News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 23 January 2018

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23 January 2018

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

Bradford Labour councillors have voted to end grouse shooting on Ilkley Moor.

Labour leaders in the West Midlands have blocked Tory Metro Mayor Andy Street from increasing council tax by £10 a year.

Islington Labour have delivered another 16 new council homes towards their target of 500.

Labour leaders in Birmingham have accused Sajid Javid of breaking his promise to help councils make tower blocks safe.

Labour councils including Newcastle, Blackpool, Reading and North Tyneside are mentioned positively in a Polly Toynbee feature on in-sourcing.

Camden’s Cllr Adam Harrison writes about the Labour Campaign for the Single Market.

Time is running out to book 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

Swansea is boosting living standards for hundreds of tenants in Swansea through energy efficiency improvement works.

Bridgend Council has welcomed a grant for a project that will pump naturally-heated water from an old coal mine and use it to heat 150 homes.

News from the Labour Party

It should shame Ministers that only three tower blocks with dangerous cladding have been replaced – John Healey MP.

Debbie Abrahams MP responds to Government announcement not to appeal High Court PIP judgement.

Stonewall’s findings are deeply concerning. Transphobia is not OK and will never be OK – Dawn Butler MP.

A victory for everyone who has campaigned to protect live music - Tom Watson MP.

Jonathan Ashworth MP’s response to the National Audit Office’s report on sustainability and transformation in the NHS.

News from the LGA

Gritters readied for big freeze and snowfall

Public 'the first line of defence' to tackle modern slavery amid rise in potential victims

LGA responds to NAO report on sustainability and transformation in the NHS

Councils win backing to help protect live music venues

LGA responds to Which? report on private care home providers

One in 10 new homes was a former office

LGA responds to RAC foundation analysis on condition of council-maintained road bridges

National database of product recalls needed for faulty electrical goods

LGA on Treasury Committee call to abolish housing borrowing cap

LGA responds Government announcement creating Office for Product Safety and Standards

Opposition Watch

‘Vasectomies are free’: Tory party's new vice chair urged jobless to stop having kids.

UKIP leader hit with ‘No Confidence’ vote from his own National Executive.

Boris Johnson's English Channel bridge idea the latest in a long list of wacky proposals.

Leaders demand inquiry into why Tory Government gave stricken Carillion £1.6 billion in contracts.


By-election results from 18 January 2018

Rochford DC, Downhall and Rawreth
LD 794 [77.0%; +16.6%]
Con 237 [23.0%; +6.4%]
Lab 0 [[0%; -7.9%]]
Residents 0 [[0%; -15.2%]]
Lib Dem hold 

Milton Keynes UA, Newport Pagnell North and Hanslope
Con 1604 [53.0%; +5.2%]
Lab 749 [24.8%; +4.0%]
LD 672 [22.2%; +3.7%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -12.9%]]
Conservative hold

Bournemouth UA, Throop & Muscliff
Ind 533 [31.3%; -4.1%]
Con 511 [30.0%; +0.8%]
Lab 402 [23.6%; +13.1%]
Ind 117 [6.9%; +6.9%]
LD 107 [6.3%; +6.3%]
Grn 33 [0.8%; -5.3%]
UKIP 0 [[0%; -15.5%]]
Independent hold

Bolton MB, Hulton
Con 1455 [49.4%; +16.7%]
Lab 1179 [40.1%; +3.0%]
UKIP 190 [6.5%; -18.0%]
LD 67 [2.3%; -0.2%]
Grn 52 [1.8%; -1.5%]
Conservative gain from Labour

By-elections taking place on 25 January 2018

Isle of Wight UA, Central Wight