Lancaster Labour Party

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For those not present at the special general meeting of Lancaster & Fleetwood CLP held on Friday 22 July 2016, in Lancaster Methodist Church, here's a summary of the outcome. The members eligible to participate and vote were all current CLP members who had been Labour Party members continuously since joining before 13 January 2016, excluding those in arrears on their membership subs but including those who had recently paid up their arrears. The rules for such meetings as set out by NEC were followed. Prior to the formal proceedings there was informal discussion while people had an opportunity to read the two candidates' official statements.

Total eligible members – 778; Eligible members present – 101; Turnout - 13.0%

In the chair: Alison Love

Tellers: Billy Glasgow, James Groves, Erica Lewis, Cat Smith and Tom Sweeney

Contributions heard from: Josh Brandwood, Brian Stephenson, Peter Stephenson, Joel Evans, Romy Clark, Jonathan Maher, Rob Devey, Ian Barker, Sue McCormick, Allen Knott, Tom Sweeney, Alistair Sinclair, Bob Clark, Evelyn Stephenson, John Chell, Cathy Hornby and Jeremy Bateman

Votes cast:

Jeremy Corbyn - 71

Owen Smith - 30

Spoilt - 0

Jeremy Corbyn was duly nominated for the leadership. As we stressed at the meeting, when it comes to the actual election, members are free to vote for whichever candidate they wish! 

When we have a list of other CLP nominations we will give a link here.

Currently the New Statesman has a list they are updating ....

CLP Nomination Meeting

For those not present at the special general meeting of Lancaster & Fleetwood CLP held on Friday 22 July 2016, in Lancaster Methodist Church, here's a summary of the outcome....

Three for three! Amazing night for the Labour team in Lancaster on 5th May!

 

 

 Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East was elected to Lancashire County Council with 50% of the votes on a 32% turnout.

 In the city council by-elections, Oscar Tynne held John O'Gaunt ward and John Reynolds gained Carnforth and Millhead, each with over 40% of the votes on 34% turnouts.

 And Clive Grunshaw was re-elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire with 56% of the final votes on a 29% turnout.

 Congratulations to all four!

 

Full Details:

Lancashire County Council - Lancaster East division

Lizzi Collinge (Lab) 1758 ; elected with 50% of votes

Tim Hamilton-Cox (Green) 1408

Robin Long (LD) 231

Steve Metcalfe (TUSC) 60

Spoilt 49.   Votes cast 3606, turnout 32%

Lancaster City Council - John O'Gaunt ward

Kieran Cooke (Con) 221

Bethany Frost (LD) 85

Niall Semple (UKIP) 112

Paul Stubbins (Green) 650

Oscar Thynne (Lab) 857 ; elected with 44% of votes

Spoilt 16.   Votes cast 1941, turnout 34%

Lancaster City Council - Carnforth & Millhead ward

John Bassinder (Con) 671

Phil Dunster (LD) 74

Robert Gillespie (UKIP) 134

John Reynolds (Lab) 702 ; elected with 43% of votes

Cait Sinclair (Green) 49

Spoilt 7.  Votes cast 1637, turnout 34%

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire                                                

                                     First Count      Second Count

James Barker     (UKIP)   49,987  

Clive Grunshaw (Lab)     132,261        152,714

Andy Pratt          (Con)     96,746         118,941

Graham Roach  (LD)        23,164  

Spoilt papers 9,697. Turnout 29%             

 

 

Elections Results May 2016

Three for three! Amazing night for the Labour team in Lancaster on 5th May!      Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East was elected to Lancashire County Council with 50% of...

Are you registered to vote? Details how to...

Clive Grunshaw is running for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire,

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and two by-elections to replace Labour Councillor Richard Newman-Thompson who died in February: Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East on Lancashire County Council

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and Oscar Thynne for John O’Gaunt on Lancaster City Council. The links are to their Facebook pages, where details of campaigns can be found.

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Elections are coming on 5th May!

Are you registered to vote? Details how to... Clive Grunshaw is running for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire,   and two by-elections to replace Labour Councillor Richard...

WARM TRIBUTES TO  COUNCILLOR

 richard-newman-thompson.pngA large congregation heard warm tributes to the life of Lancaster city and Lancashire county councillor Richard Newman-Thompson at his civic funeral at Lancaster Priory on February 29 2016.

His best friend, Ray Hill, said Councillor Newman-Thompson was a man of immense personal courage and total and absolute loyalty, who was always there to be relied on.

He was decent, clean-living and hard-working and never let a political or philosophical disagreement influence his view of a person.

Both men were Labour Party colleagues and Heysham High School governors at the same time.

Leader of Lancaster City Council Councillor Eileen Blamire, Councillor Newman-Thompson's John o'Gaunt Ward colleague, described him as intelligent, dedicated, committed, wise, totally reliable and, above all, caring.

He cared passionately about health and, as Cabinet member for finance, did a magnificent job in preparing the council's budget, she said.

“Colleagues and friends are devastated by his death,” said Councillor Blamire. “I personally owe him a great debt. He made a difference to any life he touched.”

The Vicar of Lancaster, the Rev Chris Newlands, spoke of Councillor Newman-Thompson's passion, energy, commitment and self-sacrifice for the good of others.

The service was attended by the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Jon Barry; the MP for Lancaster, Cat Smith; and the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, County Councillor Margaret Brindle.

Councillor Newman-Thompson died of cancer at home on February 22 aged 53. Donations in his memory are going to St John's Hospice.

 

Tributes To Richard Newman-Thompson

WARM TRIBUTES TO  COUNCILLOR  A large congregation heard warm tributes to the life of Lancaster city and Lancashire county councillor Richard Newman-Thompson at his civic funeral at Lancaster Priory on...

How We Are Represented: Democratic Reforms?

A discussion document from the Lancaster Branch of the Labour Party, February 2016 This is presented here in order to generate further discussion amongst Labour Party members.  It presents the...

Labour_IN2.pngLabour will campaign for Britain to stay in Europe in the referendum that the prime minister has called for June, regardless of Cameron’s overblown tinkering, says Jeremy Corbyn. That’s not because we don’t think the EU needs reform – far from it.  Labour will be running a positive campaign for the real change we need: to unite opposition to austerity and build a Europe of sustainable growth, jobs and social justice. That can only be achieved by working with allies who share our aims across the continent. We want a social Europe of decent jobs and equality for all. Being part of Europe has brought Britain investment, jobs and protection for workers, consumers and the environment. We are convinced that the EU is a vital framework for European trade and international cooperation in the 21st century, and that a vote to remain in Europe is in the best interest of our people.

Cat Smith writes: A British exit from the EU would have a seriously detrimental impact on the free movement of people; trade union and human rights; environmental protection; international cooperation; and a host of other vital issues. While the EU is in need of a democratic reform, an exit at the current time would boost right-wing movements and parties and hurt ordinary people in the UK. European politics has been dominated by neoliberal thinking for far too long – as recent events in Greece brutally demonstrate. But changing this means working to strengthen anti-austerity movements across all of Europe – not walking away. Our campaign will put the case for staying in the EU independently of Cameron and big business, opposing any part of a “renegotiation” that attacks workers’, migrants’ or human rights. We will combine campaigning for an in vote with arguing for an alternative economic model, maintaining European citizens’ rights to live and work across the EU, and for far-reaching democratic reforms of European institutions.

Britain is better off in Europe. It is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off too. That’s why Labour is In for Britain - declares Alan Johnson, chair of the Labour In for Britain Campaign.

For more facts (and myth-busting) about the impact of the EU on Britain

Labour In for Britain

Another Europe Is Possible

 

 

It's time to make the progressive case for staying in the EU

Labour will campaign for Britain to stay in Europe in the referendum that the prime minister has called for June, regardless of Cameron’s overblown tinkering, says Jeremy Corbyn. That’s not...

Because of Government cuts to local councils - 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 - your Lancashire County Council are being forced to cut local services by over £262million. The council's reluctant responses to this problem the government has imposed on them include:

-cut bus services
-reduce bin collections
-closing libraries and museums

But that's just the start...

Have your say... (consultation on Lancashire County website)


Councillor Newman-Thompson, Labour cabinet member for finance, said:

“These vicious Tory Government cuts will inevitably mean we will be unable to continue to provide all the services and do all the things our residents would like us to do.
“They are unnecessary, and the Tories have used the global financial and Eurozone crises as a cover for their ideologically driven attacks on the public sector.
“We had already had a 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 under the Tory-led Government.

The provisional figures for Lancashire were published in January and showed a further £303.3m reduction in central government support for the county council over the period 2016/17 to 2019/20.

County Councillor David Borrow, Deputy Leader of the County Council and Cabinet Member for Finance said:


"We have been lobbying central government very hard to try to secure more money for Lancashire. The finalised figures reveal that while some councils have been given more money, particularly county councils in the south, Lancashire's position is no better off."


"This leaves the county council in a very difficult financial position, unprecedented in its severity, and makes it very difficult to maintain the services that people rely on.


"Even before this final announcement, we knew that the council will not have sufficient financial resources to meet its statutory obligations by April 2018, based on current spending levels and demand for services. Over the next two years, the council will need to rely heavily on spending its reserves in order to balance its budget, and that money can only be spent once.

Lancashire services slashed by £262million

Because of Government cuts to local councils - 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 - your Lancashire County Council are being forced to cut local services...

Where is Labour now? The future for Labour post-election

In the wake of the general election result of May 2015, about 30 members of the Lancaster Branch of the Lancaster and Fleetwood Constituency Labour Party met for a Policy...

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This morning Nick Clegg was asked five times to rule out a further rise in tuition fees – and he refused to do so. William Hague also said that the Tories have not ruled out another rise in tuition fees.
 
Five years ago the Lib Dems promised to scrap tuition fees – and then they raised them three times higher. Now they are getting ready to raise them again.
 
Analysis of the Tories' extreme spending plans means that they are poised to increase tuition fees yet again – to £11,500 per year.
 
Labour will cut tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000. And if we fail in that task, Ed Miliband has said he will not stand for office as Prime Minister in 2020. Because there should be consequences when people’s trust is let down. 

The Tories and Lib Dems will raise tuition fees again

This morning Nick Clegg was asked five times to rule out a further rise in tuition fees – and he refused to do so. William Hague also said that the...

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Labour's Shadow Health Minister, Andy Burnham, visited Lancaster and launched Labour’s five pledges to help improve the local Royal Lancaster Infirmary, setting out Labour’s better plan for local NHS services in the Morecambe Bay Trust. This includes, the first pledge, to recognise the special circumstances of Morecambe Bay Trust in relation to funding.


Labour has launched five pledges to help improve the local Royal Lancaster Infirmary:

  1. Recognise the special circumstances of Morecambe Bay Trust in relation to funding
  2. Work with our brilliant NHS staff to make the Royal Lancaster Infirmary a better hospital
  3. More doctors and nurses for our hospital
  4. Guarantee a GP appointment in 48 hours across the Morecambe Bay area
  5. Repeal the Tory Health Act that opened up our hospitals to privatisation
It's fantastic that after years of work from Labour candidates and MPs we've got a pledge from the Labour Party that Morecambe Bay's special circumstances will be recognised under a Labour government when it comes to funding.  We have fantastic NHS staff locally, but the current funding doesn't meet local need or recognise the challenging geography of the Trust.

Labour's Funding Pledge to Morecambe Bay Hospitals

  Labour's Shadow Health Minister, Andy Burnham, visited Lancaster and launched Labour’s five pledges to help improve the local Royal Lancaster Infirmary, setting out Labour’s better plan for local NHS...

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For those not present at the special general meeting of Lancaster & Fleetwood CLP held on Friday 22 July 2016, in Lancaster Methodist Church, here's a summary of the outcome. The members eligible to participate and vote were all current CLP members who had been Labour Party members continuously since joining before 13 January 2016, excluding those in arrears on their membership subs but including those who had recently paid up their arrears. The rules for such meetings as set out by NEC were followed. Prior to the formal proceedings there was informal discussion while people had an opportunity to read the two candidates' official statements.

Total eligible members – 778; Eligible members present – 101; Turnout - 13.0%

In the chair: Alison Love

Tellers: Billy Glasgow, James Groves, Erica Lewis, Cat Smith and Tom Sweeney

Contributions heard from: Josh Brandwood, Brian Stephenson, Peter Stephenson, Joel Evans, Romy Clark, Jonathan Maher, Rob Devey, Ian Barker, Sue McCormick, Allen Knott, Tom Sweeney, Alistair Sinclair, Bob Clark, Evelyn Stephenson, John Chell, Cathy Hornby and Jeremy Bateman

Votes cast:

Jeremy Corbyn - 71

Owen Smith - 30

Spoilt - 0

Jeremy Corbyn was duly nominated for the leadership. As we stressed at the meeting, when it comes to the actual election, members are free to vote for whichever candidate they wish! 

When we have a list of other CLP nominations we will give a link here.

Currently the New Statesman has a list they are updating ....

CLP Nomination Meeting

For those not present at the special general meeting of Lancaster & Fleetwood CLP held on Friday 22 July 2016, in Lancaster Methodist Church, here's a summary of the outcome....

"There may be trouble ahead; but while there's moonlight and music and love and romance, let's face the music and dance"!

 The Lancaster Branch are holding a Ceilidh on 15th July start 7.30 pm at the Gregson Centre Moor Lane to raise funds for the Branch and to give us a much needed happy evening after the latest painful setbacks.

Tickets are £10 each and we are having a "Jacob's Join" supper: just bring a plate of food and we all share!     A good Socialist practice!

Dancing will be to the renowned local band "Northern Frisk"

Tickets from Sue Clark : sueclark86@gmail.com or 63669.

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July Ceilidh

"There may be trouble ahead; but while there's moonlight and music and love and romance, let's face the music and dance"!  The Lancaster Branch are holding a Ceilidh on 15th...

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Across the country Labour activists are turning out to make a positive case as to why Britain is stronger in Europe, and the same is true in Lancaster & Fleetwood. 

If you'd like to join us, you'd be very welcome. Canvassing sessions are advertised on our events page. New canvassers are always welcome and we can pair you with an experienced campaigner to get you started.

Get more information about the Labour IN for Britain Campaign here.

Labour IN for Britain

Across the country Labour activists are turning out to make a positive case as to why Britain is stronger in Europe, and the same is true in Lancaster & Fleetwood. ...

Congratulations to Clive Grunshaw on his re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire!

 

Fantastic result with 56% of the vote on a 29% turnout - in 2012 the turnout was only 15%.

 Detailed results:

                                         First Count      Second Count
James Barker    (UKIP)        49,987    
Clive Grunshaw    (Lab)    132,261      152,714
Andy Pratt    (Con)               96,746       118,941
Graham Roach    (LD)          23,164    

 


Spoilt papers 9,697. Turnout 29%    

 

Clive Grunshaw Re-elected

Congratulations to Clive Grunshaw on his re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire!   Fantastic result with 56% of the vote on a 29% turnout - in 2012 the...

Three for three! Amazing night for the Labour team in Lancaster on 5th May!

 

 

 Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East was elected to Lancashire County Council with 50% of the votes on a 32% turnout.

 In the city council by-elections, Oscar Tynne held John O'Gaunt ward and John Reynolds gained Carnforth and Millhead, each with over 40% of the votes on 34% turnouts.

 And Clive Grunshaw was re-elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire with 56% of the final votes on a 29% turnout.

 Congratulations to all four!

 

Full Details:

Lancashire County Council - Lancaster East division

Lizzi Collinge (Lab) 1758 ; elected with 50% of votes

Tim Hamilton-Cox (Green) 1408

Robin Long (LD) 231

Steve Metcalfe (TUSC) 60

Spoilt 49.   Votes cast 3606, turnout 32%

Lancaster City Council - John O'Gaunt ward

Kieran Cooke (Con) 221

Bethany Frost (LD) 85

Niall Semple (UKIP) 112

Paul Stubbins (Green) 650

Oscar Thynne (Lab) 857 ; elected with 44% of votes

Spoilt 16.   Votes cast 1941, turnout 34%

Lancaster City Council - Carnforth & Millhead ward

John Bassinder (Con) 671

Phil Dunster (LD) 74

Robert Gillespie (UKIP) 134

John Reynolds (Lab) 702 ; elected with 43% of votes

Cait Sinclair (Green) 49

Spoilt 7.  Votes cast 1637, turnout 34%

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire                                                

                                     First Count      Second Count

James Barker     (UKIP)   49,987  

Clive Grunshaw (Lab)     132,261        152,714

Andy Pratt          (Con)     96,746         118,941

Graham Roach  (LD)        23,164  

Spoilt papers 9,697. Turnout 29%             

 

 

Elections Results May 2016

Three for three! Amazing night for the Labour team in Lancaster on 5th May!      Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East was elected to Lancashire County Council with 50% of...

Are you registered to vote? Details how to...

Clive Grunshaw is running for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire,

 Clive_Grunshaw_PCC.jpg

and two by-elections to replace Labour Councillor Richard Newman-Thompson who died in February: Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East on Lancashire County Council

Lizzie_Collinge_LCC.jpg

and Oscar Thynne for John O’Gaunt on Lancaster City Council. The links are to their Facebook pages, where details of campaigns can be found.

 Oscar_Thynne_LCC.jpg

Elections are coming on 5th May!

Are you registered to vote? Details how to... Clive Grunshaw is running for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire,   and two by-elections to replace Labour Councillor Richard...

WARM TRIBUTES TO  COUNCILLOR

 richard-newman-thompson.pngA large congregation heard warm tributes to the life of Lancaster city and Lancashire county councillor Richard Newman-Thompson at his civic funeral at Lancaster Priory on February 29 2016.

His best friend, Ray Hill, said Councillor Newman-Thompson was a man of immense personal courage and total and absolute loyalty, who was always there to be relied on.

He was decent, clean-living and hard-working and never let a political or philosophical disagreement influence his view of a person.

Both men were Labour Party colleagues and Heysham High School governors at the same time.

Leader of Lancaster City Council Councillor Eileen Blamire, Councillor Newman-Thompson's John o'Gaunt Ward colleague, described him as intelligent, dedicated, committed, wise, totally reliable and, above all, caring.

He cared passionately about health and, as Cabinet member for finance, did a magnificent job in preparing the council's budget, she said.

“Colleagues and friends are devastated by his death,” said Councillor Blamire. “I personally owe him a great debt. He made a difference to any life he touched.”

The Vicar of Lancaster, the Rev Chris Newlands, spoke of Councillor Newman-Thompson's passion, energy, commitment and self-sacrifice for the good of others.

The service was attended by the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Jon Barry; the MP for Lancaster, Cat Smith; and the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, County Councillor Margaret Brindle.

Councillor Newman-Thompson died of cancer at home on February 22 aged 53. Donations in his memory are going to St John's Hospice.

 

Tributes To Richard Newman-Thompson

WARM TRIBUTES TO  COUNCILLOR  A large congregation heard warm tributes to the life of Lancaster city and Lancashire county councillor Richard Newman-Thompson at his civic funeral at Lancaster Priory on...

A discussion document from the Lancaster Branch of the Labour Party, February 2016

This is presented here in order to generate further discussion amongst Labour Party members.  It presents the briefing papers considered and summarises the opinions expressed when about 20 members of the Lancaster Branch of the Lancaster and Fleetwood Constituency Labour Party met for a Policy Discussion Meeting on 10 February 2016.  People took a variety of views, and inclusion in this account does not imply approval by all of the members present, or even by a majority.  The briefing documents and the report of the meeting discussions have been prepared by John Whitehead, Nick Moule and James Groves, respectively Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Branch.

Three topics are covered (as pdf files to view or download):

  1.     UK voting systems
  2.     Implications of UK devolution for England
  3.     The future of the House of Lords

For each topic, the briefing paper presented at the meeting is given below, followed by a summary of the discussion. 

A further document presenting some voting scenarios is included.

How We Are Represented: Democratic Reforms?

A discussion document from the Lancaster Branch of the Labour Party, February 2016 This is presented here in order to generate further discussion amongst Labour Party members.  It presents the...

Labour_IN2.pngLabour will campaign for Britain to stay in Europe in the referendum that the prime minister has called for June, regardless of Cameron’s overblown tinkering, says Jeremy Corbyn. That’s not because we don’t think the EU needs reform – far from it.  Labour will be running a positive campaign for the real change we need: to unite opposition to austerity and build a Europe of sustainable growth, jobs and social justice. That can only be achieved by working with allies who share our aims across the continent. We want a social Europe of decent jobs and equality for all. Being part of Europe has brought Britain investment, jobs and protection for workers, consumers and the environment. We are convinced that the EU is a vital framework for European trade and international cooperation in the 21st century, and that a vote to remain in Europe is in the best interest of our people.

Cat Smith writes: A British exit from the EU would have a seriously detrimental impact on the free movement of people; trade union and human rights; environmental protection; international cooperation; and a host of other vital issues. While the EU is in need of a democratic reform, an exit at the current time would boost right-wing movements and parties and hurt ordinary people in the UK. European politics has been dominated by neoliberal thinking for far too long – as recent events in Greece brutally demonstrate. But changing this means working to strengthen anti-austerity movements across all of Europe – not walking away. Our campaign will put the case for staying in the EU independently of Cameron and big business, opposing any part of a “renegotiation” that attacks workers’, migrants’ or human rights. We will combine campaigning for an in vote with arguing for an alternative economic model, maintaining European citizens’ rights to live and work across the EU, and for far-reaching democratic reforms of European institutions.

Britain is better off in Europe. It is clear that being in the European Union brings us jobs, growth and investment. The EU has helped to secure workers’ rights and make consumers better off too. That’s why Labour is In for Britain - declares Alan Johnson, chair of the Labour In for Britain Campaign.

For more facts (and myth-busting) about the impact of the EU on Britain

Labour In for Britain

Another Europe Is Possible

 

 

It's time to make the progressive case for staying in the EU

Labour will campaign for Britain to stay in Europe in the referendum that the prime minister has called for June, regardless of Cameron’s overblown tinkering, says Jeremy Corbyn. That’s not...

Because of Government cuts to local councils - 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 - your Lancashire County Council are being forced to cut local services by over £262million. The council's reluctant responses to this problem the government has imposed on them include:

-cut bus services
-reduce bin collections
-closing libraries and museums

But that's just the start...

Lancashire services slashed by £262million

Because of Government cuts to local councils - 44% cut in our budget in real terms since 2010 - your Lancashire County Council are being forced to cut local services... Read more

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