival. It was extraordinary to see a sea of flags waving as Harlow CLP moved the motion.

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I did want to speak in the Brexit debate (as did our colleague Charlie Rowley from York Central) but neither of us were picked. It was a good, calm and rational debate on both motions plus the Windrush motion, one that I scarcely recognised from the radio this morning – should I be surprised?

Mick spoke in his ‘reference back’ on Fracking and this was carried overwhelmingly at the end of the day. Mick and I have noticed that whilst Fracking doesn’t appear to be at the forefront of conference business this week there is nevertheless, a strong theme that climate change is right at the top of the party’s agenda. This was evidenced by Rebecca Long- Bailey’s speech yesterday and in a Policy Forum debate that I attended where Barry Gardiner re-iterated that the business and trade forum strongly recognised that the emphasis on Growth and GDP at the cost of sustainability was not a valid approach and he reminded us that he had introduced the Fracking ban.

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At the fringe events Keir Starmer gave his analysis of the reasons that the Brexit negotiations have been so ineffective. He observed that the Tories have approached it from an ideological perspective without first having assessed the needs of the British people or economy. He had worked on the Good Friday agreement and used that example to underline how the Tories had fundamentally failed to understand that the issue was not in any way a technology issue and that it was about Irish history and sensitivities.

Mick has proposed that the NEC convene a meeting of front line CLPs and we await an answer; as he said to the platform yesterday “it wasn’t a rhetorical question”. We have the view that Fracking is an issue for CLPs but not for affliates, especially Unions, but Mick was approached by a representative of Unite who specifically wanted him to know that Unite had supported the reference back.

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It’s the Jeremy’s speech today; I won’t be sitting on the floor in the dark on Thursday morning to write an update so please watch on TV, and I hope to be back on the floor next year. It’s been a really good experience – thanks for selecting me to be your representative.

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.

Big Turnout For Labour Day of Action at Kirby Misperton

 

 

 

Great response from Labour members and supporters at the gates of the Third Energy fracking site today, 11th October 2017. From 8.30 over a hundred gathered during the morning to show our continued and growing opposition to fracking here or anywhere. David Yellen, Chair of the Constituency Party, applauded the bravery and commitment of the Protectors for their peaceful but determined struggle to stop fracking at Kirby Misperton. He pledged continued support of the local labour party. ‘The gas must stay in the ground’, he said, and welcomed and thanked all who attended including delegations from Scarborough, York, Mirfield, Selby and East Yorkshire constituency parties.

 

Alan Avery, Thirsk and Malton General Election candidate visited Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

Alan visited the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp on Saturday 13th May to meet the anti fracking campaigners and show his support for their stand against fracking and to attest his own strong opposition to fracking.

You can view our anti-fracking poster

 

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