Update to the Conference Mandating Meeting

4th September 2018

On the first of September, Thirsk and Malton Constituency Labour Party members met in Malton to discuss the constituency’s motion to be sent to the Party Conference to be held in Liverpool from the 23rd to the 26th of September.

There were motions put forward by members concerned with Brexit and Fracking and Climate Change. After a full discussion on both topics, the conference decided to put forward the motion concerning Fracking and Climate change.

Although the meeting recognised the concerns put forward by members on the impact that Brexit would have on the lives of constituents, it was felt that there would be many similar motions put forward by other constituency Labour Parties and that this constituency would be better served by building on its success at the last Labour Party Conference in getting a pledge to ban fracking into the last Party manifesto.

The full text of the motion is:

Action against climate change and fracking

Conference notes:

1)  7th August. Doctors accuse Tory Energy Minister of using Lancashire people as fracking ‘guinea pigs’ despite scientists’ uncertainty over impact on human health.

2)  9th 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) 13th August. Report ‘2018 will be fourth hottest year on record’. The heatwave caused devastating fires and drought.

4) 28th August. Report that air pollution causes reduction of intelligence.

5) Investment in renewables fell by 50% in 2017.

Conference supports:

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.

Alan Avery

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Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party
Tel 01751 474043
avery_uk@yahoo.com

 

Labour Party Candidate for Hambleton District Council By-Election

We would like to introduce you to TRISH BEADLE, our Labour Party Candidate for the forthcoming Hambleton District Council By-Election on October 4th.

In a council of 27 members, with 26 from a single party, Trish will offer a fresh voice for Thirsk, as the only Labour Member.

Trish is 38 years old, born , raised and educated in the District, and has sat for a few years on Sowerby Parish Council, and been on the Community Care Association board of Trustees.

She sits on the committee for the Thirsk Festival, which provides a free entry festival for local residents whilst supporting local charities. The festival this August proved to be a very successful fun day for all the family, and was very well attended.

She is an assistant leader with the scouts and attends regularly each week.

While working for eleven years for Tesco, Trish was their community champion, and helped raise money for charity.

She is dedicated to helping the people of Thirsk and Sowerby, a tireless worker for local charities, and with your help on October 4th would welcome the chance to work for you on the District Council.

If you would like to help in Trish’s campaign, please contact her agent: Mark White on 07831306795.

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To the Gazette and Herald

28thAugust 2019,

Sir,

On 29thMarch 2019, the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, on terms as yet not negotiated and with several questions such as the Irish border, the status of UK citizens resident in the EU and our membership of many European institutions still unclear.

The referendum was called in 2016 by the ruling Conservative Party in an attempt to stave off the challenge of UKIP and to unite a Tory Party divided by the question of our membership of the EU. The result of the referendum was narrow but clear. We are leaving the EU. The Labour Party has accepted the result of the referendum but has set out a programme designed to mitigate against the worst excesses of our departure.

But where is the voice of Kevin Hollinrake, the Member of Parliament for the Thirsk and Malton Constituency? Throughout the last General Election campaign he sat on the fence. It is imperative that he now uses the platform offered by this column so that we, his electorate, know where he stands on the major issues of Brexit and can hold him to account. Does he support Brexit or does he support a second referendum or no deal at all with the EU? We look forward to hearing his views.

Alan Avery

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Thirsk & Malton Constituency Labour Party
Tel 01751 474043
avery_uk@yahoo.com

 

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.”

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 Read the full article here….

The Housing Market is Broken in Ryedale as well

Press Release

13 February 2017

Contact: mick.johnston@gmx.co.uk; 0172385004

The Government’s assessment that the housing market is broken is correct and is as true in Ryedale and surrounding areas as anywhere in the country. The latest Government figures for Ryedale are for 2014 and show that the average house price was £185,000, nine times the average income in the area. The result is that many local people, especially young people trying to become independent or start a family, are unable to buy their own home and face an indefinite wait for social housing. In Ryedale last year there were almost 800 families waiting for social rented housing and only 240 families housed.
The root cause of the problem, in Ryedale as nationally, is a long term failure of the market to meet people’s needs and an equally long term failure of governments to do anything about it. It’s progress that the government has finally recognised that there is a serious problem which is adversely affecting many people’s lives. However, as Jeremy Corbyn stated in his response to the white paper, the government’s proposals for mending the market are ‘feeble beyond belief’. The main thrust of the new Government  policy  seems to be to blame local authorities for not providing enough land, while the real problem is land owners forcing prices up and builders stockpiling land as an investment. There are no significant new initiatives for intervention to change the market.
In the past local authorities had the power and the resources to build enough houses to meet the needs not met by the private sector. The rot in the market started back in the 1970’s when Margaret Thatcher at the same time as promoting the sell-off of council houses barred local authorities from building to replace the stock sold. These policies continue to this day. And the large scale house builders continue to fail to meet the demand for houses that people on lower incomes can afford.
What is needed is a large scale programme of public sector housebuilding to increase the supply and specifically to make sure that the families that need affordable housing most get it. There is a local twist to this too because people in an area like Ryedale are in competition with people from outside the area who have the cash to buy into the market. This both pushes prices up and simultaneously denies local families access to the limited supply.
A programme of public sector house building, whether for rent or sale, would have the benefit of being able to ensure that local families got priority access to the additional houses produced.