News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 12 June 2018

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12 June 2018

Nick Forbes

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Cllr Nick Forbes
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News from Local Labour

Many Labour council leaders from across the North have come together to demand transport decision-making powers are devolved in response to the rail timetabling crisis

Innovative report on gang activity commissioned by Waltham Forest council leads to £880k further investment in gang prevention 

Harlow Council’s new cabinet includes the borough’s first ever BAME woman deputy leader

Islington Labour councillors are demanding step-free access at Crouch Hill station

Hackney’s Mayor Phil Glanville writes on ‘What does it take to improve a place?

Sad news as Peter Rankin, until recently the leader of Preston Council, passed away on Sunday. The entire Labour local government family sends their thoughts to his loved ones and colleagues.

News from the Labour Party

Labour demands action to save high streets – Rebecca Long Bailey

Tories out of touch on Voter ID – Cat Smith

Carers Action Plan plans little action for carers – Barbara Keeley

Senior officers have called out the Tory delusion on police cuts – Louise Haigh

News from Wales

Newport Council are planning to pilot a new approach to community services, with the development of a Neighbourhood Hub as a pilot project.  

REMINDER: 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 the LGA

Right to Buy replacement will be all but eliminated in just five years, warns LGA

LGA: Government urged to clarify access to vital infrastructure funding post-Brexit

LGA responds to Health and Social Care Committee report on integrated care

LGA responds to introduction of medical examiners

Loneliness initiatives cutting emergency hospital admissions by 20 per cent

LGA responds to rough sleeping fund announcement

LGA responds to CQC report on importance of quality staff to improve adult social care

Opposition Watch

Tory Councillor suspended for backing imprisonment of Muslims in tweets directed at Star Trek actor

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, 9:30-16:30 (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 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.

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  

Labour Live

Labour Live, Labour’s ‘festival of music, arts and politics’, will take place this Saturday 16 June in London. The day includes bands, politicians, a selection of speakers, and a range of great food and drink. Tickets are still available – find out more here.


By-elections taking place on 7 June:

South Oxfordshire DC, Benson & Crowmarsh
LD 1048 [57.5%; +27.3%]
Con 654 [35.9%; -10.7%]
Lab 121 [6.6%; -4.0%]
Grn 0 [[0.0%; -12.6%]]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative 

Mid Devon DC, Cranmore
Con 479 [45.1%; -1.5%]
LD 346 [32.5%; +32.5%]
Lab 238 [22.4%; -0.1%]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -30.9%]]
Conservative hold 

East Staffordshire BC, Crown
Con 459 [76.1%; -3.2%]
Lab 73 [12.1%; -8.5%]
LD 71 [11.8%; +11.8%]
Conservative hold 

By-elections taking place on 14th June:

Doncaster MB, Town