The long awaited Labour Party NEC results have just been released. The crucial CLP section sees 5 of the 6 leftist Grassroots Labour slate elected and 3 of the 6 Rightist ‘Labour to Win’ slate on the new NEC. Centrist Ann Black from ‘Open Labour’ makes up the 9. None of the independents were successful. Turnout was 27%, but 19% in the youth section.
Dear residents of the County Council wards of BRIDGWATER SOUTH and BRIDGWATER NORTH&CENTRAL you are invited to a ‘selection meeting’ to choose your Labour candidates for the County Council elections to be held next year.
Selection meetings will be held on Zoom and secret ballot online will be available.
Bridgwater South will be Tuesday 3rd November 7pm
Bridgwater North & Central will be Wednesday 4th November 7pm
Following the selection of candidates for these 2 seats-which are currently Labour held, there will be further selections for the next tranche of seats.
Ballots for this year’s elections to the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) are now out and voting will continue until 12th November with results being announced on the 13th. As well as the nine members representing Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) members will also be able to vote for the position of Treasurer, whilst members under the age of 27 will be able to vote for the Youth Member Representative, and for the first time disabled members will be voting for their own representative too. The NEC is the governing body of the Labour Party, overseeing the overall direction of the party and the policy-making process. It sets strategic objectives on an annual basis and meets regularly to review the work of the party. The successful candidates will work alongside Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner, helping to make sure the Party is in the best shape to win the 2024 General Election.
Despite the temptation of going out to enjoy the sunshine, members turned up on Zoom this afternoon to take part in a new-style meeting consisting of ‘breakout rooms’ in order to discuss the findings of the Labour Together Report on the General Election. Members from across the constituency turned out to have their say on the report’s findings and suggested some possible changes we could make locally from the 43 recommendations of the report.
Just before lockdown Somerset Labour planned to hold a public meeting to discuss a common approach the the proposed ‘unitary’ reorganisation that was causing ructions within the local Tory party as County Tories urged a County solution and District Tories urged a district solution. Labour is not strong in Somerset but it does control BridgwaterTown Council and is the main opposition Party on Sedgemoor District Council. So it’s time again for us to enter the fray on the subject of unitaries. This week County Tory leader David Fothergill has reignited the debate-to the annoyance of District Tories. Somerset Labour will host a ZOOM discussion on the subject of Unitary options on Friday 12th June at 10am. The meeting will be hosted by county Labour Leader Leigh Redman and Leader of Bridgwater Town Council, Brian Smedley. If you are a Labour Party member and would like a zoom link to join the meeting please email us email@example.com.
Here are some links that you can visit. Some are private discussion groups for members, others are public facing to react with the wider community. If you have Facebook or Twitter presence it would be really helpful to us if you could follow some or all of these pages, clicking ‘like’ where possible and retweeting or sharing links and stories.
Keir Starmer is the new leader of the Labour Party. He’s been elected on the first round by more than 50% of Labour members so that’s that. He’s the leader. ‘Jinx no come back’. Sorted. And he’s got off to a great start appointing a new shadow cabinet including all the other Leadership candidates and up and coming new MPs with a great socialist pedigree. So now’s the time to get behind the leader and go forward together in a spirit of unity and focus on the real enemy. “The Soft Left Blairite Revisionist Scum!!”.….NO…the Bloody Tories of course.
Remember the 1980’s when the chant at every demo was “We hate Tories and we hate Tories, We hate Tories and we Hate Tories, we hate Tories and we hate Tories. We are the Tory, haters.” A very concise policy statement which we could all rally behind. But we have a slight problem these days in that too many people don’t seem to hate Tories enough not to vote for them and some people, even join this hated party. So, what on earths going on? I hear you say. I hear myself say it, so it must be true. Continue reading “The Tories are the Real Enemy – Let’s Unite and Defeat Them”
At the Labour All-Members meeting of 7 Feb 2020 Bridgwater and West Somerset Constituency nominated KIER STARMER for Leadership and DAWN BUTLER for Deputy Leadership. We also nominated LAUREN TOWNSEND and LEIGH DRENNAN for NEC CLP reps plus MEHMOOD MIRZA for BAME rep.
There will now be a vote of all members nationally and of course local members can vote for whoever they wish as it will be postal and online.