MSB Newsletter 08/05/2017


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 been another pretty busy week!

On the negative side sadly Sion Simon narrowly lost the mayoral election to Andy Street, which means we’ll have four years of a pretty right-wing Tory in the most powerful political role in the region. I’ll leave it to others to offer their views on Sion’s campaign in due course but Momentum South Birmingham is of course bitterly disappointed at what has happened.

On the positive side though Liz Clements was elected as the new councillor for Hall Green ward – and by a thumping margin. Many congratulations to Liz and a big thank you to all of our supporters who have helped her over the last few weeks – I know she appreciates all the assistance she received.

Our first “Marginal Seat Saturday” took place this weekend in Northfield constituency. A big group of Momentum activists from all over the city braved unseasonably cold weather and came over to help with two big stalls and a massive door-knocking session with the team getting to over a thousand properties across the morning. A huge thank you to Northfield CLP for being so welcoming and we’ll see you again in a couple of weeks! This Saturday our focus will turn to Edgbaston CLP – more details below. 


**Voter registration drive**

  • Don’t lose your vote: If you’re not already registered to vote, register now. It takes just 2 minutes, and all you need is your national insurance number. Remember, if you’re a UK resident from the Republic of Ireland or a Commonwealth countryyou’re eligible to vote. If you’re not sure where you’ll be on 8th June, make sure you register for a postal vote. Just fill out this form and post or email it to your Electoral Registration Office. It must reach them by 5pm on 23rd May, so make sure to send it a week before.
  • Get everyone you know to register: If every single one of us gets five people to register, we’ll win this election. Do your bit, make sure your friends and family are all registered to vote by 22nd May.
  • Momentum activists in Birmingham are helping with voter registration initiatives – if you want to help please drop us a line at and we’ll pass on your details to the people co-ordinating it. We’ll be targeting young people in particular and potentially leafleting outside colleges.


“Marginal Seat Saturdays” in Edgbaston and Northfield

Momentum activists from across Birmingham met on Sunday the 30th April and we agreed to prioritise Northfield and Edgbaston, the two most marginal constituencies. We will be mobilising for “Marginal Seat Saturdays” every weekend and after a hugely successful session this Saturday just gone we’ll be trying something similar in Edgbaston constituency on the 13th. At the moment we know there will be a street stall on Harborne High Street, meeting outside WHSmith, at 10am so it may be good to make your way unless you hear otherwise!


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 – and as far as we know it is still going ahead. 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.


Training event with Bernie Sanders Campaign – 17th May, 7pm

Local Labour Parties and dedicated activists across the country are going to be working night and day to organise locally and be the back bone of the election campaign.

Momentum’s role in this general election is to support these local organisers, mobilise our activists to go out and support Labour Party activities and ensure our activists are as confident and effective on the door as possible.

We want to do this as strategically as possible focusing on key marginals across the country and working to protect key candidates.

One of the ways we intend to do this is through training. We do not want to detract in any way from people door knocking and other campaign activities but lots of people want support in feeling more confident and prepared for the doorstep. We also have lots of people joining door-knocking sessions who have never campaigned with the Labour Party before. Momentum can ensure that these people stay motivated and are as confident and effective as possible.

With that in mind we are going to be joined by a guest speaker from the Bernie Sanders campaign on Wednesday the 17th May, from 7pm in the rear function room of the Highbury Pub, Dads Lane, Stirchley, B13 8PQ  (apologies for the venue not being in the city centre but it is free and big!) This will be a useful event for people both new to or experienced in campaigning so please join us – and it will be a great springboard to what promises to be a big Marginal Seat Saturday on the 20th!


Homelessness charity gig, 19th May

Attached to the bottom of this newsletter is a flyer advertising a gig on the 19th in support of Project Birmingham. The Project, also known as South Birmingham Young Homeless Project, is a quality assured advice centre specialising in Homeless Prevention, Welfare Benefits and Debt, our aim is to prevent homelessness and improve the lives of vulnerable people, they do this by offering free impartial advice and support. It’s at the Royal British Legion in Kings Heath and kicks off at 8pm. Cost is £5.

Jeremy Corbyn in Birmingham – 20th May.

Jeremy will be speaking at a big pre-election rally on Saturday the 20th (typical how everything falls the same day!) at the ICC. If you want to register click here – it is likely to fill quickly if it hasn’t already!


Sat 20th May: Unite STP Campaign Conference

Unite union are organising an STP Campaign Conference to be held at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham city centre, runs from 10:30 until 13:30 and you can register for it here. 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. STPs are going to have a massive effect on what happens to the NHS over the next few years and activists campaigning against them or for radical changes need to be armed with the full story – this will be a great opportunity to get that.


Women’s March against Trumpism: 20th May

On Saturday May 20th the anti-choice fraternity is organising its own UK version of ‘March For Life’ in Birmingham with the slogan ‘life from conception – no exception’. Abortion Rights is joining up with women’s groups as part of the Women’s March Against Trumpism to call its own demonstration against the misogyny and sexism that Trump galvanised in his election campaign that is creeping over here. More details here – the 20th is going to be a very busy day politically in Birmingham!


General election, June 8th.

We are all rather electioned-out I suspect but sadly we are going to have to go again as this one is very, very important. We have 5 weeks to close a 20 point gap in the polls (recent developments show a positive trend, pleasingly), defend what we have already in Birmingham (9 of the 10 seats) and we’ll also be campaigning alongside a new candidate in Edgbaston, Councillor Preet Gill of Sandwell, following Gisela Stuart’s decision not to stand again. There are some pictures of Preet at the first constituency stall since her selection here and there are plenty on our Twitter feed too (@MomentumSBham).  

MSB are under no illusions, this is going to be the fight of our lives and we have a few weeks to change a lot of minds. Many of the sitting Labour MPs are not particularly to our liking, to put it mildly, and we should have been given a chance to vote for our candidates, but we are where we are.

There will be plenty of information about campaigning on our social media and also, hopefully, on the Birmingham Labour Party website. We’ll try and keep everything as up-to-date as we can and this newsletter will serve as a snapshot of everything coming up that we know of. The individual CLP sections are below and we’ll be keeping a spreadsheet with everything we know about here.

The officers of MSB have produced a statement that can be read here and if you want to get involved in campaigning please drop us a line at

Momentum nationally have also produced lots of information that can be read here.

Labour will also be running a semi-permanent phonebank at one of their offices at the city centre – for more details and to book a session please click here to find them. You can pick the constituency you wish to focus on when you go and we suggest you prioritise Northfield and Edgbaston, the two most marginal seats (more details below)


Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

Tuesday 9th May

  • 12pm – 5pmPhonebank at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston, B15 3BE
  • 15pm – 7.45pm – Phonebank at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston, B15 3BE

Wednesday 10th May

  • 12pm – 5pmPhonebank at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston, B15 3BE
  • 15pm – 7.45pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet on the junction of Welsh House Farm Road and Blandford Road (B32 2NQ)

Thursday 11th May

  • 12pm – 1.45pm Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet at junction of Quinton Rd West & Mayswood Grove (B32 2RQ)
  • 12pm – 5pmPhonebank at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston, B15 3BE
  • 15pm – 7.45pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the junction of Stirling Road and Waterworks Road (B16 9AL).

Saturday 13th May

  • Marginal seat Saturday: the CLP is organising a street stall, meeting at 10am outside WHSmith on the High Street. Other activities will be co-ordinated in the meantime, hopefully!


Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Education conference on the 11th: more details above.
  • Tuesday 9th May (4pm) Leaflet Drop: Meet at junction of Abbotsford Rd & Fallows Rd (B11 1PH)
  • Wednesday 10th May (4pm) Leaflet Drop: Meet at junction of Fallows Rd & Anderton Rd (B11 1NB)
  • Thursday 11th May (4pm) Leaflet Drop: Meet at junction of Stratford Rd & Long St (B11 1SE)
  • Friday 12th May (4pm) Leaflet Drop: Meet at New Dadyal Restaurant,284 Stratfrod Rd (B11 1AA)
  • Saturday 13th May (4pm) Door Knocking: Meet at junction of Ladypool Rd & Ombersley Rd (B12 8UT)
  • Sunday 14th May (4pm) Door Knocking: Meet at junction of Stoney Lane & Wilton Rd (B11 4PP)


Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

Doorknocking sessions:

  • Tuesday 9th May (6-8pm): Meet at junction of Fradley Close and Longfellow Road
  • Thursday 11th May (6-8pm): Meet at the junction of Macefield Square and Ingoldsby Road


Northfield constituency dates for your diary

Contact for more information

  • Tue 9th May, 6pm – door-knocking in Kings Norton, meeting at the corner of The Fairway & Vardon Way (B38 8XH).
  • Wed 10th May, 6pm – door-knocking in Allens Cross, meeting at the corner of Egghill Road & Norrington Road (B31 5NX).
  • Wed 10th May, 6pm – phone-banking, Longbridge branch, to be held at 10 Rednal Mill Drive (B45 8XX)
  • Thu 11th May, 6pm – door-knocking in Rednal, meeting at the corner of Edgewood Road & Irwin Avenue (B45 8QU).


Fundraising survey

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 As things develop further post-conference we’ll keep you informed.


School cuts

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.


KONP 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

Meetings are 1st Wednesday of every month (except August), so people can drop in any time at The Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5SN. 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.


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


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:


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!

19th May gig flyer-page-001



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