Broadland Constituency Labour Party
Broadland Constituency Labour Party

In this Newsletter

  1. AGM Report
  2. The Year Ahead
  3. The 100 Club
  4. Ready for Government
  5. The Anti-Semitism Debate
  6. Women in Broadland Labour Party
  7. Wensum Valley Summer Social
  8. Getting To Know Broadland Labour Party
  9. Burston Rally 2018
  10. A Member Led Party
  11. Conference 2018
  12. Regional Conference
  13. A Vision For Norfolk
  14. Disabled Members
  15. Book Review – Post Capitalism
  16. Broadland Labour Diary

A PDF copy of this newsletter is available here

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AGM Report

Our well attended Annual General Meeting took place on Saturday 14th July at the Hellesdon Community Centre. This is the meeting at which we elect your officers for the coming year. This year the following members were elected;

Chair

David Heywood

Equality and Diversity Officer

Jonathan Rackham

Vice Chair (membership)

Imogen Bruce

Youth Officer

Toby Jarman

2nd Vice Chair

Tony Hemmingway

Political Education Officer

Charlotte Savage

Secretary

Philip Williams

Trade Union Liaison Officer

Vacant

Treasurer

Simon Court

Press and Communications

Marianne Gibbs

Women’s Officer

Louise Baldry

Fundraising Coordinator

Imogen Bruce

Campaign Coordinator

Vacant

 

 

As you can see, we have two posts remaining unfilled.

If any member is interested in getting involved or if you would like to know more, please get in touch with the Chair or Secretary .

 

Farewell and Thanks

At the AGM we said goodbye to the following officers and thanked them for their contribution;

Stephen McNair our Chair for the past year, Ruth Goodall our Vice Chair (Membership), Linda Brown our Campaign Coordinator and Jane Wisbey our Equality and Diversity Officer.

All have made a significant contribution to our activity over the past year. Particular thanks must go to Stephen who stepped up to fill the Chair position and who with Philip Williams has done so much to move the Constituency forward. Linda Brown too needs special thanks for her dogged commitment to organising our campaigning activity in Taverham and Aylsham.

The Year Ahead

The next year promises to be challenging. We have the Broadland District Council elections in May 2019 and with this an opportunity to elect our first Labour councillor. We are currently seeking members who live within the Broadland DC electoral area to stand as candidates in this election.

Our Fakenham branch members are also looking forward to elections for the North Norfolk District Council and here again we are looking for members who are interested in becoming a Labour candidate. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact either the Chair or Secretary.

100 Club

We need money to run campaigns. Whilst all the legwork of running the party in the constituency is done by volunteers, posters and leaflets cost money. We not only need funds to fight District and County Council elections, but also to build up funds for the next General Election (whenever that might be).

One of the ways we raise funds is through our “100 Club”, where members purchase £3 shares. Each month we hold a draw and half the income is paid to the winner at that month’s member’s meeting, the other half goes to Party funds. If all 100 shares are taken it will contribute £1800 a year to our election treasure chest, and every month one lucky winner will go away with £150.

You can subscribe today by setting up a standing order to (Co-Op Bank Sort Code 08-92-99 Account No 65211135) with the reference “100Club – yourlastname” (don’t forget your last name – otherwise we won’t know where the money has come from!).

Ready for Government

Labour is stepping up its preparations for entering Number 10 by drawing up a draft Queen’s Speech which would ensure the party is ready for a snap general election. Shadow ministers have been told to come up with a string of populist, left-wing policies, which could include abolishing zero-hours contracts, nationalisation of key industries and scrapping the public sector pay cap.

See the full story here … Labour Party draft Queen’s Speech

The Anti-Semitism Debate

You will have seen comment on the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism which the Labour Party has adopted. There is much confusion so we thought we would try and bring some clarity to the debate. You will find the IHRA definition here; IHRA Working Definitions and Charters

The controversy surrounds some of the examples which follow the IHRA definition. The Labour Party has incorporated the examples within the Code of Conduct with the aim of making it easier to identify and deal with behaviour which is anti-Semitic.

You can read the Labour Party Code of Conduct on Anti-Semitism here Labour Party Code of Conduct on anti-semitism

The IHRA definition has not been universally adopted. There are concerns that the wording of some of the examples may inhibit legitimate criticism of the Israeli Government. The Labour Party NEC is seeking to establish a robust Code of Conduct which will enable the Party to identify and deal with all forms of anti-Semitic behaviour, but in a way which does not inhibit legitimate criticism of the Israeli Government. This is not easy. The Labour Party NEC continues to consult with a wide range of Jewish organisations in order to achieve this end.

For further information on this debate, see these links;

Free Speech on Israel; EUMC did not produce or adopt a ‘Working Definition of anti-semitism’ (EUMC) The European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, now the European
 Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)

Jewish Voice for Labour briefing on the IHRA definition.

Labour’s anti-semitism code is the gold standard (Guardian 12th July 2018)

A Tale of Two Texts by Brian Klug, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford, and an Hon Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton.

Broadland Women

I have recently been elected as Women’s Officer of Broadland CLP, and I am keen to hear from women members about issues which concern you. In particular I would like to hear your view about how we can make our meetings more accessible to families.

Please get in touch. I would love to hear from you. Louise Baldry

Wensum Valley Summer Social

Wensum Branch Summer Social
Wensum Branch Summer Social

Getting to Know Broadland Labour Party

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Over the past year, David Heywood (as Political Education Officer) has been working on an introductory programme for members to help you to get a better understanding of our Constituency Party and how it fits into the larger Labour Party structure.With that in mind he has developed a slide show for use in branches as an educational tool.

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The slide show has also been converted into a YouTube video "Getting to Know Broadland Labour Party"

Burston Rally 2018

img { padding: 10px 20px; } Burston Banners.jpg The annual Burston Festival will be held as usual on the first Sunday in September in the village of Burston.This is a fantastic family event, always enhanced by fine weather. This year the guest speakers include John McDonnell (Shadow Chancellor) and Emily Thornberry (Shadow Foreign Secretary). Details can be found here Burston Strike School Rally 2018
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The longest strike in history was not staged by miners but by minors – the children of a small village in Norfolk. On 1 April, 1914, pupils of the Burston village school, supported by their parents, took to the streets in protest at the dismissal of their teachers, Tom and Kitty Higdon. The strike lasted for over 25 years.” Details can be found here … https://burstonstrikeschool.co.uk/ Join us on the 2nd of September in Burston and march behind the Broadland banner.

A Member Led Party

The recommendations of the internal review of Party democracy recently reported to the National Executive Committee. The recommendations include;

Leadership elections

There will be three available options: to get on the ballot, a candidate would need nominations from any of the following:

10% of the PLP/EPLP;

or 10% of Constituency Labour Parties plus 5% of PLP/EPLP;

0r 10% of affiliated trade unions plus 5% of PLP/EPLP.

National Policy Forum

Labour’s National Policy Forum is set to be scrapped and replaced with a policy commission on the NEC. The 200-strong policy-making body is widely seen as ineffective. Instead party conference will take a lead on policy, as this is more accessible to the wider membership.

NEC elections

Currently, if a member of the NEC steps down, their place is taken by whoever received the next highest number of votes in the last election. Instead Corbyn supporters are proposing the introduction of by-elections. For more information see: Labour Party Reforms

Conference 2018

Conference 2017
Conference 2017

This year conference will take place in Liverpool from the 23rd to the 26th September. Marianne Gibbs will be attending as our delegate from Broadland CLP.

At our meeting on the 8th September we will discuss the business which will likely be debated at conference and give Marianne guidance on how we should vote.

https://labour.org.uk/conference/

Regional Conference

Labour East Regional Conference will take place in Norwich this year on the 26th to 28th October at the Holiday Inn, Norwich Airport. All members of the Labour Party in the East of England are eligible to attend the event as visitors. Tickets are £70 for the weekend. For more information contact our Secretary

A Vision for Norfolk

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Through our involvement as members of the Norfolk County LCF (Local Campaign Forum), we are participating in work to develop a “Vision for Norfolk”. The aim is to provide a series of policy objectives which will clearly distinguish the Labour Party from other parties by setting out our values in a way which relates to the lives of people living in rural Norfolk.This “Vision” will inform our future campaigns for District Council elections (2019) and County Council elections (2021).

Disabled Members

The following proposals will be considered arising form the Party’s Democracy Review;

  • Strategy for inclusion with more resources dedicated to disabled people being able to participate and in-house expert advice on disabled access
  • Resources for all CLPs, branches, disabled members and the wider Party with advice on disability access and the requirements of the Equality Act
  • Adopt the social model of disability for how we organise as a Party
  • Annual Disabled Member’s Conference with voting entitlement to mirror Annual Conference
  • National Disabled Members Committee (will be elected by OMOV election of disabled members if this can be justified under the Equality Act)
  • Regional disabled members’ networks will be developed
  • There will be rule book provision for Disabled Members Forum with the same rights as women’s forum and ethnic minority forum
  • Disability Officer on the new Regional Executive Committee
  • Regional networks and more support for Disability Officers
  • Training course for potential disabled candidates
  • Evidence will be compiled to have reserved disabled members seats on bodies such as CLPs and LGC’s

Disability Labour — Disability Labour is an independent socialist society, managed by our elected Executive Committee and affiliated to the Labour Party.

DEAL (Disability Equality Act Labour) — We are an informal group campaigning for disability equality in the Labour Party.

Project 125 This group campaigns for fair electoral representation in the Labour Party. 20% of the population has a disability. The aim is to see the Labour Party select 125 candidates, which equates to 20% of parliamentary seats.

Book Review

Post Capitalism by Paul Mason

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From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, PostCapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change and how we can build a more equal society. Paul Mason

Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change - economic cycles that lurch from boom to bust - and has always emerged transformed and strengthened.

Surveying this turbulent history, Paul Mason wonders whether today we are on the brink of a change so big, so profound, that this time capitalism itself, the immensely complex system by which entire societies function, has reached its limits and is changing into something wholly new.


At the heart of this change is information technology: a revolution that, as Mason shows, has the potential to reshape utterly our familiar notions of work, production and value and to destroy an economy based on markets and private ownership; in fact, he contends, it is already doing so. You can listen to Paul Mason here: Paul Mason - Capitalism is failing

For further information about this book read this review by David Runciman which first appeared in the Guardian on 15 August 2015. David Runciman on Post Capitalism by Paul Mason
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