News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group: 28 March 2017

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28 March 2017

Cllr Nick Forbes

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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News from Local Labour

War on waste declared as Newcastle City Council looks to cut landfill bill

Oldham Council is supporting a fundraising effort to raise money for a statue commemorating Annie Kenny, a working class suffragette. Donations can be made here

West Midlands Combined Authority's transport arm to take direct control of Midland Metro services

Bristol Council to hand out £3.29m to voluntary projects

Liverpool City Council proposes setting up a Special Purpose Vehicle with Everton Football Club to help build a new stadium

Secretary of State confirms return of further powers to Rotherham

Islington Council Leader talks about standing up for EU citizens in the borough

How Sheffield is beating the housing crisis

Derbyshire County Council sets up development company to help build on surplus land (£)

Plans for 2,000 homes, new school and healthcare hub approved for former GSK site in Greenford

Vision for new Wolverhampton market revealed as council submits plans

Tottenham get planning permission from Brent to play their home games at Wembley 

Cllr Alice Perry’s March 2017 NEC Report

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National news

Attack on Parliament: multiple casualties, five dead as police shoot knifeman outside Westminster Palace

MP Tobias Ellwood 'attempted to save life of police officer stabbed outside Parliament'

Surrey County Council’s Cllr David Hodge has stepped down as Conservative Group Leader of the Local Government Association. Cllr David Simmonds, Deputy Leader of Hillingdon, is now the Leader of the LGA Conservative Group 

EU 'not in hostile mood' as Theresa May confirms Article 50 will be triggered on 29 March

PM says Brexit plan to 'strengthen Union' ahead of Sturgeon meeting

Three-quarters of older people in the UK are lonely, survey finds

Councils and NHS battle for care cash (£)

Plan to save NHS £1 billion and free up beds by moving patients from hospitals

MPs slam funding crisis and 'postcode lottery' of children's services

Human trafficking victim referrals surge almost 80% across UK

In Liverpool, Tory cuts have brought a city and its people to breaking point

Homelessness Reduction Bill to become law

Bank of mum and dad finances more English first-time buyers (£)

120,000 children with no home of their own (£)

Warning over segregation in England's schools

Poor behaviour 'not taken seriously enough in schools'

A Million pupils missed lessons because of term-time holidays (£)

News from Wales

Flintshire Council pitches in to give boost to sporting facilities and play areas

Landmark St David's development in Swansea takes major step forward 

New Cardiff link road set to be ready within weeks

News from the Labour Party

Following the sad death of Gerald Kaufman, the campaign is underway in Manchester Gorton. Their campaign office is located at Greatledge Printers, Pink Bank Lane, Longsight, Manchester, M12 5GH and is open every day. Trains run regularly into Manchester and there is plenty of parking in the centre itself. 

Afzal Khan to stand for Labour in Manchester Gorton by-election

Jeremy Corbyn MP’s statement on the attack in Westminster

Jeremy Corbyn MP’s speech to Welsh Labour Conference

‘After seven years of Tory failure on the economy, it’s the super-rich who’ve gained at the expense of the rest of us’ - John McDonnell MP

Keir Starmer MP’s speech at Chatham House: ‘What next for Britain?’

‘David Hodge’s resignation makes the need for full disclosure from the Government more pressing’ - Teresa Pearce MP

Andrew Gywnne MP’s statement on Douglas Carswell leaving UKIP

Margaret Beckett becomes longest serving woman MP in history

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Health Committee report on childhood obesity

LGA responds to food hygiene standards survey by Which?

Pavement parking: councils call for ban in London to be rolled out across the country

Public needs greater awareness of modern slavery, say councils and fire and rescue authorities

Councils need "full flexibility" over new £2 billion social care funding

London councils to work with design experts to tackle tough social issues

LGA responds to figures showing fall in teenage pregnancies

LGA responds to Localis Report on Industrial Strategy

Councils responds to Crisis and Joseph Rowntree Foundation Homelessness study

LGA responds to NAO report on the Government's road investment strategy

LGA responds to APPG for Children's report into children's social care

Opposition Watch

UKIP's only MP Douglas Carswell quits party

George Osborne named editor of London Evening Standard

Outrage as Nigel Farage uses London terror attack to launch 'sick' rant

Former Castle Point MP charged with electoral fraud


There were 2 by-elections on 23 March 2017:

Herefordshire UA, Leominster South
Green 318 [40.8%, +10.1%]
It’s Our County 143 [18.3%, +18.3%]
Conservative 139 [17.8%, -8.6%]
No Description 116 [14.9%]
LD 64 [8.2%, + 8.2 %]
Green gain from Independent

West Somerset DC, Dunster & Timberscombe
LD 174 [49.7%, +49.7%]
Con 115 [32.9%, -26.7%]
Green 38 [10.9%, -26.9%]
Lab 23 [6.6%, +6.6%]
Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative

Blackburn with Darwen UA, Higher Croft
Null and void

There are no by-elections taking place on 30 March 2017