Welcome to the latest Momentum South Birmingham newsletter – your unmissable weekly digest of all the interesting things going on politically in our area and beyond. Of particular note is our next MSB branch meeting, this Sunday, in Bartley Green. Full details below.
Many of you will also have attended the inaugural Momentum conference in Digbeth on Saturday – it was an excellent day but rather stressful for many people in the local Momentum branches who were volunteering to help make sure things ran as smoothly as possible! A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and there are loads of pictures of the day (and evening) on our Facebook page.
On a slightly less positive note the Birmingham Board of the Labour Party, in their infinite wisdom, decided to retain the July 2015 freeze date for members to participate in the selection of candidates for the 2018 local election elections. We have published a statement that you can read here and rest assured it will not be the end of the matter. Momentum seeks to get Labour members elected to public office. Labour will only succeed in doing that if it engages with its new members and gives them a say. The decision is a monumental act of folly.
New members meeting: 1st April
Worried about taking the first plunge into Momentum? We are (obviously) a lovely lot but getting politically active for the first time or after a long time out of the loop can be very intimidating. Join momentum members for a coffee and a cake at Cozy Coffee in Northfield on the 1st April at 11am. All welcome (child friendly) and lovely cakes!
Next South Birmingham Momentum branch meeting: 2nd April
Momentum South Birmingham will be having its next branch meeting on Sunday the 2nd April, 4pm, at Long Nuke Hall, Long Nuke Road, Bartley Green, B31 1DP. There’ll be loads to discuss and get involved in, including a few recent developments in the Birmingham Labour Party (………) and ongoing campaigning work. We will also hopefully have a speaker from the ASIRT (Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team) to talk about their work and how we can support it.
It’s the usual rule for attendance: as long as you aren’t a member or supporter of a party that isn’t Labour please join us.
Love Brum Schools Multi-Academy Trust Information meeting: 5th April
Seven schools in Moseley and Kings Heath are proposing to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Love Brum Schools will be running a repeat of their very successful public information evening with the same speakers as last time, on the 5th April, 7:30pm, at the Moseley Muslim Community Association, 496 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9AH. This time the venue is in Balsall Heath, in order to share information with the wider community. A huge number of parents, particularly of secondary school pupils, are either unaware of the schools’ plans or do not understand the implications.
If you were unable to attend the meeting in January, this is a second chance to find out more about what the issues are with the schools’ proposals and to ask any questions you may have. If you were unaware of the issues at the time, please come along to find out more.
Please spread the word to anyone you know who will be effected by these proposals. For more information please click here.
WM mayor Natural Environment debate, 7th April
From the blurb: “What do each of the candidates think about the role of the natural environment? Do they see nature as an asset or a liability? Where does a healthy natural environment sit with their list of priorities? Will they pledge to recognise the natural environment as an asset and to developing a 25 year plan to protect and restore nature?”
Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Event ends at 8.30pm and it’s at the Curzon Building,
Birmingham City University, Birmingham, B4 7BD. You’ll need to register and if you want to ask a question the email address can be found in the link.
All-Birmingham Momentum members-only meeting: 9th April
Although the venue hasn’t been confirmed yet we thought we should give you advance notice: the three Momentum branches in Birmingham are coming together in the city centre on Sunday the 9th April, in the afternoon, to discuss Labour Party democracy. This is a members-only event – if you’re a Momentum member and haven’t attended a meeting before you are more than welcome to come but please bring some proof of your membership with you. We’ll notify people of the time and venue as soon as we have it confirmed.
Stirchley Library meeting: 29th April
The next Friends of Stirchley Library (FOSL) meeting is scheduled for Saturday 29th April, 11am – 1pm, Stirchley Community Church. After the collection of money at the last meeting, with which some bookmarks were printed, they’ll be asking for donations to fund printing some posters.
Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party conference: “What is Conservative Party education policy?”, Thursday 11th May
M+KH branch have decided to put every single other Labour ward in Birmingham to shame by hosting their own conference but it looks absolutely brilliant. What is Conservative Party education policy doing to our schools? What is the alternative vision? There will be loads of speakers and discussion, it is on Thursday the 11th May and will be held at Moseley School & Sixth Form Centre, Wake Green Road, B13 9UU. It’s free to attend but you’ll need to register.
Sat 20th May Unite STP Campaign Conference
We don’t have all the details yet but a date for your diary: Saturday 20th May: Unite union are organising an STP Campaign Conference to be held at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham city centre. Speakers will include John Lister (Health Campaigns Together), Gill George, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Defend Our NHS and Sarah Carpenter (Unite national officer for health), speakers from Solihull KONP and Birmingham KONP.
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Quinton ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday the 30th March 7.15 pm, The Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road. Also open to Bartley Green members.
- Harborne ward Labour Party meeting: 1st April, 10:30 am, Moor Pool Hall, 37 The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY.
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Nothing we know of this week, but we’ll keep you posted when we do!
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
- Thursday 30 March at 7pm: An evening with Paul Routledge, at the E57 Club, 699 Alcester Road South, B14 5EY. Tickets are £10 and can be booked here.
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- Longbridge ward Labour Party meeting: Friday 31st March, 7pm, 8 Hollymoor Community Centre, Manor Park Grove, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 5ER
- Monday evenings until the conclusion of the mayoral election, 6pm to 7.30pm – phone banking (for Kings Norton ward and Mayoral campaign) – meeting at St Nicolas Place, The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8RU.
- Thursday evenings until the conclusion of the mayoral election, 6pm to 7.30pm – phone banking (for Northfield ward and Mayoral campaign) – meeting at St Nicolas Place, The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8RU.
‘Regional’ Momentum co-ordination
Cecile Wright, one of our elected NGC reps for the large ‘region’ that Birmingham and the West Midlands sits under, would like to keep in touch about how she can best open communication with us to better represent us on the Momentum Council. She wants people to feel free to get in touch with her and her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. As things develop post-conference we’ll keep you informed.
The NUT have set up a school cuts website providing information on what is going on and the likely effects. You can email your MP through the website, it only takes a minute. Please click here. Since the New Year a number of parents groups have sprung up across the country to fight for more funding for our schools. It is an important development that parents have started to organise because Governments cross parents at their peril. Please visit their website.
South Birmingham Momentum T-Shirts
Not before time in our view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If you would like one email email@example.com
Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham
KONPB do a huge amount of brilliant work but are always in need of more help. For those who are interested in supporting and/or joining KONP and contributing to campaigns their contact details are firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings are 1st Wednesday of every month (except August), so people can drop in any time. Currently they have campaigns on the STPs in Brum/Solihull and Black Country. the Midland Metropolitan Hospital (PFI/2) and they are looking to do some more work on the mental health arrangements for young people 0-25 years in Birmingham – currently ‘red risk’.
Please get involved in and support KONPB in any way you can.
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, has started running 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
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!