Unless more of our members come to the Zoom Selection meeting on 8th Januaryour Constituency Party will have no say in who represents us at the election for North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner in May. The selection is the start of the campaign and something every member can easily take part in. But, we must have at least 33 members to meet the quorum rule for it to go ahead and right now we only have a dozen committed. We have about 700 members. The applicants, Alison Hume and James Alexander(Statements attached) will each give a short presentation followed by open questions from the floor and then every member present votes. Labour can win this election but only if all members play their part – and that begins by selecting the best candidate.
Please come if you can, it will only last an hour. If you aim to come please RSVP. Whether you RSVP or not you will get into the meeting by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83291158129 You can sign in from 6.15 and must be signed in by 6.45. You must have been a member before 26th April 2020 and not be in arrears. If using a smartphone, One tap mobile +442030512874,,83291158129# UK or +442034815237,,83291158129# UK. Using other types of phone, dial: +44 203 051 2874 UK or +44 203 481 5237 UK. Meeting ID: 832 9115 8129 if required. If you have any problems getting in please ring Mark White on: 07831 306795.
On 6th May, the same day as the PCC election, there will be an election for all 72 North Yorkshire County Council positions. Twelve of these seats are in our area and it is great to be able to report that we now have candidates for ten of these. We believe it is an important principle that everyone has the opportunity to look at what we offer and to vote Labour if they wish. The two seats we are not yet able to contest are Thirsk and Norton, both key seats. If you would like to help us give everyone a chance to vote for us perhaps you would consider being a candidate. Do let me know if you are interested and I will provide all the information you need. Although it is convenient if candidates stand in the area they live in it is not essential.
Because the election of both PCC and County Councillors is taking place on the same day any campaigning we do will deal with both at the same time. Covid Lockdown 3 means that many of the traditional ways of campaigning will be ruled out. The Party is therefore focussing on telephone canvassing and has a system called ‘Dialogue’ in place to help us do this effectively. Regional Office are running a Zoom training session especially for North Yorkshire on Monday 11th January at 6pm.This will include an opportunity to try out Dialogue with staff and help with any problems. If you are interested in finding out more just SIGN UP. Sign Up.
Best wishes, Mick Johnston and Anne Seex Secretaries of Thirsk & Malton Labour Party