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, in fact this week is something of a bumper edition……. 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 was out on a bitterly cold Saturday morning this weekend just gone campaigning for our NHS and Labour’s West Midlands mayoral candidate, Sion Simon!
Copeland and Stoke by-elections
It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that the Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent by-elections are both likely to take place on Thursday 23rd February. It is critical that we throw our energy into campaigning for two Labour victories. Local Momentum activists have already been on the doorstep in Copeland and national Momentum are currently planning the best way for Momentum members nationally to support these campaigns – from pop up phone-banks to coaches and carpools. Register here if you’re interested in volunteering in the coming month. You can find details of the Labour campaign offices here for Copeland and here for Stoke.
West Midlands Labour are also organising plenty of activity in the Stoke Central constituency and any help would be very much appreciated: meeting Monday to Saturday at 10am, 2pm and 5pm, and Sunday 10am and 2pm, at the GMB building (the old CATU building) for campaigning across the constituency. The address is Garth Street, Hanley, ST1 2AB and there’s a free car park opposite the office. For more details, click here. If you’d like to deliver the latest leaflet, or help another way, please let them know here.
It’s imperative that Labour wins these two by-elections so if there is any support you can offer either campaigns it could make a huge difference.
MSB stall at Maypole, 28th January
We’ll be running a stall in support of keeping Baverstock School open this Saturday morning between 11am and 1pm. We’ll be meeting outside Sainsbury’s on Maypole Lane and talking to local residents about the school, and maybe a bit about Momentum too. Please join us, even if it’s only for half an hour or so. More details here and more details of the protest planned for Monday night a bit further down.
Tower of Song 10th anniversary: 28th January
Some really good friends of ours, the Tower of Song in Kings Norton, are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year and to mark the occasion they are putting on a gig with the proceeds going to our group – like I say, they are very good and generous friends of the group. Please go if you can, it will be an absolutely terrific night and a nice way to conclude your day after the campaigning at Maypole. More details here (ignore the date though – it is definitely the 28th!)
Save Baverstock School protest, 30th January
‘Save Baverstock School’ are organising a protest on Monday 30 January at 7pm outside the school’s main entrance. MSB will be there as it is an issue close to many members hearts – please join us if you can. There could well be some local TV coverage too………
Kings Heath and Moseley Multi-Academy Trust Information meeting: 31st Jan
There will be a public meeting about proposed multi-academy trust on 31st Jan at 7pm, West Midlands Travel Sports Club, Wheelers Lane, B13 0ST. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the plans and start reflecting on whether they are a good idea or not………..
Nominations have opened for the National Coordinating Group (NCG), Momentum’s highest governing body. Don’t miss your chance to stand for election. For more information about the NCG and how to nominate yourself, visit the nominations website here. Your nomination must be completed by midday on Monday 30th January.
Following an online poll of our branch we have decided to endorse one of members, Sam Poulson, who is seeking election to the NCG and we will be promoting his candidacy on social media. He would be an excellent representative for Birmingham on the organisation’s leading body so please consider voting for him. Keep an eye on our social media for more information or follow this link to vote for Sam http://mvotes.io/3dqncv
Next MSB branch meeting: 5th Feb
Our next branch meeting is on Sunday 5th Feb at our usual venue, the Highbury Pub in Stirchley. There will be lots to discuss: our activity in the trade unions, the Labour Party and also the recent developments with the new Momentum constitution. Please join us if you are a Momentum supporter or member in South Birmingham. And if it’s the first time you’ve attended don’t worry, we’ll look after you we promise! The usual rule applies, if you are a member of another political party you won’t be able to attend unfortunately though, sorry………
Next Friends of the Library of Birmingham Planning meeting, 13th Feb
FOLOB’s next planning meeting will be held at 5.30 p.m. on Monday 13 February in the UNISON office,19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LF. These meetings are open to all, so do come if you’re interested in getting involved and helping the campaigns to protect local library services.
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.”
‘Our NHS’ demonstration: 4th March
Our NHS is at breaking point. With a backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS. Theresa May’s demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service. The Government’s latest wheeze, Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are in reality just a smokescreen for further cuts and privatization. A coalition of organisations have organised a demonstration on the 4th March and MSB are planning on organising a coach, but first we need to gauge interest (tickets will be something like £10-12 for a return. If you would like to go can you please email Nicky Brennan at email@example.com.
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Harborne Ward Labour Party meeting, Moorpool Lower Hall, 26A The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY, Saturday February 4th Feb, 10:30.
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Hall Green BLP Activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail. Date: Thu 26th January. Time: 10.30am. Meeting point: Outside the Balwins Arms, 230 Baldwins Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 0QB
- Moseley and Kings Heath BLP Activity: Street Stall. Date: Sat 28th January. Time: 10am
- Meeting point: Outside Asda on the High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7BW.
- Sparkbrook BLP Activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail. Date: Sat 28th January. Time: 3pm. Meeting point: Dadyal Resturant, 284 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1AA
- Springfield BLP Activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail. Date: Sun 29th January. Time: 1pm. Meeting point: Junction of Dolphin Road/St Johns Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4RG
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
Nothing to report this week but keep an eye out for updates in future editions!
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- Northfield ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 26 January, at Hampstead House, Condover Road, B31 3QY, at 7pm.
- Weoley ward Labour Party meeting, Thursday 26th January 7.30pm at Weoley Hill United Reform Church, Green Meadow Road, Birmingham B20 4DE.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 move 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!