News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 23 October 2018

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23 October 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

Breaking Point campaign update

Thank you to everyone who has backed our #BreakingPoint campaign. Since we launched the campaign just over two weeks ago we’ve:

  • Organised the biggest-ever petition of Labour councillors
  • Handed it in at 10 Downing Street with shadow Communities secretary Andrew Gwynne MP
  • Won the support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
  • Received coverage in national and local press – in the Huffington Post, the Guardian and the Chronicle Live
  • #BreakingPoint has reached millions via social media, and has trended in the UK on Twitter twice

The campaign doesn’t stop there though. This week we’ll be sending out a full digital Campaign Pack to Labour Group leaders with free to use logos, petitions, motions and factsheets for branches.

We will be looking to keep the pressure up between now and the Budget on 29th October, but the #BreakingPoint campaign won’t end there. Even if the Chancellor does find a few extra quid down the back of the sofa the likelihood is that they’ll find a way to funnel it to their favoured councils. So we’ll need to keep working hard to ensure the public know that the Tories are solely to blame for the devastation of austerity, and that Labour will re-invest in local government.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Nick Forbes
Leader of the LGA Labour group

Save the date: Labour Local Government Conference 2019

Please save the date of next year’s Labour Local Government Conference 2019 in your diary! It will take place at The Slate, Warwick University. The details are:

Friday 8 February 2019, 19.30 – 22.30hrs
Drinks reception and dinner

Saturday 9 February 2019, 09.30 – 17.00hrs
Labour Local Government Conference

Run jointly by the Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and the LGA Labour Group, the event is an opportunity for the Labour local government family to meet and hear from keynote speakers, and to debate policies, discuss campaigning ideas, and attend training relevant to Labour councillors.  We will be advertising details of how to book your place soon including how to book accommodation, but for now please save the date.

News from Local Labour

Free half-term snacks for children at Durham County Council leisure centres 

All Year One children in Plymouth to be given a library card by Plymouth City Council 

Crawley Borough CouncilCommunity Wardens achieve gold and platinum status

The Labour Group on Tory-run Cheshire East Council successfully passed a motion at full council supporting Labour’s #BreakingPoint campaign. 

London Borough of Croydon – Young People raise their voices at Croydon Youth Congress 2018

News from Wales

Cardiff Council has been acknowledged for its commitment to the financial wellbeing of its 

workforce at the Credit Unions of Wales awards 

Swansea Council - £1.5 million secured for innovative homes in Swansea

News from the Labour Party

Tories vote to cover up impact of Universal Credit – Margaret Greenwood MP

John McDonnell MP responds to IFS report that the Government needs £19bn a year to end austerity

John McDonnell MP responds to reports that Philip Hammond is under pressure ahead of the Budget

Labour Planning Commission

The Housing Crisis, fracking, land banking and lack of access to modern technologies, are just some of the significant issues that affect our local communities. The Planning Commission has been created to combat this, as the Labour Party feels that the planning system needs to rediscover its vision and once again reflect the needs of communities, from rural to urban. The Planning Commission aims to help revive neighbourhoods and town centres in decline, and address the urgent need for better infrastructure. 

The Planning Commission are holding a regional meeting with Liverpool City Council at Liverpool, Cunard Building, Water Street, Liverpool, L3 1DS on 25 October and are encouraging local councillors to attend the meeting from 16:00-17:15.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please rsvp to

News from the LGA

LGA responds to China waste ban impacting on council recycling costs and services

LGA responds to Public Accounts Committee report on Health and Social Care Integration

LGA responds to call for more money for adult social care and public health

LGA responds to Children’s Commissioner report on babies at risk of harm

LGA responds to Action for Children research on teenagers’ mental health

LGA responds to Universal Credit delay

Opposition Watch

Tory metro-mayor splashes £500 of taxpayers' cash on chauffeur to drive him to meeting on homelessness. 

Finally a bit of honesty from a Tory MP, as he describes the government in very unparliamentary language! 

Tory council blows £1,600 on feast for councillors - after claiming they're too skint to help disabled kids. 

Tory MP Craig Mackinlay's 2015 election win 'would have been declared void after he overspent on campaign by £66,000 to beat UKIP's Nigel Farage' during two-horse race.

By elections

By-elections held on 18 October:

Oxfordshire CC, Iffley Fields and St Mary’s
Lab 1162 [48.6%; +1.7%]
Green 1087 [45.5%; +4.7%]
Con 100 [4.2%; -1.4%]
LD 43 [1.8%; -5.0%]
Lab Hold

Hackney LB, Victoria
Lab 1311 [57.6%; -9.7%]
LD 436 [19.2%; +10.3%]
Green 296 [13.0%; -4.0%]
Con 148 [6.5%; -0.3%]
WEP 84 [3.7%; +3.7%]
Lab Hold

By-elections on 25 October:

South Derbyshire DC, Linton

East Dorset DC, Ferndown Central

Basingstoke and Deane BC, Norden

Dorset CC, Ferndown

Wells CC, Wells St. Thomas

Sutton LB, Belmont

Hertfordshire CC, Thee Rivers Rural

Mendip DC, Wells St. Thomas

Ashford BC, Kennington

Suffolk CC, Bosmere