News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 13 November 2018

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13 November 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

Labour Local Government Conference 2019 – reserve your place now

We are now taking bookings for the Labour Local Government Conference 2019.

Run jointly by the Association of Labour Councillors (ALC) and the LGA Labour Group, the event is an opportunity for us to meet and discuss a range of policies and campaigns relevant to local government. In addition to keynote speakers and plenary sessions there will be a series of policy and campaigning workshops. As well as speakers from across local government, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, is confirmed to speak and other members of the front bench team will be invited.

The details are:

Friday 8 February 2019, 19.30 – 22.30
Drinks reception and dinner
Saturday 9 February 2019, 09.00 – 17.00

Local Government Conference

The conference will be held at The Slate, Warwick Conferences, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL. The closest station is Coventry in addition there is plenty of parking at the venue.

To book your attendance, please visit our dedicated conference booking page.


We have a number of rooms on hold at Radcliffe House adjacent to the conference venue, which are available on a first come first served basis for the night of Friday 8 February. To book your accommodation please do so on Warwick Conferences dedicated conference accommodation webpage Double bedded rooms for single occupancy are at the following cost: Bed and breakfast, single is £81.60 inclusive of VAT. This webpage can be found in the useful info tab of the conference booking page.

Rooms not booked by Monday 7 January 2019 will be released.

If you are a new councillor, (i.e. elected for the first time in May 2018 or since in a by-election) you are entitled to a free conference pass and you will receive an email from the ALC explaining how to book your place. If you have any queries please email for further information. If you intend to come to the dinner you will need to buy a ticket for that.

We do hope you will be able to join us for what we are sure will be a very interesting, thought provoking and enjoyable event.

News from Local Labour

At this year’s LGiU Awards, four awards went to Labour Councillors – Well done to Cllr Mahamed Hashi from Lambeth, Cllr Roger Lawrence from Wolverhampton, Cllr Iain Malcolm from South Tyneside and Cllr Tom Coole from Gloucester.

Redbridge Council is now officially a London Living Wage employer

Birmingham City Council and the NEC Group hope to create 10,000 new jobs and 2500 new homes in a planned National Exhibition Centre expansion

Merton Council have opened a brand new Leisure Centre

Stevenage Council has been awarded £165K towards their Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse project

Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, on why local government must lead the way on the real living wage

Southwark Council is first to install City Hall’s new electric vehicle charging points

News from Wales

Chair of the Welsh Local Government Association, Cllr Debbie Wilcox, on local government funding

Job Opportunity

Islington Council are looking for an experienced and politically-aware person to join the strong team supporting the Leader of the Council and Labour Group Councillors.

Know someone who might be interested? Apply here.

Carer’s leave policies

Following the launch of the parental leave policy for councillors (which can be viewed here), the LGA Labour Women’s Taskforce are now looking to continue this work by writing a model carer’s leave policy. If your council or Labour Group already has a carer’s policy, or is in the process of developing one, please could you email Hannah Lazell on with a copy of your policy, or letting us know that you’re thinking of writing one.

Labour Planning Commission

The details for the next meeting of Labour’s Planning Commission are:

Labour Planning Commission meeting – Sheffield
Date: Thursday 29 November
Time: 16:00 – 17:30
Venue: Sheffield Town Hall conference room, Pinstone St, Sheffield S1 2HH
RSVP: by 26 November

The Labour Planning Commission encourage councillors in the Sheffield area to attend and bring residents who have been engaged in the planning process, especially in regard to drawing up local plans.

News from the Labour Party

Barbara Keeley MP responding to news that Allied Healthcare is facing financial difficulties

Children’s services on brink after eight years of austerity – Andrew Gwynne MP

Universal Credit leaving many in debt and rent arrears – Margaret Greenwood MP

Diane Abbott MP responding to Home Secretary admitting this morning that Police numbers are an ‘important part’ of tackling violent crime

News from the LGA

LGA responds to ADCS safeguarding report

LGA responds to APPG report on food and drink marketing

LGA: Social workers starting new cases for 1,000 children every day

Armistice Day: councils commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One

Opposition watch

Local Tory MPs block millions of funding for Milton Keynes growth

Tory run East Sussex council's basic services 'not sustainable'

Conservatives allow councillor who shared anti-Muslim rants on Tweet back into the party

By elections

By-elections held on 8 November:

Ealing LB, Dormers Wells
Lab 1868 [72.1%; +2.9%]
Con 429 [16.6%; +0.7%]
LD 188 [7.3%; +2.7%]
Green 106 [4.1%; -3.2%]
Lab Hold 

Harlow DC, Bush Fair
Labour 543 [45.0%; +0.0%]
Con 460 [38.1%; -0.8%]
UKIP 103 [8.5%; -2.5%]
Harlow Alliance 63 [5.2%; +5.2%]
LD 39 [3.2%; -1.8%]
Lab Hold 

Torridge DC, Holsworthy
Conservative 698 [56.4%; +11.5%]
Ind 314 [25.4%; +25.4%
LD 151 [12.2%; -5.3%]
Lab 75 [6.1%; +6.1%]
Con Hold 

Harlow BC, Netteswell
Labour 497 [50.2%; -0.7%]
Con 254 [25.6%; -13.0%]
Harlow Alliance 99 [10.0%; +10.0%]
UKIP 98 [9.9%; +3.6%]
LD 43 [4.3%; +0.2%]
Lab Hold 

By-elections on 15 November:
Stroud DC, Dursley
Kent CC, Canterbury North
Oxfordshire CC, Grove & Wantage
Bassetlaw DC, East Retford West