Ask Mr. Hollinrake About Lifting Covid-19 Restrictions. Online 17th July.

Our Member of Parliament is holding an Online Q&A Conference to allow us to ask him about the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. So if there is anything you are unclear about or if you have concerns that you would like to raise with the Government, now’s your chance. It’s just an hour, from 5.30 to 6.30 pm, and is open to anyone living in the Thirsk & Malton constituency. I suspect you will need to be on the Electoral Register. This is the Invitation on Mr. Hollinrake’s website. Good idea to hear what he has to say even if you don’t want to ask a question. You will have to book a place by emailing Please let me know if you are planning to ask a question.

Quiz Time: Tuesday 7th July 7.00.

John Shipley is back in the Quizmaster’s chair. He would love to see you helping us to raise  money for NHS staff and local foodbanks. Just click THIS LINK at five to 7.00 on Tuesday evening 7th July. Or ring +441314601196,,83923110575# UK, or +442030512874,,83923110575# UK to join by smartphone. Meeting ID: 839 2311 0575.  Ring Mark White on 07831 306795 if you have any problems connecting. Many thanks to Steve Plews for running the last two quizzes.

Support Eddie’s High Court Action against the Oil & Gas Authority.

Many of you will know our member Eddie Thornton who played a leading, and often heroic, role in the campaign to stop fracking at Kirby Misperton. The long campaign succeeded with Third Energy mothballing their fracking site at Kirby Misperton and pulling out of the industry by selling to a newly formed company, York Energy, for the sum of £10. The concern is that the terms of the sale do not cover liability for the cost of decommissioning the 20 wells, 150 kilometres of pipeline and power station in our constituency now owned by York Energy, a Cayman Islands registered company. The case goes to the High Court on 14th & 15th July. Success would in effect deem the terms of the sale illegal. The legal costs of £35,000 are being paid by contributions from the public. With £10,000 still needed you may like to help by making a donation yourself. There is a lot more information and donation options on the Legal Action Website.  The Constituency Executive Committee has not had a chance to discuss this yet so for now it is down to individual members to consider giving support.


NEC Elections Get Go-ahead.

The meeting of the National Executive Committee on 30th June decided to go ahead with the 2020 biennial election of constituency representatives to the NEC. Although due to take place this year these elections have been in limbo up to now due to the suspension of physical meetings resulting from Covid-19. These elections are in two stages. First the nomination of candidates by constituencies and following this voting by all members in the UK to choose which of the nominees will go onto the NEC for the next two years. Online meetings to consider constituency nominations have now been authorised in principle although the online voting mechanism has yet to be established. We have from 11th July to 27th September to submit our Thirsk & Malton nominations. The Thirsk & Malton Exec will make arrangements for members to decide our nominations once we have sufficient information on the technicalities of the online process which we will have to follow. Any member can stand for the NEC and information on how to do so is on the National Website. The eventual voting by all members to select the NEC reps will be sometime after September and will be by Single Transferable Vote.


 Best wishes, Mick Johnston Secretary of Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party


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