County Council Elections Off
Robert Jenrick announced on Monday that elections for North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Somerset County Councils have been put off to next year because of the proposals for Unitary Re-organisation. Our twelve selected candidates remain as such and we hope they will be able to resume campaigning once there is clarity on the new election arrangements. The Executive would like to record its thanks to all candidates for putting themselves forward to represent us. You can read their biographies on the candidates page.
Alison Hume Campaign Meeting 1st March
The election for North Yorkshire Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner on 6th May is very definitely on. It is now even more winnable. Our candidate Alison Hume is speaking at a special Thirsk & Malton Campaign Meeting on 1st March 2021. All members and supporters are welcome. Alison will talk about her manifesto and the campaign and answer questions. Find out how we can win.
Login for 7.30. ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 826 9374 5809 Passcode: 699601. Ends 8.30 latest.
There are two telephone canvassing sessions a week up to 28th April. Zoom links stay the same.
Wednesdays. 7.00 pm. ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 811 1241 6765 Passcode : 594104
Sundays. 10.00 am. ZOOM LINK Meeting ID: 846 2927 4065 Passcode: 304643
Postal Vote; Have You Got Yours?
Because there is likely to be a low turnout we can win this election just by making sure every Party Member votes. The best way to do that is by getting a postal vote. Here’s the application form,
Online and attached. Print it off, fill it in and post to the Elections Officer at your Council
Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, DL6 2UU
Ryedale District Council, Ryedale House, Malton, YO17 7HH
Scarborough Borough Council, Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG
If you don’t have a printer the Party will post the form to you. REQUEST FORM
THE DEADLINE TO GET A POSTAL VOTE FOR THIS ELECTION IS TUESDAY 20TH APRIL
Unitary Local Government General Meeting 19th March
The government has just opened consultation on options for the structure of unitary local government to replace the existing North Yorkshire, York, Scarborough, Ryedale, Hambleton, Selby, Harrogate, Craven and Richmondshire Councils. Everyone can, and should, tell the government what they think about the options. We also want to submit a Thirsk and Malton Constituency Labour Party response. To discuss the options and establish what this CLP response will be we are holding a special member-only General Meeting on 19thMarch 2021 at 7.00pm. Each member is absolutely free to directly submit their own views to the government, regardless of any CLP response. It is a complex issue and it may help you form your view to come along to the General Meeting and hear how other members see it. More information to follow. But for now please put this important meeting in your diary and note the Zoom Link.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82750408098 Meeting ID: 827 5040 8098
Mobile +442034815237,,82750408098# or
Ask Mr Hollinrake Meeting – Report
The public meeting with Mr Hollinrake that we hosted last week went well. Nearly 100 logged in, a wide range of questions related to the government’s handling of the pandemic were asked and Mr Hollinrake gave fairly comprehensive answers over an hour and a half. The object was to give the public a chance to question their MP not to provide a platform for either him or us. The general impression was that participants found it worthwhile, enjoyable is not quite the right term. I think the view of our members who participated was generally that it was worth doing and successful in that it achieved its aim and raised our profile without compromising our Party. It also obtained promises from Mr Hollinrake to support the outdoor centres, campaign for affordable housing and look into the issue of University charges for accommodation that students could not occupy. It was a highly novel event. The CLP Exec will be reviewing it and would very much like to know what you thought about it. Please let us know by email to me or Anne or by posting in our Private Facebook Group. Many thanks to Mark White and Tim B for the running and technical arrangements which went extremely smoothly.
Economic Impact of the Pandemic
Brilliant clear presentation from our Membership Secretary Ivan Adams. This is an absolute must. Watch it. It will be twenty five minutes well spent. Quote: ‘Real wages are still lower than before the 2008 financial crisis. Dividends to shareholders are 85% higher’.
County Council Budget Vote 17th Feb.
The County Council Labour Group voted for the Council’s proposed 3.49% increase in Council Tax. Group Leader Eric Broadbent criticised the use of Council Tax, a regressive tax which takes more from the less well off, to fund essential services. See Press Release.
Best wishes, Mick Johnston and Anne Seex Secretaries of Thirsk & Malton Labour Party