News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group, Internal Appointments and Elections update: 6 June 2017

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6 June  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 Friday 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. 

News from Local Labour

Good luck to all Labour candidates standing for election on Thursday.

First look at Newcastle's £65m office scheme at city's Science Central development

Blackpool beach has received an international quality mark for the second time.

Islington and Camden councils are set to continue providing free school meals for all primary-age children until 2025 as part of a contract worth as much as £75m.

Doncaster Council’s Trading Standards team has successfully removed over 169,640 cigarettes and 54kg of hand rolling tobacco from Doncaster premises between April 2016 and April 2017.

Market traders in Croydon are to return to the heart of Surrey Street as the first phase of its £1.1m upgrade comes to an end.

Leeds City Council has signed a contract with Kier Construction to turn the site of the former Whinmoor pub on Stanks Lane South in Swarcliffe into 22 new two-bedroom semi-detached houses.

Live music and entertainment, a street market and boat trips were among the array of activities taking place at Leicester’s Riverside Festival.

National news

Donald Trump confirms withdrawal from Paris Agreement on climate change in huge blow for global deal.

The NHS and social care system is facing an increase in the cost of looking after elderly people within the next few years, according to new research by the Lancet.

Early exposure to lead could raise autism risk (£)

A million more carers needed to cope with ageing population (£)

Brexit expat pensioners 'may cost NHS millions'

London terror attack: Government 'lied' about police numbers before atrocity, former chief inspector claims.

Theresa May must resign over security failures that led to recent terror attacks, says David Cameron's former policy guru.

News from Wales

Newport City Council has welcomed the latest recycling figures which reveal it is currently meeting the Welsh Government target.

A new cabinet has been unveiled in Swansea to deliver priorities including the £1.3 billion City Deal, indoor arena and City of Culture bid for 2021.

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn gave a speech on Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn, gave a speech at an event at York Science Park.

Rebecca Long-Bailey gave a speech on Labour’s industrial strategy.

The next Labour Government will put rail passengers first by putting the brakes on rapidly increasing rail fares and saving commuters £1,014 on their season tickets

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.

Event for newly elected councillors from the East of England.

10:00-14:00, Friday 16 June, Moller Centre, Cambridge.

The event will include lunch, and will be focused on being an effective 21st century councillor in a changing political environment. The event will focus on some key themes:

Introduction to the LGA & political leadership development

Community Leadership: what is 21st century community leadership? Who are your community stakeholders? How do you get to know the needs and aspirations of your community now that you have been elected? (including those who didn’t vote for you)

Role of a community leader:

Leader of place (what does it mean to work across the locality in partnership with others)

Broker – coordinating relationships, working with partners & developing new connections


Catalyst – enabling citizens to do things for themselves

Entrepreneur – working with citizens and partners to encourage local vitality & develop new solutions

Key theme throughout: modern (including digital) ways of reaching communities, how to work in partnership and “new ways of working”/new models of delivery for council services.

For further information or to book a place at the session we ask councillors to email:

Opposition Watch

The outgoing Tory Mayor of Peterborough sensationally quit politics stunning councillors and costing the Conservatives their majority at the Town Hall.

Nigel Farage is 'person of interest' in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia.

Tory Parliamentary candidate Craig Mackinlay charged over election expenses.

A Tory candidate who describes himself as a "successful businessman" has racked up almost £30,000 in unpaid court orders in the last five years.

Tim Farron refuses to tell LBC radio caller that homosexuality is not a sin.

A Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate has said she believes “feminising hormones in the water supply” are affecting people’s sexuality.

Tory candidate tells hustings: I’m really pleased we have foodbanks then threatens to call police on angry disabled voter.

Outrage as far-right leader linked to Marine Le Pen spotted campaigning for Conservatives.

Harrow West Conservative owns stake in husband's firm that helps wealthy people pay less tax using tax havens


There were no by-elections on 1 June 2017

There are 8 by-elections taking place on 8 June 2017

Broadland DC, Cotishall
Canterbury BC, Westgate
Leicester UA, Castle
Mid Sussex DC, Hassocks
North Kesteven DC, Ashby de la Launde & Cranwell
North Kesteven DC, Heighington & Washborough
North Lincolnshire UA, Brumby – 8th June 2017
West Berkshire UA, Thatcham South & Cookham