News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 20 November 2018

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20 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

Nick Forbes, has announced he is standing to be Labour’s candidate for the North of Tyne metro-mayor

Every schoolgirl in Bristol is to be provided with free sanitary products in a bid to end so-called period poverty, the council has pledged. And Nottingham City Council has said it hopes to eradicate ‘period poverty’ in the city by distributing free sanitary products to women and girls.

Plymouth City Council and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) have confirmed that Plymouth will host the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet race.

Waltham Forest’s approach to premature baby leave shows what Labour councils can do when they are in power, writes Clyde Loakes

Tributes have been paid to former Bradford Council leader, Ian Greenwood, who has been described as “one of Bradford’s finest public servants”.

Job vacancies

Deputy Head of Mayor & Cabinet Office, Hackney Council.

Cabinet Support Officer (x3 posts) Hackney Council

News from Wales

Swansea Council have unveiled their Homelessness Strategy which sets out ambitious proposals aiming to prevent homelessness and support rough sleepers through the tough times in their lives.

#OurDay 2018

The annual tweetathon taking place today (Tuesday 20 November) will once again celebrate the thousands of unsung heroes working for councils and fire services who keep our communities running. #OurDay is a chance for everyone who delivers public services to showcase the huge number of ways in which they improve the quality of life and support our communities every day.

Visit for all the details about the day, as well as information about how to access images, video, draft content and more. 

Suffrage Pioneers 1918-2018

By Womens Local Government Society.

Saturday 24 November from 12:00 to 16:00. Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader, Leeds City Council and Cllr Marianne Overton, Leader, LGA Independent Group are hosting a national celebration event as the culmination of a project: Suffrage Pioneers; see

There will be a buffet lunch, showcasing of and networking among projects and an exhibition. An afternoon celebration will take place from 2 pm to 4 pm to include speeches, readings, music and a performance of Suffrajitsu by Enfield Re-enactment.

If you would like to attend please register here.

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP, speaking in the House of Commons in response to Theresa May’s Brexit Statement,

Jon Ashworth MP’s speech on women’s health and the gender pain gap.

The Tories have imposed devastating cuts on both schools and councils – Angela Rayner MP.

News from the LGA

LGA responds to CLA report on affordable homes

Fake car mileage equivalent to travelling to the moon, some councils said

LGA responds to Gambling Commission report on children using 18-plus pub gaming machines

LGA responds to latest looked after children statistics

Government must make case for increases in national taxation to rescue adult social care

LGA: Special needs support for children faces potential half a billion funding gap - new research

Opposition watch

Blue on blue Brexit warfare breaks out in the Tory party.

Surrey County Council boss, David Hodge, steps down after funds warning.

Brexit supporting Tory MP, Nadine Dorries appears outraged after the penny drops that leaving the EU means Britain will have no MEPs and no influence.

UKIP in row over whether far right, Tommy Robinson (real name Stephen Lennon) should be given membership.

The water cannon that were bought by Boris Johnson but never used on the streets of London have ended up as scrap metal.

By elections

By-elections held on 15 November:

Bassetlaw DC, East Retford West
Lab 441 [49.9%; +12.7%]
Con 296 [33.5%; +4.8%]
LD 146 [16.5%; +3.7%]
[UKIP 576 [21.2%; -21.2%]
Lab Hold

Oxfordshire CC, Grove & Wantage
LD 1925 [47.9%; +4.6%]
Con 1447 [36.0%; +0.7%]
Lab 459 [11.4%; -2.0%]
Green 185 [4.6%; -3.3%
LD Hold

Kent CC, Canterbury North
Cons 1355 [42.3%; -12.3%]
LD 756 [23.6%; +7.1%]
Lab 660 [20.6%; +4.1%]
Green 157 [4.9%; -1.9%]
Ind 155 [4.8%; +4.8%]
UKIP 120 [3.7%; -1.9%]
Con Hold

Stroud DC, Dursley
Lab 889 [50.5%; +13.5%]
Con 704 [40.0%; +15.2%]
Green 90 [5.1%; -9.1%]
LD 79 [4.5%; -19.6%]
Lab Hold 

By-elections on 22 November
Westminster LB, Lancaster Gate
Enfield LB, Bush Hill Park
Windsor & Maidenhead UA , Datchet
Wirral MB, Upton