News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 5 June 2018

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5 June 2018

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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Nick Forbes

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour Group

LGA boards 2018/19 - nominations now open

The nomination process for appointments to the LGA Boards 2018/19 is now open. All details can be found on the LGA Labour website.

If you are interested in applying to a position on an LGA Policy Board, the LGA Leadership Board, Councillors Forum, or a Workforce Employer Body, we would encourage you to read the policy board descriptions and role descriptions.

Members are required to complete an application form and submit it with a 250 word supporting statement. It is important to outline all your experience and areas of interest to enable us to make the most effective appointments to policy leadership positions at the LGA.

You will find the application form here. We will require consent from your Group Leader - a consent form is included in the application form.

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 6 July 2018. Successful nominations will be announced on Monday 23 July 2017.

Appointments are made by the elected Labour Group Officers, using the principles outlined on the LGA Labour website.

Please note: We are only able to accept nominations by email. Please email your completed self-nomination form to

News from local Labour

Manchester’s vision for the industrial area around Mayfield will see a new green space created alongside thousands of homes and new hotels

Plymouth is set to become a gleaming modern shopping destination with its city centre packed with new attractions, hotels and £53 million leisure complex

Leicester's suffragette to feature in Westminster exhibition

A campaign led by Greenwich Council and local residents has secured a new much needed bus route through the Borough

New services launched to prevent homelessness in Oxford

News from the Labour party

The NHS is now in a year round crisis – Jonathan Ashworth

Response to IFS research on junk food marketing - Sharon Hodgson

Millions forced to rely on high-cost credit – Peter Dowd

1.3 million patients forced to move surgeries exposes primary care crisis – Jonathan Ashworth

News from Wales

A two-day conference organised in partnership with Cardiff Harbour Authority and The Maritime Heritage Trust took place reflecting on Cardiff's maritime heritage and the role it has played in shaping Cardiff Bay and the future of its economic and cultural development.

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner’s report on children in care

LGA responds to end of year report on NHS finances

LGA responds to report on emergency hospital admissions

LGA responds to AGE UK survey on home care

Leaving the EU without access to reciprocal intelligence will weaken our ability to protect public health and the economy

LGA responds to Health and Social Committee report on child obesity

LGA responds to ONS figures on teenage pregnancies

22,000 children severely obese when they leave primary school

LGA responds to special educational needs funding announcement

Opposition watch

Caroline Lucas to step down as Green party co-leader

Conservatives under fire for failing to tackle party's Islamophobia.  Sayeeda Warsi backs Muslim Council of Britain’s call for inquiry over ‘more than weekly incidents’

Tory Councillor suspended after ‘posting Islamophobic comments about Sadiq Khan on Facebook’

Making Campaigning More Accessible

Caroline Walsh, a candidate in Eltham North in the 2018 Local Elections, is looking for councillors and council candidates who define as disabled to share their experiences of being a candidate with a disability – this will feed into constructive learning and recommendations for the future for local parties to help make their campaigning more accessible. If you would like to share your experiences, please email

LGA Labour Group – new London councillors’ briefing day

Saturday 23 June 2018, 09:30-16:30 (followed by drinks reception on roof terrace). 

Local Government Association, 18 Smith Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 3HZ.

The LGA Labour Group will be holding an event for new London Labour councillors:

The day will be a mix of plenary and breakout sessions. Speakers include:

  • Cllr Clare Coghill, - Leader Waltham Forest and LGA London Rep
  • Cllr Lib Peck - Leader of Lambeth and Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group
  • Mark Lloyd - Chief Executive, Local Government Association
  • Andrew Gwynne MP - Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary
  • Ayesha Hazarika and Marie Le Conte – building up a media profile
  • Cllr Alice Perry – NEC rep
  • Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan (tbc)
  • Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan
  • Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz OBE

Please note that this event is only open to newly elected London Labour Councillors elected for the first time on Thursday 3 May 2018

The event is likely to be oversubscribed and will be on a first come, first served basis.  The LGA is currently in the process of updating the list of councillors but for now we would be grateful if you could pass this on to new members in your authority.

To register new councillors should email with their name and authority.

National Cyber Security Strategy

As part of the National Cyber Security Strategy (2016 – 2020), the LGA has been awarded funding by the Cabinet Office to ensure that councils are as resilient against cyber-attacks as possible.

This has been agreed with them on the basis of a phased approach. The first phase will begin in early summer, when every council in England will receive an invitation to complete an online ‘stocktake’ questionnaire concerning their cyber security arrangements. Each organisation will have until 31st August to complete this.

This week, the LGA’s Chief Executive Mark Lloyd has written to every council Chief Executive in England highlighting the stocktake and asking them to nominate a lead contact who can collate their organisation’s response.

By collecting this information, we aim to: 

  • capture existing cyber security arrangements in every council
  • identify good practice – and those councils delivering it
  • identify risks – and those councils at risk.

From the autumn, the findings and analysis from this work will inform where and how we target support to the sector, including recruiting peers for sector-led support, and granting funding to individual councils. Councils will be able to bid for grant funding to undertake an agreed activity or piece of work which will improve their cyber security, based on the findings from the stocktake. This will also be open to the Warning, Advice and Reporting Points (WARPs). We will advise councils on how to bid for this later on in the year.

Participation across local government will allow us to develop a clear view of where strengths and weaknesses lie across our sector and deliver the support needed. Please encourage your organisation to first name a lead contact, and then take part in the stocktake. Find out more at: or email with any queries. 

Co-op Party Conference – Saturday 9 June

The Co-op Party would like to invite you to their 'Being the Difference' Conference on 9 June in Central London.

This is an opportunity for councillors, Party members and officers interested in local government policy to share ideas and hear inspiring examples of campaigns and initiatives.

You'll also be able to learn more about ways that you can put co-operative solutions into practice in your own community.

Speakers include: Jim McMahon MP, Cllr Georgia Gould, Cllr Matthew Brown, Cllr Olivia Blake, Cllr James Lewis, GMB, Keep it Local, Generation Rent, Community Energy England, amongst others.

This year's conference is sponsored by the London Co-operative Party and tickets costs just £10 - click here to book your place.

Labour for a People's Vote:

Labour for a People’s Vote are campaigning for Labour to support a public vote on the government’s Brexit deal, and are keen to work with councillors across the country. If you’d like to get involved or find our more email Mike Buckley at, go to or follow @labpeoplesvote. 


There were no by-elections on 31st May

By-elections taking place on 7 June:

  • East Staffordshire BC – Crown
  • Mid Devon BC – Cranmore
  • South Oxfordshire DC – Benson and Crowmarsh