News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group, Internal Appointments and Elections update: 31 May 2017

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31 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.

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Labour Party Manifesto 2017

Please find the Labour Party Manifesto 2017 here

News from Local Labour

Thousands of Cheshire West pupils get on their bikes thanks to council scheme

Blackpool awarded Blue Flag for second year

Newham Council to fund enforcement partnership team officers until 2020

Calderdale Council’s flood response work up for national awards

Thousands expected to take part in council sponsored cycling event in Southampton

Former Mill Street Garage site to go in £120 million transport plan in Wolverhampton

Housing eyesore hit list for Sunderland as council declares war on empty properties

Camden Council Council shortlisted for Digital Council of the Year Award

Leeds City Council shortlisted for Digital Public Service Innovation of the Year Award

Nottingham City Council to give the green light for Broadmarsh car park to be demolished and rebuilt to pave the way for a new development

Brent Council pledge to sign the British Sign Language Charter

National news

Greater Manchester Metro Mayor Andy Burnham and Manchester City Council Leader Sir Richard Leese’s statements following the tragic events in Manchester

Theresa May’s statement following the terrorist attack in Manchester

SNP manifesto calls for indyref2 at end of Brexit process

British Airways: Thousands disrupted as flights axed amid IT crash

Britain’s small businesses overwhelmingly reject Tory manifesto

Small firms hit by rates relief delay

Child labour exploitation referrals surge 63%, figures show

NHS faces staggering increase in cost of elderly care, academics warn

Third of NHS children's mental health services 'face cuts or closure'

UK gamblers lose record £13.8 billion as industry braces for FOBT crackdown

Diesel cars still sell by the million (£)

Consumers throw away 40% of bagged salad shows study which highlights food waste

News from Wales

The new leader of Neath Port Talbot Council wants to make it the best authority in Wales

New app to alert people if there's a terror attack in Cardiff

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech following the terrorist attack in Manchester

Statement by Jeremy Corbyn on the planned resumption of campaigning in the 2017 General Election

Jeremy showed the clear choice on offer in this election is about the kind of country we want Britain to be

‘Tory spending plans will hit public services and the economy’ - John McDonnell

‘The IFS analysis is clear: only Labour will give schools the resources they need to deliver a world-class education’ - Angela Rayner

Labour will lift £38 billion debt burden from students’ shoulders

Labour announces £1 billion investment in a Creative Future for All

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

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

Tory Council's all-male cabinet 'new low for diversity'

Jeremy Paxman tells Theresa May Brussels negotiators will think she's a 'blowhard'

Michael Fallon slates 'Jeremy Corbyn quote' before realising they were Boris Johnson's words

Theresa May 'liar' song now at number three in iTunes download charts

Conservative group in Coventry refuse to condemn racially abusive council colleague

Police quiz Tory MP over claim he got a dog drunk and brawled with friend

More than half of voters do not know who Tim Farron is

Tim Farron: Liberal Democrats would go back into coalition with Tories

Liberal Democrats face backlash from own members over 'transphobic' poster

Independent councillor facing a disciplinary panel after causing uproar at a council meeting


There was one by-election on 25 May 2017:

Southend UA, Shoeburyness

Independent 886 [37.6%; +1%]
Conservative 830 [35.2%; +4.7%]
Labour 381 [16.2%; +4.3%]
UKIP 121 [5.1%; -10.4%]
LD 119 [5.1%; +2.5%]
Green 18 [0.8%; -2.1%]
Independent Hold

There are no by-elections taking place on 1 June 2017