News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 13 June 2017

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13 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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Election of LGA Labour Group Executive Team 2017/18

The nominations process for the election of the LGA Labour Group Executive Team 2017/18 is now open. Please see below for a list of available positions:

  • Leader
  • Deputy Leader x 2 
  • Chair 
  • Vice Chair 
  • Whip
  • Deputy Whip
  • Regional Representatives x 9 
  • Welsh Representative  

This year both of our current Deputy Leaders, Mayor Sir Steve Bullock and Cllr Sharon Taylor, are stepping down from their posts. Please see their statement here

The self-nomination process will close at 5pm on Friday 16 June 2017

Following this, the ballot papers for any contested positions will be distributed to all Labour Group Leaders on Monday 19 June 2017. The ballot will close at 12pm on Friday 30 June 2017. The results will be announced on Monday 3 July 2017

Please find the self-nomination form here

Please fill out this application and return it with a signed consent form from the Leader of your group and a supporting statement of no more than 250 words to

LGA Labour Group Boards self-nominations 2017/18

The nomination process for appointments to the LGA Boards 2017/18 is now open.

To nominate yourself for a position on an LGA Policy Board, the LGA Leadership Board, or a Workforce Employer Body members are required to complete an application form and submit it with a 250 word supporting statement. It is important to outline all your experience and areas of interest to enable us to make the most effective appointments to policy leadership positions at the LGA.

You will find the application form here

We will require consent from your Group Leader - a consent form is attached with this pack. 

Nominations will close at 5pm on Friday 7 July 2017. Results will be announced on Monday 31 July 2017. 

Please note: We are only able to accept nominations by email. Please email your completed self-nomination form to

Next Generation Programme

The Next Generation Programme for 2017-18 opens today for applications. The programme offers ambitious and talented councillors an unparalleled political development opportunity, uniquely developed within party political traditions and with party political experts. Next Generation aims to support and encourage councillors to be bold and confident political leaders, progress in your political career and be champions of local government. 

To apply to be part of the Next Generation you will need to have been a councillor for at least one year as well as be a Group Leader, Portfolio Shadow, Chair of Scrutiny, Portfolio Holder or Service Committee Chair – or your Group Leader agrees that you are likely to be so within a year. There is a competitive application process, which closes on Friday 14 July 2017. You will need sign off from you Group Leader to apply. 

The programme will run over the weekends of, 28/29 October 2/3 December, and 21/22 January at venues in London, Coventry and Manchester. Participants must be able to attend all of the three weekends.

There is no cost to attend the programme, however attendees must cover their own travel costs. If you would like further information about the programme, please email

To apply, please complete the online form

Message from Morgan McSweeney

After seven fulfilling years the time has come for me to move on from the LGA. 

I sincerely appreciate the support you have given me in my time in this role.  I am particularly grateful to Nick and the Group Officers. 

The time I have spent at the LGA has been the most rewarding of my professional life. Working with you has been a major factor in that. Your deep commitment to the Labour Party and local government has always been a source of inspiration.

I believe that the LGA’s role continues to be of great importance as the country faces the twin threats of Brexit and a Government that holds no value for public services. Labour local government remains the beacon of hope for our party as we dream of a brighter future.    

I know I leave you in good hands with our Labour Group office staff and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Until then, it has been a pleasure and a privilege. Thank you.

National news

The results of the general election saw no one Party win an overall majority. 

Heidi Allen has become the first Conservative MP to say publicly that she believes Theresa May will be gone in the next six months.

Top Tory MP urges Theresa May to ram through grammar schools despite fragile grip on power.

'Confidence and supply': what does it mean and how will it work for the new government?

Five terrifying facts about the party now propping up Theresa May.

Nigel Farage says he is thinking about returning as Ukip leader after Paul Nuttall's resignation.

Theresa May has completed her cabinet reshuffle.

News from Wales

Wales election results: 'Great night' for Labour as party secures highest share of vote for 20 years

News from the Labour Party

Labour leader will press for amendments to Queen’s speech and says great repeal bill on transition from EU laws is ‘now history’

News from the LGA

Event for newly elected councillors from the East of England.
10am - 2pm, 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

Tory candidate mocked 'hysterical' Labour's NHS fears - in seat that's having its local hospital downgraded.

Thousands of votes were not included in the result for a newly-elected Labour MP, Plymouth City Council has said.

Gavin Barwell, who wrote a book about how to win a marginal seat and then lost his last week, has been appointed Theresa May's new chief of staff.

Paul Nuttall 'hadn't read Ukip manifesto before TV debate'.


There were nine by-elections on 8 June 2017, (not all information is available):

Welwyn & Hatfield BC, Hatfield Villages 
Labour 1,359 [41.3%; +11.4%]
Conservative 1,352 [41.1%; -4.3%]
LD 677 [17.5%; +11.4%]
Labour gain from Conservative

Peterborough UA, East 
Labour and Co-operative 1,900 [51.3%; +17.8%]
Conservative 1,111 [30%; -13.3%]
UKIP 358 [9.7%; -13.5%]
LD 332 [9%; +9%]
Labour gain from Conservative

Lewes DC, Seaford West 
Conservative 1,573 [51.8%; +6.7%]
LD 806 [26.6%; -0.6%]
Labour 363 [12%; +12%]
UKIP 151 [5%; -14.2%]
Green 141 [4.6%; -3.9%]
Conservative Hold

Hammersmith and Fulham, Avonmore & Brook Green 
Conservative 1,849 
Labour 2,795 
Liberal Democrats 653 

Hammersmith and Fulham, Sands End 
Conservative 2,845 
Liberal Democrats 602 
Labour 2,669