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.
I’ll keep the preamble fairly to a minimum this week as there is a lot of stuff to read through. There are a couple of useful articles about the situation with Birmingham councillors (always another election to think about!) and a very interesting all-Birmingham Momentum gathering planned next Sunday with the fantastic Chris Williamson MP as our guest speaker! It promises to be a really interesting discussion and we are focussing on giving our members and supporters time to debate the big issues and listen to the views of one of the best MPs Labour has.
For all of you Birmingham Labour Party democracy watchers this statement from the officers of MSB may be of interest regarding recent shenanigans on the Birmingham Board. Clearly some people have learnt nothing from the general election, sadly…… Feel free to circulate to anyone who you think might be interested.
Anyway, enjoy this week’s edition – there is plenty going on so you won’t be bored…….
Chris Williamson in Birmingham next Sunday!
On Sunday 2nd July Momentum activists in Birmingham are coming together to discuss the positive election results and what we need to do to ensure that a Corbyn-led Labour Party is elected next time out, which could be very soon!
We’ll be meeting at the The Lamp Tavern 157 Barford St, Birmingham B5 6AH at 2:30pm and will be joined by the fantastic Chris Williamson, newly re-elected MP for Derby North, who will be leading off a discussion of how we continue the great work we’ve started.
Please join us if you’re a member of Momentum or a Labour member or supporter who supports our leader. The usual rule applies, if you’re a member of another political party you won’t be able to attend – sorry!
Birmingham needs more women councillors!
Women in Momentum’s three Birmingham branches are now meeting regularly and the dates of their next two meetings are further down this newsletter. They have also produced an excellent article on improving the gender balance on Birmingham City Council. There have been some worrying rumours about attempts being made to water it down in some of the new wards – the way that we can challenge this is oppose any dilution in our Labour Parties but also for women to stand as councillors. The piece can be read here – please share far and wide.
Birmingham Humanists Meeting, Tuesday 27th June
Birmingham Humanists have organised a discussion meeting on Tuesday, 27 June – Jeremy Rodell speaking: ‘The changing landscape of religion and belief in the UK: a Humanist response’, 7.30–9.30pm @ Moseley Exchange, 149–153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP. Here is a flyer and their upcoming programme of events:Birmingham Humanists DiaryJun2017
Birmingham Against The Cuts meeting, Wednesday 28th June: ‘Come Together To Campaign Against The Cuts in Birmingham’
BATC are bringing together 4 campaigns opposing austerity and privatization on the 28th for an evening of speakers and debate. 7pm at the Council House. Speakers include John Lister from Health Campaigns Together. Here is (another) flyer – just think of all the paper we are saving!
Moseley Festival: 1st July
This weekend is going to be a busy one. There is supposed to be a national Labour day of action around the theme of austerity – if we hear of any activities we will let you know on social media. If not please join us at the Moseley Festival – there’ll be loads to do including coming along to our stall; where you will be able to buy one of our fantastic new bespoke Momentum Birmingham T-Shirts! Also, if you fancy volunteering to staff our table please let us know – any help would be much appreciated!
The Great Get Together – until the 2nd July
Here is a programme of events promoted by our friends at Hope not Hate as part of the “The Great Get Together” – a collaborative project involving organisations in Birmingham, the Black Country and Dudley.
MSB stalls committee meeting: 3rd July, 10am
Our stalls co-ordinator Chris has organised the next meeting of the stalls committee on Monday the 3rd July, 10am, at Loco Lounge, Kings Heath High Street. Chris is always on the lookout for people to join the committee. Stalls and campaigning have been crucial to the development of the group. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chriskuriata@live.co.uk for more info.
KONP Birmingham meeting, 5th July
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 at The Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5SN. The next meeting is this Wednesday, the 5th July, at 19:30pm. Currently KONPB 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.
Save the date – MSB Summer Party on the 4th August!
Just a date for your diaries – our Summer Party will be on Friday the 4th August. You’ll have all weekend to recover if it’s a large one 😊. More details to follow soon!
Birmingham Momentum Women’s Group –
Future meetings (next one 14th August)
Women Momentum members across Birmingham are now meeting regularly to discuss women’s position in the Labour Party and how to gain gender equality. It’s a safe space for Momentum and Labour women to come together to support each other, explore issues and plan campaigns.
The next meetings are:
- Monday 14th August, at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT) at 7:30pm.
- Monday 11th September – City centre location, TBC
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- King’s Norton ward meeting will take place on Weds 28th June at 7.30pm at the Queen’s Room, St Nicholas Place, The Green, King’s Norton
- Northfield CLP election celebration party will take place on Friday 30 June at 7.00pm at the Shenley Lane Community and Sports Centre, 472 Shenley Lane, Birmingham B29 4JD. There is a bar in the centre. All Momentum supporters who helped out in Richard Burden’s re-election campaign are invited to attend.
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Edgbaston CLP AGM 22nd July – more details to follow!
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Moseley Festival: Saturday 1st July, details above.
- July 13th Moseley and Kings Heath ward meeting: With the election campaign over, normal meetings resume and they will be having their regular meeting on Thursday 13th July at the Moseley Exchange.
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
- Nothing this week unfortunately but we’ll let you know if we hear anything for future editions.
New to the Labour Party?
Many of us are fairly new to the Labour Party and it can be quite an intimidating environment with labyrinthine rules and procedures that are at times baffling – with all the different abbreviations and structures it can be like learning a new language! Momentum Sheffield (who look almost as amazing as MSB…..) have produced a very helpful guide for newcomers that explains the structures, rules, terms and puts things in day-to-day language. It’s worth a read even if you are an experienced old hand! A link to the document is here.
Burton Unite members in dispute with Argos –
let’s support them!
While of course the eyes of Momentum South Birmingham were mostly fixed on the general election and ensuring our city’s constituencies returned Labour MPs, we should not forget that there are industrial disputes going on that can and should be supported. One of those is just down the road in Burton where Argos workers organised by the Unite union are on strike.
There is much more information here: please offer any help you can at this very busy time for all of us. We are also aiming to bring you more information about the refuse workers strike in Birmingham in future editions and on social media – keep your eyes peeled.
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.
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
MSB social media classes and blog pitches
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
We are also looking to get more original content on our blog – it is a somewhat underused resource for discussing ideas and giving our members a platform to write about the issues of concern to them. Drop Nicky a line if you have any ideas – particularly if they are about local issues and our campaigning – or things you think we should be doing more on and want to draw attention to.
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!