News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group: 25 April 2017

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25 April 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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LGA Labour Annual Report 2017

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News from Local Labour

Newcastle parks 'to be run by charities' under plans backed by the National Trust

Bury Council backs campaign to scrap fee charged to domestic abuse victims

Birmingham bids to make history by hosting 2022 Commonwealth Games

Liverpool City Council has approved plans for five new towers

Greenwich council to take on residential development (£)

Leeds City Council has brokered a £35 million deal to redevelop Headingley Carnegie Stadium 

Archway businesses sign up to improve air quality with new zero emissions network 

Bristol City Council working closely with St Mungo's to expand 'rooms for homeless' scheme

Work has begun to develop a £3 million football hub in Ealing

New ‘care housing’ wins approval from Southampton City Council

National news

More than 200,000 homes in England lie empty 

Thousands of children miss out on first choice of primary school

UK 0.7% aid pledge 'remains and will remain,' says Theresa May

Stroke and dementia risk linked to artificial sweeteners, study suggests

Britain set for first coal-free day since Industrial Revolution

Fracking: Roseacre Wood inquiry to reopen after legal challenge fails

News from Wales

Flintshire County Council launches new look ‘Flintshire in Business’ event

Swansea Council organised event to showcase electric car technology

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn’s first speech of the 2017 General Election campaign 

Jeremy Corbyn attacks Tories over 'super-sized' classes 

‘If Theresa May is so proud of her record, why won’t she debate it?’ - Jeremy Corbyn

Labour Pledges to defend International Development 

The Tories’ promises to deal with energy bills should be taken with a huge pinch of salt 

Labour to give workers a break and bring our four nations together with four new national holidays 

While the Conservatives shirk responsibility, Labour will deal with the dirty air damaging the lives of millions of British people

Housing, Local Government and Transport policy commission consultation

The Labour party has published eight consultation documents, including on Housing, Local Government and Transport and they want to hear from as many councillors as possible.

The consultation is open until Wednesday 31 May 2017. All the submissions they receive will go to the appropriate policy commission who will consider your ideas before rewriting the documents ahead of a summer meeting of the National Policy Forum on the weekend of the 1 and 2 July 2017.

The consultation documents can be found at 

The best and easiest way to send in your ideas and join the discussion is via our online home of policy making:

The website also includes details of your local NPF representatives and your elected officials who are there to represent you in the Agenda 2020 process.

News from the LGA

New Conversations Political Leadership Masterclass

An exciting (and free!) new masterclass that will help you engage and consult with residents in an effective and creative way. 

If you find yourself asking “how do we effectively engage at a time when resources are scarce?”, “how do we build and maintain trust when difficult decisions are being taken?”, “what are the legal pitfalls that need to be navigated during a period of unprecedented reform?”, this programme is for you.

This practical, one-day masterclass will bring the new LGA New Conversations Guide  to life. You’ll learn tips and tools to help build a stronger dialogue between your council and residents.  We’ll share with you creative engagement approaches to build two-way relationships with your communities, including co-production, crowdsourcing, events and public meetings. 

At the end of this masterclass, you will have:

  • been introduced to useful tools, which can be used immediately in your role as councillor
  • shared and heard best practice from across the sector
  • taken part in action learning and considered your next steps on how to engage and consult like an expert.

New Conversations Masterclass 1
Thursday 20 July 2017
Warwick Conferences, Coventry CV4 7SH

New Conversations Masterclass 2 
Friday 13 October 2017
Local Government House, Smith Square, London

New Conversations Masterclass 3
Friday 10 November 2017
Metro Hotel, Leeds

Please contact for more information or to book.

Opposition Watch

Cabinet Office announces that Britons abroad for longer than 15 years to be denied vote in general election

Theresa May's top spin doctors walk out before the election

Philip Hammond hints Tory 2015 manifesto pledge not to raise income tax, NI or VAT may be dropped

May manifesto to consign Cameron to her out-tray (£)

UKIP councillor fined for fraudulently using disabled blue parking badge

External organisations

Co-operative Party Local Government Conference
‘Not waiting for Whitehall’

  • Where: IET Austin Court, Central Birmingham
  • When: Saturday 24 June, 9:30am-5pm
  • Cost: £10 including lunch and drinks

The conference will hear bring together key voices in Local Government to discuss key issues such as housing and education.

Currently confirmed speakers include:

  • Jim McMahon MP, (Shadow Minister Communities and Local Government and former Leader of Oldham Council)
  • Sue Jeffery (Labour & Co-op Metro Mayor Candidate Tees Valley and Leader of Redcar and Cleveland Council)
  • Rt Hon John Healey MP (Shadow Housing Minister) 

With more to follow in the weeks ahead.

As you know we have been busy working to develop and promote innovative community wealth models, fair tax campaigns and co-operative development through the year.

We want to hear from you, gather your views and experiences so we continue to strengthen our work and support you as Councillors and co-operators.

Join us for the day in June and help us shape our next twelve months of work supporting you.

‘Winning again: Understanding what voters want from Labour’:
Grimond Room, Portcullis House, 8.30-9.45am, 25 April 2017

The Smith Institute would like to invite you to discussion on ‘Winning again: Understanding what voters want from Labour’. The event will kick off a series of Smith Institute policy to politics seminars, with a focus on what matters to voters and what voters want from Labour? We will hear from Deborah Mattinson, founding partner of BritainThinks and Nick Pecorelli, associate director of The Campaign Company. After the presentations we will have a Q&A session chaired by John Healey MP.

Please register now


There were 2 by-elections on 20 April 2017:

Cheshire West & Chester UA, Blacon

Labour 1556 [59.1%; +1.6%]
Conservative 574 [21.8%; +4.0%]
Independent 434 [16.5%; +16.5%]
LD 70 [2.7%; +2.7%]
Labour hold

Harrow LB, Kenton East
Conservative 1585 [52%; +19.5%]
Labour 1328 [44%; +1.3%]
LD 65 [2%; +2%]
Independent 54 [2%; +2%]
Conservative gain from Labour

There are no by-elections taking place on 27 April 2017