This year’s AGM was a great success. Starting with a riveting and highly instructive talk on the Brexit fiasco by Richard Corbett, our MEP, followed by in depth discussion with many members getting involved. The meeting adopted a Constitution and Plan and most Officer and Co-ordinator positions were filled.
Lindsay Dade, Helen Harrop and Julia Chapman did not stand for re-election. Many thanks to both for all their work since the 2017 AGM, a period during which the Party came on by leaps and bounds. We are delighted to welcome new officers Bryan Barrett from Malton and Norton Branch and Guy Cooper from Vale of York Branch.
We still need the following :- Campaign Organiser, Youth Co-ordinator, Trade Union Liaison Co-ordinator and to meet the Party’s gender balance requirements all need to be women.
Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of these.
Our six delegates and another 400 members enjoyed a morale raising and optimistic Regional Conference. Over here we can lose sight of the strength and quality of MPs and speakers we have in Yorkshire.
Keynote speaker was John Trickett MP for Hemsworth who is in charge of the Party’s preparations for the next election. The next manifesto will include £10 an hour minimum wage, legislation on TU rights, refinancing the public sector, an end to privatisation of the NHS, funding for municipal socialism, deveolved power s for the North.
Rachael Maskell MP for York Central confirmed the commitment to nationalise the rail system and added a commitment to give control of bus transport back to local authorities, a national walking and cycling strategy and a review of freight transport to get a shift from road to rail.
John Grogan MP for Keighley said a devolved Yorkshire should be run by a cabinet of Council Leaders. Judith Blake Leader of Leeds Council said it was wrong for George Osborn to present himself as champion of the Northern Powerhouse. It was after all John Prescott who first proposed and then championed the idea. Richard Corbett and Linda McAvan MEPs and Paul Blomfield Shadow Brexit Minister spoke on Brexit. See Linda’s report.
Other speakers Melanie Onn MP for Grimsby, John Healey Shadow Housing Minister, Loiuise Haigh Shadow Police Minister, Emma Hardy MP for Hull West, Bill Adams TUC, Mark Burns-Williamson West Yorkshire PCC, Joanne Thomas USDAW, Alex Sobel MP for Leeds North West, Thelma Walker MP for Colne Valley. A rousing speech from Richard Burgon Shadow Secretary of State for Justice brought Conference to a close.