News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 17 July 2018

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17 July 2018

Nick Forbes

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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 2018. You will need sign off from you 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 no later than Tuesday 31 July 2018.

News from Local Labour

A Bradford Council scheme to boost investment and jobs in the city centre has helped create more than 700 new jobs since it began.

Blackpool’s two-day Air Show is back this summer with a fantastic programme of aerial entertainment. 

Sands End Arts and Community Centre in Hammersmith and Fulham wins major architecture award.

The world’s most advanced electric taxis, designed and built in the Midlands, have started appearing on the streets of Corby.

Redbridge Council has handed over its fourth housing development in less than a year as part of its pledge to build 1000 more affordable homes in the borough.

Sheffield is to trial innovative electric bin lorries powered by the very waste they have collected.

Islington Labour councillors back campaign to end indefinite detention

Cllr Ben Kind from Lambeth writes: Why we'll oppose Tory plans to force local schools to become academies

News from the Labour Party

Labour offered the Tories a ‘Cabinet Survival Kit’ ahead of the Brexit Summit.

We must show Trump and the Tories that we can and we will defeat the politics of division – Jeremy Corbyn MP

News from Wales

Young Swansea art lovers exhibit with world-renowned artist.

Newport City Council has stepped in to help residents whose local bus service has stopped.

Latest progress towards £284m school investment for Cardiff.

Opposition watch

Harrogate Council slammed for axeing Living Wage

New Tory health secretary voted to speed up privatisation of the NHS.

Boris Johnson has been replaced as foreign secretary by Jeremy Hunt following the former London mayor's shock resignation from the cabinet over Theresa May's Brexit strategy.

Tory MP Andrew Griffiths has resigned as a minister for personal reasons. 


Fawcett Society, Courage Calls, drinks reception.

Wednesday 18 July, 8:00-9:00pm, Church House, Westminster.

The Fawcett Society would like to invite women councillors to their Courage Calls, drinks reception on the evening of Wednesday 18th July from 8pm-9pm in Church House. This is to celebrate women in politics, and to encourage more women to stand for elected office. Please RSVP to  More information can be found here


There were 10 by-elections on 12 July 2018:

Hartlepool UA, Rural West
Con 678 [45.4%; -13.0%]
Ind 546 [36.5%; +18.6%]
Lab 184 [12.3%; -5.4%]
Grn 87 [5.8%; -0.1%]
Conservative hold 

Rutland UA, Oakham South
Ind 178 [29.8%; +29.8%]
LD 177 [29.6%; +29.6%]
Con 163 [27.3%; -21.3%]
Lab 80 [13.4%; +13.4%]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -51.4%]]
Independent gain from Conservative 

Waveney DC, Southwold & Reydon
LD 1005 [71.4%; +71.4%]
Con 307 [21.8%; -28.4%]
Lab 78 [5.5%; -14.7%]
UKIP 18 [1.3%; -13.4%]
Grn 0 [[0.0%; -14.9%]]
Lib Dem gain from Conservative 

East Dorset DC, Verwood East
Con 706 [75.1%]
Lab 234 [24.9%]
Conservative hold
No percentage as last election (2015) was uncontested

Lewes DC, Chailey & Wivelsfield
Con 563 [53.6%; +4.8%]
LD 324 [30.8%; +5.0%]
Lab 104 [9.9%; +9.9%]
Grn 60 [5.7%; -6.3%]
UKIP 0 [[0.0%; -13.4%]]
Conservative hold 

Elmbridge BC, Oxshott and Stoke d’Abernon
Con 1297 [72.0%; -4.7%]
LD 463 [25.7%; +9.7%]
UKIP 42 [2.3%; +0.1%]
Lab 0 [[0.0%; -5.2%]]
Conservative hold 

Darlington BC, Cockerton
Lab 555 [51.0%; +7.9%]
Con 239 [22.0%; -2.8%]
LD  104 [9.6%; -5.5%]
Ind 93 [8.5%; +8.5%]
FB 63 [5.8%; +5.8%]
Grn 34 [3.1%; -14.0%]
Labour hold 

Barnsley BC, Old Town
Lab 548 [44.2%; -10.6%]
DVP 338 [27.3%; +27.3%]
Con 157 [12.7%; -2.5%]
LD 124 [10.0%; +2.5%]
YP 47 [3.8%; +3.8%]
BNP 25 [2.0%; +2.0%]
Ind 0 [[0.0%; -22.4%]]
Labour hold

Norfolk CC, Yare & All Saints
Con 955 [64.8%; -8.0%]
Lab 337 [22.9%; +10.6%]
182 [12.3%; -2.6%]
Conservative hold 

Waveney DC, Pakefield
Con 643 [43.8%; +11.9%]
Lab 600 [40.9%; -5.2%]
UKIP 116 [7.9%; +7.9%]
Grn 64 [4.4%; -8.3%]
LD 44 [3.0%; -6.3%]
Conservative gain from Labour 

By-elections taking place on 19 July 2018:

Milton Keynes UA, Bletchley East
Northamptonshire CC, St George
Bury MB, Besses
Carmarthenshire UA, Saron
West Lancashire BC, Hesketh-with Becconsall
Oxford UA, Headington