News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 19 June 2018

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19 June 2019

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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Nick Forbes

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour Group

News from local Labour

Newham's HeadStart helping the borough's young people with their mental health.

Cambridge City Council is supporting events taking place in the city to mark this year’s national Refugee Week.

Sir Elton John delivered the annual Princess of Wales HIV lecture at an event hosted by the National AIDS Trust on June 8 and praised the work done by Lambeth Council in setting up the world’s first social impact bond to improve HIV diagnosis and treatment.

Social services praised for looking after Bolton's most vulnerable children.

Sheffield City Council is set to receive £363,000 this year to combat rough sleeping across the city.

Labour's Janet Daby wins Lewisham East in by-election.

News from the Labour Party

Government capitulation on FOBTs “pathetic” – Tom Watson MP

500,000 patients are being let down by this Government’s sustained underfunding – Jonathan Ashworth MP.

By cutting other council services is no way to fix the social care crisis – Barbara Keeley MP

News from Wales

Cardiff council wants to buy at least 100 properties and turn them into new social housing.

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. Successful nominations will be announced on Monday 23 July.

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

Next Generation Programme 2018/19

The Next Generation Programme for 2018-19 is now open for applications. The programme offers ambitious and talented councillors an unparalleled political development opportunity, uniquely developed within party political traditions and with party political experts. Next Generation aims to support and encourage councillors to be bold and confident political leaders, progress in your political career and be champions of local government.

To apply to be part of the Next Generation you will need to have been a councillor for at least one year as well as be a Group Leader, Portfolio Shadow, Chair of Scrutiny, Portfolio Holder or Service Committee Chair – or your Group Leader agrees that you are likely to be so within a year. There is a competitive application process, which closes on Tuesday 31 July. You will need sign off from your Group Leader to apply. The programme will run over the weekends of 20/21 October (London), 1/2 December (Warwick) and 19/20 January 2019 (Manchester). Participants must attend all of the three weekends.

There is no cost to attend the programme, all meals and accommodation will be provided including pre-night accommodation where required. However attendees must cover their own travel costs. If you would like further information about the programme, please email Martin Angus.

To apply please complete the on-line application process.

News from the LGA

LGA responds to NHS 70th anniversary funding announcement

LGA responds to Lord Darzi report on social care

LGA responds to NAO report on Universal Credit

LGA responds to latest school offer statistics

LGA responds to NHS confederation poll on adult social care spending

LGA responds to the Brexit Health Alliance's briefing on public health

LGA in Parliament 2017/18

Our parliamentary lobbying is integral to what we do for councils and we know from our membership survey that our lobbying on behalf of local government is important to you. We recently launched our LGA in Parliament report 2017/18, in which we are delighted to update on how we have been working with parliamentarians to ensure the LGA is the national voice for councils. In it we summarise our campaigning on policy and legislation, setting out the work we have undertaken to help achieve positive change for councils and their residents. 

Opposition watch

A Tory Party Vice-Chair defended a councillor's anti-muslim facebook posts

The Tory leader of Kent County Council has claimed part-time workers are putting family before their jobs

Rebel Tories ready to collapse the government over EU bill

Final Call - 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
  • Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham
  • Rokhsana Fiaz OBE, Mayor of Newham

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

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


By-elections held on 14 June 2018

Doncaster MB, Town
Lab 1084 [46.8%; +7.7%]
YP 570 [24.6%; -1.1%]
Grn 294 [12.7%; -1.0%]
Con 260 [11.2%; -10.3%]
LD  66 [2.8%; +2.8%]
Ind 43 [1.9%; +1.9%]
Labour hold 

LB Southwark, London Bridge & West Bermondsey (special election)
Liberal Democrats 1,340
Labour Party 1,215
Green Party 191
Labour Party 1,239
Conservative Party 221
Liberal Democrats 1,270
Labour Party 1,171
Conservative Party 205
Liberal Democrats 1,281
Conservative Party 291
Green Party 215
3 Lib Dems elected, Percentage changes not available

By-elections taking place on 21 June 2018:
South Northamptonshire DC, Whittlewood
Charnwood BC, Quorn & Mountsorrel Castle
South Northamptonshire DC, Astwell
Basildon BC, Lee Chapel
Fenland DC, Birch
West Somerset DC, Alcombe
Basingstoke & Deane BC, Kempshott
Basildon BC, Pitsea South East
Watford BC, Oxhey