Join our discussion on ‘Labour’s NHS and Care Policy’, AGM and Branch Meeting, Tuesday 9th April, 7.30-9.30p.m. Bishop’s Castle Town Hall.

This month’s briefing for Bishop’s Castle, Clun and Chirbury Branch Labour Party Members covers:

  • News of our next major policy discussion
  • Notice of our AGM and Branch Meeting
  • Branch officials wanted
  • A new quorum for our Branch meetings
  • February CLP meeting news
  • National and local opportunities to influence party policy
  • Women’s conference

7.30 – 9.30 p.m. Tuesday 9th April, Bishop’s Castle Town Hall is the time, date and venue for our next meeting.

The first and major part of the meeting will be devoted to a presentation and discussion on Labour’s NHS and Social Care policies. Our guest speaker is Dr. Laura Davies who is an NHS hospital doctor in Shropshire and the Labour parliamentary candidate for the Shrewsbury and Atcham seat at the next general election.

Dr. Davies represented Labour in Shrewsbury and Atcham in the 2015 and 2017 elections., substantially increasing the Labour vote.

Laura is a former major in the Royal Army Medical Corp and a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons. Laura is a working mum with two young children.

Part 2 will be a normal AGM with written Officer and Treasurer’s Reports and the Election of Officers.

Part 3 will be a short general Branch meeting to consider the Branch’s Development Plan for 2019.

You’ll receive a formal agenda and written reports by 2nd April.

Our Branch Constitution requires that all Officers stand down at the AGM. Elections will be held therefore for these four Officer positions, at least two of which, must filled by women:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • And two Branch representatives to Ludlow CLP executive committee (one woman /one man).

Sadly, Judith Payne, (Vice Chair) does not wish, for personal reasons, to serve again. Mike Laywood, (Treasurer) is happy to continue. Gren Jackson (Chair and acting Secretary) would be pleased to continue in one of these posts.  So we need at least two women Members to come forward as Chair, Vice Chair or Secretary. We may also elect a Women’s Officer.

Janet Cobb and John Higson, our current CLP Executive Committee representatives, are ok to continue.

Please contact Gren if you would like to discuss any or all of the roles. It would be great if we could publish candidate’s names with the AGM papers. 

The CLP meeting also agreed our Branch Motion for the CLP to affiliate to the Jewish Voice for Labour. I n addition Motions were passed; condemning foreign countries seeking to influence Venezuela’s domestic political affairs; making a contribution from Ludlow CLP’s investment account to fight Parliamentary elections in some other CLP areas; and condemning the former Labour MP’s who resigned recently from the Party.  

Several Branch Members have joined a newly formed CLP wide  ‘NHS and Care Group’. If you would like to know more about its work please contact either Gren or Janet Cobb.

Your attention is drawn to the Party’s recently published policy discussion papers (https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/consultation2019). The consultation is open until June and Members are encouraged to respond.

Last, but not least, is feedback from the recent national Women’s Conference held in Telford. Judith attended as a ‘visitor’.  Janet, as one of three CLP representatives, reports that:

  • A great atmosphere & huge support for Corbyn’s leadership and the policies being put forward. Standing ovation for his speech.
  • Dawn Butler announced that flexible working will be made available to workers from day one of a Labour Government; talked about closure of detention centres; removal of the rape clause and a gender balanced cabinet.
  • Lots of discussion / debate on the impact of austerity on Women and the most vulnerable people in our society.
  • A lovely and interesting diverse audience with an overwhelming sense of comradeship across women. 
  • Labour’s Pledges for Women:
  • Ensure every woman has access to justice
  • Improve the quality of women’s health and wellbeing
  • Advance women’s economic empowerment
  • Improve the diversity and representation of women in all areas of public life
  • Ensure the protection and safety of women in all areas of their lives
  • Implement a feminist foreign and development policy
  • Create a standalone Department for Women and Equalities headed by a full time Secretary of State
  • Measure all its policies against their impact on women
  • Ensure Woman’s refuges receive the long term sustainable funding they need
  • Require all large private and public companies to improve gender equality practices or face fines
  • Introduce up to 10 days paid leave for survivors of domestic abuse
  • Introduce legislation so that women can choose their own working hours to suit their needs from day one
  • Provide funding for free menstrual products for secondary schools, food banks and homeless shelters
  • Commit to educating all young people on the menopause
  • 8 Topics debated, 4 from CLPs and 4 from Affiliates:

      CLP:

  • Rights for migrant women
  • Early years, education and childcare
  • Abortion rights
  • Pensions

     Affiliates:

  • Social care
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Universal credit and employment support
  • Women in the workforce.

All debates were interesting, and speakers raised many issues – the discussions were well managed. Northern Irish delegate (one) gave a particularly passionate speech. Two motions to annual conference were voted through:

  1. Rights for migrant women
  2. Universal credit and employment support

For more information, please contact Janet: Janet@jan-net.co.uk 

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Gren Jackson, Chair and acting Secretary

gren.labour@hotmail.com

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