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Nominations to National Committees

At our meeting on the 12th of June we nominated the following people to the National Committees of the Labour Party.

For the National Constitutional Committee we nominated:
Anna Dyer – An ordinary member of the party since 1980
Emina Ibrahim – Parliamentary candidate in the recent General Election against Tom Brake and Councillor in Haringay

For the Conference Arrangements Committee we nominated:
Billy Hayes – CWU General Secretary from 2001 to 2015
Seema Chandwani – Tottenham CLP Secretary

 

A Statement on the General Election Results

This election has been very positive for Labour both locally and nationally. There has been a clear rejection of Theresa May’s hard brexit agenda and exhaustive cuts to our public services. For us in Kenilworth and Southam we are incredibly proud that Bally has managed to increase his vote share by just over 10% and decreased Jeremy Wright’s majority by about 3000 votes! Thanks again to all those who were involved in creating that shift. I’d also like to say a massive congratulations to our constituency neighbour in Matt Western who gained Warwick and Leamington from the Tories!

Patrick Jenkins – Social Media Officer

A note on the General Election Campaign

Hi all,

On behalf of the CLP I’d just like to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in the campaign. We’ve had a number of brilliant helpers over the campaign including Ros Grant, David Epstein, Steve Snart, Nick Hoten and of course Bally Singh (apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone)! Naturally, I’d also like to thank anyone that has voted Labour in Kenilworth and Southam. Whatever happens we’re incredibly proud of this positive campaign, from highlighting the issues in social care to getting the best for the economy out of Brexit. Wishing luck to all candidates across the country!

For the many, not the few!

Patrick Jenkins – Social Media Officer

A message from Bally Singh

Hi there all – I just wanted to let you know that I have been selected again to be Labour’s Kenilworth and Southam parliamentary candidate for this June’s snap general election. I’m really chuffed with this!

Previously selected in early 2014 by local members from the Kenilworth and Southam constituency, I then secured a strong second place in the 2015 General Election beating UKIP, Liberals and the Greens. Locally I helped efforts to protect Wellesbourne airfield, campaigned for road safety in Kenilworth and Harbury Fosse Way, and helped to block Coal Gasification under the Warwickshire countryside.

This Tory government has overseen the biggest cuts to our public services in a generation, whilst living standards have fallen behind our major competitors with only Greece performing worse for wage growth. The NHS and social care are in crisis, our schools are struggling under the weight of the budget cuts, and cuts to police resources are putting our safety at risk. All this on top of a disastrous Tory hard Brexit which will damage jobs and the economy!

So this is the most important General Election in a generation, but for me the most important thing is that everyone uses their right to vote this June especially the young, no matter for which political party. I would also like to wish my fellow candidates the best of luck.

A Request for Help

Our brilliant Campaign Manager, Ros Grant has organised a number of campaign days to really take the fight to the Tories for June the 8th and push our support behind Bally Singh in Kenilworth and Southam. If you can help in any of the following days please contact Ros via email on rosinargentina@yahoo.co.uk

Leafleting – WELESBOURNE ON SUNDAY THE 14 MAY

SOUTHAM ON SUNDAY 21ST MAY

KENILWORTH ON SUNDAY 28 MAY

KENILWORTH ON SUNDAY 4 JUNE

And Street Stalls – SOUTHAM ON SATURDAY 27 MAY

KENILWORTH ON SATURDAY 3 JUNE

Local Election Results

Looking at the bigger picture in Warwickshire the results last night were not good for Labour having lost 12 Councillors. It is incredibly disappointing also to lose June Tandy. We must bear in mind that Local Elections have considerably low turnout when compared to General Elections and that people are more likely to vote outside of the main parties. The main factor for the rise in votes for the Tories is clearly due to the collapse in the UKIP vote and their hard Brexit agenda. Nevertheless we are grateful for the support we had from members and our activists should be incredibly proud for a hard fought, positive campaign and we look now to hold the Tories in Warwickshire to account over the next 4 years. These results make us even more determined to campaign for Bally Singh, our parliamentary candidate on June the 8th and fight the austerity agenda the Tories put forward. The results were as follows:

Total Seats

57

Total seats by party

Conservative 36
Green 2
Independent 0
Labour 10
Labour and Cooperative 0
Liberal Democrats 7
Stratford First 1
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition 0
UKIP 0
Whitnash Residents Association 1

The results for our candidates in Southam and Kenilworth specifically were as follows:

In Lapworth and West Kenilworth Josh Payne came third with 246 votes behind the Lib Dems in second and the Tory cnadidate, John Cooke being elected.

In Kenilworth Park Hill Audrey Mullender came third with 390 votes behind the Lib Dems in second and the Tory candidate, Dave Shilton being elected.

In Kenilworth St. John’s Wallace McDowell came third with 378 votes behind the Lib Dems in second and the Tory candidate, Alan Lancaster being elected.

In Cubbington and Leek Wootton Nick Hoten came second with 465 votes behind the Tory candidate, Wallace Redford being elected.

In Southam, Stockton and Napton Ros grant came second with 514 votes behind the Tory candidate, Andy Crump being elected.

In Feldon Matt Panton came third with 356 votes behind the Lib Dems in second and the Tory candidate, Bob Stevens being elected.

In Kineton and Redhorse I came third with 178 votes behind the Lib Dems in second and the Tory candidate, Chris Williams being elected.

And finally, in Wellesbourne James Briggs came third with 163 votes behind the Lib Dems in second and the Tory candidate, Anne Parry being elected.

Onwards and upwards!

Patrick Jenkins – Social Media Officer

New CLP Executive Committee

Hi all! At our AGM on the 6th of March in Kenilworth we elected a new Executive Committee to take us forward over the coming year. Firstly, I would say a very big thank you to those in Officer positions over the last year, you did some great work. Secondly, a very big congratulations to those elected! Those elected were as follows:

Chair/Deputy Treasurer – Steve Snart
Vice Chair 1 – Glesni Thomas
Vice Chair 2 (Membership) – James Briggs
Secretary – Nick Hoten
Treasurer – Jeremy Eastaugh
Campaign Co-ordinator – Ros Grant
Women’s Officer – Bernadette Jenkins
Ethnic Minorities Officer – Jane Soni
Youth Officer – Patrick Jenkins
Computer/Social Media Officer – Patrick Jenkins
Delegate to County and District Labour Party – Nick Hoten
Delegate to Conference – Patrick Jenkins (Elected at an all member meeting on 3/4/17)

For general enquiries please contact our secretary Nick via email on: nhoten@waitrose.com. Once again congrats to everyone who was elected, looking forward to the year ahead!

Patrick Jenkins