The Boundary Commission has published its initial proposals. Lancaster & Fleetwood is split three ways: urban Lancaster to join with Skerton, Morecambe and Heysham, Fleetwood to join with North Blackpool, rural areas to North Lancashire.
Our MP, Cat Smith,says
"These proposals to redraw constituency boundaries are unfair, undemocratic and unacceptable as they are based on an out-of-date version of the electoral register with nearly two million voters missing. Any constitutional changes, including the make-up of parliamentary constituencies, should be done fairly with everyone given a voice. This is not what the Tories have done. By pressing ahead with proposals despite two million people having been left out of the review, the Tories have revealed the truth about their plan to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600: it is designed for their own political advantage rather than do what is in the best interests of the country.
Suggestions that this is being done to “cut the cost of politics” are a red herring. The claimed saving of £12 million is dwarfed by the £34 million cost of the 260 extra Peers David Cameron appointed to the Lords. And at the same time the Tories have overseen a huge increase in the bill for politically appointed Special Advisers, totalling £45.8m since 2010.
The Tories must stop trying to stack the deck in their favour and allow the Boundary Commission to take into account the millions who registered in the run-up to the May elections and the EU referendum. That is the way to ensure the public have the right level of representation. The Tories should pause, look again and proceed only with changes which are agreed consensually, when it can be guaranteed that no elector will lose out."
Fleetwood Festive Lights committee have tasked me to inform you all of a quiz night on Thursday 29th September, 8pm start. In the ballroom of the North Euston Hotel, it promises a great night out. Grand Quiz Night
'Stephensons Rocket' being a regular team from us, I'm hoping they are coming this time? The cost is £30 for a team of six. All funds raised go towards 'Lighting up Fleetwood' for Christmas.
Contact Julie Dalton on 01253 777639 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to seeing you all soon,
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
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 ....
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%.
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%
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Clive Grunshaw is running for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire,
and two by-elections to replace Labour Councillor Richard Newman-Thompson who died in February: Lizzi Collinge for Lancaster East on Lancashire County Council
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.
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 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.
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):
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.
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 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.
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...
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.