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This week around a dozen of our members were out supporting Universal Credit street protests, which were also supported by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) Sheffield and Acorn. 

More photos are up on our Facebook page here.

Universal Credit protest supported by DPAC Sheffield

This week around a dozen of our members were out supporting Universal Credit street protests, which were also supported by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) Sheffield and Acorn.  More photos... Read more

The RMT union - representing guards on trains - is taking another two days strike action next week - on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th of October. They have asked Heeley LP to help them on these strike days by leafleting the passengers coming out of/going into the railway station during the rush hours. Some RMT members will be on their picket lines, on Cross Turner St (where the taxis queue) - but they'd like us to leaflet passengers with them. Remember, this is a crucial issues about safety on trains. Drivers can't help passengers, gave them support if something kicks off, they can't look after passengers in an incident or crash..... Just as Grenfell is a terrible monument to the 'hollowing out of the state', so is the crazy idea of having no trained guards on trains. Some rail companies have agreements with the guards' union to maintain the jobs - but Northern, Merseyrail and Southern are determined. And underneath it, these companies want to break the strength of a union that looks after its members and isn't afraid to take action.

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.

In solidarity,

Andy Shallice

Heeley CLP member

Support The Striking Train Guards

The RMT union - representing guards on trains - is taking another two days strike action next week - on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th of October. They have asked Heeley...

Here is the message sent from our Chair, Louise Davies, to our members regarding the sad news about our former MP Bill Michie:

 

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.
Regards
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.

Best wishes

Louise Davies

Bill Michie former Heeley MP sadly passed away

Here is the message sent from our Chair, Louise Davies, to our members regarding the sad news about our former MP Bill Michie:   I am sorry to inform you...

On Monday 4 September, over 30 mostly Heeley Labour Party activists turned out over the three actions being held at lunchtime and teatime at Archer Road and an hour in between times at Farm Road. DSCN0582.JPG

McStrike action held on 4 September

On Monday 4 September, over 30 mostly Heeley Labour Party activists turned out over the three actions being held at lunchtime and teatime at Archer Road and an hour in... Read more

The Heeley CLP Naylor Review subgroup include members Romola Guiton, Andrea Warner, Barry Fitzgerald and others who have attended one or more meetings to investigate and discuss this report which focuses on selling off NHS assets.

Report from Heeley CLP Naylor Review sub group

The Heeley CLP Naylor Review subgroup include members Romola Guiton, Andrea Warner, Barry Fitzgerald and others who have attended one or more meetings to investigate and discuss this report which... Read more

The next Radical Readers book group meeting, which is open to all those interested in the topics being discussed, is taking place on Wednesday 13 September, 6.30pm at the Mugen Tearooms, Scotland Street, S3 7AA.

Radical Readers book group meeting - 13 September

The next Radical Readers book group meeting, which is open to all those interested in the topics being discussed, is taking place on Wednesday 13 September, 6.30pm at the Mugen Tearooms,... Read more

What do you think of when someone talks to you about trade unions? Is it of a diverse leadership that represents a variety of workers? Or does male, pale and stale come to mind?

Sheffield Central CLP event: Trade Unions - Male, Pale and Stale?

What do you think of when someone talks to you about trade unions? Is it of a diverse leadership that represents a variety of workers? Or does male, pale and... Read more

There are still places available on this briefing for union activists and officers, organised by the TUC Yorkshire and the Humber.

TUC "Enforcing the minimum wage" briefing - 7 September, Leeds

There are still places available on this briefing for union activists and officers, organised by the TUC Yorkshire and the Humber. Read more

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Gleadless Valley branch of Heeley CLP has pledged support for the National Day of Action for Fast Food Workers on Monday 4 September. Alongside the Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise campaign we will be organising solidarity action at the McDonalds branch on Archer Road, which is in the Heeley constituency.

National Day of Action for Fast Food Workers - 4 September

Gleadless Valley branch of Heeley CLP has pledged support for the National Day of Action for Fast Food Workers on Monday 4 September. Alongside the Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise... Read more

Report by Paul Scarrott, Political Education Officer, Heeley Constituency Labour Party

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Sheffield Heeley Constituency Labour Party's policy forum on the economy, business and trade was launched last week.

Twenty nine Labour Party members from Heeley and other parts of Sheffield discussed the national and local economy.

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The forum was the first of many opportunities to contribute to the development of one of the eight strands of national Labour's policy in the National Policy Forum.

It took place against the backdrop of the continuing deterioration in the economy and living standards under the Tory government.

A key principle of the forum was that economics is for everyone, not just the so-called experts: most of whom failed to foresee the 2008 Crash and who have supported the failed policy of austerity.

The discussion concentrated on how to build on the success of Labour setting the agenda in the recent general election on improving the living standards of the many.

The forum gave members an opportunity to discuss the importance of the breakthrough in Labour's economic policy under Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell of borrowing to invest, not borrowing to consume.

Alongside that members considered the progress made in winning the national debate that austerity is a choice, not an economic necessity.

A choice which is not motivated by the desire to reducing the deficit and the national debt, but primarily to boost profits; reduce wages as a share of the economy; tear up the post-war settlement and to replace the welfare state with the small state.

Much of the discussion looked at the terrible consequences of the chronic levels of underinvestment in the British economy.

Members welcomed the proposals under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership to create a national and local investment banks.

There was a recognition that public investment in infrastructure, housing, education and training are the cornerstones of the regeneration of the economy.

The determination of the Labour Party not to blame immigrants or minority communities for the country's economic woes was also seen as an important policy asset.

The national proposals to renationalise the railways and other key sectors of the economy was also met with approval.

How we defeat the Tory hard Brexit and the plans to use Brexit to lower living standards was very much on people's minds.

There were some thoughtful debates about the benefits of of maintaining membership of the single market, tariff free access and freedom of movement.

People were also keen to build on the success of the national general election campaign in winning hearts and minds of millions by changing the narrative about the country's economic priorities.

Numerous contributions also raised important questions about the potential for local councils to play a role in economic regeneration under a Labour government with investment in areas such as housing, Green Energy, skills and transport.  

The forum was very much the beginning of a discussion rather than the finished article.

A big range of topics for future consideration was suggested in the final discussion.

Members were keen to meet regularly to discuss issues in more detail and with invited speakers who could provide in-depth analysis.

A programme for future discussions will be shared after further consideration by Heeley CLP.

 

Winning economic arguments for Labour

Report by Paul Scarrott, Political Education Officer, Heeley Constituency Labour Party     Sheffield Heeley Constituency Labour Party's policy forum on the economy, business and trade was launched last week....

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