Newsletter 03/07/2017

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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.

This weekend was a very busy one indeed for MSB. On Saturday we had a stall at the Moseley Festival, met lots of new people, sold lots of T-Shirts and badges and had a lot of debates about Brexit with the locals 😊

And yesterday we had our meeting with the fantastic Chris Williamson MP (who this very afternoon we learned has been appointed as the Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services –  many congratulations Chris!) who spoke to a standing room only audience in the city centre about the way forward for Labour and Momentum. He was absolutely brilliant and it was an incredibly inspiring discussion – a huge thank you to Chris, everyone involved in running the meeting, everyone who came and welcome to the new people who attended – and we’ll try and book a slightly bigger venue next time! There are lots of pictures on social media so do check them out if you couldn’t make it. We also sold more Jeremy Corbyn T-shirts, more details below on how to get your hands on them as they are shifting fast………..

We also did a collection for the families of Grenfell Tower and raised £101 – thank you to everyone who contributed. You can also donate online here.

It’s pretty clear that Labour needs to be on an almost permanent election campaign footing now so things are definitely starting to pick up again – it’s still a fairly quiet week for CLP activity but we are hearing of various things in the pipeline – keep your eyes out. There’s plenty of other things going on though and there is a big day of campaigning planned in Edgbaston constituency this Saturday on the theme of anti-austerity.

James

 

Defend our children’s centres!

26 children’s centres are at risk of closure across the city. While Birmingham City Council is an almost impossible position due to the cuts it is being forced to make by the Tory government, these centres provide early education and day care for children from 6 months to 5 years and are a vital service for families. Numerous consultation meetings are taking place across the city (list is here, a copy also attached with this newsletter), there is an online consultation form to complete and there is more useful information here.

 

KONP Birmingham meeting, 5th July

KONPB do a huge amount of brilliant work but are always in need of more help. For those who are interested in supporting and/or joining KONP and contributing to campaigns their contact details are 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 5th July, at 19:30pm. Currently KONPB have campaigns on the STPs in Brum/Solihull and Black Country. the Midland Metropolitan Hospital (PFI/2) and they are looking to do some more work on the mental health arrangements for young people 0-25 years in Birmingham – currently ‘red risk’.

Please get involved in, and support, KONPB in any way you can.

 

Edgbaston CLP day of activity – Saturday 8th July

As well as the usual CLP stall at Harborne Farmers’ Market (10am on the High Street opposite WHSmith), Labour members will also spend some time talking to our fellow residents living in tower blocks in the constituency. This will be to make sure that they have the opportunity to raise any concerns they may have about their homes in the wake of the awful events at the Grenfell Tower. Please keep your eyes peeled for more details on social media!

 

Sisters Uncut Birmingham meeting: 22nd July

Sisters Uncut are having their first open meeting on Saturday 22nd July at 14:00 on the ground floor at Rhubarb, 25 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AE. You’ve probably heard of them but for the uninitiated they are an intersectional feminist group taking direct action for domestic violence services – they have been involved in some pretty inspiring initiatives in London. Here’s the flyer: Sisters Uncut Flyer FINAL (1)

 

MSB Book Club: George Orwell’s ‘Road to Wigan Pier’, August 1st

Our inaugural book club meeting is on the 1st August! It’ll be at 7pm at Loco Lounge on Kings Heath High Street. Members will be discussing Orwell’s ‘Road to Wigan Pier’. If you want to join in or need any information email chezhedges@hotmail.com.

 

Save the date – MSB Summer Party on the 4th August!

Just a date for your diaries – our Summer Party will be on Friday the 4th August. You’ll have all weekend to recover if it’s a large one 😊. More details to follow soon!

 

Birmingham Momentum Women’s Group –

Future meetings (next one 14th August)

Women Momentum members across Birmingham are now meeting regularly to discuss women’s position in the Labour Party and how to gain gender equality. It’s a safe space for Momentum and Labour women to come together to support each other, explore issues and plan campaigns.

The next meetings are:

  • Monday 14th August, at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT) at 7:30pm.
  • Monday 11th September – City centre location, TBC

 

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • Northfield CLP Momentum sub-group meeting: Wednesday, 12th July, 7:30pm, Black Horse Pub on the Bristol Road – upstairs conference room.

 

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Saturday 8th July: campaign day (full details above)
  • Quinton ward AGM, Wednesday 19th July, 7pm, Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road: Quinton ward officers to be elected and possibly councillor selection meenting.
  • Edgbaston CLP AGM Saturday 22nd July – 10am, St Faith and St Lawrence Church Hall, 115 Balden Road, Birmingham B32 2EL. CLP-wide officers and officers for Bartley Green, Edgbaston and Harborne will be elected and very likely the 2018 councillor selection will be conducted too.

 

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • July 13th Moseley and Kings Heath ward meeting: With the election campaign over, normal meetings resume and they will be having their regular meeting on Thursday 13th July at the Moseley Exchange.

 

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing this week unfortunately but we’ll let you know if we hear anything for future editions.

 

Birmingham needs more women councillors!

Women in Momentum’s three Birmingham branches are now meeting regularly and the dates of their next two meetings are further down this newsletter. They have also produced an excellent article on improving the gender balance on Birmingham City Council. There have been some worrying rumours about attempts being made to water it down in some of the new wards – the way that we can challenge this is oppose any dilution in our Labour Parties but also for women to stand as councillors. The piece can be read here – please share far and wide.

 

New to the Labour Party?

Many of us are fairly new to the Labour Party and it can be quite an intimidating environment with labyrinthine rules and procedures that are at times baffling – with all the different abbreviations and structures it can be like learning a new language! Momentum Sheffield (who look almost as amazing as MSB…..) have produced a very helpful guide for newcomers that explains the structures, rules, terms and puts things in day-to-day language. It’s worth a read even if you are an experienced old hand! A link to the document is here.

 

South Birmingham Momentum T-Shirts

Not before time in our view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 for members and £12 for none-members (another compelling reason to join Momentum!) red with Birmingham Momentum on it and a big picture of Jeremy! If you would like one email nicky151289@gmail.com, they are available in medium, large or extra-large.

 

Burton Unite members in dispute with Argos – let’s support them!

While of course the eyes of Momentum South Birmingham were mostly fixed on the general election and ensuring our city’s constituencies returned Labour MPs, we should not forget that there are industrial disputes going on that can and should be supported. One of those is just down the road in Burton where Argos workers organised by the Unite union are on strike.

There is much more information here: please offer any help you can at this very busy time for all of us.  We are also aiming to bring you more information about the refuse workers strike in Birmingham in future editions and on social media – keep your eyes peeled.

 

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.

 

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

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 23/05/17

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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.

Many of you may have noticed that there was a rather large mobilisation in Northfield on Saturday with over 100 people helping out with Richard Burden’s re-election campaign, a large proportion of whom were Momentum supporters from across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands – who turned out to help ensure that Northfield stays Labour. John McDonnell also came along straight from the rally in the city centre to say a few words and help out with a leaflet delivery. There are loads of pictures on social media of some very bedraggled activists – it was an absolutely fantastic day but a very wet one too!

 

A huge thanks to Northfield CLP for such a warm and friendly welcome and making sure there were plenty of things to do. It was an absolutely super #SuperSaturday!

Momentum officers from across the city collectively and unanimously decided over the weekend that the remaining time will continue to be focused on Northfield so the next two #SuperSaturdays will be in the constituency. Hope to see you at one or both of those or at the many other campaigning activities they have planned virtually every day between now and the 8th.

Jeremy Corbyn in Walsall: 23rd May, 1pm

Jeremy will be speaking in Walsall tomorrow at 1pm. Full details here. If it’s half as good as Saturday it will be a lot of fun!

Birmingham NUT Education Question Time: 24th May

Education Question Time, Harborne Academy on 24/5/2017- 6pm: Ask the Edgbaston parliamentary candidates (including Preet Gill) what they will do about the school funding crisis. More details here. All welcome and there is plenty of parking.

#SuperSaturday in Northfield: 27th May

Following a swift name change that yours truly isn’t entirely happy with, our next #SuperSaturday will again be in Northfield this weekend.

Full details will be publicised mid-week but keep the morning an early afternoon free for leaflet deliveries, stalls and door-knocking to help Richard Burden get re-elected.

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 Barks For Labour -29th May

Do you have a photogenic pooch? Know a Labour labrador, a Jeremy Corbyn-loving Jack Russell, a socialist spaniel, a democratic dachshund or just like campaigning with canines? They’ll be a video/photoshoot for social media at 12 noon on Bank Holiday Monday 29 at Highbury Park with professional videographer Tim Mobbs. Do let us know at momentumbhamsouth@hotmail.com if you want to be put in touch with the organisers!

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.

 

Momentum women’s evening of action

Our women’s group are organising an evening of action. More details will follow on social media but if you need more information now drop nicky151289@gmail.com a line.

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

Tuesday 23rd May

  • 9am – 5pm – Phonebank in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston (B15 3BE).
  • 11am – 1.00pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet on the corner of Simmons Drive and Lower Higley Close (B32 2QH)
  • 15pm – 8.00pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet at the corner of Church Road and Carpenter Road (B15 2JU)

Wednesday 24th May

  • 11am – 1.00pm – Doorknocking in Quinton – Meet on the corner of Welsh House Farm Road and Minton Road (B32 2NB)
  • 12pm – 5pm – Phonebank in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston (B15 3BE)
  • 1pm – 3pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Rotton Park Road and Hagley Road (B16 9HN)
  • 15pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Harborne – Meet on the corner of Quinton Road and Poole Crescent (B17 0PB)

Thursday 25th May 

  • 12pm – 5pm – Phonebank in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston (B15 3BE)
  • 1pm – 3pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Portland Road and Clarendon Road (B16 9HN)
  • 15pm – 8pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Middle Acre Road and Barnes Hill (B32 3AS)

Friday 26th May

  • 12pm – 5pm – Phonebank in Edgbaston – Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston (B15 3BE)
  • 15 – 8pm – Doorknocking in Edgbaston – Meet on the corner of Wellington Road and Sir Harry’s Road (B15 2EP)

Saturday 27th May

  • 10am – 12pm – Street Stall in Harborne High Street (B17 9NT)
  • 10am – 2pm – Leaflet delivery in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Glen Side and Stevens Avenue (B32 3RU)
  • 10am – 2pm – Leaflet delivery in Quinton – Location TBC
  • 3pm – 4.30pm – Doorknocking in Bartley Green – Meet on the corner of Genners Lane and Merritt’s Hill (B31 1HZ)

Sunday 28th May

  • 10am – 4pm – Envelope stuffing at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston (B15 3BE)

 

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

Sparkbrook

  • Leafleting on Tuesday 23rd May at 4.00pm – Meeting on junction of Abbotsford Road and Fallows Road.
  • Leafleting on Wednesday 24th May at 4.00pm – Meeting at junction of Stratford Road and Long Street.

    Hall Green
  • Monday 22nd – 6pm meet Baldwins Lane and Scribers Lane Junction
  • Thursday 25th – 6pm meet Cole Valley Road junction with Highfield Road
  • Saturday 27th – 10.30am meet Robin Hood Lane junction with Gresham Road

    Moseley and Kings Heath

  • Saturday the 27th: stall by the farmers’ market in the village, 10-12.

 

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

Tuesday 23rd May:

  • A special Get Out The Postal Votes Phone Bank: 11.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 20.00, at 204 Alcester Road South, B14 6DE, to book your place please click here.
  • Doorknocking: 11.00, Brandwood: Meet at the junction of Brockworth Road and Mitcheldean Covert, (off Bells Lane) B14
  • Envelope stuffing: 11.00 16 Jervoise Road, B29 5QU
  • Doorknocking: 18.00 Selly Oak: Meet at the junction of Serpentine Road and Elmdon Road, B29

 

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

Contact northfieldlabour@gmail.com for more information

  • Tue 23rd May, 6pm – door-knocking in West Heath, meeting at the junction of Lilley Lane & The Grove (B31 3JU).
  • Wed 24th May, 6pm – door-knocking in Northfield, meeting at the corner of Bristol Road South & Hill Top Lane (B31 5AN).
  • Longbridge branch are holding a phone-bank on Wed 24th May, 6pm at 10 Rednal Mill Drive (B45 8XX).
  • Thu 25th May, 6pm – door-knocking in Northfield, meeting at the corner of Bristol Road South & Chelston Road (B31 5BS).
  • The first hustings of the election campaign takes place this Friday evening, 26th May, from 7.30pm – organised by Churches Together in Northfield, this will be held at Northfield Methodist Church.
  • Phone-banking continues to take place from the campaign office – near St Nicolas Place, 81 The Green, Kings Norton (B38 8RU) – from 10am to 4pm, Mon to Thu.
  • There are copies of Richard’s election newspaper to deliver across the constituency over the next few days – especially in the Longbridge and Weoley areas. Please get in touch if you can help with these at all, to either arrange a time to collect a delivery round from the office or for them to drop one over to you.
  • Saturday the 27th: #SuperSaturday – more details above and more on social media when we have it!

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

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 13/03/17

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Welcome to the latest South Birmingham Momentum newsletter, full of exciting events for you to attend and ways to support the group fight the good fight. If you’re reading this newsletter and haven’t joined the Labour Party, then please do so. And if you have and haven’t got involved yet, please do!

Of particular note this week are the Birmingham Board, Hall Green ward by-election and the upcoming Momentum national conference which is being held in Birmingham and is now less than two weeks away! More details below.

Open letter to the Birmingham Board

There is an open letter to the Birmingham Board of the Labour Party in circulation protesting the 20 months and counting “freeze date” July 2015 in place for the selection of local council candidates. This is a crazy and increasingly undemocratic decision, disenfranchising vast numbers of hard working party members. You can add your name to it here (please include your CLP).

We have also produced a short video which can be viewed here – please share amongst your friends and contacts.

Please also start contacting your local CLP reps to the board (usually the chair and secretary) asking them to challenge this decision, demand it is discussed again at the Birmingham Board and when that happens to vote for the usual 6 month freeze date. There are also a number of South Birmingham MPs and councillors on the board who you can contact. If you need any more information by all means get in touch with us but a full (although maybe not entirely up-to-date) list of the Board members can be found here. If you are going to lobby your reps please make it snappy as the Birmingham Board will be meeting this Friday!

9 wards and 3 of the 4 South Birmingham CLP executive committees have passed resolutions opposing the current freeze date so opposition to this decision is growing all the time. With all the elections we have to fight locally we need to mobilise our members. The best way to do that is to give them a say in who is fighting those elections on our behalf!

Hall Green ward by-election

Following the decision of Hall Green councillor Sam Burden (Labour) to step down, there will be a by-election in the ward held the same day as the mayoral election, May 4th. The Tories have already begun campaigning so Labour’s efforts commenced yesterday. The candidate is being selected tonight. Momentum South Birmingham activists will be working hard to ensure a Labour victory. For more details of upcoming activities please keep an eye on our social media, future newsletters and there will be regular updates on activity on the Birmingham Labour Party website (hopefully……)

Compass event: “Uniting for a progressive UK”, 14th March

Momentum supporters locally will be attending this event, featuring Zoe Williams and Neal Lawson, tomorrow, Tues 14th in Digbeth. While views are mixed within our ranks about the desirability and viability of a ‘progressive alliance’ or similar arrangement, the people involved are worth engaging with and it should be an interesting event with some well-regarded and influential voices present. More information here – tickets have to be ordered online in advance but it is free.

‘Feminism and the Foodbank’, 15th Mar

Although this isn’t an official Momentum event our supporters are involved and we would encourage everyone to go along to P Café 1464 Pershore Road, B30 2NT on the 15th at 7pm. To coincide with International Women’s Day there will be a discussion on the theme of ‘Feminism and the Foodbank’. It’s free to get in but please bring a donation of female hygiene products to be donated to B30 Food bank. More details here.

Jeremy Corbyn on Labour’s vision for Race Equality, 18th March

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, will be delivering a speech on race equality and multiculturalism on Saturday 18th March, from 2.30pm in the Council Chamber, Birmingham Council House, near Birmingham New Street station. He is expected to outline Labour’s vision for race equality and how it can be achieved. This will be followed by Q&A discussion. The event is hosted by the Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda. It’s free to get in but essential that you book tickets in advance. There will be some friendly Momentum faces to chat to as well!

Momentum National Conference: 25th March

Inspired by the work of local groups over the last year and the hugely successful ‘The World Transformed’ fringe festival that took place alongside Labour Party Conference in Liverpool in September, Momentum’s first conference ‘Building to Win’ will take place on Saturday 25th March in Birmingham at 119 Floodgate Street, Digbeth. The conference will be open to all Momentum members and feature activist training, political education workshops and discussion focused on four key themes:

Transforming Labour – helping people navigate Labour Party structures and discussing how Momentum can continue to support the transformation of Labour into a grassroots, member-led party that offers a real alternative to the status quo.

Helping Labour Win – supporting Labour to mobilise its mass membership and win elections as well as helping equip people with arguments and effective communication techniques to persuade people of our vision.

Building the movement- discussing how we can further root our movement in communities, developing links with people and other grassroots groups to organise throughout the UK and build support for Labour’s policies.

Building Momentum – building capacity within Momentum networks and groups through skills sharing and training. Building Momentum will help us achieve our first three objectives.

We will be joined by activists from across the country and special guest speakers. John McDonnell has already emailed all members to let them know that he will be there!

You can book your tickets here. There will also be loads of stalls there from local groups and campaigning organisations – if you are involved in or know a group who might be interested please get in touch with us at momentumbhamsouth@hotmail.com. We want to use this event to build on our good work locally too and give a platform to the many issues of concern to us. Please also get in touch with us if you are willing to volunteer on the day.

Billy Elliot Film Night, 31st March

MSB are putting on a showing of Billy Elliot at the Highbury Pub, Dads Lane, B13 8PQ on the 31st March. Film to start at 7:30 followed by a discussion on some of the topical issues in the film. £5/£3 includes popcorn! More details here.

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Edgbaston CLP members discussion forum on an ethical foreign policy, Fri 17th March, Quinborne Centre, Quinton at 7pm.
  • Edgbaston CLP stall on Harborne High Street: Saturday 18th March 10-12. Sion Simon and the budget. Meeting outside WHSmith.
  • Harborne ward Labour Party meeting: 1st April, 10:30 am, Moor Pool Hall, 37 The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY.

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • As above, the campaigning for the Hall Green ward by-election is already in full swing!

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Wednesday 15 March at 11.00, there will be a team delivery session, meet at the junction of Corisande Road and Lepid Grove.
  • Bournville ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 16th March: 7:30pm, St. Andrews Church, Cartland Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2RD.
  • Brandwood ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 16th March, 8pm, Bells Farm Community Centre, Bells Farm Close, Druids Heath, B14 5QP.
  • Selly Oak CLP meeting, 23rd March, 7:30pm St. Andrews Church, Cartland Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2RD: Steve McCabe MP will report on his activities in the Constituency and Westminster and Liam Byrne MP (a Brandwood member) will discuss his recent book ‘Black Flag Down: Counter Extremism, Defeating ISIS and Winning the Battle of Ideas’.
  • Thursday 30 March at 7pm: An evening with Paul Routledge, at the E57 Club, 699 Alcester Road South, B14 5EY. Tickets are £10 and can be booked here.

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
  • Tuesday 14 March; Momentum Northfield sub-group meeting,30pm, upstairs conference room, Black Horse, Bristol Road South. Discussion; ‘What are the most effective ways that Momentum members can support Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and the 10 point policy plan both within constituency parties and when presenting them to potential voters?’ Please come along and join in the discussion.
  • Thursday 16 March; North Worcestershire Golf Course discussion, 1pm, Hollymoor Centre (by water tower), Manor Park Grove, B31 5ER. Proposals have been submitted by Bloor Homes to build hundreds of new homes on the site of the North Worcestershire Golf Club off Frankley Beeches Road. Please come along and support Longbridge ward Labour party and  Andy Cartwright in voicing local residents’ concerns over these plans. All are welcome.
  • Monday 20 March; Northfield Ward meeting, 7pm, West Heath Community Centre,  Hampstead House, Condover Road, B31 3QY. Open to all residents of Northfield Ward.

South Birmingham Momentum T-Shirts

Not before time in my view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If people would like one email nicky151289@gmail.com

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 B’ham – currently ‘red risk’.

Please get involved in and support KONPB in any way you can.

MSB stalls committee – volunteers needed

Our stalls co-ordinator, Chris Kuriata, is on the lookout for people to join the group’s stalls committee. Stalls have been a crucial way that we have got our ideas across. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chris: Chriskuriata@live.co.uk

MSB social media classes

Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, is interested in running some 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 06/03/17

Welcome to the latest South Birmingham Momentum newsletter, full of exciting events for you to attend and ways to support the group fight the good fight. If you’re reading this newsletter and haven’t joined the Labour Party, then please do so. And if you have and haven’t got involved yet, please do!

 Statement on the Birmingham Board

Momentum South Birmingham have produced a statement in opposition to the Birmingham Board of the Labour Party decision last year to restrict eligible voters in the selection of council candidates next year. Opposition to this mystifying and self-defeating move is growing across the city’s CLPs – in the area we cover resolutions calling for it to be reversed have been passed in at least two wards in each constituency. You can read the statement here – please share with all of your contacts as we believe this is a big issue – and please raise in your local Labour Party. Please also start contacting your local CLP reps to the board (usually the chair and secretary) asking them to challenge this decision, demand it is discussed again at the Birmingham Board and when that happens to vote for the usual 6 month freeze date. There are also a number of South Birmingham MPs and councillors on the board who you can contact. If you need any more information by all means get in touch with us but a full (although maybe not entirely up-to-date) list of the Board members can be found here. If you are going to lobby your reps please make it snappy as the Birmingham Board will be meeting over the next couple of weeks!

Stalls committee meeting, 8th March

Our stalls co-ordinator Chris Kuriata has organised a stalls committee meeting for Wednesday the 8th March. 10am at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT). All welcome and there will be lots of things to get involved in!

Budget Day Protest, Wednesday 8th March, 5 – 6 pm

There will be a demo on Wednesday night to protest against what is likely to be a budget that sees very little being done to resolve the funding crisis in the NHS and social care. Meeting outside Waterstones, High St, Birmingham City Centre. Momentum probably will not be there physically but we will be in spirit!

Stirchley Library Campaign meeting: Sat 11th Mar

The campaign to protect the service of Stirchley continues despite the relatively positive news about the future of library services in Birmingham recently. The next public/organising meeting is this Saturday the 11th March, 10.30, at Stirchley Community Church.

 

MSB fundraising officer’s meeting, 13th Mar

(the meeting due to be held tonight has been postponed!) 

If you’re interested in helping us plan our fundraising events we have our next social/fundraising meeting on the 13th March (postponed from the 6th), 7pm at the Boston Tea Party, Harborne High Street. Please contact Nicky Brennan (nicky151289@gmail.com) if you want to go along and/or you want to get involved more generally in our fundraising activities – all those brilliant leaflets we put out won’t pay for themselves………..

Compass event: “Uniting for a progressive UK”, 14th March

Momentum supporters locally will be attending this event, featuring Zoe Williams and Neal Lawson, on the Tues 14th in Digbeth. While views are mixed within our ranks about the desirability and viability of a ‘progressive alliance’ or similar arrangement, the people involved are worth engaging with and it should be an interesting event with some well-regarded and influential voices present. More information here – tickets have to be ordered online in advance but it is free.

‘Feminism and the Foodbank’, 15th Mar

Although this isn’t an official Momentum event our supporters are involved and we would encourage everyone to go along to P Café 1464 Pershore Road, B30 2NT on the 15th at 7pm. To coincide with International Women’s Day there will be a discussion on the theme of ‘Feminism and the Foodbank’. It’s free to get in but please bring a donation of female hygiene products to be donated to B30 Food bank. More details here.

Momentum National Conference: 25th March

Inspired by the work of local groups over the last year and the hugely successful ‘The World Transformed’ fringe festival that took place alongside Labour Party Conference in Liverpool in September, Momentum’s first conference ‘Building to Win’ will take place on Saturday 25th March in Birmingham at 119 Floodgate Street in Digbeth. The conference will be open to all Momentum members and feature activist training, political education workshops and discussion focused on four key themes:

Transforming Labour – helping people navigate Labour Party structures and discussing how Momentum can continue to support the transformation of Labour into a grassroots, member-led party that offers a real alternative to the status quo.

Helping Labour Win – supporting Labour to mobilise its mass membership and win elections as well as helping equip people with arguments and effective communication techniques to persuade people of our vision.

Building the movement- discussing how we can further root our movement in communities, developing links with people and other grassroots groups to organise throughout the UK and build support for Labour’s policies.

Building Momentum – building capacity within Momentum networks and groups through skills sharing and training. Building Momentum will help us achieve our first three objectives.

We will be joined by activists from across the country and special guest speakers.

You can book your tickets here. There will also be loads of stalls there from local groups and campaigning organisations – if you are involved in or know a group who might be interested please get in touch with us at momentumbhamsouth@hotmail.com. We want to use this event to build on our good work locally too and give a platform to the many issues of concern to us. Please also get in touch if you are willing to volunteer on the day.

Billy Elliot Film Night, 31st March

MSB are putting on a showing of Billy Elliot at the Highbury Pub, Dads Lane, B13 8PQ on the 31st March. Film to start at 7:30 followed by a discussion on some of the topical issues in the film. £5/£3 includes popcorn! More details here.

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Edgbaston CLP stall on Harborne High Street: 10-12. Sion Simon and the budget. Meeting outside WHSmith.
  • Edgbaston CLP members discussion forum on an ethical foreign policy, Fri 17th March, Quinborne Centre, Quinton at 7pm.

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Combined Moseley and Kings Heath branch and Hall Green CLP all-members meeting, Thursday 9th March, Moseley Community Development Trust, Moseley Village, Alcester Road, B13 8JP. Branch meeting will commence at 19:30 and CLP meeting at 20:30. Discussions will include feedback on the development of the women’s group and a Q&A with David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Love Brum Schools stall on Saturday the 11th supported by Hall Green CLP, meeting outside Lidl in Balsall Heath.

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Door knocking in Bournville: meeting this Saturday (11th March) at 2pm on the junction of Bournville Lane and Oxford Street.
  • Selly Oak ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday March 9th, Skittle Alley, Selly Park Tavern, 592 Pershore Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, Birmingham B29 7HQ.
  • Bournville ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 16th March: 7:30pm, St. Andrews Church, Cartland Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2RD
  • Brandwood ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 16th March, 8pm, Bells Farm Community Centre, Bells Farm Close, Druids Heath, B14 5QP

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing this week but we’ll announce things as soon as we have them!

South Birmingham Momentum T-Shirts

Not before time in my view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If people would like one email nicky151289@gmail.com

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 B’ham – currently ‘red risk’.

Please get involved in and support KONPB in any way you can.

MSB stalls committee – volunteers needed

Our stalls co-ordinator, Chris Kuriata, is on the lookout for people to join the group’s stalls committee. Stalls have been a crucial way that we have got our ideas across. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chris: Chriskuriata@live.co.uk

MSB social media classes

Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, is interested in running some 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 13/02/2017

Welcome to the latest South Birmingham Momentum newsletter, full of exciting events for you to attend and ways to support the group fight the good fight. This week’s addition is another bumper one.

If you’re reading this newsletter and haven’t joined the Labour Party, then please do so. And if you have and haven’t got involved yet, please do!

Copeland and Stoke by-elections

It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that the Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent by-elections are both going to take place on Thursday 23rd February. It is critical that we throw our energy into campaigning for two Labour victories. Local Momentum activists have already been on the doorstep in Copeland and Stoke and national Momentum are currently planning the best way for Momentum members nationally to support these campaigns – from pop up phone-banks to coaches and carpools. Register here if you’re interested in volunteering in the coming month. You can find details of the Labour campaign offices here for Copeland and here for Stoke.

West Midlands Labour are also organising plenty of activity in the Stoke Central constituency and any help would be very much appreciated: meeting Monday to Saturday at 10am, 2pm and 5pm, and Sunday 10am and 2pm, at the GMB building (the old CATU building) for campaigning across the constituency. The address is Garth Street, Hanley, ST1 2AB and there’s a free car park opposite the office. For more details, click here.  If you’d like to deliver the latest leaflet, or help another way, please let them know here.

It’s absolutely imperative that Labour wins these two by-elections so if there is any support you can offer either campaigns it could make a huge difference. If you can call in advance and let them know a) if you’re coming and what you’d prefer to do b) if you have a car that seems to be very helpful!

Momentum branches in the West Midlands are co-ordinating efforts for a big turnout on 18th/19th in particular- get in touch with Steve Price on thecomradep@gmail.com for details of activities, accommodation and a rather interesting sounding social on 18th!

Momentum Votes

Nominations have now closed for elections to the National Coordinating Group (NCG), Momentum’s highest governing body.

Following an online poll of our branch we have decided to endorse one of members, Sam Poulson, who is seeking election to the NCG and we will be promoting his candidacy on social media. He would be an excellent representative for Birmingham on the organisation’s leading body so please consider voting for him. Keep an eye on our social media for more information over the coming couple of weeks!

‘SaveourSupport’ demo, 14th Feb

The Government has already cut £590 million per year to Birmingham. That is £530 per person per year. More cuts are to come. The budget to be set on February 28th asks councillors to vote for cuts to services for our most vulnerable people, including homeless families, those with disabilities such as mental health and learning disabilities, young people at risk, and women and children suffering domestic violence. SOS are organising a demonstration in Victoria Square on Tuesday 14th February between 3 and 4.30pm.

One Day Without Us – 20th Feb

1 Day Without Us is a National Day of Action on 20th Feb 2017 to celebrate the contribution of migrants to the UK, to coincide with UN World Day of Social Justice.

For 24 hours, we are inviting migrants from inside and outside the European Union, and everyone who supports them, to celebrate the contribution that migrants make.

In Birmingham, Momentum South Birmingham are supporting an event at the Ort Gallery with stalls, speakers, food and music from 4pm. Do come along and have a chat with us and all of the organisations involved in supporting this important day of action. Attached to the email that included the newsletter is a flyer with more information.

Edgbaston Sub-Group public meeting on the NHS and STPs, 22nd Feb.

South Birmingham Momentum supporters in Edgbaston have organised a public meeting in collaboration with Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham on Wednesday the 22nd. It will be at 7:00 at the Quinborne Centre Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham, B32 2TW. The theme is “The NHS crisis and STPs – how should Labour respond?” and speakers include Caroline Molloy, a well-known campaigner on NHS issues and something of an expert on them, so it will be well worth going along!

‘Vote Len McCluskey’ Rally, 22nd Feb

Len McCluskey is standing again for general secretary of the UNITE union – he and his supporters are holding a rally next Wednesday the 22nd Feb at the Loft Lounge, 143 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RG 6pm.

Explore your Political Pathway: Birmingham, 1st March

The Parliament Project is an initiative to increase the number of women in Parliament and they have an event on the 1st March at the Council House.

From the Blurb:

“Women, have you considered getting involved in politics but not quite been able to take the plunge? Do you need more information but don’t know where to get it? Or do you worry you don’t have the skills but you still want to make a difference?

Come along to our first Birmingham workshop from The Parliament Project, an initiative to increase the numbers of women in political office, as we help women explore their political pathway.”

REEL NEWS Videos and Activism workshop and film evening at Izons, Thurs 2nd March

Infamous Community Arts and Banner Theatre present Video and Activism by REEL NEWS, a free event run at Izons (West Bromwich) on Thursday 2 March 17: Campaigns and struggles for social justice, here and abroad, which are not only fighting back, but winning too!

  • Workshop 2pm-5pm (booking necessary)
  • Film/Q&A evening 7pm-9pm

More details about booking in one of the flyers I have attached to the email you received the newsletter with.

Women’s meeting, 2nd March

Some of our women members have organised a further get-together on Thursday the 2nd March at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT) at 7pm. It’s very much a social event rather than a decision-making gathering – all welcome! The last one was a very big success and we’re sure the group will go from strength to strength.

‘Our NHS’ demonstration: 4th March

Our NHS is at breaking point. With a backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS. Theresa May’s demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service. The Government’s latest wheeze, Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are in reality just a smokescreen for further cuts and privatization. A coalition of organisations have organised a demonstration on the 4th March and MSB are organising a coach. If you would like to go can you please email Nicky Brennan at nicky151289@gmail.com or Chris Kuriata at Chriskuriata@live.co.uk

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Quinton ward Labour meeting: Weds 15th Feb, 7:15pm Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton.
  • Edgbaston CLP street stall: Saturday 18th Feb, 10am-12noon, outside WHSmith.
  • Edgbaston South Birmingham Momentum sub-group public meeting on the NHS and STPs: 22nd Feb (full details above)

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Moseley & Kings Heath Labour Party street stall, Saturday 18 February outside Asda Kings Heath 10 -12. Focus on the mayoral election.

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Wednesday the 15th Feb: Momentum South Birmingham Selly Oak supporters sub-group meeting, 7pm, The British Oak Pub.
  • Thursday 16th Bournville Ward Labour Party meeting: will be replaced by a phonebanking session for the Stoke by-election. 6:30 until 8pm, St. Andrews Church, Cartland Road.

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

Nothing this week but we’ll announce things as soon as we have them!

South Birmingham Momentum T-Shirts

Not before time in my view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If people would like one email nicky151289@gmail.com

MSB stalls committee – volunteers needed

Our stalls co-ordinator, Chris Kuriata, is on the lookout for people to join the group’s stalls committee. Stalls have been a crucial way that we have got our ideas across. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chris: Chriskuriata@live.co.uk

MSB social media classes

Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, is interested in running some 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

Statement on the Birmingham Board

Momentum South Birmingham have produced a statement in opposition to the recent Birmingham Board of the Labour Party decision to restrict eligible voters in the selection of council candidates next year. Opposition to this mystifying and self-defeating move is growing across the city’s CLPs – in the area we cover resolutions calling for it to be reversed have been passed in at least two wards in each constituency. You can read the statement here – please share with all of your contacts as we believe this is a big issue – and please raise in your local Labour Party.

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