News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 25 July 2017

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25 July  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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News from Local Labour

Lambeth’s Equality Commission is a blueprint with over 80 recommendations for tackling inequality throughout the borough.

Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees is trying to organise a protest against central government cuts to local authority budgets.

Almost 800 west Cheshire business properties will benefit from a £1.5 million relief fund being awarded by Cheshire West and Chester Council in the next three years.

Rotherham Council has welcomed the proposed return of more powers by the Government, a move which would bring all functions aside from children's social care back under Council democratic control.

South Tyneside Council held a debate on: How can the North East make a success of Brexit?

Croydon Works celebrates its first birthday. In its first year, the jobs brokerage service has successfully helped 147 people into work, assisted 70 residents on to training courses to develop new or existing skills, engaged with more than 1,000 local people and over 120 local employers.

Southwark Council teams up with leading charity Shelter to prevent homelessness.

Organisers of the Clipper Race have revealed that Liverpool 2018, Liverpool City Council’s newest international destination campaign, will be a team entry in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, which starts in just under a month, on August 20, from the city’s historic Albert Dock.

Ofsted inspectors have praised the "highly ambitious" leadership of children's services at the London Borough of Islington in ensuring its most vulnerable children are well supported.

Getting candidates in place for the next election — Cllr Alice Perry’s latest NEC report.

National news

A damning report about women in local government has found that at the present rate of progress, councils will not see equality until 2065.

The Fabian Society has launched a new report, Powerful People, Powerful Places. The report sets out how councils and green campaigners can understand and mobilise millions of people to participate in community action to improve the environment.

Vulnerable people with learning difficulties could lose overnight supervision in a row over sleep-in pay, Mencap warns.

Leukaemia patient whose sister had UK visa refused for stem cell transplant dies.

EU set to halt Brexit talks ‘because the UK is not ready'.

Labour lags behind among voters who identify as English rather than British, according to a group of MPs, councillors and activists who say their party must urgently attract voters across England.

State pension age to increase seven years earlier than planned.

Crime in England and Wales has seen its largest annual rise in a decade, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Cabinet accepts Brexit transition will mean years of free movement.

At least 15 Conservative MPs have reportedly agreed to sign a letter of no confidence in Theresa May.

Figures show that 1,857 homes near Grenfell Tower in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea area are lying empty (£).

Tough as nails and loved by all: tributes pour in to the GMB’s Mary Turner.

News from Wales

Cardiff's beautiful parks and green spaces have once again achieved the accolade of gaining the coveted Green Flag Award.

Swansea has made the shortlist to become the third UK city to boast the coveted title, following in the footsteps of Derry in 2013 and Hull, the current City of Culture 2017.

Local Government Secretary has announced a major shake up of council elections and details of new Local Government Bill.

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP has asked the Prime Minister to broaden Grenfell Inquiry team.

John McDonnell MP has responded to latest ONS Public Sector Finance figures.

Jonathan Ashworth MP gave a speech on child health.

Cat Smith MP comments on the Electoral Commission’s 2017 UK Parliamentary General Election report.

News from the LGA

Councils house extra secondary school's worth of homeless children each month

LGA responds to Ipsos MORI report on unmet needs in social care

LGA responds to Which? report on product safety and recall system

LGA responds to MENCAP care crisis warning

LGA calls for ‘urgent and immediate’ building regulation review

Response to family and childcare trust survey on holiday childcare costs

LGA unveils Housing Advisers Programme

LGA responds to APPGEH report on homelessness prevention

LGA responds to local government ombudsman report on mental capacity

LGA exploring options to establish a local government mutual 

Opposition Watch

Plans to reorganise Lancashire County Council's senior management structure are "unlawful" in their current form, the authority's chief executive said. Meanwhile a newly elected Lancashire county councillor has quit the Conservative party accusing his fellow Tories of intimidation.

Tory MP Stephen Crabb received £17k golden goodbye after quitting cabinet over a scandal.

Sir Vince Cable has become the new leader of the Liberal Democrats. The former business secretary, 74, took up the role after nominations for the post closed without him facing any challengers.

Waterstones throw shade as Andrea Leadsom accidentally calls Jane Austen 'one of our greatest living authors'.

Nigel Farage held up a piece of paper claiming it was Article 50 - it wasn't.

UKIP has lost overall control of the only local authority it runs following the defection of one of its councillors to the Conservatives.

Defiant Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver hangs on despite vote of no confidence.

A UKIP AM has been recorded making a racist slur about Chuka Umunna in a rant in which she targets the Labour MP as well as Barack Obama.

Why “Enfeebled” Tories are set to lose next election – Former Tory Deputy PM Michael Heseltine.


There were 8 by-elections held on Thursday 20 July 2017

Stockton-On-Tees, Billingham North
Labour 719 [40.5%; +4.7%]
Conservative 687 [38.7%; +18.7%]
Ind 196 [11%; +11%]
Lib Dem  95 [5.3%; +5.3%]
North East 80 [4.5%; +4.5]
Labour HOLD

Staffordshire Moorlands DC, Leek East
Labour  [45%; +25.6%]
Conservative [28.8%; +1%]
Independent [19.5%; +19.5%]
LD [6.6%; +0.7%]
[UKIP 0 [0%; -15%]]
[Green 0 [0%; -11.4%]]
[Independent 0 [0%; -20.5%]]
Labour GAIN

Shepway DC, New Romney
Conservative [35.2%; +4.6%]
Labour [32.5%; +20.9%]
Independent [27.5%; +27.5%]
LD  [4.8%; -4%]
[Independent 0 [0%; -17.2]
[UKIP 0 [0%; -24.9]
[Green 0 [0%; -6.9]
Conservative HOLD

Rutland UA, Whissendine
Independent 212  [54.1%; +54.1%]
Conservative 102 [26%; -8.1%]
Independent 46 [11.7%; +11.7%]
LD 32 [8.2%; -57.7%]
Independent GAIN 

Rutland UA, Ketton
Conservative 459 [68.8%; +12.6%]
LD 208 [31.2%; +4.2%]
[UKIP 0 [0%; -16.9]
Conservative HOLD 

Eden DC, Alston Moor
Labour [55.8%; +55.8%]
Conservative [34.7%; -10.7%]
Independent [7.8%; +7.8%]
Green [1.8%; +1.8%]
[Liberal Democrat 0 [0%; -54.6]
Labour GAIN

Merton LB, St Helier
Labour 1508  [74.1%; +14.7%]
Conservative 318 [15.6%; +0.7%]
LD 98 [4.8%; -1.2%]
Green 61 [3.%; +3.%]
UKIP 50 [2.5%; -17.1%]
Labour HOLD 

Knowsley MB, St Michael’s
Labour 716 [86.6%; +12.2%]
LD 58 [7%; +7%]
Green 53 [6.4%; +6.4%]
Labour HOLD 

There are 3 by elections taking place on Thursday 27 July 2017

Manchester MB, Fallowfield
North Dorset DC, Blandford Central
West Lindsey DC, Scotter & Blyton