Our newly elected Committee!

A massive congratulations to our new Officers who were elected at our AGM last night!

Chair – Martin McMahon
Vice Chair – Gay Whymark
Vice Chair (Membership) – Brian Goredema-Braid*
Secretary – Nick Hoten*
Women’s Officer – Helen Wilson
Campaign Co-ordinator – Vacant (Please email nhoten@waitrose.com for info)
Ethnic Minorities Officer – Jane Soni*
Youth Officer – Patrick Jenkins*
IT Co-ordinator – Patrick Jenkins
Social Media Co-ordinator – Patrick Jenkins*
Delegate to Warwick District Labour – Nick Hoten*
Auditor – Steve Oldham*


An overwhelming thank you of course goes out to Steve Snart and the other Officers who have worked tirelessly over the past year!


New research shows over 500 Kenilworth children growing up in poverty

Kenilworth Labour Branch has highlighted research from the End Child Poverty Coalition which has revealed that there are approximately 500 children growing up in poverty in Kenilworth.

In 2010 End Child Poverty figures reveals only 5% of children living in poverty, which would equate to about 205 children and now in 2017, the figure could have risen by as much as 335 to around 540 children living in families existing below the poverty line.

Kevin Purdy, Chairman of Kenilworth Labour said:

“Whilst it is encouraging that Kenilworth has one of the lowest levels of child poverty in the UK, it is still shocking in such as affluent community there are well over 500 children living in families who are struggling to heat their homes or put food on the table.”

“There can be little doubt that the Government’s policy of austerity, which has frozen benefits has pushed many families into a position where they can’t pay for essentials and children will be suffering.”

“Seven years of flat wages and cuts with inflation now pushing up the cost of household essentials has meant that 300 plus children have been pushed into poverty in Kenilworth since 2010.  The roll out of Universal Credit will make the problem bigger.

This Government should stand aside and let Labour deliver a £10 minimum wage, end zero hours contract and transform our social security system.  These are the changes we need to make sure all the children in our community get a decent start in life.”


The End Child Poverty coalition has published figures providing a new Child Poverty map of the UK.  The new figures reveal that there are now constituencies within the UK where more than half of children are growing up in poverty – compared to one in ten, in the areas with the lowest child poverty rates. http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/poverty-in-your-area-2018/

A child is said to live in poverty if they are in a family living on less than 60% of median household income. According to the latest official statistics 60% of median income (after housing costs) was around £248 per week.

Motion on the Free Nazanin Campaign

At our CLP meeting last night the following motion, as proposed by Patrick Jenkins, was unanimously passed:

“Kenilworth and Southam CLP Notes that:
• Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 37 year old British-Iranian charity worker has been detained by Iranian state officials for a period of over 500 days without her family being able to even know the charges she faces. The State media has accused Nazanin of attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic and has been subject to a secret trial behind closed doors. She has been sentenced to 5 years in jail. Nazanin appears to be a victim of a politically motivated arrest in Iran involving the subject of her dual nationality as opposed to any crime she has committed. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested during a trip to Iran with her daughter, Gabriella, to visit family members. Gabriella, who is now three, is living with her grandparents in Iran and is allowed to see her mother twice a week.
• Her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, along with the Free Nazanin Group and Amnesty International have been tirelessly campaigning for her release since her being detained.
• Notable Labour Party figures, such as Tulip Siddiq, who is Nazanin’s local MP have also been vocal on this issue.
• In correspondence in July from the Consular official in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Bally Singh (our last parliamentary candidate) received the following “Both the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have raised the case with their Iranian counterparts. The Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt MP, met Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Family on the 4th of July to discuss her case and will continue to raise our concerns with the Iranian Government.”
• Nazanin has relatives within our constituency who live in the village of Napton.
With all this in mind Kenilworth and Southam CLP resolves to the Free Nazanin Campaign, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Labour NEC the following:
“This CLP expresses deep sympathy for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and all her friends and family who have been affected by her over 500 days incarceration by Iranian authorities.
We call on the Government and in particular the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to do more than simply express concern. For someone who appears to have committed no known crime and with particular poor treatment while being in prison, more must be done.
We therefore also call for Nazanin’s immediate release.
Should the Free Nazanin Campaign require any help or assistance, be that through solidarity and symbolism or by more substantive action, this CLP will endeavour to be of help.”


Motion on the Chakrabarti Report

At our CLP meeting last night the following motion, as proposed by David Epstein, was unanimously passed:

“Kenilworth and Southam CLP calls for the rapid implementation of the Chakrabarti recommendations, proposed by Shami Chakrabarti in April 2016.

The motion is being sent to:

Labour Party Head of Disputes – Sam Matthews

Chair of the Labour Party NEC – Andy Kerr

Labour Party General Secretary – Iain McNicol”

NEC Nominations

At our CLP meeting last night members of the CLP decided to nominate the following individuals for the National Executive Committee:

Patrick Jenkins – Kenilworth and Southam CLP – L1442909

Ysmine Dar – Gorton CLP – L1173052

Rachel Garnham – Mid-Bedfordshire CLP – A777413

Stoneleigh and Cubbington By-Election

Cubbington and Stoneleigh by-election results correction:

CON 52.6% (+4%)

LAB 32.6% (+13.9)

LDEM 11.8% (+11.8%)

GRN 3% (-10%)

No Ind (-19.6%) as prev.

Again though a fantastic achievement for Josh and the team to be increasing our vote share by 13.9% while the Tories only increased by 4%. We’re clearly gaining on them and we go now more determined to take seats for Labour and look to the interests of ordinary working people.

After the results Josh also had this to say:

“A big thank you to all electors in Baginton, Cubbington and the other villages who backed me and Labour on Thursday. Thanks for your support. This by-election has established the party as the clear opposition to the Conservatives in the ward. Please feel free to continue to raise local issues with me and the party and we will do our best to help.”

Stoneleigh and Cubbington by-election

Well ya can’t win em all – but an increase in vote share by 15% is a fantastic achievement for Josh and the team!

Stoneleigh & Cubbington (Warwick):

CON: 52.6% (+13.0)
LAB: 32.6% (+15.1)
LDEM: 11.8% (+11.8)
GRN: 3.0% (-10.3)

No Ind (-29.6) as prev.