Annual Conference special - News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 18 September 2018

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18 September 2018

Nick Forbes

News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group

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Labour Party Annual Conference

Dear colleague,

This year’s Annual Conference, and Women’s Conference, is in Labour-run Liverpool – and I hope to see as many of our brilliant councillors there as possible.

As with last year’s conference, there will be fewer set-piece speeches from the platform, and much more time given over to speeches from the floor. It is crucial that councillors attending conference make sure our voices are heard – not least because it is essential that those who aspire to be Labour ministers in Westminster listen to and learn from our experience of leadership in power.

I’d urge all councillors who are delegates or have ex-officio passes to make an effort to prepare a speech and try to get called in the six main plenary sessions:

Party Democracy and Campaigning
Sunday 23 September, 11:20-12:45 & 14:15-17:25 - Conference Hall

Public Investment and Ownership
Monday 24 September, September, 09:45-12:15 – Conference Hall

Social Security and Skills
Monday 24 September, 14:15-17:25 – Conference Hall 

Brexit and the Economy
Tuesday 25 September, 10:10-12:40 – Conference Hall

Security at Home and Abroad
Tuesday 25 September, 14:30-17:30 – Conference Hall

Tackling Equalities
Wednesday 26 September, 09:05-11:25 – Conference Hall 

Our local government lanyards with a brand new design will be available again at Conference – to collect yours, come to the ALC Stand (A34) in the Exhibition.

We have our annual ALC/LGA Local Government Reception on Sunday evening at 8.30pm.

I look forward to seeing you there – do please come over and say hello.

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader, LGA Labour Group
Leader, Newcastle City Council

LGA Labour Group Events

LGA Labour Group Women’s Taskforce:
Sunday 23 September, 11:00 – 12:00 - Meeting room 4B
Learn about the work being done to get more women into Labour local government.
Speakers include: Cllr Lib Peck, Deputy Leader, LGA Labour Group and Chair of the Taskforce

‘Proud to be local’ – Labour’s rally for local government
Sunday 23 September,15:00 – 16:30 - ACC Hall 2
Hear from Labour’s leaders in local government and celebrate the work of Labour councillors across the UK.
Speakers include: Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader, LGA Labour Group, Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford City Council, Cllr Alice Perry, NEC Local Government Rep

Association of Labour Councillors, Local Government Reception, sponsored by the Local Government Association
Sunday 23 September, 20:30 – 22:00 - Hall 2H, ACC
Speakers include: Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader, LGA Labour Group, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, Cllr Alice Perry, NEC Local Government Rep, Cllr Simon Henig, Chair ALC, Cllr Amy Cross, North West ALC representative.

Show us the money: why the Spending Review must invest in our local services
Monday 24 September, 13.00 – 14.30 - ACC Concourse, Room 4
Speakers include: Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader, LGA Labour Group, Cllr Lib Peck, Deputy Leader, LGA Labour Group, Shabana Mahmood MP, Member of the Public Accounts Committee, Emily Andrews, Associate Director, Institute for Government John Harris, The Guardian (invited)

Be A Councillor
Tuesday 25 September, 10.15 – 11.15 - Training Room 2
Ever wondered what’s involved in being a Labour councillor? Come along to this session and hear from leading councillors about all that’s involved.
Speakers include: Cllr Arlene Ainsley, Newcastle City Council, Cllr Jackie Taylor, Sandwell Borough Council, Cllr Michael Payne, Deputy Leader, LGA Labour Group

LGBT Labour Councillors Network: Drop in session
Tuesday 25 September, 14:00 – 15:00 – ALC Stand, (A34)
LGBT Labour and the LGA Labour Group are establishing an LGBT Labour Councillors Network – if you are a Cllr that defines as LGBT, come along to the ALC stand for an informal chat for what you would want from the Network.

Events where there is an LGA Labour Group Speaker

Centre for Progressive Policy: From training to lifelong learning: in an age of disruption in industries and communities

Monday 24 September, 10.30am-12.00pm - Venue: Non-Secure area, ACC Liverpool Speakers: Councillor Darren Rodwell, LGA City Regions Board; Lucy Powell MP, former Shadow Education Secretary; Neil Carberry, CEO, Recruitment and Employment Confederation; David Hughes, CEO, Association of Colleges; Matthew Fell, Head of Policy, Confederation of British Industry (tbc)

Institute for Government: How can digital technology transform services in central and local government?
Monday 24 September,12.45pm–2.15pm - Venue: TBC
Speakers: Cllr Peter Mason, LGA Environment, Economy, Housing and Transport Board

NHS Confederation: What can local government do to improve mental in local communities?
Monday 24 September, 3.00pm-4.00pm - Venue: Pacific Room, Novotel Hotel Liverpool Centre
Speakers: Councillor Paulette Hamilton, Vice-Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board.

Barnardo's Evening Reception: The Barnardo’s Reception: Lost Childhoods
Monday 24 September, 8.00pm-9.30pm - Venue: Concourse Room 2, Liverpool ACC
Speakers: Councillor Anntoinette Bramble, Children & Young People Board Chair; Naomi Eisenstadt, First Director of Sure Start; Andy Harrop, General Secretary of The Fabians; Tracy Brabin MP, Shadow Early Years Minister; Lucy Powell MP, former Shadow Education Secretary; Carol Iddon. Managin Director of Children’s Services, Action for Children; Polly Toynbee, The Guardian (Chair)

Young Fabians: Local Government Under Fire: How Labour Can Respond to the Funding Crisis, Report Launch
Tuesday 25th September, 08:30-10:00 – Venue: Lecture Theatre, Merseyside Maritime Museum
Speakers: Cllr Michael Payne, Deputy Leader of the LGA Labour Group; Cllr Clare Coghill, Leader of London Borough of Waltham Forest; Cllr Steve Battlemuch, Chair of Robin Hood Energy; and Cllr Mili Patel, Lead Member for Children's Safeguarding, Early Help & Social Care, Brent Council.

Children’s Society and British Association of Social Workers: Title TBC – focussing on children in need and how they can be supported into adulthood
Tuesday 25 September, 12.30pm–TBC - Venue: Youth Zone, Liverpool ACC
Speakers: Councillor Anntoinette Bramble, Chair of the LGA Children & Young People Board; representative from the Children’s Society and BASW; Angela Rayner MP/Emma Lewell-Buck MP (invited); representative from the office of the Children’s Commissioner (chair)

Centre for Progressive Policy: Safeguarding the NHS for the next 70 years
Tuesday 25 September,1.00pm-2.30pm - Venue: Tate Liverpool     
Speakers: Councillor Paulette Hamilton, Vice Chair of LGA Community Wellbeing Board, Andy Burnham, Mayor Greater Manchester; Liz Kendall MP,

Action for Children: Not so Sure Start: local authority cuts and children’s services
Tuesday 25 September, 2.00pm-3.00pm - Venue: Albert Suite 4, Hilton Metropole Hotel
Speakers: Councillor Anntoinette Bramble, Children & Young People Chair; Naomi Eisenstadt, first director of Sure Start; Andy Harrop, General Secretary of The Fabians; Tracy Brabin MP, Shadow Early Years Minister; Lucy Powell MP, former Shadow Education Secretary; Carol Iddon, Action for Children, Managing Director of Children’s Services; Polly Toynbee, The Guardian (Chair)

News from local Labour

Leeds City Council to announce measures it is taking to combat period poverty within its schools

Plymouth City Council’s plans to create new gateway for Plymouth at railway station set for green light

The London Borough of Redbridge has funded a new Changing Places facility in Ilford

Hull City Council has unveiled plans for a £130m mixed-use development in its town centre

Sheffield City Council’s incubator bid to boost business links with China

News from the Labour Party

Sadiq Khan reselected as Labour’s London mayoral candidate after winning party ballot

New data reveals adults sent hundreds of miles for mental health treatment – Barbara Keeley MP

The Tories have slashed funding at every stage of our education system, reversing years of investment under Labour – Angela Rayner MP

Today this Government abandoned the people of Somerset – Andrew Gwynne MP

News from Wales

Newport City Council is expected to formally accept Heritage Lottery funding of £1.1million to restore the city’s historic Grade II listed Market Arcade

News from the LGA

LGA responds to Public Health England's Health Profile for England

LGA responds to the Government's Agriculture Bill

LGA responds to research by the Advisory Group on Contraception

LGA responds to Land Value Capture report

New university students urged to get meningitis vaccine

Opposition Watch

Conservative run Staffordshire County Council set to axe funding for EVERY school crossing patrol in Staffordshire

UKIP Welsh Assembly Member 'abused public money by employing unqualified brother'

Conservative MEPs criticised by Jewish and Muslim groups for Hungary vote

George Freeman says he will stand for Conservative leader next year if asked

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 this month. You can read the paper and respond to the consultation here.


By-elections held on 13 September:

Cambridge BC, Petersfield
Lab 873 [47.9; -10.6]
LD 663 [36.4; +16.2]
Green 171 [9.4; -3.1]
Con 115 [6.3 -2.5]
Lab hold

New Forest DC, Pennington
Con 497 [42.0; -10.6]
LD 445 [37.6; +8.8]
Lab 144 [8.2; -10.9]
Ind 97 [12.2; +12.2]
Con hold

Pembrokeshire UA, Pembroke St Mary North
IND 187 [32.5%; -5.9]
IND 79 [13.7%; +13.7]
IND 77 [13.4%; +13.4]
LAB 61 [10.6%; -11.6]
IND 59 [10.2%; +10.2]
CON 45 [7.8%; -31.6]
IND 42 [7.3%; +7.3]
IND 26 [4.5%; +4.5]
Ind GAIN from Con

Lambeth LB, Coldharbour
Lab 1739 [58.2; +2.2]
Green 912 [30.5; +12.2]
LD 149 [5.0; +0.6]
WEP 47 [1.6; +1.6]
UKIP 21 [0.7; +0.7]
Ind 0 [0.0; -15.9]
Lab hold

Maidstone BC, Headcorn
Con 686 [57.5; -7.3]
LD 409 [34.1; +30.1]
Lab 63 [5.3; -2.2]
Green 40 [3.3; -1.4]
Con Hold

Charnwood BC, Birstall Wanlip
Con 492 [47.6; -1.6]
Lab 340 [32.5; +9.7]
LD 128 [12.2; -20.6]
UKIP 50 [4.8; +4.8]
Green 34 [3.3; +3.3]
Con hold

By-elections on 20 September:

Epsom and Ewell BC, Nonsuch
Luton UA, Limbury
Wenhaston & Westleton, Suffolk Coastal DC
East Devon DC, Ottery St Mary Rural
Winchester DC, Upper Meon Valley
Wyre Forest DC, Bewdley and Rock