Welcome to the latest South Birmingham Momentum newsletter, full of exciting events for you to attend and ways to support the group fight the good fight.
As per usual there is plenty of stuff to get involved in. If you’re reading this newsletter and haven’t joined the Labour Party, then please do so. And if you have and haven’t got involved yet, please do!
Many thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday morning for our NHS stall in town, it was hard work in the rain and cold but we got a great response raising such a huge issue. It is interesting that when you tell the public the policies that Labour and Jeremy Corbyn are standing on they are actually pretty popular. It will take time but it does resonate.
Anyway, there’s plenty going on this week. Enjoy! Future editions will include details of how to get involved in the crucial forthcoming by-elections – Stoke Central is close enough for us to make a big contribution as a group.
MSB fundraising officer’s meeting, 18th Jan
If you’re interested in helping us plan our fundraising events we have our first social/fundraising meeting of the new year this Wednesday at 7:30pm. Please contact Nicola Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to come along and/or you want to get involved more generally in our fundraising activities – all those brilliant leaflets we put out won’t pay for themselves………..
Sion Simon’s official campaign launch, 20th January
On the Friday 20th January (in the morning) Sion Simon is officially launching his mayoral campaign in Wolverhampton. He’ll be joined by Tom Watson. Tickets are available to Labour Party members only and can be booked here.
NHS Labour day of action and campaigning for Sion Simon, 21st January
Next Saturday there is a lot of Labour Party activity locally. I’ve put more detail in the CLP section below but the focus will be two-fold: the Labour party day of action that is going on nationally (and sadly doesn’t appear to be very well publicised) and a big day of campaigning for Labour’s West Midlands mayoral election candidate Sion Simon. Please get along to your local event if you are able to.
Walsall Momentum meeting with Christine Shawcroft, 21st January
Our good friends in Walsall Momentum have organised a public meeting with Christine Shawcroft of Labour’s NEC to discuss party democracy. This is a topic close to MSB’s heart and we did something similar last year with Christine – but Walsall are laying on food for theirs so they are going one better than us! It promises to be a very interesting evening. If you want to reserve tickets please click here.
Tower of Song 10th anniversary: 28th January
Some other really good friends of ours, the Tower of Song in Kings Norton, are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year and to mark their occasion they are putting on a gig with the proceeds going to the group – like I say, they are very good and generous friends of of the group. Please go if you can, it will be an absolutely terrific night. More details here (ignore the date though – it is definitely the 28th!)
Explore your Political Pathway: Birmingham, 1st March
The Parliament Project is an initiative to increase the number of women in Parliament and they have an event on the 1st March at the Council House.
From the Blurb:
“Women, have you considered getting involved in politics but not quite been able to take the plunge? Do you need more information but don’t know where to get it? Or do you worry you don’t have the skills but you still want to make a difference?
Come along to our first Birmingham workshop from The Parliament Project, an initiative to increase the numbers of women in political office, as we help women explore their political pathway.”
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Quinton Ward Labour Party meeting, 19th January, 7:00, Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road. Bartley Green ward members are also welcome to attend this.
- Edgbaston CLP stall: 21st January, 10-12, Harborne High St. Focus will be on NHS and supporting Sion Simon’s campaign mayoral campaign.
- Harborne Ward Labour Party meeting, Moorpool Lower Hall, 26A The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY on Saturday February 4th at 1030 – 1230.
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Hall Green BLP activity: delivering Sion Simon direct mail, date: Thu 19th January, time: 10.30am, meeting point: Junction of Stratford Road/ Ingestre Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9EF
- Hall Green CLP Women’s Group , activity: Street Stall, date: Sat 21st January, time: 11am, meeting point: outside Aldi on the Stratford Road, Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1QS
- Sparkbrook BLP, activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail, date: Sat 21st January, time: 3pm, meeting point: Dadyal Resturant, 284 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1AA
- Springfield BLP, activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail, date: Sun 22nd January, time: 1pm, meeting point: Junction of Wilton Road and Stoney Lane, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 2PX
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
- Brandwood Ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 19th January, 8pm at Bells Farm Community Centre, Bells Farm Close (off Bells Lane) Druids Heath, B14 5QP.
- Bournville Ward Labour Party meeting: 19th January – St Andrews Church, Cartland Road, B30 2RD (at 7.30).
- Selly Oak CLP meeting: 26th Venue TBC
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- Northfield ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 26 January, at Hampstead House, Condover Road, B31 3QY, at 7pm.
MSB stalls committee – volunteers needed
Our stalls co-ordinator, Chris Kuriata, is on the lookout for people to join the group’s stalls committee. Stalls have been a crucial way that we have got our ideas across. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chris: Chriskuriata@live.co.uk
MSB social media classes
Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, is interested in running some classes if you are uninitiated in Facebook and Twitter etc. and want to learn more about how to make best use of them – they are crucial part of modern political campaigning and you are never too old to learn something new! If you’re interested get in touch with Nicky: email@example.com
Statement on the Birmingham Board
Momentum South Birmingham have produced a statement in opposition to the recent Birmingham Board of the Labour Party decision to restrict eligible voters in the selection of council candidates next year. Opposition to this mystifying and self-defeating decision is growing across the city’s CLPs – in the area we cover resolutions calling for it to be reversed have been passed in at least one ward in each constituency and in some cases rather more than that! You can read the statement here – please share with all of your contacts as we believe this is a big issue – and please raise in your local Labour Party.
Ward and CLP meetings
If you want the group to publicise upcoming local Labour Party activities and branch and CLP meetings to encourage attendance, please let us know either by emailing me direct or the group account below; our wonderful social media managers Kate, Lucy, Nicky and Sam will do the rest!