We were out in Hambleton east again on Wednesday evening. We called at nearly 200 houses (including some that we missed on Monday) and we have a large number Labour promises and people are taking posters.
The next event is the street stall in Thirsk Market Place on Saturday (September 22nd) morning starting at 10am until 3pm, and the next canvassing session is in in Hambleton East on Thursday September 27th – meet outside ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm for a prompt 6pm start.
Many thanks to Philip Smith, Deanna Pearce, Andy Hart, Sally Hughes, Marcus Missen and Janet Guy.
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.
We have a great chance to take a seat on Hambleton District Council from the Tories. Our candidate Trish Beadle stood as an Independent in the 2015 District Council election and polled 778 votes without any support; a testament to how well known and respected she is in the ward. The Tory in second place polled 1,423 votes. Combining Trish’s popularity with our ability to get numbers out on the streets supporting her we definitely can win. As a result of the campaigning that Vale of York Branch have been doing over the last two months we already have 100 Labour promises.
The Branch has created a campaign plan for the next four weeks, culminating in all day Election Day effort to get out the vote. In a by-election, when turnouts tend to be low, this will be crucial. The plan starts with a door knocking session on 5th September starting 6.00 and meeting up at Blytheway Stores, 10 Sutton Rd, Thirsk YO7 1DJ. This is followed by two or three leafletting and door knocking sessions every week up to 4th October. The full campaign programme is attached with contacts for each event. This is a well organised campaign being run by a keen local team. With your help we can win this one, which would be a huge step forward in giving voters proper representation and raising the profile of the Party across the Constituency. Every member should do their best to get to at least one of the campaign events. If you haven’t campaigned before the Team will look after you and pair you with an experienced campaigner. This is also a wonderful opportunity to get experience of campaigning ahead of the 2019 Council elections when we will be contesting a large number of seats. Call Mark White 07831 306795, Phil Smith 07789 513791 or Trish Beadle 07526 435103 for further information.
Conference Mandating Decisions
Annual Conference. The mandating meeting on 1st September was well attended with 30 members present. Following a high quality and thorough debate the following decisions were made mandating the delegates:
On leaving the EU. A motion supporting the Party’s current policy of opposing any deal which does not meet Keir Starmer’s six tests and working for an early General Election with a manifesto commitment to a people’s vote on any new deal negotiated by an incoming Labour Government. Carried 16 For, 9 Against, 5 Abstensions.
Climate Change & Fracking. Motion calling for national campaign against fracking. Carried unanimously.
Motion for Conference. Climate change & fracking was chosen by 22 For, 3 Against, 5 Abstensions.
Democracy Review. The proposals were supported unanimously.
Rule Changes. The change making parliamentary reselections automatic was supported. 10 For, 9 Against.
Full wordings will be placed on the website.
Women’s Conference. A small but enthusiastic group discussed the topics on the agenda for Women’s Conference and agreed to cast our votes for Social Care and Social Security to be discussed at Conference.
Also highlighted the need to get more women involved in the branches and on the Constituency Exec and agreed to consider what could be done to achieve this. The Women’s Officer Rosie Adam said that she would like each branch to appoint a Women’s Officer. Agreed to hold a Conference report back meeting.
Best wishes, Mick Johnston, Constituency Secretary.
We would like to introduce you to TRISH BEADLE, our Labour Party Candidate for the forthcoming Hambleton District Council By-Election on October 4th.
In a council of 27 members, with 26 from a single party, Trish will offer a fresh voice for Thirsk, as the only Labour Member.
Trish is 38 years old, born , raised and educated in the District, and has sat for a few years on Sowerby Parish Council, and been on the Community Care Association board of Trustees.
She sits on the committee for the Thirsk Festival, which provides a free entry festival for local residents whilst supporting local charities. The festival this August proved to be a very successful fun day for all the family, and was very well attended.
She is an assistant leader with the scouts and attends regularly each week.
While working for eleven years for Tesco, Trish was their community champion, and helped raise money for charity.
She is dedicated to helping the people of Thirsk and Sowerby, a tireless worker for local charities, and with your help on October 4th would welcome the chance to work for you on the District Council.
If you would like to help in Trish’s campaign, please contact her agent: Mark White on 07831306795.