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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Do you know your local councillors?

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.

Thirsk By-election, 4th October 2018

Hambleton District Council announced that there will be a by-election in Thirsk on October 4th due to the resignation of one of the Tory councillors.  Trish Beadle will be standing as our Labour Party candidate in the election (in the 2015 election she received 778 votes standing as an Independent) and we are now on an election footing. As you will be aware, it is one of the key objectives of the Vale of York branch to elect at least one Labour councillor to the District Council and now we have our first opportunity. We have been campaigning in Thirsk for two months now so this happens to be the best ward for us to contest. We will soon draw up a campaign plan and manifesto but we already know that the campaign will be four weeks at most so we will need all the help that we can get.

Please attend the next branch meeting on Monday September 3rd at 7pm at theto become involved in the campaign.

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We will be leafletting and door knocking so it is a good opportunity to practice door knocking before the main District Council elections in 2019; we will provide training and support before your first session. I estimate that we will need to run at least two, possibly three campaigning sessions each week of the four week campaign so every volunteer will make a big difference.

Look forward to seeing you,
Mark White, Vale of York Branch Chair.

Final Say: Tony Blair backs Independent’s campaign for a referendum on final Brexit deal

Tony Blair has thrown his weight behind The Independent’s Final Say campaign for a referendum on the terms of Brexit.

The ex-prime minister said no-one who voted in the 2016 referendum wanted a poorer country that is forced to stockpile food and medicines, as the UK is now doing.

The Independent kicked off its campaign for a Final Say on whatever Brexit terms emerge next year along with a petition earlier this week.

Within 24 hours almost 200,000 had signed the petition showing the strength of feeling in the wider country for people to have an opportunity to express themselves again.

Mr Blair took to Twitter to say: “33m+ people voted in the EU referendum wanting a better country, not to be poorer, not to put further pressure on our already stretched health service, not for job losses or to stockpile food and medicines. It should be your #Finalsay.

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Theresa May has urged voters not to worry about Brexit, despite her government setting out plans to stockpile food, blood and medicine in case it goes badly.

She said people should take “reassurance and comfort” from news of the plans, to be implemented if the UK crashes out of the EU without an agreement in March next year.

It came after health secretary Matt Hancock admitted he had already met with industry leaders to discuss building up NHS reserves of vaccinations, medical devices, clinical consumables and blood products if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.

Dominic Raab, the new Brexit secretary, also recently confirmed preparations were being made to stockpile food, as ministers ramp up planning in case the negotiations fail.

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 & 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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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.

Leader-EPLP-Richard-Corbett-4-1.jpgThis year we were lucky to have as our guest speaker Richard Corbett one of our elected Yorkshire Members of the European Parliament. Richard is currently Leader of the Labour Group and as it was, if Brexit isn’t stopped, our last chance to hear directly from the European Parliament made it a special and unrepeatable occasion.

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 Williamson 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.

Debbie Abrahams Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Saturday 12th May, Thirsk. 13.00hrs

Debbie Abrahams Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Saturday 12th May, Thirsk. 13.00hrs

Delighted that we were able to get Shadow Cabinet member Debbie Abrahams to come to speak at a public meeting in Thirsk. The Brexit supporting MP addressed the issues of poverty austerity and the failing welfare system and setting out the Labour Manifesto for dealing with them. See Debbie’s Conference Speech.

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It was held at The Friends Meeting House, 24 Kirkgate, Thirsk YO7 1PL