Our NEC Nominations: Online Meeting 22nd September.

As a Constituency Labour Party we are entitled to nominate our preferred candidates for ten places on the Party’s National Executive Committee and for Party Treasurer. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions on meetings the only way we can decide on nominations is through an online General Meeting and online vote. The meeting will be held using Zoom on Tuesday 22nd September. The meeting will open at 6.30 to allow for logging in and membership checks. Only members who are not in arrears can attend and only members who attend can vote. The formal meeting will start at 7.00 and no-one will be able to join the meeting after that time, as for a normal nomination meeting. Voting will be online but not during the Zoom meeting. Voting will take place across three days on a separate website called Choice Voting and will be by Single Transferable Vote.

 

The format for the Nomination Meeting will be as follows:-

• Any member of Thirsk & Malton Constituency may propose support for candidates they would like our Constituency to nominate. These are the Candidates you can choose from. We can nominate up to nine candidates for NEC Rep, one for Disabled Members Rep and one for Treasurer.

• Proposals must be submitted by email to the Constituency Secretary Mick Johnston or the Assistant Secretary Anne Seex no later than 18th September.

• The proposers must attend the online General Meeting on 22 September to support their proposal and there must be a seconder present. Without these any proposal falls.

• Any member at the General Meeting will be entitled to speak, time permitting, for up to three minutes in support of candidates who have been formally proposed.

• The meeting will close at 8.30.

• The day after the General Meeting all who attended will be sent a link to Choice Voting and will have three days to cast their votes for nomination.

This is a preliminary notice of the Nominations Meeting. It will be followed by a formal invitation to attend which will provide the Zoom Link. The link to the Voting Website will be issued after the Zoom meeting to those who attended.

Note that this is just the nomination stage which closes on 27th September. Voting to decide which of the nominees will be on the NEC will run from 19th October to 12th November will be open to all members who are not in arrears and will be by Single Transferable Vote.

 

Exams Scandal Exposes Tory Arrogance

The Tory’s scandalous mismanagement of the A level Grades should not be just seen as gross incompetence. It exposes again the arrogance and complacency which cost 30,000 avoidable  deaths from Covid-19.  The U-turn they have now done in reverting to teacher assessments is motivated purely by the need to limit political damage.

Eat Out to Help Out A Foodbank

Should you find yourself benefitting from this incentive, your CLP Exec is asking you to consider donating any savings on the price of your meal to a local Foodbank such as Ryedale Foodbank. We must donate to foodbanks but every time we do we should condemn the system that makes them necessary and harden our resolve to bring change.

 

How They Made Us Doubt Everything

If you missed this stunningly blunt series on BBC Radio 4 you must catch up on Sounds. It is essential to understanding the scale, resourcing and thoroughness of the disinformation campaigns run by the establishment to protect their interests if they perceive them to be under threat from democracy. It shows where the thinking behind the European Research Group came from with its disinformation on the European Union which led to Brexit. This is what we are up against. To beat it we must understand it.

 

Trump’s Deal Dumps on Palestinians

But what is our Party’s policy on Palestine. In January this year Emily Thornbury, speaking for the Labour Party, condemned President Trump’s proposed Middle East Deal.  She said the plan “destroys any prospect of an independent, contiguous Palestinian state. It legitimises the illegal annexation of Palestinian land for settlers. It puts the whole of Jerusalem under Israeli control. It removes the democratic rights of Palestinians living in Israel, and removes the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their land. This is not a peace plan, it is a monstrosity, and a guarantee that the next generation of Palestinian and Israeli children, like so many generations before them, will grow up knowing nothing but fear, violence and division.”

Last week, when the deal was agreed by the United Arab Emirates, Lisa Nandy issued a Labour Party press release saying “This agreement is an important step forward and we welcome the normalisation of relations between Israel and the UAE. We also welcome the suspension of proposals by Israel to annex large parts of the West Bank …. The Labour Party is hopeful that this announcement will be the first step towards the full withdrawal of annexation proposals, and that this can be a catalyst for a meaningful and lasting peace to be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians – an outcome we believe can only be achieved by a peaceful two-state solution in the Middle East.”

Our Party Policy, confirmed at 2019 Annual Conference, includes “To oppose any proposed solution for Palestinians, including Trump’s ‘deal’, not based on international law and UN resolutions recognising their collective rights to self-determination and to return to their homes.” Full text of our policy.

 

 Best wishes, Mick Johnston Secretary of Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party     secretary@thirskandmaltonlabour.uk

 

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