Bridgwater Branch Labour Party

Labour Party Policy on Sexual Harassment

Thursday, 2 November 2017Leave a reply

The Labour Party has a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment and will take all complaints of this nature extremely seriously.Should you experience any behaviour that you feel amounts to sexual harassment either towards yourself or another member we strongly encourage you to report it to us as soon as you can.

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It takes place when someone is subjected to unwelcome and unwanted sexual behaviour or other conduct related to their gender.

Harassment is defined by law in the Equality Act 2010 as ‘unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual’. In the case of sexual harassment the relevant protected characteristic is ‘sex’.

Behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment includes:

  • Unwelcome behaviour of a sexual nature, this may be either physical or verbal,
  • Inappropriate or suggestive remarks or verbal sexual advances,
  • Indecent comments, jokes or innuendos relating to a person’s looks or private life,
  • Unwanted physical contact such as hugging, kissing or inappropriate touching,
  • Requests for sexual favours,
  • The display or circulation of pornography or indecent images.

Often, this kind of behaviour may be brushed off by the harasser as ‘banter’ or harmless flirting. It is important to remember that the impact the behaviour had on you is the most important factor, it is not so relevant whether the individual intended to cause offence, but rather that offence was caused by the conduct.

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THIS IS WHAT I THINK: “Adult Education Faces an Uncertain Future Despite Funding U-turn” By Andy Lewis

Sunday, 15 October 2017Leave a reply

Labour seemed to have won a significant victory when more than £2million in funding was restored to adult education services in Somerset. But how much of a victory was it really? As the dust settles after the battle, the future of community based adult education looks far from secure.

To recap: Somerset Skills and Learning says it needs £3.4 million to run adult education classes. It was shocked in September when the education and skills funding agency awarded it just £110,000. Classes were postponed and there was an angry outcry from Labour and others. And at the end of September, the grant was upped to about £2.5 million and SS&L said classes would be back on. Continue reading “THIS IS WHAT I THINK: “Adult Education Faces an Uncertain Future Despite Funding U-turn” By Andy Lewis”

Jane Grenfell “Labour Party Conference Report 2017”

Tuesday, 3 October 20173 Replies
Jane Grenfell -Conference delegate”

Labour Party Conference September 2017

This year I was lucky enough to go to Conference as a delegate.

Arriving at lunch time I was able to pick up my delegate information and vote in the priorities ballot. This is a really important part of being a delegate as we vote for those themes picked up in motions put forward by CLPs, and by Unions and associate bodies (known as Affiliates), that we wish to debate on the floor of conference. The top 4 chosen by CLP delegates and the top 4 selected by Affiliates go forward. There were 13 subject groupings (themes) to select from.

Taking into account what was already on the agenda for conference, NEC and manifesto statements I voted for Housing; Rail; NHS and Social Care. Because there are a number of motions within each subject area, the CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee) has the task of boiling them all down to one. This is known as ‘compositing’ and the motions then become a composite motion. The result is a single motion text that takes in all the key points for the numerous individual motions.

The Affiliates (including the Unions) selected Grenfell Tower, Public Sector pay; Workers’ Rights and Growth and Investment. Continue reading “Jane Grenfell “Labour Party Conference Report 2017””

THIS IS WHAT i THINK:- No 3 “You’ve never had it so bad” by Glen Burrows

Sunday, 1 October 20172 Replies

I spoke recently to a young man who had applied, unsuccessfully, for 32 jobs since leaving college. Many of these, of course, were jobs he was forced to apply for, to fulfil his Claimant Commitment, whether or not he had relevant experience or wanted the job, otherwise his benefits would have been sanctioned.

It made me think hard about the impact on the mental health of young people of so much rejection and disappointment so early in life. Coupled with the desperate lack of affordable housing and the scandal of low-wage and zero hours contracts, it is not surprising that levels of mental ill-health and suicide are rising among young people. Continue reading “THIS IS WHAT i THINK:- No 3 “You’ve never had it so bad” by Glen Burrows”

September Campaigning

Friday, 29 September 20171 Reply
Bridgwater & West Somerset ‘Young Labour’ campaigning at Bridgwater College Freshers week

We have had a lot of meetings recently and members I’ve been speaking to are keen to get out and about again and do some of the activities we’ve planned.  I don’t know about you, but I certainly want to get back to the buzz we achieved around the General Election.

Well, let’s get to it.  First things first- here’s the main news from the Consituency Labour Party/ General Management Committee’s meeting the other day which affects us all:
  • Our motion on being a co-signatory to a letter to urge NEC to allow us to pick our Parliamentary candidate immediately was agreed
  • Our motion compelling the National Labour Party to provide national leaflets in electronic format was agreed
  • Unity House (ground floor level) may be used by members free of charge: branch to decide whether to take up this offer for activities
  • Tony Heywood elected CLP Treasurer
  • Conference Delegate Jane Grenfell to use her discretion to vote on issues and report back to members on her decisions due to there being no agenda to discuss from the Conference Arrangements Committee.
Students at Bridgwater College visiting the Labour stall

Now, this week, I’d imagine you’ll be glued to the TV watching the unfolding events in Brighton at the party conference and towards the end of the week, you surely will be attending the Bridgwater Fair.  This is why we only have two short events on this week.  Hope you can make it and here they are:

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Bridgwater and West Somerset GMC September 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017Leave a reply
Tony Heywood elected as CLP Treasurer

At this weeks General Management Committee  meeting for Bridgwater and West Somerset Labour Party the following decisions were made.

Tony Heywood (nominated by Bridgwater Branch) was elected unanimously as the CLP Treasurer following the resignation of Hadrian Speight

Future of Unity House   It was agreed that the premises ctte should make an application   to the Labour Party for a financial settlement resulting in the sale of Unity House and that in the light of that should investigate and cost all options from having a permanent base in Bridgwater to having an office, storage space, a café/bookshop, meeting space or just to continue meeting wherever as needed It was further agreed to take up the offer to meet on the ground floor of Unity House free of charge until such a time as we eventually lost the place. Branches and other party bodies could also consider this option. Continue reading “Bridgwater and West Somerset GMC September 2017”

THIS IS WHAT I THINK: Multilateral or Unilateral disarmament- a stark choice humankind must make now by John Hubble

Thursday, 14 September 20173 Replies

Nuclear weapons exist.  Their existence is a challenge to every one on the planet.

Nuclear weapons are designed to cause mass-destruction  They are indiscriminate destroyers of life both human and animal ;  of buildings, bridges, reservoirs and other human constructions ;  of forests and vegetation and the interwoven parts of the earth’s biosphere upon which life on this planet depends.

What happens when a nuclear weapon is detonated ?

A nuclear detonation releases energy causing

first ; –          a searingly hot, blindingly white flash and temperatures as within the sun (vaporising exposed humans and animals, incineration of all that can burn) ;

second ; – a rolling blast wave which destroys all in its path (buildings, bridges, power plants and lines) ;

third ; –         immediate damage by irradiation to the DNA and RNA of living cells ;

fourth ; –       a complex deposit of radio-active isotopes spread into the atmosphere to be distributed by the winds world-wide as they fall back to earth over the next days/months/years randomly interfering with cellular reproduction worldwide.  Continue reading “THIS IS WHAT I THINK: Multilateral or Unilateral disarmament- a stark choice humankind must make now by John Hubble”

Labour Social : Friday 17th November 7.30pm

Saturday, 2 September 2017Leave a reply
142 on at the Admirals Landing 17 November

The fundraising team are putting on a social to let our very active branch do a bit of socialising.  It will be held at Admiral’s Landing, The Docks, Bridgwater, TA6 3EX on Friday 17th November.  Doors open at 7.30pm-11pm.  A fantastic Vocal Harmony Duo called ‘142’ will be performing and there will be a bar. Check out 142 here.   A raffle is planned with donations being received for this beforehand.

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Bridgwater Canvassers Descend on Weston

Saturday, 26 August 2017Leave a reply

On Friday, our newly-active team of canvassers in the branch had Persuasion Training and then had a chance the very next day to go on an Away Day, hastily organised by the Branch Secretary, Gary Tucker.  A by-election had been called for August 31st in North Worle, Weston and so along with members from Weston, Yeovil and Bristol, they went to help persuade voters to vote Labour.

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