Ask Mr. Hollinrake. Meeting!
We are hosting a Zoom meeting with Mr Hollinrake on Friday 19th February at 6.00pm. We have taken this unusual step in response to the large number of people expressing to us their concern at the Government’s handling of Covid -19. It is a public meeting with everyone invited and although we are hosting it will be run on a strictly non partisan basis. Anyone can ask a question but it must relate to Covid – 19 and must be submitted by next Tuesday 16th February by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Whether you ask a question or not it would be well worth coming along to hear what Mr Hollinrake thinks about his government’s performance.
Postal Vote Campaign
Increasing our postal vote is a key part of the campaign this year. The Tories have this well organised and it guarantees them a significant slab of votes every election. Just by being systematic we can get more votes. It starts with us. Every member should register for a postal vote. Sign up Online Now. And then you can start encouraging Labour voters you know to do the same.
Our campaigning for the County Council and Fire and Police Commissioner elections is restricted to telephone canvassing and social media. Telephone canvassing has already started. We have an online system for it. It does the ringing for you, gives you a script and a place to enter responses. The cost of calls made from your phone is automatically charged to the Party. It is simple to use but you do need a bit of guidance to get you started. We are now holding two group sessions every week on Zoom which include all the training and advice you will need. All the canvassing is simultaneously for both our twelve County Council candidates and for our brilliant Police and Fire Commissioner candidate Alison Hume.
We need as many of you as possible to do just a bit of canvassing so, if you can, please join one of the following sessions to help you get started. You will need two devices; a PC/laptop/tablet for the Zoom plus a phone for canvassing.
Sunday 14th Feb 10.00 to 11.00 a.m. Alison’s Sunday Superheroes. Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 828 5123 6045 Passcode: 206765
Wednesday 17th Feb 7.00pm Zoom Link Meeting ID: 875 8602 8300
Social Media Campaign
Because we cannot campaign in the usual way we must use social media as effectively as we can to promote our candidates. Essentially this means going onto their Facebook and Twitter sites and ‘liking’, ‘sharing’, ’commenting’, ‘tweeting’, ‘ retweeting’ as often and as much as possible You could make a start now by going to Alison Hume’s accounts. https://www.facebook.com/alisonhumelabour/
If you are not currently a Facebook or Twitter user we would ask you to consider opening accounts if only for use in this election campaign. You could close the accounts after the election.
We will be providing social media details for our County Council candidates shortly.
County Council Wednesday 17th Feb.
The agenda and papers for next week’s County Council meeting are now on the NYCC Website. The meeting starts at 10.30. We should be able to observe live online although the Link is not yet available. We will be able to see a Youtube recording afterwards.
A key document is the Revenue Budget, which is in chaos due to past underfunding of services, the extraordinary costs of dealing with Covid-19 and the unknown costs and timing of transferring to Unitary Local Government. They are proposing a 3.49% increase in Council Tax. One of the background factors is the ongoing transfer of costs of Adult Social Care from central government to local councils. Service areas, e.g. education, adult social care, transport, children’s services are covered in Executive Member reports and Scrutiny Committee reports. There are a lot of these so it is probably a good idea to focus on services you have a particular interest in, at least to start with.
We do not yet know what line the Labour Councillors are taking on any of the agenda but we have a meeting with them on Monday to find out. If you have issues you want the Labour Councillors to take up please do let me know ASAP.
Best wishes, Mick Johnston and Anne Seex, Secretaries of Thirsk & Malton Labour Party