Andy McDonald, Meets with the CLP in Helmsley

On Saturday the 3rd August, the CLP was delighted to welcome Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary for Transport.  Despite near perfect North Yorkshire weather, 40 members and visitors crowded into the Helmsley Arts Centre. For Andy this was a return visit to his honeymoon town, but he showed no sign of sentiment as he presented an incisive account of Westminster life and the challenges of dealing with our Tory adversaries. Preparing ourselves for the next general election was a key topic – and the CLP is being encouraged to work with neighbouring constituencies to maximize the impact of a Labour vote.

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In the second half of the meeting, small groups discussed priority topics : Rural Deprivation, Peoples Vote, Health and Social Care for Older People, Rail Transport, Bus Transport, Engaging Young People and Housing.  Each group presented their policy wish list in a sentence, and (Westminster please take note) there was a strong consensus in the room. We want young people engaged in politics; a people’s vote on the final Brexit deal; an equitable, not for profit health and social care system; integrated (UK) state run transport and fair rents for all.

Andy’s visit was a catalyst for a great discussion and it was heartening that many people were first attenders – maybe our ambition merely to dent the Tory majority in Thirsk and Malton at the next election should be revised upwards..

Many thanks to Chris and Nick for their hard work in organizing the event (and thanks to Jill for the photo)

Malton and Norton Branch Hold Tea Party

On Saturday 28th July, Malton and Norton Branch held a Tea Party in Norton, as a social get together and also to raise funds!

25 members attended the event and we raised £129.50.

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It was fabulous to see so many new faces come and join us for a glass of Prosecco in the afternoon sun.

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A huge thank you to everyone who attended and for your kind donations and also a special thank you to Judith Jones who organised the event!

Watch out for our next social event, which will be a wine tasting evening.

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New: Members Chat Group

We have set up a private Members only Yammer group that allows CLP members to chat, organize and engage in friendly discussion.

This is walled off from the outside world and so is private, shared only with invited Thirsk and Malton Labour Party members. Our Membership Secretary Bryan has been sending out invitation from the Yammer group for you to join.

If you wish to ignore the invitation, please feel free to do so, but if you would like to take part, it’s is free to do so and you will be welcomed into this on-line community by like-minded souls.

Please note that by accepting the invitation, as a minimum your email address will be visible to other Yammer members, so no-one is anonymous. You may share as much or as little personal information that you desire…

The benefit, on top of purely being yet another communication tools, is in building a team, a sense of community, a virtual clubhouse, but also helping us get more organized for the next election.. The messages are not lost in the mass of everyday emails, you can drop in and take part in the conversations as you wish.

The participants are real verified people, so there are no anonymous trolls or fake news, and the CLP will not tolerate abuse, racism or sexism.

Yammer is accessed via this link: Thirsk and Malton Yammer

If you would like to take part and have not yet recieved an invitation, please email Bryan at membership@thirskandmaltonlabour.uk

Your invitation once sent will look like:

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If you follow the link you will be a taken to a log in Page:

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Fill in what details you wish to share (minumum of Name and a date you can remember) and then choose your groups:

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Remember it’s a private group for members only, nothng is shared on the internet or with any organization in engaged in psychological warfare against the UK.

NEC; Reports and Elections

The National Executive Committee is a crucially important body for the Party which is why the annual elections to it are of such interest. It has 41 members only nine of whom are directly elected by ordinary Party members; i.e. us. Your Constituency Exec Committee received many requests for nominations but decided to nominate the CLPD slate (attached) as it unequivocally supports Jeremy Corbin and the current manifesto and is most closely aligned with the policies this constituency has supported in recent years. To have maximum impact it is important to support candidates who have compatible policies and being on a slate ensures this. Voting will begin soon. Use your vote. Reports on the last NEC meeting are attached.

Stop Press; Parliamentary Selection. At the weekend the North Yorkshire County Labour Party agreed to support our call to the NEC for consultation on the selection in the event of a snap election.

National Policy Forum 2018 Consultation

The Party has launched a review of its manifesto policies with an invitation to all members to submit their views online. Useful summaries of existing policies are followed by questions to encourage responses. They covers every possible subject. You can respond individually but it would be useful if Branches could organise discussions of selected topics and perhaps make Branch submissions as well. The documents are all online. Deadline for response is 24th June. All documents and the response form are Online.

Norton Councillors call to cut vehicle speeds.

CALLS are being made for speeding restrictions – and a duck crossing sign – on a main road through Norton.  Cllr Bryan Barrett said: “It is not just Welham Road which has the problem with speeding vehicles, it is also an issue in Beverley Road and Langton Road, so perhaps we need to look at moving the signs there as well to further out of town.”  Read the full article here….

Hear Andy McDonald MP, at Helmsley Arts Centre 4th August

We have been extremely lucky to get Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, to speak to us and lead discussion on Labour’s transport and other policies. This is a Constituency event, arranged and hosted by North Ryedale Branch.

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All members, from across the whole Constituency, are invited. Please do your best to attend and make this a successful event. Andy is a popular and well known public representative of the Party, a heavy hitter. Don’t miss this chance to meet him and discuss policy. Do bring non-members who you know may be interested.

 

Meeting starts at 11.00 am Saturday 4th August,and will finish at 13:00. Bar, tea & coffee

Constituency AGM Saturday 9th June Guest Speaker Richard Corbett MEP

This is the most important organizational event of the year with election of  Officers and Exec, selection of Conference Delegates, Annual Reports, Review of the Constituency Plan and voting on any resolutions from yourselves.

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Richard’s website can be found here..  https://www.richardcorbett.org.uk

All members were invited to attend and to make nominations for Officer and Exec positions and to put forward resolutions on policy, campaign or organizational issues.

 

Chris Willamson MP Public Meeting at Malton. 10th Feb 2018

The theme of the talk given by Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, was Give Peace a Chance. In addition he covered a range of issues includng austerity, privatisation and Europe and allowed plenty of opportuniies for questions and debate. After an excellent meeting he found time to visit the Kirby Misperton Protection Camp with a group of our members to demonstrate our continued support for the local campaign against fracking.