News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 20 June 2017

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20 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 for the election of the LGA Labour Group Executive Team 2017/18 are now closed. Please see results below:

Elected unopposed: 

Leader: Cllr Nick Forbes (Newcastle)
Deputy Leader: Cllr Lib Peck (Lambeth) 
Chair: Cllr Simon Henig (Durham) 
Chief Whip: Cllr Simon Blackburn (Blackpool) 
Vice-Chair: Cllr Rishi Shori (Bury) Newly elected
Deputy Whip: Cllr Alice Perry (Islington) 
Regional Rep, London: Cllr Clare Coghill (Waltham Forest) Newly elected
Regional Rep, North East: Cllr Paul Watson (Sunderland) 
Regional Rep, North West: Cllr John Merry (Salford) 
Regional Rep, South West: Cllr Kate Haigh (Gloucester) 
Regional Rep, Wales: Cllr Aaron Shotton (Flintshire) 
Regional Rep, West Midlands: Cllr Susan Woodward (Lichfield) 
Regional Rep, Yorkshire & Humber: Cllr Tim Swift (Calderdale) 

Contested elections:

Deputy Leader:
Cllr Matthew Brown (Preston)
Cllr John Merry (Salford) 
Cllr Sohail Munawar (Slough)
Cllr Michael Payne (Gedling) 
Cllr Ross Willmott (Leicester) 

Regional Rep, East Midlands:
Cllr James Dawson (Erewash) 
Cllr Alan Rhodes (Nottinghamshire) 

Regional Rep, Eastern: Cllr Jon Clempner (Harlow): 
Cllr Richard Henry (Stevenage) 

Regional Rep, South East: Cllr Sabia Hussain (Slough):
Cllr Warren Morgan (Brighton & Hove) 

The ballot will close at 12pm on Friday 30 June 2017. The results will be announced on Monday 3 July 2017

LGA Labour Group Boards self-nominations 2017/18

To nominate yourself for a position on an LGA Policy Board, the LGA Leadership Board, International Body 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. We are also currently looking for Alternate Members for the Committee of the Regions and two Full Members for the Congress of the Council of Europe. If you would like to be considered for these positions, please note this on your form by putting a ‘X’ next to International Bodies.

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 Martin Angus.

To apply, please complete the online form

LGA Annual Conference, Tuesday 4 – Thursday 6 July

Political Group Meetings and Events:

Tuesday 4 July 
10.00 – 11.30 
LGA Labour Group AGM
Hall 4, ICC

Wednesday 5 July 
14.00 – 15.00 
LGA Labour Group Meeting 
Hall 4, ICC 

19.30 – 22.30 
Labour Group social 
19.30 reception drinks
20.00 dinner
Includes hot buffet dinner and bar
Open to all Labour Councillors attending conference, free of charge. 

Thursday 6 July 
11.50 – 12.50
LGA Labour Group Meeting
Hall 4, ICC 

The full Conference agenda can be found here.

News from Local Labour

Islington’s part in the City Fringe Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) is mentioned as an example of good practice in a piece about lacklustre government action to improve air quality.

Ariana Grande is to get honorary citizenship of Manchester under plans put forward by the city council.

Congratulations to Labour Councils that were winners at the MJ awards including Wolverhampton which was awarded local authority of the year. 

Labour councillors have vowed to fight a "terrible" plan to close six Plymouth libraries

National news

Gavin Barwell: Theresa May's new chief of staff faces questions over delayed tower block fire safety review.

Grenfell Tower: Tory minister declined to include sprinklers in fire safety rules as it could discourage house building.

UK pay growth rate misses expectations as worker real wages turn negative.

Theresa May called a snap election, but we in Labour had Snapchat. No contest.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt were only told of the Conservatives' proposed social care policy less than 24 hours before the party's election manifesto was launched, according to BBC's Newsnight.

The State Opening of Parliament and Queen's Speech will take place on Wednesday.

Events were held to mark the first anniversary of the death of MP Jo Cox.

Kensington council leader refuses to say if he will resign over Grenfell Tower fire, insisting response was 'effective'

Emergency taskforce takes over Grenfell Tower relief operation amid fury at 'chaotic' Kensington Council.

The Grenfell Tower fire was a "preventable accident" caused by "years of neglect", Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said.

Theresa May told she has 10 days to save her leadership as hard Brexit supporters warn of challenge.

A man has died and eight others have been injured after a van ploughed into a group of people near a north London mosque in an attack police are treating as terrorism.

Brexit negotiations officially started on Monday 19 June.

Labour takes three-point lead over Tories in new poll as Theresa May's popularity plummets

Having worked in the West Midlands regional office during the general election campaign, Lord Roy Kennedy reflects on Labour’s electoral successes and how the party can build on these in the months and years to come.

News from Wales

Cllr Debbie Wilcox, the first-ever female leader of Newport City Council is also set to be the first female leader of the Welsh LGA. 

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP has appointed his new shadow cabinet.

John McDonnell MP has written to Philip Hammond calling on him to make public the cost of any secret deals he has made with the DUP in order to prop up the Government in parliament.

News from the LGA

Updated LGA statement on Grenfell Tower fire 

Anna Rose appointed new head of the Planning Advisory Service 

LGA responds to new smoking figures 

Local Government Association on Grenfell Tower fire 

Employers respond to local government unions’ pay claim 

LGA responds to primary and secondary school offers 

Opposition Watch

Tories can't stop being rude to voters on Twitter.

Tim Farron’s view of his religion was the problem, not how other people saw it.

Northern Powerhouse minister quits in new blow to Theresa May.

A Liberal Democrat councillor has been heavily criticised on Twitter for making “sexist” and “despicable” comments about Wavertree MP Luciana Berger and her child care arrangements for her new baby.


There were no by-elections held on Thursday 15 June.

There are five by-elections on Thursday 22 June.

  • City of Sheffield MBC, Nether Edge & Sharrow 
  • East Cambridgeshire DC, Soham North
  • Powys UA, Yscir 
  • South Gloucestershire UA, Winterbourne 
  • Stockton-On-Tees UA, Yarm