Development programme for women in Heeley and Central Consituency Labour Parties
We are funding a development programme aimed at women to encourage participation at all levels in the Party to help address underrepresentation. Any woman can apply but in particular we welcome applications from young women, BAME women, women with a disability and women who feel there are barriers in place which makes them feel they cannot participate - maybe not having gone on to further or higher education, caring responsiblities or a lack of confidence that you can do it.
Real Clear are going to deliver the programme and set out below is a letter from them which gives more detail and tells you how to apply.
Letter from Real Clear:
An Exciting Opportunity for Women Members in Heeley and Central
We are delighted to have teamed up with Sheffield Heeley and Sheffield Central Constituencies to create a Personal Training and Development Programme with a difference. The aim of the programme is to encourage more people to get involved with our party and our community. Perhaps by getting more involved in your local branch, perhaps in a community organisation, perhaps as a councillor or an MP.
What makes this different?
A little bit of that difference is about us as training providers. Real Clear www.realclear.co.uk was set up by 3 Labour Party members – I am a member of Sheffield Heeley CLP - to help our people to develop the skills and confidence to do their jobs even better, to take on new challenges and to change their bit of the world.
Most of the difference in this development programme however is you. The programme is aimed at people who wouldn’t normally think of themselves as a future branch or CLP officer or a councillor. We want to hear from people who probably haven’t stood for election. Perhaps they lack the confidence, perhaps they think “I could never do that” or that it isn’t for people like them.
We have worked with Labour MPs and councillors across the country and we think that the best representatives, particularly councillors, know how to listen, have lots of empathy and can get along with people. They know their own mind but are ok with knowing that not everyone will agree with them. If that sounds like you then we would love to hear from you. You might be surprised at what you can do.
The programme, which spans over several months, consists of 6 Saturday morning training sessions beginning on June 23rd 2018. These will be supported by coaching and by you as a network of people on the programme. The training will cover things like:
- Managing Challenging Behaviour
- Emotional intelligence
- Leadership skills
- Effective communication
- Self-confidence and resilience
- Understanding different personalities
- Decision making
- Public speaking
If you check out our website you will see that people really enjoy our training. We try to have a lot of fun. Really helpful people like Councillor Olivia Blake will be helping us by explaining how councils work and Louise Haigh MP will be coming along too!
Louise Haigh commented “Women from a wide range of backgrounds and skills continue to be underrepresented at all levels of our democracy and we know that greater diversity equates to better decision making. Programmes like this are so important in encouraging women to come forward and in empowering them to get involved”.
You don’t have to commit to become a councillor, or an MP, or even the assistant minutes officer in your ward. You just have to come along. And bring a pen. The programme will run over six sessions, on the following dates:
- 23 June
- 7 July
- 1 September
- 13 October
- 10 November
- 8 December
Venue: GMB offices in Sheffield all of which are fully accessable. Specific venues will be confirmed for each session.
Time: 9am to 12.30pm
To be eligible to apply, it’s important that you’re able to commit to at least four of these dates.
What next?: If you would like any more information please feel free to get in touch.
If you are interested in applying to join the programme please email the information below to me at email@example.com.
- Email address:
- Why you’d like to apply for the course:
- Which dates you can commit to:
- Useful information about you (please share anything that is useful for us to know, this could include how you are involved with the Labour Party, disabilities/learning needs, family and career background – the more information you give us the better!)
The closing date for applications is the 7th June 2018 at 12.00pm. You will be informed early the next week if you have been allocated a place.
I look forward to hearing from you,
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Report by Beverley Thomas - joint Women's Officer Sheffield Heeley Labour CLP
It was a historic Conference. In addition to having an inspiring Women's Conference, the keynote speaker was Naomi Klein. It was clear that more women than ever were at the forefront of this new style of Labour leadership, in the Shadow Cabinet we heard from the likes of women such as, Diane Abbott, Dawn Butler, Rebecca Long Bailey, Angela Rayner and Emily Thornberry, to name a few.
Delegates voted overwhelmingly to transform Labour into a members-led party.
The NCC Ballot saw a massive victory for Emina Ibrahim and Anna Dyer. They got 70 per cent of the overall votes between them, showing the desire of party members to be well represented on this committee. This Conference marks a major step forward for the ongoing transformation of the Labour Party.
Rule changes were passed that will ensure a more democratic choice for members in future leadership elections, increase membership representation on the NEC, and address discrimination in our party. All other rule changes were remitted by delegates on the assurance that they will be addressed in the upcoming party review, except for the rule change on contemporary motions by Brighton Pavilion, which was defeated despite having two thirds’ of support from the CLP Section.
Composites and References Back
In addition, Conference passed composites on the NHS, Social Care, Housing, Rail, and the Grenfell Fire, and there were two successful references back on the National Policy Forum Report in the sections covering education and health policy. As with the reference back on Monday of the Conference, these sections will be returned to the NPF for redrafting. Most importantly of all, they have sent out a strong signal that Labour Party members want to see radical, progressive policies embedded in the Labour Party, and want a greater say in policymaking.
Sometimes Labour Party terminology feels like a language of its own. Below you will find some of the key terms explained to make the report more accessible.
To set up an account on Membersnet in order to be able to access documents from conference and for much more go to https://members.labour.org.uk
Labour Party Conference
The formal decision-making body of the party held as an annual event for which Constituency Labour Parties, Trade Unions and Affiliated Socialist organisations across the country elect delegates who vote on the memberships’ behalf.
Next year Conference will take place in Liverpool.
National Constitutional Committee (NCC)
Committee which deals with disciplinary matters within the party.
Compositing meetings and Composite Motions
Compositing meetings are held following the results of the priorities ballot on Sunday evening. Delegates from CLPs, Trade Unions and Affiliated Organisations whose respective bodies have submitted motions on the topics chosen in the priorities ballot are invited to these meetings to collectively decide on the content of a Composite Motion. A composite motion is an amalgamation of individual contemporary motions on a given policy topic on which the conference takes a vote in the conference sessions that follow. While individual contemporary motions are short, composite motion are known for their length.
Well done Heeley CLP for passing a motion two years ago, and to Jack Dunn who took it to the last year’s conference. For the first time this year the conference was able to “reference back” or “refer back” individual elements of National Policy Forum’s report. Previously to this rule change, the report could only be dealt with on a “take it or leave it basis” meaning that important pieces of policy had to be accepted alongside more problematic ones, or lost all together.
To reference back, a delegate has to identify a specific page and paragraph/line of the NPF report and briefly explain their reasoning for wanting that policy item to be reconsidered from the podium. The result of a passed “reference back” is that the NPF has to reconsider the party’s approach to the relevant policy, with reference to the issues raised by the delegate who proposed it, and report back on their findings at the following year’s conference.
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Tuesday and Thursday outside Midland station. From 8-9am; and from 4.30-5.30pm. Look for the Heeley Labour banner. Meet the public, defend the guards and defend the RMT.
Heeley CLP member
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I am sorry to inform you that our former MP, Bill Michie, passed away yesterday. His family has sent the following message:
I am sad to let you know that Bill Michie died this morning at 10.15am (Friday 22nd September) at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
He had been taken back to hospital on Monday with a severe chest infection and after having breakfast this morning and seemingly being a little better he presently died in his bed.
He has had the most horrific health problems over the last two years and recently he had a devastating attack of shingles that he was fortunate to survive. It is often a cliché to say the deceased bore their illness with great fortitude -- but Bill really did, showing exemplary courage at all times. He lived by himself in a large house and despite having lost a leg he managed to sleep upstairs and carry out most of the daily tasks he need to perform.
He served on the SYCC from the first election in 1976 until abolition in 1986. In truth his major local government work was with Sheffield City Council (1970-84) where he was Chair of Planning and Chief Whip and at one time an unsuccessful candidate for the leadership, being defeated by David Blunkett. He gained some fame as the man who fixed the Red Flag on the Town Hall flag post after the staff (all Union members) refused to do so. And objections to a subway painting of John Wayne got him headlines across the world. (one was-- "This subway ain't big enough for the two of us!!" also a lot of hate mail from the putative Alt Right.
Elected to Parliament in 1983 for Sheffield Heeley (one of only four SYCC members to become MPs) he served until 2001. A member of the Campaign Group and proud of his working class background, Bill was fiercely defensive of the Left in British politics, along with another rebel (A Mr. J Corbyn --whatever happened to him?) so much so that at one time one of the tabloids called him the "Third Most Dangerous Man in Britain" . (Tony Benn was the first but who was second?) Bill was rather proud of this title, and was received with some hostility by the Labour Party establishment when he first got to Parliament.
He was born in Sheffield on 24th November 1935 and married Judith in 1988 and they enjoyed an idyllic marriage together before her death last year. He is survived by two sons from a previous marriage, Simon and Jonathon, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Will post notice of funeral arrangements.
Simon, Jonathan, Suzy & Daniel
I have contacted Bill's family to pass on our condolences. I will let you know the funeral arrangements when they become available.
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