Help us win the Thirsk By-election.
The Vale of York Branch is working flat out to score a historic victory over the Tories in the Thirsk by-election on October 4th. Most households in the ward have been leafletted and the campaign now continues with knocking on doors. This is the critical phase where we identify potential voters who we can get to the polling booth on October 4th. Council by-elections have notoriously low turnouts and with Tory voters not exactly highly motivated at the moment a big turnout from Labour voters would win it. Every voter canvassed gets us nearer to winning.
It is in the interests of all Thirsk and Malton members that we win Thirsk but only two members from outside of the Vale of York Branch have been along to campaign so far. Now that the focus is on door knocking we need more members involved if we are to get to the whole electorate.
End Austerity… Stop Fracking…
Our constituency is one of the largest geographical areas in England, stretching fifty miles from Filey on the East coast to the market town of Thirsk, and from the North York Moors to the Yorkshire Wolds. In addition to the austerity, and the employment problems facing most parts of the country, we face the imminent threat of our beautiful rural area being turned into an industrial landscape by large scale fracking.
UPDATE: 17th September:
Contemporary Motion to 2018 Labour Party Conference submitted by Thirsk and Malton Constituency Labour Party has been acepted by the CAC so it will go into the prioritisation ballot on Sunday.
1) 7 August doctors accuse Tory Energy Minister of using Lancashire people as fracking ‘guinea pigs’ despite scientists’ uncertainty over impact on human health.
2) 9 August report that four days in London may be as detrimental to health as smoking three cigarettes a day. In Britain 40,000 premature deaths a year because of air pollution.
3) 13 August report ‘2018 will be fourth hottest year on record’. The heatwave caused devastating fires and drought.
4) 28 August report that air pollution causes reduction of intelligence.
5) Investment in renewables fell by 50% in 2017.
1) Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rises below 1.5°C
2) Action to raise living standards and build a cleaner future:
a) Taking the big six energy supply companies into public ownership
b) A public program of insulating 12 million homes by 2030
c) Taking rail and buses into public ownership
d) Major expansion of public transport
e) Banning combustion engine car sales by 2030 and supporting the UK’s car industry to make electric vehicles
3) Our manifesto pledges to clean up illegal levels of air pollution and ban fracking.
4) Our strategy for 60% of energy to come from low carbon or renewables by 2030 creating hundreds of thousands of new green jobs.
Conference condemns the government’s reckless pursuit of fracking and neglect of renewable energy. Conference notes that the National Policy Forum ignored submissions calling for a campaign against fracking and therefore calls on the Party to lead a co-ordinated national campaign to halt fracking pending election of a Labour Government.