News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group - 13 March 2018

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13 March 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

New plan to boost Bradford’s economy by £4 billion and get 20,000 more people into work.

Stevenage Council has launched its Healthy Stevenage Strategy aimed at tackling the startling health inequalities both within Stevenage and between Stevenage and the rest of Hertfordshire.

Hammersmith & Fulham has become the first council in the country to call on the government to let the people decide on the final Brexit deal - with a vote to either accept the deal OR stay in the EU. You can sign their petition here.

Islington Council is appealing for landlords to help transform the lives of Syrian refugees, by offering them accommodation in the borough.

Cllr Lib Peck writes about the importance of promoting flexible working and the benefits of being a Timewise council.

Through new procurement policies, Manchester City Council has invigorated the local economy, creating nearly 1,200 jobs.

Oxford City Council launches ‘Oxford Business Guide’, aimed at showcasing economic strengths and helping businesses.

Local government is short of 3,000 women councillors – we must do better, writes Cllr Ann O’Byrne.

Out on the campaign trail? We want your photos and will use the best for the LGA Labour Group Annual Report. They must be high resolution and you must have the permission of everyone in the picture. Please email to Lewis Addlington-Lee.  

News from Wales

Swansea Council approves plans for £11.8m education centre.

News from the Labour Party

John McDonnell MP speech ahead of the Spring Statement.

Andrew Gwynne MP responded to the news that three more Conservative councils have been added to the list of those showing signs of financial stress because of funding cuts.

Labour launches report revealing the Tory-made crisis in children’s services.

On Day One - LGA Labour Group publication launch - Tuesday 20th March

On Tuesday 20th March, the LGA Labour Group will be launching our most recent publication - "On Day One". This publication, which features a collection of essays from Labour councillors, looks at how a Labour Government can help different areas of local government as soon as Labour takes power, such as housing, education and young people, devolution and party democracy.

The launch will take place on Tuesday 20th March, 6-7.30pm, Committee Room 19, Houses of Parliament. You'll have the opportunity to hear from Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of the LGA Labour Group, Cllr Lib Peck, Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group, as well as other contributors. If you wish to attend, please email

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Age UK report on trading standards budgets

LGA responds to NAO report on financial sustainability of local authorities

LGA responds to CQC report on children's mental health

Pioneers celebrated on International Women’s Day

LGA responds to latest delayed transfers of care figures

LGA responds to Domestic Abuse Bill consultation

Opposition Watch

Tory deputy leader of Westminster steps aside over taking 500 freebies in three years.

Theresa May Protects DUP from free school meal cuts set to hit England's Universal Credit Claimants.

This Huge Leak of WhatsApp Chats reveals the full fury of the Tories’ Brexit split.

The Health and Care Political Leadership Offer

Our free support offer, funded by the Department of Health, is aimed at:

  • Health and wellbeing board (HWB) chairs/co/vice chairs
  • Portfolio-holders/lead members with responsibility for adult social care
  • Anyone with any other leading political role in a health and care system

Induction session
10.30am – 3pm, Thursday 28 June 2018, Beecham Room, LGA

If you are new to a leading role in a health and care system, as above, this free induction session is for you. To book a place contact

Leadership essentials
Warwick Conference Centre, Coventry

These free two day residential sessions are an opportunity to reflect on the leadership challenges of these roles. Using the LGA’s tried and tested approach to leadership development, the programme will be led by LGA peers and national partners and focus on a range of current and crucial issues.

If you are a HWB chair/co/vice chair or have a leading political role in a health and care system:

  • 10 – 11 July 2018
  • 9 – 10 October 2018


If you are an adult social care portfolio-holder or lead member:

  • 9 – 10 October 2018

Reflecting responsibilities across health and social care, the 9 – 10 October sessions will run simultaneously, linked by shared speakers, facilitators and a joint dinner to provide a wider networking opportunity.

To book a place, please contact Grace Collins on 020 7664 3054 or


By-election results from 8 March 2018

East Hampshire DC, Petersfield Bell Hill
Ind 178 [32.6%; +32.6%]
LD 156 [28.6%; +14.5%]
Con 145 [26.6%; -20.9%]
Lab 56 [10.3%; -4.9%]
UKIP 11 [2.0%; -10.2%]
Green 0 [[0.0%; -11.2%]]
Ind gain from Conservative

Bolton MB, Farnworth
Farnsworth & Kersley Residents 1204 [47.5%; +47.5%]
Lab 969 [38.2%; -10.5%]
UKIP 169 [6.7%; -30.0%]
Con 153 [6.0%; -2.0%]
LD 23 [0.9%; -2.2%]
Green 18 [0.7%; +0.7%]
Farnsworth & Kersley Residents gain from Labour

Nottingham UA, Wollaton West
Lab 2193 [48.8%; +10.1%]
Con 1950 [43.4%; +8.2%]
LD 237 [5.3%; -1.8%]
Green 72 [1.6%; -8.2%]
Bus Pass Elvis 41 [0.9%; +0.9%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -9.3%]]
Labour gain from Conservative

Rutland UA, Oakham South East
Ind 300 [59.5%; +59.5%]
Con 204 [40.5%; +1.7%]
LD 0 [[0.0%; -22.2%]]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -39.0%]]
Independent gain from Conservative

Dacorum BC, Northchurch
LD Lara Pringle 545 [59.2%; +39.3%]
Con 260 [28.2%; -29.8%]
Lab 97 [10.5%; -2.4%]
Grn 19 [2.1%; -7.1%]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative

Harlow BC, Little Parndon & Hare Street
Lab 781 [62.2%; +7.9%]
Con 394 [31.4%; +5.2%]
UKIP 80 [6.4%; -13.1%]
Labour hold

Medway UA, Rochester West
Lab 1212 [47.5%; +26.5%]
Con 1007 [39.5%; -4.0%]
LD  119 [4.7%; +1.0%]
Green 107 [4.2%; -6.1%]
UKIP 104 [4.1%; -16.2%]
TUSC 0 [0.0%; -1.2%]
Labour gain from Conservative

Tameside MB, Droylesden
Lab 986 [65.5%; +14.1%]
Con 489 [32.5%; +23.4%]
LD  30 [2.0%; +2.0%]
Green 0 [0.0%; -5.9%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -33.6%]]
Labour hold

By-elections taking place on 15 March 2018

South Kesteven DC, Stamford St Johns
South Kesteven DC, Stamford St George
Redcar & Cleveland UA, Longbeck