News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 19 December 2017

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19 December 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

Liverpool has launched a house building company that will build 10,000 new homes across the city.

Mayor Andy Burnham has announced a major review of transport in Greater Manchester in order to create a 21st century transport system.

Labour councillors in Greenwich have banned Donald Trump from visiting their borough when he makes his state visit to the UK.

Rochdale Labour are encouraging care providers to recognise trade unions in a bid to improve working conditions for staff.

Hackney are launching a new independent body to support locally maintained schools.

Rossendale Council leader Alyson Barnes has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Rossendale and Darwen at the next General Election.

Treat yourself to an early Xmas present: a ticket to Labour Local Government Conference 2018

The Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and LGA Labour Group Local Government Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday 2/3 February 2018. 

This event is an opportunity for Labour’s local government family to meet and discuss a range of issues relevant to local government and Labour. In addition to keynote speakers and plenary sessions, there will be a series of policy and campaigning workshops. Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP is confirmed to speak along with many other members of Labour’s front bench team.

The details are:

Friday 2 February 2018, 19.30 – 22.30
Drinks reception and dinner

Saturday 3 February 2018, 09.00 – 17.00
Local Government Conference

The conference will be held at East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RJ. To book your place please visit our website. Please note we are only able to take online bookings with a debit or credit card. Reserve your place now.

Newly elected councillors are entitled to a free conference pass. You should have received an email from the ALC explaining how to book your place. If you have any queries please email for further information. If you intend to come to the dinner you will need to buy a ticket for that.

News from Wales

Work to begin on new Cardiff bus station development in the New Year.

Flintshire Council is proposing a ban on sky lanterns, due to their detrimental effect on livestock and the wider environment.

Invitation to UK Power Network’s first Local Government Forum

UK Power Networks is inviting Labour councillors to attend its first Local Government Forum, at which it will be discussing Community Energy, Electric Vehicle Charging, Fuel Poverty and Protecting Vulnerable Residents. The company is are keen to hear views from all local councillors, about the energy opportunities and challenges in their local area

10.30am – 4pm on Thursday 11th January 2018
Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London SW1H 9NH

Free entry for councillors, including complimentary breakfast and lunch. To book your place please register here, and if you have any questions, please contact Tom Martin on 020 7566 6463. 

News from the Labour Party

Tom Watson has launched a Future of Work Commission, saying it’s time to ‘embrace an android’.
John Denham: Labour’s democracy review must lead to an English manifesto.
Ministers have already been told that building safety rules need to be rewritten - Healey.
Hundreds of thousands of part-time and temporary workers excluded from workplace pension – Debbie Abrahams.
Senior Tories want to use Brexit to rip up workers’ rights – Rebecca Long-Bailey.
Labour call on Tories to guarantee police numbers – Diane Abbott.
Nobody wants to see Uber replacing local bus services except Chris Grayling – Andy McDonald.
End of an era for Murdochs who after decades of aggressive empire expansion are now in retreat - Watson.
Shocking impact of cold snap revealed with 27% increase in patients stuck in ambulances for over an hour.
The scale of rising homelessness should shame all of us and Conservative Ministers most of all - John Healey.
Far too many children are not being given excellent education – Angela Rayner.

National news

Dame Judith Hackitt publishes interim report into fire safety building regulations.

More than 120,000 children are officially homeless.

Fly-tipping prosecutions at record low in England.

More than 1,400 NHS dementia patients well enough to go home at Christmas will be stranded in hospital, warns charity.

Child abuse and neglect investigations surge by 60% over 10 years as services reach 'tipping point'.

Bus travel plummets amid funding cuts, city congestion and a rise in car ownership.

Government spending on early years education has fallen by more than £650 million since 2010, according to a Whitehall analysis.

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Hackitt Review interim report into building regulations and fire safety

Councils respond to LGO report into homelessness

LGA and LEP network joint-working commitment

Councils respond to DFE’s Social Mobility Action Plan

LGA responds to latest Government homelessness statistics

Bus passenger journeys continue to fall to lowest level in a decade, councils warn

LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figures

LGA responds to Alzheimer's Society analysis of stranded people in hospital

LGA responds to winter loneliness warning

LGA responds to latest Government Right to Buy sales stats

LGA responds to Ofsted Annual Report 

Opposition Watch

Tory councillors in Norfolk have voted themselves a pay rise – just hours after making cuts to local children’s centres.

A Tory MP who used the n-word to describe a no-deal Brexit has had the whip restored.

Tory Leicestershire County Council have been hammered after issuing guidance on sprout consumption.


By-election results from 14 December 2017

Wigan MB, Shevington with Lower Ground
Lab 765 [43.4%; +3.4%]
Shevington Independents 552 [31.3%; +5.0%]
Con 402 [22.8%; +11.5%]
Grn 30 [1.7%; -1.9%]
LD 15 [0.9%; +0.9%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -18.9%]]
Labour hold

Barnsley MB, Rockingham
Lab 938 [66.6%; +15.0%]
Con 272 [19.3%; +10.9%]
LD 199 [14.1%; +14.1%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -32.5%]]
EDP 0 [[0.0%; -5.0%]]
TUSC 0 [[0.0%; -2.6%]]
Labour hold

Salford MB, Langworthy
Lab 601 [58.0%; +8.9%]
Con 183 [17.7%; +11.2%]
LD 125 [12.1%; +12.1%]
Grn 72 [6.9%; +1.0%]
Ind 55 [5.3%; +5.3%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -25.2%]]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -11.3%]]
TUSC 0 [[0.0%; -1.9%]]
Labour hold

Newcastle-under-Lyme BC
Lab 396 [50.7%; -3.2%]
Con 360 [46.1%; +27.4%]
LD 25 [3.2%; 0.0%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -24.2%]]
Labour hold

Newcastle-under-Lyme BC
Con 216 [43.3%; -7.1%]
Lab 197 [39.5%; -10.1%]
Ind 86 [17.2%; +17.2%]
Conservative gain from Labour

Torridge DC, Westward Ho!
Ind 321 [46.9%; +46.9%]
Con 128 [18.7%; -21.5%]
UKIP 90 [13.2%; +13.2%]
LD 63 [9.2%; +9.2%]
Ind 47 [6.9%; +6.9%]
Lab 35 [5.1%; +5.1%]
Grn 0 [[0.0%; -23.7%]]
Independent gain from Conservative

Torbay UA, Watcombe
LD 655 [57.5%; +14.4%]
Con 355 [31.1%; +7.9%]
Lab 121 [10.6%; -8.4%]
Grn 9 [0.8%; -5.3%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -8.6%]]
Lib Dem hold 

Welwyn & Hatfield BC, Handside
LD 1105 [52.4%; +16.7%]
Con 691 [32.8%; -9.3%]
Lab 260 [12.3%; -3.5%]
Grn 51 [2.4%; -3.9%]
Lib Dem hold

No by-elections taking place on 21 or 28 December 2017