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

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

MSB Newsletter 12/06/17

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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.

I feel like I’ve said this quite a few times in these newsletters in the time I have been sending them out but it has been an extraordinary few days. The general election results were absolutely stunning and we are now in a position to start genuinely talking about the Labour Party, headed by Jeremy Corbyn, taking power at the next election, which will surely be far earlier than in five years’ time. A pact with the loathsome DUP probably won’t last very long. There is so, so much to do but there is also so much to be hopeful about now and there are some serious lessons for the West Midlands Labour Party to learn from developments over the last few months. Let’s hope they are taken on board.

The officers of MSB have produced a statement that can be read here. We’ve also been publicising activities in Wolverhampton South West and I am happy to report that Eleanor Smith held the seat for Labour and increased the majority to over two thousand. Many congratulations to Eleanor!  

It was an incredible collective effort – an enormous thank you to everyone who came out to support their local Labour candidate and in many cases travelled all over the city and region to help others in marginal constituencies. In Birmingham both Edgbaston and Northfield were held with significantly increased majorities, a huge well done to both campaign teams.

It’s a shorter newsletter this week but full of interesting stuff nonetheless – enjoy! I’d like to say that we can relax now but I think we all know that would be foolish prediction……..

James

 

The Great Get Together – 14th June to 2nd July

Attached to this newsletter 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. In particular there is a picnic at Cannon Hill Park on the 18th June:

“South Birmingham Hope not Hate would also like to invite you to a Hope Picnic on the 18th June in Cannon Hill Park (by the swans) from 12.00-3pm. This is part of the Great Get Together weekend, celebrating that we have more in common. More information about the weekend here. We’re asking everyone to bring their friends, family, favourite food and as many games as you can carry! The picnic will be an opportunity to share food with old and new friends and family. The event will be child friendly so do bring your kids along for some sharing of food and games. You can sign up to the event yourself on Facebook here.”

 

Anti-DUP protest, 17th June

‘Love Activists’ – a radical direct action group, have organised a protest against Theresa May and the Tories forming a coalition with the DUP – who it’s fair to say are a fairly unsavoury organisation and who have views that appal even many Tories. More details 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.

 

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

Saturday 17th June

  • Harborne ward Labour Party meeting, 11am, Moor Pool Lower Hall, 37 The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY. Preet Gill will be speaking and the meeting is also open to members of Edgbaston ward.

Monday 19th June

  • Harborne ward meeting (please note this is a public meeting for all residents of Harborne not a Labour Party event and therefore officially apolitical), 7pm the Community Room, Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre Lordswood Road B17 9QS.

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Moseley and Kings Heath/Hall Green post-election social/campaign thank you: back room of the Hare and Hounds Pub on Kings Heath High Street, Friday 16th June, from 6:30pm onwards.

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

 

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

MSB Newsletter 05/06/2017

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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.

It’s been an odd weekend. Our final #SuperSaturday in Northfield was a huge success with something like 80 people turning up for the campaigning and was followed up by some more excellent opinion polls but the horrific terrorist attack in London on Saturday night brought things back down to earth with a bump. A lot of the campaigning was suspended yesterday as a mark of respect but has re-commenced today – it all means that the next few days are going to be really intense.

Clearly the big push will be on Thursday, polling day. Getting people to remember to vote is harder than you think! In line with the rest of the election campaign Momentum Birmingham’s focus will be on helping Northfield get Richard Burden re-elected, so if you are available, even if it’s only for a couple of hours, to get across and help and you have no pressing duties in your own CLP please do. More details below.

There is also a big GOTV rally planned in Birmingham city centre tomorrow at 7pm (but aim to get there for 6) with Jeremy Corbyn speaking – to RSVP click here – and bring a rain jacket!   

Also included are the campaigning dates for Wolverhampton South West again. 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.

Polling day: Thursday 8th June

The focus of Birmingham Momentum’s efforts on Thursday will be in helping to get Richard Burden re-elected in Northfield. While the CLP has run an absolutely brilliant campaign the result is still on a knife-edge. They will have four separate “campaign centres” – one in each of the constituency’s wards, running a Get Out the Vote operation: door-knocking, phone-banking and arranging lifts to the polling station. We are already dividing our activists around the four and if you are available please drop northfieldlabour@gmail.com or drop us a line and we can direct you where you will be of most assistance. The 4 locations are:

  • Kings Norton (and main HQ) – The Old Grammar School (near St Nicolas Place), B38 8RU.
  • Longbridge – 10 Rednal Mill Drive, B45 8XX.
  • Northfield – 8 Innage Road, B31 2DX.
  • Weoley – 5 Ramsden Close, B29 4JX.

All four will be open from 9am to 9pm. Any help, even if it’s for just an hour or so, could be crucial.

 

KONP Birmingham meeting, 7th June

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. The next meeting is this Wednesday, the 7th, 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.

 

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.

 

‘Turning activists into organisers’ course,

weekend of June 10th/11th

Our friends in Hope not Hate are hosting a free Campaign Course for activists in Birmingham who are interested in taking their campaigns to the next level. This course is designed to turn activists into effective community organisers. The contents for this free course are wide ranging, covering topics such as “how to avoid burn-out”, “understanding and mapping power” and “how to plan your campaign”, plus many others! These practical tools are being offered by community organisers from HOPE not hate, Friends of the Earth, Birmingham City University and Psychologists Against Austerity. The course is taking place on the weekend of June 10-11 so if you aren’t absolutely knackered after the general election please book a place! For more information, please click here and to apply for this course, please submit an application here.

Hope picnic, 18th June

South Birmingham Hope not Hate would also like to invite you to a Hope Picnic on the 18th June in Cannon Hill Park (by the swans) from 12.00-3pm. This is part of the Great Get Together weekend, celebrating that we have more in common. More information about the weekend here. We’re asking everyone to bring their friends, family, favourite food and as many games as you can carry! The picnic will be an opportunity to share food with old and new friends and family. The event will be child friendly so do bring your kids along for some sharing of food and games. You can sign up to the event yourself on Facebook 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.

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

Contact northfieldlabour@gmail.com for more information

  • Tue 6th Jun, 10.30am – door-knocking in Longbridge, meeting on the Bristol Road by Longbridge Methodist Church (B45 9TY).
  • Tue 6th Jun, 3pm – school gate at Holly Hill Infant & Nursery School (B45 0EU).
  • Tue 6th Jun, 6pm – door-knocking in Frankley, meeting at the junction of Holly Hill Road & Savernake Close (B45 0DD).
  • Wed 7th Jun, 10.30am – door-knocking in Kings Norton, meeting on the Redditch Road by Campion House (B38 8QA).
  • Wed 7th Jun, 3pm – school gate at Wychall Primary School (B31 3EH).
  • Wed 7th Jun, 3pm – school gate at Bellfield Infant & Junior Schools (B31 1PG). Con
  • Wed 7th Jun, 6pm – door-knocking in Kings Norton, meeting at the junction of Wychall Road & Staple Lodge Road (B31 1AX).
  • They have also got some ‘week of poll‘ deliveries to go out before Thursday. If you can help with these please drop them a line.
  • On Polling Day they will be running Campaign Centres in Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley from 9am to 9pm with the last door-knocking session going out at 8pm. Any time that people are able to give towards their Get Out The Vote operation on the day will be greatly appreciated – full details of locations are at the top of the newsletter!

 

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

Tuesday 6th June

  • 10am – 8pm – Phonebank at 4 Greenfield Crescent
  • 30am – 12.30pm – Street Stall and Doorknocking in Harborne – Meet on Harborne High Street (B17 9NT)
  • 11am – 1pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet at the Quinborne Centre (B32 2TW)
  • 11am – 1pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Rotton Park Road and Hagley Road (B16 8LA)
  • 2pm – 4pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet at the Quinborne Centre (B32 2TW)
  • 30pm – 4.30pm – Street Stall and Doorknocking in Harborne – Meet on Harborne High Street (B17 9NT)
  • 3pm – 5pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Woodside Way and Pinewood Drive (B32 4LP)
  • 3pm – 5pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Wellington Road and Sir Harry’s Road (B15 2ET)
  • 6pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet at The Haven on Rilstone Road (B32 2NT)
  • 6pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet at the corner of Woodview Drive and Springbank Road (B15 2HF)
  • 30pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Harborne – Meet at the corner of Ravenhurst Road and Moorpool Avenue (B17 9HN)
  • 30pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet at the corner of Caynham Road and Hasbury Road (B32 4EU)

Wednesday 7th June

  • 10am – 4pm – Phonebanking at 4 Greenfield Crescent (B15 3BE)
  • 11am – 1pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet at the Quinborne Centre (B32 2TW)
  • 11am – 1pm – Doorknocking in Harborne – Meet at the corner of Sandon Road and Poplar Avenue (B17 8EG)
  • 11am – 1pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet at the corner of Richmond Hill and Farqahar Road (B15 3RA)
  • 30pm – 3.30pm – Doorknocking in Harborne – Meet at the corner of Selsey Road and Fountain Road (B17 8NJ)
  • 2pm – 4pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet at the Quinborne Centre (B32 2TW)
  • 2pm – 4pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet at the corner of Bristol Road and Barsham Close (B5 7XQ)
  • 3pm – 5pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet at the corner of Glen Side and Stevens Avenue (B32 3EU)
  • 30pm – 9.00pm – Campaigning Training at the Quinborne Centre (B32 2TW) – For those who are taking part in polling day (on the phones or doors), there will be a short training session on what to expect from polling day and the jobs they need to do.

Saturday 17th June

  • Harborne ward Labour Party meeting, 11am, Moor Pool Lower Hall, 37 The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY

 

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary 

School gates leafletting
 
Tues 6 June, 3pm- Ladypool Primary School, Beechfield Road entrance (SPARKBROOK)
Weds 7 June, 3pm- Arden Primary School, St John’s Road entrance (SPRINGFIELD)
 
Phonebanking

Wed 7 June – 6-8pm Phonebanking (local and elsewhere) at 66 St Agnes Road, Moseley

Polling Day 8th June

The campaign centre will run all day from 10am-9pm at 41 Clarence Road, Moseley, B13 9SZ. If you can, please drop in and offer your services at any point during the day, even if only for an hour, all help will be hugely appreciated. Refreshments will be provided.

They will be canvassing locally (Moseley and Kings Heath and parts of Selly Oak that border on our ward e.g. south of Howard Road, if you don’t want to go far) and in Northfield and Longbridge (transport available throughout the day). If you would rather stay at the campaign centre, we will need help there with admin. After 6pm our main focus will be in Moseley and Kings Heath.

Please book the day off if you can, and let them know if you can offer lifts to other volunteers or voters. (They will need your registration number for insurance purposes)

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing in the diary this week, they seem to be organising general election activity on a day by day basis (and it appears to be working to be fair…..)

Wolverhampton South West dates for your diary:

Monday 5th June to Wednesday 7th June

  • From 10:30am: Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Leafleting – Campaign HQ – The Elms Resource Centre, Manby Close (off Evans Street), Wolverhampton, WV6 0QR
  • 6:30pm: GOTV Leafleting – Campaign HQ – The Elms Resource Centre, Manby Close (off Evans Street), Wolverhampton, WV6 0QR

Thursday 8th June – Election Day

  • A large number of volunteers will be needed all day but especially in the afternoon & early evening. Again if you have any spare time at all this is a day on which your efforts will make a huge impact to the success of the campaign.
  • As soon as election day plans are finalised (probably tomorrow) they will be circulated by the CLP but you can as always simply turn up at the Campaign HQ: The Elms Resource Centre, Manby Close (off Evans Street), Wolverhampton, WV6 0QR whenever you are able from 10am onwards.

Election Night Gathering:

Annie & Ray have very kindly agreed to host a night of “Films, Food, Solidarity, Friendship” (and possibly a beer or two we expect…) including a screening of Ken Loach’s “Spirit of ’45” from 10:30pm at:

St. Chad’s Vicarage

Manlove Street

Pennfields

WV3 0HG

Bring some food & drink to share if you can.

Transport:

By car: the best way is M5/J2 then straight up to Wolverhampton on A4123 (no matter what your sat nav says!)

Public transport: train to Wolverhampton Station or tram to city centre. A car isn’t essential but is helpful for travel to the various locations around the city where you may be working.

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

 

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. 

 

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

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

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

Support the Burton Argos workers!

 

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.

 

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One of those is just down the road in Burton where Argos workers organised by the Unite are on strike.   

Argos warehouse workers who prepare deliveries for the catalogue stores are fearful that a contracting out culture will lead to job losses and a deterioration in their terms and conditions.

Earlier in the year Argos revealed plans to transfer nearly 500 workers from its Lutterworth distribution hub in Leicestershire to Wincanton logistics in Kettering. Despite repeated requests by Unite, Argos has refused to give guarantees at all its distribution sites that workers’ terms and conditions will be safeguarded in the future.

Mick Casey, a member of Unite’s executive council, said: “Argos has been despicable in the way they are behaving. This affects people’s lives, their families and whole communities.”

Donations and messages of support should be sent to:

Unite the Union Branch WM7680

Care of Mick. Casey, 140 BRANSTON RD, BURTON ON TRENT, DE14 3DQ

For readers information we’ve also cut and pasted below a press release from Unite welcoming the failure of Argos to secure an injunction to bring an end to the strike. There is also a piece in the Morning Star that can be read here.

 

Unite Press Release

For immediate use: Friday 26 May 2017

Argos loses High Court bid as warehouse strikes continue

A High Court judgement thwarting a further attempt by the retail giant Argos to stop a two week strike was hailed as a ‘significant’ victory by Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Friday 26 May), as it urged the company to stop trying to use the law to ride roughshod over workers’ legitimate concerns.

Today’s ruling is the second to go against Argos and comes just over midway through a two week continuous strike in a dispute over jobs and terms and conditions which started on 17 May.

Set to finish at 05:59 on Wednesday (31 May), the ongoing stoppage is causing disruption to store deliveries and involves approximately 1,400 warehouse workers at Argos distribution centres in Basildon, Bridgwater, Burton-on-Trent, Castleford, Heywood and Lutterworth.

The warehouse workers, who prepare deliveries for Argos stores, are fearful that a culture of contracting out and the reduction in operating sites will lead to a deterioration in their terms and conditions.

Earlier in the year Argos revealed plans to transfer nearly 500 workers from its Lutterworth distribution hub in Leicestershire to Wincanton logistics in Kettering. Despite repeated requests by Unite, Argos has refused to give guarantees at all its distribution sites that workers’ terms and conditions will be safeguarded in the future.

Commenting Unite national officer Matt Draper said: “The retail giant would do well to start engaging constructively with Unite, rather than repeatedly trying to use the law to ride roughshod over workers’ legitimate concerns and prolonging disruptive industrial action.

“Having seen how Argos has treated colleagues who were transferred to Wincanton, Unite members are seeking reasonable guarantees about terms and conditions.

“They are justifiably concerned about being transferred to another company or being offered alternative employment on potentially inferior terms, if they are unwilling to travel to a new site.

“Argos needs to send its senior decision makers to negotiate meaningfully with Unite, if a resolution is to be found.”

Unite assistant general secretary for legal services Howard Beckett added: “For the second time, a judge has ruled against Argos and its attempts to stop legitimate and lawful strike action. This significant ruling deals a blow to those employers who seek to silence workers and use bogus TUPE procedures to cut costs and terms and conditions.

“This is a dispute which won’t be settled in the court room, but around the negotiating table. Unite urges Argos to start engaging constructively and offer the guarantees directly employed warehouse workers are seeking.

“Once again Unite’s legal services have demonstrated that Unite will not allow its members to be bullied and silenced by employers, such as Argos. Bad bosses should beware that Unite will use the full might of the law to defend its members and their lawful right to strike.

“Unite would like to place on record its thanks to Thompsons Solicitors and Richard Arthur, as well as Ben Cooper QC of Old Square Chambers in assisting with this matter. We would urge Argos to get around the table to reach a negotiated settlement.”

MSB Newsletter 08/05/2017

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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 been another pretty busy week!

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

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

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

 

**Voter registration drive**

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

 

“Marginal Seat Saturdays” in Edgbaston and Northfield

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

 

A Moral Economy – a talk by Ann Pettifor,

Wednesday 10th May

Ann Pettifor, an advisor to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, was a founder and leading spirit of the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign which in 1998 brought 70,000 people out in a human chain onto the streets of Birmingham. After 2000 she joined the New Economics Foundation where she headed their research unit. She set up Advocacy International, a UK-based consultancy that advises governments and international organisations and has helped secure debt relief for the governments of Guyana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The talk starts at 18:30 and is going to be at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX. To register click here.

 

Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party conference: “What is Conservative Party education policy?”, Thursday 11th May

M+KH branch have decided to put every single other Labour ward in Birmingham to shame by hosting their own conference but it looks absolutely brilliant – and as far as we know it is still going ahead. What is Conservative Party education policy doing to our schools? What is the alternative vision? There will be loads of speakers and discussion, it is on Thursday the 11th May and will be held at Moseley School & Sixth Form Centre, Wake Green Road, B13 9UU. It’s free to attend but you’ll need to register.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Homelessness charity gig, 19th May

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

Jeremy Corbyn in Birmingham – 20th May.

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

 

Sat 20th May: Unite STP Campaign Conference

Unite union are organising an STP Campaign Conference to be held at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham city centre, runs from 10:30 until 13:30 and you can register for it here. Speakers will include John Lister (Health Campaigns Together), Gill George, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Defend Our NHS and Sarah Carpenter (Unite national officer for health), speakers from Solihull KONP and Birmingham KONP. STPs are going to have a massive effect on what happens to the NHS over the next few years and activists campaigning against them or for radical changes need to be armed with the full story – this will be a great opportunity to get that.

 

Women’s March against Trumpism: 20th May

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

 

General election, June 8th.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

Tuesday 9th May

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

Wednesday 10th May

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

Thursday 11th May

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

Saturday 13th May

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

 

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

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

 

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

Doorknocking sessions:

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

 

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

Contact northfieldlabour@gmail.com for more information

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

 

Fundraising survey

Our fundraising co-ordinator, Nicky, has drawn up a quick survey for members and supporters to fill in to canvass our views on what we want. If you have a spare couple of minutes please fill it in here.

 

MSB statement on the July 2015 ‘freeze date’ decision

The Birmingham Board of the Labour Party, in their infinite wisdom, decided to retain the July 2015 freeze date for members to participate in the selection of candidates for the 2018 local election elections. We have published a statement that you can read here and rest assured it will not be the end of the matter. Momentum seeks to get Labour members elected to public office. Labour will only succeed in doing that if it engages with its new members and gives them a say. The decision is a monumental act of folly.

 

‘Regional’ Momentum co-ordination

Cecile Wright, one of our elected NGC reps for the large ‘region’ that Birmingham and the West Midlands sits in, would like to keep in touch about how she can best open communication with us to better represent us on the Momentum Council. She wants people to feel free to get in touch with her and her email is 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

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

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