Fracking Update from Bryan Barrett

I can’t have been alone at being alarmed at the release of the IPCC report last week.

The very sobering report can be summarised in just one sentence. The burning of fossil fuels is destroying our planet.

Is it not obscene then that in the very same week in which this report was released, the High Court ruled that Fracking could go ahead? Is it also not obscene that this government “pulled the plug” on making environmentally cleaner cars more affordable?

In comparison the Norwegian parliament has set 2025 as the goal for ALL new cars to have zero emissions, compared with the UK’s 2040, they are on target, the UK isn’t.

Fracking is an emotive subject and one that many people close their ears and eyes to. There is a lot of evidence available, much of which can seem to be contradictory. I have considered both sides of the argument and deduced that we should be investing in renewable energy.

Surely, we cannot surge ahead with a controversial method of gas extraction with a history of environmental disasters in other countries when we have just admitted that our planet is dying!

The argument that we need a bridge to renewable energy is also defunct after a Petro-chemical giant, admitted in an article published in the Sunday Times newspaper on 30th December 2017, that all of the gas extracted as a result of fracking would be used as a feedstock to power its power plants. These same power plants, make the plastic that pollutes our seas and oceans. This is quite simply grotesque!

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I have had an off the record discussion with a senior employee of an energy company, who own the PEDL License for an area very close to where I live. They state that our country should be heavily investing in renewable energy and that Fracking will not end well.

Think about it, an expert in the field, employed in the oil and gas industry has informed me of the detrimental impact that fracking will have on our communities. This is a warning that I cannot ignore.  Put simply; fracking will destroy our community for corporate profit!

Given the controversy surrounding fracking you could be forgiven for thinking that there would be a concerted effort to ensure that everything would be conducted transparently in an effort to combat any claims of underhand dealings or unfair play.

The sentencing of 3 protestors for 18 months by a judge with, according to the Daily Mirror, links to the oil and gas industry suggests to me that there is an unseen power at play here.

Surely the time is now for every politician to come together, irrespective of their political allegiance and work collaboratively for the good of our humanity? The future of our world depends on it!

Bryan Barrett

@BryBarrett999

 

 

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A Labour Party Candidate honest enough to admit he used to be a Tory voter

My name is Bryan Barrett and I am a serving Fire Fighter.  I live in Norton (near Malton), North Yorkshire with my wife and two children, not far from where I was brought up on the Tang Hall Council Estate in York. When I left school, I joined The Green Howards Infantry Regiment based in Catterick Garrison and Osnabruck Germany. I took part in a number of operational tours of Northern Ireland and Bosnia.

I left the Army in 2000 and moved to Malton to join the Fire Service. My early years as a fire fighter saw me at odds with the Blair Government. Strikes over fair pay and my disagreement over the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan made me a natural Conservative voter. My disagreement with the Labour Party became altogether more hostile as a number of my friends, who were still serving, lost their lives in Afghanistan. The lives of these young men, who knew little about politics, were cut short by a war that they were ill prepared for. That experience had a profound effect on me. But old allegiances run deep,  and it wasn’t until after the 2015 general election that I began to realise that it was the policies of the coalition government that had led to austerity and the increasing poverty around me. Public service workers like me had been taken for granted. The cost of living was increasing, yet our wages had totally stagnated and my annual salary was virtually the same in 2015 as it was in  2010.

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Bitterly disappointed with politics in general, I was intrigued when Jeremy Corbyn became leader. He stated his intention to stand on an anti-austerity platform and seemed to be able to relate to fellow human beings in a way that other politicians simply couldn’t. Labour Party membership doubled in his first 6 months as leader. However, I remained deeply suspicious of politicians in general and it wasn’t until I read the manifesto in 2017 that I nailed my colours firmly to the mast and became a Labour Party member myself.

Now in 2018 I am appalled at our divided country where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Homelessness is rising sharply, health inequalities are widening and a record number of people are having to rely on foodbanks. We face the unprecedented situation of this generation being worse off than the last, with the worst wage growth for 200 years.

We all need to do something about this, and as an elected Labour representative, I want to lead the local fight for a fair society where everyone has opportunities, and no one needs to visit a food bank.

Bryan Barrett, October 11th, 2018

Result of Poll 4th October 2018

The members worked hard to campain on behalf of Trish Beadle, but this time we were not successful coming in 2nd place.  The Tory candidate won with merely 12.5% of the 5367 electorate voting for him, we can and must do better next time.

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DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL

Hambleton District Council

Election of a District Councillor for

Thirsk

on Thursday 4 October 2018

I, Dr Justin Ives, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at the said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate

Description (if any)

Number of Votes*

BARBER, Stewart Anthony,

The Yorkshire Party

108

BEADLE, Patricia Elizabeth,

Labour Party

251

ELDERS, David Bernard,

The Conservative Party Candidate

679 Elected

* If elected the word ‘Elected’ appears against the number of votes.

The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:

Number of ballot papers

A want of an official mark

0

B voting for more Candidates than voter was entitled to

0

C writing or mark by which voter could be identified

0

D being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty

4

E rejected in part

0

Total

4

Vacant Seats: 1 Electorate: 5367 Ballot Papers Issued: 1042

And I do hereby declare that, David Bernard Elders is duly elected.

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 1st Oct

Update from Mark White:

Last night was the penultimate canvassing session in the by-election campaign and I got my wish to have a photo with 10-14 activists on a street corner. We were supported by four members of the Acomb and Westfield ward of York Central and there are 13 on the street corner (including Charlie from Acomb who took the photo). In fact, we were joined by Mick and also Jerome later in the evening so there were 15 of us in total. My thanks to all involved – it was a wonderful statement of support.

Tonight is the last canvass; we are meeting at ATS Tyres at 5:45pm.

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The plan for the week is:

Tuesday – Door knocking: Meet at ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm (Contact Mark 07831 306795)

Thursday – Election day: Meet at 6A Saxty Way from 10am until 10pm.

If anyone can help on Election Day, if only for an hour, please call either Mark or Phil

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 30th Sept

Update from Mark White:

We had a good turnout for the Carlton Miniott canvas on Sunday morning; my thanks to Trish BeadleRichard Walter; Janet Guy; Sally Anderson from Richmond CLP; Hazel Eastmond and Steve White for coming out.

We knocked 172 doors and for Hazel and Steve it was their first time experience of door knocking – when you see them ask them how they found it – and then give it a try too!

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Today, we start the final leg of the campaign leading up to election day on Thursday. Tonight we plan to complete two road groups in one session so all help will be appreciated.

The plan for the week is:

Monday – Door knocking: Meet at ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm (Contact Mark 07831 306795)
Tuesday – Door knocking: Meet at ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm (Contact Mark 07831 306795)
Wednesday – Leafletting: Meet at the Black Swan on Front Street at 5:45pm (Phil 07789 513791)
Thursday – Election day: Meet at 6A Saxty Way from 10am until 10pm.

If anyone can help on Election Day, if only for an hour, please call either Mark or Phil

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 11th Sept

Update from Phil Smith

Finished off leafletting Carlton Minniott this evening, thanks to the efforts of Marcus Missen, Richard Walter and Trish Beadle. Next up is Sandhutton, Catton and Kirkby Wiske on Thursday. Meet up at the Kings Arms Sandhutton at 18:30. All welcome to help out.

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Please see the CLP Calendar for campaign activities

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 27th Sept

Update from Mark White

We were out again on Thursday on the final road group in the Hambleton estate. This was a smaller canvass – 115 houses. We had a lot of people not answer but we did get 14 Labour promises. Mark shouts out his thanks to Philip Smith, Marcus Missen, Sally Hughes, and Richard Walter. We are in Carlton Minniott on Sunday morning at 10:30am; please note that the meeting place has changed – we will now meet outside the Vale of York pub in Carlton Minniott.

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Please see the CLP Calendar for campaign activities

Party Conference Update, Tuesday 25th

I enjoyed yesterday; the atmosphere in the hall was really energised. The day was dominated by standing ovations – two for Kier Starmer; three for Emily Thornberry and three for Diane Abbott plus several during the Palestine debate, although perhaps the latter should be described as carnival. It was extraordinary to see a sea of flags waving as Harlow CLP moved the motion.

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I did want to speak in the Brexit debate (as did our colleague Charlie Rowley from York Central) but neither of us were picked. It was a good, calm and rational debate on both motions plus the Windrush motion, one that I scarcely recognised from the radio this morning – should I be surprised?

Mick spoke in his ‘reference back’ on Fracking and this was carried overwhelmingly at the end of the day. Mick and I have noticed that whilst Fracking doesn’t appear to be at the forefront of conference business this week there is nevertheless, a strong theme that climate change is right at the top of the party’s agenda. This was evidenced by Rebecca Long- Bailey’s speech yesterday and in a Policy Forum debate that I attended where Barry Gardiner re-iterated that the business and trade forum strongly recognised that the emphasis on Growth and GDP at the cost of sustainability was not a valid approach and he reminded us that he had introduced the Fracking ban.

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At the fringe events Keir Starmer gave his analysis of the reasons that the Brexit negotiations have been so ineffective. He observed that the Tories have approached it from an ideological perspective without first having assessed the needs of the British people or economy. He had worked on the Good Friday agreement and used that example to underline how the Tories had fundamentally failed to understand that the issue was not in any way a technology issue and that it was about Irish history and sensitivities.

Mick has proposed that the NEC convene a meeting of front line CLPs and we await an answer; as he said to the platform yesterday “it wasn’t a rhetorical question”. We have the view that Fracking is an issue for CLPs but not for affliates, especially Unions, but Mick was approached by a representative of Unite who specifically wanted him to know that Unite had supported the reference back.

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It’s the Jeremy’s speech today; I won’t be sitting on the floor in the dark on Thursday morning to write an update so please watch on TV, and I hope to be back on the floor next year. It’s been a really good experience – thanks for selecting me to be your representative.

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 20th Sept

Update from Mark White

We were out in Hambleton east again on Wednesday evening. We called at nearly 200 houses (including some that we missed on Monday) and we have a large number Labour promises and people are taking posters.

The next event is the street stall in Thirsk Market Place on Saturday (September 22nd) morning starting at 10am until 3pm, and the next canvassing session is in in Hambleton East on Thursday September 27th – meet outside ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm for a prompt 6pm start.

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Many thanks to Philip Smith, Deanna Pearce, Andy Hart, Sally Hughes, Marcus Missen and Janet Guy.

Please see the CLP Calendar for campaign activities

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 18th Sept

Update from Mark White

We almost completed the road group In Hambleton East last night; it was 187 houses but we fell 39 short when it became too dark to see the board! It was fruitful though, we gained 43 Labour promises and seven people took posters to put up.

My thanks to Trish Beadle, Philip Smith, Deanna Pearce, Richard Walter, Andy Hart and to Barbara Hawkins who came over from Richmond CLP.

We are out again on Wednesday and a couple of the regulars can’t make it so I really, really need some help. If you can make it then please do as we have 201 houses to knock.

We are meeting at the junction of Dowber Way, St Mary’s Walk and Herriott Way, Thirsk at 5:45pm for a prompt 6pm start. Please come and help.

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Please see the CLP Calendar for campaign activities