“The US assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is an extremely serious and dangerous escalation of conflict in the Middle East with global significance. The UK government should urge restraint on the part of both Iran and the US, and stand up to the belligerent actions and rhetoric coming from the United States. All countries in the region and beyond should seek to ratchet down the tensions to avoid deepening conflict, which can only bring further misery to the region, 17 years on from the disastrous invasion of Iraq.”
These are dangerous times. As a CLP we must do whatever we can to help prevent another disastrous Middle East war. The Constituency Exec is meeting next week to consider what we can feasibly do and will report to the All Members Gathering on 18th Jan.
Members Gathering 18th January 12.30. Mount Hotel Malton
All members and supporters are invited to lunch and an informal gathering on Saturday 18th January 2020, 12.30 at the Mount Hotel, Yorkersgate, Malton, YO17 7AB. The purpose is to give members from all over the constituency a chance to meet with plenty of time for informal discussion. There will also be an opportunity to share your views on the General Election more widely, an update on the Leadership Election and discussion of a Thirsk & Malton nomination for Leader. We will also be launching our campaign for the 2021 County Council elections. We’d love to see as many as possible of you there. The constituency is paying for a light buffet lunch so we need to know how many to cater for. Please use the RSVP Link to let us know if you are coming, or just email me direct.
John Healey on government funding for council regulation of private rented housing.
“This puny commitment is a drop in the ocean compared to the cuts that councils have faced since 2010. The truth is that the Conservatives have gifted rogue landlords the freedom to flourish, by cutting council budgets, weakening their powers and refusing to legislate to drive up standards. Renters need a new legal charter of rights, with longer tenancies, new minimum standards and rent controls to make renting more affordable.”
Angela Rayner on government announcement of funding for music in schools.
Following the Government announcement of £85m for music education Angela Rayner said:- “This additional funding, however welcome, is not sufficient to address the impact of a decade of austerity. Under the Tories the curriculum has narrowed, teaching of arts subjects has plummeted, and the additional funding being promised for schools will not even reverse the government’s own cuts. A Labour government would give our schools the resources they need, including an Arts Pupil Premium so that every child can learn a musical instrument.”
Happy New Year, Mick Johnston Secretary Thirsk and Malton Constituency Labour Party