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The event will run from 9am and will finish by 1pm.
You will need to bring your Labour Party membership card.
Members from each ward, in the following order, will be able to have their say
Labour councillors are currently in place for each of the seats (Hamp 2, Eastover 2, Westover 2, Fairfax 2, Dunwear 1, Victoria 1) and therefore they are considered ‘winnable’ (in Party jargon). Some sitting councillors are asking to be-selected, some are standing down and some totally new candidates are putting their names forward.
This year there is the added incentive of getting more women candidates as we are running the first seat in each ward as a ‘women only shortlist’
If there are less than 6 Labour members from each ward present then the CLP Executive (Bridgwater area) will be asked to join the ones who are there to make the decision.
The Exec (who will need to be there from 9am) are as follows
*Chair Gary Tucker (BW)
*Secretary Brian Smedley (BW)
*Vice Chair/Membership Mick Lerry (BW)
*Treasurer Tony Heywood (BW)
*Youth Officer Gemma Shanahan (BW)
*Trade Union Liaison Glen Burrows (BW)
Additional Executive Members;-
*Leigh Redman (BW)
*Karen Heyward (BW)
Bridgwater Branch Chair Gary Tucker says “The reason I re-joined the party was for Jeremy Corbyn’s vision to democratise the party and lead from the grassroots. This Saturday’s selections for Council candidates gives us an opportunity to put his vision into action. Here’s three reasons why should come to choose you candidates for the area you live in:
I hope these reasons have made you reconsider your plans for Saturday.You will be given full guidance. Come along and get involved! Are you coming? “
-Motions-Women and the Economy-zero hour contracts, earning below the living wage, two child limit, universal credit
-Childcare-Cuts has caused closure of childcare services, having a child shouldn’t limit women’s economic power
-Abortion rights-Northern Ireland, wanted to make amendments to the Domestic Abuse bill, repealing ss. 58 and 59 of the offences against the people act 1861.
-Women’s health and safety- Period poverty (CWU’s big campaign). Special consideration for menopausal symptoms at work.
-Unfortunately we didn’t have a women delegate so we couldn’t vote but all motions were passed unanimously.
-The atmosphere was electric, it was just so incredible to see so many strong women in one room and so many sharing inspirational stories, everyone was so supportive of each other, and it was made so accessible for everyone with accessibility stewards and people signing the whole conference. Continue reading “Labour Party Conference Report 2018”
There are 6 wards in Bridgwater described as ‘winnable’. In this order – Hamp, Eastover, Westover, Fairfax, Dunwear, Victoria. In all of these we have sitting councillors – but in fact only 1 of these sitting councillors who is wanting to stand again is female. In order to encourage more women, party rules say we have to guarantee the 1st seat in each ward to a woman….that’s 6 seats. So far we don’t even have 6 women on our shortlist.
However…there is still time….but not much…..Please read the process below and seriously and quickly consider if you (as a woman) would like to stand for District Council and in a winnable seat. Return this form or contact us by October 13th 0930am
To qualify you need to
2. Live in the Sedgemoor area.
The procedure is slightly complex but I lay it out here
|Electoral ward||1st selection||2nd selection|
Selection process for district council candidates as agreed with Regional Office
This applies to WINNABLE seats identified as the 6 Labour wards in Bridgwater.
These are identified in priority order above
1 seat in each winnable seat MUST be contested by a woman
The 2nd (or 3rd) seat must be selected from ‘open’ selection (ie man or woman)
The LCF draws up a ‘panel of candidates for winnable seats’ (this is all people who have submitted an application form and specified any of the above seats)
The LCF agrees candidates from the list – these must include sitting ward councillors
Anyone with a query (lack of consistent membership, new candidate etc) must face an interview of an LCF panel
The LCF panel must submit their recommendations to regional office for approval
The ‘Panel of candidates for winnable seats’ are offered to a membership meeting (27th October) in ward order H,E,W,F,D,V
If a ward membership is less than 6 then the executive members are added to the selection team
-E1 (women only)
-W1 (women only)
-F1 (women only)
-F2 & F3 (open)
-D1 (women only)
-V1 (women only)
Clearly, to avoid delaying our process women members must now please come forward. Send the following form back to email@example.com by Saturday 13th October.
Any questions please contact the Secretary Brian Smedley 07772402671 or by email as above
———————- cut and past the form below into an email and send it back to us———————-
I wish my name to go forward for consideration by the Local Campaign Forum for the panel of candidates for the 2019 Local Elections in Sedgemoor.
Which Authority do you wish to be considered for? (please ANSWER YES to one or more below)
SEDGEMOOR DISTRICT COUNCIL
TOWN COUNCIL (Please specify)
PARISH COUNCIL (Please specify)
Ward in which you live
|Labour Party Membership Number
Length of time as a Labour Party Member
|Trades Union Membership|
|Any other relevant information
|Please state your preferred WARD|
|Please list other Wards you wish to be considered for (‘any’ is also an acceptable answer)
|“If elected I undertake to abide by the rules of the Labour Party and the standing orders of the District Labour Group “ Signed____________________________________|
Red Shadow Vinyl Sound System
£3 on the door
Everyone is welcome to this event which will be a fundraiser for the Bridgwater Labour Party
6.p.m onwards till midnight. Tickets £5 each, children of school age and under go FREE.
Please bring a bottle FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED, Carnivore, Vegan and Vegetarian friendly.
The event will be held at 101 Taunton Road, Bridgwater.
If good weather we will be in the garden, if not the event will be indoors.
You are welcome to just turn up but to get some idea of numbers please inform Maggy Layton via E mail. firstname.lastname@example.org; by telephone 01278 652423; or by post 68 Estuary Park Combwich TA5 2RF.
Come along and support us and bring your friends and family.
Bridgwater Town Council Labour Leader, Brian Smedley, was today elected as the Secretary of the newly established Local Campaign Forum which will select Labour candidates for the Sedgemoor wards, develop a Manifesto and co-ordinate the entire campaign in conjunction with the Branches of Bridgwater and North West Somerset. He put out a call for Labour candidates to now come forward. Continue reading “Labour Launches Local Election Campaign for May 2019”
For the Labour Party Policy on Social Media click here.
Now if that’s not clear enough – ie PLEASE treat each other with respect and debate in a comradely fashion we have clarified the role of the 3 Facebook Sites we administer. Please understand and observe this. Continue reading “Social Media, Comradely Behaviour and Complaints Procedure”
40 people attended the event, drawn 50-50 from the local Bengali community and the Bridgwater and Taunton Labour Parties and were welcomed to the popular Eastover restaurant by President Karim Mia who introduced his committee.
Labour Leader of Bridgwater Town Council, Cllr Brian Smedley, introduced the Labour members saying “Bridgwater is a Labour town with 14 out of 16 Labour councillors and we are also the main opposition on Sedgemoor District Council. Internationalism is at the core of Labour values and ‘Friends groups’ such as this are crucial to developing that ethos and bringing it to the heart of our communities”. He explained that most of the work of Labour parties is done at branch level and introduced several key activists. Continue reading “Labour Friends of Bangladesh Launches Branch in Somerset”