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. It’s another bumper issue and there is plenty to get involved in with the Hall Green ward by-election and WM mayoral election just a few weeks away.
Hall Green ward by-election
Many of you may know that there is a by-election in Hall Green ward on the 4th May (the same day as the mayoral vote). It’s fair to say that the campaign has been eventful so far, and not for good reasons, but clearly the priority now is to get the Labour candidate elected. Liz Clements is standing for our party – she’s has been out a lot in recent days and has been joined by many members and local councillors. She still needs more help though! If you go on the Birmingham Labour Party website and search for forthcoming events there is stuff going on all the time, be it door-knocking or leaflet drops. Momentum activists will be out in force too!
MSB curry night in Kings Heath: 12th April
If you like your political gatherings to have some tasty accompaniments join South Birmingham Momentum members for a curry night at the Spice Merchant in Kings Heath (36 Poplar Road, B14 7AD). Please let us know if you can make it so a table can be booked. You can bring your own drink, if you wish. Many thanks to our fundraising co-ordinator Nicky for organising!
BME employment in the West Midlands,
Friday 21st April, 2-4pm
From the blurb: “We know that Black people in Birmingham are approximately three times more likely to be unemployed than White British people. And the economic recovery has not been shared equally with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities still saddled with unequal employment prospects. With Local Authorities under increased strain – how can we work together to secure a fair deal for Birmingham’s BME communities?” Speakers include Jess Phillips. Find out more and register online. Tickets are free but essential.
Hope Not Hate workshop: Wednesday 26th of April
HnH are running a “having difficult conversations” workshop in support of their friends at Bearwood Action for Refugees. This will be of particular interest to people who missed an opportunity to take part in this excellent training session when last run in Birmingham (several MSB members were present and we really enjoyed it!) The session is being run in the lead up to Bearwood Action for Refugees ‘RefuTea Party’ (and AGM). This workshop introduces some practical tools for activists wanting to engage with people who are not sympathetic to our views. More details and registration for this event can be found here.
West Midlands Mayoral ‘cultural’ hustings, 28th April
On Friday 28 April 2017 WGGB, BECTU, Equity and the Musicians’ Union are giving you the opportunity to question the mayoral candidates and hear their vision for the cultural and creative sectors. It kicks off at 7:45pm, is being held at the Birmingham Rep and you can book tickets and get more information here.
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.
A Moral Economy – a talk by Ann Pettifor,
Wednesday 10th May
Ann Pettifor, an advisor to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, was a founder and leading spirit of the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign which in 1998 brought 70,000 people out in a human chain onto the streets of Birmingham. After 2000 she joined the New Economics Foundation where she headed their research unit. She set up Advocacy International, a UK-based consultancy that advises governments and international organisations and has helped secure debt relief for the governments of Guyana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The talk starts at 18:30 and is going to be at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX. To register click here.
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.
National State Of The Economy Conference –
Birmingham, 20th May
Labour’s annual national ‘State of the Economy’ conference is in central Birmingham on Saturday 20 May. Jeremy Corbyn put the need for an economy that works for all at the heart of his successful leadership campaign. Over the next year Labour will be helping to build on this vision by discussing more detailed proposals for the next General Election. As part of that conversation, John McDonnell has asked a number of experts from the world of economics and beyond to join him in a series of regional one-day conferences to lay out the policies our country needs to build a future where prosperity is shared, and where no one and no community is left behind. This includes discussions of how a Labour government can make a real difference to your area. Book your place at the ‘State of the Economy’ conference here (if you’re a party member obviously!)
Labour’s National Policy Forum:
8 policy documents and deadline for submissions – 31st May
Last year Jeremy Corbyn said that he wanted Labour to reconnect with our values and our people, so we can rebuild and transform Britain, for the many, not just the few. To do this the party needs to hear from you, the members, to harness your views, passions and expertise. At conference Jeremy set out ten pledges outlining his priorities. He asked Labour’s National Policy Forum to build on this work, to develop Labour’s thinking in these and other key areas. Eight new consultation documents on key issues have been launched and opinions sought. The consultation period runs until Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Hopefully members and local parties will take the opportunity to read the documents and send in comments and ideas. The more people that get involved, the stronger and better the party’s policy making process is.
The best and easiest way to send in your ideas and join the discussion is via Labour’s online home of policy making: www.policyforum.labour.org.uk. (You’ll need to register an account or use your Labour Login).
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Nothing to report this week we’ll keep you posted about activities in future editions!
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Moseley and Kings Heath ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 13th April, Moseley Community Development Trust (above the post office), Moseley Village, Alcester Road, B13 8JP.
- Hall Green by-election: details above.
- Moseley Forum, together with Kings Heath Residents Forum, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum and Brandwood Forum have organised a hustings event for the inaugural West Midlands Mayoral Election. All six candidates have confirmed their attendance. Kings Heath Baptist Church, 80, High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7JZ: 7:30pm start but get there early to guarantee a seat! More details here.
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
- Selly Oak CLP Momentum sub-group meeting on the 11th: The British Oak pub, 1364 Pershore Road, Stirchley B30 2XS: 7.30pm.
- Thursday 13th April: instead of the normal branch meeting, Bournville Labour will be holding a phone bank for the mayoral election from 7-8 at St Andrews Church, Cartland Road.
- Saturday 15th April: Please keep 11.30-1 free on Saturday for mayoral campaigning. Location TBC – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- Tues 11 April, Momentum Northfield sub-group; 7.30pm, upstairs conference room, Black Horse Pub, Bristol Road South, Northfield.
- Wed 12th April, 6pm – Weoley ward mayoral election door-knocking, meeting at the corner of St Heliers Road and Cheverton Road (B31 1RU).
- Thu 13th April, 6pm – Northfield ward mayoral door-knocking, meeting at the corner of Seven Acres Road and The Fordrough (B31 3HX)
- Sat 15th April, 10.30am – Kings Norton ward mayoral door-knocking, meeting at the corner of Sir Hiltons Road and Redhill Road (B31 3NE).
- Saturday 15th April, 10am to 4pm, Pride of Longbridge; a celebration of the heritage of the historic car factory at Longbridge, the workers and the local community. Car rally, children’s entertainment, food, bar and other amenities. Held at Cofton Park, Lowhill Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham. All welcome.
- 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.
Our fundraising co-ordinator, Nicky, has drawn up a quick survey for members and supporters to fill in to canvass our views on what we want. If you have a spare couple of minutes please fill it in here.
MSB statement on the July 2015 ‘freeze date’ decision
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.
‘Regional’ Momentum co-ordination
Cecile Wright, one of our elected NGC reps for the large ‘region’ that Birmingham and the West Midlands sits in, 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 email@example.com. As things develop further post-conference we’ll keep you informed.
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!