Police Fire and Crime Commissioner: Alison Hume Selected as Candidate.
Our Hustings on 8th Jan turned out to be a great success. 44 members attended; many thanks to them. This is the best turnout at a formal meeting, conventional or Zoom, for years. The two applicants, though very different, were both excellent, spoke well and answered questions comprehensively. Feedback was that members enjoyed the meeting and found it hard to decide between the two of them. We voted for Alison Hume by the narrowest of margins, 23 to 21, and she went on to win the selection also getting the support of York Inner, York Outer, and Skipton & Ripon. Selby & Ainsty and Scarborough & Whitby voted for James Alexander and Harrogate & Knaresborough was tied. Alison has already issued a Press Releasecalling on the Government to prioritise vaccination of ‘First Responders’ following news of police officers being spat at and infected with Coronavirus. She has also thanked us for choosing her as candidate. You can start supporting her campaign now by liking, sharing, tweeting etc her social media posts.
Branch Talks – Planning & Economy
You are all invited to informal policy debates being hosted by Malton/Norton Branch. The first is on 21st Jan and the subject is the Planning Development Control System and the devastating impact of the government’s proposals Planning for the Future. The discussion will be led by a Planning Professional. Just login at 7.15 for PC, Laptop or Tablet on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83688244473 or Smartphone +442034815237,,83688244473# UK The meeting ID is : 836 8824 4473
The second is on 18th Feb. Ivan Adams will be leading discussion on the Economic Impact of the Pandemic. Login at 7.15. PC, Laptop or tablet on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86914903446 Smartphone on +442039017895,,86914903446# UK. Meeting ID: 869 1490 3446
If you have problems getting in to either meeting ring Mark White on 07831 306795. For more info on the meetings contact Rachel Henley at email@example.com
County Election Full Slate
We now have a full slate of candidates for the twelve County Council seats that are up for election on 6th May. They were approved by our North Yorkshire Committee last night, subject to formal endorsement by Region. This is the first time we have managed this for a long time, if ever, and is a significant achievement in itself. Two current Tory County Cllrs were elected unopposed in 2017. Many thanks to our members who have volunteered to stand against the damaging Tory policies of our County Council. Many of our candidates have not stood for election before so they need your support; both moral and practical. They are meeting next week to start the campaign. Social media and telephone canvassing will be crucial and we will be in touch to let you know the practical things you can do to help. Meanwhile our candidates are: Filey: Graham Scott, Hertford: Andrew MacIver, Malton: Samson Muteke, Norton: John Shipley, Hovingham/Sherriff Hutton: David Yellen, Thornton Dale/Wolds: Mick Johnston, Kirbymoorside: Jill Wells, Pickering: Alan Avery, Easingwold: Nick Howarth Pulleyn, Sowerby: Allison Ballard, Stillington: Julie Howarth Pulleyn, Thirsk: Justine McNichol.
County Council Meetings Online
You can observe all formal County Council meetings, live online as they happen, or after the meeting, see a full recording on YouTube. This is the best way to find out what they are up to and listening to them gives an insight to the attitudes of Tory Councillors. You can’t take part in the discussion although you can ask a question or make a statement, at the discretion of the Chair, if you apply to do so three days in advance. See Guidance. The Thirsk & Malton Area Committee is particularly relevant to us. It met last week but you can watch it now on YouTube. It covers the Council budget, dire, and Healthy Child Service, 8% cuts. The Healthy Child cuts have not been agreed yet but will be at the next meeting of the full County Council on 17th February. Why not ask your County Cllr to vote against it? List of Cllrs and contact details attached.
Say No to War on Yemen – 25th Jan.
It is easy to let our domestic crises take our eyes away from the rest of the world. However the Labour Party’s internationalism is as important, and as central to who we are, as it has ever been. The lethal one-sided war on the Yemen led by Saudi Arabia and aided by our Government amongst others, is now in its sixth year, has killed quarter of a million and put many millions at imminent risk of death from disease and malnutrition. On 25th January a Global Online Rally against the war is taking place. It starts at 7.00pm and speakers include Jeremy Corbyn, Danny Glover, Yanis Varoufakis and Cornel West. Its free and open to all. To Register or find out more follow this link.