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Motion on Warwickshire Children’s Centres

At the CLP meeting last night in Kenilworth, the following motion as proposed by Patrick Jenkins on Warwickshire Children’s centres was passed unanimously:

It is extremely concerning that the County Administration’s proposals to close
all of the Children’s Centres across Warwickshire in 2018 have come about. The
Tories propose to replace the 39 Centres with a handful of Hubs across the
county. This includes closing the Southam Centre and the two Kenilworth
Centres.
It’s worth spelling out that families will no longer have access to the locality
based services including:
• Free advice & information Family Support drop in sessions,
• Stay and play sessions staffed by trained and experienced professionals;
• Access to professional support for help with issues of debt, housing,
homelessness, returning to education and work; as well as a wide range of
parenting and behaviour management courses and individual services
With this information in mind, Kenilworth and Southam CLP resolves to each of
the members of the Warwickshire Labour Group the following;
1. That the CLP wholly endorses the Labour petition and the cross party
petition against these proposals.
And,
2. That we strongly urge all Labour Councillors to fight these cuts through
every possible avenue.

Motion on Grenfell

At the CLP meeting last night in Kenilworth, the following motion as proposed by Chris Mackinder on the Grenfell disaster was passed unanimously:

This CLP expresses profound sympathy for all those who have suffered as a
consequence of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
We do not seek to hide the failings of several governments over a period of years
who have eroded public services by encouraging private companies & business
to provide basic needs such as housing. However, the austerity agenda being
vigorously pursued by the Tory Governement has undoubtedly both damaged and now
cost lives.
Tenants’ voices need to be not only heard but also routinely involved, alongside
trade unions & other bodies (with a direct interest in housing safety & standards
rather than profit), in the day-to-day running of public housing.
This CLP gives full support to
1. Jeremy Corbyn’s calls for urgent measures to both alleviate the immediate
sufferings & needs of those affected
and
2. Jeremy Corbyn’s more long term measures to reverse cuts & provide the
necessary resources to improve housing conditions across the nation

New Branch – Vale of the Red Horse

The Vale of the Red Horse Branch of the Kenilworth & Southam Constituency, was launched on Thursday 29 June at Gaydon Village Hall. The Branch will cover the areas of Wellesbourne, Kineton, Lighthorne, Gaydon and the surrounding villages.
 
Meetings will held monthly and rotated at venues throughout the Branch area.
 
Branch members will hold a Street Stall to campaign on national and local issues on the Kineton Road near to The Precinct crossing in Wellesbourne on Saturday the 8th July from 9.30 am until 12 noon where people wishing to join the branch will be welcome to find out more.
The next meeting of the branch will take place on Tuesday the 25th of July in Lighthorne with the venue TBC.
 
For further information on the new branch please contact Ros Grant on 01926 691260 or rosinargentina@yahoo.co.uk.

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.