News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 27 February 2018

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27 February 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

Hammersmith and Fulham Council and the Greater London Authority have given £520,000 of funding to the Macbeth Centre, which will boost the facilities on offer and courses available for adult learners.

The mayors, leaders, and deputy leader of five east London council areasNewham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Barking & Dagenham, and Waltham Forest – have written to the Guardian to note their concern over “the actions of a minority of criminal landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants”. They discuss their introduction of licensing for the private rented sector, but say that “the government has severely restricted our ability to introduce these schemes”.

Enfield Council is planning to tackle plastic waste by re-tarmacing roads with a mixture that includes recycled bottles.

Leeds City Council has opened a new Park and Ride stop in the city centre to meet growing demand.

Wakefield Council has been helping residents to save energy and money to mark Fuel Poverty Awareness Day.

News from Wales

Cardiff Council announces plans to build 2,000 new council homes.

The Welsh Local Government Minister Alun Davies has called on the Welsh Government to apologise to local government for “hectoring” them in the past.

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn has given a major speech on Brexit, outlining Labour’s plans to get the best possible Brexit deal for living standards and jobs.

John Healey responds to new research on first time buyers.

Illegal air quality is impacting the health of millions – Sue Hayman.

News from the LGA

Extra council tax income in 2018/19 will not protect under pressure local services

LGA responds to AA poll of drivers on the condition of roads

Councils warn residents about fake news and misinformation

Rogue landlords taken to court should face minimum £30,000 fines

LGA responds to new sentencing guidelines around domestic violence incorporating text and email abuse

LGA responds to the latest refugee resettlement figures

PRCA and LGA sign agreement to assume administrative responsibility for LGCommunications

Emergency Planning and Civil Resilience - Political Leadership Masterclass

Venue: West Midlands Fire Authority, Birmingham, Thursday 15th March 2018 – 10.30am - 4pm

About the Masterclass:
A new political leadership masterclass has been developed which focusses on the role of the councillor when preparing for and dealing with a crisis situation. This one-day masterclass will feature expertise and experience from leaders involved in major emergencies and will provide an introduction to handling the media, understanding your role as a councillor during a civil emergency and will provide practical advice and best practice.

To book a place please contact

Opposition Watch

Tory MP and Vice Chair for Youth Ben Bradley was forced to apologise to Jeremy Corbyn after tweeting that Corbyn had met with a communist Czechoslovakian spy.

Auditors have told Northampton County Council not to set a budget – because it could be illegal.

And the Tories and Lib Dems on City of York Council have failed to elect a leader – so are now in talks to renew the deal between the two parties to run the council.


By-election results from 22 February 2018
North Kesteven DC, Eagle, Swinderby & Witham St Hughs
Con 563 [57.8%]
Ind 347 [35.6%]
LD  [6.6%]
Conservative gain from Independent

Dorset CC, Bridport
Con 1660 [39.6%; +2.5%]
LD  1451 [34.6%; -3.7%]
Lab 691 [16.5%; +4.4%]
Green 388 [9.3%; -3.2%]
Conservative gain from Lib Dem

West Dorset DC, Bridport North
Con 600 [36.0%; +5.0%]
LD 500 [30.0%; -9.1%]
Lab 383 [23.0%; +9.8%]
Green 184 [11.0%; -5.7%]
Conservative gain from Lib Dem

Lichfield DC, Stowe
Con 513 [44.8%; -9.0%]
Lab 299 [26.1%; -0.9%]
LD 217 [19.0%; +19.0%]
Something New 59 [5.2%; +5.2%]
Green 56 [4.9%; -14.2%]
Conservative hold

Boston BC, Old Leake & Wrangle
Con 536 [74.2%; +21.3%]
Lab 123 [17.0%; +17.0%]
UKIP 50 [6.9%; -40.1%]
Ind 13 [1.8%; +1.8%]
Conservative hold

Chichester DC, Fishbourne
LD 459 [54.6%; +3.3%]
Con 294 [35.0%; -2.3%]
Lab 88 [10.5%; +10.5%]
Green 0 [[0.0%; -11.5%]]
Lib Dem hold

West Somerset DC, Minehead South
LD 316 [43.2%; +43.2%]
Con 291 [39.8%; +3.2%]
Lab 125 [17.1%; -1.3%]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -28.1%]]
Green 0 [[0.0%; -16.9%]]
Lib Dem gain from Independent

Arun DC, Marine
LD 309 [32.7%; +32.7%]
Lab 252 [26.7%; +7.3%]
Con 242 [25.6%; -0.7%]
Ind 141 [14.9%; -15.6%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -23.8%]]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative

Hertfordshire CC, Goffs Oak & Bury Green
Con 1390 [59.6%; -5.5%]
LD 482 [20.7%; +14.8%]
Lab 393 [16.8%; -0.8%]
Green 69 [3.0%; +3.0%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -11.4%]]
Conservative hold

Torfaen UA, Trevethin
Lab 233 [50.1%; -1.3%]
Ind 148 [31.8%; -16.7%]
Ind 69 [14.8%; +14.8%]
Green 15 [3.2%; +3.2%]
Labour hold

By-elections taking place on 1 March 2018:
Basingstoke and Deane BC, Kempshott
East Devon DC, Exmouth Town
Solihull MB, Blythe