News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 11 September 2018

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11 September 2018

Nick Forbes

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News from Local Labour

Newcastle City Council has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, has made the shortlist for the 2018 World Mayor Prize, which was announced on 4 September 2018. You can vote for Ros here

Sunderland's majestic Northern Spire bridge is complete.

Cllr Alice Perry’s NEC Report – 4 September 2018

London Labour housing leads have demanded Government ends letting fees and “extortionate” deposits for private renters. 

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP slams private water companies for running ‘crumbling’ system as Labour analysis reveals water lost through leakages is equivalent to the total volume of Loch Ness.

Final boundary recommendations are nothing but an undemocratic power grab – Cat Smith MP.

Another Tory Council faces collapse from cuts – Andrew Gwynne MP.

Supporting Labour’s vision for statutory youth services

Cat Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, recently announced a bold vision for building a statutory youth service which was launched alongside a consultation. Cat’s team are encouraging members to submit evidence to this consultation, which can be found on Labour’s policy forum website.

A model motion has also been produced supporting Labour’ campaign for statutory youth services to table at their next council meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Liam Budd, Cat Smith’s political adviser, via

News from Wales

Cllr Anthony Hunt, Leader of Torfaen Council, is cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats to raise money for The Prince's Trust.

Conservation specialists have started crucial restoration work to preserve one of Swansea's most iconic former industrial buildings.

LGA Social Care Green Paper

Over the summer, the LGA launched its own social care Green Paper to kick start a national debate on how we provide adult social care. The paper and subsequent consultation, called “The Lives We Want to Lead”, was prompted as the Government took the decision to delay the long awaited adult social care green paper to the autumn. Local authorities, Parliamentarians and stakeholders are all encouraged to read the paper and to respond to the consultation, which closes at the end of September. 

Read the paper and respond to the consultation

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Government's health and social care staff consultation

LGA responds to Fawcett Society report on women's representation in local government

LGA responds to Independent Age report 'A taxing question'

LGA responds to NAHT report on SEND funding

LGA responds to rough sleeping initiative funding

PAS Councillors' NPPF Planning conference (Free) - 21 September London and 12 October Leeds

PAS is delivering an all day conference on the new NPPF in London and Leeds for councillors. It will look at the newly-published NPPF, recognising the challenges and opportunities that it brings.

Places at the conferences will be for local authority councillors who are leading planning in their local authorities. Places will be free but there will be limitations on the number of attendees from individual authorities.

Statutory guidance on overview and scrutiny in local government.

The Government is preparing new statutory guidance on overview and scrutiny in local government. This will be published in December 2018. The Centre for Public Scrutiny has been commissioned by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to draft parts of the guidance.

Opposition watch

Tories in civil war after Boris Johnson Brexit 'suicide vest' remarks.

The Royal British Legion at Labour Party Conference

To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, The Royal British Legion is saying Thank You to all who served, sacrificed and changed our world. And at this year’s Labour Autumn conference, you can say Thank You too.

We are delighted to be exhibiting at conference this year to give everyone the chance to commemorate not only those who fell during the First World War, but also all of those who lived through this tragic and remarkable time - and put Britain on the path to becoming what it is today.

We are inviting you to visit our stand to find out how to get involved and learn more about our wider work in support of the Armed Forces Community across the UK. We will be giving you a unique opportunity to say your own Thank You, whether that is to the people of 100 years ago from the constituency you represent, your family or any other community. Visit us in the main exhibition hall at stand 70, or to arrange a meeting, contact us via

By elections

By-elections held on 6 September:

Tameside MB, Ashton Waterloo
Lab 889 [52.5%; -5.0%]
Grn 448 [26.4%; +12.7%]
Con 357 [21.1%; -7.8%]
Labour hold

Cumbria CC, Denton Holme
Lab 625 [59.1%; -0.9%]
Con 292 [27.6%; +0.6%]
Grn 94 [8.9%; +1.9%]
UKIP 46 [4.4%; -1.6%]
Labour hold

Carlisle DC, Denton Holme
Lab 647 [62.5%; +1.4%]
Con 254 [24.5%; -3.4%]
Grn 78 [7.5%; -3.5%]
UKIP 57 [5.5%; +5.5%]
Labour hold

By-elections on 13 September:
Charnwood BC, Birstall Wanlip
Maidstone BC, Headcorn
Lambeth LB, Coldharbour
Pembrokeshire UA, Pembroke St Mary North
New Forest DC, Pennington
Cambridge BC, Petersfield