News from the Leader of the LGA Labour Group – 27 November 2018

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27 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

News from Local Labour

Islington Council has pledged to welcome a further 100 unaccompanied child refugees over 10 years as part of the Our Turn campaign

Southampton Council are proposing the city’s first all-through school, providing education for children from 4 to 16 years of age and offering a further 900 secondary school places

Redbridge Council passed a motion asking officers to prepare a ‘Brexit risk register’, as the threat of a no deal Brexit continues – and became the latest Labour council to demand a ‘People’s Vote’

Labour opposition councillors in Barnet have highlighted doubts over Tory Barnet’s Capita contracts following a £2m fraud

Shadow housing minister Sarah Jones MP has called on the government to create a ‘fire safety fund’ to cover the cost of retrofitting sprinklers to high rise council housing blocks

The latest NEC report from Alice Perry, one of local government’s two representatives along with Nick Forbes, is available here

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 Wales

Welsh LGA leader Debbie Wilcox has welcomed a revised funding offer for councils from the Welsh Government as it "signals significant progress in our ongoing deliberations", but has warned that it remained a "particularly challenging financial settlement after eight years of austerity".

30th World AIDS Day

This year Terrence Higgins Trust will be marking the 30th World AIDS Day with a call for #ZeroHIV. This will focus on ending new HIV infections here in the UK by 2030 and ending HIV stigma that continues to exist within society. World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December and Terrence Higgins Trust is encouraging everyone to show solidarity with those lost to the epidemic and call for a commitment to end future HIV infections, by wearing a red ribbon.

News from the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP statement on EU summit

Angela Rayner MP responds to Cabinet battle over international students

Fishing and the Brexit political declaration – Luke Pollard MP responds

A whole generation of children could be lost to mental ill health – Barbara Keeley MP

We are now building over 30,000 fewer social rented homes a year – John Healey MP

News from the LGA

Councils ready for winter with 1.4 million tonnes of salt stockpiled

LGA responds to DFT measures to improve cyclist safety

LGA responds to Government announcement on primary and community healthcare

LGA responds to overall first year public sector apprenticeships target statistics

LGA responds to children's mental health statistics

LGA responds to ONS annual figures on domestic abuse

LGA responds to adverts near schools banned by the Advertising Standards Authority

Opposition watch

Blue on blue attacks in Ribble Valley as Tory leader is set for probe into bullying complaint

Outgoing Tory council leader warns own colleagues about their 'old boys network' in resignation speech

Profit with a purpose: LGA commercialisation conference

Commercialisation is an opportunity for councils to find new, innovative ways in which to tackle social challenges. The LGA is committed to promoting best practice across the local government sector and supporting councils to make robust and appropriate commercial decisions. Join officers and elected members from across the country to hear their case studies about how they have achieved social value from their commercial projects. Interactive workshops will provide you with practical assistance to apply to your commercial activities.

The LGA is keen to hear from councils what support they want from the organisation to help support their commercial activities going forward, so there will be an opportunity to feed into this discussion.

To see the programme and book your FREE place visit the Profit with purpose: commercialisation conference web page.

By elections

By-elections held on 22 November:  

Enfield LB, Bush Hill Park
Con 1540 [52.4%; +13.2%]
Lab 828 [28.2%; -9.1%]
LD 313 [10.7%; +1.0%]
Green 127 [4.3%; -6.5%]
WEP 79 [2.7%; +2.7%]
Ind 50 [1.7%; +1.7%]
Con Hold 

Westminster LB, Lancaster Gate
Con 913 [47.2%; -0.4%]
Lab 684 [35.4%; -0.5%]
LD 275 [14.2%; -2.3%]
Green 62 [3.2%; +3.2%]
Con Hold 

Windsor & Maidenhead UA , Datchet
Con 525 [56.0%; -3.0%]
NFPP 223 [23.8%; +23.8%]
Lab 121 [12.9%; -8.5%]
LD 48 [5.1%; -14.5%]
Green 21 [2.2%; +2.2%]
Con Hold 

Wirral MB, Upton
Lab 1490 [61.3%; +3.2%]
Con 705 [29%; +0.4%]
Green 151 [6.2%; -0.5%]
LD 83 [3.4%; -0.8%]
Lab Hold 

By-elections on 29 November:
Northampton BC, Delapre & Briar Hill
Buckinghamshire CC, Aylesbury North West
Bromley LB, Kelsey & Eden Park
Oxfordshire CC, Wheatley
Welwyn Hatfield BC, Welwyn West
Warwickshire CC, Stratford North
Oldham MB, Failsworth East