News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group, Internal Appointments and Elections update: 23 May 2017

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23 May 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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Internal Elections and Appointment Process

We have postponed our Internal Elections and LGA Appointments process until after the General Election. We will begin all processes on 9 June 2017.

Self-nomination for elections will close on 16 June 2017. Ballot papers will be sent out to Group Leaders on 19 June 2017 and will close on 30 June 2017.

The deadline for self-nomination forms for LGA Appointments will close 3 July 2017. If you are away during the submission period, please ask a colleague or your political group office to send your completed form in on your behalf.

Please email if you have any questions. 

Labour Party Manifesto 2017

Please find the Labour Party Manifesto 2017 here and Alice Perry’s NEC Report here

LGA Labour Annual Report 2017

Out on the campaign trail? Send us your best photos and they may appear in the Labour Group Annual Report. They need to be high resolution and you’ll need to tell us who is in the photo and give confirmation that everyone pictured is happy for us to use it.  Please send them to

News from Local Labour

Newcastle has been named the best place to raise a family

Manchester City Council-backed production facility in discussions about further extending the studio complex

Leeds City Council transport bosses vow to implement major overhaul

Islington Council to ditch firms who don’t pay corporation tax

Barnsley Council’s Property Investment Fund lures health manufacturer into new offices

Southampton City Council has approved plans to renovate a pub into The Southampton Triratna Buddhist Centre

Oldham Council has launched its annual Bloom and Grow campaign

Wolverhampton’s first city centre food festival hopes to attract 10,000 visitors

London Boulevard: Could 1.9 mile "scar across London" become a capital cycling icon?

National news

Labour manifesto at-a-glance: Key points at-a-glance

Conservative manifesto summary: Key points at-a-glance

Liberal Democrat manifesto summary: Key points at-a-glance

Rhodri Morgan: Tributes to Wales' former first minister

Conservatives climbdown over 'dementia tax' after backlash 

Tory social care plans will leave people helpless, says former Advisor Andre Dilnot, as new warnings over plans surface

Theresa May’s school lunch cut ‘would hit 900,000 children of struggling families’

UK needs more immigrants to 'avoid Brexit catastrophe'

Dementia and cancer deaths set to soar in England and Wales

Instagram 'worst for young mental health'

38,000 people a year die early because of diesel emissions testing failures

Air pollution in Britain worse than Mexico, World Health Organisation finds (£)

Unauthorised term-time holidays soar in England after legal challenge

One in eight London retailers selling illegal tobacco (£) 

Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging

News from Wales

The new leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, speaks about his plans for the city

Swansea Council could start running its own buses to compete against First Cymru

Flint town centre housing and health plans on show

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the launch of The Labour Party Manifesto 2017

Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the launch of the Conservative manifesto

McDonnell and Trickett attack Tories’ “sick and sneaky” pensioner plans

Labour’s pledges to pensioners

You can’t trust the Tories’ promises on social care - Barbara Keeley

Labour brings forward tuition fees pledge

During the General Election period, there are daily press releases. Please see here to keep up to date with the latest news. 

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 & 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

In light of the General Election, we’ve been working hard on your behalf with the Labour policy team who are drafting the manifesto. We have written to them, to set out the key policy pledges that we want the manifesto to commit to. We have also published a briefing that sets out the key commitments we want adopted in order to help all parts of local government better support our communities and deliver on the challenges facing the nation. If you have any key figures from the Party in your patch hopefully you'll be able to restate our lines in your discussions with them.

Opposition Watch

Theresa May’s social care system is a lottery. Just hope you’re not unlucky

Furious Tory council leader criticises his own party over Adult Social Care and Winter Fuel Payment changes

Government accused of ‘cover up’ over ‘delay’ in publishing NHS deficit trust figures

'Lunch snatcher' Theresa May pledges to axe free hot meals at infant schools

Theresa May to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by Government

The Tories have quietly torn up their promise to stop cutting welfare

Tory councillor says pregnant Labour candidate can’t be MP as she’ll be ‘too busy’ changing nappies

UKIP parliamentary candidate suspended for sending 'racist' tweets


There were 2 by-elections on 18 May 2017:

Stockton on Tees, Newton
Labour 483 [52.5%; -12.7%]
Conservative 201 [21.8%; +4.6%]
Ind 193 [21.0%; +21.0%]
LD 43 [4.7%; +4.7%]
[UKIP 0 [0.0%; -15.4%]]
[Libertarian 0 [0.0%; -2.1%]]
Labour Hold

Enfield LB, Enfield Lock
Labour: 63.8% (+12.7)
Conservative: 28.8%(+13.3)
Green: 3.1%(-6.4)
UKIP: 2.7%(-15.0)
Liberal Democrat: 1.6%(+1.6)
Labour Hold

There is 1 by-elections taking place on 25 May 2017:

Southend UA, Shoeburyness