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.
There isn’t a massive amount of new stuff this week as summer is now upon us an unlike the last two years there isn’t a leadership election to fight. This weekend saw the Edgbaston CLP AGM, where the right-wing of our party showed how uninterested in democracy and pluralism many of them are, and a successful demo in town defending children’s centres.
Ballots for the Conference Arrangements Committee are still open for a few weeks yet and the next MSB meeting is pencilled in for the 6th August – more details to follow when we have finalised a few details – sorry about the delays! We also have our important Holiday Hunger Appeal getting under way properly – more details immediately below – this is a big issue over the summer.
Holiday Hunger Appeal
School holidays are starting this week which means added pressure for families whose kids eat for free at school as they struggle to put meals on the table during the holidays. MSB will be organising food collections for our local food banks during the summer holidays. We are looking for: cereals, tinned foods, pasta, rice, biscuits, fruit juice, long life milk….
MSB Book Club:
George Orwell’s ‘Road to Wigan Pier’, August 1st
Our inaugural book club meeting is on the 1st August! It’ll be at 7pm at Loco Lounge on Kings Heath High Street. Members will be discussing Orwell’s ‘Road to Wigan Pier’. If you want to join in or need any information email email@example.com.
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 -the downstairs room at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath from 7:30pm. It’s a free event. With a raffle! More publicity to follow!
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
Save the date – MSB Quiz Night 1st September!
We’ll be having another quiz night on 1st September- Details to be confirmed!
Ballots for Labour Conference Arrangements Committee
An important vote is coming up. It will shape Labour Party Conference. It will influence the future of our party.
Today, if you’re a Labour member you should receive an email ballot to vote for your representatives on the Conference Arrangement Committee (CAC). The CAC is the committee that decides how conference runs and what is debated. It is vital we elect Corbyn supporting activists on the committee.
Momentum encourage you to vote for Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes. Both are experienced activists. Both support Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s transformation manifesto. Both want to see a conference that backs Corbyn.
Volunteers will be phonebanking Momentum members to make sure they cast their vote.
Shape the future of your party. Vote Seema and Billy. Ballot closes at Midday on the 8th September.
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- Longbridge Ward phonebanking; 26 July, 7pm-8pm, at 10 Rednal Mill Drive, Rednal, B45 8XX
- King’s Norton Ward; 26 July, 7pm; Councillor selection meeting for new King’s Norton South ward, followed by monthly ward meeting, at NORTH HALL, St Nicolas Place, 81 The Green, Kings Norton, Birmingham, B38 8RU. Please note; all members of the existing King’s Norton ward are welcome to attend and ask question of the councillor candidates, but only residents living in the new King’s Norton South ward will be able to vote. Please do your best to attend this important meeting if you live in the new ward!
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Nothing this week – the CLP leadership are probably too tired after their delightful antics at the AGM on Saturday.
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Nothing this week – keep an eye out in future editions for upcoming events!
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
- Billesley ward door-knocking, every Monday. The newly-constituted ward is seen as one of the toughest for Labour in Selly Oak and therefore every Monday members will be out talking to local residents. 6pm – the carpark on the junction of School Road and Highters Heath Lane – opposite McDonald’s.
- 00 Tuesday 25 July: Envelope stuffing at 16 Jervoise Road, B29 5QU.
- Selly Oak CLP all-members meeting: Thursday July 27th, St Andrews Methodist Church, Cartland Road, Stirchley, B30 2RD, 7.30pm – 9.00pm.
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.
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.
Defend our children’s centres!
26 children’s centres are at risk of closure across the city. While Birmingham City Council is an almost impossible position due to the cuts it is being forced to make by the Tory government, these centres provide early education and day care for children from 6 months to 5 years and are a vital service for families. Numerous consultation meetings are taking place across the city (list is here), there is an online consultation form to complete and there is more useful information here. Many thanks to everyone who attended the demo on Saturday.
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.
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.
South Birmingham Momentum T-Shirts
Not before time in our view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 for members and £12 for none-members (another compelling reason to join Momentum!) red with Birmingham Momentum on it and a big picture of Jeremy! If you would like one email email@example.com, they are available in medium, large or extra-large.
‘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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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: email@example.com
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!
To join Momentum: https://join.peoplesmomentum.com/