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 the Parish Rooms, Easingwold to become involved in the campaign.
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.
Mandate Your Conference Delegates.
1st September 2018
Your delegates to Labour Party Conference, Mark White and Mick Johnston, are committed to representing your views as well as we possibly can. Conference may be difficult this year with a number of potentially divisive issues, the most obvious being antisemitism and the EU although other very important issues will be on the agenda. Please help us by coming to this Special General
Meeting to debate and vote to determine this Constituency’s policies. You can, if you wish, submit proposals for a ‘Contemporary Motion’ to Conference but note that the criteria for these (attached) are very tight. If you would like to put forward any motions for debate at this meeting, whether a possible Conference Contemporary Motion or to establish Constituency policy on a Conference issue you must get the wording with proposer and seconder to Mick no later than Monday 27th August.
Late Motions will not be accepted but amendments to anything on the agenda may be put forward for debate at the meeting. Mick will circulate an agenda with any motions received prior to the meeting and will send out the National Policy Forum Annual Report and any other relevant stuff as soon as Mick gets it.
The meeting is from 11.00am to 1.00pm at Ryedale Community and Leisure Centre, Bowling Lane, Off Scarborough Road, Norton, YO17 8EG.