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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
A Labour Party Candidate honest enough to admit he used to be a Tory voter
My name is Bryan Barrett and I am a serving Fire Fighter. I live in Norton (near Malton), North Yorkshire with my wife and two children, not far from where I was brought up on the Tang Hall Council Estate in York. When I left school, I joined The Green Howards Infantry Regiment based in Catterick Garrison and Osnabruck Germany. I took part in a number of operational tours of Northern Ireland and Bosnia.
I left the Army in 2000 and moved to Malton to join the Fire Service. My early years as a fire fighter saw me at odds with the Blair Government. Strikes over fair pay and my disagreement over the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan made me a natural Conservative voter. My disagreement with the Labour Party became altogether more hostile as a number of my friends, who were still serving, lost their lives in Afghanistan. The lives of these young men, who knew little about politics, were cut short by a war that they were ill prepared for. That experience had a profound effect on me. But old allegiances run deep, and it wasn’t until after the 2015 general election that I began to realise that it was the policies of the coalition government that had led to austerity and the increasing poverty around me. Public service workers like me had been taken for granted. The cost of living was increasing, yet our wages had totally stagnated and my annual salary was virtually the same in 2015 as it was in 2010.
Bitterly disappointed with politics in general, I was intrigued when Jeremy Corbyn became leader. He stated his intention to stand on an anti-austerity platform and seemed to be able to relate to fellow human beings in a way that other politicians simply couldn’t. Labour Party membership doubled in his first 6 months as leader. However, I remained deeply suspicious of politicians in general and it wasn’t until I read the manifesto in 2017 that I nailed my colours firmly to the mast and became a Labour Party member myself.
Now in 2018 I am appalled at our divided country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Homelessness is rising sharply, health inequalities are widening and a record number of people are having to rely on foodbanks. We face the unprecedented situation of this generation being worse off than the last, with the worst wage growth for 200 years.
We all need to do something about this, and as an elected Labour representative, I want to lead the local fight for a fair society where everyone has opportunities, and no one needs to visit a food bank.