Annual Conference Report
We had success with our resolution on Social Housing. Firstly, Housing came top of the Constituencies’ poll which decides which topics get onto the agenda. A very comprehensive Housing resolution was then produced combining the key points from our resolution and a number of other resolutions. This was then carried unanimously by Conference. It represents the most radical socialist housing manifesto we have ever had, including a commitment to build 100,000 council homes a year, the end of Right to Buy, security of tenure and rent control for private tenants, abolition of bedroom tax, council powers to take over housing associations, compulsory purchase of empty homes and land for public house building. Congratulations to our delegates Sally Hughes and Emily Ogram for making sure our key points got into the combined resolution. A short report from Sally is attached. A key point made by Sally is that, as usual, the reality of conference was very different to the reporting of it by the media. The reality, as she saw it, was that there was a high degree of unity and support for the leadership.
The debate on Brexit policy was the most contested. Three proposals were discussed:
· The NEC Brexit Statement, which committed to negotiate for a better Brexit deal, to hold a referendum six months after election of a Labour Government and to consult Party members on the line the Party should take on the referendum at a Special Conference.
· Brexit Composite 13, which called for an immediate campaign for remain.
· Brexit Composite 14, which essentially supported the NEC Statement.
The NEC Statement was approved overwhelmingly, Composite 13 was defeated, Composite 14 was carried overwhelmingly.
The Housing Resolution and the three Brexit resolutions are appended to Sally’s report. Full documentation of all resolutions and votes can be found on the Party Website, Key speeches and new policy announcements can be found on LabourList and you can still watch the full Conference on BBC iplayer, for the next two weeks. There is a lot of real substance in the speeches and policies. Well worth studying.
Richard Corbett Newsletter
While we are on Brexit you may be interested in the latest Newsletter from Richard Corbett, our MEP. While he supported Brexit Composite 13, which was defeated at Conference, his support for the Party’s current policy, as set by Conference, is a model of integrity. You should have received this direct from Richard but in case you missed it it’s attached here.
Don’t Miss Malton Treasure Hunt.
Malton/Norton Branch have a new fundraiser – a Treasure Hunt round the Malton/Norton area on Saturday 19th October. We all need a bit of fun right now so why not come along. It’s just £2.50 per team. The meet up for the start is at Malton Old Town Hall in the Market Place and it starts at 2.00 so be there early to make sure they don’t start without you. It’ll last about a couple of hours and finish with a social, winner announcements, raffle, and refreshments. Try and let Angela Cole know if you’re aiming to come firstname.lastname@example.org but if you decide at the last minute come anyway.
State of the NHS – Speaker/Debate 12th November
Dr. Michael Snee, Consultant Oncologist at the LGI, will be speaking, from first hand experience, about the current state of the NHS, including the disastrous consequences of the internal market. The meeting will start at 7.30, probably at Allerston Village Hall. It is being jointly hosted by North Ryedale and Malton/Norton branches. All constituency members are very welcome and feel free to invite Labour Supporters who might be interested. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion and a good chance to talk about how we campaign most effectively on NHS issues specific to our area.
Stop Press – Selection Underway
Just heard via LabourList that the NEC has decided on the process for selection of parliamentary candidates, assuming a snap election. Not had confirmation from Region yet but as far as I can make out the essence, for us, is:- Region and CLP will decide on the Shortlist, Constituency members will select at a General Meeting, it will happen very quickly – seven days from start to finish. Will update as soon as I get definitive process from Region.