News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 3 October 2017

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3 October 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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LGA Labour at Labour Party Conference

Thank you to all who visited us at our joint stand with the ALC at this year’s Annual Labour Conference. Cllr Nick Forbes and Cllr Lib Peck spoke from the conference stage on behalf of Labour in local government, we held packed ‘Be A Councillor’ and ‘Labour Women Councillors taskforce’ fringe events and hosted with the ALC councillors reception.

Catch up on all the local government highlights of conference via our twitter page here.

Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn MP addressed conference on the final day with a speech on Labour’s plans on a range of policy issues, from housing and education to international relations.

Over the course of the week a series of Shadow Front bench and Local Government speakers addressed conference on a variety of issues, we’ve included some here:

  • Andrew Gwynne MP addressed conference on Labour’s plans for local government
  • John McDonnell MP gave a speech to conference on Labour’s plans for the economy
  • Angela Rayner MP addressed conference on Labour’s plans for a National Education Service
  • Jonathan Ashworth MP spoke about the importance of supporting the National Health Service during his speech

News from Local Labour

Nick Forbes on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about Labour’s pledge to build at least 100,000 homes a year and to make it easier for councils to deliver homes in their area. Listen here.

Care workers were celebrated at the first Hackney Care Worker Awards this week in a ceremony which also saw the Council sign up to UNISON's ethical care charter.
Newcastle City Council have been given £800,000 from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for a new city centre square.
Norwich City Council has taken active steps to regenerate and develop its historic 900 year old market and is winning awards for its efforts.
East Lancashire and Blackburn welcome Labour pledge to boost councils.

Ipswich will play vital role in bringing 80,000 jobs to East Anglia by 2036.

Birmingham City Council elects new leader.

Brighton and Hove Council have agreed a £300m major regeneration plan.

National news

Theresa May promises £10 billion Help to Buy boost.

Universal credit rollout going ahead as planned, David Gauke suggests.

‘Sending the young to prison solves nothing’ (LGA referenced).

Uber loses its London license.

Two thirds of councils have had to cut back on lifeline services for drug and alcohol abuse.

Monarch Airlines, the UK’s fifth biggest airline company, has ceased trading.

News from Wales

Cardiff Council fund roll-up Solar Panels.

State of the Art homes are first council houses built by Swansea council for 40 years.

Newport awarded dementia friendly city status.

News from the Labour Party

Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, comments on the latest round of Brexit negotiations.
Emily Thornberry MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on events in Catalonia.

Gauke could and should immediately end the misery caused by the six week wait for Universal Credit - Debbie Abrahams MP.

John Healey MP ‘No new thinking from Sajid Javid after seven years of Tory failure on housing’.
The Government must ensure the safe return of Monarch passengers and provide the leadership that has so far been missing - Andy McDonald MP.

News from the LGA

Dogs Trust survey on stray dogs and microchipping - LGA response

Average house price is now eight times the average wage, councils warn

Greater curbs needed on gambling advertising, councils urge

Opposition Watch

Boris Johnson has no place in a 'responsible government', says Nicky Morgan MP.

Women shout “shame on you” as Tory minister says they should get apprenticeships when they lose pension.

Unemployed people in Glasgow should 'get on their bikes' and join 'gorgeous women' on English farms, says Tory MP.


There were 3 by elections held on 21 September 2017

Oadby & Wigston BC, Oadby Uplands
Lib Dem 435 [39.0%; +3.3%]
Labour 384 [34.5%; +1.1%]
Conservative 295 [26.5%; -4.4%]
Lib Dem gain from Labour 

Chesterfield BC, Holmebrook
Lib Dem 510 [50.0%; +22.1%]
Labour 435 [42.6%; -8.8%]
Conservative 62 [6.1%; -7,4%]
Independent 14 [14.%; +1.4%]
[Peace Party 0 [0.0%; -7.3%]]
Lib Dem gain from Labour 

Waveney DC, Oulton Broad
Conservative 527 [50.2%; -6.8%]
Labour 357 [34.0%; -9.0%]
UKIP 112 [10.7%; +10.7%]
Lib Dem 54 [5.1%; +5.1%]
Conservative hold

There are 8 by-elections taking place on 5 October 2017

Adur DC, Mash Barn
Cheshire East UA, Crewe East
Hertsmere BC, Borehamwood Kenilworth
Hinckley & Bosworth BC, Burbage, Sketchley & Stretton
Redcar & Cleveland UA, St Germain’s
Salford MB, Claremont
South Buckinghamshire DC, Burnham Lent Rise & Taplow
Warwick DC, Stoneleigh & Cubbington