All Member Zoom Meeting 16th July: Post Covid Economy
All members have been invited to take part in an online meeting at 7.00 on Thursday 16th July to discuss a proposition for an economic policy for the post pandemic world. If agreed the proposition will be submitted to the Party’s National Policy Forum in the name of the Thirsk & Malton Constituency Party. The proposition is attached. The meeting will start at 7.00 and finish no later than 8.30. To join the meeting click on THIS LINK at five to 7.00. Zoom is very easy to use but it will save time on the night if you Sign Up For Zoom in advance. It is completely free and can be used on a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. If using a smartphone you join the meeting by ringing +442039017895 and then, when asked, insert the meeting ID 85792588536#
The meeting is for members only. It will be informal but basic rules will apply to ensure fairness. After the proposition has been presented anyone who wants to speak, for or against or just to make a comment, will get up to three minutes. Members wanting to speak will ask the Chair using the ‘Raise Hand’ function in Zoom (the Chair will show how this works before we start). Speakers will be taken in ‘first ask first speak’ order and the Chair will announce the next three speakers in advance giving a reminder and update after each speaker has finished. At 8.15 the discussion will end and we’ll move to an online vote.
While we would all much prefer to be meeting up in the usual way, it is exciting, for me anyway, to be meeting at all to have political discussion after four months of stasis.
Your Policy Proposals by 20th July
Any member can send their views on Party Policy in to be considered by the National Policy Forum. It is all done online through the NPF Website. Making a submission is straightforward and there is clear guidance on the website. But you only have until 20th July to get your views in.
This year discussion is structured around the following topics
The education system after coronavirus
Economic recovery and renewal after coronavirus
Protecting the natural environment after coronavirus
The Health and Social Care system after coronavirus
Coronavirus and the future of local government
Championing internationalism in the post-coronavirus world
Devolution and the Constitution after coronavirus
The future of social security after coronavirus
An interesting feature is that you can look at all submissions made even if you are not putting one in yourself.
North Yorkshire County to be Axed
It has emerged in the last few days that the Government is set on implementing radical restructuring of local government in our area by May 2022. This was announced by, Minister of State for Housing Simon Clarke at a meeting with council leaders and chief executives from across York and North Yorkshire on 7 July 2020. It will involve the replacement of North Yorkshire, York and the District and borough Councils, including Ryedale, Hambleton and Scarborough with a small number, probably two, Unitary authorities. The North Yorkshire Labour Party is holding an emergency meeting on 17th July to sort out how the Party will organise a response which both satisfies the eight Constituency Parties affected and gets the best deal for the people of the area.
A record 170+ members have put themselves forward for election to the National Executive Committee, including me. The number is challenging but can be seen as positive in that it reflects a high level of interest in the way the Party runs itself. Possibly also reflects a high level of dissatisfaction in the way the Party handled the last General Election and the key issues. There is a useful briefing on the candidates and the faction slates in LabourList. The full set of candidates’ statements is on the Party Website. We will be holding an online meeting for Thirsk & Malton members to decide on our Constituency nominations in a month or so. All members will be invited to take part and vote.
Mr. Hollinrake’s Covid-19 Q&A 17th July
If there is anything you would like to ask the Government about ‘Coming Out of Lockdown’ now’s your chance. It’s online from 5.30 to 6.30 pm, open to anyone living in the Thirsk & Malton constituency. This is the Invitation on Mr. Hollinrake’s website. Ask a question or just listen in. You have to book a place by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Please let me know if you are planning to ask a question.
Best wishes, Mick Johnston Secretary of Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party email@example.com