News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 2 July 2018

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2 July 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

News from local Labour

Leicester City Council plans to expand capacity in primary schools for local vulnerable children

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham's commission implements comprehensive plan to end rough-sleeping in the Borough

Birmingham City Council receives three awards in recognition of its achievements in housing

Reading Borough Council Abbey re-opening attracts 18,000 visitors during its annual Water Fest

Navy chief praises Hartlepool Borough Council and community for their support of servicemen and women

News from the Labour Party

The number of teachers has declined for the first time in six years due to lack of support from the Government – Angela Rayner MP

Graduates burdened with thousands of pounds in student debt due to rigged interest rates – Peter Dowd MP

Number of homes being built has fallen under May’s leadership – John Healey MP

News from Wales

New council-run energy firm in Swansea will cut energy bills for local residents

“Open Your Eyes” school program will introduce career opportunities to Cardiff schoolchildren by bringing local business leaders into the classroom

LGA Annual Conference 2018: Tuesday 3 – Thursday 5 July

The Labour Group Office will be at the LGA Annual Conference from Tuesday 3 July until Thursday 5 July 2018. Please note, we will have limited access to emails for the duration of the conference and will respond upon our return.

Please see below for Political Group Meetings and Events:

Tuesday 3 July

LGA Labour Group AGM
10.00 – 11.30
Hall 4, Birmingham ICC
Cllr Nick Forbes
Melanie Onn MP, Shadow Housing Minister

LGA Labour Group Women’s Network Meeting
Media Suite A, Birmingham ICC
Cllr Samantha Dixon
Cllr Bryony Rudkin

Wednesday 4 July

LGA Labour Group Meeting
13.45 – 14.45
Hall 4, Birmingham ICC
Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government
Jennie Formby, General Secretary of the Labour Party
Cllr Alice Perry, NEC local government rep

Conference Hall
Plenary Speaker:
Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Labour Group Dinner
19.30 – 22.30
19.30 Drinks Reception
20.00 Dinner
Open to all Labour Councillors attending conference, free of charge. 

Thursday 6 July

Local Government in a Post-Brexit World
Hall 1, Birmingham ICC
Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Chair, Exiting the European Union Select Committee
Cllr Kevin Bentley, Chairman, LGA Brexit Task Force
Chair: Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Chair, LGA Brexit Task Force

LGA Labour Group Meeting
12.05 – 12.50
Hall 11, Birmingham ICC
Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Social Care

The full Conference agenda can be found here

LGA Labour Group Executive Team 2018/19 Elections

The ballot process for the contested LGA Labour Group Executive Team & Regional Rep 2018/19 positions has now closed. 

Two positions were contested: West Midlands Regional Representative and North West Regional Representative. 

West Midlands Regional Representative 

Cllr Paulette Hamilton (Birmingham): 53% (Elected)
Cllr Faye Abbott (Coventry): 25%
Cllr Charlotte Atkins (Stoke-on-Trent): 22%

Cllr Paulette Hamilton (Birmingham) is elected as West Midlands Regional Representative. 

North West Regional Representative  

Cllr John Merry (Salford): 60% (Elected)
Cllr Noordad Aziz (Hyndburn):40%

Cllr John Merry (Salford) is elected as North West Regional Representative.

Please see below for the full list of LGA Labour Group Officers and Regional Reps positions (please note, those highlighted are newly elected to their positions): 

Leader: Cllr Nick Forbes (Newcastle)
Deputy Leader: Cllr Lib Peck (Lambeth) 
Deputy Leader: Cllr Michael Payne (Gedling & Nottinghamshire) 
Chair: Cllr Simon Henig (Durham) 
Vice Chair: Cllr Rishi Shori (Bury) 
Whip: Cllr Simon Blackburn (Blackpool)
Deputy Whip: Cllr Alice Perry (Islington) 
Regional Rep, London: Cllr Anntoinette Bramble (Hackney) 
Regional Rep, Eastern: Cllr Richard Henry (Stevenage) 
Regional Rep, East Midlands: Cllr Tom Beattie (Corby)
Regional Rep, South East: Cllr Sabia Hussain (Slough) 
Regional Rep, West Midlands: Cllr Paulette Hamilton (Birmingham) 
Regional Rep, North East: Cllr Iain Malcolm (South Tyneside)
Regional Rep, North West: Cllr John Merry (Salford
Regional Rep, South West: Cllr Kate Haigh (Gloucester) 
Regional Rep, Yorkshire & Humber: Cllr Tim Swift (Calderdale) 
National Rep, Wales: Cllr Rob Stevens (Swansea)

Congratulations to all those elected, who will take up their positions at the LGA Labour Group  AGM on 3 July 2018.

FINAL CALL: LGA Boards 2018/19 – nominations close 6 July

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.


There were four by-elections on Thursday 28 June 2018:

North Devon DC, Fremington
IND 50.8% (+50.8%)
CON 31.3% (+12.8%)
LAB 5.7% (+5.7%)
GRN 1.7% (-8.1%)
UKIP 0.0% (-21.8%)
IND 0.0% (-49.9%)
Independent gain from Independent

Leicestershire CC, Syston Ridgeway
CON 59.7% (+2.1%)
LAB 18.5% (-2.3%)
GRN 7.2% (-1.3%)
UKIP 3.6% (-3.5%)
Conservative hold

North Kesteven DC, Skellingthorpe
LI 45.7% (+45.7%)
CON 26.4% (-2.3%)
LAB 17.0% (+17.0%)
UKIP 0.0% (-14.5%)
IND 0.0% (-49.8%)
Lincolnshire Independent gain from Independent

North Kesteven DC, North Hykeham Mill
CON 49.7% (-9.7%)
LI 22.6% (-18.1%)
LAB 22.1% (+22.1%)
Conservative hold

By-elections taking place on 5 July 2018:
Shropshire DC, Shifnal
Bath and Northeast Somerset UA, Kingsmead
Lichfield DC, Curborough