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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.

NCC Ballot

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

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.

Jargon Buster

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.

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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.

Reference Back

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.

 

Conference Report 2017

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...

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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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