Birmingham needs more women councillors!

Birmingham Momentum women’s group has launched a campaign to get more Labour women onto Birmingham City Council.

Only 40% of Labour councillors in Birmingham are women – 32 out of the 80 seats Labour currently holds. That’s way below Labour’s national target of a minimum of 50% female representation amongst Labour councillors in every local authority in the country.

The ward boundary changes and all-out local government elections in 2018 are unlikely to see any improvement. Based on the 2016 council election results, the number of Labour-held seats is likely to drop from 80 to approximately 68. So hitting the 50% target would require 34 women to become Labour councillors.

At the moment there are 30 women councillors on the Local Government Panel (the list of people whose nominations have been approved). But of the 35 non councillors on the panel only four are women! So to achieve the target of 50% in 2018, 34 women would need to be shortlisted, selected and elected i.e. all of the 30 women councillors currently nominating and all four of the new nominees. That’s rather unrealistic given some wards are becoming two-seat wards, and that not all panel members want to represent any area in the city.

We’re encouraging women to apply for the Local Government Panel for 2018. To be shortlisted as a candidate you need to be on the panel – it’s as simple as that.
At the time of writing we are unsure when councillor selections will start – probably from early July. Panel applications will still be considered and may be approved even after the selection process has begun.

We know it’s a big step so Birmingham Women’s Momentum will be supporting women who apply, by sharing information and our experience as we go through the process.
We are also looking at what training is available for applicants, and other platforms that provide development opportunities. Watch this space in late summer/early Autumn.

Finally, being on the panel doesn’t mean you have to accept a nomination to stand for selection in any particular ward – just that by being on the panel you would be considered.

Application forms are available by logging in at: http://www.birmingham-labour.com/splash?splash=1 and clicking on ‘City Council Election 2018’.

If you have any queries or just want to chat contact momentumbhamsouth@hotmail.com and we’ll point you in the direction of your local Momentum contact on the issue!

MSB Newsletter 19/06/2017

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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.

In the city of Birmingham at least it has been a comparatively calm week politically. Although there is plenty going on it isn’t happening at the manic pace of the last couple of months….. for now.

But of course, in London we had the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire where the death toll continues to mount. There have been arguments that the left are politicising the event but when the disaster is the fault of political decisions made by politicians at local and national level over the course of a generation it is hard for any response not to be…….. political. We are witnessing the human consequences of what happens when an ideology that treats working class people as a nuisance at best, and at worst cattle, comes to dominate. Hopefully the Corbyn surge is the beginning of a process where that ideology is challenged and then consigned to the dustbin by a socialist Labour government.

We also heard the terrible news this morning of events outside Finsbury Park mosque – which brings the counter-demo against a mobilisation by Britain First next Saturday into sharper relief. More details below.   

James

 

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 pdf is attached and a link to the document is here.

Screening of ‘Dispossession’ and Q+A, 22nd June

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.

The film focuses on the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates across the UK and investigates how the state works with the private sector to demolish council estates to build on the land they stand on, making properties that are unaffordable to the majority of people.

Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A discussion featuring Paul Sng (Director), Dr Lisa McKenzie (London School of Economics), Robert Clayton (author and photographer of Estate), Tim Morton (housing consultant) and host Tom Murtha (Social Housing Under Threat). It starts promptly at 8pm and there are more details here.

UAF counter-protest against Britain First, Saturday 24th June

Unite Against Fascism Birmingham have called a counter-demo against a planned Britain First mobilisation this Saturday in town. It starts at 12 noon. More details to be confirmed – check the facebook group for updates and a link to a flyer to print out or share online is here: UAF Brum Britain First A5

Corporate immigration briefing,

Saturday 24th June, 1pm

If you fancy something slightly more sedate than the UAF counter-demo our friends at Right2Work UK are inviting you to join them to explore corporate immigration, an important area of law to help protect and preserve the right to work for migrants. There will be expert speakers – including a couple of members of MSB. It starts at 1pm and is being held at Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RT (we had an all-Birmingham Momentum meeting there a couple of months ago). Here is a link to the flyer with full details: refugee week event

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.  Below is a link to the flyer and their upcoming programme of events.

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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. Below is (another) flyer – just think of all the paper we are saving!BATC flyer-page-001

The Great Get Together – until the 2nd July

Attached below 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.

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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.

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing in the diary this week – everyone is very tired after an absolutely herculean effort in the last few weeks!

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing in the diary this week – everyone is very tired after an absolutely herculean effort in the last few weeks!

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing in the diary this week – everyone is very tired after an absolutely herculean effort in the last few weeks!

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Brandwood Forum meeting (this is a public meeting, apolitical, and not a Labour Party event but it obviously focuses on the effects of government and council policies on the area): Wednesday 21st June at Monyhull Church 7- 8.30pm.

 

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. 

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 c.wright230@ntlworld.com. 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.

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

nicky151289@gmail.com

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: nicky151289@gmail.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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/ 

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com 

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

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Statement of the officers of Momentum South Birmingham on the General Election results


The officers of Momentum South Birmingham note and welcome the positive general election results for Labour.

This election has seen the return of two crucial things: the masses, and hope.

Nationally, a positive campaign combined with a superb, socialist manifesto have led to a quite incredible surge in support for our party and offered a route map to take us back into power. Huge numbers of Labour activists all over the country have played their part in turning around what looked, just a few weeks ago, like an impossible task. CLPs have reported levels of activism at this general election simply never seen before.

Huge numbers of young people registered and then voted, many enthused by Labour’s socialist programme. We have offered hope in the post-Brexit referendum doom and gloom. We have shown that boldness, radicalism and unapologetic socialism are the way forward for the party and Jeremy Corbyn has been completely and totally vindicated as our leader.

Despite the positivity today it remains galling to think that we could have been in an even stronger position had the PLP and party bureaucracy got behind their democratically elected leader from the outset. Those issues are for resolution on another day but be in no doubt that they have not been forgotten.

Turning our attention to Birmingham, it is heartening to see that all 9 of Labour’s seats in the city stayed red. It is also noteworthy that turnout across the city was significantly up and Labour’s share of the vote increased dramatically; our leader, and manifesto, offered something for the people of Birmingham to believe in, alongside many excellent local campaigns.

In particular, we offer warm congratulations to Preet Gill and Richard Burden who have held the seats of Edgbaston and Northfield respectively despite the two being the Tories top targets in the city – and who both received less than enthusiastic support from Labour’s West Midlands Regional Office, which appeared to have determined early on that both seats were already lost.

The result in Edgbaston was absolutely stunning, with Preet tripling Labour’s majority to seven thousand. An extremely impressive and equally unexpected performance.

The Northfield result was similarly excellent, with a huge, friendly and superbly well-organised campaign leading to Richard doubling his majority and ensuring the large numbers of UKIP voters in 2015 did not get added to the Tories 2017 total in sufficient numbers to take the seat. We would like to place on record our thanks to Northfield CLP for the warm welcome our activists received when we came over to help – and also thank Momentum activists from the other branches across the city and region who did so much as well.

The election demonstrates once and for all that the path that the Labour Party has taken since the election of Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 is the right one. It also demonstrates that the party has an incredibly powerful resource that can lead us back to power – our hundreds of thousands of members. It’s the work of those members, volunteering their spare time to work flat out for the party in the last few weeks, that have brought about this revival.

The members will determine the future of the party. Which means that the members in Birmingham need to start being treated with more respect and afforded their democratic rights. The general election has postponed once again the selection of candidates for the local elections next year. It is simply unconscionable that members who only joined before July 2015 (i.e. probably a minority of the current city membership) will be able to participate. We call on the Birmingham Board to rectify this immediately and to rebuild the local party structures that have withered so badly in recent years (the continuation of ‘special measures’ for several decades in four of our ten CLPs being but one example).  

Whilst the results in Birmingham have been excellent, across the wider West Midlands region they have not been, and the dismal performance of the party at the West Midlands Mayoral election just a few weeks ago (which the Regional Office has to take full responsibility for) has shown that there is a problem that is not going away. The current lack of even rudimentary local party democracy is untenable.  

 

In solidarity

 

MSB        

MSB Newsletter 29/05/17

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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.

For obvious reasons campaigning was somewhat subdued last week but with election day now so close there is a huge amount of work left to do.

We got another great reception in Northfield constituency again this weekend and over the three days of the bank holiday we did an awful lot of campaigning! Thanks again to Northfield CLP and Richard Burden for another warm welcome, activists from across the city have been commenting on how much they have enjoyed helping out when they have gone over and it’s been a pleasure for MSB to be involved in such a friendly but also well-thought-through effort.  There are loads of pictures on our social media.

More details are below but we are planning another huge push in the constituency this Saturday – we hope you can join us to ensure that Northfield stays Labour.

Please don’t forget to take pictures while you are out campaigning and send them to our amazing social media team – it’s a great way of communicating what we are doing. The photos of the massive mobilisations in Northfield in recent weeks have caused a bit of a stir – in a good way!

I’ve also included the campaigning dates for Wolverhampton South West in this week’s newsletter. It’s a bit out of the way for us in South Birmingham but they have a Labour majority of merely 801 plus the Labour candidate – Eleanor Smith – a nurse for 30 years who is being supported by Unison – is new due to the retirement of Rob Marris. The CLP campaign team are reporting a significant move towards Labour due to Tory policy on social care so it’s not a ‘lost cause’ although UKIP had 4310 votes last time. It is definitely worth getting over if you can. Session and contact details are below our usual four CLP schedules.

Anyway, enjoy this week’s edition and thank you to everyone to has been out on the campaign trail – it has been tough but the last few weeks have seen MSB and Momentum Birmingham at our very best. One more heave though please!

 

Burton Unite members in dispute with Argos –

let’s support them!

While of course the eyes of Momentum South Birmingham are mostly fixed on the general election and ensuring our city’s constituencies return 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.

 

Misty’s Big Adventure Gig, 30th May

The band (which you can read about here) are putting on a ‘pay what you can afford’ last minute gig this coming Tuesday 30th of May at The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath. Money raised will be donated to the Labour Party. So if you’re broke it’s free! If you can spare some cash it’ll be gratefully received. And there will be biscuits. Spread the word and there are a few familiar faces to MSB members so it’s definitely worth popping along if you can. More details here.

 

Rail Campaign Day, 1st June

On Thursday 1 June Labour will be campaigning on the party’s offer for the railways.

Activists in Northfield are going to be involved on the day and they have planned the following session:

  • Meeting at King’s Norton station, Pershore Road South (B30 1AA); Longbridge Station, Longbridge Lane (B31 4HG); Northfield Station, Station Road and Quarry Lane entrances (B31 2JH), at 7.30am to leaflet the rush hour passengers. Please contact regan@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

 

#SuperSaturday in Northfield: 3rd June

It almost feels like a shame that it’s our last one as they have been such an invigorating experience but this weekend sees our final #SuperSaturday (#SuperSuperSaturday maybe?) and again we will be concentrating all our efforts in helping Richard Burden to get re-elected in Northfield.

The plan at the moment is for a repeat of what happened this weekend but hopefully on a slightly larger scale: meeting at 11am outside Boots on Northfield High Street; leafleting and door-knocking sessions being co-ordinated from there, as well as a street stall where we talk to the large numbers of people who walk by!

If you have any more questions feel free to drop the secretary of Northfield CLP, Joe Green, a line: northfieldlabour@gmail.com. See you Saturday!

 

Birmingham Schools Just Want To Have Funds Big Picnic,

4 June

You will be aware that this Government’s education funding policies has resulted in a schools funding crisis which will mean Birmingham schools will be £107,960,795 worse off by 2019/2020. This equate to a reduction 2898 teachers and a loss of £641 per pupil. In addition, the Government continues to promote the unnecessary expansion of selective education whilst it has done nothing to effectively deal with the teacher workload crisis, the teacher recruitment crisis and the unnecessary testing regime. Birmingham NUT are organising a programme of fun activities to mobilise against and draw public attention to the situation and are organising a picnic on 10.30-2pm at Kings Heath Park on the 4th June- Bring your lunch, enjoy some games in the park and make a placard or two!

 

General election, June 8th.

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 momentumbhamsouth@hotmail.com.

 

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

 

Birmingham 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.

 

June 9th – Post-election drink

After what has been an absolutely exhausting few weeks MSB will be relaxing to digest and hopefully celebrate the results at 19:30 at the Prince of Wales in Moseley. It’ll be a great opportunity to take stock and hopefully switch our brains off for a bit, and for our inveterate plotters senior members to have a night off plotting campaigning.

 

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

Contact northfieldlabour@gmail.com for more information

  • Tue 30th May, 10.30am – door-knocking in Longbridge, meeting at the junction of Grovelly Lane & Wootton Road (B31 4TJ).
  • Tue 30th May, 2pm – door-knocking in West Heath, meeting at the junction of Turves Green & Willetts Road (B31 4BH).
  • Tue 30th May, 6pm – door-knocking in West Heath, meeting at the junction of Turves Green & Willetts Road (B31 4BH).
  • Wed 31st May, 10.30am – door-knocking in Weoley, meeting at corner of Castle Road & Weoley Park Road (B29 5HD).
  • Wed 31st May, 2pm – door-knocking in Allens Cross, meeting at the corner of Borrowdale Road & Trescott Road (B31 5QL).
  • Wed 31st May, 6pm – door-knocking in Allens Cross, meeting at the corner of Borrowdale Road & Trescott Road (B31 5QL).
  • Thu 1st Jun, 7.30am – rail station leafleting: details above.
  • Thu 1st Jun, 10.30am – door-knocking in Frankley, meeting at the corner of Ormond Road & Lismore Close (B45 0JE).
  • Thu 1st Jun, 2pm – door-knocking in Frankley, meeting at the junction of Hollymoor Way & Birch Avenue (B31 5HS).
  • Thu 1st Jun, 6pm – door-knocking in Frankley, meeting at the junction of Hollymoor Way & Sovereign Heights (B31 5DX).
  • They are also doing phone-banking from the campaign office (near St Nicolas Place, B38 8RU) Tue/Wed/Thu 10am-4pm and have got the last few tabloid deliveries to get out this week – please get in touch if you can help with these.
  • There is a hustings event this week: Thu 1st June, 6.30pm at Hillscourt Conference Centre, Rednal.
  • Saturday the 3rd June: #SuperSaturday – meet at Northfield High Street at 11am until 1pm opposite Boots – there’ll be loads to do!

 

  • Are you free on Thursday 8th June? They are going to need as much help as they can get on Polling Day, whether you can spare an hour or two or are available for the whole day. You can sign-up and provide some details at: http://www.labour.org.uk/w/polling-day-volunteers-qs or just drop them a line to let them know if you can make it.

 

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

Tuesday 30th May

  • 10am – 4pm – Phonebanking in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent (B15 3BE)
  • 11am – 1pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet on the corner of Simmons Drive and Lower Higley Close (B32 2QH)
  • 4pm – 5.30pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Rotton Park Road and Hagley Road (B16 9JH)
  • 15pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Bristol Road and Barsham Close (B5 7XQ)

Wednesday 31st May

  • 10am – 8pm – Phonebanking in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent (B15 3BE)
  • 11am – 1pm Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet on the corner of Quinton Road West and Moat Meadows (B32 2RG)
  • 2pm – 3.30pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Woodcock Lane and Shenley Fields Drive (B31 1XH)
  • 4pm – 5.30pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Gillott Road and Hagley Road (B16 9LJ)
  • 15pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Senneleys Park Road and Barnes Hill (B29 5TX)
  • All-candidates hustings at St John’s Church, Harborne, B17 9PT (next to The Junction, by Waitrose). The hustings are from 7.30 – 9.30 pm. Doors open at 7.15 pm. Written questions can be submitted at the start of the meeting.

Thursday 1st June

  • 10am – 8pm – Phonebanking in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent (B15 3BE)
  • 11am – 1pm Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet on the corner of Faraday Avenue and Higgins Lane (B32 1LL)
  • 15pm – 8.00pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Jiggins Lane and Ambleside (B32 3HS)

Friday 2nd June

  • 10am – 4pm – Phonebanking in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent (B15 3BE)
  • 11am – 1pm Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet on the corner of West Boulevard and Ridgmont Croft (B32 2PS)
  • 2pm – 4pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Scotland Lane and Balmoral Road (B32 4JH)
  • 15pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Harborne – Meet on the corner of Poole Crescent and Quinton Road (B17 0PD – the junction furthest away from the QE)

Saturday 3rd June

  • 10am – 7pm – Phonebanking in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent (B15 3BE)
  • 11am – 1pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Pershore Road and Wyatt Close (B5 7QR)
  • 2pm – 4pm – Doorknocking in Harborne/Quinton – Meet on the corner of Tennal Lane and Northfield Road (B32 2JD)
  • 5pm – 6.30pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Swinford Road and Burnel Road (B29 5SN)

Sunday 4th June

  • 10am – 7pm – Phonebanking in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent (B15 3BE)
  • 11am – 1pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Holloway and Ley Hill Farm Road (B31 1UB)
  • 15-6pm: Leaflet Delivery in Bartley Green: Meet outside 40 Kingsdown Rd (B31 1AH)

 

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary 

Sparkbrook leaflet deliveries:

  • Wednesday 31st May Leafleting – 7.00pm, meeting on the junction of Fallows Road and Abbotsford Road
  • Thursday 1st June Leafleting – 7.00pm, meeting on junction of Long Street and Stratford Road
  • Friday 2nd June Leafleting – 7.00pm, meeting on Junction of Vincent Street and Edward Road
  • Saturday 3rd June Leafleting – 7.00pm, meeting on junction of Eastward Road and Edward Road
  • Sunday 4th June Leafleting – 7.00, meeting at New Dadyal Restaurant: 284 Stratford Road, Birmingham B11 1AA.

Springfield/Sparkbrook school gates

  • Monday 5th June School gates – 3pm, English Martyrs Primary School, Evelyn Road (SPRINGFIELD)
  • Tuesday 6th June School gates – 3pm, Ladypool Primary School, Beechfield Road entrance (SPARKBROOK)
  • Wednesday 7th June School gates – Arden Primary School, St John’s Road entrance (SPRINGFIELD)

Moseley

 

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

Tuesday 30 May Doorknocking

  • 00 Brandwood: Meet at Manningford Hall, Manningford Road, B14 5TJ
  • 00 Selly Oak: Meet at the junction of Strathdene Road and Widney Avenue, B29

 

Wolverhampton South West dates for your diary:

  • Tuesday 30th May, 6.15pm – Door knocking, Carlton Road /Lea Road, WV3 0LP
  • Wednesday 31st May, 10am all day,– Mailshots/ sorting envelopes into rounds for delivery – The Elms Resource Centre, Manby Close (off Evans Street), Wolverhampton, WV6 0QR.
  • Wednesday 31st May, 6.15pm – Door knocking, Wynn Road/Coalway, WV4 4AW
  • Thursday 1st June, 10am all day,– Mailshots/ sorting envelopes into rounds for delivery – The Elms Resource Centre, Manby Close (off Evans Street), Wolverhampton, WV6 0QR.
  • Thursday 1st June, 6.15pm, Leaflet delivery, Aspen Way /Owen Road, WV3 0UP
  • Friday 2nd June, 6.15pm, Leaflet delivery, Hamble Road/Warstones Drive, WV4 4PN
  • Saturday 3rd June, 10.30am, Leaflet delivery, Albert Road/Tettenhall Road, WV6 0AG
  • Sunday 4th June, 3.30pm, Leaflet delivery, Manor Road/Penn Road, WV4 5PX
  • Monday 5th June, 6.15pm, Door knocking, Cherry Street/ Gr Brickkiln St, WV3 0QW
  • Tuesday 6th June, 15pm, Door knocking or final leafleting, Cherry Street/ Gr Brickkiln St,  WV3 0QW
  • Wednesday 7th June, 10am all day, Final eve of poll leafleting – collect from The Elms Resource Centre, Manby Close (off Evans Street), Wolverhampton, WV6 0QR.
  • Thursday 8th June, from early morning all day – getting out the vote – door knocking, telephoning or other help. Go to:
  • The Elms Resource Centre, Manby Close (off Evans Street), Wolverhampton, WV6 0QR
  • 35 Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, -WV6 0DP
  • 75 Fisher Street, Penn Fields, WV3 0LF

For all queries contact ian.s.mcnee@googlemail.com

 

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 c.wright230@ntlworld.com. 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 btuchcc@hotmail.com.

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

nicky151289@gmail.com

  

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: nicky151289@gmail.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!

 

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

The stakes at this election

The membership of the Labour Party is now huge. But sadly, in my experience in Birmingham, many of those new members haven’t really got involved beyond clicking a button for Jeremy Corbyn a couple of times. Some of those very people may be reading this now, knowing in their heart of hearts that it is them I am talking about.

There are some good reasons for that of course. The Birmingham Labour Party is hugely resistant to change, or even rudimentary democratic practise, at all levels. It’s a microcosm of the situation that Corbyn has faced as leader since September 2015(which feels like a very long time ago). The decision to deny members even a rudimentary say in the selection of their local government candidates is a symptom of this malaise.

But I’m afraid those things won’t do as an excuse. Not now. This is the moment when people need to get involved. If we want a radical Labour government then the members need to campaign for it.

We are 20 points behind in the polls. Let’s not pretend that isn’t the case. And let’s not pretend that if the election was held the day it was called that Labour wouldn’t have been trounced.

The right-wing machine of the party have to take a lot of the blame for that, of course. Some of things they have done have been unforgivable frankly.

But the left of the party have to take some responsibility too. We’ve left the field clear for them too often in the last 18 months. We haven’t got involved and turned up for stuff. We haven’t persevered enough. We could have done more to transform the party into the mass movement it needs to be if it wants to take power and implement socialist policies. But that would have involved more of us turning up to some frankly tedious meetings for a while and forcing through change, and the left isn’t known for its patience.

We can’t do anything about any of that now. If we are serious about it we can go back and make a start on June 9th, whatever the result.

Now, the priority has to be campaigning for Labour candidates – even the ones that Momentum doesn’t like very much.

We have 6 weeks to start and win an argument with the British people that the Tory Party is not the answer and we need a socialist government. One that rejects austerity, privatization and Hard Brexit. One that starts a fundamental redistribution of wealth and power in society from the few to the many. We have a leader who means what he says. Who actually resonates with people when they meet him.

But winning that argument means campaigning – and campaigning is on the streets, not on Twitter or Facebook (much as we wish it was). It means stalls. Knocking doors. Delivering leaflets. Going to the working class areas that the politicians have given up on. Giving up the odd weekend and day of annual leave to get out there and do stuff.

You’ll get abuse. You’ll come across people who just won’t listen to reason. You’ll have crazy dogs slamming themselves at the door when you knock or stick a leaflet through.

It won’t be fun, unless you’re a masochist.

But believe me, it’s the only way.

I have no time for Owen Jones whatsoever. I think he’s in the process of reinventing himself as a left commentator who talks the talk but stopped walking the walk a long time ago. A spoilt brat who has thrown his toys out of the pram because Jeremy Corbyn wouldn’t make him part of his inner circle. Too often these days the socialist rhetoric feels like an act with him. But the call he made recently for every member to do a couple of nights of canvassing really resonated with me. If our half-million members all did that it could make a massive difference. It could really turn the tide against the deluge of lying, dog-whistle, poisonous shit that we can expect from the Lynton Crosby-steered Conservative Party over the next few weeks.

So please, get out there and do something. It doesn’t have to take over your life.

And while I am at it with the moralising I have a message for a couple of other groups of people.

  • The Greens, TUSC etc: please don’t stand any candidates in Birmingham. It is pointless. If you genuinely want social change you know that it is Corbyn or bust now. Many Momentum activists campaign with you on opposing cuts and austerity; we work together in trade unions and in our communities. I know you are all sincere and the arguments you make come from a place of wanting to make the world a fairer and more just one. But please, put aside your pride and think about what matters. The Corbyn surge could and should have taught you a lesson about how things work in British politics.
  • Independent lefties: we all know them. Socialists, sympathetic to Corbyn, good sorts, but won’t take the plunge and join or campaign for the Labour Party or get involved in organised politics. Again, I’m sure it starts from an honest and decent place. But seriously, if you want to change the world, you will have to get your hands dirty. And that means Labour I’m afraid. If you have a better plan do let Momentum South Birmingham know. But I won’t hold my breath.

We may not get a better, or another chance in our lifetimes. Let’s at least be able to look back after and say we gave it our best shot.

 

JC

MSB Newsletter 24/04/2017

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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 are a few at the moment…….

Before I crack on with everything can I firstly draw your attention to the all-Birmingham members-only Momentum meeting this Sunday, the 30th, to discuss the election plan. More details further down.  

General election, June 8th

Naturally our priorities have changed somewhat in the last 7 days. We’ve gone from prioritising the mayoral and local by-elections to now having 6 weeks to fight a general election.

Obviously we are all rather electioned-out but sadly we are going to have to go again as this one is very, very important. We have 6 weeks to close a 20 point gap in the polls and defend what we have already in Birmingham (9 of the 10 seats) and we’ll be campaigning alongside a new candidate in Edgbaston following Gisela Stuart’s decision not to stand this time around. South Birmingham Momentum 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 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.

Momentum members from across the city will be coming together next Sunday to plan how best to help (more details below) and there are loads of campaigning sessions already planned. There is plenty of information on our social media and also, obviously, 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 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. We are hoping to make it an all-Birmingham affair very shortly.

The officers of South Birmingham Momentum have produced a statement that can be read here and if you want to get involved in campaigning please drop us a line at momentumbhamsouth@hotmail.com.

 

Hall Green and Perry Barr ward by-elections

Please don’t forget the by-elections in Hall Green and Perry Barr wards on the 4th May (the same day as the mayoral vote). It’s fair to say that the Hall Green campaign in particular 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 been out a lot and has been joined by many members and local councillors – but still needs more help. In Perry Barr Mohammed Hanif is the candidate and he has to try and overturn a previous Lib Dem majority of 1200 votes, so it is going to be tough. 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. You can also find out more about the Hall Green campaign on their branch Facebook page Momentum activists will be out in force too.

 

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.

 

“Freed Voices of Detention” discussion, April 27th

Birmingham People of Colour Collective along with “Freed Voices” are holding a “Freed Voices of Detention” discussion at Birmingham City University. This event aims to shed light on the nature of immigration detention centres in the UK as recounted by ex-detainees as well as organising for the Yarlswood Detention Centre demonstration on 13th of May. Click here for the Facebook event, or register on Eventbrite.

 

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.

 

BTUC “May Day” Rally in Birmingham City Centre, 29th April

Birmingham Trades Council are having a rally at the Council House on Saturday the 29th at 12:30pm with speakers from a variety of local unions and campaigning organisations, including our friends at Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham. It should be an interesting event. More details here. There is also a rumour of refreshments being available…………

 

**All-Birmingham Momentum members meeting,

Sunday 30th April**

Momentum members in Birmingham are coming together on Sunday 30th April, in the rear function room of the Highbury Pub, Dads Lane, Stirchley, B13 8PQ at 3pm to discuss our plans for the general election and how best to mobilise support for our city’s Labour candidates. We face the fight of our lives and we need to throw everything we have into this.

This is a members’-only meeting. If you are a current member of Momentum you are more than welcome to join us. If you are new to the organisation or haven’t attended a meeting before, please bring some proof of your membership with you on the day so we can check who has attended. **We will also be doing a collection for a local foodbank on the day so please bring along any donations.**

 

KONP Birmingham meeting Wednesday 3rd May

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 btuchcc@hotmail.com.

Meetings are 1st Wednesday of every month (except August), so people can drop in any time. The next one is on the 3rd May at 7:30pm 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.

 

Stand Up To Racism Summit, 6th May:

“Confronting the Rise in Racism”

An SUTR summit takes place on Saturday 6th May at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. Lots of workshops and speakers including Saira and Saffiyah whose picture during an EDL confrontation last Saturday went viral around the world. You can book your spot here.

 

FOLOB planning meeting 5.30pm Monday 8 May

Friends of the Library of Birmingham’s next planning meeting is on Monday the 8th May at the UNISON office,19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LF These meetings are open to all, so do join them.

 

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.

 

MSB stalls committee meeting: 15th May, 10am

Our stalls co-ordinator Chris has organised the next meeting of the stalls committee on Monday the 15th May, 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.

 

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!

 

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 25th April (Door knocking)-Bartley Green-Meet at junction of Glen Side and Stevens Avenue (B32 3RU) at 6:15pm.
  • Wednesday 26th April (Phone bank)-Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston (B15 3BE) at 6:00pm.
  • Thursday 27th April (Door knocking)-Edgbaston-Meet on corner of Woodview Drive and Charlotte Road (B15 2HB) at 6:15pm
  • Saturday 29th Harborne High Street stall- stall starts at 10am – meet at the stall on Harborne High Street (B17 9NT) at 10:30am for door-knocking.

 

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Door-Knocking Session with Sion Simon: Tuesday 25th April, 5:30pm to 6:45pm, in Kings Heath. Meeting point outside the Baptist Church, Kings Heath High Street. This session concludes just before the West Midlands Mayoral Election Campaign hustings.
  • Door-knocking for by-election: Tuesday April 25, 6pm – 8pm, Junction of Shafmoor Lane and Reddings Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8TD
  • Moseley Forum, together with Kings Heath Residents Forum, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum and Brandwood Forum have organised a hustings event on the 25th April 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.
  • Door-knocking for by-election: Wednesday April 26, 10am – 12pm, 23 Ingestre Road, Birmingham, B28 9EQ
  • Door-knocking for by-election: Wednesday April 26, 6pm – 8pm, Junction of Shafmoor Lane and Arcot Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8LY
  • Door-knocking for by-election: Thursday April 27, 2pm – 4pm, meeting at 426 Sarehole Road, Birmingham B28 0AJ
  • Door-knocking Session combined with Street Stall, Saturday 29th April, 10:00am to 12pm, combined with the Street Stall and Door knocking in support of Sion Simon’s campaign. Meeting point outside Asda on Kings Heath High Street.
  • By-election leaflet drop: Sunday April 30, 2017 at 10am – 11am, 56 Scribers Lane Hall Green B28 0NZ
  • Thursday 4th May: Door knocking session on the day of the West Midlands Mayoral Election. This is designed to the Labour vote out on the day itself. Meeting point, All Saints Church, Kings Heath.

 

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Door knocking in Brandwood: Wednesday 26th April: 6.00-7.30 meeting 32 Hough Rd.

 

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • Tue 25th April, 2pm – door-knocking in West Heath, meeting by Fairfax Road shops (B31 3SB).
  • Tue 25th April, 6pm – door-knocking in West Heath, meeting by Fairfax Road shops (B31 3SB).
  • Wed 26th April, 2pm – door-knocking in Allens Cross, meeting at the corner of St Helier’s Road and Cheverton Road (B31 1RU).
  • Wed 26th April, 6pm – door-knocking in Allens Cross, meeting at the corner of St Helier’s Road and Barnsdale Crescent (B31 1QP).
  • Thu 27th April, 2pm – door-knocking in Rednal, meeting at the corner of Bristol Road South and Chapelfield Road (B45 9NX).
  • Thu 27th April, 6pm – door-knocking in Frankley, meeting at the corner of Holly Hill Road and Charnwood Close (B45 0JR).

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 c.wright230@ntlworld.com. 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.

 

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 nicky151289@gmail.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: nicky151289@gmail.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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

MSB Newsletter 17/04/2017

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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 (they all seem to be now……….) and there is plenty to get involved in with the Hall Green and Perry Barr ward by-elections and WM mayoral election just a couple of weeks away. There are also the Unite union elections and the ballots for those are closing this week.

Unite union General Secretary and Executive Council elections: voting closes on the 19th April

Members of UNITE are probably aware that there are some rather important elections going at the moment in their union. Momentum is supporting Len McCluskey for General Secretary and the United Left slate for the Executive Council election. You can find out more here but most importantly the ballot closes this week, on the 19th, so make sure you have voted! See below for a flyer detailing the complete United Left slate.

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Hall Green and Perry Barr ward by-elections

Many of you may know that there are by-elections in Hall Green and Perry Barr wards on the 4th May (the same day as the mayoral vote). It’s fair to say that the Hall Green campaign in particular 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 been out a lot in recent days and has been joined by many members and local councillors – but still needs more help. In Perry Barr Mohammed Hanif is the candidate and he has to try and overturn a previous Lib Dem majority of 1200 votes, so it is going to be tough. 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.

Share your views with Jeremy Corbyn on the role of carers and their experiences, Tuesday the 18th April.

Jeremy Corbyn MP will be in Digbeth, Birmingham this Tuesday afternoon, 18 April, to meet with carers from across the city. Jeremy will be joined by Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care; and would like to talk to carers about their caring role and experiences. Although it’s short notice, we think it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Staff from the Birmingham Carers Hub team will also be on hand to answer any general questions and queries from carers: 2.45pm – 4.00pm at the BVSC in Digbeth, more details and to register click here.

MSB Women’s meeting, 20th April

Our women members 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 and the next meeting is this Thursday, the 20th April, at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT) at 7:30pm.

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 MP. 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.

BTUC “May Day” Rally in Birmingham City Centre, 29th April

Birmingham Trades Council are having a rally at the Council House on Saturday the 29th at 12:30pm with speakers from a variety of local unions and campaigning organisations, including our friends at Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham. It should be an interesting event. More details here. There is also a rumour of refreshments being available…………

Next MSB branch meeting: 7th May

We are still finalising details of location but it will be in Northfield: our next MSB branch meeting will be Sunday the 7th May. We’ll be discussing upcoming campaigning work and developments in the Labour Party. All Momentum members and Jeremy Corbyn supporters in South Birmingham welcome but the usual exclusion applies and you probably don’t need us to tell you again: if you’re a member or supporter of a party standing against Labour you won’t be able to come.

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.

MSB stalls committee meeting: 15th May, 10am

Our stalls co-ordinator Chris has organised the next meeting of the stalls committee on Monday the 15th May, 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.

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.

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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!)

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!

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

  • Edgbaston CLP street stall for the mayoral election: 29th April, 10am-12, Harborne High Street, outside WHSmith.

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Hall Green by-election: details above.
  • Moseley and Kings Heath ward door knocking session: Saturday 22nd April, 10 am – 12 noon, junction of Blenheim Road and Billesley Lane in Moseley. Contact mp_banahan@hotmail.co.uk for more information.
  • Door-Knocking Session with Sion Simon: Tuesday 25th April, 5:30pm to 6:45pm, in Kings Heath. Meeting point outside the Baptist Church, Kings Heath High Street. This session concludes just before the West Midlands Mayoral Election Campaign hustings.
  • Moseley Forum, together with Kings Heath Residents Forum, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum and Brandwood Forum have organised a hustings event on the 25th April 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.
  • Door-Knocking Session combined with Street Stall, Saturday 29th April, 10:00am to 12pm, combined with the Street Stall and Door knocking in support of Sion Simon’s campaign. Meeting point outside Asda on Kings Heath High Street.

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Provisional date for your diaries: 23rd May, Momentum Selly-Oak sub-group meeting on the NHS. More details to follow in future editions!

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • 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.

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 c.wright230@ntlworld.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 btuchcc@hotmail.com.

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.

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.

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 nicky151289@gmail.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: nicky151289@gmail.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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

 

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